Learning a Foreign Language is Hard: Stop Apologizing For Your Mistakes and Be Proud of Your
I have been meaning to write this post for a while and the time has finally come!
One of our language projects with our advanced students is a project that requires participants to write a short German text on a different topic every day.
For me, it has been great for many reasons: I have connected with some very special people, I have been blessed with many personal stories that participants kindly decided to share with me, and I have enjoyed the incredible love for the German language that people have and that always gives me a lot of energy.
As a teacher, this experience has been really useful because I was able to identify the grammar elements people struggle with the most, the repeating patterns in mistakes, the topics German language learners are most passionate about but, most importantly, it reinforced something I strongly believe in: language learners are brave people!
Every time one of my students apologizes for not speaking good enough or for making a mistake, I always tell him or her the same thing: never apologize, you should be proud of yourself for doing this!
I repeat this so many times that I thought it was time to write a post about it! Our German Writing Project gave me the right opportunity to do so because it has been a perfect time to reflect on the language and on the process of learning!
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