Mistakes at B2

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Mistakes at B2

Postby 94000d » Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:43 am

How often do they happen?
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Re: Mistakes at B2

Postby Cavesa » Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:51 am

Pretty often, but they are not the same mistakes as at the lower levels. You're supposed to not make the basic mistakes systematically (but sure, they still appear from time to time, especially under pressure, when tired etc). You still make some more advanced mistakes. And you make a sort of "mistakes", which are just a not too good attempts to do stuff as if you were C1 or C2, but without the needed experience.

B2 tends to be the first level (at least when it comes to exam), which is not primarily about getting the message across, but more about the form. But it is still very far from perfection. At B2, you're supposed to be sort of capable to function in the language, not much of a burden for others, but you are still not expected to be completely comfortable and the mistakes are a part of that.

So, keep learning, but don't be too harsh on yourself. The only area, in which you really should be strict with yourself, are all the typical mistakes from the lower levels. If you keep making beginner or lower intermediate mistakes, slow down, work on that, and invest some time. It will save you a lot of time and frustration later.
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Re: Mistakes at B2

Postby Le Baron » Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:16 am

94000d wrote:How often do they happen?


Which kinds of mistakes? At least some mistakes are undetectable by a student because if you knew the correct version of the mistake you were making, you wouldn't be making it!
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Re: Mistakes at B2

Postby IronMike » Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:00 pm

Mistakes happen at every level.
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Re: Mistakes at B2

Postby Le Baron » Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:24 pm

IronMike wrote:Mistakes happen at every level.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrXfh4hENKs
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Re: Mistakes at B2

Postby smallwhite » Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:08 pm

94000d wrote:How often do they happen?

2πr

That's the formula for the circumference of a circle, and differentiation of πr², area of a circle. The area of the circle represents your knowledge, which snowballs so increases in area expanding the circumference, the increase being new knowledge which you haven't yet fully grasped, and the formula for this increase is 2πr, meaning the more you know, the more there is to make mistakes in.

Would've used the 3D sphere to capture the snowball but I don't remember the formulas.
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Re: Mistakes at B2

Postby Lisa » Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:28 pm

I'm not really qualified to answer... but I will say that as I learn more, I venture into sentences that I am not good enough to do right, and I would have more wisely avoided when I had lower skill levels. That said... if you don't sometimes fail, you aren't trying hard enough.

Best play it safe on exams, though...
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Re: Mistakes at B2

Postby tommus » Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:56 pm

I agree with Lisa.

The more I learn, the bolder I get in conversation, and the more mistakes I make. I seem to have become ready to launch into almost any subject without knowing if I can manage in it. But I feel that I can talk my way around things I don't quite know how to say correctly, and then learn to do better. But isn't that how language learning should work?
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