Today I learned that the Dutch word "leren" means both "teach" and "learn"

I was reading this paper: Adult CS Learning: Flexible learning from each

The authors pointed out that in their native language of Dutch, the word “leren” means both “teach” and “learn”.

Something about that sparks joy for me. I believe that the best way to learn something is to teach it, and that some of the best teachers are people who are still learning something themselves. So the fact that it’s literally the same word feels right to me.

Apparently this is true in a bunch of languages, not just Dutch: Which Languages Use The Same Word For 'To Learn' And 'To ...

Related reddit thread: Not sure if a repost, but I Iove this one; Dutch "leren" means both "to teach" and "to learn". And I just can't agree more. : etymology

Just wanted to share in case it sparks joy for anybody else.

(I’m experimenting with posting random little thoughts like this here instead of on Twitter. I’m open to feedback on whether this feels too spammy!)

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