> >"Anything worth doing is worth doing badly" > > > Good spirit. But if you already know that it will be bad, why even do it? > who will be the victims? > Once again, the point of this expression is not that one should do things badly. It is that it is better to try and fail than to not try until conditions are perfect. I don't think I can explicate this phrase much further. However, as I find my patience wearing thin, I am reminded of why I think I make a better mathematics teacher than I did an English teacher. I have a lot of tolerance for misunderstanding in mathematics, because I've experienced a great deal of it myself. It was far more difficult for me to be patient with students who grew up in the same country I did, seemingly with the same opportunities to read and use English, and yet appeared to have little ability to write, speak, or read with any degree of subtlety. Here's a thought: maybe non-native speakers would, in general, make better English teachers?