Memorizing the Conjugative Table
When it comes to translating sentences I'm fairly good at it. However, the obstacle I bump into persistently is which "present word" to use from the conjugative table depending the pronoun.
For example: When I have to translate a sentence such as "She has a newspaper" I seem to get stuck at translating "has" because of the many forms it takes depending on the pronoun that comes before it.
I know how to translate everything else but memorizing the words (étre, lire, manger, écrire, avior, and aimer) in the conjugative table are confusing.
Is there an effective tactic in memorizing the forms that these words change into?
Of course there are such practics. Learning only by repetition of random forms without understanding the principle is not very effective.
This resource proved very helpful to me: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/gr/index.html#v
First, learn the conjugations of "er" verbs like "manger" or "parler". Explore the table, note the conjugation pattern, then find a dozen of "er" verbs and write their conjugations on a piece of paper. If you need more practice, find more verbs and conjugate them, too.
After a while, when your knowledge of "er" verbs sink in, continue to "ir" verbs, and so on.
Note that the most common verbs like être, avoir, aller are irregular. Let this not discourage you because they are used so often that you'll remember them eventually.
This is my French notebook with some verbs from Duolingo :-) http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/8783/img4295x.jpg