Don’t be afraid to try. Mistakes happen. Learn and move on. You will make mistakes, but you will also be right! Have the confidence and put yourself out there. The only way to learn a new language is to practice it!
In class, as well as life, the more effort you put in, the better the results will be. Always use your class time wisely and complete your assigned work to the best of your ability.
Don’t stop what you are doing to look up every word you don’t know. If you get stuck in a conversation, stop and start again saying it differently. When reading, if there is one word in a sentence you don’t know, figure it out from the context.
It is fun to work with friends on projects, but often friends do not make the best partners when it comes to getting work done. Try working with different people in your class to get different perspectives.
A dictionary (book or web) is best to find unknown words. Read definitions carefully and choose the correct word for your intended meaning. A verb book (or online conjugation tool) is great for checking a conjugation. Flashcards are still the best way to learn vocabulary. (If you don’t like stacks of cards, try Caution: Translators are a tool, but more often than not lead students to trouble.

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