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Making sense of Spanish verb conjugation

If you’re struggling to make sense of Spanish verb conjugation (it doesn’t really exist in English) why not consider my on-line course which explains the mechanics using fun animation? This course is now half price: £18.50! You can get it at Bristol Spanish on Teachable. To get the discount, type STAYHOME (all caps) at checkout. Check out the sample lecture here.

Tapescripts for YouTube drills

Drill 1: lo/la and the verb tener (PDF, 61 kB)

Essential Spanish Grammar, Intermediate Part 1.

This is a straightforward, effective approach to building language links in the brain, using simple repetition and is the first in a series coming later this year. The content corresponds to Levels B1 and B2 of the Common European Framework for Language Learning (intermediate level) and includes practice on direct object pronouns, indirect object pronouns, ayudar, gustar and three verbs that work like gustar : encantar, parecer and molestar. Read full content details »

It is available as an MP3 download or CD.

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This CD takes a rather traditional approach for the modern day – using grammar drills to teach/reinforce grammar points. I found it very effective and I think it could be used by both the independent learner as well as the teacher in the classroom. The strategy is simple – grammar points are illustrated within the context of a real-life phrase, and read aloud on the CD in a question-answer format. Following an example, read at native speaker speed, there is then time for the learner to speak the answer to a question in the pause. The answer is provided shortly afterwards. For example, drill set 1 deals with direct object pronouns: ¿Compraste la ginebra? No, la voy a comprar.The tone is straight-faced throughout, which made it almost funny at times, after so much repetition. The CD should certainly help build essential language and could be practised in many situations, although to be able to respond to the questions yourself I would advise sitting down and reading the accompanying booklet. The transcript booklet is helpful and well-presented on the whole. This is a traditional, sometimes forgotten approach to learning language that has its benefits, and can be used on the move. The drills do demand your attention, so it is possibly best not to multi-task too much at the same time.

JONATHAN TYRENS for Vida Hispánica
Editor of Francophonie

I found this CD to be a very helpful add-on to my Spanish course. I practiced speaking by repeating the sentences, which helped to improve my pronunciation and made speaking more natural. The exercise was to convert each given sentence to a correct version and repeat the same drill until it embedded in my head. It also let me learn new vocabulary. The CD insert contains the sentences in Spanish and English so it made it easy for a beginner like me to follow the drills. Overall I’m very happy and I can practice my Spanish anywhere I am. OK, Clifton, Bristol

Great fun! AP, St Andrews, Bristol.

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CD cover: Spanish Structure Drills 1