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Both "lernato" and "studanto" means "student", right? When should I use which one?

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A lernanto is at primary or high school, while at universities you can find a studento. And a studanto is any person studying something, so a pupil, a student, a normal working person who is just learning something new, or a scientist working on a specific problem. Sometimes people use studanto en the more specific sense of studento, what is nevertheless not recommendable.

Examples: Mia 15-jara filo estas lernanto en gimnazio, kaj mia 20-jara filino estas jam studento de lingvistiko. Ambaŭ de kelkaj semajnoj estas fervoraj studantoj de Esperanto.

  • Thank you for the answer! My instinctive idea would be that "lernanto" is used for anyone who happens to be "learning something new", while "studanto" means someone who is studying (for example at a university). Do you have any sources linked to your answers I can use to find out more? – Antonia Montaro Mar 10 '17 at 20:07
  • Compare the definitions in "Plena Ilustrita Vortaro", the best available monolingual dictionary of Esperanto: vortaro.net/#lernanto vortaro.net/#studento vortaro.net/#studi The definiton of studanto, however, to me seems even to broad. Like lernejo, which is not any place you learn at, but specifically "school", IMHO also lernanto is mostly confined to school. I would not call my students at university "lernantoj". However, in a clear context, where you don't mean a kind of profession, but an acting person, you can say lernanto in the sense "learning one". – Cyril Robert Brosch Mar 10 '17 at 20:12

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