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Learning languages: embrace mistakes

You can’t ever truly “learn” a language, you get used to it. It’s not a thing that you know or don’t know; it’s a means of communication between human beings. Languages should not be acquired by rote alone—they need to be used.

One of the best things you can do in the initial stages is not to try to get everything perfect, but to embrace making mistakes.

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