Goal written by one of PBO’s Students: “Mejorar el uso del subjuntivo.”
Learning the subjunctive is a huge task, one that is best done one step at a time. If you allow the complexity of this mood to get to you before you even start, you’re doomed. Learning the subjunctive is 80% attitude and 20% strategy.
Here is my recommendation:
– Start by learning ONE use of the subjunctive. Practice it until it comes naturally and then move on to a 2nd use.
– Once you know WHEN to use it, you can learn the 4 different tenses. But first you need to know when to use it.
You could start with “cuando.” Anytime you use “cuando” to refer to something that is going to happen in the future, you need to use the subjunctive.
Cuando llegue a casa mañana…
Cuando llame a mi hermana más tarde…
Cuando cene esta noche…
Practice, practice, practice this and then once it’s engraved into your memory, move on to a 2nd rule and so on. And that’s how you learn the subjunctive in a non-I-want-to-bang-my-head-into-the-wall kind of way 🙂
The optional homework is to read the lyrics for the song A quién le importa by Alaska y Dinarama, look up the words you don’t know (wordreference.com is hands down the best dictionary) and try to understand the meaning of the song.
We would also recommend practicing at least once or twice a day until you can sing along with the song, since we’re singing in class next week! And don’t think you can get out of it by skipping class…if you’re not here to sing with the group we will gladly await your solo upon your return 🙂 (insert evil laugh here).
Here are the links: