Apprendre and Prendre

The Bescherelle tells me they are the same thing.  I thought apprendre would be a simple and suitable first word to start with on my blogging about learning french journey.  Well, quelle surprise, there is more to it than simply to learn…

So I guess while I am continuing to apprendre (to learn, to teach, to hear of) we are also looking to prendre (to take, to seize, to catch and to capture).  And apparently they also share a close cousin rendre, who could mean to give back, to pay back, to yield, to vomit, or to surrender.  Could this be the Bescherelle’s way of telling me I should surrender as learning a language is not as simple as turning the pages of a book of verbs?  Or will continuing to take the time to learn this beautiful language give back and yield in fun and façons fantastiques…


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