Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Verb Tenses by Dorothy RichmondThis book is fantastic! Im working on learning Spanish, and this filled a niche I needed -- a walk through a cornucopia of verb tenses, with write-in exercises to practice as you go. Along the way youll expand your verb vocabulary (and learn some nouns and adjectives, too). The book includes helpful, accessible discussions about usage (e.g., preterite vs. imperfect past tenses), not just a boring presentation of conjugation tables.
- Comprehensive coverage of verb tenses. Super useful! My speaking and reading skills improved even after only a few days study.
- Interesting, challenging practice sentences.
- Spanish-English and English-Spanish dictionaries (albeit short) in the back.
- Answers to exercises included.
- Some of the correct answers are not written with proper Spanish, especially early in the book. For example, one exercise has you translate I believe that... but hasnt taught you the subjunctive tense yet, so the answer key uses the indicative tense for the following verb. Its probably still readable Spanish, but its very simplified and likely makes you sound like a little kid. Happily, this tends to go away as you get deeper in the book and (presumably) can employ more sophisticated grammar. However, Id have preferred if the book simply steered clear of this sort of thing -- dont ask the student to translate something they arent capable of yet.
- That connects to a minor complaint, which is that the book clearly assumes that youll go through it in linear order, as later sections build on the tenses and vocabulary given earlier. While this is kind of reasonable (I guess), it tripped me up because I tired of the endless section on present tense verbs and jumped ahead to learn some past tense constructions. Making these more standalone would make the book a bit more usable. Theres no logical reason that you need to have learned all possible present tense verbs, and every irregular exception, before starting on the past tense.
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Simple Spanish Verb Tenses
Want to condense an entire years of Spanish classes at uni into just a few minutes? Here is your chance. Put in the hard work, concentrate on this lesson and you might just be surprised and how much you can learn on one single page. This post is an overview of everything you need to know about the Spanish tenses and their conjugations, from the most basic to the most advanced. Something you really need to master if you want to someday be a proficient Spanish speaker.
When you're learning Spanish , Spanish verb conjugation rarely inspires enthusiasm, even in the most dedicated language learner. If you think learning how to conjugate Spanish verbs is all word lists and conjugation tables, think again! Verb conjugation is vital to speaking and understanding Spanish.
Spanish speakers and English speakers think of their verb tenses in much the same way: The present tense of English functions much like the present tense of Spanish, and the same can be said of other tenses. But there are some differences you'll come across as you get past the beginner's level of Spanish. Here are some of the most significant ones:. It is possible in both languages to discuss the future while using a present tense, but you can do so more flexibly in English. In English, you can use either the simple present or the present progressive to refer to the future. For example, you could say either "The bus arrives at 2" or "The bus is arriving at 2. The present progressive in Spanish suggests that something is happening now.
Can anybody tell me the names of tenses used in Spanish and English with atleast one example in both languages. It is difficult for me to under which tense of English is named what in Spanish. I'll give you a link to the Spanish names, but you may find them confusing at first. Books written in English describing Spanish grammar often use the terms imperfect and preterit e for Spanish's two simple past tenses. As you will see both tenses actually have the word preterit e in their name so if you use the names correctly you are probably going to get unusual reactions from your fellow students. Haber conjugated.