Secrets to mastering a foreign language
Do not worry about making mistakes.
One of the most common barriers to conversing in a new language is the fear of making mistakes. But native speakers are like doting parents: any attempt from you to communicate in their language is objective proof that you are a gifted genius. They’ll appreciate your effort and even help you.
Nervous about holding a conversation with a peer? Try testing your language skills with someone a little younger.“I was stoked when I was chatting with an Italian toddler and realized we had the same level of Italian,”recalls German translator Judith Matz.
And be patient. The more you speak, the closer you’ll get to the elusive ideal of“native-like fluency.”
And to talking to people your own age.
make mistakes 犯错； 出岔子；
I am willing to admit that I do make mistakes.
People who make mistakes can be given the sack the same day.
We are all liable to make mistakes when we're tired.
chat with 与某人闲聊某事；
I thought I'd, you know, have a chat with you.
She had had a woman-to-woman chat with Mrs Hardie.
I had a chat with Lars in the morning and spoke Swedish.