Sussexful (Successful)…

A classic mistake. Today a student told me what you have to do to be ‘sussexful’. Usually I contain the laughter, and politely pronounce “Sucksessssssful” until the student gets it. I know that language mistakes can be pretty embarrassing (I’ve lost count of how many ‘classics’ I’ve blurted out in Spanish…). But this student is different. He has the ability to laugh at his own ‘classics’ – to see the funny side of a loaded mistake in a ‘serious’ sentence. A huge grin spread across my face and I told him what he’d just said. We both cracked up laughing…

This is clearly the right approach to learning, communication, and to life in general: The ability to laugh at ourselves! Why can’t we just learn from our memorable mistakes and move on? There’s no better teacher. That’s why ‘espanglis’ people do better than those that shy away from the other language. To learn anything we have to take risks and yes, suffer a little in the process. So, why not see the humorous side and have a good old laugh while we’re at it? ESA es la clave para ser ‘sussexful’ :P.

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