课程 6

Listen to find out how to use an everyday English expression.
በዕለት ተዕለት ንግግር ውስጥ ግልጋሎት የሚሰጡ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆችን እንድት መጠቀም እንደሚችሉ ይህንን ያዳምጡ።

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A can of worms

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

  • an earthworm / a worm
  • a can
  • to deal with

Listen to Finn and Feifei talking about worms. As you listen, think about these questions:

1. Is Finn interested in worms?
2. Who knows more information about worms - Finn or Feifei?

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

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ጤና ይስጥልን፤ እንኳን አዳዲስ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆችን እንዲማሩ ወደምናግዝበት English Expressions በደህና መጡ።
ዛሬ ‘a can of worms’ ‘ብዙ መዘዝ/ ብዙ ጣጣ’ የተባለውን የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለጽ መጠቀምን እንማራለን። ምን ማለት ይመስልዎታል?. . . እርግጠኛ አይደሉም? እሽ፥ መስማትዎን ይቀጥሉ።
ፊን እና ፌይፌይ የሚያደርጉትን ውይይት እናዳምጥ። ስለትላትሎች ሁሉንም ነገር ሲያጠና የቆየው ፊን ስለግኝቱ ለፌይፌይ እያጫወታት ነው። ምን እንዳወቀ ለመገንዘብ መስማትዎን ይቀጥሉ።

Finn
Worms are great – don't you think they're really interesting?

Feifei
Erm, yeah, kind of. But what's today's phrase?

Finn
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we'll come to that in a minute. But, did you know earthworms, the kind you normally find in the soil, are both male and female in one body?

Feifei
That is quite interesting.

Finn
And if you cut a worm in half – only one part of the worm will die!

Feifei
Yes, the part with the fat little bump on it will survive. I knew that.

Finn
It’s fascinating, isn’t it? And earthworms can be really short – from only one millimetre – to a massive three metres!

ፊን የሚያወራው ስለመሬት ትል ‘earthworms’ ነው። በአንድ ሰውነት ውስጥ ወንድ ‘male’ እና ሴት ‘female’ ፆታዎች ሊገኙ እንደሚችሉ ተረድቷል። ለሁለት ቢሰነጥቋቸውም እንኳ በህይወት መቆየታቸውን ‘survive’ ይቀጥሉና እስከ ሶስት ሜትር ድረስ ‘three metres’ ሊያድጉ ይችላሉ። ለምን ስለትላትሎች ሊያወራ እንደቻለ ለመገንዘብ ማዳመጥዎን ይቀጥሉ።

Feifei
Finn, hang on a second, why are we talking about worms so much?

Finn
Sorry, yes, I was doing some research for today's programme. The phrase, today, is: a can of worms!

Feifei
Right. Well, 'a can of worms' is a phrase we use to describe a situation that causes a lot of problems when you start to deal with it.

Finn
Yes, sometimes you want to deal with a problem, but you realise that by dealing with that problem it will open up a whole set of new problems.

ፊን ስለትላትሎች ሁሉንም ነገር ሲያነብ ቆይቶ ብዙ አስገራሚ እውነታዎችን አግኝቷል። ነገር ግን ፌይፌይ ለምን ስለትላትል ሊያወራ እንደቻለ ሊገባት አልቻለም፤ የዛሬው ሐረግ ‘ጣሳ ሙሉ ትላትል’ ‘a can of worms’ መሆኑን እስኪነግራት ድረስ። ፌይፌይ ‘a can of worms’ የተባለውን ሐረግ ብዙ ችግርን ስለሚያስከትል ጉዳይ ለማውራት እንደምንጠቀምበት አብራርታለች። ጉዳዩ ‘ጣሳ’ ‘can’ ችግሮች ደግሞ ‘worms’ እንደሆኑ ያስቡ። ጣሳውን ከከፈትነው -ያ ማለት በጉዳዩ ላይ ከተሳተፍን- ትላትሎቹ ይወጡና መልሶ ማስገባቱ አዳጋች ይሆናል። ስለዚህም ለመቅረፍ አስቸጋሪ ወደሆኑ ችግሮች የሚያስገባ ጉዳይን አስመልክተን ለማውራት እንጠቀምበታለን።

Examples
When Frank asked why his brother arrived late to the party, his brother started telling Frank all about the problems in his life: his car, his health, problems with his friends… Frank realised he'd opened a can of worms.

A: Charles, have you finished writing that report about our fantastic sales figures this month?
B: No, because actually I realised our sales figures are all wrong. Someone has been giving us false information for months…
A: Oh no, what a can of worms.

Finn
Yes, well anyway – I hope everyone listening understands the phrase now. I think I'll get back to my reading. 34,000 different kinds of worm, wow… They can live for up to 10 years!
Fascinating… They eat their own weight every day…

Feifei
OK, well I think we've lost Finn there. I think I've had enough of worms for one day.

ፊን ስለትላትል ተጨማሪ ነገሮችንም መርምሮ እንዲያውቅ እዚህ ላይ እንተወዋለን፤ ‘a can of worms’ አጋጥሞዎት ያውቃል? ምን ተከሰተ? ያልጠበቁት መጥፎ ነገር ገጠምዎት? ለተጨማሪ English Expressions በሚቀጥለው ዝግጅታችን ይጠብቁን። 

Answers:

1.Yes, very interested.

2.Finn knows more information about worms.

 

How do I use it?

When using the expression 'a can of worms' be sure to include 'a' before 'can', as 'can' is a countable noun and is usually singular here. Also, remember that 'worms' is always plural in this expression.  ‘A can of worms’ is used with the verb ‘to open’, which is a regular verb, so we add 'ed' to make the the past simple and past participle forms. Look at these examples:

Careful! You'll open a whole can of worms if you try to make any suggestions about the way Peter works. He's done things the same way for years and making any changes will just cause more problems.

I opened a can of worms when I asked my boss a simple question about the company's finances. He discovered that somebody has been lying about our expenses for months!

Cindy only went to the dentist to have one of her teeth checked, but she's opened a can of worms. The dentist says she needs to fix two other teeth as well, and it will cost her a lot of money. 

 

 

A can of worms

3 Questions

Choose the correct answer.
ትክክለኛውን መልስ ይምረጡ።

祝贺你完成了测验!
Excellent! 太棒了! Bad luck! 加分:
x / y

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ተጨማሪ ጠቃሚ አገላለፆችን ለመማር እና የማዳመጥ ክህሎትዎን በመለማመድ ለማዳበር በቀጣዩ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆች ዝግጅታችን ይጠብቁን።

本课词汇

  • an earthworm / a worm
    የመሬት ትል

    soil
    አፈር

    a can
    አንድ ጣሳ

    to survive
    ተርፎ መዝለቅ/ በሕይወት መቆየት

    to deal with
    ማከናወን/ ማድረግ