- Don’t be afraid to speak. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. That is what you are here for!
- Speak without trepidation. Speak confidently.
- Don’t judge people too quickly. Assume that you heard them wrong or that it’s not rude in their culture or in their minds…
These are good reminders for anyone learning a foreign language. The one I had to remember was “Think less about pronunciation and just speak. Let it flow.” Early in my study abroad, I got so caught up in speaking correctly that I would avoid speaking at all. Sometimes you have to make mistakes and sometimes you have to make a fool of yourself. It’s OKAY to be foolish!