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Choice words: study / learn

On the way of learning any language there are many difficulties, one of which may lie in the fact that the same word can be translated into the native language by two, three or more words of a foreign language, depending on the shade value. Sometimes the opposite situation, such as studying people the word get, looking for it in the dictionary and see a picture of a huge number of different words, synonymous and not so: get money, to win, to come, to catch, understand, realize, and so on. D. Only practice communication and compulsory study of words per se, but in the context, allows you to «learn to swim in this sea of ​​words.» About verb you can get more info check out the following articles in our blog: «phrasal verb get — Part 1» and «phrasal verb get — part 2». But in this article we will examine the words of study and learn.


To begin with, is there any difference between these words? Or you might not even bother with such nuances? I learn English, I study English. The meaning is the same, but still there is a difference, and sometimes it can be very substantial. Even beginners in learning English will not say: I learn at school, there arises the verb study.

So, study — is a process of learning. The word has a more formal and narrower meaning than learn. If you want to say that a person learns in any educational institution (school, college, university), you need to use this verb. If you prepare for the exam, you will also study, rather than learn. If you learn from someone, you also use the verb study.

She studies to become a psychologist. — She is studying to become a psychologist.

He studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. — He studied at the Institute of Technology.

This term students are going to study Shakespeare. — This semester, students will teach Shakespeare.

The verb to learn refers to the acquisition of knowledge, skills, it is not only the learning process, but the result. If you learned something, you too will say it in English, using the verb learn. Also in the expression: to learn something new (to learn something new) used by the verb. If the study — it is a conscious learning, then it learns — can take place unconsciously.

A child learns its first language. — The child learns their first language.

Samantha has learned some new Japanese words today. — Samantha today to learn a few new words in Japanese.

With the following example of the difference between the study and learn will become even more obvious:

He has been studying all day but he thinks he has not learned anything. — He studied all day, but thinks that it never learned.

One can learn to drive a car without studying it. — You can learn to drive without learning this purpose.

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. — Once you teach something, you take the test in life. After learning something you are taking an exam at the university. Every day you learn something new in your life, but you learn certain things.

In Russian, the difference between these words convey more difficult, but in the above statement, it is pretty obvious.

And finally, for advanced students, we offer a video where the difference between the learn and study is explained in English:

 

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