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i just got the book 501 japanese verbs and in the conjugation table is like this
do i have to memorize all this forms or should i give priority to some of them
i would appreciate your help
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Although I started studying Japanese less than two months ago, I tend to give an absolute priority to grammar when studying a foreign language (and I think it has worked so far with the other languages I have learned). And while I certainly agree that moving to a country is the best way to learn its language, not everyone can （or wants to） move to Japan...
IMHO, first of all, you may just as well forget about the complicated names of the various forms if they are confusing you. I think it's much easier to say, for example, 'Dictionary form', 'て-form', and 'ます-form' instead.
These, by the way, were the very first I learned. Once you know how to build these, you can build all the other forms just by appending a particular ending. As to the order in which to learn the other forms, I suppose it depends on what you are learning Japanese for. For example, the imperative will be of no use for conversation with Japanese people (it is just too impolite to say) but it's essential for reading manga (heavily used in fights and/or by tough guys. They just keep yelling, "とれ!" all the time while socking each other).
I found these sites extremely useful in learning grammar basics. Perhaps your book will make more sense to you after looking at these...
http://www.sf.airnet.ne.jp/~ts/japanese/ (section 7.3 "Verbs" )
And of course Clay's Grammar Section here on TJP...
Anyway, welcome to the site, and have fun!
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