Session 4

Vocabulary: 12 uses of 'go'

Enjoy our version of Cinderella – and learn 12 different ways to use the word 'go'.

በዚህ ክፍል ያሉ ክፍለ ጊዜያት

ክፍለጊዜያት 4 ነጥብ።

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Activity 1

Cinderella part one - 5 uses of 'go'

"You shall go to the ball!"
The English word go has many meanings and uses. In this session, we bring you BBC Learning English's own version of Cinderella – and we've found many different ways to use the word go in it. 

To do

As you watch part one of the story, listen out for the different uses of the word go – and decide whether this summary of the story is correct or wrong:

  • Cinderella gets the chance to escape from her dreary and dull life and go to a posh party.

ቨዲዮውን ተመልክተው ክንውኑን ይፈፅሙ

ፅሁፍ አሳይ ፅሁፍ ደብቅ

Hello, I'm Mariam. Today's story is a very well-known fairy tale involving ugly sisters, glass slippers, a very big party and a girl called… Yeah, you’ve guessed it, it's Cinderella.

Cinderella – as you may know – has a tough life.  Her mother died and her father remarried and now she lives in a big house with her step-mother and her two ugly daughters. Cinders does all the cooking, cleaning and washing up, while her step-sisters pamper themselves, eat cake and go shopping.

One day a postman delivers some invitations to a ball – a sort of posh party that’s being held by the King of the land. Sounds good – but things go downhill.When the ugly sisters get hold of the invites they rip up the one for Cinders telling her that she's ''too common'', she hasn't any fashionable clothes to wear – and anyway, she has far too much housework to do. It goes without saying: her step-sisters are very cruel. And Cinders is obviously very, very upset.

The day of the party arrives and Cinders' step-sisters, step-mother and her father – he's been very quiet, hasn't he? – head off to the party, leaving her all alone. So there she is sitting alone, crying by the fire, when out of the blue appears a woman claiming to be her fairy Godmother. She says, ''Don't cry Cinderella: you shall go to the ball.'' I won't go into detail but she turns a pumpkin into a fancy carriage, she turns a rat into a coachman, two mice into footmen and four grasshoppers into white horses – impressive!

Then she points her wand at Cinderella's dress and changes it into a beautiful ball gown, and her old shoes become a glittering pair of glass slippers which shine like diamonds. She tells Cinders to get moving and have a great time but remember one thing – the fairy magic ends at midnight: she must leave the party by then…

Does she remember this important instruction or will she be revealed as plain old Cinderella? You'll have to wait ‘til part 2 to find out. Join us then.

To do

How was that? The summary was correct!

Have a go at our quiz to check you know the first set of go vocabulary.

Cinderella - the story so far...

5 Questions

Let's check your understanding of the story - and the words and phrases with go. Decide whether each statement about the story is true or false. Look at the vocabulary box if you need help.

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


Want to find out what happens next? Go to the next page for part two – and more uses of the word go.

Session Vocabulary

  • go shopping (A1)
    visit shops to buy things

    go downhill (C2)
    become worse

    it goes without saying (B2)
    it is obvious

    go to (A2)

    go into detail (B2)
    talk about all the facts 


    A1 = Beginner
    A2 = Elementary
    B1 = Lower Intermediate
    B2 = Higher Intermediate
    C1 = Towards Advanced
    C2 = Advanced