jueves, junio 09, 2016

How To Use “Get Something”

Have you ever watched an English TV show and you didn’t get everything?
Has someone ever told you a joke in English, and you didn’t get it?
Of course!

How To Use “Get Something”

If you don’t understand something, you can use the casual expression: “I don’t get it.”
But make sure you add another phrase so that you sound more polite.
For example:
I’m sorry, I didn‘t get what you said. Can you say it again?
When I was in high school, I didn’t get why I had to do thirty math problems every day for homework.
In fact, even now, I don’t get how it’s helpful to do anything without a realistic context.
I really want to get more when I watch English TV shows.
You might also know the expression “to catch something.”
So if you can understand what someone said, but it’s too loud in the room to get every word, you can say:
didn’t catch the last word you said. Can you say it again?

Two Common Situations

1. The first common situation is when you simply don’t understand what someone else said.
In the video, I told a story about when I was sitting at dinner with fifteen French speakers, and I didn’t get anything.
2. The second situation is when someone tells a joke, and you don’t understand why it’s funny.
Maybe you were watching an English TV sitcom like “Friends,” and other people are laughing, but you don’t get it.
What’s so funny? I don’t understand the joke? I don’t get the joke.

Now It’s Your Turn

In the comments section below, write a sample sentence with “to get something.”
When was a time when you didn’t get something? Did you ever get it? Or maybe you never did!

How To Use “I’d Rather” VS “I Prefer”

Did you learn “I prefer” in elementary school?
Start using this natural expression instead!

How To Use “I’d Rather”

To express your opinion, instead of using “I prefer,” you can use “I’d rather.”
The expression is actually “I would rather” but in conversation we say, “I’d rather…”
To talk about things that you like, you can say:
I’d rather go to the south of France for Christmas instead of the north because it’s warmer.
He said that he’d rather stay at home instead of go to the big Christmas party.
Have you ever felt like you would rather live in the country instead of the city?
To talk about things you don’t like, you can say:
I’d rather not spend a lot of money for Christmas vacation and instead save it for summer vacation.
He said that he’d rather not take the bus because it takes too long.

A Sample Story

One of the things that surprised me when I lived in Korea was the shopping experience.
Personally, I don’t like shopping, and I’d rather just buy something quickly and leave.
But at big and small stores in Korea, whenever I was looking at some items to decide which one I was going to buy, the sales person would came and stand right beside me.
They asked me (in Korean) if I needed help, and when I said that I didn’t need any help, they didn’t go away.
I’d rather shop on my own without any help, unless I ask for it.
But even though they didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak much Korean, they didn’t let me shop on my own.
Maybe they were trying to give good customer service, but I’d rather be left alone.
I even asked my Korean coworkers if this was normal, and they said that it was, but it didn’t bother them.
I walked away without buying something A LOT because I felt too uncomfortable with someone watching me.
I’d rather not be stared at and instead just shop on my own.
But in the end, cultural differences are always interesting!

Now It’s Your Turn

In the comments below, write a sample sentence with this expression.
Tell me something that you’d rather do or something that you’d rather not do.