Session 11

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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Activity 1

On the tip of my tongue

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

  • a girlfriend
  • IT
  • to get married

Listen to Rob and Helen talking about Bob, someone they used to work with. As you listen, think about these questions:

1. Do Rob and Helen know the woman Bob is going to marry?

2. Can Rob remember her name?

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

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ጤና ይስጥልኝ፤ እንኳን አዳዲስ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆችን እንዲማሩ ወደምናግዝበት English Expressions በደህና መጡ።
ዛሬ ‘on the tip of my tongue’ ‘የምላሴ ጫፍ ላይ’ የተባለውን የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለጽ መጠቀምን እንማራለን። ምን ማለት ይመስልዎታል? እርግጠኛ አይደሉም? እሽ፥ መስማትዎን ይቀጥሉ።
ሄለን እና ሮብ የሳምንቱን የመጨረሻ ቀናት እንዴት እንዳሳለፏቸው እየተነጋግሩ ነው። የሳምንቱ የመጨረሻ ቀናትን ሲያሳልፉ ምን እንደተከሰተ እንይ እስኪ።

Rob
Hi Helen. How was your weekend?

Helen
Good thanks, I didn't do much, just relaxed. How was yours?

Rob
Well, interesting. Do you know what? I bumped into Bob…

Helen
Bob? Oh the guy we used to work with.

Rob
Yes, that's him. Well, I had a good chat with him. You know all he talked about was computers and how he could never get a girlfriend… well, guess what?

Helen
He's now head of IT?

Rob
No!

Helen
He's won the lottery and is a millionaire?

Rob
No Helen. He's getting married!

ስለዚህ የድሮ የሥራ ባልደረባው የነበረውን ቦብን ‘bumped into’ በአጋጣሚ አገኘው። ሮብ ስለቦብ ምን የሚገርም ነገር ለመረዳት ቻለ? በትክክል! ቦብ ሊያገባ ነው! ቦብ ማንን እንደሚያገባ ለማወቅ ሄለን መጓጓቷ እንደማይቀር እርግጠኛ ነኝ፤ ስለዚህ እርሱን እንከታተል እስኪ።

Helen
Oh that's good news. Is he marrying someone we know?

Rob
Yes. That's the thing – it's someone we know really well.

Helen
Who's that?

Rob
Hmm… erm… I can't remember her name… it's on the tip of my tongue.

Helen
The tip of your tongue? That's a strange place – well ok, stick your tongue out.

Rob
(with his tongue out) Why do I need to do that, Helen?

Helen
You said it was 'on the tip of your tongue'.

Rob
No Helen. I mean I know her name but I can't quite remember it right now.

Helen
Why didn't you say! But Rob, will you remember the information soon?

Rob
Yes, I will. It really is just on the tip of my tongue.

አንድ ነገር የምላስዎ ጫፍ ላይ ሲደርስ ይታይዎት እስኪ፤ ሊወጣ ተቃርቧል፥ ነገር ግን ገና አልወጣም። ስለዚህም አንድን ነገር ለማስታወስ እና ለመናገር በጣም ተቃርበን ነገር ግን ገና መናገር ያልቻልንበትን ሁኔታ ለመግለፅ ‘on the tip of your tongue’ የተሰኘውን ሐረግ እንጠቀማለን። እናም ለሮብ የቦብ እጮኛ ስም ‘on the tip of his tongue’ ነው።

የዚህን አገላለፅ ጠቀሜታ የሚያስረዱ ሌሎች ምሳሌዎችን እናዳምጥ።

Examples:
What’s the name of the actor in the new film? His name’s on the tip of my tongue but I
can’t remember it.

We nearly won the quiz; John had the answer to the last question on the tip of his
tongue - but the other team said it first.

The name will come to me soon, it's on the tip of my tongue… ah yes, his name is Paul.

Helen
So if something is on 'the tip of your tongue', it means there is some information you can't quite remember, but hopefully will soon. So Rob, is the name of the woman that Bob is marrying, still on the tip of your tongue?

Rob
No. I can remember it now – her name is Alison.

Helen
Alison – from accounts? That's great news.

Rob
Yes, it is and Bob says we're invited to the wedding.

Helen
Brilliant. I love a good wedding – when is it?

Rob
Oh, erm… errr…

Helen
Don't tell me. It's on the tip of your tongue.

Rob
Yes, it is… sorry. I'll remember soon.

Helen
I hope you do.

ዛሬ ሮብ ነገሮችን ማስታወስ ያዳገተው ይመስላል፤ ሁሉም ነገር በምላሱ ጫፍ ላይ ነው- የቦብ እጮኛ ስም እና የቦብ ሠርግ ቀን። በቃ፥ ትክክለኛውን መረጃ ማስታወስ አልቻለም። እንዲህ ያለ ሁኔታ ገጥሞት ያውቃል? ብዙ ጊዜ የምላስዎት ጫፍ ላይ ደርሰው ማውጣት የሚያቅትዎ ምን ዓይነት ነገሮች ናቸው? ለተጨማሪ English Expressions የሚቀጥለው ዝግጅታችንን ይጠብቁን።

Answers

1. Yes, they used to work with her.

2. Yes, he eventually remembers her name.

How do I use it?

When using the expressions 'on the tip of my tongue', we start the sentence with what we have forgotten - this can be a noun (eg. his name) or a pronoun (eg. it) - followed by the verb 'to be'. We commonly use this expression when talking about names and, depending on who is trying to remember, we can change 'my' to 'his' or 'her', etc..
Look at these examples:

I saw this great film the other day, I think you'd really like it. But I can't remember the name...ah...wait...it's on the tip of my tongue

A) Have you heard? Lisa and Mark have had a baby girl.
B) Oh really? That's great! What did they call her?
A) Ugh, it's quite unusual. Give me a minute and I'll tell you. Her name's on the tip of my tongue!

Richard said the answer was on the tip of his tongue, but he couldn't remember it so in the end he failed the oral exam.

 

On the tip of my tongue

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

Session Vocabulary

  • the weekend
    የሳምንቱ የመጨረሻ ቀናት

    a girlfriend
    የሴት ጓደኛ/ ሴት የከንፈር ወዳጅ

    IT
    የመረጃ ቴክኖሎጅ/አይቲ

    to get married
    ማግባት

    a quiz
    መልመጃ

    an actor
    ተዋናይ