These are just some of the many myths modern systems have successfully implanted in our brains. However, they do all bear some truth: we have to be as patient, spontaneous, and brave as kids are; the more we use the language we are learning (when thinking, playing, reading, talking, singing, etc.) the faster our competences will improve; and, if we have the chance to travel and be immersed in the language and culture we are trying to master, we will acquire some sort of sensibility towards the usage of that language.
Let’s just play what Peter Elbow (1973) called “The believing game and the doubting game”, explained as the understanding of truth as an elusive and a multidimensional concept. There is no such thing as an absolute truth; no facts that can be taken for granted. It is a matter of balancing assertions, capturing different facets, bringing good out of everything, and, at the same time, being suspicious about everything. In other words, don’t “swallow” everything others say about your own learning processes. Only then will you be able to answer in a more grounded way how true it is…
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