This is a titillating, 26-minute, Netflix wonder!
Let’s start by noting that Netflix documents having shipped this to me on 8/27. Movie watchage does slow down during the summer, but every once in a while, you get stuck on some oddball selection, or rather, it gets stuck in your home, probably sitting somewhere in the vicinity of the television. People, I’ve been stuck on 26 minutes of Standard Deviants, but tonight, tonight…
The Deviant actors are the most non-Hispanic possible. Of course, their white-bred lingo turns to stunning Spanish accents. The video had too many random graphics bouncing around, but then, one has to imagine the potential audience (myself excluded of course). To me, it struck closest to a teenager who’s struggling in Spanish class. Note the conversational reenactments – eeks!
Now the content. I figured out right away that they were only going to work in the present tense, which isn’t really what I need to study anymore. But one would be surprised what you can learn again by going back to the basics. I shame to admit that some of the white-bred connections made sense to me. Oh wait, I am white-bred.
They broke irregular verbs into three categories: yo verbs, stem-changing verbs, and bizarro verbs. Yes, bizarro.
Some of the actors said “yo” too short and a bit scary. Here they talked about the random “g” that wanders into the yo form: salgo, valgo, and hago. Other than the random g in the yo form, they conjugate regularly. As stupid as it is, I don’t think I will forget the graphic of the little g wandering into random irregular yo verbs. It helps.
Stem-changing verbs are also called boot verbs because when you draw lines around the four changing words of the six-word conjugation, it looks like a boot. (Nosotros and vosotros never change. Sorry, I know this is elemental. I’m just saying so you can remember the picture in your head.) Querer (e>ie), pedir (e>i), dormir (o>ue), jugar (u>ue). On multi-syllable verbs, it’s in the second syllable that changes. I’m guessing I knew that at one point, but I hadn’t thought of it in a while.
The last group of verbs are “totally unpredictable.” In fact, they are “weird, unnatural, and bizarro.” There’s “no rhyme or reason to its different forms, but like most bizarro words, its one of the most used.” And finally, perhaps it has a “complex conjugation because it doesn’t have a stem; its all ending.” You guessed it, ser and ir. Yawn.
Do I dare look into Program 3? Are present tense irregular verbs really advanced? Is past tense, like, genius level? Am I a god if I can do irregular imperative, past perfect, or conditional?