The word “fail” is one of the most popular search words in Google and YouTube. For some reason, human beings find enjoyment in watching the slip-ups and trip-ups of their fellow earth-dwellers. America’s Funniest Home Videos, a TV show based solely on people falling over, is one of the most popular, family-centered TV shows of all time. There’s nothing wrong with that (mostly), but here is the question: How do you make sure that you are the one watching these ‘fails’, not the one performing?
I can’t tell you how to ride a bike properly, or how NOT to jump into a swimming pool, but I can give you some help with the language blunders that happen so often. We’ve all heard the horror stories, and some of us have been unfortunate enough to tell those stories in the first-person. I vividly remember asking a sweet family if I could ‘eat their giant’ on my first trip to Cambodia. I was so embarrassed, but now (years later), I find it as hilarious as if it had happened to someone else.
What’s the strategy to not be that person? Be prepared. Plain and simple, the best way to avoid the small-time, quick-fix mistakes is to do your homework, study intensely and frequently, and love what you’re doing (or trying to do). We here at LearnALanguage.com pride ourselves on bringing you the best content out there – all for free – so that you no longer have any excuses to procrastinate your preparations.