I must apologise now for what is going to be a deeply unsexy topic: cutlery. However, when you're trying to eat schnitzel at a restaurant with your hands because you can't remember the German words for cutlery you'll think back and wished you'd read this article properly. Trust me.
I'll make it brief. Cutlery, like coffee, is really an essential of life, unless you live on a diet of pizza and hamburgers. There are 3 important words you need to know - das Messer, die Gabel, der Löffel, and they all make up das Besteck (cutlery). I like that the three different types of cutlery cover all the gender bases - das, die and der. It helps me slightly in remembering the genders of each utensil.
The list of course wouldn't be complete without our honorary guest - chopsticks - das Stäbchen, but normally used in the plural - die Stäbchen. The literal translation is 'little poles' but as Conor (@silverwater937) pointed out on Twitter, pretending the literal translation is 'little stabs' makes it much more entertaining... and potentially easier to remember. Note again, like with all words ending in 'chen' it uses 'das' as we saw in the previous blog post.
So there you have it, cutlery: ticked off the list, now go forth and read about more sexy subjects.