Updated: Apr 6
By: Josefina Martinen.
Before we begin, we will make a brief review of the grammatical people and the verbs in Spanish. It is very important that you know well what they are because it is the first step to be able to conjugate them well.
These are the pronouns of Spanish:
In Spanish, there are three conjugation models:
The verbs that end in -ar (amar); the verbs that end in -er (comer) and the verbs that end in -ir (abrir).
Regular verbs are those that follow their conjugation model, they do not modify their root or their termination when conjugated. Most verbs in Spanish are regular.
Irregular verbs are those that change their root or their termination when conjugated.
How do you memorize the verbs?
The most effective way to memorize verbs is to make a list. You can do it by hand in your notebook, on your computer or even on your cell phone.
How to start?
First, you must differentiate regular verbs from irregular ones. You can make two lists or you can also use different colors: one for regular verbs and one for irregular ones. These lists should be with you throughout your learning experience and should grow as you learn new verbs.
Regular verbs are the easiest to learn since they follow the same conjugation model. The problem arises with irregular verbs. What can we do to learn those verbs? Well, the best thing you can do is to be friends with them.
If you look at a frame of conjugations you will see that the irregularities of the verbs are not so random and are often repeated. You can put together groups of verbs that have the same irregularities and study them together.
Ask your tutor for a frame of regular and irregular verb conjugations and try to read it once a day. You will see how in a short time you will memorize several conjugations.
Always practice! Try to speak in Spanish in and out of class. Watch TV shows or series, listen to the radio, TED talks (here are our favorites) or podcasts like these: 8 PODCASTS to improve your comprehension of Spanish.
I hope this article is helpful! Leave us any questions in the comments.