I'm used to it!
I like to talk about Japan, especially Tokyo, and whenever
I talk about it I inevitably end up discussing how small
the apartments and houses are. Of course the people I'm
talking to are surprised, and they wonder why I like Tokyo,
so I say, "I'm used to it!" What I mean is, at first I
was shocked, but I grew accustomed to these apartments.
Now they are not strange to me.
In a discussion like this, the phrase used to is
very convenient. It means accustomed to. It can express
the change in one's feelings, or the state () of feeling
familiar with something that was previously strange.
There are two ways to use this expression but they both
have the same meaning. When the object of your feeling is
a noun, say used to something:
- I didn't like natto at first, but now I'm used to
- When I first came to Tokyo I couldn't bear the hot summer
months but now I'm used to the heat.
When the object of your feeling is a verb, an action,
say used to doing:
- I'm still not used to bathing naked with
- I had trouble at first, but now I'm used to driving
down very narrow streets.
To express a gradual change in your feelings, you can
say get used to or become used to, but get
used to is more common:
- I think people in Tokyo have gotten used to seeing
foreigners on a daily basis.
- I lived in Japan for 15 years but I never got used
to the crowded trains at rush hour.