课程 8

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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    练习题 1

练习题 1

Beat around the bush

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

  • outdoors
  • camping
  • bush

Listen to Rob and Li on a camping trip. As you listen, think about these questions:

1.Why is Li unhappy?

2. Does she want to tell Rob?

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 ‘beat around the bush’ ‘ዙርያ ጥምጥም መሄድ’ የተባለውን የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለጽ መጠቀምን እንማራለን። ምን ማለት ይመስልዎታል?. . .  እርግጠኛ አይደሉም? እሽ፥ መስማትዎን ይቀጥሉ።

 ሮብ እና ሊ ድንኳን ጥለው በሚያድሩበት ሽርሽር ላይ ናቸው። የሚፈልጉበት ስፍራ ደርሰው ድንኳናቸውን ለመዘረጋጋት በመሰናዳት ላይ ናቸው። ጥሩ ጊዜ ያሳልፉ ይሆን? እስኪ እርሱምን አብረን እንይ።

Ah, I love the outdoors! And this is the perfect spot for us to start our camping adventure, Li.

Oh… yes… nature, Rob. You said this camping trip was an invitation I couldn't refuse. Well, I really couldn't as you were so insistent...

Well, we can put the tent over there, next to that bush…

It would be a good place if it wasn't so close to an ant nest…

…and we can light a fire near that rock…

…the wind might put out the fire…

It's just a breeze.

But it's bringing in the clouds. It's going to rain...

ሊ በሽርሽሩ ላይ ስለአንዳንድ ነግሮች ጭንቀት ገብቷታል። ስለጉንዳንኖች መኖሪያ ants’ nest’፥ ስለነፋስ ‘wind’ እና ስለዝናብ ‘rain’ ሰግታለች። የምትለውን ነገር ለማወቅ መስማትዎን ይቀጥሉ።

Li, nothing seems to please you, does it? Are you trying to tell me something?

Well, the thing is...

Yes? What's the problem Li?

It's just that the tent is a bit small and… well… you know what I mean…

Li, I don't know what you mean! Now just come on, just tell me what's wrong - don't beat around the bush!

Beat around the bush? I'm not even touching the bush.

I know. In English, when you tell someone not to 'beat around the bush' you're telling them to stop avoiding saying things directly.

ሮብ ችግሩ ምን እንደሆነ እንድትነግረው ፈልጓል፤ ነገር ግን ሊ መናገር የፈለገች አትመስልም። ሮብ ‘beat around the bush’ ‘በቁጥቁጧው ዙርያ ማንኮሻኮሿን’ እንድታቆም ሊን ጠይቃት። ‘beat’ መምታት፥ ማንኮሻኮሽ ማለት ሲሆን  ‘around’ ዙርያ ማለት ነው፤ ‘bush’ ደግሞ ቁጥቋጦ ነው። አንድ ሰው ‘beat around the bush’ ሲባል የሚፈልጉትን ነገር በቀጥታ መናገርን ትተው ብዙም የማይረቡ ወይንም ቀጥተኛ ያልሆኑ ነገሮችን ይናገራሉ። ሰዎች ‘beat around the bush’ ሊናገሩት የፈለጉት ነገር የሌላኛውን ሰው ስሜት የሚነካ፥ የሚኡያስቀይም ወይንም የሚያቆጣ ሊሆን ይችላል ብለው ሲያስቡ ነው።

ይህ አገላለፅ እንዴት ግልጋሎት እንደሚሰጥ የሚያሳዩ ተጨማሪ ምሳሌዎችን እናዳምጥ።


My boss didn't beat around the bush this morning – he just told me straight: I was fired!

Do you like my new haircut? Don’t beat around the bush, I want the truth!

Peter couldn't find the words to tell Kelly he wanted to break up. He took her out to dinner, took her to the cinema, he spent the whole date beating around the bush. In the end, he broke up with her by text.

OK, now you know. So Li, stop beating around the bush and tell me what the problem is.

The problem is: I hate camping!

Why didn't you say that before?

You were so enthusiastic, I couldn't say "no" to your invitation.

I'm sorry, Li.

And I'm sorry for beating around the bush. I should have just told you.

(Sound coming from the bush)

And by the look of things we are both going to be sorry if we don't run to the car and get the hell out of here!

(A roar)

Oh there is a bear just behind the bush!

A bear?! Let's run, Rob! Bye.

And it sounds like a really big bear! Let's go!

ለተወሰነ ጊዜ ያህል ‘beating around the bush’ ከቆየች በኋላ ሊ ስለሽርሽሩ የተሰማትን ነገር ለሮብ አጫውታዋለች። ለተጨማሪ ‘English Expressions’ በቀጣይ ዝግጅታችን ይጠብቁን።



1. Because she doesn't like camping

2. No she doesn't, because Rob is very enthusiastic about camping.

How do I use it?

'Beat' in 'Beat around the bush' is an irregular verb, which changes according to tense and person. The past simple form is 'beat' and the past participle is 'beaten'. In this phrase, we can either use the preposition 'around' or 'about'. Also, remember that this expression always uses 'the' before the noun 'bush'. Look at these examples:

I've beaten around the bush too long about this, I need to tell you that I can't come to your wedding.

He beat about the bush for ages and then told me he forgot to book the restaurant.

Make sure you get an answer from Dave - he always beats around the bush when there's bad news. 



Beat around the bush

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


  • outdoors
    ከቤት ውጭ

    ድንኳን የሚተክሉበት ሽርሽር

    an adventure

    a tent

    an ant nest
    የጉንዳን ቤት

    a bush

    a bear