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    Default Learn, Study: What's the Difference?

    Chums

    is there a difference between the verbs 'learn' and 'study'?

    I assume there must be one, otherwise why have two different words that mean exactly the same?

    Seems daft to me, but so much of British English is rather daft -- just ask an EFL student .

    I have consulted so many dictionaries I'm going blind .

    Is there a difference?

    PLEASE HELP!

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    Well, you study something in order to learn how to do it. So, for example, in order to learn, say, the ins-and-outs of engineering, you might have to study it.

    Now, I use the word 'might' because one doesn't necessarily have to occur before the other, or even with the other. For example, I learned how to speak Japanese by listening and repeating what I heard speakers around me saying. There was no 'formal' study (per se) involved in the matter. I learned it; I didn't study it.

    The same holds true for children learning their 1st language. They don't study it, they learn it.

    Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atm View Post
    Chums

    is there a difference between the verbs 'learn' and 'study'?

    I assume there must be one, otherwise why have two different words that mean exactly the same?

    Seems daft to me, but so much of British English is rather daft -- just ask an EFL student .

    I have consulted so many dictionaries I'm going blind .

    Is there a difference?

    PLEASE HELP!

    atm
    After learning something you take an exam in life. After studying something you take an exam at the university. Every day you learn new things in life but you study a special subject.

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    Thank you, chums.

    All this is quite philosophical in a way but essential and...fun .

    Thanks again

    atm

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    Quote Originally Posted by atm View Post
    Thank you, chums.

    All this is quite philosophical in a way but essential and...fun .

    Thanks again

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    You are welcome! Chum.

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    Hi,
    Could you please comment on these phrases:
    1. How’s your son doing at school?
    2. How well’s your son doing at school?
    3. How’s your son studying at school? (a Russian calque)
    4. How well’s your son studying at school?
    5. They don’t learn astronomy in the 7th form yet.
    6. They don’t study astronomy in the 7th form yet.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    Could you please comment on these phrases:
    1. How’s your son doing at school?
    2. How well’s your son doing at school?
    3. How’s your son studying at school? (a Russian calque)
    4. How well’s your son studying at school?
    5. They don’t learn astronomy in the 7th form yet.
    6. They don’t study astronomy in the 7th form yet.

    Thanks in advance.
    As for me points 1,2 and 6 are correct. I've come across and used them myself. Points 3,4 and 5 are not acceptable for me.

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    Default Re: Learn, Study: What's the Difference?

    I am stdying english to pass my exam.
    I am learning english to speak foreigners.


    Did these examples make something in your mind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    I am stdying english to pass my exam.
    I am learning english to speak foreigners.


    Did these examples make something in your mind?

    Yes, you should study hard in order to pass your English exam. And you just learn English to speak to foreigners.

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    Default Re: Learn, Study: What's the Difference?

    For example

    Studying at university=Going to university

    you can't say learning at university

    you can learn something at university

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