Worried about conjugations? Don’t be!

Yes, you may think it is difficult at first, but the way I would explain Spanish conjugation is that it is different, not difficult. It’s not what you are used to, it is just something new that your brain has never processed before.

In Spanish, there are regular verbs and irregular verbs. What does this mean? Well, regular verbs follow a common conjugation pattern depending on their ending and irregular verbs have their own, bespoke conjugation pattern.

In English, we do this very subtly.

For example:

I speak
yo hablo

You speak
tú hablas

He/she speaks
él/ella habla

We speak
nosotros/nosotras hablamos

They speak
ellos/ellas hablan

In English, all that changes is the personal pronoun, however, in Spanish, we also change the verb. Don’t worry! There are rules to help you with this and after some practice, it becomes second nature.

The verb used in the above example is hablar, a regular AR verb meaning to talk or to speak. We take the stem from the verb, by removing the AR, IR or ER. In this case, the stem is habl. If the verb is regular, (hablar is regular) then we conjugate it based on what type of verb it is (AR, ER or IR). I would highly suggest that you check out the conjugation rules for each of these verb types, we have a guide for all 3 at Conjugating AR Verbs, Conjugating ER Verbs and Conjugating IR Verbs.

In my opinion, verb conjugations are the reason why people get scared away from learning Spanish. Don’t worry if you don’t understand it. We can get you started here with our Verbs One guide.

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Verbs One – Learnish · February 21, 2018 at 9:19 pm

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