One minute of English: 22nd November – get it done

Date: the twenty-second of November, 2010. (22nd November, 2010)
Useful language:
a bit: un peu
fresh: comme fraiche en français, pour la temperature et la nourriture
word of the day: to get (something) done : faire faire quelque chose
to get (something) done : achever une tâche, s’en finir

Le système “Getting Things Done” (GTD) est vraiment intéressant. Jetez un coup d’oeil:
Getting Things Done by Dave Allen (version française)

Hello. It’s the twenty-second of November. It’s a lovely sunny day in London, a bit fresh, but that’s normal for this time of year.

What do you have to do today? I have to take my car to the garage to get it repaired. It has a leaking radiator.

The word of the day is Get. Get has lots of meanings. Today I want to talk about what we say we want somebody to do something for us. For example, my car has a problem, but I’m not going to repair it myself. I’m going to get it repaired. I’m going to get the mechanic to have a look and tell me what the problem is and how much it will cost.

You can also get things done. If you have a job to do, and you get it done, that means that you successfully accomplish it, it’s finished and you don’t need to think about it any more. There is a famous time management system called getting things done. It helps business people to organise their time so that they can be as efficient as possible.

We’ll talk more about ‘get’ in other videos. Take it easy, and I’ll see you tomorrow.


  1. Hello,

    How put 2 “to” into this sentence please ? “What to you have to do today”

    Thank you

    • Céline,
      I’m sorry, it should have been “what do you have to do today?” Qu’est-ce que tu dois faire aujourd’hui? or qu’est-ce que tu as à faire? -si ça se dit en français.
      I would use it mostly in a work context, asking a colleague what he needed to do that day.

      “what do you have to do today?”
      – I have to finish my report, and I have to call our office in Tokyo about the shipment”

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