So far, we’ve seen together that motivation, focus, dedicating time and hard work are essential to succeed in learning Chinese. But something is missing in that winning formula: failure. Wait. What?
You read right. Failure. Sometimes, learning a language can be difficult and it may be hard to feel good about making mistakes. But here’s something you need to know: it’s OK to get it wrong sometimes! Not only that, but mistakes are necessary to making real progress in Chinese.
In fact, the Chinese say:
Shībài shì chénggōng zhī mǔ
Failure is the mother of success
Why You Need to Fail
Failing is important because it’s integral to your learning process. Making mistakes has many benefits I bet you didn’t expect. Here’s what failing from time to time can bring you:
- Experience: understanding your mistake makes you improve
- Knowledge: you’ll know how to avoid repeating the same mistakes
- Strength: you can run into obstacles, stand up again, go forward and try again.
- Motivation: all you can do after failing is to bounce back and improve!
In life, there are small failures that encourage you to go further and try again until you succeed: it’s called learning. It’s OK to not reach 50% in one of Baimei’s dialogue on your first try. You faced a small setback. We know it’s not easy to admit you failed, but it’s no biggie, you’re still alive and nothing bad happened. You’ll try again, improve and gradually get better at it.
Ups and downs are great because they make you experience the Chinese language and not be just a viewer. Once you’re in a “down” moment, you’ll enjoy the “up” moments that comes after even better.
Adjust Your Goal
When you fail at something, take this opportunity to think about why that happened. It’s not because you didn’t reach your Chinese learning goal as fast as you wanted to that you failed terribly. Maybe you were being a bit too demanding with yourself and set unrealistically high expectations? Failing is the sign you may need to adjust your goals, change your routine or how you organize your learning method. Ninchanese will be waiting for you, ready to adapt, so once you have your new action plan, you can practice anywhere you.
Embrace your flaws and failures little Dragon and you’ll be in better conditions to learn Chinese! Fail and learn from your failure, know yourself better and it will teach you to be stronger and will give you experience and knowledge. Pick an exercise in Ninchanese, practice as usual and if you fail at something, observe what your mistakes are. Then practice again and try to improve! 🙂 I believe you can do it Little Dragon!
The Nincha Team