Buddha on the trail
Updated: Nov 9, 2020
What do I need to know about language learning?
The Latin verb errare meaning “to wander” or “to err” best captures the experience of learning another language. Learning another language is to wander through new landscapes, to accept the adventure as it unfolds.
Error comes from the same Latin root, and errors are essential to language learning. The beauty of errors is that they are often the source of humorous anecdotes and memorable learning. It is a continuous process that requires dedication, patience, and a willingness to make mistakes—many mistakes.
Learning another language is a lifelong, meandering path that has many rewards and many challenges along the way. Buddha is credited with saying, "Don't carry your mistakes with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones." To err is human and so is language learning.