TROUBLE REMEBERING YOUR FRENCH VERBS?
Remembering your French verbs isn't the most exciting thing to be learning about in the French language however it is crucial you know them as they are the fundamentals of you making sense. I know I had a LOT of trouble remembering them and I know many people who do, so I thought I should give you a few top tips on how to remember your French verbs.
SAY THEM OUT LOUD: When you are learning verbs, say the subject and the verb out loud over and over again making sure you are pronouncing the verb correctly.
WRITE THEM OUT: Spend at least 5 minutes every day writing out all the verbs and it's subject. If you really want to push yourself, write a sentence with each of those verbs!
SING: This might sound like an odd one but if you sing the verbs, it will help you memorise the verbs in a fun way. Think of a well known tune, (I chose the Pink Panther theme tune!) and make a short song based on that tune ensuring you include all the verbs as your lyrics!
So those are my top tips on how to remember your French verbs. I tried these techniques recently and I found out that they are truly effective and they made me memorise the verbs within a week! I hope they do the same to you!
C'est interessant. Merci!!
I do not have a problem conjugating them,... the real problem for me is to remember the meanings of the verbs, so I am looking for a remedy for this problem of mine!!
Hello Anneysha7, I have had that problem quite a long time ago as well but a good way I started trying was to write or print out a list of verbs (5 preferably) and just focus on them until I have memorised them. Once I have memorised them I would go on to the next 5 verbs. You could learn as many as you want a day from the list you have printed out and every time you have learnt one cross them out. You could ask friends or family to test you out and you could make a goal like if you learn 5 verbs this week I will treat myself with a chocolate bar or something! This should motivate you and make it less hard remembering meanings of verbs! Good luck!
Thanks for the methods. In addition, I found the "Easy conjunctions" series at Memrise helpful for French, Spanish, and Italian verbs.
I also used Memrise to help with remembering French verbs. I used the 450 most common French verbs course and that really helped!
If the verb involves an action then actually doing that action (while saying the verb) can help fix the verb in your memory. Same with some nouns - if an object is close, then I hold it will saying the noun. For example: a cup, a pen or my foot etc. Anything that helps build associations.
There will be some verbs I will prefer to learn - for example "to eat" or "to spleep" :-) But yes, it really works when you are trying to remember the words automaticaly, not only in relation to translation in your native language
Yeah, there is some scientific research that backs this up. However, I only ever do it in private, as you can feel a bit of a dork ... pouring yourself imaginary cups of tea etc.
I find that I can remember a LOT better if I have sentences around the words. Thankfully Duolingo does that with their practice app, AND it includes sound (which also helps with memorization). But writing out the conjugations of the verbs also helps. Mixing it up is important I think.
I'd like to add that listening is another very effective way to memorize patterns in foreign languages. Listening makes you familiar with the sound and the grammar of a language, and it's easier to memorize things that you are familiar with than things that are just random for you.
thanks for advice. I am having this problem at the moment. Too much input and only half stays.
I listened to a scientific talk last time. They said, if you write something and than you have the option to save or delete it, the stuff you delete is keeping in your mind better than the saved stuff. Its called the google effect. I think you can do it with paper, too.
I'm glad you liked the advice and yes, I've heard about the google effect too! The only annoying thing is if you really want to erase something from your mind, it won't stop bugging you!
it is not about erasing from you head :) Otherwise it would be useless to post here.
It is about the attitude that if I can find something every time I want to (like Google) I am unmotivated to learn it. If I put a lot of work in something and then delete it afterwards I keep it better in memory because otherwise I need to redo the lot of work. I didn't try it yet but it sounds plausible to me. :)
Totally but what i find most helpful is to say with my eyes closed until it is stuck in my head then test myself from the beginning and then add some more words you'll find it really helpful if you try it.
Thanks for the good advice! I did this a lot in a classroom situation with the exception of singing and it could really help me learn individually for any language.
In french we have so lots of times. It is difficult for you no ? (présent, passé simple, imparfait, futur simple, conditionnels). In english it is most easy !!!
But if you try to sing ALL of the French verbs it's gonna take more than like, 11 summers..