“Just watch it... you'll get the gist.”
You want to show your friend a video in another language. You tell your friend that by watching, he can understand it enough without the dialogue.
Just watch it... you'll get the gist.
This is an order to do something. You're telling someone to do only what you ask, without discussing it or protesting. Some examples:
Just shut up.
This can seem commanding, but in the right situation, it can also seem helpful:
Just be confident. You'll be fine!
To "get the gist" of something means to understand it a little bit, or to understand the general idea of something. Use it like this:
A: Do you understand?
B: Yeah, I get the gist.
You can "get the gist" of things like:
- the idea of a T.V. show
- how to play a game
- how to do a task at work
It doesn't make sense to say that someone "gets the gist" of a large subject like mathematics or psychology.
If you want to name the topic that a person understands, use "of ___":
He got the gist of how to do it with just a couple of minutes of explanation.