Verb conjugation is one of, if not the most difficult part of learning Romance Languages. As such, I am trying to introduce them to the students now, so that the concepts are not entirely new for them when they are older. First up, we have to look at the pronouns in Spanish. Then we have to look at the verb endings that go with the different subject pronouns. Then, we can try to match the verb “stem,” which tells us the action that is happening with the ending that matches the subject.
In Spanish we have the verb hablar, which means “to speak.” In English, we don’t walk around saying “I to speak. She speak. We speaks. He speaked French.” While we might still be understood, there is a good chance we will not be understood, or not taken seriously. In Spanish we have a similar process.
Yo is the pronoun that means “I.” The regular verb when talking about yo is -o.
I take the verb hablar, and I take off the -ar ending. This leaves me with the stem habl, which stays consistent. Then, I add the ending -o to give me the verb hablo, which means “I speak.”
In 4th grade we are looking at the yo, tú, él, ella forms of the verbs (I, you, he she)
In 5th grade we are adding the nosotros/nosotras (we) ellos/ellas (they)
In 6th grade we will be taking it a few steps further with some irregular verbs, and maybe the -er and -ir verbs.
To start us off, let’s practice these quizzes from Sporcle, going in order
¡Buena suerte! And remember, this is difficult. I’m teaching this now, so that by the time you’re at TA it’s not completely new and challenging.