These three micro-dictations all contain the expression ‘up to speed’. Complete each exercise, and then try to guess the meaning/usage of the expression from the context.
Accent: North America
…so please bear with me…
bear with me can simply mean hold on a moment or wait a second, e.g. Sorry, there’s someone on the other line – bear with me. It can also be used as a more general request for patience, or to warn people of likely delays. e.g. Please bear with me while I go over the data from last year – I know many of you are already familiar with this.
up to speed: meaning and explanation
If someone is ‘up to speed’, then they are completely up to date or fully informed. e.g. “Now that everyone is up to speed, let’s discuss next year’s budget”.
If someone is not up to speed, then they are lacking information or need to be updated. We can talk about someone ‘getting up to speed’ to describe the process of becoming fully informed. e.g. “I need you all to get up to speed on this before the legal team gets here.”
We can also talking about ‘bringing sb up to speed’ when describing someone helping someone else to become fully informed. e.g. “Sarah has volunteered to bring you up to speed on Paris deal.”