5 ways learning to program is like learning a foreign language

  • We started to wonder how similar learning a programming language is to a spoken language.
  • Your native language is innate, you don’t really think about what you’re saying, it just comes out.
  • In spoken languages, it’s things like pronouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives.
  • It may sometimes seem like you’re coming to terms with a concept, only for it to fork off into two additional things you need to learn.
  • It’s obvious that the key to learning a spoken language is by getting out there and practising.
  • You can’t read JavaScript: The Good Parts and expect to be able to immediately write something as renowned as Vue.js.
  • It’s about making something or saying something that’s relatable or enjoyable for the person on the receiving end.
  • This is more apparent of course with spoken languages, but the end goal with programming or web development is the same.

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