Posted by: lyonenglishnetwork | November 4, 2011


get - verb (used with object)
to receive or come to have possession, use, or enjoyment of: to get a birthday present; to get a pension.
to cause to be in one’s possession or succeed in having available for one’s use or enjoyment; obtain; acquire: to get a good price after bargaining; to get oil by drilling; to get information.
to go after, take hold of, and bring (something) for one’s own or for another’s purposes; fetch: Would you get the milk from the refrigerator for me?
to cause or cause to become, to do, to move, etc., as specified; effect: to get one’s hair cut; to get a person drunk; to get a fire to burn; to get a dog out of a room.
to communicate or establish communication with over a distance; reach: You can always get me by telephone.
to hear or hear clearly: I didn’t get your last name.
to acquire a mental grasp or command of; learn: to get a lesson.
to capture; seize: Get him before he escapes!
to receive as a punishment or sentence: to get a spanking; to get 20 years in jail.
to prevail on; influence or persuade: We’ll get him to go with us.
to prepare; make ready: to get dinner.
(especially of animals) to beget.
Informal. to affect emotionally: Her pleas got me.
to hit, strike, or wound: The bullet got him in the leg.
Informal. to kill.
Informal. to take vengeance on: I’ll get you yet!
to catch or be afflicted with; come down with or suffer from: He got malaria while living in the tropics. She gets butterflies before every performance.
Informal. to puzzle; irritate; annoy: Their silly remarks get me.
Informal. to understand; comprehend: I don’t get the joke. This report may be crystal-clear to a scientist, but I don’t get it.

Get is a particularly hard verb to teach. Looking it up in the dictionary gives 54 seperate definitions, including the phrasal verbs.

So, you very rarely get people coming out of an English course having learnt all 54. But you frequently get people going to England for a year or 2 and having learnt the majority of the meanings, WITHOUT ever having looked in a dictionary.

How come ?

By what process did that happen ?

The process is called LANGUAGE ACQUISITION. And language acquisition is possible not just in the country of the language you’re trying to learn but whereever you are. You don’t pick up the meanings by learning them, but one by one and little by little. By noticing regularly what’s happening with the language. And even when you don’t notice, it might happen without you even knowing it.


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