Why is everyone in such a rush? (Peter Norvig)

by 卡梅尔 on June 21, 2011

Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years

Peter Norvig might be talking about computer programming, but this page is a great read. Particularly for anyone who wants to learn ..  anything!

I’ve been learning Chinese since about the 4th October 2006, teaching myself for a year and a half, then doing 2 and half years at uni. Now I have an online tutor and she guides me and is someone I can talk to in Chinese.

So it’s nearly 5 years that I have been learning. And that is full on learning. I’ve lived, but I haven’t done any other studies. Everyday I spend from 1 to many hours studying Chinese. So that’s been a lot of study, but I can’t yet ‘talk’ in Chinese. I can pick out sentences slowly and with help. With the aid of the computer I can write stories. With the aid of Google translate and Wire Tap Studio, I can record the stories that I have written in a very good Chinese computer voice, and then I can practice reading them out aloud.

Strangely, I feel like I am learning it quickly and I find it very exciting. I can see though, it’s going to take another 5 years to be reasonably competent.

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