Learning a New Language

A new dawn and a new experience
A new dawn and a new experience

I admit that I am not great at learning languages. I have added it up and it seems I have taken eight years of Spanish. However, the only Spanish I remember is what I learned from Sesame Street when I was three. Since then I have given up. If I ever travel to countries that don’t speak English I’ll go with an interpreter. I don’t see the point in trying to learn something that I will never figure out. My father had a sign in his office that read, “Never teach a pig to sing, It will just frustrate you and annoy the pig.” Exactly.

But hope springs eternal so I am learning a new language. There is something different about this language though, which is why I think I might succeed this time. This language is not spoken or heard, it is only written in logical and distinct patterns. I’m pretty good at writing and I can understand logic and patterns so I am giving it a try. What is this language I am learning? Html and css. The language of the internet.

There are actually lots of computer languages but I am starting at the beginning. I found a website called codecademy.com. It is a free program that walks you through learning html. There are exercises to reinforce what you learn and badges to reward your efforts. I have actually learned quite a bit in the three days I have been taking lessons. It looks promising.

Why do I want to learn html and css? Because I have ideas for my websites and I can’t seem to figure out how to create them. I want more than what the template provides. By learning html and css I can improve what I send out on the internet and perhaps even help other people do the same. There are lots of web designers out there but I don’t know any so maybe I could help my circle of friends. If nothing else I will be one step closer to using a 3d printer (a huge dream of mine.)

Whenever I take a class I feel like my brain is going to explode. It feels good to expand my knowledge, especially in an area I feel totally clueless about. So stay tuned. Perhaps I’ll become the next Bill Gates. No, probably not.

There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary numerals, and those who don’t.”  ― Ian Stewart, Professor Stewart’s Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities