Is tolerance of typos linked to more advanced stages in learning?

Typos jump out at me (those of others, that is, not my own).

O happy day when I began to notice typos in lesson in my target language! In those days I was a beginner and proud of my progress :slight_smile: I thought it important to let providers know so that they would have a chance to turn out a perfect product. Hidden in that approach were - I fear - fear and uncertainty. My reasoning went something like this: if the provider has a typo in a lesson where even I can see that there is something wrong, what else is wrong? Am I learning from the right material?

I have recently been going through some old lessons in French and some new ones in Swedish and I can no longer be bothered to a) get iffy about it and b) feel the need to have it corrected. I now seem to trust the process: it is enough to notice and a joy to know the right spelling or whatever.

There may be several reasons for this new and relaxed state of being: here are three:

  1. We become more tolerant and self-confident as our knowledge increases.
  2. I may have become a better person.
  3. Old age is showing me what is important and what can safely be ignored.

We could perhaps also argue that language learning can help us to become more tolerant overall.

Have you seen any changes in yourself since ‘doing’ languages?

There’s a language learning website (popup chinese) that has the following, tongue in cheek, advertising :

“20% of our lessons contain errors, but only our premium subscribers get to know which ones.”

I put together a lesson recently, reviewed it, and realised it had a typo. Decided not to fix it. But I’m kinda evil that way…

Native speakers make typos, gammar errors, mess up the language, all the time .[see what I did there]…that’s real language…best to never let yourself get too uptight about it Grammar crusader spends years removing repeated error 47,000 times on Wikipedia


Now that is what I call dedication. Thanks for the link.!

“Is tolerance of typos linked to more advanced stages in learning?”
The above hypothesis is interesting. It would be worth carrying out a survey on this. It seems that I am not more tolerant than before.