Help! I need advice on memorizing conjugations. I don’t remember how the hell I did it in school, and I’ve got 30 days left to prepare for the DELF/DALF exams. I have no clue about how to handle the fact that I don’t know which conjugations I don’t know. I’m pretty sure that there are some tenses that I’m weaker on than others, some verb classes that I’m weaker on than others, and some irregulars that I’ve never even heard about… I’ve got the things that I know that I’m weaker on on my todo list for the month leading up to the exams, but I don’t know how to figure out what I don’t know. How do you do it? (I am not a big fan of ending blogs that way, but: how DO you do it??)
to be weak on [a subject]: to not have sufficient knowledge of some subject. See the definition below from Macmillan. (There’s also a use that means something like not taking a strong or effective stance against something, and you see that in the news all the time right now–candidates accuse each other of being weak on crime, weak on ISIS, weak on Russia, etc. That’s a different sense, though.) How it appeared in the post: I’m pretty sure that there are some tenses that I’m weaker on than others, some verb classes that I’m weaker on than others, and some irregulars that I’ve never even heard about…
Sorry for the gratuitous Wikipedia-bashing:
From various and sundry tweets:
Thing about Trumpettes – a bit weak on math and logic.
So: if you’re weak on crime, you are not taking an effective stance against it. If you are weak on the subjunctive, you don’t know enough about it.