10 common German beginner mistakes.
I found this article to be very helpful to me. I thought I would share it with ya'll.
"In English, "to study" means to learn, read, memorize, practice, and reflect on a subject. In German, the verb lernen is used to encompass these learning activities. The German verb studieren has a much more limited meaning than its English cognate. It means "to be a university student" or "to major in" a particular subject."
According to Wiktionary, the English meaning of "to study" seems to be covered under the 3a definition. https://de.wiktionary.org/wiki/studieren
Errors happen, but an article about errors explaining something wrong is funny.
Ich studiere. Means somone is matriculated (inscribed?) in an university (or FH) and will get an BSc, Master, Doctor or whatever degree in the end.
Ich studiere die Betriebsanleitung. Just means: I study the manual. No framed diploma at the end. :-(
But using "lernen" for stuyding is probably nevertheless more common. "Studieren" has a little more "intensity" implied.