Level 3: The Imperfect Tense

Level 3: The Imperfect Tense

If you are comfortable with telling simple stories from the past, for example, saying what you did last week in Spanish, you should register for Level 3.

In this level, you will work on the pretérito imperfecto tense, its uses, and its differences from the pretérito perfecto. You will learn how to use both past tenses combined. You will also start working on direct object pronouns and the future tense (using verb ir), and of course, you will expand your vocabulary.

To take this level, you should have scored at least 11 points on our Online Placement Test and/or completed Level 2.

How it works

1. Find a class that works for you and enroll. You can book more classes now or later.
2. Follow the instructions to join the video conference room on the day of your class.

Course Content

Lesson 1: Present & past tense review + stem-changing verbs

In this lesson, you will review the present and past tenses, and you will learn how to conjugate the most important stem-changing verbs in the present tense.

Lesson 2: The imperfect tense, part 1

In this lesson, you will review all the stem-changing verbs, and you will learn how to conjugate and use the pretérito imperfecto tense.

Lesson 3: The imperfect tense, part 2

In this lesson, you will practice the imperfect tense and master its usage.

Lesson 4: Restaurant vocab, some adverbs, por/para, hubo/había

In this lesson, you will learn vocabulary related to restaurants, some important adverbs, por and para in depth, and hubo and había.

Lesson 5: Adverbs ending in -mente and ordinal numbers

In this lesson, you will practice the two past tenses, and you will learn adverbs ending in -mente and ordinal numbers.

Lesson 6: Future tense with ir and reflexive verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to form the future tense with ir and how to use reflexive verbs in all four tenses (present, p. perfecto, p. imperfecto, and future).

Lesson 7: Travel vocab, expressions with tener, and traer & llevar

In this lesson, you will learn vocabulary related to travel, common expressions built using verb tener, and conjugating and using verbs traer and llevar.

Lesson 8: Direct object pronouns

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify a direct object in a sentence and how to use the direct object pronouns.

Lesson 9: Review

In this lesson, you will review all the material taught in lessons 1-8. Feel free to ask as many questions as you want!

After this lesson, you will receive an exam to test your knowledge.

Lesson 10: More review and practice

In this lesson, you will practice with your instructor and your classmates all the material you've learned. You are now able to speak Spanish in the four most important tenses. Congratulations!

Reviews from our students

Elena Bonomo
star 5.0
Great course, I learned a lot. Juan Carlos is the best!
Margarita Aguilar
star 5.0
The development of the language skills is well thought out. There is a lot of conversation and an attention to grammar and vocabulary development.
Melanie Sax
star 5.0
This course definitely kept me on my toes! I'm grateful to be retired so that I had more time to review, review, review. That said, I continue to appreciate the way the Graf Method clearly introduces new concepts. Being no longer at the "Beginner" level, I now realize that some concepts are more complex than originally introduced, but I'm grateful that they were explained bit by bit so as not to overwhelm us students. Also, the examples used to explain grammatical concepts are often a little window into NYC culture and geography which this student from the Midwest enjoys!
Stephen Frizell
star 5.0
The Berges Institute courses provide a well-thought out structured approach to learning the fundamentals of Spanish.
star 5.0
Concise and well summarized text book. I recommend especially for students who already had some exposure to Spanish and want to refresh the knowledge
Claire Tondreau
star 4.0
Level 3 is a great way to build on Levels 1 and 2, as there are new lessons that integrate what's already been taught. Almost without noticing over the past six months, I've become someone who can recognize and use Spanish words and phrases. I'm not saying I'm fluid, but even being able to understand the spoken and written work and being able to speak slowly and haltingly is amazing, having never spoken Spanish other the most basic menu words. Credit goes to the Berges method and to Silvana, who is the most calm, affirming, and upbeat of teachers. She's built my confidence with reassurance when I get things right and gentle correction when I get them wrong. I'm looking forward to Levels 4 and 5 with Silvana as my instructor!
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