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struggling • fluent • pick up
it's crazy • there
  1. I'm not , but I speak well enough to communicate.
  2. Reading is difficult for him, but with some extra help and practice he'll get .
  3. how much time you spend at work.
  4. Vietnamese is not a language that you can easily .
  5. I am really with my math class this semester.
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312 Learning Japanese

Eli talks about learning Japanese.

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I'm struggling

I'm struggling more than other kids are.

If you are 'struggling' with something it means that it is very difficult for you.

Notice the following:

  1. I need help with my maths homework because I'm struggling to understand it.
  2. I think I might need to practice my piano recital. I am really struggling with one of the songs.

fluent

They can speak fluently.

If you can speak a language 'fluently' it means that you can speak it naturally and without any mistakes.

Notice the following:

  1. She is fluent in five languages.
  2. I am going to practice my French everyday because I want to become fluent.

pick it up

They pick it up very quickly.

When you 'pick something up' it means that you learn it. We use this phrase when a person doesn't take lessons, but learns something by hearing, seeing or doing it.

Notice the following:

  1. I think they will pick it up quite fast. They are intelligent children.
  2. My boss thinks it will take about 2 weeks for me to pick up everything I have to do in my new job.

it's crazy

It's actually crazy to think, you're in Japan but it's quite difficult to actually practice the Japanese language.

When something is 'crazy' it means that it does not make sense and seems odd.

Notice the following:

  1. I bought this dress at full price last week and now it is half price in the sale, it's crazy!
  2. It's crazy. I've been sitting in this traffic jam for two hours.

I'll get there

I think I'll get there. I'm just about starting to understand stuff now.

'I'll get there' means that you will succeed with something eventually.

Notice the following:

  1. It will take time, but I will get there.
  2. If I practice a little bit everyday then I will get there.

 

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