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Can we learn by laughing at our mistakes - What do you think?

Is it OK to make mistakes?

Yes, it’s okay to make mistakes... mistakes can be corrected.

Everyone makes mistakes sometimes.

Mistakes can show us what we are doing wrong.
Then we can find the solution and never make the same mistake again.

The only way to make no mistakes is to say nothing, but then you will never learn anything.


Is it OK to laugh at our mistakes?

The simple answer is YES.

Laughing has so many physical and mental benefits.

- Laughter stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.

- laughter reduces your stress

- laughter make you feel more relaxed

- laughter improves your immune system, it makes you feel healthier

- laughter even reduces physical and mental pain.

- laughter can improve your mood and your attitude.


When you are in a good mood, you learn better and more easily.

The path to language fluency must include a lot of mistakes.

When the mistakes are corrected, your language skills improve.



Do you agree or disagree that laughing sometimes, at our mistakes, help us learn better.

Do you have a funny story about any mistake you've made (especially mistakes about learning a language)?


Here is my story

Many years ago I visited Thailand.

I learned a few Thai language expressions before I went to Thailand.

On the first day in the hotel, I went to the restaurant for breakfast.

A young boy and a young girl (a waiter and a waitress) came to my table.

I spoke Thai to them... they smiled and laughed.

I knew they were not laughing at me, they were laughing because my accent/pronunciation was so cute.

The next morning when I went to the restaurant, the young waiter and waitrees came to my table and they were so happy to see me.

My Thai pronunciation mistakes were not important.

They were just happy that I respected their langauge and they were happy because I was brave enough to try to speak their language.

I made mistakes, but I also made some new friends.

Feb 11, 2016 4:07 PM
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I think I did some mistakes. I want to talk about one of them. 

Once when I studied at school during interval between classes I went out classroom. When I returned back to classroom my classmates said me that one of pupils said about me some words. We had English class and I wanted to say him in English : Come here, and tell me what you said about me. I did mistake and said :COME TO ME. He shocked and said : Really???? They all respected me. We were good friends. Some of my classmates laughed at me. Then we laughed together. 

Thank You for interesting discussion. I remembered the best time:)

February 11, 2016

I say YES too. A friend someday told me: "Better be donkey once than be donkey entire life". The clearly lesson here is: mistakes make part of the learning process. Not make mistake is not learn! Beeny Lewis, polyglot and blogger has an article where him wrote that the bigger enemy to the learn a language is the EGO. Stay too much afraid to make wrong and don't talk any word and the result is not progress.

I'm example of this. I speak portuguese as native tongue. I'm learning english and i look for partners, discussion and i commit mistakes. This text must be full of mistakes! But i can be corrected here and this is learn.

February 11, 2016

I've made plenty of mistakes, and later when I read them back, they're mostly laughable to me at least. I don't get that experience of sharing laughter from writing something that later would be corrected, rather experienced it with mispronouncing things, in which usually somebody have picked up on it. And I laugh at how I said it, and how the other picked it up, that interaction makes it so funny.

I still would laugh, though, behind the computer screen, but very rarely I've expressed laughter on forums or any given website where you can submit comments, I guess that just feels weird for me to do.

I really much enjoyed chats I used to have on Skype, during voice chats, laughing seemed to be some sort of standard in any given chat. There was always something I got wrong, usually it were those pronunciations that would have me tongue twisted. For instance, I could never say this correctly: “I'm gonna go grab a cup of coffee”, it sounded more like: “I'm go-going crab a cup of gaffee”, I immediately gave up, and had to invent ways in which I could say the same but less struggling.

February 11, 2016

You are so right, Carlos João. I liked what you said, so I've corrected your mistakes. But let's not call them mistakes - let's call them 'learning opportunities'. Boa sorte em seus estudos!


<em>I say YES too. One day a friend told me: "It's better to be a donkey once than be a donkey your entire life". The clear lesson here is: mistakes are part of the learning process. If you don't make mistakes you don't learn! Benny Lewis, polyglot and blogger, has an article where he wrote that the biggest enemy of language learning is the EGO. If you are too afraid to get something wrong, and you don't say a word, the result is that you won't make  progress.</em>

<em>I'm an example of this. I speak Portuguese as my native language. I'm learning English and I'm looking for partners, and discussion and I make mistakes. This text must be full of mistakes! But I can be corrected here and this is learning.</em>


<em></em>And thank you to Richard for another inspiring thread.

February 11, 2016
I have made a lot of mistakes (probably like the rest), but I this is my favourite one: One nigth in London, five years ago, I asked for tree bowls of chocolate icecream, instead of three balls of chocolate icecream.  Of course, I couldnt eat it all!!!.
February 11, 2016
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