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hit the books English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Dec 16 2010


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“It makes you smarter if you hit the books.”

- Jason on learning.

2. Video - Watch the video before learning the definition.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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study hard

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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If you’re reading this English lesson, you’re likely interested in learning. One way to learn fast is to hit the books. If you hit the books, it means you study hard. You spend a lot of time reading. You’re a serious student.

Jason walks up to Ella with a bat and asks what she’s doing. She tells him that she’s hitting the books so she can learn. He is surprised that hitting the books can make you smarter, but he’s eager to try it out because it sounds extreme.

After collecting some books, Jason finds Mason and asks him to throw them at him while he hits them with a bat. Ella walks up and explains that hitting the books doesn’t involve physically hitting anything. It just means extreme studying.

When is the last time you really hit the books? Do you like to study hard or do you learn more casually?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“I’m going to hit the books tonight. I have a big test tomorrow!”

“She knows this material well. She must really be hitting the books.”

“You’re doing very well in this class. I suggest you hit the books.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

Gaby313 To study intensively.
by Gaby313
jurmala1 to study, to learn concentrated
by jurmala1
ponka To hit the books means begin to study more strenuously.
by ponka
Manu4 To study hard or to challege yourself studying
by Manu4
to study?
by Miss Talant
by Bitten by an Arab bug

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BBoy Roty

BBoy Roty


the last time i hit the books was last weekend,i’m always reading i think it’s very important to learn new vocabulary.

08:40 PM Jul 28 2012 |




i am the person who always hits the books ,well,i do not have a good score for return,that is what i often amazed.but i will stick to hitting the books all my life,no matter the score high or low is .

10:14 PM Sep 18 2011 |




I usually study only before tests. I can’t force myself to study every day if the test is after a few weeks. So in the last evening I usually hit the books. But in that case  my knowledges is not very steady..I usually forget a lot of things.

06:11 PM Jul 06 2011 |




May I say the truth? The last time that I hit the books I was in my graduation :P hihihi No,seriuos now,since I joined in this site I have hit the book in all of lessons and studying a little every day,it really makes smarter in english ;)

12:24 PM Jul 06 2011 |



he is Crazy!!!

03:45 PM May 03 2011 |


Viet Nam

to hit the books just right before the coming test is quite ineffective. I sometimes do it, then i realize it's not kept in my mind for a long time. Thus, i think to learn something day by day is better although it's hard to keep it up. Nice slang!Smile

02:45 PM Feb 01 2011 |



ahahahaha  jason is hilarious ;P 

08:30 PM Dec 21 2010 |


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Laughingilaike it is great and gais  iwont to your help  iwont to improve my english plese

03:01 PM Dec 19 2010 |



It is a hillarious video! Great!!!Laughing

08:24 PM Dec 18 2010 |



The last time when I really hitted the books was the last minute. NOW, I like  studying hard, but with a lot of fun .When I learn casually I miss a lot of new knowledge… Thanks English, baby! team!

08:19 PM Dec 18 2010 |

Natalia 1979


to study a lot

07:42 PM Dec 18 2010 |

mya ei thwe


Oh!i see. I can try to improve my English. Thanks you E baby.

12:06 PM Dec 17 2010 |


South Africa

hit the books means read many books and extremely header.

09:18 AM Dec 17 2010 |



It means study harder and concentrating in what you are reading. Besides dedicating a lot time and effort to reach any goal.

01:02 AM Dec 17 2010 |

shadi347Super Member!


wooow  it is a good slang.i hit the books 10 years ago  when i was a student

11:36 PM Dec 16 2010 |

Nicte ha

Nicte ha


I know ppl that unfortunately they r not very intelligent, but, ...., this is too much!!



09:26 PM Dec 16 2010 |


Saudi Arabia


very good the vedio

06:56 PM Dec 16 2010 |




If you want to know something well there is nothing to do like to hit the books!

05:49 PM Dec 16 2010 |



Saudi Arabia

good slang and usful one to use

03:02 PM Dec 16 2010 |




I hit the books several years ago…


02:59 PM Dec 16 2010 |

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