Session 19

Listen to find out how to use an everyday English expression.
መዓልታዊ ኣጠቓቕማ ኢንግሊሽ ንምፍላጥ ነዚ ዝስዕብ ንስማዕ።

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Activity 1

In black and white

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

  • pay rise
  • leaflet
  • ink
  • paper

Listen to Rob and Feifei explaining the expression 'in black and white'. As you listen, answer these questions:

1. What does Rob think will happen?

2. Why does he think so?

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

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ሰላም! እንቋዕ ናብዚ ብቋንቋ እንግሊዝኛ ሓሳባትኩም ንምግላጽ ዝሕግዘኩም መደብ English Expressions ብድሓን መጻእኩም። ሎሚ 'In black and white' ዝብል መግለጺ-ሓሳብ ክንርኢይ ኢና። ቃል ብቓሉ 'ብጸሊምን ጻዕዳን' ማለት'ዩ። እቲ ልክዕ ትርጉሙ ግን እንታይ ክኸውን ይኽእል ትብሉ? ትርጉሙ ንምፍላጥ እምበኣር ሓቢርና ንከታተል። ንዕላል ሮብን ፌይፌይን ንከታተል። ሮብ ንፌይፌይ እንታይ ዝብል ወረ ሂቡዋ? ፌይፌይ'ከ ኣሚናቶ'ዶ ትኸውን? ንምዃኑ ሮብ ብምንታይ'ዩ ተኣማሚኑ ዘሎ?

So Feifei have you heard the news?

The news? What news?

We're all going to get a big pay rise!

A pay rise? But Rob are you sure? I haven't heard anyone else talk about it. 

ስለምንታይ'ዩ ሮብ ተሃንጥዩ ዘሎ? ልክዕ! ንሱን ፌይፌይን ወሰኽ ደሞዝ ክረኽቡ'ዮም ኢሉ ይሓስብ ስለዘሎ'ዩ። ሓቁ እንተኾይኑ ንምፍላጥ ጽን ኢልና ንስማዕ።

Yes, yes, I'm sure. Look at this leaflet here… it says it there in black and white.

In black and white? But it's in colour – look, it says 'ten per cent' in red letters.

I don't mean it's printed in black and white – if someone says it's 'in black and white', they mean it's official – it's been printed or written down – so there is no dispute!

So you're saying it's not gossip – it's true?

Yes, yes – I have proof of the pay rise on this piece of paper here.

OK, well let me read it.

ሮብ እቲ ወሰኽ ደሞዝ 'in black and white' እዩ ዘሎ ኢሉ። 'Black' ጸሊም 'white' ድም ጸዕዳ ማለት'ዩ። እቲ ሓበሬታ ኣብኡ እንከሎ 'in black and white' እዩ ዘሎ ንብል ምኽእያቱ ብጸሊም 'black' ቀለም ኣብ ጻዕዳ 'white' ወረቐተ ስለዝተጻሕፈ፡ ሓደ ነገር ወግዓዊ ወይ ዝተረጋገጸ ኮይኑ ኣብ ወረቐት ምስ ዝሰፍር፡ ነዚ መግለጺ ሓሳብ ንጥቀም። መብዛሕትኡ ንስምምዓትን ዉዕላትን ንምግላጽ እንጥቀመሉ ኮይኑ፡ ሓደ ነገር 'in black and white' ኣሎ እንተተባሂሉ ዘየማትእን ንጹርን'ዩ ማለት ይኸውን። ቀጺልና፡ ተወሳኺ ኣብነታት ክንሰምዕ ኢና፡

We didn't believe the bank's offer of a loan until we saw it in black and white. Now we can buy the car we wanted.

I'm not going to start celebrating until I've seen the business deal in black and white and everyone has signed it.

I have it here in black and white – I've got the job! They've confirmed the offer with an email.

I'm so happy that we finally sold our house, but I'm not going to believe it until I see it in black and white.

ኣብታ ቀዳመይቲ ኣብነት እቲ ክዛረብ ዝጸነሐ፡ 'in black and white' ክሳብ ዝወሃቦም እቲ ናይ ለቓሕ ዉዕል ከምዘይኣመኖ'ዩ ገሊጹ። ካልኣይ ዝሰማዕናያ ኣብነት ድማ እቲ ዉዕል 'in black and white' ክሳብ ዝኸውን በዓል ከይገብር ወሲኑ ምኽንያቱ ዉዕል ከይተፈጸመ ክተርፍ ስለዝኽእል። እቲ ናይ መወዳእታ ዝተዛረበ ድማ እቲ ናይ ስራሕ ዕድል 'in black and white' ኔይሩ ብምባል - ዝተረጋገጸ ከምዝኾነ'ዩ ዝገልጽ። 

So, when something is in black and white, it is clearly written down so it is believed to be true. But why in 'black and white' and not in 'red and blue' for example?

Well, it comes from the early days of printing when news and information was printed in black ink on white paper. Once something was printed, it was official.

OK – but hold on Rob – I've read this leaflet and it doesn't say we're getting a 10% pay rise – it just says we deserve a 10% pay rise – so no pay rise for us Rob.

What? Are you sure?

Yes – look, it says it there – at the top – in black and white!

Oh I didn't see that.

It just shows you – even if something is in black and white – you need to be able to read it first!

ስለዚ፡ ብልክዕ እቲ ጽሑፍ ኣገዳሲ ሓበሬታ 'in black and white' ኔይሩዎ'ዩ፡ እንተኾነ ግን ሮብ ጽቡቕ ጌይሩ ኣይንበቦን። ንስኻትኩም'ከ? ሓደ ሓበሬታ 'in black and white' ንኽኸውን ኣገዳሲ ዝኾነሉ እዋን መዓስ'ዩ ትብሉ? ሓደ ነገር ወግዓዊ ንኽኸውን 'in black and white' ንኽወሃበኩም'ከ ሓቲትኩም'ዶ ትፈልጡ? ኣብ ዝመጽእ መደብ 'English Expressions' ክሳብ ንራኸብ፡ ብሰላም ጽንሑ።


1) Rob thinks that everyone will get a pay rise.

2) He has found a leaflet where it say this.

How do I use it?

'In black and white' is used to refer to something that is in writing. We often use it when it is important to have something confirmed.  We usually use it with the verb 'be'.

I couldn't believe that I had won the prize, but it was there in black and white

Don't believe anything they tell you unless you see it in black and white.

It's in black and white - I'm the new manager!

In black and white

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ኣብ ዝቕጽል መደብ ኣጠቓቕማ እንግሊሽ የራኽበና፤ ሽዑ ንቋንቛ ሓገዝቲ ዝኾኑን ናይ ምስማዕ ክእለትኩም ዘማዕብሉን ነገራት ክንመሃር ኢና።

Session Vocabulary

  • news

    pay rise
    ወሰኽ ደሞዝ

    በራሪ ጽሑፍ