Honestly, I would be happy if someone corrected my mistakes in my comments. But I learned in Guyomar's thread that there might be people feel embarrassed to be corrected . It's good to know it. Thank you.
I pointed someone's mistake out in his comments before. I corrected his one sentence after I wrote my comment. I'm not a native speaker and many native speakers in his tread but nobody mentioned it. I thought I helped him. But now, I'm wondering if what I did made him embarrassed....ok, I'll stop it. :)
Several months ago, I noticed the same trend and found the corrections made very abrupt at times. No reponse to the topic at all, just a correction. I wondered whether these people didn't know how italki works, wanted to show off or make themselves look better than the poster, or were truly well-intentioned. I was curious to see what language learners and other posters thought of such corrections.
So I started a discussion about unsolicited feedback:
You can see from the responses that the vast majority of learners LOVE to be corrected - whether or not it really does them any good is another matter - even when it's a casual forum.
I am of the opinion that sometimes it's good just to talk and not be corrected, and the same goes for writing. There is a time to work on accuracy, and a time to work on getting used to writing in a foreign language frequently without being stressed about every little error. I am unconvinced that people retain the vast majority of corrections and believe that timing, form, and context all matter in how effective they will be.
But, if you read the previous discussion, you will see that most people who participated don't agree and think there is inherent value in being corrected, regardless of the venue and manner in which corrections are given.
aegis, thanks for this topic. I've never thought about it.
Guyomar, thanks for the link. I read all of it.
I'm not sure if the corrections is good on this forum. Personally I sometimes copy my comments and paste them in notebooks section.
If I were to write a discussion topic in Spanish (my target language), I would appreciate very much if people took the time to correct my errors. But, that's also coming from a teacher, and I see the value in corrections, and I would learn from the corrections. I guess I see your point that it would also be nice to have people participate in the discussion as well. I guess it also depends on the severity of the errors.
Those are my thoughts. If I correct anybody who reads this, and they don't want to be corrected, please let me know.