Give the new material time to soak in-your brain has to build new physical connections.

I know that this sentence has different meaning from word by word meaning but I'm unable to understand it. Also I don't know why it has used "—" symbol. Please someone explain meaning of sentence and "—" symbol.

  • Max please read the question fully before editing. There is a transcription error which affects why OP has trouble understanding the sentence.
    – Andrew
    Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 22:45
  • @Andrew Nice catch. I made the same mistake and then saw your comment and answer. Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 23:55

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The - or "hyphen" is transcribed incorrectly here. It should be a "long" or "em" dash instead:

Give the material time to soak in -- your brain has to build new physical connections.

The em-dash is punctuation used to join two parts of a sentence in much the same way as the semicolon (;). The em-dash is more dramatic than the semicolon, as it indicates a kind of "pregnant pause" that, if spoken, would feel like you were pausing before you said something significant.

In this case with the hyphen it sounds like "in-your" is a compound word where two words are joined to create a new word, instead of separate parts of the sentence. This of course makes it hard to read.

The text of the sentence should be easier to understand, except perhaps for the idiom "to soak in". This is a figurative idiom like, for example, putting a piece of break in milk. Over time the bread absorbs the milk -- in the same way your brain takes time to absorb information, because it "has to make new physical connections (between neurons)"

"Give (something) time" is an idiom that means "be patient and wait". So "give (the new material) time to soak in" means to be patient while your brain "absorbs" the new material.

  • You are right . Can you explain complete meaning of sentence ?
    – S.H.W
    Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 22:48
  • Edited my answer to explain the rest of the sentence.
    – Andrew
    Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 22:50
  • And also does "Material Time" and "Time" have any difference ?
    – S.H.W
    Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 22:51
  • Those are two separate phrases: "give (something) time" and "new material". I'll edit my answer to add this.
    – Andrew
    Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 22:55

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