Action is the foundational key to all success.Pablo PicassoSpanish Artist
This quote from Picasso is very true for language learning. If you take actions, progress and learning is inevitable. It also represents this module very well. Action is represented by all verbs.
These lessons work together to teach you how to use verb tenses correctly in a sentence. At first, it may seem like these lessons are somewhat incomplete. This is done on purpose for you to learn verbs in the most time-efficient way. You will also get to practice the complete conjugation in the exercises.
At the top of each lesson, you will see six tabs. Each tab indicates a different verb tense. You can click on these tabs to take you to each section. The first tab will teach you the infinitive (or basic) form of the verb. You will also learn how it is used in a sentence. If you have taken the endings lessons, you should be able to identify the stem of the verb from that infinitive form. The stem is also identified on the other tabs at the very top of the page.
The other five white tabs will teach you the five most-used tenses in the language. You will see the full conjugation and one subject will be highlighted in the conjugation. This subject is highlighted randomly. It is highlighted simply because it is the subject that will be used in the example sentence below. We will cover one example sentence for each tense of the verb. Making an example sentence for each subject would be redundant and would have made the lessons extremely long. You will see that the lessons really work together to teach you how verbs are used in sentences. This will also reinforce what you learned in the Endings lessons.
The first menu will tell you which group of verbs it belongs to. It will also let you know if the verb is regular or irregular. This is very helpful because when the verb is identified as regular, you will know that you can use the regular endings to conjugate it. If it is irregular, the endings may be different. We created a convenient system to help with irregular verbs. Each verb will be classified as regular, slightly irregular, irregular or highly irregular.
Regular verbs: These verbs will use the exact endings you learned in the Endings lessons. These are the fastest and easiest verbs to learn because the stem is all you have to remember to be able to fully conjugate them.
Slightly irregular verbs: These verbs use almost the same endings from the Endings lessons. However, they will be slightly altered in a few cases. You can find out what makes this verb slightly irregular by clicking on the menu.
The other menus are very simple and are a bit different depending on the language you are learning. They will help you learn the verb more effectively. Just click on the menus and a pop over will tell you all you need to know about this menu.
Pay attention to the example sentences and take a look at how each verb is placed in the sentence. With regular verbs, you can take a look at the full conjugation if you don’t remember how it is conjugated and review each verb quickly. With irregular verbs, use that full conjugation a bit more attentively to see what makes this verb unique and to learn this individual conjugation. Sometimes it’s very close to regular verbs, other times it’s very unique. You will also get some practice with the full conjugation in the exercises, so you don’t need to have everything down perfectly in the lesson.
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 will help you identify the verb within a sentence. This exercise should be very easy.
Level three: By the Book. This type of exercise is only available in the Individual Verbs lessons. It is very similar to the conjugation match, but instead of matching the conjugation of the same tense to the pronoun, you’ll have to match the conjugation of the same pronoun to the correct tense (this makes it sound confusing, but it’s not). This creates extra repetition and it is also a lot more challenging. The endings from one pronoun to another are usually very different and easy to identify. However, the endings with the same subject can be very similar from one tense to another, which makes this exercise very effective. Once you’ve completed all three levels, you will have seen the verb many times and used it in different ways. You can then move on to the last level to test your fluency with this new verb.
Each correct answer is worth 65 points and a wrong answer will cost you 50 points. You will lose only 5 points for minor spelling mistakes or missing accents. For every section, we would recommend shooting for the Fluency Award. This is especially true for the Individual Verbs section. Try the exercise until you feel comfortable with the conjugation and until you don’t need to use any hints. Once you can do that, you should be able to use this new verb in a normal conversation and use it in different tenses as well.