“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.
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Just (do something)
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!
get the gist (of something)
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.