About 15 years ago, I invented a card game to teach students the personal endings of verbs (o,s, t, mus, tis, nt as well as the infinitive -re). The game is based upon the premise of the popular card game, BS. It worked incredibly well and I still play it with my class. It can be used with a variety of verb tenses but I primarily use it to teach the present tense. The great thing about this card games is that once you explain the rules, and organize the students into small groups (generally between 3-5 players per group), there's not much for you, the teacher to do. It's a very student-centered activity and by the end of it, everyone will be able to conjugate verbs. I can't explain how to make your own Mendax deck because I sold the game to Bolchazy-Carducci. You can buy it here:
Note: This is the only activity on my website that is for sale. Instructions on how to make the cards for the other two games, Unus and Latin Poker are on other blogs on this page. (See categories along the side).
8/16/2019 05:28:48 am
I recently picked up a Mendax game at a used curriculum sale. Unfortunately it did't come with directions on how to play. I looked up BS directions, but I'm still not quite sure how the flow of the game should go. Do players start with playing all present tense 1st person singular verbs, then onto 2nd person singular and so forth, yelling Mendax if they suppose an opposing player to be bluffing?
8/18/2019 10:40:44 am
You start with the infinitive of any verb, any conjugation. If the player has more than one infinitive in his hand, he or she can play them all. You then move on to first person, 2nd person etc. Each person can play any verb, any conjugation as long as it has the personal ending that's next in line the order is infinitive, o, s, t, mus, tis, nt. When you get to the end, you just repeat.
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