Session 7

Can we change our personality? In today’s episode we will be discussing if it’s possible to change who we are.
ስብዕናችንን መቀየር እንችላለን? ዛሬው ዝግጅት ማንነታችን መቀየር ይቻለን እንደሁ እንወያያለን።

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Can we change our personality?

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

  • therapy
  • to assume
  • to tend to


How many different personality types are there?
a) 16
b) 25
c) innumerable

Listen to the discussion about whether it's possible to change our personality and find out the answer.

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

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Local presenter
ሃይ፥ ስለአንድ ጉዳይ ወደምንወያይበትና ስለጉዳዩ ለማውራት የሚያስፈልገውን ቋንቋ ወደምናቀርብበት የEnglish Together ዝግጅት እንኳን በደህና መጡ። ሐና እባላለሁ። አብሮኝ/አብራኝ. አለ/አለች።

Hello, I’m Sam.

And I’m Kee. Welcome!

Local presenter
በዚህ ሳምንት ዝግጅታችን ስብዕናችንን መቀየር እንዴት የሚቻል ነገር እንደሆነ እንነጋገራለን። የBBC Radio 4 ዜናን ከመከታተላችን በፊት የዛሬው ጥያቄ ይሄው፡
ምን ያህል የስብዕና ዓይነቶች አሉ?
ሀ) 16
ለ) 25
ሐ) ተቆጥሮ የማያልቅ
መስማትዎን ይቀጥሉና መልሱን በዚሁ ዝግጅታችን ትንሽ ቆየት ብለው ያዳምጡ።

News insert
We all know how hard it is to change, and we tend to assume that once we’re adults, there are aspects of our personality that we are pretty much stuck with. But a huge, new reanalysis of more than 200 studies, have found that there is something that can change your personality in just a few weeks. And that something is therapy.

So I guess the old saying isn’t true!

What saying is that?

You know, ‘a leopard can’t change its spots’.

Local presenter
We have that saying in our language, too. ነብር ዥጉርጉርነቱን ሊቀየር አይቻለውም። But it sounds like people can change, after all.

Well that is good news! There are some aspects of some people’s personality that I wish I could change…

Local presenter
‘Aspects of personality’ የስብዕና መገለጫዎች ማለት ነው። Who are you talking about, Sam?

Oh, no one in particular. You know, just those people who are really negative, think they’re always right, aren’t open to new ideas… Are there any aspects of your personality you would change, Kee?

Alright, I get it! I know I can sometimes be difficult to work with…

Local presenter
Only sometimes?

Look, you’re not the first people to ever tell me that I have some personality traits that aren’t always fun to be around.

Local presenter
You’re always fun to be around, Kee. Your ‘personality traits’ የስብዕና ቅንጣቶች are very easy to make fun of, in fact!

Aw, let’s be nice! Kee, you have lots of lovely personality traits. You’re very kind, for example. You should definitely never change that aspect of your personality.

Aw, thanks, Sam. What about you? Are there any characteristics you would change?

Local presenter
Wait one second! ‘Characteristics’ ባህርያት ናቸው። Yeah, Sam, what would you change?

Oh, there are lots of characteristics I would change! I know I can be a little naïve at times…people tell me I believe things too people too quickly…

No, no, not all.

Local presenter
No, no, no, of course not.

But that’s not necessarily a negative characteristic.

It depends, it’s not always a good thing! But, my friends think it’s funny, so they say it’s a good quality.

Local presenter
It’s definitely amusing for us, too! ‘Quality’ መልካም ጎን ማለት ነው።

I think it’s a nice quality of yours. It shows that you think the best of people and you are trusting.

Aw, thanks, Kee.

Local presenter
See? You are kind!
እስኪ አሁን ጥቂት ቀደም ብሎ ምን ያህል የሰብዕና ዓይነቶች አሉ? ስል ለጠይቅኳችሁ ጥያቄ መልስ እንስጥ። በካርል ዩንግ ንድፈ ኃሳቦች ላይ የተመሰረተው የማየርስ-ብሪግስ መጠቁም እንደሚለው መልሱ (ሀ) 16 ነው።

Oh, come on! I find it hard to believe that there are only 16 personality types in the whole world…

Ok, but what about the news story? Do you believe that? Would you go to therapy to change your personality?

Therapy? You mean, talking to a stranger about my feelings?

Well, they wouldn't be a stranger forever. Therapy helps a lot of different kinds of people. It might surprise you.

Maybe, you’re right. Maybe I should try it.

Would you really, Kee? That’s terrific!

Yeah, it might help me with these negative personality traits people keep saying I have.

Aw, Kee!

Local presenter
ዋው! ኪ ገና ከአሁኑ መቀየር ጀምራለች! እርስዎስ? ከስብዕናዎ መቀየር የሚፈልጉት ነገር አለ? የትኞቹን ‘aspects’ ይቀይራሉ? የትኞቹን ‘qualities’ ይዘው ይቀጥላሉ?
የዚህ ሳምንት ዝግጅታችንን ከማጠናቀቃችን በፊት ዛሬ ስናወሳቸው የቆየናቸውም ቃላት እንመልከት- ሁሉም ከስብዕና ጋር የተያያዙ ናቸው። ‘Aspect of someone’s personality’ ሰዎችን አንዳች ዓይነት ባህርይ እንዲኖራቸው የሚያድርጉ የማንነታቸው አካላት ናቸው፤ ‘personality trait’ የስብዕና ገፅታዎች ሲሆኑ ‘characteristic’ ደግሞ የአንድ ሰው መለያ የሆነ የባሕርይ መገለጫ ነው። ‘quality’ የአንድ ሰው የባሕርይ ዓይነት ሆኖ በአብዛኛው አዎንታዊ ነው።
አብረውን ስለቆዩ እናመሰግናለን፤ ለተጨማሪ የ English Together ዝግጅት በሚቀጥለው ሳምንት ይጠብቁን።


Meaning & Use 

an aspect of (noun phrase)

an aspect of means 'a particular part, side or feature of something or someone'.
 Meeting new people is the aspect of my job I like the most. 

a characteristic (noun)
a quality (noun)
an aspect of someone's personality (noun phrase)
a personality trait (noun phrase)

These all describe 'a feature belonging typically to a person'. Be careful with the noun phrases, as these words need to go together.

 Are there any characteristics you would change?
 She's very patient, which is an important quality for a teacher. ('quality' is often used to talk about something positive)

 Mike's so stubborn. It's a personality trait he's inherited from his father.
 The ability to remain calm is an important aspect of any leader's personality.

Can we change our personality?

4 Questions

Choose the correct answer.
ትክክለኛውን መልስ ይምረጡ።

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Would you like to change anything about your personality? Which aspects would you change? Which qualities would you keep? Tell us on our Facebook group.

Join us for our next episode of English Together when we will learn more useful language and practise your listening skills.
ተጨማሪ ጠቃሚ አገላለፆችን ለመማር እና የማዳመጥ ክህሎትዎን በመለማመድ ለማዳበር በቀጣዩ እንግሊዝኛን በጋራ ዝግጅታችን ይጠብቁን።

Session Vocabulary

  • an aspect of someone’s personality
    የአንድ ሰው የስብዕና ገፅታዎች

    a personality trait
    የስብዕና ቅንጣቶች

    a characteristic

    a quality
    መልካም ባህርይ

    to tend to
    ለማድረግ ማዘንበል

    to assume

    to be stuck with
    ይዞ ወይንም ተጣብቆ መቆየት

    ቴራፒ/ስነ ልቦናዊ ድጋፍ

    ተቆጥሮ የማያልቅ