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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

to learn one's lesson

Example #1:

Tom: Yesterday I was in a hurry, so I drove in the carpool lane even though I was all by myself.
Joe: So what happened?
Tom: I got a ticket. Man! It's going to cost me a lot of money.
Joe: I hope you learned your lesson!
Tom: I did! I'll never do that again.

Example #2:

Sara: Every year at Christmas I always wait until the last minute to go shopping. I hate it!
Julie: Why? The stores get so crazy! Why don't you do your shopping earlier?
Sara: I don't know. I just keep procrastinating.
Julie: When are you going to learn your lesson?

To learn one's lesson is used to describe the process of learning a lesson in life through a difficult experience or mistake. These are lessons you cannot learn from a book or a class. Usually people have to learn their lesson the hard way.

This idiom was taken from LSI's textbook "Speaking Savvy." This book is used to teach Level 5 Speaking classes at LSI. For more information please visit

Thank you Ty!

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