Fast forward years later, I learned more along the way but I never gave the language the treatment it deserved, the treatment I gave other languages.
When I learn a programming language I set aside time to properly learn it. I start out by going through a good internet resource or book. I check blogs and try to find the best ones.
I try to really learn how to do things idiomatically in the language.
Ruby programmers will speak about something being done in a Rubyish way, Python programmers will talk about something being Pythonic. This is what I mean by idiomatically, writing code how it is suppose to be written in a language.