Verb Dictionary

Brown's is setting the bar for Spanish dictionary applications. This app focuses solely on the Spanish verb, one of the most important topics for new and experienced students alike. It's feature packed. The authors of this dictionary are students themselves. Brown's was designed to show you the patterns in Spanish. It really is a vehicle for your desire to learn.

Spanish Verbs

Conjugation

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Conjugation is one of the most difficult processes to learn in new languages, but it should not scare language learners. Conjugation is how verbs work in a language. If an English student said "I thinked so", that would sound unusual to native speakers. They would probably understand the student, and they might even politely correct him. "I thought" makes sense and "I thinked" does not. Having a conversation with a student that has not mastered conjugation can take a great deal of effort. Spanish students need to clear this hurdle in the same way to achieve fluency in Spanish.

English behaves very differently than languages like Spanish.

Native English speakers have a certain disadvantage when approaching Spanish, because English verb conjugation is an extremely different process. Being a Germanic language, English behaves very differently than languages like Spanish, which is a romance language. To get started with Spanish at any level, students whose native language is not a romance language should understand the conjugation process first, and its differences in their primary language.

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Tense Guides

Easy to understand summaries of all tenses

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These guides will get you where you're going. Included in the application are easy to understand summaries of all the tenses written to assist users in determining when each tense is appropriately used. Guides include many examples and an in depth look at the two main forms to express the past in Spanish: the preterite and the imperfect.

These help pages are accessible right from each conjugation, saving the user's place. They outline the differences between English and Spanish usage, and can be used as quick reference materials or as supplements which contribute to language understanding independently.

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Examples

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Real life examples show correct implementation, and develop long term understanding. Verbs, much like nouns, can possess multiple meanings. Frequently this makes them difficult to define in one line. The application visually identifies when a verb is reflexive, or when it is both transitive and intransitive, or any other combination, helping the student recognize and understand the correct uses of each word.

Real examples get you thinking in Spanish.

Spanish
Tus tareas incluyen hacer el té.
English
Your duties include making the tea.

This example shows how to use incluir. In this example each word is mirrored, so it is easy to imagine thinking this in Spanish. Having ideas in Spanish is an important step in fluency. Vocabulary can also be borrowed from examples. From this example, a user can deduce that tareas can be used to say duties.

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Definitions

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It wouldn't be a dictionary without complete definitions. Included is an in depth dissection of each verb, containing information on transitive, intransitive, and reflexive uses of each verb, along with related nouns and adjectives. For example, the verb magnetizar means to magnetize. There are a few words that come from this verb that are very useful to know:

Nouns
magnetismomagnetism
magnetizaciónmagnetization
Adjectives
magnéticomagnetic
magnetizablemagnetizable

Studying these related nouns and adjectives will help to bring your Spanish to the next level.

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Irregular Verbs & Patterns

Irregular verbs can complicate the learning process, but there is an easy solution for that. All irregular verb forms are highlighted in red and irregular patterns are named in the main verb list.

While some verbs are irregular, they still have recognizable behaviors. The pattern rules are stated adjacent to each verb and above the conjugation tables. Frequent use of this information improves the ability to internalize it, and will make the mental conjugation happen even more quickly and naturally.

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Browsing

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Browsing a dictionary app creates the same feel and connection with a language that flipping through pages of a print dictionary can. While most other apps and electronic dictionaries don't have the functionality of browsing, Brown's does. This provides users with the opportunity to quickly identify cognates – words that are similar to English – like transportar/transport, while skimming through the list of over 2,600 verbs. The act of seeking a verb while scrolling creates this unique opportunity that a reader can usually only get from print dictionaries.

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Searching

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Find the word you're looking for, fast. An intelligent search function allows users to skip directly to a specific word in a few simple taps. It presents verbs as the user types, predicting the completion of each word, often eliminating the need to finish typing. This word prediction function often abridges the search feature, and provides answers to user questions in the fastest possible way.

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Favorites

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Bookmark verbs with the favorites feature. The app provides a favorites feature which enables users to review the most used verbs, without having to search for each one individually. Users can also create custom lists for expedited searching and expected frequent usage.

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Subjunctive Triggers

The subjunctive refers to how the speaker feels about an action or event and is used to express uncertainty, doubt, hope, and more. Many common expressions introduce the subjunctive, and Brown's app has a extensive list of these expressions and a full explanation of how speakers can put themselves in the subjunctive mood.

The subjunctive is a difficult part of Spanish for many students. It is especially complicated because the conjugation of the verb changes. Because there is no exact equivalent English, Spanish learners must train to use it properly in Spanish.

To name a few expressions:

SpanishEnglish
querer queto want that
recomendar queto recommend that
a menos queunless
dudar queto doubt that

Sound natural by learning it properly.

Users can increase understanding of the subjunctive by practicing and reading examples within the grammar summary pages. Some students choose to ignore the subjunctive entirely and in a way this makes speaking much easier at first. This avoids putting statements through a mental subjunctive filter, and that can seem to speed up speech. Eventually these students may want to sound natural and return to learning the subjunctive properly. It is unavoidable; it's used in everyday speech!

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Mastering Past Tenses

After learning the imperfect and preterite, users will find some extra information included in the Tense Guides. This information will help to make users' Spanish sound more natural because they will understand the tenses with greater detail. For example, here are some words and phrases that trigger the imperfect:

SpanishEnglish
de vez en cuandofrom time to time
con frequenciafrequently
a menudooften

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Updated Often

A dictionary is never truly complete.

While Brown's Dictionary is already very robust, it is constantly being updated with new terms and new features, because a dictionary is never truly complete. Language is always changing and to keep up an ever updating dictionary is a necessity. In this regard, dictionary apps can out-perform printed dictionaries because they can be updated immediately and with great frequency.

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No Internet Connection Needed

All necessary information is self contained within the application. Many other dictionary apps only work when connected to the Internet. This is not only an inconvenience when the internet is unavailable, but it slows the responsiveness of an application. That is not the case here, as Brown's Verb Dictionary is fully functional without any internet connection whatsoever. Brown's Dictionary is designed to have everything archived in the application within the initial download.

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