The consensus was in favor of communicating successfully, particularly in the beginning stages of learning a language. So, where should learners begin to achieve the goal of communicating successfully?
The Quora question brings to mind a well-known example from ESL teacher Keith Folse. In his book, Vocabulary Myths, Folse tells of his misadventure at a Japanese supermarket:
He wants to buy some flour, so he arrives armed with the perfect sentence structure, “Sumimasen, ____ -wa doko desu ka?” (Excuse me, where is the ____?).