In German we have two words: Erziehung - which means to raise somebody to be of good manner, to have values and virtues and to behave fittingly in one's social environment


Bildung - which are academic, intellectual skills, knowledge or practical, handcraft capabilities.

In English I found: education. teaching. upbringing, or to raise a child and parenting.

In English texts I often find that education is used for both “Erziehung“ and “Bildung“. Seems as in English “education“ is both, manners and skills. This is more a question for educational professionals then for all-day language use.

Am I correct? Maybe this is a bit of hairsplitting, but in German it makes a difference if you are an “Erzieher“ (Erziehung) or a “Lehrer“ (Bildung). Maybe it is educator and teacher in English. But is “Education“ actually used for both?


While education may be used to describe both contexts in some texts as you have mentioned, Erziehung is best translated as upbringing in English, and Bildung as education (in an academic setting).

If one refers to upbringing it is usually only about how someone was raised, their values, virtues and behaviours. And when one refers to education, unless a specific context is provided then it is assumed to be related to their academic learning.


It's not easy to see what your question is exactly. Yes, education is used similarly for academics and for life, although it's more common to use education to describe academics.

It's very common to learn about life from parents or teachers. Another common phrase is to learn life lessons or to learn lessons about life.

When it comes to manners, a parent will tell a child to mind your manners, usually around the dinner table or in front of guests.

When talking about a person's background, you can say that the person had a good upbringing or a bad upbringing. You can also say the person was raised well.

Although you can say that someone has had a good education in life, it's less common than the phrases described above. More often than not, education refers to academics. But when used to describe life/mannerisms/upbringing, education suggests the long and complex process of growing into an adult.

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