And the 3rd one is a complete garbage with every verbs that didn't fit in the other ones. So.... that sounds like a bad start if you were taught this way.
When I started teaching French as a second language, I discovered the new way some brilliant minds had invented. A new classification. A revolution.
The concept : here we talk about "BASE" which can be translated as "ROOT" for English speakers. The BASE is the part of the verb that doesn't change and to which we'd add the different endings.
Ex : parler > parl- is the BASE, because -er is the infinitive ending.
VERBS WITH ONE BASE
PARLER (to talk, speak) > PARL / ER (the green letters mean they are mute)
je PARL -e
tu PARL -es
Il PARL -e
Ils PARL -ent
Nous PARL -ons
Vous PARL -ez
Also : OFFRIR, CUEILLIR, COUVRIR, SOUFFRIR
J' OUVR -e
Tu OUVR -es
COURIR, CONCLURE (INCLURE/EXCLURE), RIRE/SOURIRE
For the these ones, observe the change of endings
RiRE > Ri/RE
In the next article, we'll discover the rest of the verbs..
This lesson comes from La Grammaire des Premiers Temps (PUG) by two brilliant French professors Dominique Abry and Marie-Laure Chalaron, from the university of Grenoble.
Some exercises to practice