Hey — I think shame (just a little bit of it) can have a positive effect on language learning. I’m inspired to study and correct my mistakes so I don’t make a fool of myself at the pub… with my new friends … with my language class. I say, “lean in” to the pain of the mistake, but don’t be afraid to make it! Ask your native-language friends to gently correct you. Sometimes people get used to your silly mistakes — they know what you mean — and they let you make them because they don’t want to embarrass you by correcting you. Work out a plan, so you can get those precious corrections in a nice way.