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RE: Perl, children and foreign languages

by little (Curate)
on Sep 11, 2000 at 18:33 UTC ( #31885=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perl, children and foreign languages

Hi t0mas, I've been trying to teach bosnian children and adults on Win and DOS a while ago. We had the same problem, but we've instructed them to learn the english command's names and write help doc's on these. Though they've learned the commands as they are, but knew what they do in their own language, thus they didn't need to be native english speakers. Even while they learned English in parallel courses. And I think, you don't have to understand the name of that command, but you need to know what it means, or in other words: How did you learn things like : ls -r. b.t.w. if you teach your son swedish perl you will have to teach him the english one later on anyway.
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RE: RE: Perl, children and foreign languages
by t0mas (Priest) on Sep 12, 2000 at 10:34 UTC
    Hi little, I learned to write computer programs after I learned English. As for ls -r, I know ls is short for list and -r is short for reverse, and that makes sense and is easy to remember. I think not knowing what a word or acronym means makes it harder to learn.

    /brother t0mas

      I am a dane, who had my first programming experience in logo back in 1984 which was before i had learned any english... it did not pose any problems to me!

      The brain of a child at around 10 years of age, is probably better at pattern recognition than most people think.

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