Every Spanish language learner needs to practice Spanish conjugations at some point in their language journey – they’re such an integral part of the language and, depending on your native language, they may take some work to get your head wrapped around! So what’s the best way to practice Spanish conjugations?
If you’re sick of using tables for your Spanish verb conjugation practice, you’re in the right place. Same with plain old flashcards. They’re boring and ineffective – part of the reason they’re so ineffective is because they’re boring! So what do you do instead when you just want to nail the basic patterns and those few irregulars, without having to go through the effort of finding a good book or a language exchange you jive with?
Let’s talk about 3 fun ways to practice Spanish conjugations. And by the way, they’re all either free or very very cheap!
Teachers may be familiar with this one: Conjuguemos (read my full review here)! Considering its title is literally translated as “we conjugate”, Conjuguemos is a great place to practice Spanish conjugations with fun drills, games, digital flashcards, and quizzes.
Conjuguemos offers this material in a variety of different languages, but Spanish is their bread and butter, so you’ll be able to do simple drills for everything from reflexive verbs to Spanish past tense practice.
While there isn’t an app, Conjuguemos is a great option for not only testing yourself to see what exactly you need to work on, but working on those simple skills in a modern, fun way, complete with cute graphics, sound effects, and more.
Plus, if you are taking a Spanish class you can look up your textbook and see if it’s supported, meaning you can go through the whole website in the order that your textbook organizes it, and get in some easy drills no matter where you are. Yes, even if your teacher doesn’t use Conjuguemos themselves! All you need is a free account.
While teachers use Conjuguemos to keep track of their students’ progress, as long as you log into a free account you can do the same. Here’s a screenshot of my own progress, specifically from a day when I got a random itch to throw myself into the Preterite and Imperfect tenses.
Make sure you’re logged in or you don’t get this! I’m sometimes automatically logged out, so I’ve learned to double check before doing anything else.
All that said, I don’t think independent Spanish language learners should be sleeping on Conjuguemos! Independent study is all about being creative about your approach (and not just taking the approach someone else says you should take), so consider it!
If you don’t have a computer, though, Conjuguemos may be tough. Don’t worry, the next two recommendations are mobile apps that don’t have the same functionality, but may be a better option for you.
ConjuGato is another great option for simple conjugation drills. This one’s an app and although you have the option to pay for Pro (just a one-off payment of $5.99) to access more Spanish verb practice and and conjugations, it’s totally free if all you need are Spanish Present tense practice and Preterite conjugations.
Seriously, you can just sit there all day and drill the tenses you need. Get used to those patterns. Get them to be second-nature. Get them to the point where you don’t even have to think about it anymore, it just feels right.
Besides being a simple conjugation app, ConjuGato also does something that I’ve honestly never seen before: rhymes. This is meant for those who struggle to differentiate between similar-sounding verbs to practice their comprehension. It’s definitely an interesting take – if your passive Spanish is better than your active Spanish (i.e. you’re used to recognizing verbs by taking a quick glance, not necessarily coming up with them yourself) then this may be a good tool for you.
If you go into the settings (which I’ll show you in a sec), you can opt-in to having these verbs read out to you to really highlight the differences in their pronunciation. Just tap the screen to see the translations pop up one-by-one!
Okay, now the settings. ConjuGato’s settings are pretty top-notch! You can tell this app is a passion project (you can learn more about that on their About us page) because it’s so highly customizable to suit your needs!
Literally every single aspect of this app is cusomizable to your needs. Want to type everything out? Cool. Just want simple flashcards? Fine. Want everything read out to you? No problem. Want to translate the English verb? Sure thing.
ConjuGato Pro does come with more Spanish verb practice and extra tenses, so if you jive really well with it, I highly recommend you pay the five bucks to unlock them. It’s not a subscription, so you’ll be able to review these verbs forever!
The best part? It’s simple. This is all you need to know about ConjuGato, which is why I don’t have an individual review of ConjuGato to link you to. That’s literally it!
So, if you just want a bare bones app to buff up your conjugations in your downtime, download ConjuGato (available on Android and Apple) and you’re set.
Looking for a bit more in an app? I’ve got one more option for you!
Finally, Ella Verbs makes the difference between Conjuguemos and ConjuGato: it’s a fairly simple mobile app to practice Spanish conjuguations that’s mostly a passion project, but with a lot of extra functionalities that are updated pretty consistently (you can join the Facebook group to be updated about these things, as well as add your own requests).
Ella Verbs does have a little psychological trick to make your incorrect answers really stand out, which I like. Conjuguemos will play you a little tone to alert you that your answer is wrong and show it to you again, ConjuGato won’t even let you submit a wrong answer (if you type in the wrong letter, it’ll turn red), and Ella Verbs gives you a strong red banner comparing your answer to the correct answer. Maybe you’re different, but this one is more emotionally striking to me than the others!
Similar to Conjuguemos, Ella Verbs also keeps track of your progress once you’ve taken 5 quizzes. It’ll keep track of your:
- daily streak
- average score
- number of quizzes
- Tense Fluency (your CEFR level based on which tenses you’ve mastered)
You can use this to keep track of what you need to work on, or you can create your own custom quiz if you already know what you need to work on, or you don’t want to bother teaching the app about your current skill level.
Seriously, Ella Verbs is highly flexible – more flexible than ConjuGato, but only because there are more options available. A bit more complex, which means there are more options for personalization.
With those extra functions (and the creators, who are just a couple and not a whole company, being so responsive to their Facebook group), Ella Verbs does keep most of the intermediate-advanced conjugations behind a pay wall. But, just like ConjuGato, it’s pretty cheap!
If you just want some basic Spanish Present tense practice for the most common verbs you need to communicate in Spanish, you can use Ella Verbs free no problem. If you want that advanced content and functionality for more than a tourist-level understanding of the language, Ella Verbs is super reasonable!
Apps to practice Spanish conjugations
All three resources – Conjuguemos, ConjuGato, and Ella Verbs – are simple yet functional, and much more enjoyable than the old, tired methods of flashcards and conjugation tables. They’re all either free or very very cheap, and I’d recommend any one of them if you need to brush up on your Spanish verb conjugation practice (which, if you’re learning Spanish, you will need to do at some point).
Conjuguemos is completely free and highly engaging with games, quizzes, and a gradebook to keep track of your progress as long as you have an account, but unfortunately it’s only available on desktop. Out of all three, it’s my personal favorite, and I use it for my own Spanish!
ConjuGato is free up to the Present and Imperfect tenses for common verbs, and anything past that just requires one $5.99 fee, no subscriptions. It’s a simple app that’ll deliver you a variety of verbs with which you can practice any combination of tenses you need. And no questioning if you’re getting warmer or colder – as soon as you type in the wrong letter, you’ll see it in a bold red and have a chance to think about it before you get it wrong.
Finally, Ella Verbs is also a free app for the Present tense, with a super cheap subscription to access everything else. There’s some more complex functionality involved if you like things like keeping track of your progress, algorithms to hand-deliver you a challenge, and highly customizable quizzes (yes, more customizable than ConjuGato’s quizzes).
These are all awesome options for you to practice Spanish conjugations. Which of these resources do you prefer?