Basic training can be challenging for even the fittest, most prepared candidates.
Still, it is an essential step of turning civilians into soldiers.
Spanish students also have to go through specialized training in order to transform themselves from students to speakers.
While it may not involve as much physical rigor as basic training, the repetition alone can be draining.
But this repetition can turn students into skilled speakers in no time. And with the right resource, it can even turn from a trying challenge into a fun one!
One type of training for Spanish students is the use of verb drills. Verb drills can help you learn essential Spanish verbs, fine-tune your skills and become a more proficient Spanish speaker overall.
Let’s dive into 10 powerful resources for Spanish verb drills and strengthen our Spanish muscles!
How Spanish Verb Drills Can Improve Your Language Skills
There are plenty of excellent reasons to use Spanish verb drills to strengthen your Spanish skills!
This is important because in a real conversation, you will not have long breaks to prepare what you are going to say. Being able to come up with the words you need quickly can save valuable seconds and prevent awkwardness.
Verb drills can also help you detect what you do not know. Since you will be getting plenty of verb practice, you are more likely to notice the areas that you are struggling with.
You might realize, for example, that you find some difficult-to-conjugate verbs particularly challenging or you struggle with certain verb tenses.
Regardless, realizing your own weaknesses can help you focus on them.
Which leads us into the next point: Verb drills can help you improve in areas that you are struggling with.
Beyond simply identifying your own weaknesses, doing pointed exercises can help you to improve your weak points. Since you use drills to remember conjugate verbs, these drills will help you improve in whatever verb-related issue you are having trouble with.
Spanish Verb Drills to Turn Learners into Speakers
Verb drills hone in on conjugations for the technical aspect of the language. For a more well-rounded learning, it is important to study these verbs in context, as well!
That is where FluentU comes in. FluentU takes real-world videos, like music videos, commercials, news and inspiring talks, and turns them into Spanish learning experiences.
Other sites use scripted content. FluentU uses a natural approach that helps you ease into the Spanish language and culture over time. You’ll learn Spanish as it’s actually spoken by real people.
FluentU has a wide variety of videos—topics like soccer, TV shows, business, movies and even magical realism, as you can see here:
FluentU brings native videos within reach with interactive transcripts. You can tap on any word to look it up instantly. Every definition has examples that have been written to help you understand how the word is used. If you see an interesting word you don’t know, you can add it to a vocab list.
Review a complete interactive transcript under the Dialogue tab, and find words and phrases listed under Vocab.
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Start using FluentU on the website with your computer or tablet or, better yet, download the FluentU app from the iTunes or Google Play store for iOS and Android devices.
Now drop down and give me 10—10 awesome Spanish verb drills, that is.
The Linguasorb Spanish Verbs app is available for iOS and offers tons of resources to help any Spanish student improve their knowledge.
The app contains over 700 verbs with conjugations, audio pronunciations, translations and usage examples.
There are lists of common verbs if you want to focus on the ones you are most likely to use first. You can also save words to study them more down the road.
But you are here for the drills, and Linguasorb has those, too. Linguasorb offers quizzes to help you practice every tense for all the verbs they feature, so you will have plenty of studying to do.
This Android app does not technically have exercises, but with the easy-to-use interface you can use it for self-guided drills.
All you have to do is type in your verb of choice to view conjugations for that verb for every Spanish tense and mood you can think of, from the present to the subjunctive.
If you do not understand something, a “Learn” feature provides mini lessons on rules and usage.
To use this app for verb drill, just choose a verb and a tense and try to list all the conjugations. Then, refer back to the app to see if you were right. Keep practicing until you perfect it, then move on to the next verb.
Sometimes, it really helps to write out conjugations physically since writing things down can make them easier to remember.
That is where a book like “Spanish Verb Drills” comes in handy.
This book offers both explanations and practice to help you improve your verb skills. It teaches when and how to use all the tenses, paying particular attention to irregular and stem-changing verbs.
