Gender in Spanish

See following Examples carefully —-

el chico   =  the boy                           la chica  = the girl

el libro   = the book                            la revista = the magazine

el gato  = the male cat                      la gata = the female cat

So,unlike English ,we have to discriminates nouns in male and female by using el or la.We use “the ,a ,an” in the English but they do not depend on the gender of the noun but in spanish “el” is used for masculine and “la” is for feminine and same as “the” in English.