Learning Verbs Faster

Here’s a way to master the verb tenses and moods that’s much faster than tackling one and then weeks (or a month or two) later tackling another and so on.

This much faster approach starts out with you becoming familiar with the tenses and moods and how they translate. This takes only about an hour, and it’s the topic of my December ’09 whiteboard session. This is the first step.

Then listen to the native speaker read the verbs fully conjugated, and read along as you’re listening. Listen to the native speaker do this for a number of different verbs. (This is listening practice, and I suggest you don’t even try to pronounce them yourself until you’ve listened to 10 or 15 verbs fully pronounced.)

What’ll happen is that as you’re listening to these different verbs you’ll begin hearing patterns. You’ll also begin hearing which syllables are getting the stress.

Before long you’ll recognize the endings when you’re talking with native speakers or when you’re reading. You’ll know what’s being done, who’s doing it, and when it happened long before you’re able to conjugate the verbs on your own.

This familiarity makes it take far less time to actually learn to conjugate the various tenses in the several moods. Mastery of the verbs in Spanish happens so much faster this way.

And there’s an added bonus. As you’re listening and reading along, you’ll also discover certain patterns in the irregulars. Later on, when you hear the rule for a certain family of irregulars, it’ll feel natural to you because you’ve heard it and seen it as you were doing this very, very valuable and important listening exercise.