Preterite vs. Imperfect

Spanish has two past tenses.  I know that sounds weird…how can that be?  Well, I’ll tell you.  In Spanish, the Preterite tense is used when we have a completed action in the past, with a specific time frame.

Example:

Last night we ate spaghetti. (Last night is my time frame and we know it’s a completed action because I can’t ‘un-eat’ my spaghetti).

Español:

Anoche comimos los fideos (noodles).

The other past tense, the Imperfect is used for an ongoing action in the past, where there is no specific time frame.

Example:

We ate noodles every Friday last winter.

Here I know I’m using the Imperfect because this was an ongoing action in the past….every single Friday last winter.

Español:

Nosotros comíamos los fideos cada viernes el invierno pasado.

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If I asked, “What is an indirect (or direct) object pronoun?”  Does that sound like foreign language itself?

You‘re not alone, but I’m here to help!

If I have the example:

She gives me the gift.

She= subject

Gives= verb

Me= indirect object (the person receiving the action)

The gift= the direct object (the thing we‘re talking about)

In Spanish our indirect object pronouns are:

Me

Te

Le/Se

Nos

Os

Les/se

Our direct object pronouns are:

Lo/la

Los/las

Order:

Subject, indirect object pronoun, direct object pronoun, conjugated verb

los examenes

I know that exams are coming up so very soon!  And I’m here to help, no matter where you are!  I can Skype with you and offer you notes, email consultation and study skills advice.  I even have an online store where you can find easy-to-understand notes on complex grammar subjects like the Preterite, the Imperfect, Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns, Stem-Changing verbs, and more! Check it out at:

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If you don’t see what you need listed, let me know and I’ll create notes just for you!

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What’s your favorite study aid?  A favorite pen/pencil? Good lamp? Special notebook?

I know I can’t live without my planner!!! If I don’t physically write something down, I’m bound to forget it (I probably shouldn’t admit that, but it’s true!).

It’s planner mayhem!!

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**Study Tips**

It’s mid-term time here in the south! To help you prepare for your tests, I want to share some helpful study tips.

1. Make a study schedule
        Ex. Study your hardest subjects first 30-40 minutes at a time with a 5-10 minute break in between.  Then switch subjects!

2. Make sure you have all your papers, tests, quizzes, for each subject to study from and keep everything organized in its own
    binder, folder, or section.

3. Notes, notes, notes!  
      Study from your notes in each class AND take some extra notes as you study (key points to remember, etc!).  And I’m not
      talking typing some notes on the computer, kick it old school with a pen and paper!
4.  Start studying early, not the night before but the week (or at least 3 days) before

5. Go to bed early! 
     Not at 12AM or 1AM or later!

Take notes like a BOSS!

I thought I would have some fun with this post!  Lately, I’ve been teaching some note-taking and organization sessions and loving it! (I guess my inner nerd is making a statement!).   During these sessions we take a look at things like:

1. How to use a planner
2. How to make an effective study-schedule
3. How to prepare for upcoming projects and tests
4. How to take some (awesome) notes

Now, I know that the note-taking ‘thing’ may sound old-school and entirely outdated, but I bet you could to the same thing on your computer.  Unfortunately, even though I do use the computer, I feel like I don’t really remember anything unless I write it down.  That’s why I still have a planner (archaic I know!), but I think that having a written record of something is better than having a million-and-one alerts in my phone. (Maybe that’s just me, I know we all have to do what works!)

So, I’m going to share with you the note-taking method I learned in high school.  Now, these notes have a name, but I don’t remember it!

Method:

Fold the side with the holes over about 1/4 of the way

On the same side as the holes, write your main headings, indent for sub-headings

On the other side write your key terms and definitions

How to study:

Fold the side with the holes back, that way you show all your headings and can quiz yourself on the terms and definitions!

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