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Verb conjugations and order of learning


I am struggling to work out how to go about learning verb conjugations and which order - different sites go about it differently and often use different titles for the tenses etc and it is highly confusing.

If I learn in the order the following website presents the info(indicative forms, subjunctive forms, imperative, continuous progressive, perfect, perfect subjuntive) would this be logical? Using the verb 'ser' as an example here:


I have been on other sites and not seen terms like the perfect subjunctive or continuous progressive mentioned. Very confusing! Any comments appreciated.

March 26, 2018



My tip is to learn the Spanish titles for the tenses. If you go by the Spanish name’s for the tenses, some charts might present them in a different layout but the names will always be the same. I would just pick my favourite sight that had a nice layout and stick to it.


Thanks:) What do you think of the link? A logical order to learn tenses the way it is presented?


The link is a verb chart. It presents the tenses in a logical order to look them up. It is not meant to be an order for learning. (It would be like deciding to go through the dictionary and learning all the words sequentially from a to z).

Ser is also an important verb, however it is completely irregular, so you cannot use Ser to learn how to congugate most verbs. You need to memorize ser on its own. With the exceptions of not teaching the infinitive first (huge pet peeve of mine) I would just follow the duolingo order of learning tenses, it makes sense if you are doing the duolingo course, and then if you want to learn any less common more literary tenses later, you can always do so later. Once you know the present and past tense, you can start reading a bit and will see what other tenses are common. I would focus on the present tense, the two past tenses... and get those down oat before worrying too much about anything else.

My personal method is to learn the conjugation rules for regular verbs first, in groups: ar, er, ir verbs, then ser and estar and then just get used to urregular verbs with practice.

However, I am definately not an expert in Spanish verbs, just trying my best to learn them, too.


Interesting point about the ordering - however I read the below in an article:

' Start with the most common irregular verbs in the present tense. Then focus on the regular -ar, -er and -ir endings for the present tense. After that, start with the imperfect. Then, move on to the preterite. And then familiarise yourself with the future and conditional. Then, start learning about the reflexive verbs. And then the continuous or progressive tenses. And then the compound tenses. And, finally, it’s time for the subjunctive.'

And it seems to follow to some extent the order on the above site. But yes, I will just practice as much as I can and hopefully it'll start to sink in. Nothing as frustrating as not knowing where to start!



This list looks conceptual rather than sequential to me. Learning the various forms of the indicative does come first, but the tenses of the subjunctive mood are generally learned last. At first, it's usually enough to have a very general idea of the difference between the indicative and subjunctive moods.

This article presents a logical sequence for various levels of ability: http://howlearnspanish.com/2015/03/learn-spanish-verb-conjugations/

Another excellent tip was to start learning haber throughly as early as you can. Many of the other tenses either incorporate or include (he, has, ha, hemos, han) or (había, habías, habíamos, habían)


Thanks, great advice!


I found buying Barron´s 501 Spanish Verbs the best thing I had done. (16$)Nice layout all the common verbs logical and conjugated with 7 tenses in the best order. Present indicative, Imperfect indicative, Preterit, Future, Conditional, Present Subjunctive and finally Imperfect or past Subjunctive. To be honest the subjunctives are mystifying and even the Spanish have problems.


Thanks for the recommendation - ordered a version of that book now.

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