When I study languages I focus on content. I do from time to time read grammatical explanations but I do not worry about whether I fully understand them much less if I can remember them. I peruse tables of declensions or conjugations and the like, and do not worry about remembering them. Every attempt to put them to memory has proven futile, since they only seem to stay with me for a short while. I just gravitate to interesting content to listen to and read and work on building up my vocabulary.But of course I do need to consult tables to check on word endings, especially when I write on our language Forums at LingQ. There are resources on the web for quickly looking up verb conjugations and nouns declensions. I have even downloaded some for my iPad. I also got a number of good suggestions about resources on conjugating verbs in response to an earlier post on this blog. Here is a Russian language resource. Wade through all the explanations, ignore the drills and tests.Go straight to the bottom.?? Check out the Russian Verb Conjugator by Sergei Starostin. It works for other parts of speech as well, like nouns and adjectives. The instructions are as follows.
Type in the infinitive of any Russian verb, press the button, and see all its forms in tables in a new window (KOI8 fonts). The analyzer works on all other parts of speech, too.
Am I the only one who skips all the drills? It seems that many of the iPhone apps for language learning are games, quizzes or drills of some kind.?? I do not use them. Am I the only one who avoids them?