I have finally taken the plunge and decided that it is time to tackle the subject of cases - it is driving me mad! I understand the whys and hows of when to use each case (Latin at school!!) but hat is giving me the most difficulty is how to recognise the correct gender of a noun. Local Lingo gives a little help but there seem to be more exceptions and irregularities than "normalities". Am I right or am I missing something simple and obvious? Or is it just a case (no pun intended) of just becoming familiar with what is what? I use the J Fronek dictionary and, unless I am missing something there to, the identification of gender is not given with any noun. Even the multicoloured version of Lida Hola's book does not give many clues as to any set rules to aid identification. If anyone can give me some advice, I would be very grateful.