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What Are Your Tips For Remembering Verb Conjugations?

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For many languages, there are many tenses as well as how it differs between the person your talking about, je mange, nous mangeons, etc...

So, what are your tips for remembering and memorizing all the tenses for verbs?

Your tips on any language are accepted here.

Please, stop unnecessary downvoting today.
4 years ago

22 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/nikertnemw

I say it out loud in a pattern. Get a beat to it. Soy, Eres, Es, Somos, Sois, Son. Estoy, Estas, Esta, Estamos, Estais, Estan. Sum, Es, Est, Sumus, Estis, Sunt. Ben, Bent, Is, Zijn, Zijn, Zijn. Whatever language that has significant inflection will be helped by this.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT
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Thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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I do what kingofquave does, too, until the forms are memorized, and then make sure that I can write down all the forms spelled correctly from memory. And then do a sort of "spaced repetition" thing, being sure I know these forms in a day, and a few days, and a week, etc. (i.e., review).

[added] Aha, I see what TanagerMoonmist suggests, and I agree. In my case I don't use fancy colors, but I say everything aloud as I write it down at least three times (to start).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

I definitely agree with chanting and repetition. Nearly fifteen years after my last Spanish class, I can still recite a whole string of irregulars in the present tense, and remember most endings to preterit, imperfect, and imperative.

Would it help to put it to song? Force a rhythm? Maybe a hand jive? I'm utterly serious here: music and movement can really help with memorization!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LuConnie

I like making charts because it's nice to see the endings and notice patterns, and all my textbooks had conjugation tables when I was just starting out, so it's what I'm used to.

When I was trying to memorize irregular verb conjugations for French, I just wandered around repeating them out loud like a weirdo until I memorized them. XD

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anneka_j

strengthen skills, say things out loud, and also do lots of flashcards

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TanagerMoonmist

I like to write all the different conjugations on a nice white sheet of paper, the different endings in red or some other noticeable colour. Keep it close by when doing lessons, and don't be afraid to use it as much as you need, even though it might feel like cheating; after a while you'll memorise them and won't need the paper at all.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT
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Thanks! That's a pretty good idea, I'll have to try all of these sometime.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shimadahanzo

Personally, I make charts in my language notebooks w/ the person listed and each of the conjugations that go along with that person. So, it looks kinda like

Ich | bin; trinke; esse; etc.

Du | bist; trinkst; isst; etc.

Er/Sie/Es | ist; trinkt; isst; etc.

Wir | sind; trinken; essen; etc.

Ihr | seid; trinkt; esst; etc.

sie/Sie | sind; trinken; essen; etc.

I line up the conjugations w/ matching ones so all of the forms of "is/are" are the first ones going down the list and you'll start to notice while keeping track of these that there are little patterns you can following. For French, you'll notice that a lot of conjugations for "nous" end with "ons", though not all, of course!!! Conjugations for "vous" also have a pattern of ending with "ez" and plurals? Those conjugations have a lot of "ent" at the end!!!

For Italian, you'll notice that a lot of the conjugations for "io" end in 'o' while tu has 'i' and lui/lei has 'e'. Noi has 'amo' at the ends and voi has 'ate'!!! Memorizing the most common patterns is a great way to figure out which person we're talking about off-hand. Exceptions seem as though they're few and far in-between, though I am uncertain how reliable this method is.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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For German regular endings, I used to group singular endings (-e, -st, -t) together, and plural endings together (-en, -t, -en) into "words". Estt and Enten. The first word I would pronounce like S-T, which is a super slangy pronunciation of a Quebec "swear" word, osti. The second word, Ente, is the German word for ducks. Osti (and almost every other Quebec swear word) doesn't really translate well into English, but the general gist of "osti d'Enten" would be "damned ducks!"
It's a long way to go just to remember the endings, but it worked for me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fennec92
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It can be helpful to remember that the more people described the longer the word. Io mangio Tu mangi Lui mangia etc are all short because they refer to only 1 but Voi mangiate Noi mangiamo and Loro mangiano describe multiple persons so they are longer.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor
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The main language I study is Chinese. Yay no conjugations!

