Oct 19, 2017 - 02:42 PM
It is perfectly normal that you struggle and have to think about which article and which form of the article to use when translating at this stage. That is one of the biggest difficulties of the German language. Like in Latin, since words, and especially articles, have several forms depending on the role they play in the sentence, they're not as straightforward as in English and require a lot of work and thinking. Each time, you need to know both the gender and function of the word they accompany to know which article to use, hence the difficulty when translating.
While that's something that ends up being very natural in more advanced studies, it is definitely one of the biggest issues for beginners, so my advice for you would be to take it slow, take your time to learn each word with its gender and to learn each type of article well, repeat any lessons or workouts that still feel a bit obscure until you feel more confident with them, and practice as much as you can.
It will take time, but with persistence and good practice it will become more natural if you keep at it!
Sep 08, 2018 - 11:10 PM
Sep 12, 2018 - 11:01 AM
About the confusion you mention, keep in mind that:
- der/die/das all mean The, in its masculine, feminine and neutral forms.
- dieser/diese/dieses all mean This, in its masculine, feminine and neutral forms.
- er/sie/es respectively mean he/she/it.
Hope it clears things up a little! Keep it up!