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The Programmer's Brain: If you can learn Python, can you learn French?

 
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From the section titled, "If you can learn French, you can learn Python!"
I was wondering why French?
And is the inverse true, that is, if you can learn Python, can you learn French?
 
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French is much more complicated.
 
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Nothing with French specifically, just meant that as a stand in for "learning another language"
 
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So learning a natural language is equivalent to learning a programming language?
 
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It is not entirely the same, but research (that I talk about in my book) shows that if you can learn a natural language that predicts your skills in learning programming too.
 
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Learning to read and write another language is not the same as learning to hear/understand  and speak the language.  I have learned bit and pieces of some languages as far as reading.  I have made very little progress being able to hear and understand another language.
 
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Terrence Lee wrote:From the section titled, "If you can learn French, you can learn Python!"
I was wondering why French?
And is the inverse true, that is, if you can learn Python, can you learn French?



Hey, that is the converse, not the inverse.

The inverse would be "If you can't learn French, you can't learn Python!"

The contrapositive would be "If you can't learn Python you can't learn French!"

I understand that the author was just trying to make a point, but I personally don't believe any of these are true.

I know fluent French speakers that I would never be able to teach, or convince to even try to learn, Python...

I know programmers who are great at languages much harder than Python who would be toast if they tried to learn French.

Here we go taking statements too literally.  I only replied when I tripped over this because confusing the converse, inverse and contrapositive is often quite harmful, or even fatal, in logic.
 
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