But for the European languages, there's a site I used when I was first getting started, conjuguemos.com. They have the major European languages that people learn, and it just drills you with exercises, giving you the pronoun and infinitive, and you have to enter the conjugation. That's my favorite kind of method for practicing until you have a solid foundation.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MetaTodd

Wow! Thanks for sending me to that site. It really helped! They also have Spanish and Korean for anybody wondering.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Resonance2001

For me, it is looking for patterns in the conjugations. I have made some videos regarding the matter. The French ones are more apparent in the spoken language http://youtu.be/aGy0mbCJ0ug so if you know the pattern, there is less to learn AND you remember new verbs more easily. My Spanish one: http://youtu.be/BeqQuJsFJhk

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RikSha
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Merci!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CallumRoy
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A good way to consolidate things in your memory is to create lots of associations or 'memory hooks', which is why good memory is reported among people like synaesthetes and why memory castles are so effective. I kept mixing up Italian quest- 'this' and quell- 'that' for a long time, until inventing gestures for them to help me quickly distinguish. Gesticulations seem a good way of doing this, since involving hands is quite natural to get out extra feeling when we talk. You can do something as basic as trying to forcefully imagine, for example, the sensation of "you-ness" when speaking or thinking of a second-person form of a verb. Whatever "you-ness" is in your mind. Let it be natural and intuitive.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nbsnyder
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NOTE: THE TABLES TURNED OUT INCORRECTLY, ASSUME THEY LOOK LIKE GOOD VERB TABLES

  1. I make a verb chart for each tense for each verb. For example:

SER = TO BE*; IRREGULAR; PRESENT TENSE:

<pre> Singular: Plural: </pre>

1st person: Yo soy Nosotros(as) somos

2nd person: Tu eres Vosotros(as) sois

3rd person: El/ella/usted es Ellos(as)/ustedes son

THERE ARE TWO VERBS FOR "TO HAVE": SER AND ESTAR. SER IS FOR.. WHILE ESTAR IS FOR ...

or

TENER = TO HAVE*; -GO VERB; CHANGES E-IE (BOOT VERB); PRESENT TENSE:

<pre> Singular: Plural: </pre>

1st person: Yo tengo Nosotros(as) tenemos

2nd person: Tu tienes Vosotros(as) teneis

3rd person: El/ella/usted tiene Ellos(as)/ustedes tienen

THERE ARE TWO VERBS FOR "TO HAVE": TENER AND HABER. TENER IS FOR .. WHILE HABER IS FOR ...

  1. Then, I repeat them slowly, gradually getting faster and faster until I'm comfortable saying them.

  2. Finally, I make sentences with the forms of the verb.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/erennert20
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I make a song out of them and make a chart

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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Portuguese conjugation endings are really similar to Spanish:

for

yo/eu it's -o

tú/tu it's -es/as

él/ella/usted/ele/ela/você it's -a/e

nosotros/nosotras/nós it's -amos/emos/imos

ellos/ellas/ustedes/eles/elas/vocês it's -an/en for ES and -am/em for PT

Preterite

1s -é/í (ES) = -ei/i (PT)

2s -aste/-este/-iste (same for both)

3s -ó/-ió = -ou/-eu/-iu

et cetera, so Portuguese conjugation is really easy when you already know the Spanish one.

For Danish & Swedish, you don't have to conjugate verbs by person :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RikSha
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Currently I'm using Cram (cram.com) to memorise/hear Danish noun inflections (et bær, bæret, bær, bærene), but I'm going to try it with verbs, too. I find it really helpful that I can hear the words spoken aloud (as Danish pronunciation is what it is - hard!).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

I either use a table or Quizlet.

Or alternatively learn a language with no verb conjugation like Hausa (it conjugates pronouns instead so once you know those you're covered).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/uroshu
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I've found the following site extremely useful since it's the only one that offers pronunciation of over 35000 English, French, German, Italian and Spanish verb conjugation tables. Just type in the verb you would like to see conjugated and hear how each and every form of the verb of your choice is pronounced: http://conjugation.io/

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