Really struggling conjugating verbs> Any advice on best approach to learning the endings
Most verbs (the "regular" verbs) fall into one of three categories "-er" (like "parler") "-ir" (like "finir") are "-re" (like "apprendre"). If you look up the conjugations for all of these and just memorize them, you'll be able to guess more easily when you encounter a word you don't know. Of course, there are still lots of exceptions... :P
It is the hardest thing about French in my view. Not only do you have to conjugate verbs when writing, but you have to be able to recognise a verb in all its forms when reading. For instance, the word "bois" - is it the verb "boire" - "to drink" (water / wine / beer), or the noun "wood" as in forest. One of the early translations contains the word "gare" - nearly everyone translating it thinks it is a noun meaning "station", whereas it is the imperative form of the verb "garer" - to get off the road, or in this case "watch out!".