Even on my first day in Istanbul, a handful of words and phrases unlocked situations that would otherwise have remained out of reach.
Mistakes are a crucial part of language learning and nothing to feel bad about. They can sometimes be embarrassing, but they also make for some funny stories.
Our ability to learn a second language is a magnificent phenomenon unique to humanity. It’s a disguise, in a way, a cloak that allows you to be part of something you’d otherwise never see.