“Don’t be afraid to ask dumb questions. They are easier to handle than dumb mistakes.” (unknown)
A dumb question – hmm – how often do you think you may have one?
I read this quote this morning and instantly was transferred back to my childhood: at the end of a lesson, the teacher would ask if everybody understood and EVERYBODY nodded their heads, so I didn’t dare ask a question, as it surely would be a dumb question.
Of course, later I would then find out, that actually, some of the others didn’t understand either, but they also didn’t want to be seen as dumb. Result: we didn’t have a clue!
Now that I am more mature (well, a little bit, anyway) I have learnt to ask questions. It isn’t always easy to be the only one to ask a question, but trust me, it isn’t a dumb question and you probably make a lot of others happy because they didn’t dare to ask.
So, was there ever a question you wanted to ask in a German lesson, but didn’t because it was dumb? I bet somebody else would have been grateful if you had asked that question!
Do you still have any German learning questions you didn’t dare to ask? Ask your teachers, they won’t mind.
Leave a comment at the bottom of this post or leave it on my facebook page or, if you’d rather do it privately, email me, and ask me any question you haven’t had the courage to ask in a German lesson!
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