Study-to spend time reading, going to classes etc in order to learn about a subject. http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/learn
Learn-to gain knowledge of a subject or skill, by experience, by studying it, or by being taught. http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/learn
Some people said “To study is the action” and “To learn is the result of that action”. It seems that there are some differences.
I wonder if there is a difference in the following sentences:
1.He is studying to play the piano.
2. He is learning to play the piano.
Native speakers do not use that collocation.How is "studying"
isnot natural English in the first one?
"Studying" to play the piano sounds as if the person is reading books about the piano, about the theory of playing the piano, how a piano works etc. It doesn't sound as if the person is actually sitting at a piano, playing music.
Having said that, if someone attends music college, they would say "I'm studying piano at Juilliard". They wouldn't say "I'm studying to play the piano at Juilliard".
a) I would "study" English to obtain a higher academic standard, which, I hope, would enable me to get a better, more well-paid job than otherwise, in fields where such qualifications were deemed to matter.
b) I would "learn" English to enable me to communicate successfully with other English speakers particularly in cases where command of the English language mattered more than which one of many possibly different English academic qualifications was or was not appropriate.
i.e. it's basically a case of "proven" (not internet purchased etc) educational/professional qualifications vs proven ability to perform the job required or theory vs practice.
In my pre-retirement life, clients normally looked for degree qualified personnel, whereas contractors needed to have experienced personnel, who, hopefully, automatically do close enough to the "right" thing first time (time means money). I was fortunate to find sufficient acceptance in both camps. There's an old saying that the best gamekeeper is an ex-poacher (which may now include security specialists vs hackers etc)!
Hope this helps
Many thanks to all of you for your help.
Tom (British) and John (Chinese) are roommates. Tom doesn't go to school to study Chinese. John teaches Tom Chinese and Tom teaches John English.
Which of the following sentences is natural in the above context?
John: Tom is studiying Chinese from me.
John: Tom is learning Chinese from me.