In this post I’d like to discuss something that is very beneficial to me when I’m starting out learning a language: getting corrected by people in a helpful way. This goes beyond simply not being rude when telling someone how to reword their sentence; it involves correcting as few things as is possible. When correcting a beginner’s sentences, change as few words as is possible to make the sentence make sense. For example, if I’m learning English and I write:
When she go, I will be first to be sad.
It’s helpful to correct it to:
When she goes, I will be the first one to be sad.
Do NOT correct it to how a native would say it:
I’ll be the first one to cry when she leaves.
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