Session 1

How accurate are our first impressions of people when we first meet them? In today’s episode we will be discussing first impressions.
Yeroo jalqabaatiif wayita namoota waliin walitti dhufnu, miirri keenya jalqabaa isaaniif qabaannu hangam sirriidha? Qophii har’aa keessatti miira jalqabaarratti mari’anna.

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First Impressions

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

  • a first impression
  • a handshake
  • to judge

Quiz

Which one of these three things has an impact on people’s first impression of you:

  • the colour of your eyes?
  • how quickly you smile?
  • the shape of your face?

Listen to Sam, Kee and Ammayyuu discussing the topic of ‘first impressions’ and find out the answer.

Listen to the audio and take the quiz.

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Ammayyuu
Ashamaa! Gara English Together Afaan Ingilizii walii wajjiin mataduree tibbanaarratti mari’annuufi qooqa dubbachuuf si barbaachisu sii qoodnutti baga nagaan dhufte.
Ani Ammayyuudha ….Har’a namoota biraa of biraa qaba. Mee of haa beeksisan.

Sam
Hi, I’m Sam.

Kee 
And I’m Kee. Welcome!

Ammayyuu
Har’a, waa’ee ‘first impressions’ miira jalqabaa fi yeroo jalqabaaf nama wayii yoo argite murtiin kennitu sirrii ta’uu isaa ilaalla.
Before we listen to the BBC Radio 4 news item on the topic, we have a quiz question based on research findings published by The Go Group: wantoota sadan kanneen keessaa kamtu hubannoo jalqabaa namoonni siif qabanirratti dhiibbaa qaba?  

a)    Waan ijikee fakkaatu

b)    Si’oomina seeqakeetii

c)    Danaa fuulakeetii

Deebii gulana siif deebisna.

Sam
What do you think?  I think someone’s eyes are very important.

Kee
No, eyes? Handshakes are important for me. If they haven’t got a good strong handshake, they will not make a good impression on me.

Ammayyuu
The type of handshake ‘harka fuudhuu’ is not one of the options, Kee. 

Kee
I don’t care. That’s the first thing I notice.

Sam
But, Kee, didn’t you hear the news the other day from Princeton University?

News insert
The moment we see a photograph of someone, we can make an instant judgement about them.  But that doesn’t mean these first impressions are right, of course.  A Professor from Princeton University in the U.S. has spent many years studying first impressions from faces and says there is no solid evidence that these judgements are correct about the character of the person.

Sam
See? That study says that you shouldn’t judge a person immediately when you first meet them…

Kee
Look, I know that’s what they say, but I can’t help it.

Sam
So, you always make an instant or snap judgement when you first meet new people, do you?

Ammayyuu
‘An instant judgement’ or ‘snap judgement’ ‘Murtii hoggasuma murteessan yookiin murtiin battaluma murteessan’ jechuun wayita nama wayii waliin walitti dhufte yaada/ilaalcha isaaf/isheef daftee qabaattudha. Did you make a snap judgment of me when you first met me?

Kee
Yes, of course, I did.  My snap judgment was that you had a strong handshake and I thought you were very confident.  Not like Sam!

Ammayyuu
Oh, Kee, thank you.

Sam
But, Kee, how can someone’s handshake really tell you anything about them? I think the old expression is true: ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’.

Ammayyuu
I agree Sam! ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’’ jechuun kitaaba qolasaatiin hinmurteessiin. Garuu namoonni hedduu akkana godhu. Otuma dubbannu, miira jalqabaa namoonni siif qaban irratti maaltu dhiibbaa akka uumuu danda’u durattii si gaafadhe yaadattaa?   
Deebiin isaa: b) si’oomina seeqakeetii kan jedhudha. Si’oominaan seequun namoonni akka ati fakkeessuuf goote akka yaadan isaan godha. Garuu, suuta seequun akka daran dhugaarratti hundooftee fi miira dhugaakee akka ta’e fakkeessa.

Kee
Don’t judge a book by its cover is for people who don’t trust their instincts! I’m always right when I first meet someone.

Sam
Maybe not, Kee. The study says that first impressions are NOT a good way of judging someone’s character. 

Ammayyuu
Sirrii jette! ‘Character’’ jechuun amala.

Sam
You really need to get to know someone before you can learn about their character, you know, know who they really are. 

Kee
Yeah, but the few times I told myself to keep an open mind, my instincts ended up being right.

Ammayyuu
‘Keep an open mind’ jechuun sammuunkee yaada garaa garaa akka simatu taasisuudha. It’s always important to keep an open mind, I think. 

Sam
Give me one example of when you’ve kept an open mind, Kee!

Kee
Look, I tried to keep an open mind when I first met you because I knew we would be working together…

Sam
…And?

Kee
And my instincts were correct!  You smile too much.

Sam
What do you mean I smile too much? I’m friendly!

Ammayyuu
Eeyyeen Saam.
Atihoo? Yeroo nama haaraa waliin walitti dhuftu ‘snap judgments’ battaluma akka argiten murteessitamoo ‘to keep an open mind’ suuta jettee hubatta?
Kutaa qophii torban kanaa xumuruu keenya dura mee jechoota har’a irratti haasa’aa turre haa ilaallu.
Hundisaanii namootaan walitti dhufuu wajjiin walqabatu.
‘An instant or snap judgement’ ilaalcha yookiin murtii yooggasuma nama waliin walitti dhufte uumtuudha. ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ dafnee akka hin murteessine ibsuuf kan itti fayyadamnudha. ‘Character’ cimina maalummaa namaa ibsan akkasumas ‘to keep an open mind’ sammuu yaada bitaa mirgarraa dhufu simatu qabaachuu jechuudha.English Together Afaan Ingilizii Walii Wajjiin dabalataaf  torban dhufu wal agarra. 

Meaning & use

an instant judgement/snap judgement (a noun phrase)

‘An instant or snap judgement’ is one that you make very quickly as soon as you see a someone or something.

She needed an answer straight away so I made an instant judgement on which was the best option.
It was a snap judgement, but I didn’t like him from the moment I saw him.


don’t judge a book by its cover (an idiom)

This idiom means that it is important not to make a judgement too quickly.

I thought she looked very serious, but I found out that she was really friendly when I got to know her. I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
The town looked dark and dirty, but the people there are great – you can’t judge a book by its cover.


character (noun)

Someone’s ‘character’ is the combination of different characteristics that make up their personality.

If you want to be a leader you need to have the right character.
I just really like her character - she’s really friendly, but honest as well.


to keep an open mind (an expression)

‘Keeping an open mind’ means waiting until you have all the facts before making a judgement.

I’m not sure I like this new job, but I’m going to keep an open mind and see if it gets better.
I’ve learnt to keep an open mind when I meet new people – they often turn out to be different to how I had expected.

 

 

First Impressions

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So, what about you? What do you think is important when you first meet people? How do you make a good first impression? How do people make a good first impression with you? 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.
Barnoota English Together ittaanu kan dandeettii caqasuukee ittiin shaakaltuufi qooqa barbaachisoo barannutti walitti deebina.

Session Vocabulary

  • an instant or snap judgement
    murtii hoggasuma murteessan yookiin murtii battaluma murteessan

    don’t judge a book by its cover
    kitaaba qolasaatiin hinmurteessiin

    character
    amala

    to keep an open mind
    sammuu yaada garaa garaa simatu qabaachuu

    a first impression
    miira jalqabaa

    a handshake
    harka fuudhuu

    to judge
    murteessuu

    I can’t help it
    si gargaaruu hindanda’u