The entire series of Verbwise™ consists of four packs of cards: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Supplementary – 98 cards in total.
The first three packs: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced – each have 24 cards and the verbs covered at each level have been carefully selected to reflect their frequency of use in every day language.
The first three packs are also colour-coded to divide them into seven families of verb & the supplementary cards are white.
Each card is PACKED with clever features to make the learning process fast and simple. The first three Verbwise cards deal with the formation, also known as conjugation, of regular verbs. Spanish verbs fall into three groups based on their endings: -AR, -ER & -IR.
On the front of each card you will find: a model verb, its translation, a unique code for that card and a simple conjugation rule. As well as a list of up to twelve examples of other verbs, that follow the same conjugation pattern, and a level indicator.
On the back of each of these cards: are shown the complete conjugations of the model verb for eight tenses: Present, Imperfect, Preterit (aka Simple Past), Future, Conditional, Perfect & Imperfect Subjunctives and Imperative. Along with the Present & Past Participles.
So if you wish to know the Preterit for HABLAR – to speak, all the conjugations can be seen on the back of the card: hablé, hablaste, habló, hablamos, hablasteis, hablaron and translate as I spoke, you spoke, she or he spoke, we spoke, you-all spoke, they spoke.
The key to many languages is understanding that most verbs are regular BUT the most used verbs tend to be irregular. And this is where the other colour-coded Verbwise cards come into play!
On the back of the non-regular colour coded Verbwise cards you can see that only conjugations for four tenses are shown: Present, Preterit, Present Subjunctive & Imperative, along with the Present & Past Participles. Four tenses have been omitted: Imperfect, Future, Conditional & Imperfect Subjunctive – as these tenses are easy to learn when you know the following:
Imperfect – this tense is only irregular for three verbs and when this is the case the conjugations are listed on the front of card. For example for IR – to go, they are iba, ibas, iba, ibamos, ibaís, iban.
Future & Conditional – are always formed using the same endings, which you will learn from the regular Verbwise cards. However they have irregular stems for thirteen model verbs, when this is the case this is also indicated on the front of the card.
Imperfect Subjunctive – always takes its stem from the third person plural of the preterit. This stem is underscored on every card.
Throughout the non-regular colour-coded cards the irregular conjugations are indicated in bold.
Note: Irregular Verbwise cards do not have a simple conjugation rule. That’s what makes them irregular!
The Verbwise Complementary Pack consists of 26 cards:
17 cards that deal with 17 different tenses: Present, Imperfect, Preterit, Future, Conditional, Present Subjunctive, Imperfect Subjunctive, Imperative, Present & Past Participles, Present Progressive, Past Progressive, Present Perfect, Pluperfect (Past Perfect), Future Perfect, Conditional Perfect, Present Perfect Subjunctive & Pluperfect Subjunctive.
7 cards that cover 7 types of pronoun: Subject Pronouns, Reflexive Pronouns, Demonstrative Pronouns, Possessive Pronouns, Direct Object Pronouns, Indirect Object Pronouns & Prepositional Pronouns.
2 cards that look at 2 types of adjective: Demonstrative Adjectives & Possessive Adjectives.[PHOTOS OF THE COMPLEMENTARY CARDS HERE]
Unlike a book, which is set out in a specific and unchangeable order, the nice thing about Verbwise cards is that you can easily flick between cards and pick out a specific verb or set of verbs that you are interested in concentrating upon. For example, the most commonly used irregular verbs, as indicated by level – Beginner and family – Irregular (IR), card numbers IR01 to IR12.
Of course there are other cards out there, but Verbwise combines a number of unique features to make something that is logical and easy to use!
Remember to watch out for ‘Berta el búho’, the Verbwise watermark to ensure your cards are genuine!
Size: 62mm x 100mm.
Printing: Full Colour and Plastic Coated.
Material: Heretic 340gsm Black Cored Playing Card Board.
Beginner Pack (24 Cards): 3 Regular Cards (RE01-RE03), 3 Stem Change Cards (ST01-ST03), 5 Ending Change Cards (EN01-EN05), 1 Stem & Ending Change (SE01), 12 Irregular Cards (IR01-IR12).
Intermediate Pack (24 Cards): 7 Stem Change Cards (ST04-ST10), 3 Ending Change Cards (EN06-EN08), 3 Stem & Ending Change Cards (SE02-SE04), 1 Accent Change Cards (AC01), 10 Irregular Cards (IR13-IR22).
Advanced Pack (24 Cards): 8 Ending Change Cards (EN09-EN16), 7 Stem & Ending Change Cards (SE05-SE11), 3 Accent Change Cards (AC02-AC04), 2 Accent & End Change Cards (AE01-AE02), 4 Irregular Cards (IR23-IR26).
Supplementary Pack (26 Cards): 17 Tense Cards (TN01-TN17), 7 Pronoun Cards (PN01-PN07) & 2 Adjective Cards (AD01-AD02).