My Road to Learning German

Recently been attempt at learning German, it's been okay so far, I still suck at trying to figure out how to pronounce some works but most of the time it's fine. I still take forever to read it's like 10 seconds a word depending on how long it is. But mainly just running in to issues about trying to figure out the genders of words. I memorised some of the rules so far but I doubt it's really helping. I'm trying to reach intermediate level sometime next year. But I doubt it if I cannot figure out a way to help me memorise the der, die, das on the nouns. :(