Some people say that it's a radically different language from others, and I guess that's true.
But as a beginners language, it's not at all bad, in my opinion.
Most programming languages start from the idea that when you interact with a program, it's by 'running' it.
A program, then, is thought of as a series of statements that are 'executed' one after another by the interpreter.
Alternatively the program is read by a compiler and turned into a machine code file which can then be run by the operating system.