Ideally, we would all have several hours a week to spend with a host person in their country. That’s perfect, right?
But, I run into too many people who say that if they can’t learn language in the perfect situation, they can’t learn at all.
Thankfully, that’s a bunch of hooey.
I’m fluent in Spanish. I got that way never ever having been in a Spanish speaking country. (I have now, and it helps my Spanish, but I got there without the perfect situation.)
To the people that say that they can’t learn unless they’re there in a country doing it full time and perfectly, I say…
Progress, not perfection.
Next week you’ll hear how I’m making progress imperfectly in Iraqi Arabic.