Mistakes are fine.
That’s what I always tell my students.
You’ve got to make mistakes if you want to get better.
Fluency first; accuracy second.
(translation: if a hunter is accurate that means he hits his target)
In fact, the more mistakes you make, the faster you’ll become fluent, because that means you’re talking more and getting more practice!
THE ONE TIME YOU DON’T WANT TO MAKE A MISTAKE
Last week I was walking to my new co-working office.
That’s an office for people who don’t have an office.
They pay a monthly fee, and then they can sit down and work together in the same room.
Now here’s the irony: the reason they don’t have an office is because they don’t like offices (like me). So why are we renting an office when we don’t…
Anyway, I was walking down the street to my new office which I like but don’t like…
There weren’t many people on the sidewalk with me.
So I was passing the time by looking in the shop windows.
One sign made me laugh.
Here it is:
Why is this funny?
Because we don’t say that in English.
This is a sign for a restaurant.
In Czech, it makes senses; maybe also in Russian.
But in English, it’s really funny.
And that’s the one time you don’t want to make a mistake: when you’re making a sign for your business.
How hard is it to find a native speaker and ask, “Hey, is this correct?”
I don’t know….
What would you write?
If this was your restaurant, and your sign, what would you say?
(Hint: What do Americans and Brits say before eating a meal?)
Write your answer in the comments below, and I’ll share the winning answer(s) with you next week.