Session 2

Listen to find out how to use an everyday English expression.
የለት ተለት እንግሊዘኛ አገላለፆችን ለማወቅ ይህን ያድምጡ።

በዚህ ክፍል ያሉ ክፍለ ጊዜያት

ክፍለጊዜያት 2 ነጥብ።

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Out of the picture

Look at the Session Vocabulary – make sure you know what these words mean:

  • Photographer
  • Girlfriend
  • Flatmate
  • Picture

Listen to Finn showing Feifei some photographs. As you listen, think about these questions:

  • Is Ann still Finn’s girlfriend?
  • Is Johnny still his flatmate?

Listen to find out the answers. Then check them on the transcript below.

ፅሁፍ አሳይ ፅሁፍ ደብቅ

ጤና ይስጥልን፤ እንኳን አዳዲስ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆችን እንዲሚሩ ወደምናግዝበት ክፍለጊዜ English Expressions በደህና መጡ።

 ስሜ ሐና ይባላል። ዛሬ ‘out of the picture’ ከምስሉ ውጭ. የተባለውን የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለጽ መጠቀምን እንማራለን። ምን ማለት ይመስልዎታል?. . . እርግጠኛ አይደሉም? እሽ፥ መስማትዎን ይቀጥሉ።

 ፊን እና ፌይፌይ የሚያደርጉትን ውይይት ያዳምጡ። ፊን ፎቶዎችን ለማንሳት ፈልጎ ፌይፌይን እየጎበኛት ሲሆን፥ ምርጥ የሚባሉትን ፎቶዎቹን እያሳያት ነው። በጣም የሚወዳቸው ፎቶዎች የትኞቹ እንደሆኑ ለማወቅ ማዳመጥዎን ይቀጥሉ።

(Finn is visiting Feifei)

Hi Finn. I am glad you could come to my house to take a picture of my special friend.

My pleasure, Feifei. I take pride in being a great photographer. I brought some of my best pictures.

Let me have a look.

Yes. I took this one during a trip to Paris.

I remember. The trip you took last summer with your girlfriend Ann.

Oh, Ann… She is out of the picture. Look at the Eiffel Tower. I bet you've never seen it from this angle.

And this other one…

Yes, yes. This other one I took at a dinner party in my flat.

Yes, with your flatmate Johnny.

My ex-flatmate "Dirty Socks" Johnny. He is out of the picture too.

ፊን ካነሳቸው ፎቶዎች የተወሰኑትን ለፌይፌይ እያሳያት ነው። በፎቶዎቹ ላይ ያሉት ግለሰቦች እነማን እንደሆኑ ያስታውሳሉ? አንደኛዋ የሴት ጓደኛው አን ስትሆን ሌላኛው ደግሞ የቤት ደባሉ ‘flatmate’ ጆኒ ነው። ስለእነርሱ ከሚያወራበት አኳኋን ተነስታችሁ ስትገምቱ እስካሁንም ድረስ ከአን እና ጆኒ ጋር የቅርብ ግንኙነትያለው ይመስላችኋል?

Finn, you keep talking about having your friends out of the picture… I want my friend to be in the picture!

Oh, Feifei, no. Ann and Johnny appear in some of my snaps. But Ann is not my girlfriend anymore. She ran away with a Frenchman…

Oh… and what happened to Johnny? 

"Dirty Socks" Johnny moved out. He used to leave his socks everywhere!

Oh, so you are no longer in touch with them.

Exactly. In English, when we say someone is ‘out of the picture’ we mean we don't count on them anymore. They are no longer involved in a particular situation.

ፊን ‘out of the picture’ “ከምስሉ ውጭ” የሚለውን አገላለፅ አንድ ሰው በቀድሞ ሁኔታው ውስጥ እንደማይገኝ ለመግለፅ የምንጠቀምበት አባባል መሆኑን ያብራራል። የፊን የቀድሞ የሴት ጓደኛ ፓሪስ ከሚገኘው ከአይፍል ማማ አጠገብ ባለው ፎቶ ውስጥ ብትኖርበትም፥ አሁን የሴት ጓደኛው ባለመሆኗ ከምስሉ ውጭ ‘out of the picture’  ናት። በራት ግብዣው ላይ የሚገኘው የፊን የድሮ ደባል ጆኒም ከቤት ስለወጣ ‘out of the picture’ ‘ከምስሉ ውጭ ነው’። አሁን በፊን ሕይወት ውስጥ ተሳትፎ የሌላቸው በመሆኑ ‘out of the picture’ ‘ከምስሉ ውጭ’ ናቸው። 

እነዚህን ምሳሌዎች ያዳምጡ፤


Divorce was good for Mrs Jones. She looks very happy with her husband out of the picture. 

My team is bound to lose this weekend now our best player is out of the picture. He broke his leg yesterday.

Right, so now that’s clear, where is your special someone, FeiFei? Shall we go out into the garden, the lighting is really good outside, I’ll take a great picture.

Follow me.


Here's my special friend!

But this… Feifei, this is a hamster! 

Yes! My pet's name is "Cutie Pie"! Oh my little sweetie, little friend! Isn't he cute, Finn? 

He is not very photogenic, I'm afraid, Feifei.

Come on, Finn. Look at him! (to the hamster) Sweetie yummy come to mummy. You're going to be in the picture! Yes, you are!

Oh dear! I can kiss goodbye to my career as a serious photographer...

 ፊን የፌይፌይን ጓደኛ ፎቶ እንዲያነሳ እንተወዋለን። ‘out of the picture’ ከምስሉ ውጭ’ ’ ሆነው ያውቃሉ? ለተጨማሪ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆች English Expressions በሚቀጥለው ክፍል ይጠብቁን። See you next time!

  • No, Ann is not Finn’s girlfriend anymore.
  • No, Johnny is not his flatmate anymore.

How do I use it?

We use ‘out of the picture’ after the verb ‘be’ like this:

I am out of the picture
You/We/They are out of the picture
He/She/It is out of the picture

Out of the picture

3 Questions

Choose the correct answer.

ትክክለኛውን መልስ ይምረጡ

እንኳን ደስ ያለዎ ሙከራውን አጠናቀዋል
Excellent! Great job! መጥፎ እድል ነጥብ አስመዝግበዋል :
x / y

Over to you!

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Join us for our next episode of English Expressions, when we will learn more useful language and practise your listening skills.
ይበልጥ ጠቃሚ የሆኑ እንግሊዘኛ አገላለፆችንና የመስማት ክህሎት የምንማርበትን ቀጣይ ክፍለ ጊዜ ይከታተሉ።

Session Vocabulary

  • photographer
    ፎቶግራፍ አንሺ

    የሴት ጓደኛ