Trying to learn/memorise grammar rules

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#1 15 September, 2015 - 04:04
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Trying to learn/memorise grammar rules


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Hi!

I am currently studying to become a foreign languages teacher in Sweden, that is to say I will teach Swedish to foreign students. Currently, I am undergoing a course in Swedish grammar. I am having considerable difficulties memorising the grammar rules, etc. I think the main problem I have is that I have a poor short term memory and that the grammar literature has lots of grammar on each page - too much information that is. After I have read a page I can't remember anything.

Below is an example of the grammar rules I need help with memorising:

Swedish: Infinitiv: grundform + a
Ingen ändelse läggs till om grundformen (imperativ) redan slutat på a

English: Infinitive: basic form +a.
No ending is added if the basic form (imperativ) already ends with an a.

Swedish: Presens: grundform + r efter a
grundform + er efter konsonant

English: Present tense: basic form +r after a
basic form + er after consonant

I have trouble memorising all of these rules, there are several more rules for past tense, supinum, strong verbs, short verbs, etc.

Any ideas?

Suggestions would be much appreciated.

16 September, 2015 - 01:47
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Hej då, Troglodite!

I learned Swedish years ago and one of the things I found easy is the grammar for verbs.
The fact that there is no conjugation in a tense makes it easy for me.

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Swedish: Infinitiv: grundform + a
Ingen ändelse läggs till om grundformen (imperativ) redan slutat på a

English: Infinitive: basic form +a.
No ending is added if the basic form (imperativ) already ends with an a.

Here is how remember this. However; I don't use mnemonics.
All verbs end in 'a'. Obviously, if the ground form already ends in 'a' there is no need to add another one.

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Swedish: Presens: grundform + r efter a
grundform + er efter konsonant

English: Present tense: basic form +r after a
basic form + er after consonant

Since there is no conjugation, all forms are the same:
Jag åker
Du åker
Vi åker
etc.

and:
Jag saknar
Du saknar
Vi saknar

Since 'sakna' ends in -a, the form cannot become 'saknaer'. So for me, the rule that there can only be an -r ending after 'a' makes perfect sense.

Maybe I fail to see why you would need to memorize these exact rules when you can recreate them by looking at some conjugated verbs.

Personally I would only memorize the more difficult rules.

19 April, 2016 - 02:37
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Kinma: I forgot to say thank you very much for you reply. It makes perfect sense to memorise only the more difficult rules.

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