Learning

The roots of the English word for learning originated with the Indo-
European “leis”, a noun meaning “track” or “furrow”. To “learn”
came to mean gaining experience by following a track presumably
for a lifetime.

The Chinese characters on the left represent the word “learning.”

The first character means to study. It is composed of two parts: a
symbol that means “to accumulate knowledge” above a symbol for
a child in a doorway. The second character means to practice
constantly, and it shows a bird developing the ability to leave the
nest. The upper symbol represents flying; the lower symbol, youth.
For the Eastern mind, learning is on-going. “Study” and “practice
constantly” together, suggest that learning should mean: “mastery
of the way of self-improvement”.
The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Senge, Kleiner, Roberts, Ross, Smith. 1994
Xuma Collaborative
Charge Ahead, Embrace Uncertainty
for Success and Sustainability

The roots of the English word for learning originated with the Indo-European “leis”,
a noun meaning “track” or “furrow”. To “learn” came to mean gaining experience by
following a track presumably for a lifetime.

The Chinese characters on the left represent the word “learning.”

The first character means to study. It is composed of two parts: a symbol that
means “to accumulate knowledge” above a symbol for a child in a doorway. The
second character means to practice constantly, and it shows a bird developing the
ability to leave the nest. The upper symbol represents flying; the lower symbol,
youth. For the Eastern mind, learning is on-going. “Study” and “practice constantly”
together, suggest that learning should mean: “mastery of the way of self-
improvement”.
The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Senge, Kleiner, Roberts, Ross, Smith. 1994
Xuma Collaborative
Charge Ahead, Embrace Uncertainty
for Success and Sustainability