Definition of get one's tongue around in US English:

get one's tongue around

phrase

  • Pronounce (words)

    ‘she found it very difficult to get her tongue around the unfamiliar words’
    • ‘No, they used the local equivalent to Cockney slang and it took me quite a while to get my tongue round it.’
    • ‘I was still at school when it came out, we all knew the lyrics then, but I can't get my tongue round them now.’
    • ‘Maori names can be difficult to get your tongue round and my mind blends similar names into one.’
    • ‘I could not get my tongue around the sounds of that beautiful language.’
    • ‘This was extraordinary behaviour, as she was not academic, and yet her ability to get her tongue round the unfamiliar words was the best in the class.’
    • ‘As I had only been learning Spanish for 2 years at University in Scotland, I hadn't quite got my tongue round the lingo.’
    • ‘Tina's Chinese, but she was born and raised in England and in fact she's more of an English rose, she only recently managed to get her tongue round Hong Kong's Cantonese.’
    • ‘But way back, when I was a baby, and Jo a toddler, she could never manage to get her tongue round Tobias, and the nearest she ever got to it was Tabby.’
    • ‘Although we are still trying to get our tongue round the names of the food and drink, the restaurant offers good value and competently executed cooking, and style to aspire to.’
    • ‘She struggles to get her tongue round the words.’