The very first sentence I used in Brazil was, Você tem o jornal de hoje?. I asked it at a news stand! The guy looked at me like it was completely lost -- but it was a successful first try. I managed to pronounce the tem like it's tang: você tang o jornal de hoje? It took me a week to read the first page.
*PS - once upon a time people actually would read the news in printed form. It would come on this giant thin paper and weighed as much as 3 loaves of bread.
Portuguese verb conjugation ter
Let's look at the most useful ways it's used.
The common way is to use the verb ir as a helper verb (the future tense with ir)
The past tense is where things get complicated. You really need to memorize the preterite perfect tense (simple past). The other past forms take time to get as their conjugations are so different.
*the preterite imperfect (past imperfect)
This is really common too. You will hear these frequently:
There are of course other verb tenses as well. But they are more advanced so let's leave them for later. These include the past, present & future subjunctive forms. Also, there is the conditional of ter which is very common.
If you can start using these simpler forms you will be in great shape to get to the next level. But mastering the verb ter will challenge you to the core. Don't let it beat you!