¡Hi Everyone! and welcome to the blog con el que nunca te acostarás sin aprender una cosa más, as today You will learn the most common Spanish irregular verbs list through this infographic I designed for You.
When You start learning Spanish, one of the first things You learn is how to conjugate regular verbs in the present. Once You have controlled them and You feel proud of it, then suddenly something terrible happens:
«Oh my God!, a retinue of irregular verbs appear in the front!».
Please, don´t panic at this stage¡ Since today, I am sharing with You this infographic to help You out.
So.., take it easy! calm down! and let me explain that, finally, it is not such a big deal as You think.
Even for Spaniards, when We were children, conjugations were a daunting part of our grammar but, as children that We were, We didn´t give a damn to grammar rules, so irregular verbs didn´t exist for us, not even frightened us.
It was our mum, dad, relatives and teachers who used to correct us by modelling and recasting the correct form of the verbs.
For example, I remember myself when I was four saying:
«Mamá, ¿me pono hoy el vestido rojo?», instead of:
» Mamá, ¿me pongo hoy el vestido rojo?».
Then, my mum would tell me:
«Se dice me pongo, no pono«.
Mum had to repeat this language pattern several times during my childhood for me to internalise that «poner» didn´t work as a regular but as an irregular verb.
So, Why do Spanish students get so frustrated with irregular verbs when it´s so natural and understandable to make these type of mistakes?
Let´s play with the verbs and the language.
Very young children don´t learn the conjugations by heart, but by listening and making a hypothesis of how all verbs should work.
They don´t care if their theory works at all because someone is there to model and recast them when They are wrong, and… anyway!
«I can make myself understand, and what is most important, I can communicate!»
I have some students who get very frustrated when a grammar rule doesn´t apply to all cases, but as it happens in all languages, grammar is not an exact science.
The most important thing when learning a language is not to be afraid of making mistakes and play with it.
Let yourself to become a child again!. A child learns how to walk after falling down a hundred times and getting up a hundred more, so..
Don´t be scared, give it a thousand tries and go step by step, as one day it will become mechanic and easy.
And as I love to help you, I have attached this infographic for You to begin tackling the most common irregular verbs.