Last week I addressed the quality (how accurate you are when you speak Spanish) vs. the quantity (how much you actually know) of your Spanish.
This week I would like to address something that may seem like the exact opposite of what I said last week, but quite the contrary, they go hand in hand.
This week I would like to address the importance of not being afraid to make mistakes.
Have you ever said or spoken to someone who has said that their Spanish is much better after a cocktail? I hear this all the time and the reality is that the quality of ones Spanish is usually not as good after a drink, but fluidity tends to improves drastically. Why is this? Very simple, because you don’t feel as inhibited after drinking alcohol; you’re not thinking about the mistakes & you’re just concentrating on the communication aspect of the language.
Ideally students would strike a balance.
They would choose to improve the quality of their Spanish while at the same time not being afraid to make mistakes because it’s part of the process.
They would embrace corrections, repeat the corrections and learn from their mistakes.
They would make an effort to learn to speak properly, while at the same time not letting their lack of accuracy affect their speech.
The majority of people learn a language so that they can communicate. If they spend too much time worrying about the grammar, they tend to not communicate much for fear of making mistakes. If they spend too much time expanding their vocabulary and not working on improving the quality of their Spanish, they tend to have a hard time communicating with native speakers, as they often do not understand what they are trying to communicate.
So to sum up last week & this week’s blog: It’s ok to make mistakes. It’s normal, it’s going to happen, it’s part of the process, so don’t let fear keep you from communicating. At the same time, make an actual effort to be more accurate, to look at your common mistakes & try to correct them, whatever they may be 🙂