As far as I know, kennen is to know somebody and lernen means to learn Then why do you use kennenzulernen to say nice to meet?
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kennen = to know, lernen = to learn
The verb kennenlernen, however, has the meaning to meet, even though it looks like it is a combination of kennen and lernen (which is definitely its origin, but it is used as one word today).
The original meaning can be guessed from the word by word translation
The actual translation, however, is simply Nice to meet you.
PS: kennenzulernen is a so called "erweiterter Infititiv". You can see this in other verbs, too. Examples:
This is also called Infinitiv mit "zu". Examples:
kennen zu lernen means lern = means getting to know or learning to know somebody
if you twist it around lernen zu kennen, it makes more sense
you are learning to know somebody. learning by observation and interaction that is.
and the nice part is just saying: nice or schön Sie kennenzulernen