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Why this course is important:
- It teaches the most important tense in the Spanish language. The Simple Past or Preterite tense is used 40% of the time.
- After this class you will know every part of a Spanish sentence and how to shorten your speech by using pronouns. I gave it to him. He gave it to me. This is essential for fluid speech.
- You will learn the rules for word order and be able to put sentences in proper word order.
- Word order is a very challenging part of Spanish so you need to buckle down here. Watch each video until you master it (usually 3 or 4 times) and study the pages in your workbook. Then move on.
- This is a the most important class you will take. Once you know the Preterite tense and know how to make sentences the other tenses are simple and easy to learn.
Once you have learned the Preterite or Simple Past Tense, the next tense to learn is the Imperfect Past tense. This is the tense that works with the Preterite to allow you to tell stories about past events. In Spanish the Imperfect is
called the Co-Preterito, which indicates that these tenses work hand in hand. The Preterite Tense portrays events in the past that are over and complete while the Imperfect portrays events that happened continuously or repeatedly. The Imperfect is
portrayed by events that happened “always, generally, usually, every day, etc.”
The Present Indicative tense is one of the three Major tenses. It is the tense you use to express your needs and wants and to understand the needs of others. ie. What do you need? I need to use the restroom. It allows you to talk
about events that are occurring now. ie. I work today. continuing to occur. ie. I always work., and that will occur in the near future. ie. I work tomorrow.
The Minor tenses are specialty tools. You have to have them. The Future tense will get commitment or promise. ie. Will you do it? The Conditional tense allows you to say: I would do it but xxxxx. The Present Progressive tense allows
you to portray events in progress. ie. I am doing it. The Present Perfect tense allows you to portray events that are over and complete. ie. I have done it.