mercredi 2 février 2011

Language hurdle number 2 of 6: They won’t correct me!

Flickr user: cyanocorax
Now you’re speaking spontaneously, without having to pause for a long time to think of a way of expressing yourself. However you’re still making mistakes than you'd like and there are some things you can never quite work out how to express… Getting locals to correct you in your language use is difficult and scary, Benny the Irish Polyglot has a great article that details some ways to get locals to work with you in their language.

Besides bribing local friends with chocolate and smiles à la Benny, Language schools can help you target your specific weak points, such as straightening out recurring problems or finding new means/forms of expression. You can rely on your language teacher, when you’re at an intermediate ‘spontaneous language’ level, to begin correcting you on recurring problems, particularly if it’s something that they really believe you should know by now. In the end however it is up to you. You must take the big leap and fight the anxiety. You ability to press onward will net you some new appreciative friends and at the same time some additional help. If you ask questions, be brave, and don't use English with anyone you will be well on your way to becoming a pro!

What kinds of hurdles have you had to overcome when learning a language? Do you have any stories about trying to persuade your local friends to correct you?