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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

How to lose yourself in the mirror maze of a foreign language...

Talking all day in a foreign language can be charming but also "lethal".
Lethal? Yes, lethal for your self-esteem. Lethal for your self-confidence. Lethal for your relationships, no matter if you are dealing with people in your spare time, on a bus or at the office.

Learning a foreign language means making mistakes every dayMaking mistakes every day and above all being able to accept it. Being willing to go for it, day after day. Being willing of making mistakes and learning from those mistakes every day.
There is no better way to learn a foreign language - apart from falling in love ... but that's another story.

[Are you ready for a mirror maze?
And for a huge emotional roller-coaster?]

There is no better way but sometimes it hurts a lot. Sometimes you are just too tired to accept in a "zen" way to be frustrated every day. To make mistakes every day. To feel "different" every day. To not be any longer the person you can be and were used to be in your mother tongue.

are days in which believing that even if you are making mistakes others will respect you as a person anyway looks simply impossible.
Days in which every mistake you make becomes like a giant deforming mirror that gives you a terrible picture of you. Days in which you only would like to be able to learn a foreign language just like magic, because to be always 'lost in translation' is absolutely overwhelming.

Unfortunately, it's not possible to learn a foreign language just like magic. This is just not going to happen. Deal with it. Accept it. Embrace it, or you will be even sadder and nervous and frustrated without having a chance to change the situation.

Fortunately, days like these happen not so often. But they still happen. Just like today.
Did you ever have a day like this before? If yes, how do you deal with them?

Tags: Language, Mirror maze, Self-confidence, Learning a language

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