Let me introduce you to another of my wife’s cousins. Her name is Julia (second from the right). She’s studying English in school. She’s doing great.
But sometimes she can’t remember some of the English words. But she’s smart. She’s noticed that many English words become Spanish words by adding an -a or -o to the end. And many Spanish words become English words by changing their suffix to -ation.
- Globe becomes globo
- Active becomes activo
- Activación becomes activation
Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work. So she’s known at school for making up some pretty gnarly English words.
- Question = Pregunta
So she says, “Let me ask you a pregunt.”
- Pool = Pileta
“Let’s swim in the pilet.”
- Pen = Birome
“Can you pass me a birom?”
I think it’s awesome. It’s awesome because she tries. While I’m afraid to speak Spanish because I might make a mistake, she’s communicating in English. I hold back and make no mistakes…but I also don’t talk. She talks and makes mistakes…but at least she isn’t a mute turtle – descending into her shell of fear.
Let me ask you a pregunt. What are you afraid to try for fear of failure? Is that fear holding you back from something awesome?
She makes a mistake and she laughs at it (along with quite a few other people). I’d rather make mistakes and laugh at them than to never try at all.