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As Wang Fei probably would say: 执迷不悔
In addition to @songyuanyao's extensive list, there's a surprisingly large number of sayings that are specifically about succeeding by persevering: 勤能補拙 日起有功 累足成步 跛鱉千里 駑馬十駕 功在不舍 跬步千里 事在人為 有志者事竟成 精誠所至，金石為開 一分耕耘，一分收穫 皇天不負苦心人 人一己百 九轉功成 艱難玉成 In the question's specific context, I would say the first would be the best choice (我的发音还差得远，可是勤能补拙). But 2-5 can ...
只要功夫深，铁杵磨成针 is good, and also: 坚持不懈 锲而不舍 水滴石穿 百炼成钢 熟能生巧 精卫填海 卧薪尝胆 有志竟成
I think most Chinese people would express this with a simple "慢慢来," which pretty much includes all the elements you're looking for ("I know I have a long way to go, but if I keep trying, I can succeed."). If you want something more idiomatic, consider: 一口吃不成胖子 ABC 1 Nothing can be accomplished in one single effort. 2 Rome wasn't built in a day. ...
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