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Spanish verb conjuction
September 2, 2011
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ajisit

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I was wondering if anyone had any tips for learning all the conjuction rules of verbs in Spanish?

September 2, 2011
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Dont study verb tables, never works.

Just learn them during a chat. be like "how do you use this verb in the past?"

and eventually ull see how all the verbs are made.

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September 2, 2011
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I have to disagree just a little about studying verb charts.  Try this page out first and see what you think.  I had a lot of fun with it.  No memorization isn't always fun, but this site makes it interesting.  Let me know what you think, as I'm going back there to practice some myself.

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September 2, 2011
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I'm sorry but I am going to have to disagree with you on this one Logan. I am a very visual, as well as kinesthetic, learner and have memorized verb charts in days. While most people are still working on past tenses I am already speaking in conditionals and subjunctives which has been a huge advantage for me in language learning. I agree that we should speak immediately but in our spare time I think that it's important to knock out those verb conjugations. I prefer this method instead of trying to guess the verb conjugations for several weeks.

The first few weeks I am speaking/learning a language and want to express, let's say, the third conditional I picture the verb chart in my mind and visually see the third conditional conjugation.

I think verb dictionaries are far more valuable than regular dictionaries.

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September 2, 2011
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Yea that link looks good cheers bro

September 3, 2011
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Hmm okay I was a bit quick to disregard them admitidly.

what I mean is like.. verb charts are sometimes dehumanized, it takes away the human aspect.

with German, I learned a lot of conjugations through chat, and they were concreted in there that way, and the other conjugations that I didnt know, a verb table is useful for finding that out.

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September 3, 2011
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I too used verb chats and tables. But those I used ones planned by me. Analyze all those verb types, stem changes, etc. , and try to find the common pattern.

Then comes the most important task of concreting it with writing/speaking like loggie suggests.

 

Does anybody have tips on how to overcome the subjunctive. Either I end up not using it or overusing it. :/

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September 3, 2011
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Does anybody have tips on how to overcome the subjunctive. Either I end up not using it or overusing it. :/

 

I too still struggle with the subjunctive….to be honest, I think it is something any of us who didn't have something similar to in our native tongue are going to struggle with.  I am able to use it more now than in the beginning of my studies, but I still have to think about it a lot.  If you can find common phrases that people use that trigger the subjunctive, you will start to recognize other similar phrases….for example, "I wish I had more money," could be used to say "I wish I had……."  lots of things, and to the best of my knowledge, that will always be subjunctive.  (If I am wrong here, please correct me.)

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September 4, 2011
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For me, after seeing it in so many sentences, you just kind of remember what sentences need the subjunctive and you automatically do it.

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