Hour 18 of Alpha Teach Yourself French in 24 Hours (ATYF) took me a while to get to today. And I feel like I still didn’t give it the time it deserved. Nothing grammar-wise is presented that we haven’t already seen, though the clarity that I’ve come to expect is there.
First comes the reflexive, or pronominal, verb. Then there is the indirect pronouns y and en. The largest part of the lesson is vocabulary, without a doubt. There’s both workplace vocabulary and a laundry list of reflexive verbs.
A large number of verbs that have reflexive incarnations are offered. Many of these are also found as non-reflexive verbs. That’s pretty important, as the reflexive, though often differing in thrust from its non-reflexive counterpart, is not conjugated differently. So there is little sense in charting a whole bunch of verbs. The major difference is simply the presence of the reflexive pronoun. You can follow the rules you already know for dealing with direct (and sometimes indirect) object pronouns, and you will do just fine.
I’m tired. It’s been a long day. I could list out more reflexives, or offer some of the different occupations (seriously, no entry for “programmer” given?). But I’m going to call it a night. I’ll treat this as a nice review chapter, and a lot of vocabulary of which I only scratched the surface.