Weekly Tip: Learn from your mistakes!
As you all know by now, making mistakes is part of the process of learning a language. As a matter of fact, we encourage you to put it all out there and make as many as needed. However, we assume that you want to improve your Spanish, which means learning from them.
Here are a few tips on how to do that:
– When someone corrects you, before continuing with what you were saying, stop and repeat what you said, but this time correctly. If you just nod and keep going, you will not learn from it.
– Write corrections down. You can write it incorrectly and then correctly, but all you really need is the correction.
– Review your corrections after class and if you can, write out a few sentences using said correction.
One thing to note is that it takes between 12 – 20 times (on average 16-17) to learn something new. So if you’re corrected 5x for the same mistake, don’t think that you’re not learning. As a matter of fact, if you realize that you’ve been corrected before on the same thing, you are making progress.
So put it all out there, do not be afraid to make mistakes, but make sure that you’re taking the opportunity to learn from them!