Study/Learn

Introduction

Although learn and study have similar meanings, we don’t use them in the same way. Many people confuse the these words because there are similar words in other languages that are used differently. Here we explain the difference between study and learn in English.

At School, the children are learning French.

The class is difficult and the teacher is very strict.

In order to pass the exam, the children have to study every night.

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Learn or Study

Learn means to get knowledge or skills by studying, through experience or by having someone teach you (i.e in a classroom).

Example:
At school, the children are learning French.

Studying means spending time learning about an academic subject, especially using books, or at a university. Study emphasizes the process of getting knowledge.

Example:
The children will have to study very hard to pass the exam.

We use learn and not study when we talk about practical skills.

Example:
Next week the children will start learning to drive.