Sometimes you have to learn to walk before you can learn to run.
English translation: It means ...
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13:21 Oct 21, 2004
English to English translations [PRO] Social Sciences - Government / Politics / an alleged American saying
English term or phrase:Sometimes you have to learn to walk before you can learn to run.
"As a well known American expression goes, sometimes you have to learn to walk before you can learn to run."
As quoted from a speech on Missile Defence. What is the author trying to say?
Thank you Olga. I had been aware of the general usage. I simply got confused, and on top of that, in the scope of my particular passage the reversed version of the saying seemed to make some twisted sense :)
to the asker. Hi!I don't think you misread the text. I'm quoting:"We must learn to walk before we can run" and then< The metaphorical phrase "to run before one can walk" is also common>
Oxford Concise Dictionary of Droverbs
Alexander, I had heard the saying during my (rather long) stay in America.
The reason for my asking was that I misread the text.
Thanks for the elaboration, I agree that the next thought is a good example of the logic of "progressing gradually".