How I’m Learning Past Tense Verbs in Spanish


¡Hola, amigos!!

I’m actually excited to get to the more challenging + complex level of learning Spanish. Learning the conjugations of “estar” and “ser”, or how to say the names of different animals, is all in the past 😋

I am feeling very determined to become fluent in Spanish. It was a dream of mine before I ever met my husband, Pipe – and I’m finally starting to feel like it can actually become a reality.

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So I’ve come to start learning verbs in their past tense forms 🙀🤦🏼‍♀️ Basically, a whole other chart to memorize… I first started learning about this form of conjugation on my Duolingo app. However, the app doesn’t explain conjugation. So I decided to look up some commonly used verbs that I can memorize in the past tense conjugations.

I found this website that has such a GREAT chart that shows you how to conjugate verbs ending in -ar, -er, and -ir.

1. MEMORIZE. The very first thing I did with these new words is I re-wrote them by hand in English and in Spanish so that I could begin to memorize the meanings.

2. FLASHCARDS TO LEARN CONJUGATION. I took those words and made flash cards that I could study. Once you learn the endings of the regular verbs it gets a lot easier. You can just apply the same principle to all the words that end the same.

3. PRACTICE QUESTIONS. Once I finish memorizing the vocab, I’ll move on to the practice questions they provide on that web site 👆🏼 Here are some more practice sites that I found!

4. READ A BOOK IN SPANISH. Another great way that I’ve been learning my past-tense verbs is through reading. I went online and typed in “4th grade reading list”. I took that list and searched for the titles in Spanish. I try to read a chapter a night, using my dictionary to understand any difficult words!

5. WRITE A SHORT STORY. Once I finish the practice sheets and feel pretty good about my memorization, I want to write a short story using all the verbs I’ve learned. An even better option would be to make up a sentence and say the sentence to a Spanish speaker. Try and have a conversation.

Now what’s really gonna be tough is when I get to the irregular verbs 🙈

Besides the flash cards, practice questions, and the duolingo app, I’m just talking a lot with my husband, his family, and our friends! Talking is definitely the best strategy for learning a new language.

What are your strategies for learning another language? Share them in the comments!

❤️ Hannah