Blythe Explains Why Making Mistakes is Vital to Improving Your English

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Nick Hoang’s article about how he improved his English by immersing himself in American culture was one of our first, and remains one of our most popular (check it out if you haven’t – it’s well worth it). English teacher Blythe recently chimed in in the comments to give some additional thoughts for English learners. His advice? Stop worrying about getting it perfectly correct. Here’s why Blythe said you have to get over the fear of being wrong:

…being fluent in English (or any language) is about making mistakes. Many people who study English in school try to be perfect in order to pass a test. However, in the real world of spoken English, even native speakers make mistakes.

So, my advice is don’t let making mistakes stop you from speaking. I am an English teacher, and I tell my students to make LOUD mistakes. :-)

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