English as a Second Language/Do = learn?


Dear Shannon,

I hope you are alright! I have a lot of questions but have not been able to email them due to long internet disconnetion.

Look at this sentence: "We have school in the summer, too. We go swimming, play baseball and do judo and karate."

English for Starters 9 points out that "do" means "learn". I checked the dictionary but counld not find this meaning.

Thanks & best regards,
Antoine Ghannoum

It's odd they would say that.  "Do" doesn't mean "learn."  I guess they mean in the context of this sentence you could substitute it for "learn."  They did this because usually, when you do a sport (many languages say "practice a sport"), you tend to get better at it, therefore learning it.  But no, "do" only means what it always has (participate in an activity).

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Shannon Cole


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I have taught ESL and Spanish since 1998 at the university and middle school levels. I am a native of the U.S., and have taught in both the U.S. and Mexico.

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Georgia TESOL in Action (1999)

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