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"Estudiar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to study", and "aprender" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to learn". Learn more about the difference between "estudiar" and "aprender" below.
estudiar(
ehs
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too
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dyahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to gain knowledge of)
a. to study
Estudié la lección de química con detenimiento.I studied the chemistry lesson carefully.
2. (to pursue a degree in)
a. to study
Si quieres ser cirujano, tendrás que estudiar medicina.If you want to be a surgeon, you'll have to study medicine.
3. (to look into)
a. to study
Ella le estudió la cara para averiguar si estaba diciendo la verdad.She studied his face to figure out if he was telling the truth.
b. to examine
Este artículo estudia los pros y los contras de enseñar con portátiles.This article examines the pros and cons of teaching with laptops.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to gain knowledge)
a. to study
Mañana no puedo ir a la playa con vosotros porque tengo que estudiar.I can't go to the beach tomorrow with you because I have to study.
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aprender(
ah
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prehn
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dehr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to acquire knowledge)
a. to learn
Con el tiempo aprenderás cómo andar en bicicleta.With time, you will learn how to ride a bike.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to acquire knowledge)
a. to learn
Voy a la escuela a aprender, pero también a jugar y a ver a mis amigos.I go to school to learn, but also to play and see my friends.
aprenderse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to learn by heart)
a. to memorize
Tienes que aprenderte los pasos del baile.You have to memorize the dance steps.
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