Session 14

Listen to find out how to use an everyday English expression.
Jechoota Afaan Ingilizii guyyuu of ibsuuf nu fayyadu akkaataa itti fayyadamnu hubachuuf caqasi.

Wayiitiwwan marii boqonnaa kana keessaa

Wayitii marii qabxii 14

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    Activity 1

Activity 1


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

  • clubbing
  • intense
  • recover

Listen to Herry and Feifei explaining the expression 'full-on'. As you listen, answer these questions:

1. Did Harry enjoy his weekend?

2. Why / Why not?

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

Barreeffama agarsiisi Barreeffama dhoksi

Yooyyaa! Qophii jechoota Afaan Inglizii keessatti of ibsuuf si fayyadan 'English Expressions' akkasumas kan haaraa ta'an akka bartuu si gargaarrutti baga nagana dhufte. Har'a, Afaan Inglizii keessattii of ibsuuf kan si fayyadu 'full-on' jedhu ilaalla. Maal jechuudha jette yaadda? Hinbarree? Tole itti fufii caqasi. Feifei fi Harii'n waa'ee guyyoota boqonnaa isanii Sanbataa fi Dilbata wayita dubbatan caqasi; eenyutu irracaalaa yeroo bashannanaa qabaate jette yaada? Kan eenyuutu dadhabsiisaa ture? Hubachuudhaaf caqasi.

And the expression we are going to look at today which we hear a lot in colloquial speech is 'full-on'. So, Feifei – did you have a good weekend?

It was quiet. I stayed home most of the time. I watched a couple of old, black and white films with my grandmother on Sunday. That was the highlight. How about you?

Well, your weekend sounds quite… relaxed. Well, my weekend wasn't like your weekend at all. I went to the launch party of a new bar on Friday – that was quite a night! Then on Saturday my friends took me to a night club that went on until morning!

Hariin yeroo boqonnaa sagantaan hedduu fi dadhabsiisaa kan qabaate fakkaata. Wayita Feifeiin akkooshii waliin filmii daaw'achuun buhaartu, Hariin ammo Jimaataa mana dhugaatiitti 'bar' keessa ture, Sanbata halkan ammo gara mana dhugaatiifi sirbaa 'clubbing' deeme. What do you think FeiFei will think of Harry's night out?

Wow! That sounds exciting. Clubbing though - aren't you a bit old for that sort of thing?

No, I'm not too old, but to be honest – it was a bit full-on.

Full-on? What do you mean?

Well, the music, the dancing, the drinking, the energy. It was very intense. I'm not old, but I'm not as young as I was.

Right. So full-on means it was very intense.

Yeah. I think I'll need a few days to recover; it was so full-on.

What else can be full-on?

Some people are a bit full-on. A bit extreme. Not relaxing.

I know what you mean. Sarah's a bit full-on isn't she?

Yes, she scares me. She stands so close when she talks to me and stares straight into my eyes. Work can also be full-on when it's busy.

Work has been a bit full-on lately hasn't it. We've had to do loads of overtime to get the new project finished.

It has been full-on, yes.

Hariin Sanbataa fi Dilbata 'full-on' waan qabaate fakkaata. 'Full-on' jecha ibuuf nama gargaaru kan jechoota lama irra ijaarameedha 'guutuu' 'full' fi irra 'on'. Kunis haala irradarbaa fi walitti'aansuun godhamu ibsuuf itti fayyadamna. 'Full-on' haala faallaa (negative) ta'eenis itti fayyadamna. Keessattu wayita waanti tokko yookaan namni tokko waan irradarbaa ta'ee fi rakkoo uumuu malu godhu ittin ibsuufis ni fayyadamna. Feifeiin Saaraa wayita ibsitu 'full-on' jette - yoo namni tokko baay'ee sitti maxxanee dhaabbate ykn yoo ija sirra buqqifachuu dide, kan nama yaaddeessuufi aarsuudha yookaanis 'full-on'. 

Have a good holiday?
To be honest, not really. We were up at 6am every day to get as much sightseeing done as possible and didn't get to bed till midnight. It was so full-on. I feel like I need another holiday.

I really don't like children's parties. All those excited, screaming kids. It's too full-on.

London's too full-on. I need to move to the countryside.

Well, if you want a more relaxing weekend next time, come and watch some films with me and my grandmother. It's really laid back.

That sounds a lot less full-on. I'll do that.

Egaa tarii yeroo ittaanutti Hariin guyyoota boqonnaa Sanbataa fi Dilbata 'full-on' hinta'in qabaachuun ni bashannana ta'a. Atihoo? Wantonni wayita 'full-on' ta'an sitti tolaa? Nama hanga tokko 'full-on' ta'e ni beektaa? Jechoiota Afaan Ingliziin of ibsuuf si fayyadan 'English Expression' dabalataaf yeroo ittaanutti walitti deebina.


1. Harry didn't enjoy his weekend.

2. It was too intense for him.

How do I use it?

'Full-on' means 'very intense'.  It can be used to describe a situation or a person. Remember that it is made up of two words, which cannot be split up and are hyphenated.

I was quite intimidated because she was very full-on.

I wanted to relax, but our adventure holiday was too full-on for that.

Being an air-traffic controller is a very full-on job, you have to concentrate all the time.


3 Questions

Choose the correct answer.
Deebii sirrii ta’e fili.

Baga gammadde! Qormaata xumurteetta
Excellent! Great job! Carraa badaa! Qabxii argatte:
x / y

Over to you!

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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.
Barnoota English Expressions ittaanu kan dandeettii caqasuukee ittiin shaakaltuufi qooqa barbaachisoo barannutti walitti deebina.

Session Vocabulary

  • colloquial
    haasawaa safuu inqabne (haasawa akka-feetee)

    launch party
    Jalqaba waan tokkoo irratti afeerra tasifamu (paartii eebba jalqabiinsaa/baniinsaa)

    dhugaatiifi sirbaan halkaneeffachuu