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.

2 comments:

  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.

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  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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Thanks for posting a comment. I appreciate your interesting in sharing your ideas.

Best,

Randall