7 Expressions with Get 23

These micro-dictation exercises contain 7 different expressions with Get.

‘Get’ is one of the most common verbs in the English language. As well as having several basic meanings (and being used in grammatical structures like the passive) it is also used in a lots and lots of idioms and fixed expressions.

Learning some of these idioms and expressions is a very good way of improving your understanding of everyday conversation, while also making your own English more varied and natural.

This exercise contains 7 micro-dictations, each one containing a different idiom or expression with Get.

See how much you can understand, try to guess the meaning of the expression, and then check the definition. Good luck!

#1 to get a shock

Accent: North America

I a when . He he's 10 .
I such a when I him. He as if he's 10 years.

to get a shock = to be surprised by something negative or unpleasant.

e.g. I got a shock when I saw the gas bill – it was 5 times what I had been expecting.

#2 to get the chance

Accent: England (London)

Naples .
visit Naples the – the pizza there .
Make you visit Naples you get the – the pizza we there was incredible.

…make sure...

The expression make sure you do something means be certain that you do something. e.g. Make sure you take an umbrella if you walk to work – it’s going to rain this afternoon.

The idiom to get the chance to do something is another way of saying to have the opportunity to do something.

e.g. I wanted to ask for his autograph but I didn’t get the chance.

e.g. Did you get the chance to ask your boss for next Thursday off?

#3 to get to know someone

Accent: England (RP)

I know unpleasant , but if know him you'll .
I know he seem unpleasant first, but if you to know him you'll like him.

…at first

We use the phrase at first to mean in the beginning or to begin with. e.g. At first I thought it would be possible to prepare for the exam by myself, but I soon realised that I needed a good teacher to help me.

We use the expression to get to know someone to describe the process of learning more about a person by spending time with them.

e.g. I got to know Paul while we were travelling up to Scotland..

#4 to get rid of something

Accent: Scotland

I flat, previous owners dog haven't to get smell.
I my new flat, the previous owners a dog and I haven't able to get of the smell.

The expression to get rid of something means to remove something or make it go away.

e.g. Please can we get rid of these curtains? I’ve never liked them.

e.g. He used to have a big tattoo on his neck; I wonder how he got rid of it?.

#5 to get hold of someone

Accent: Northern England

I've to of you , why haven't phone ?
I've trying to hold of you day, why haven't you your phone turned ?

The meaning of the expression to get hold of someone is to make contact and communicate with someone, usually on the phone.

e.g. I can’t get hold of John. Maybe he’s changed his number?.

#6 to get on someone's nerves

Accent: Ireland

That dripping really nerves. We it ASAP.
That dripping tap really on my nerves. We to get it ASAP.

The idiom to get on someone’s nerves can be used as an alternative to the verb to annoy someone.

e.g. I don’t know why, but his voice really gets on my nerves..

#7 to get up to speed

Accent: Scotland

is going , it's a while to everything.
My job is going , but it's me a while get up to with everything.

When you get up to speed, you get all the latest information about something.

e.g. Before you start working with your new team, you’ll need to get up to speed with our new IT system.

Discussion questions

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • When was the last time you got a shock?
  • Tell me about something that you would like to do one day, if you get the chance to do it?
  • Is there anything that you wanted to do, but didn’t get the chance to do?
  • Can you think of someone who you didn’t like at first, but who you became friends with after you got to know them?
  • Are you good at getting rid of things you don’t need, or do you find it hard to throw things away?
  • What’s the best way to get rid of a headache/cold/sore throat/hangover?
  • Can you remember a time when you’ve needed to get hold of someone but they didn’t answer their phone? What happened?
  • Are you a difficult or easy person to get hold of?
  • Tell me about something that you would like to do one day, if you get the chance to do it?
  • What are the top three things that get on your nerves?
  • Think about the last time you got a new job. How long did it take to get up to speed with everything?

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Scottish accent is the most difficult accent I’ve ever heard. This accent gives me a hard time understanding.


1. The last time I got shock when I saw a woman I know for few years – she lost many kilograms and became a really well-looked woman! 2. If I had a chance, I would go to Australia. 3. When I met my friend Ann at first, I thought she was a bit crazy 🙂 But after I got to know her, we became best friends. 4. Well, I get rid of some old or unnessesary staff pretty easy, except some things (clothes, postcards or others) which became my favourite. 5. I was a difficult person to get hold… Read more »


for me the most difficult was the English, RP I don’t know what RP means but it is really difficult, but I like these exercises a lot.


1. The last time I got a shock was when a knew that the price of bus ticket would be increased 2. I would study abroad, if I got the chance. Once, I had the chance to talk to American students, but didn’t do it :/ 3. There were two twins girls, who I didn’t like at first, but I got to know them and we became friends 4. I think I’m good at getting rid of things I don’t need, because when I compare my wardrobe with my sister’s, I see that she has a lot of useless stuff.… Read more »


A different accent from those I have heart before.Quite interesting!!!!!!
.I like to learn a bit more each time …The more you learn ,the more you can feel well prepared.
Thanks for sharing.


My practise.
I really didn’t get to know her at all.
In spite of triying to get hold with her at the office,I think I rather get on her nerves,because she was vey introvert and got a shock when I told her about my private life…When she knew I was a former prisioner,she wanted to get rid of me.
I think people never allow me to get the chance to show my change.


It`s quite interesting to know Chris, whether an average English speaking person easily understand such challenging to our ear Scottish and Irish accents?


1. The last time I got a shock was very recently and it was when I saw the humanitarian aid for Venezuela being burnt. I couldn’t hardly believe it. 2. If I had got the chance to go to one of Michael Jackson’s concert, I would have gone for sure. 3. I try to make sure to get to know any person I meet with so that I won’t let any prejudice against them blind me because I remember a time when I met a person years ago he seemed to be unfriendly at first but I got to know… Read more »


is correct to say: “do not judge anyone until get to know one well”


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