You Will Make Mistakes But Keep Practicing

You have probably heard the old saying, “Practice Makes Perfect”. If you have never heard that saying, well, now you have. In my opinion, the fear of making a mistake while practicing a new language hinders more people than maybe any other factor of learning a language. Here are a few tips to help you overcome the fear of making a mistake and just practice:

  1. Have a sense of humor and laugh at yourself because it’s probably okay.
  2. Whoever you are speaking with will most likely appreciate your efforts.
  3. Realize that you will make mistakes. That’s part of it.
  4. Think: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”. It’s probably not that bad.
  5. Keep practicing, because practice will increase confidence.
  6. Watch this video about an experience I may have had on the beach practicing Spanish:

(Embarazado sounds like embarrassed but it actually means “pregnant” in Spanish)

So the lesson is, don’t worry about it too much. Keep practicing. You will do great! I am considered fluent in Spanish, yet I still make mistakes. Remember that, on occasion, we may make mistakes in our own native language. Mistakes are great if we learn from them. Don’t let the fear of them hold you back from reaching your goal to learn a new language!

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  • Eve Beus July 24th, 2010 at 15:19

    That was the best clip on the importance of learning the proper words in any language I have ever seen. Jake is a natural, and muy grapo. Keep entertaining us.

  • Dan July 27th, 2010 at 14:27

    LOL! Jake that was a pretty funny video! So did you really see Shakira on the beach in Columbia?

  • Jake Beus July 27th, 2010 at 19:55

    Yeah. We really miss each other.

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  • Julia February 12th, 2011 at 11:08

    Cool, I try french when I go out here in Swiss- only I have a minimal vocab and no understanding of the correct sentence structure…
    One guys face was priceless, we were getting by with my french and then I thought I asked ‘can you…’ ‘peut-on’ apparently i was swearing randomly.

    Awesome site btw- learning is so much easier now

  • Ungenita Katrina Prevost April 13th, 2011 at 00:21

    Great tips…
    What a entertaining clip this is…. I am waiting for your next post

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