Apprendre et enseigner

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Apprendre et enseigner

I have seen that the verb « apprendre » can mean both to learn and to teach in French. And I also know that « enseigner » can sometimes mean to teach (but in a narrower sense, and it can never mean to learn). My question is : Can one say in this exercise «  je lui ENSEIGNERAI à être indépendante et forte » or is this just a wrong usage of this verb? 

Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Paul,

Very interesting question!

I would say that in the case of a parent teaching a child you would use 'apprendre à' and that you would use 'enseigner' to describe what teachers do -

C'est ce prof qui m'a enseigné l'anglais This is the teacher who taught me English

Mon père m'a appris à conduire à l'âge de 18 ans My father taught me to drive, aged 18

Hope this helps!

 

Apprendre et enseigner

I have seen that the verb « apprendre » can mean both to learn and to teach in French. And I also know that « enseigner » can sometimes mean to teach (but in a narrower sense, and it can never mean to learn). My question is : Can one say in this exercise «  je lui ENSEIGNERAI à être indépendante et forte » or is this just a wrong usage of this verb? 

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