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宮崎市ハロー英会話のミニレッスン 82: A better Amercia

The American republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney has become the laughing-stock of the internet and media recently because of a spelling mistake on an iPhone application made for his campaign. It’s funny because he made a mistake about the most important word-the country he wants to lead!

But it also shows that everyone makes mistakes, even intelligent native speakers (and teachers too!), and to be fair to Mr. Romney, he didn’t make the mistake, someone writing the software did. However, I guarantee there will be no more spelling mistakes in his campaign. His campaign made a mistake, learnt from it and now is better than before.

It’s the same with learning English. Mistakes are actually good because by making errors and learning from them we can improve our English. I remember when I teaching an international class in London there were 12 students from about 8 different countries. Two of them were Japanese and they did very well in grammar tests, but were too shy to talk in class. In the same class was a young man from Italy, and although he made lots and lots of grammar errors, he was very friendly and confident, and tried really hard to speak in class. Of course, his English improved quickly and the Japanese student’s English didn’t.

So don’t be shy to talk. Don’t be shy to make mistakes. By making mistakes, we learn and our English improves.

Even for people who want to be the president of America!!!

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