This is another book designed to help Spanish students perfect their verb skills.
To do this, the book offers explanations, examples, flashcards, audio recordings (available online) and over 200 exercises.
The first few lessons are appropriate for complete beginners, covering the basics of verbs and conjugations. The book goes on to address common, irregular, stem-changing and reflexive verbs.
Drill-style activities come in a few different formats for variety. For instance, you might find yourself translating phrases, like “I sing” or “he works” in Spanish. You may also translate longer passages or do true/false activities to reinforce your learning.
Spanish Language Drills is a free website that offers Spanish drills on plenty of topics, including verbs.
Verb-related drills cover common verbs that are often mistaken for each other, like ser (to be) and estar (to be). They also cover tricky tenses that some students may use interchangeably, like the preterite and imperfect.
The website is not as slick as the rest and can be a little confusing at first, so you may need to play around with it.
If you want to learn more about the subject before doing the drill, simply click the “Grammar Notes” link.
When doing the drill, you can fill in answers with the drop-down menu. Then, once you finish, the answers appear at the bottom of the page. However, if you prefer more immediate feedback, you can also click the links below the question for more details on all the possible answer choices.
If you do not know a word in a prompt, you can also refer to a glossary by clicking the “Gloss.?” link.
This handy website was created by a student who simply wanted to improve their Spanish (and programming) skills. Luckily, the results of this goal can benefit other Spanish students, too.
The website features five verb quizzes that are great for beginning through intermediate students, covering common verbs and conjugations.
The format is simple but effective: You are presented with a tense, a pronoun and a verb and your job is to conjugate the verb to match the tense and pronoun. You find out how you did once you submit your answers.
You can also create your own drills, which you customize with the tenses and verbs you want to include. Choose to include the vosotros (plural “you” used in Spain) conjugations or not, whether you can retry when you get an answer wrong and whether other users can take your quiz. Create an account to save your quizzes for later!
¡Es fácil! (It’s Easy!) is a free website that offers customizable verb drills to cater to the needs of virtually any student, from beginning through advanced.
That is because this resource gives students a lot of choice about what exactly they want to study. You are able to choose a category (including reflexive, irregular, stem changing and more), tense and even specific verbs, allowing you to hone in on what you most need to work on.
From there, the program presents you with a blank conjugation table that you must fill in. See the correct answers by clicking the “Check” button at the bottom of each drill.
Spaleon (“SPAnish—LEarn it ONline”) offers a simple verb trainer you can use to drill yourself on common Spanish verbs.
All you have to do is select the tense you want to work on: present, preterite, imperfect, future, present subjunctive, imperfect subjunctive or conditional.
From there, you can choose a verb set from curated lists, including basic verbs, regular verbs, irregulars, learning verbs and travel verbs.
If you prefer, you can also just select which 10 verbs you want to study from a list of over 50 verbs.
Once you make your choice, the verb trainer presents you with a verb to conjugate. Handily enough, there is also an example of a similar conjugation to help guide you along.
Conjuguemos (Let’s Conjugate) offers 32 different sets to get your verbs on point.
Sets feature a graded practice activity, a game (or a few) and often, several printouts like conjugation charts and flashcards.
Each drill covers a variety of tenses and moods, including more specialized, specific topics, such as irregular participles in the present perfect tense.
With so many great resources for beginning through advanced learners, Conjuguemos is like a dream come true for Spanish students.
This resource features verb quizzes for a variety of tenses, including present, preterite, imperfect, subjunctive, future and more.
Once you select the category you want to practice, you are taken to a brief lesson on that tense with plenty of examples.
Then, you can click to go to a quiz that you can customize with number of questions and whether or not you want vosotros included. Quizzes provide the verb and ask you to conjugate it to complete a sentence.
Perhaps best of all, new quizzes are generated each time you visit, so you can continue taking quizzes in the same category to learn more material.
You want your Spanish skills to be powerful, right? Then get your verb knowledge in gear with these 10 resources for powerful verb drills!
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