Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Or would you rather be ordinary and routine?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle discuss how not being a play-it-safer can help your English grow!


Lindsay has a quote on her wall from Sir Cecil Beaton, an English photographer and painter.  It goes:

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”

-Cecil Beaton


A person who plays it safe is somebody who doesn’t take any risks or do anything out of the ordinary, but who only follows the rules.  Creatures of commonplace are regular people who only live in a routine and accept the limitations that others put on them.

Not playing-it-safe when learning English means that you have to push beyond your limits.  The best way to do that for your English is to try to make friends with other English speakers.  This might not always be easy. But remember, nobody wants to be just a tool for your English practice — try to make a friend instead!


Are you a play-it-safer, or are you more daring?

Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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