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There are a lot of ideas floating around on what you need to do to become a master Japanese. Daily practice, immersion, memorizing the dictionary, getting a boy/girlfriend who is a native speaker ... the list goes on and on. But, for me, the most important thing for you to do is to embrace being wrong. This sounds awful, right? No one likes to be wrong! It's embarrassing, it's humiliating, it hurts your ego. And yet, when it comes to languages, it's the most important thing for you to do. Speaking a new language is all about being wrong. You're going to stumble and say the wrong thing sometimes, but if you take one instance of being wrong and run and hide, never willing to try again, then you will never improve. Listen to any small children talk. They use improper grammar and mispronounce words, but do they ever care? No way! And this is how you need to act. Mistakes happen, but they're fabulous learning experiences. Once I accidentally said kusokuso instead of shikushiku... read more

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