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When To Use "Get Used To"

May 12, 2008
There are many English phrases that often cause problems for ESL students. For example, if you are new to taking a course to help you learn a new language or if you are new to taking an online course, this is something that you will have to "get used to" when you do decide to learn English through such a course. This phrase refers to a new experience that you need to learn and become familiar with using. It really means to become accustomed to using something or a new situation.

This is just one example of the type of topics covered in online English lesson for those learning the language. When you start a course, the best way to do so is to start at the beginning where you hear simple dialogues being read by native English speakers. You learn to read, write and speak English at the same time because each lesson incorporates listening, speaking, reading and writing. As you listen to the dialogue, you can read along with the speaker because the dialogue is printed on the screen. After listening several times, you can then practice repeating the sentences so that you can better emulate the speaker in the proper pronunciation of each word.

If there are any words in the sentences you don't understand, make use of the online dictionary to translate these words into your native language. Then you know exactly what the word means and you can then learn the word in English. Although there is no need for purchasing textbooks when you take an online course, it would be helpful to have a notebook by your side so that you can make notes that you can refer to in the future.

It is also helpful top record yourself speaking as you read the dialogues. In this manner, you can listen to yourself speaking and be able to make comparisons with your pronunciation and that of the speaker online. You can also practice saying the individual words listed as the key vocabulary at the bottom of each page of dialogues. However, you should not concentrate on this because it is better to learn the words in context rather than in isolation.

When you are comfortable with your speech and that you understand the meaning of the dialogue, you can move on to the instruction in how to use the structures and the rules of English grammar associated with each one. Every lesson has a page of instruction presented in an easy to read format complete with examples. You will notice that as you progress through the lessons, those in the upper elementary and intermediate categories do not all have a listening component. This is because by the time you reach this stage of the course, you can avail of the free audio course and the reading and listening passages of the site.

There are practice exercises in which you type in the correct word or phrase. These start off with simple sentences and then proceed to dialogues.

One thing to remember is that it does take time to learn English and that you shouldn't try to rush things. Take as much time as you need on every lesson before proceeding to the next one.
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