Weekly Tip & Optional Homework Week of 5/5 for week of 5/12/14

Weekly Tip:

Goal written by one of PBO’s Students: “Usar mis verbos correctamente”


Have you ever heard the expression “Spanish is easy except for the damn verbs”? I love that saying because it’s fairly accurate. It’s a phonetic language, it has tons of cognates with English and only half the vocabulary…so technically it is one of the easiest languages to learn. But those damn conjugations will kill you!!! So what do you do about it?

One of the best lessons I have learned in life and I feel that it applies to practically everything, is to take things one step at a time. If you’re trying to learn all the verb conjugations to all of the tenses and moods at the same time, you’re going to get frustrated and not make much progress. My recommendation is to stick to one tense at a time, for several months (learning how to use a tense and all of it’s conjugations takes time). You will still need to use them all in conversation, but only concentrate on learning and improving one or two (sometimes 2 go together).

My recommendation: Pick 2 of these groups that you’re going to work on and work on one for the rest of May, June, July & August and the other in September, October, November and December. There are 7 groupings, which means that it could take you almost 2 years to get through them…but that doesn’t matter. Take it one step a time, concentrate on one and at the end of 2 years your grammar should be amazing!!! Just remember to make a note on your calendar to switch every 3-4 months.

–       Present, Indicative

–       Preterit & Imperfect, Indicative

–       Perfect Tenses, Indicative

–       Future & Conditional, Indicative

–       Subjunctive triggers + Present & Imperfect Subjunctive

–       Subjunctive triggers + Present Perfect & Past Perfect Subjunctive

–       Commands

Which tenses/moods will you be starting with?

Remember to tell your teacher so that he/she can help you in class…

Optional Homework

The optional homework is to write in a journal 3 days this week. We want you to practice the past tenses though, so make sure you write about things that already happened.

Next week in class we will ask you to read one of your entries.

For those of you that want more homework: Write every day for 7 days in a row.