Feature Request : Verb Conjugations
Is anyone else having trouble retaining verbs and conjugations? I have found it hard in Spanish particularly with verbs like create and believe. I think it would be helpful to have an exercise where you are given a verb and then asked to conjugate it by person and gender--basically, you would be filling out a matrix. Any thoughts?
I think that's a pretty good idea for a side practice option. That is how I learned verbs in French and have been finding myself wishing I had the same Spanish. Eventually you can figure it out working through the various options, but we are never (at least not yet in my experience) exposed to the root verb itself - simply the various conjugations.
I like how Duolingo has you practice and experience the conjugations. It may not be like a classroom, but it is much more realistic.
I don't think a conjugation drill out of context of sentences would be all that helpful. Rather, if the conjugations aren't sticking, writing up your own table of conjugations could be very helpful. I did this myself when I wasn't sure I was understanding present tense.
I think matrices can be helpful, though, as it reinforces not only the conjugation for a certain verb but also helps the student identify the patterns for each tense. I haven't practiced French in eons, but I can still hold conversations simply because I practiced verb matrices so much that taking a verb and conjugating it is part of my subconscious now.
Yes! Ich bin, du bist, he is, vous êtes .. Conjugation tables may not be the height of fashion, but just like multiplication tables, once they are programmed they stick, and they are incredibly useful.