Python is a programming language. Like other languages, it gives us a way to communicate ideas. In the case of a programming language, these ideas are “commands” that people use to communicate with a computer!

We convey our commands to the computer by writing them in a text file using a programming language. These files are called programs. Running a program means telling a computer to read the text file, translate it to the set of operations that it understands, and perform those actions.


Change Codecademy to your name in the script to the right. Run the code to see what it does!

As soon as you’re ready, move on to the next exercise to begin learning to write your own Python programs!

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