With this monographic course, you will solve many doubts and gain confidence. The videos allow you to watch the grammar content as much as you want. And, since they are short, you can watch them while on a break at work, on the metro, etc. Moreover, after each video, you can practice the activities.
You can differentiate the forms and sometimes the use of them is quite clear, but, suddenly there is a sentence that makes you doubt:
Cuando visité a María... ??
Cuando visitaba a María... ??
When you don't have an equivalent in your language (or any of those you know) is much more complicated to understand the logic, the differences.
"Why are there so many past tenses in Spanish?"
It's what I usually hear in class.
You can communicate, and people understand what you say more or less.
You can talk without much trouble about the present or the future. The problem is the hesitation that arises when someone asks you about your last weekend in Madrid or last holidays in Portugal.
Estuve / estaba en Oporto??
And you remember the different uses of one and the other tense. And you even remember what the teacher was wearing that day in class and the weather outside. But the doubt is:
Is it a description or an action?
Forget the lists of uses because, after that, you have the lists of exceptions.
Probably, you learned that, to make a description in the past, you need Pretérito Imperfecto:
"Mi profesor de matemáticas era malísimo."
Is it not possible to say "fue malísimo"?
Yes, you can say "fue malísimo".
There are differences in the meaning. Therefore to thrive in the language, you should learn them.
But don't panic! We will look for the logic behind (Yes, there is logic!). We will try not to depend so much on our memory. Because, let's be clear, with so much information nowadays, our brain is a bit saturated.
Yes, mine as well.
That's why I have created this monograph "Los pasados, bien, gracias" where you will go straight to the point. You will see the form and uses of each of the four past tenses in Spanish and learn the differences in the meaning of Pretérito Indefinido and Pretérito Imperfecto. Moreover, you will get plenty of activities to practice the theory.
With this course, you are not going to memorize lists of uses. For that, you can find plenty of beautiful infographics on Pinterest.
You will find the logic of the past and will see that most of the time, in Spanish, we can choose one or the other tense depending on what we want to express; that is the communicative intention. If you understand that, you will gain clarity.
The course contains "mechanic" activities for practicing the form and a self-assessment in each module where you will write short texts: different ways of practicing for a more effective learning process.
As this is an autonomous course, I suggest you correct the assessments with an online corrector.
The course contains five modules, each dedicated to one of the past tenses. There is also one specific for explaining the contrast between "Pretérito Indefinido" y "Pretérito Imperfecto".
I recommend following the order.
Below you can see more details of the content.
Module 1: "Pretérito Perfecto"
Module 2: "Pretérito Indefinido"
Module 3: "Pretérito Imperfecto"
Module 4: "Pretérito Indefinido vs. Imperfecto"
Module 5: "Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto"
Any doubts? Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.