Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Learning as a Journey

The Chinese philosopher, Confucius, is reported to have said that "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." How could this relate to language learning and culture? How does this apply to you or someone you know? Share your experiences.


  1. Learners have to be willing to try new things: order a pizza over the phone, strike up a natural conversation with a stranger, order something at a restaurant. When you reach out and experiment, you are taking your first step. This step might not go as smoothly as you hope, but it is a step.

  2. Language teacher provided us with an excellent analogy between Confucius' statement and how it probably relates to language learning.
    I agree with him/her that learners should be willing to take the first steps to start learning a language, and there are no short cuts to that.
    Those who are not self-conscious
    and are willing to learn from their mistakes will surely be ahead of many learners on this journey.


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