Conjuguemos is a study tool used to learn verbs, vocab, and grammar in a handful of languages. The vision behind it is a way to make learning these things fun for the classroom – it’s not a fancy app, but that also means it’s totally free to use (for individual students, at least).
So amongst all the other resources and apps out there for language learners, who is Conjuguemos for? What does it do right, and what does it need to work on? In this Conjuguemos review, I’ll discuss just that![convertkit form=1363388]
As always, let’s start with the languages themselves. Conjuguemos supports a handful of very popular foreign languages, including:
However, not all these languages are totally complete – it looks like the more popular languages (Spanish) have significantly more material than less popular languages (Latin).
It’s kind of like Duolingo in that it’s totally free, but…you get what you get, ya know?
As an experienced Spanish language learner and considering Spanish is the most evolved language on Conjuguemos, let’s buckle up and focus there!
Once you select a language, all the materials available in said language are shown to you in a pretty well organized way. And, I gotta say, if this is supplemental to the tools you’re already using, there’s nothing better!
As an independent language learner who’s full up on vocab and really just needs to brush up on the past tense and subjunctive sometimes, I stick to the first section.
Under this section, all your options for studying these verbs are laid out for you by subcategory. You can practice all of your Spanish conjugations, or you can narrow it down by something as vague as Indicative/Subjunctive/Imperative moods, or as specific as stem-changing Preterite tense verbs.
You can chew up all these grammatical differences any way you choose, whichever way works for you and your grammatical weaknesses.
My past tense isn’t nearly as good as it should be, so I’m gonna go with the Preterite tense, regular verbs only.
Don’t know this tense at all, or very little? That drop down menu on the right links you to all the learning materials you could ever need: conjugation charts, worksheets, flashcards, everything.
While you can get that information in so many different places online, it’s handy to have links right here to review before testing yourself. I won’t go too in-depth, though, ’cause that’s not where Conjuguemos shines!
Let’s start with Graded Practice.
This bit is simple but effective! For 5 minutes (or however long you set your timer for – I’ve found 5 minutes to be plenty to both get my practice in and also not exhaust myself) you conjugate your verbs.
If you need a hint, click “Show Hints” on the bottom right. If you just want to guess (like I do), try your best and you’ll be corrected and won’t be moved on until you get it right, correct accents and all! Conjuguemos also keeps track of what you struggle with, and will show you those terms a couple more times.
Not quite an SRS algorithm, but more like common-sense practice!
Plus, if you have an account, you can opt to record your results and keep track of your improvements over time.
Next up, we have flashcards!
On the front you get the English verb – on the back you get the translation and all the conjugations you need.
Last but not least (in this section), we have games!
If you’re not using Conjuguemos under a teacher (I’ll talk about what that means in a bit) you unfortunately can’t play those first 3 multiplayer games, but you still have plenty of options!
They’re all very simple and fun – here are some shots from Frog Game, Crossword, Wordsearch, and Memory:
Yeah, I know, not the fanciest looking. I mean if you’re into the whole 80s/90s video game vibe (I’m not sure that was intentional, but it’s the impression I get) the aesthetics are great!
But we’re talking about learning languages, so aesthetics aren’t necessarily the priority anyways.
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Suffice to say, Conjuguemos offers a ton of methods for us to learn and practice our verbs. And that’s just the one section! Let’s move onto vocabulary.
Conjuguemos takes an interesting approach to vocab. Because it’s primarily meant to supplement formal classes, we get two options: vocab by textbook and vocab by theme.
Under “vocab by textbook”, Conjuguemos has a list of what I’m assuming are popular Spanish textbooks in a variety of levels. If you’re using one of these textbooks, Conjuguemos has vocab separated by textbook and chapter, so you (or your teacher) can use it to help you through!
Selecting any of these individual chapters within these textbooks will send you to that same activity page with Graded Practice, Flaschards, and Games options.
The idea is that your teacher uses Conjuguemos to keep track of how you’re doing in these chapters, as well as provide you with a more entertaining way to do homework! Not bad at all!
Or, if you’re not using Conjuguemos for a class, you can also just sort vocabulary by theme and learn them that way. It appears to be the same words that you’ll study in any textbook (food, clothing, colors, etc.).
Next let’s take a look at the Conjuguemos approach to grammar! While yes, verb conjugations are a part of grammar, Conjuguemos gives them their own independent sections, and rightly so.
Under grammar, we get concepts like Gustar, Por vs Para, and more. Each of these concepts sends you to a Graded Practice, which is basically a digital worksheet to use to practice your use of said concepts.
And just like in all the other sections, accents matter! If you don’t use accents, you will be marked as wrong. It’s tough, but it’s true.
Finally we have some listening activities. These don’t really seem to relate to any subject in particular, but are great for working on listening comprehension in a couple of ways.
All the listening activities are organized into Themes, Grammar, and Cultural Topics. They’re also in a variety of different accents, which is noted right in the activity page.
These videos are great snippets of real Spanish-speakers talking at native speed, though with easy vocab that relates to their themes.
For example, this exercise is a boy named Dani being “interviewed” about basic information: where he’s from, how old he is, etc.
It’s not the slow, crystal clear speech that you’d expect from a beginner audio, so be prepared to not understand a lot of it. This is some serious comprehension practice!
From here you have two options to test yourself: the comprehension quiz and the listening quiz. Here’s the comprehension quiz, answering the same basic questions that Dani is answering.
For more of a challenge, the listening quiz gives you the transcript and asks how many words you want to fill in for yourself. Obviously, the more words you remove, the more difficult the challenge.
This’ll take some time, and some serious thinking! This is a great way to practice listening comprehension, especially considering not only the number of different accents available, but they’re also labeled as such so you can easily broaden the number of accents you can understand.
In other words, this is hella supplemental study content!
The pricing plans here are interesting, and are clearly different from most other resources in that it’s built specifically as supplemental content for more formal classes.
Independent language learners don’t pay a dime! This pricing is more for teachers and educational institutions who can use Conjuguemos to help communicate their students’ individual needs.
And independent language learners also aren’t missing out on a whole lot! The only glaringly obvious thing you’ll be missing if you’re joining without a teacher is that you can’t play the multiplayer games, since those are based on playing against other classmates.
Otherwise, teachers or institutions who opt for a paid plan for their students can use Conjuguemos for a very reasonable price.
Who should use Conjuguemos?
I love using Conjuguemos for one-off grammar practice. Just five minutes here and there remembering my past tenses or other various grammar concepts gives me a little instant gratification.
I love the Graded Practice, that it’s just a simple but effective way to practice grammar rules in context. That bit’s my favorite.
Unfortunately, while Conjuguemos technically supports a handful of languages, many of them (namely Latin and Korean) don’t have enough content (yet) to make it worthwhile. If you’re learning any of the other languages, though, and need some basic grammar practice, Conjuguemos is gold!
Especially if you’re taking a formal course using a textbook that’s supported, this is an amazing supplemental resource! Or, if you’re a teacher looking for easy, convenient help for your students, see what Conjuguemos can do for you!