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2005.04.04(Review of 2004.03.15 edition)

Hello again! We had such a good time introducing last week's idioms to you that we've decided to keep the fun going for another week!

Do you remember the expression “the new kid on the block” from last Thursday? Well, this week's expressions are all about the learning process that eventually makes every new kid on the block a fully functioning member of the team. Enjoy!

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GET YOUR BEARINGS   周囲の状況を把握する

Explanation

  • To get your bearings is to become familiar with a new place or situation.

    Be Careful! In this expression, “bearings” is always plural.
  • get your bearings とは、新しい場所や環境に慣れる、という意味です。

    注意:この表現においては、bearings は常に複数形で使われます。

examples

  1. (manager to new employee)
    Things in this department may seem a little confusing at first, but it shouldn't take long before you get your bearings.
  2. I've been working here for three months now, but I just can't seem to get my bearings. For instance, I still can't figure out who does what at the office.
  3. Here's a copy of the personnel manual. It should help you get your bearings.
  4. (the back cover of a book about telecommuting)
    If you've just started working at home and are still trying to get your bearings, this book can help you get moving in the right direction and avoid many common mistakes.

英会話レッスンIf you're hoping to become more familiar with the world of business English, then WordMaster@Work is just what you need to get your bearings. Be sure to check in with us again tomorrow!