Below is Ma's encouragement for the down-trodden French-learner (a.k.a. me).
"So what if you make mistakes? That's how you learn. Nobody's going to put your feet to the fire just because you made a mistake."
"Now I understand, I don't speak French so if I went over there, I would have the right to feel lost and stupid because I don't know the language. But you don't have that right because you've been getting the education for many years. So it's no need for you to feel completely out of the water, because you're not."