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    pick up

    Through the strict rehearsal period of dancing six days a week, I found it vital to pick up the material fast with every last bit of concentration.

    It seems to me that "pick up" here means "to master with effort". Am I right?

    But according to an entry in a dictionary: to pick up means "to get information or a skill by chance rather than by making a deliberate effort"

    So what is a native teacher's opinion?

    Thanks!

    Jason

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    Re: pick up

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Through the strict rehearsal period of dancing six days a week, I found it vital to pick up the material fast with every last bit of concentration.

    It seems to me that "pick up" here means "to master with effort". Am I right? No. Here "pick up" means to learn without a formal training program. As an example, I can pick up the basics of a database program by reading and experimenting.

    But according to an entry in a dictionary: to pick up means "to get information or a skill by chance rather than by making a deliberate effort" That is a very narrow definition. One can certainly pick up a skill by a deliberate effort.

    So what is a native teacher's opinion?

    Thanks!

    Jason
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