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Spanish Verb Conjugation Practice, Practice, Practice!

Spanish verb conjugation practiceIt should come as little surprise to you that practice makes perfect when it comes to learning Spanish verb conjugation.

However, it can become very tiresome going over each verb conjugation time and time again and this is the reason why so many students decide to call it a day trying to learn Spanish beyond a basic level.

Unfortunately, there has been no other way to master Spanish verbs apart from this, and this has been the case since people started to learn Spanish…that is until the development and introduction of verb training software programs. The best of these programs is called the Verbarrator and is well worth checking out.

If you’re fed up of learning Spanish verb conjugation, I’m sorry…but there’s no getting away from it, but you can make the task of doing so a lot more enjoyable and quicker by clicking here…http://www.irregularspanishverbs.com/verbarrator/ …and yes…I do actually have a copy and wouldn’t part with it if you paid me!

Learning Spanish Verbs Online

Learning Spanish verbs online is the most effective way to master this difficult part of learning Spanish. Many students have struggled with learning Spanish verbs, in particular irregular Spanish verbs, and it is hardly surprising considering the mind-numbingly boring and tedious old school methods that are used to master conjugation.

Ever since languages have been learned the only way a student could eventually master verb conjugation was to recite and memorize verbs over and over again until they could recite them in their sleep. Although effective, this was very time consuming and hardly what could be called enjoyable.

It is a well known fact that it is far easier to learn something if the enjoyment level is high and this is why learning Spanish verbs online has become increasingly popular.

There are many sites online that provide information regarding the conjugation of verbs, such as this one, that provide all the necessary information required to study Spanish verbs, but none offer the verb training needed to help students learn difficult conjugation easily whilst at the same time enjoy doing so!

There are many sites that offer Spanish verb conjugators, which are very handy, but in all fairness they are all just glorified verb conjugation books, sure they provide the information you require much quicker than if you were trying to find it in a resource book, but apart from that they will not help you master verb conjugation.

If you want to know the best way of learning Spanish verbs online there is only one tool currently available that I would suggest considering which will not only provide the great results you require, but will do so quickly and in a way that makes learning them great fun and that tool is called ‘Verbarrator‘.

I myself have a copy and have no hesitation recommending it to any person who asks for my advice on the best way to learn Spanish verbs. So if you are looking for the best way to learn Spanish verbs online check it out…it’s not free…but it is a quality verb training tool and worth every penny.

What is the Best Way to Improve a Spanish Verb Conjugator Trainer?

Spanish Verb Conjugator TrainerSpanish verb conjugators have been used for as long as languages have been taught. Question is how can traditional verb conjugation tables be improved upon to make the job of learning Spanish verb conjugation easier and quicker?

If you have ever been told that there are only 25 irregular verbs in the Spanish language, give or take the odd one or two, I’m sorry to tell you this, but you have been misled a little! There are, in fact, actually well over two thousand of them! Thankfully, many of these irregular verbs are quite obscure and will not be used too often, which means that learning them is not really that important for the vast majority of us. However, you will still definitely need to learn more than the twenty five or so verbs, so often quoted by misleading sources.

Of the irregular verbs that you definitely need to know, there are a number that it is absolutely necessary to have an extremely good understanding of. Unfortunately, many of these verbs are, as is so often the case, also the most irregular in the Spanish language and because of this many students find that learning them is an obstacle that they just cannot get past and as a result give up learning Spanish before they even get started, the obvious solution to this problem is to try and make learning verbs much easier and far more enjoyable…but how?

Conjugating Spanish Verbs

The age old method of learning difficult and demanding irregular verbs was to use a verb conjugation book that contained verb tables that were read repeatedly until the verb formations were etched into ones memory. I wonder how many of you can recall reciting verb conjugation, in unison, with the rest of your class over and over again when you were at school…I know I do, it was the most boring and tedious part of learning a language and something that almost put me off learning languages for life! Problem was, there were few alternatives until, that is, the computer age dawned!

The increase in ownership of home computers and easy internet access has meant that learning Spanish has become much more accessible and, dare I say it, easier. It is not too difficult nowadays to be able to find free learning materials and inexpensive downloadable course ware previously unobtainable for many people. However, it has not been until relatively recently that any real efforts were being spent by software designers on developing verb conjugation software that would make the difficult and challenging task of learning Spanish verbs any easier.

