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Do you make more mistakes when you write or when you speak? How important is it for you NOT to make mistakes?


Anonymous said...

In portuguese we have more mistakes in our write, but in english is in the speak, because it's a different language for us. Caio e Carolina- 1101

Anonymous said...

I think , i make more mistakes when i'm writing, if i write more, i will get better on not making mistakeson my text's.
Julia Faria nÂș18 - 1101

Angela said...

I believe everybody makes more mistakes when writing( in any language).
When we speak, we are usually in the same place and time as the other person or persons we`re talking to.
The great advantage is that if we don`t have much vocabulary we can express our thoughts and ideas by means of gestures and body language, and so, avoid making mistakes.
We can also receive instant feedback from the listener, check immediately if he does not understand and possibly correct a wrong or mispronounced word.
Writing is much more complex. It`s not simply speech written down on paper.
It demands some skills as organizing the ideas properly into paragraphs, punctuation, syntax and word spelling.
Angela Oliveira

Anonymous said...

My name is Marcella and I'm a teacher at Adult Centre. I have been invited by Stephan to share some thoughts on this issue and what I can say is that I 100% agree with what Angela posted.
I don't actually think that speaking English is an easy task. Needless to say that those who have just started studying the language tend to think that speaking is the most difficult skill, along with listening, perhaps.
However, the more used to the language and to classroom routine one gets, the easier it is to develop strategies which will help you communicate orally, such as body language. As Angela said, while we speak we can paraphrase to make a point clear, whereas in writing, we can only rely on language so as to get the message across.
Cheers :)

Mariana Casals said...

I do agree with Angela and Marcella, speaking is hard at first, but then it gets so much easier than writing. Even in Portuguese, writing is tougher than speaking. We have to make other connections, we have to make sure that the person who is reading won't find it rude or something. We get many things with the tone of voice, with the body language that goes along with the speach, even the kind of stress we give certain words, those strategies, those "helping aids" are not present when writing. But, in time, it's something that we can at least handle more naturally, as we get familiar with the genres and the language.

That's a very interesting topic. Food for thought, indeed.

Anonymous said...

"If you risk nothing, then you risk everything."
~ Geena Davis
Making mistakes is an important part of life. Those who avoid them, who fear being ridicule, are not prepared to live. Mistakes are consequences of risk taking and according to Robin Sharma,” The greatest risk in life is not taking any risks'.
There are times, of course, when it is important not to make any mistakes. In some professions, for instance, surgeon and airplane pilot, mistakes can be fatal. However, in terms of language learning , making mistakes may represent the key to making progress. Students have sometimes the unique chance to learn from a mistake.
The problem is that some students avoid taking risks and making mistakes because their mistakes are not always welcome..Teachers should develop sensitivity in correcting mistakes. Some teachers haven’t developed an awareness that many mistakes seen as problems are in fact signals that the students are successfully learning the language, that they’re trying things out, testing out their knowledge.
Making mistakes is not only an important part of life but also a crucial part of the student’s language learning development.
Here there are some pieces of advise for those students who think that it is important not to make mistakes.
Always try to do your best.
Focus on what you’re saying.
Revise what you are writing and …


PS: If you didn’t say anything offensive, why do you have to apologize for making language mistakes?

Angela Oliveira

teresa said...

If you want to to avoid making mistakes when writing

Never think that what you've written can't be improved.

Teresa Araujo

Anonymous said...

Hi Teresa,

What about when you speak - should we do the same - never think what we have said can be improved?


teresa said...

Hi, Defstef:
Good question!
Well, I agree that there are less time and oportunities for improvement when speaking than when writing.
We can make use of some expressions like "I mean", "On second thoughts", and some others to improve what it`s said.

Anonymous said...


That's waht we call fillers. There is a post on this blog about them. Take a look!