Not many years ago I began to play the cello. Most people would say that what I am doing is “learning to play” the cello. But these words carry into our minds the strange idea that there exists two very different processes:
- learning to play the cello; and
- playing the cello.
They imply that I will do the first until I have completed it, at which point I will stop the first process and begin the second. In short, I will go on “learning to play” until I have “learnt to play” and then I will begin to play. Of course, this is nonsense.
There are not two processes, but one. We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way.