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What does 「学問に励む」 mean?

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    Have you checked a dictionary? eg ejje.weblio.jp/sentence/content/"学問に励" / jisho.org/search/励む
    – chocolate
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 16:18
  • @Chocolate Yes I checked. But my English is not good and I only recently started studying Japanese, so I wasn't exactly sure what the phrase means. Especially the exact meaning of 学問 in the sentence. And thank you for the links. I knew Jisho, but Weblio looks good as well.
    – reika
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 18:47
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    It doesn't appear that you lack English skill...
    – BJCUAI
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 19:16

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To put it simply, it means "study hard."

  • 学問⇒study.
  • に⇒at, on, to and etc.
  • 励む⇒make an effort.

So the phrase directly means "make an effort at studying" or "focus on studying."

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