Session 10

Do you think large cities make people lonely?
In today’s episode we will be discussing how easy it is to make friends in a large city.

Magaalaawwan gurguddoo nama qofaatti hambisu jettee yaaddaa?
Kutaa qophii har’aan magaalaa guddoo keessa hiriyyaa godhachuun akkam akka salphaa akka ta’e ilaalla.

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Lonely in London

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

  • lonely
  • vibrant
  • opportunities


Which of these cities is the biggest? Is it:

     a. Lagos in Nigeria
     b. London, in the UK
     c. Delhi in India

Listen to the discussion about living in cities and find out the answer.

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

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Yooyyaa! Gara ‘‘English Together’’ ‘‘Afaan Ingilizii walii wajjiin’’ mataduree tibbanaarratti mari’annuufi qooqa dubbachuuf si barbaachisu sii qoodnutti baga nagaan dhufte. Ani Ammayyuudha. Mee nagaa jedhaani.

Hi, I’m Sam.

And I’m Phil. Welcome!

Har’a odeeffannoo waa’ee namoota magaalaa Landan keessatti qofummaan itti dhagahamu caqasuuf jirra. Caqasuu keenya dura, gaaffiin har’aa kunooti: Magaalaawwan kanneen keessaa kamtu baay’ee guddaadha jettee yaadda?

A)   Leegos kan Naayjeeriyaa

B)   Landan kan UK

C)   Delhii kan Hindii/Indiyaa

Well, I live in London, and it’s definitely big – but I haven’t been to Delhi, or Lagos… and I’d love to, they look like really interesting places. But, I don’t know. Uhm, what do you think, Sam?

Well, I’ve been to Delhi and I think it’s great, but I don’t know which is bigger.

Hinyaadda’in – yeroo gabaabaatti deebii isaa arganna  - amma  magaalota kanneen keessaa tokko keessatti jireenyi maal akka fakkaatuufi rakkoo addaa ummanni qaburratti odeeffannoo BBC haacaqasnu.

News insert
More than a quarter of Londoners say they feel lonely often or all of the time, according to a survey commissioned by BBC London. Research company Populus interviewed 1,000 adults in London for the poll. And while the majority said they had someone in London who could help them in a crisis, a third said they felt they did not know their neighbours and 28% said there was little or no sense of community where they live.

Egaa, odeeffannoon kun waa’ee magaalotaati. Addatti immoo kan Landanidha. Magaalattiin bakka namni qofaa jiraatu ta’uu agarsiisa. Kanaan waliigaltaa?

I live in London, and that just means I’m always busy! I think I’d prefer to live somewhere where people have time for each other.

But living in a big city means you meet so many people, it’s so vibrant.

“Vibrant” jechuun si’ataa jechuudha. So you like the fact that lots of things are happening?

Yeah, whatever you like doing, you can do it here. The place is just full of opportunities, you know what I mean?

I know exactly what you mean – “opportunities” carraawwan jechuudha. Do you manage to take advantage of the opportunities?  

Yeah, sort of, I’ve done lots of things. And I’ve met lots of people.

Yes, big cities provide lots of opportunities. So, Sam you must agree with that, right?

Let’s look at this a different way… Phil, how often exactly do you do those things? And these new people… do you see any of them a second time?

Oh, all the time… and I meet up with loads of people.

No, but really… how often…? 

Let me see… erm… well…. You know…. I go to some kind of event at least every couple of months, and there’s a couple of people I’ve met more than once.

That’s not really ‘all the time’… is it?

Well, you see – that’s the thing, cities are vibrant and full of opportunities… but most people don’t take those opportunities – and it’s hard to get to know people well when the population is transient.


“Transient” jechuun kan tasgabbaa’ee hinteenye.

So, it means people are always moving in or out of a city?

Or moving around the city – groups of friends can end up being very dispersed. 

Yes, “dispersed” jechuun adda-bahuu. 

Yes, and that’s why people get lonely in cities like London, Lagos or Delhi. People’s friends are dispersed over a wide area.

Sun gaaffii har’aa nayaadachiise – Magaalaa kanneen keessaa kamtu irra guddata? Landan, Leegos moo Delhii? Akka ragaa Biyyoota Gamtoomanii (UN)’tti, deebiin isaa… Delhiidha. Itti-aansee Leegosi; Landan sadan keessaa ishii xiqqoodha.

So, Delhi’s bigger than London? Imagine all the opportunities I could have there.

Well, maybe we can see if we can get you a transfer, Phil.

Phil is very excited about all the opportunities he could have! Atihoo? Bakka jiraattu ‘opportunities’ jiruu? Ummanni bakka jiraattu jiru “transient” fi “dispersed” dhaa?  Barnoota torban kanaa goolabuu dura, jechoota har’a dubbachaa turre haa ilaallu – hundi isaanii waa’ee magaalaawwaniiti. “Vibrant” jechuun si’ataa; “opportunities” jechuun carraawwan; ‘transient’ jechuun godaanuu/kan tasgabbaa’ee hinteenyedha; “dispersed” jechuun adda-bahuudha. Waan nu waliin turteef galatoomi. English Together Afaan Ingilizii Walii Wajjiin dabalataaf  torban dhufu wal agarra. 

Meaning & Use 

Vibrant (adjective)

Vibrant is an adjective that means something is full of life or energy. 
Toronto is home to many vibrant immigrant communities.

Opportunity (noun)

An opportunity is the possibility to do something.
I saw an opportunity to try a new job, and I took it.

Transient (adjective)

Something described as transient only stays for a short time. 
University cities often have a large transient population. It changes constantly.

Dispersed (adjective)

Something that is dispersed is distributed over a wide area.
If medical centres are dispersed across the city, people won't have to travel far to see a doctor.

Lonely in London

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Session Vocabulary

  • vibrant


    kan jijijjiiramu