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I think learning English is not just learning a skill like other skills (for example carpentry) because learning is also knowledge based, like history and physics.

Language helps us to think creatively, laterally and helps us even to think abstractly. So I think teaching English is not just teaching and improving the four skills.

My question is:

is learning a second language like English a skill or a knowledge?

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Learning (and remembering) is a skill itself, you can improve your learning skills (applied to anything, not only to a learning a language). It is just a different skill than carpentry, or swimming, or cooking.

Learning languages is a skill, subset of generic learning skill.

Knowledge is a result of applying that learning skill, like pie is a result of applying your cooking skill, or drawer is result of applying your carpentry skill.

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