I am programmer and want to say "The programming language I have never used before" in very short word like "... programming language" What could that be?


There are a few alternatives involving prepositions:

I am unfamiliar with / illiterate in / ignorant of / incognizant of / inconversant with this programming language.

As mentioned, unfamiliar can also be used directly as an adjective applying to the programming language. The "to me" is then implicit in the meaning.


unfamiliar - This is an unfamiliar programming language to me.


You could simply say: "I am inexperienced with this programming language".


You could try

I am a novice/neophyte/newbie/virgin in this programming language.

If you wished to indicate that you were not experienced, but dedicated to learning the language, you might say

I am an acolyte/apprentice in this programming language.

[Note: Before I am inundated by the Slash Police, I am not advocating the use of "/" in actual sentences, but merely suggesting a choice.]

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    "virgin" definitely sounds weird when applied to a programming language... – Noldorin Aug 24 '12 at 13:02
  • @Noldorin - I have neve heard it used as such, but the term is getting more widespread usage, e.g., the popular cable show on HGTV in the US called "Property Virgins", i.e. first time home buyers. – bib Aug 24 '12 at 19:32
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    Yeah, I believe you. I think it's less popular in Britain still, as it's sexual connotations are still very strong. It is sometimes used jokingly to describe a first-time experience with something though. – Noldorin Aug 27 '12 at 22:45
  • virgin noun MW’s second definition: 1b : a person who is inexperienced in a usually specified sphere of activity – Xanne Sep 17 '19 at 5:38

What could that be?

"I have not used X before."

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