How to quickly learn declensions and conjugations (and other unpleasantries)
I’m definitely a weirdo. I enjoy learning grammar! Declensions, conjugations, possessive pronouns.
I love them all!
And there is a good reason for that! They are simply one of the easiest things to learn in most languages!
Of course, let’s be perfectly honest – learning them is easy. However, using them without any hesitation is another story.
Here are a few methods you might use to learn grammar effectively:
Repeat everything till your eyes and brain start bleeding.
The first thing I do when I learn grammar of some language is establishing some patterns.
For example, take a look at the weak declension of adjective in German (it is used when there is a preceding definite article (“der-word”).
And the rest of this table is just “e”! Quite simple to remember, isn’t it?
The Four German Cases
Can’t remember the order of German cases?
Maybe if I NAG(ge)D you would! 🙂
Here you have a list of German possessive pronouns.
It look pretty random, right?
Who knows, maybe it’s too abstract for you.
Let’s try something different then.
Now our little story can go like this:
As you can see, this method doesn’t always cover the pronunciation in 100%.
But that’s alright. In most cases your brain is aware of that and can correct these mistakes.
What about some (singular) objective pronouns?
When I was learning Swedish I memorized them, more less, like this:
MAYDAY! HOE NO! I wanted HENNE(ssy) .
There are so many ways to memorize these conjugations! But of course they depend on many things – your native tongue, other languages you speak and your entire “database” of different names, notions, etc.
Being Polish, I would choose to memorize first three endings with a word “OAZA” (eng. oasis). I think that this approximation is good enough.
AMOS can be easily (for me!) associated with my beloved artist Tori AMOS who puts AIS on AN(t).
Treat this method as crutches. It helps you to unburden your memory by memorizing grammar in an effortless way but it’s not a substitute for practice. You need to use the language to automate the use of grammar,
Q: Can you always find some associations?
A: Yep. Just use your imagination!
Q: But what if it doesn’t work?
A: Then try harder! Rome wasn’t build in a day.
Good luck and let me know what you think about this method! 🙂