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From Simone Gianni <>
Subject Re: The all embarassing presentation email :-)
Date Wed, 05 Apr 2006 16:36:40 GMT
Sylvain Wallez wrote:

>A question: what language where these books written in: English or
>Italian? I'm always amazed to see kids learning to program right after
>learning to read. Computers weren't widespread when I was 7 (that was in
>1974) and I "only" started at 13, having already some english background.
Surprisingly it was in Italian. Then when i started Logo (a suggestion 
from a friend of my father when i told him i was doing weird stuff with 
basic on C64), I asked my father to buy a book on logo, but he took me a 
book in english, since it was hard to understand it, I asked my father 
to go back to the bookshop and take a "The same book on logo, but the 
italian version", and he took me a book about Logo in italian, but 
unfortunately for the "Italian version of Logo", where all commands were 
translated ... "FW" was translated in "AV", "RT" in "DS" etc .. :)

My personal suggestion is to try to go for english, since it would 
improve both english and technical skills at once, but since a foreign 
language is often hard to approach, maybe starting with something simple 
and "child-friendly" (like Logo was, today what?) in native language can 
give the child the right interest and movivation to try an english book 

>Eh, welcome aboard Simone!


Simone Gianni

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