GET WITH THE PROGRAM – American English Idiom Lesson

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Have you ever heard someone say, “Hey! Get with the program!” This is an interesting idiom in American English and today, let’s have a look at what it means and how you can use it in your everyday English conversation.

The first meaning we will look at is pay attention to what’s happening now in the news or pop culture. If you know someone who is a little behind the times, they need to get with the program or get with it! For example,

  • Didn’t you know Happy English has YouTube lessons? Come one, get with the program!
  • Mark’s band has been playing the same music for 15 years. The need to get with it and play some newer songs.

Another way to use this idiom is when someone is not following the rules or procedures, like in the office or in school. In the office, the boss might say something like this to her employee:

  • Terry, I’ve told you several times to be careful about completing your weekly reports. I need you to get with the program and make sure you hand in your reports on time every week!

In school, the teacher might say something like this to his class:

  • Well, only 50% of the students here passed the test. The rest of you need to get with it and start studying.

Do you know anyone who needs to get with it? Leave a comment below!

If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!


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