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I've hit a wall

Up until now I've been doing good learning Spanish, but the moment I started past tense it feels like I've hit a wall. What's a good way to help me understand past tense?

June 13, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

Practice, practice, and practice ... And talk to native Spanish speakers, if possible.

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lolygag98

we meet once again but yes lots of practice would definitely help

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Huskie5

If you want to learn you have to work hard.

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

: )

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SRP87

I've decided that I'll take a conversational course after I finish this tree, but until then I'll focus on listening to Spanish.

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

that sounds good to me ; )

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SRP87

The series that I'm watching doesn't seem to use much past tense, so it doesn't help me much with that, though.

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

reading a book might help - most books are in past tense.

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SRP87

Even children's books are beyond my skill level.

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

I know there are some books that have Spanish on one page and English on the other - the bible, for example. Of course, if you don't want to read that in particular you could research other books written like that.

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SRP87

I want to avoid translation as much as possible, so those books won't work for me.

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jzsuzsi
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For Spanish past tense, learn the regular verbs first (the rules are in the Tips& Notes ), then the irregular verbs. Duolingo makes your life hard here, because in the lessons, it thows in regular and irregular verbs mixed up.

A guide: http://www.spanishdict.com/guide/spanish-preterite-tense-forms

If you find an unknown verb, go on Spanishdict, and hit "conjugation" For example, for ser: http://www.spanishdict.com/conjugate/ser

For ir (=to go) http://www.spanishdict.com/conjugate/ir

Yes, the past tense (preterite) conjugations for ser and ir are same. (Why? Dont know)

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SRP87

I think it's because the verbs that are used most often are the ones that are irregular. I'll try learning the regular verbs first.

I prefer using wiktionary for conjugations, but I'll look them up.

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trenton

Have you tried studyspanish.com, a good site that gives you lessons and practice in just about everything. Then there's Memrise, they may have a lesson or two, not sure.. Maybe that's why R&R was invented, lol. Like doing puzzles, sometimes you just have to step back a little. let the mind refresh .

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SRP87

Those verb quizes on studyspanish.com were very helpful.

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trenton

I've been a member there for years. I used that when I first started Spanish. Went through about 3/4 of the topics. Actually I think that's when I hit a wall, mine was just laziness, I know you don't know anything about that. lol

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SRP87

I think my main problem is impatience. I don't like being at a level where I can't even read.

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SavyKB

Spanish past tense is really tough because there are many, many exceptions to rules (I would argue that more verbs break rules in the past tense than follow past tense, although I don't have actual proof. It certainly feels like all of the verbs you need day-to-day are the rule breakers...). I learned regular verbs before branching out (I mean, ser just kills me in basically any tense). Then it is literally just memorization. There is no intuitive way to learn it, it just is how it is...

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SRP87

I read somewhere that the more often a verb is used the more likely it is to be irregular.

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SavyKB

It makes sense I suppose. Spoken language comes before written, so by the time people write out rules for everything it's a little late to change how everyone has decided to say it... Best of luck with your learning!

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oritteropo1

Arika Okrent has a video on irregular verbs in English, and obviously some of the same principles apply to Spanish https://youtu.be/o82_XBJXxMk

In the case of English, the irregular verbs tend to follow the rules for Old English but less commonly used verbs have moved on to use modern English rules.

In Spanish the equivalent of Old English would be Latin, and if you look at the conjugation for ir for example you see three similar latin words that have been jammed together into that one conjugation. In other cases it seems that if the irregular verb was regular it would be awkward to say, so the rough edges have been filed off.

June 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lolygag98

http://www.wikilengua.org/index.php/Lista_de_per%C3%ADfrasis_verbales someone gave me this link but i don't know if it will help you or not i'm not quite to that stage yet

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SRP87

It might be useful later, but I haven't learned that yet.

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Huskie5

I have the same issue they have so many lessons on past perfect, present perfect, etc. I can't remember all of them.

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SRP87

The thing that gives me the most trouble is getting used to verbs ending in O not being first person verbs in past tense.

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Taekwondo-Cat

I had that same problem. Try using a curriculum. that's what I did and it helped a lot. Duolingo is good for helping you learn words, but for learning the structure of Spanish sentences, a school book would be a good thing to use.

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/George418878

I've hit walls before! Just keep plugging away and making mistakes and doing exercises, and eventually you will break through!!

For the preterite tense, just remember: -e, -aste, -ó, -amos, -aron. Like a mantra. "e, aste, o, amos, aron."

And for the -er verbs, "e, iste, ó, imos, ieron"

June 14, 2017
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