There have been quite a number of free verb conjugation programs and verb tables available online for a while now, but a lot of them are just basic digital versions of what was already available in print and they did little, if anything, to enhance either the education of, or the enjoyment level of the student other than offer them a certain novelty factor for a short time. The problem facing developers was always going to be how they could make an improvement without altering what needed to be learned basically, they had to re-invent the wheel.

Since developers could not, in any way, alter the information that needed to be passed on to the end user they would therefore have to look at ways of improving how this information was studied. Their objectives would be quite simple:

  • Develop a program that would make the task of learning verb conjugation easier
  • Make learning verbs much more enjoyable.
  • And…as a result of the previous two points would therefore shorten the time taken to learn Spanish

A program that could match these three criteria would do nothing short of revolutionizing how people learn Spanish verbs. However, although the objectives may seem quite simple, and painfully obvious, achieving them will certainly not be quite so easy.

Which Spanish Verb is the Most Important?

Spanish VerbsSpanish verbs can be difficult to learn, or rather learning the conjugation of Spanish verbs is. Difficult or not, the learning of Spanish verbs is unavoidable as they are an integral part of the Spanish language as are verbs in English or any language for that matter.

But which verb should we deem the most important in the Spanish language?

Spanish verbs are probably the most difficult and the most complex areas of the Spanish Language. Spanish verbs are split into 3 main groups, verbs that end in ‘-ar‘, ‘-er‘ and ‘-ir‘, each of the verbs in these verb groups has multiple endings to indicate who or what is performing an action and when.

There are also numerous irregular verbs that follow their own specific verb pattern that must also be learned and many of these are amongst the most commonly used verbs  such as, ‘ser‘ – ‘to be‘ and, ‘tener‘ – ‘to have‘.

The complexities do not stop there because there are 16 different tenses that are each conjugated differently, these 16 tenses are split into 8 simple tenses and 8 perfect (compound) tenses and it is the perfect tenses that should give you a clue as to the verb many, including myself, deem to be the most important verb in Spanish.

There are four distinct types of Spanish verb and they are; regular, irregular, reflexive and auxiliary and there is one specific auxiliary verb that is used with the past participle of every single verb in Spanish in each of the 8 perfect tenses.

The verb I’m referring to is, ‘haber‘ meaning ‘to have’.

Understanding, and knowing, the various conjugations of ‘haber‘ will make it possible to use verbs more extensively. The perfect tenses are those tenses that describe a completed task, for example: ‘I have been’; ‘I had been’; ‘I was’; ‘I will have been’ and, ‘I would have been‘, are all perfect tenses that will use ‘haber‘ as an auxiliary verb.

In Spanish, the perfect tenses are formed by using ‘haber‘, followed by the past participle (el participio in Spanish). In English, the participle typically is formed by adding ‘-ed‘ to the end of verbs; the Spanish participle, which has origins related to the English participle, typically is formed by adding ‘-ado’ for ‘-ar’ verbs and ‘-ido’ for ‘-er’ and ‘-ir’ verbs.

The verb tense in the perfect tenses is decided by which simple tense of ‘haber‘ is being used: for example if we said: ‘I have eaten’ and ‘I will have eaten‘ the only way to distinguish between the two would be the tense of the auxiliary verb being used; ‘I have eaten’ = ‘he comido’ and ‘I will have eaten’ = ‘habré comido’.

It isn’t feasible to show the complete conjugation of ‘haber‘ for each tense in Spanish as there are so many but the example below highlights how ‘haber‘ is used, using the past participle of the verb ‘andar‘, meaning ‘to walk‘, in the first person singular for each of the perfect tenses:

Indicative Tenses

  • Present Perfect – he andado – I have walked
  • Pluperfecthabía andado – I had walked
  • Past Perfecthube andado – I walked
  • Future Perfecthabré andado – I will have walked
  • Conditional Perfecthabría andado – I would have walked

Subjunctive

  • Present Perfecthaya andado – I have walked
  • Pluperfecthubiera or hubiese andado – I had walked
  • Future Perfecthubiera andado – I will have walked

So there you have it, ‘haber‘, is the most used verb in Spanish and as such rightfully earns the honor of being the most important Spanish verb. Obviously, the use of a full conjugation sheet for the verb ‘haber‘ would make the use of this auxiliary verb a great deal easier to understand … so why don’t you download or print off just such a sheet on this page about the Spanish verb haber.