I've usually heard the word "σπουδάζω" for "study". Do they have different meanings?
They have almost the same meaning, but in general σπουδάζω is used for universities (e.g. σπουδάζω Ιατρική = I study Medicine), while μελετώ means that you study a lesson at home (e.g. μελετώ / διαβάζω Ιστορία = I study History).
what about μαθένω (μαθαίνω ?) ??
Does that strictly mean 'to learn', like the result of having studied something? Could it be a synonym of μελετώ ? i.e. I learn Greek because I study it.
Σπουδάσω is for high educational stuff, μαθαίνω is used when you learn something new : ο γιος μου μαθαίνει να διαβάζει
Hi Isidor, learn=μαθαίνω. Take a little time to read all the comments in a discussion, often you'll find your question has already been answered. :)
Hi D_... It is nice, to be lectured! But...I don't see my question answered in the comments. On the contrary: If you can say μελετώ Ιστορία, why not μελετώ Ελληνικά?