https://www.duolingo.com/LarryK9929

Conjugation Only Drills Requested

Bonjour

I recently was taking a strengthening skills test and received a series of straight simple conjugation questions, e.g. I run, You run, They ran, They used to run, etc.

I found that to be very helpful and would like to have more of the same type of exercise. It would be ideal if there could be both written and spoken translations being drilled. My objective is to not have to think of the conjugation table and select the correct person and tense; instead just pull out the correct term immediately. For me, a simple drill like this would go a long way in developing this skill.

Thanks for the consideration.

Au Revoir

Lawrence

June 30, 2016

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/staplesnout

Agreed.

June 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ruferales

I like that too, currently I'm doing this myself in Notepad, pity Duolingo is lacking so much at practice

June 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Deyan161

Excellent idea. In all the trees!

June 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/rbouch8828

Larry, You are exactly right!!! Verb drills, as you describe them, should be a fundamental part of Duolingo French!!! As Craig points out, it might not need to be all verbs, but perhaps the the regulars plus a section on the irregular. It need not be isolated from the rest of the program as just a set of repetitive tables, but could rather be worked into text so that you learned them in a more natural setting, as you would be using the verbs.

I recently spent a month at the Institut Français in Villefranche-sur-Mer and although I made progress in my fluency, I didn't nail the verb tenses or articles and my teacher suggested Duolingo as a way to continue my studies. Unfortunately, it is missing the part that I need most, the verb section!!!

July 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/HuDragonCriminal

Well, not all of them. Some languages have barely any conjugations at all.

July 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/OrangeFruit

cough cough Chinese, but of course you already know that. ;)

July 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/HuDragonCriminal

Not just Chinese, English too.

July 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/rbouch8828

I am pretty sure that the original comment and request was for French Conjugation Drills.

July 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/OrangeFruit

Yes, and HuDragonCriminal said that some languages have barely any conjugations at all, in reply to Deyan161 saying that it should be in all the trees.

July 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/OrangeFruit

You're right, verbs don't have very many conjugations in English either.

July 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Craig-Humps

Most verb conjugations follow the same patterns, so you should be able to quickly put them in to your vocabulary once you know the infinitive, have a look at:

http://french.about.com/od/grammar/fl/French-Verb-Conjugator-How-To-Conjugate-French-Verbs.htm

That being said, it is certainly helpful to drill some verbs of each type at first until it becomes second nature to conjugate regular -er, -re and -ir verbs, and it will (I'm sure you never needed a conjugation table or drills for every English verb you learned)

Irregular verbs like avoir, ĂȘtre and savoir do need to be drilled though, and you can make your own flash cards on quizlet to help with that:

http://www.quizlet.com

July 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/heidi-spy

I just found an interesting free site called http://www.scholingua.com. It allows you to create your own practice sets or use their random sets given within the 3 french verb types. Took me about 15 minutes to figure it out. I did sign up and can now see how helpful this site can be for my needs.

July 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/heidi-spy

yes! I agree! I was using verb2verbe.com 's testing system, but their updated system now does not recognize the plural responses, so it's become annoying to use. However, it was a great system (when it worked) and I found my speed in conjugating verbs increased doing it on a daily basis.

July 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Cheemz22

When introducing a new word it would be far better to do it as a stand alone prior to use in a spoken phrase or sentence, particularly long or compound words . It is often difficult to discern if you can't easily follow the speaker.

February 27, 2017
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