On vacation in Mexico? Attempting to hold a conversation with a Spanish-speaking in-law? Have you already been living here for years? EVERY language has its "common mistakes foreigners make when trying to speak it". Avoid these 3 VERY embarrassing mistakes while speaking Spanish...
1. Number one on my list would have to be the very common mistake in translating the English word, "preservatives". In Spanish you should NOT say, "preservativos"!!! Unless of course you meant to say, "condoms"...
CORRECT TRANSLATION: "conservantes" or "aditivos".
2. What would you guess is the Spanish word for, "embarrassed"? "Embarazado"? Not quite, because this word means, "pregnant male"!
CORRECT TRANSLATION: "apenado/a" or "avergonzado/a".
3. "Estoy caliente" said Julie, as she took her jacket off at her fiancé's family reunion in Guadalajara, Mexico...
1. Repeating themselves.
In high school (and sometime beyond) there are unhelpful rules from teachers relating to number of paragraphs, minimum lines per paragraph, and number of quotes per paragraph. Page length, word count, and more fit under this heading as well. Too many times I've seen students try to say the same thing in a different way in order to puff up their writing to hit a word count. It's easier to just think some more about the subject matter!
2. Trying to sound academic (or something).
Many a time I'll talk to a student and ask their opinion about some topic or relevant subject. They'll explain themselves clearly and concisely, and sometimes even with some with and humor. Then, when it's time to write, they start saying things like: "This subject is truly fascinating, as I believe that it is truly relevant for children in our society to become educated about many of these diverse and sundry topics"....
One of the best things that you can do in advance of a tutoring session (or in advance of going to math class for that matter) is to come prepared with an excellent effort that yielded an incorrect solution. Tutors, students, and teachers, should be incredibly excited by the opportunity to explore a well intentioned mistake that seems to be based in sound mathematics. Think about it. Your brain behaves and grows like a muscle. When it is stressed at the appropriate level, it grows the most. Try to lift too much and you get nowhere. Lift too little. Nowhere as well. But try lifting just enough to push yourself beyond comfort zone yields results. When you fill a page with what seems like good work and end up with an incorrect solution, you've done exactly the type of work that is necessary to grow your brain. Make mistakes and share them with your tutor - this is the path to growth.
"...Very often the obstacle to understanding mathematics is not necessarily due to a persons studying abilities, it is due to the individuals actual emotional and psychological say. A student could have details going on at house, workplace or inside a relationship, that may cause an extensive obstruction to studying. He or she can be with their tutor throughout a tutoring session, and rather than focusing about precisely what the tutor is trying to explain, the student is interested inside thoughts for his/her issues. This can cause attention deficit, inability to focus, and deficit of aspire to understand or hear the tutor. If taking on a student for long term tutoring, a good tutor or tutoring firm need a as potential to take these aspects into consideration and build their tutoring sessions with these details in your mind..."
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