If you were to learn only a few verbs in the language, these Key Verbs lessons are the ones you need to take. In any language, some verbs are used a lot more than others. But a few verbs are incredibly powerful and are used all the time. For example, the verb “to be” alone is used over 450 times in this guide. That’s about 4% of the entire content. That being said, there’s no need to mention how crucial it is that you learn it in your target language.
The Key Verbs section will give you an in-depth look at the most important verbs. We highly recommend taking these Key Verbs before learning any other verbs and even before learning any conjugation. These verbs are crucial. If you watch a movie in your target language after learning one of these verbs, you will hear them over and over again.
The reason we suggest learning these verbs before any conjugation is not only because of the frequency they are used, but also because most of them are highly irregular in conjugation. You therefore have to learn how they are conjugated independently from other verbs.
Acting is doing, because everything you say or do is some kind of an action, some kind of a verb. You’re always connected to the other person through some kind of action.Mira SorvinoAmerican Actress
In order to better learn verbs (including Key Verbs), we recommend taking the lessons on personal subject pronouns in the Building Blocks module before tackling these lessons. These are the equivalent of the English words I, you, he, she, we and they. Learning personal subject pronouns will help you a great deal to learn verbs in your new language.
Once you’ve taken your time with the lesson, repeat everything out loud if you can. When you feel fairly familiar with the Key Verb, you can go take all our exercises to make sure it stays in your brain forever.
Level one: Simple Practice. This level is mainly to practice your listening skills. Try to listen for the verb and click on the corresponding image. You can also use the rest of the sentence to help you identify which image to click on. In some cases, you may understand the sentence, but notice that two images could correspond with the sentence. In that case, you really need to hear the verb and conjugation to be able to identify it to the English verb written under the picture. This will emphasize what you learned in the lesson and help you identify the verb when it is placed in a sentence. This exercise should be fairly easy.
Level three: Write It Out. In these exercises, the verb will be missing from sentences and you have to fill in the correct conjugation. Use the hints if you need them. We recommend taking this exercise until you can get the Fluency Award, which will require you to complete the exercise without using any hints.
Great job! You have learned and practiced some of the most important verbs in your new language. Did we mention that these verbs were important (last time, promise)? Now that you’re a pro with the Key Verbs, let’s start learning conjugation.