Rafael Laboissiere wrote:
* Alan W. Irwin <irwin@beluga.phys.uvic.ca> [2006-05-12 11:53]:

  
On 2006-05-12 18:50+0200 Rafael Laboissiere wrote:

    
The learning curve is very steep.
      
I presume/hope you meant _not_ very steep?  :-)
    

This is a language problem.  I have already seen the expression "steep
learning curve" used to mean "hard to learn", which is obviously wrong
for me.  Indeed, if a learnign curve is steep, this means that for
smaller increments of time, larger gains in learning are accomplished.
For something that is difficult to learn, I would use instead "shallow
learning curve" or whatever.

At any rate, English is not my native language and you probably know
better than me.
  
Rafael,

you are not the only one with that particular language problem :). I have
always wondered myself why this expression is used and not something like
"easy to learn", which seems more direct to me - steep usually has a ring
of difficult or dangerous to it ...

Regards,

Arjen