Improve your English by watching Netflix!

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If you are an English language student then you do not need to feel guilty about binge-watching Netflix series! Watching TV is a great way to improve your English. Improve your listening skills and learn English slang while immersing yourself in the world of popular culture. We have asked the team here at Tti what some of their favourite Netflix English language series are. Check out their recommendations here:

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Do you think you will get this?

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In our latest academic blog, our amazing teacher Tom gives you a comprehensive overview of how to use that omnipresent English word – get. Keep on reading!

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“If you get to the BBQ before I do, try and get to the front of the queue and get a couple of burgers before they get cold!”

Get get get get get!

You might have noticed that native speakers of English tend to use the word ‘get’ all the time. Why is this? What does it mean in these cases?

Native speakers love the word ‘get’ because we can use it to replace so many other words! Let’s take a look at five different examples, and soon you will be speaking like a native!

Become

One of the most common ways to use ‘get’ is to mean ‘become’: If there is some kind of change happening, we can often use get! Look at these examples:

‘London usually becomes cold in September.’

‘If you leave your coffee for 20 minutes it will become cold.’

‘Messi is a good footballer, but he’s becoming old now.’

These sentences are fine, but they might sound a little formal! We can make them sound much more natural like this:

‘London usually gets cold in September’

‘If you leave your coffee for 20 minutes it will get cold’.

‘Messi is a good footballer, but he’s getting old now.’

Much better!

Arrive

Another very common use of ‘get’ us to replace ‘arrive’:

‘I usually arrive at work before lunch.’

can also be:

‘I usually get to work before lunch.’

Notice the change in preposition! While ‘arrive’ uses the preposition of place (arrive at the airport/arrive in London), ‘get’ uses the preposition of movement (get to the airport/get to London). If we use ‘get’ with ‘here’ or ‘there’, then we don’t use any preposition! (What time are you getting here?)

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Acquire/Receive

This is an interesting one because this can replace quite a lot of similar verbs, such as win, earn, and buy (basically situation where before you don’t have something, and after you do).

I got a bike for Christmas. (receive)

He gets $125,000 a year. (earn)

I got £50 from a football bet. (win)

I went to the supermarket to get some bread and milk. (buy)

Understand

We can use ‘get’ to mean ‘understand’, both in positive and negative situations!

For example, if your friend tells a joke and everyone laughs except you, you can say “I don’t get it”.

‘I don’t get why this artist is so popular’

‘The party is at kgsnfsogihn@^&$*’

‘…Sorry, I didn’t get that, could you say it again?’

‘I need to to take this to room 45B, get this signed, then bring it back to me. Understand?’

Got it.’

BE (passives)

In passive forms, we usually use the verb ‘be’:

‘Coffee is grown in Colombia’

‘His leg was broken in the crash.’

‘Don’t leave your phone there, it will be stolen!’

In casual speech, and especially in situations where something bad or negative happened, it is common to use ‘get’ instead of ‘be’.

‘His leg got broken in the crash’.

‘Don’t leave your phone there, it will get stolen!’

So why don’t you try to get some more ‘get’ into your English? Try using ‘get’ to replace these verbs, and see how it feels! It might be hard at first, but it gets easier!

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Being an Intern at Tti School of English

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Hello everybody! My name is Max and I come from Germany, more precisely from a place near Frankfurt. I am 20 years old and am doing an apprenticeship as an Industrial Businessman at Telekom. After receiving the offer from my company to do a 6-week internship at Tti School of English, I was very pleased.

Since the beginning of June, I’ve been living in the neighbourhood of Battersea. My daily commute is around 30 minutes by tube to my workplace. The first days were very exciting because I got a very good impression of London.

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On my first free weekend, I started sightseeing. I was lucky to be able to explore the city with sunny weather and witness the parade for the Queen’s birthday  in front of Buckingham Palace. It was a great experience because normally I can only see these things on TV.

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I spent the following day at the Harry Potter Studios in Watford. Going behind the scenes was very interesting because you got a feeling of how much work goes into each Harry Potter movie and which techniques were used for the special effects.

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Now back to my daily work here at Tti School of English! I usually work from Monday to Friday from 08:30 am to 5:30 pm and I have an hour of lunch every day. Throughout the day I take care of any questions and concerns of the students, I tell them in which classroom they will be taught in, where to find our Coffee Bar, what our social activity of the day is! Also, I give administrative support at the office so they can run smoothly and provide the best customer service.

Thanks for reading my blog and I wish you a nice day!

Thanks so much Max for all your amazing support! To find out more about our school please visit www.ttischool.com