Session 15

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

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Game changer

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

  • rules
  • transform
  • innovation

Listen to Harry and Feifei explaining the expression 'game changer'. As you listen, answer these questions:

1. What has Harry just bought?

2. Why does he think it's special?

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 “game changer” jedhu ilaalla. Maal jechuudha jette yaadda? Hinbarree? Tole itti fufii caqasi. Feeyfii fi Haarii caqasi. Feeyfiin waa'ee waan Haariin bitee tokko gaafachaa jirti. Maal bitee? Waa'ee waan bite kanaa maal yaadaa? 

So Harry – did you end up buying a new TV like you were planning? 

I certainly did - and then some! I don't know if 'TV' is really the right word for it though.

Why not? 

Well, it's so much more. It's got a 72-inch curved screen with ultimate high-definition and it's in 3D. When you watch a programme, it's like you're really there. 

Hariin TV(telvishanii) haara bitatteeti waan gamade sitti fakkaata? Daran waan gamade fakkaata, mitii? Maaliif akkana akka itti tole hubachuuf haacaqasnu. 

Wow - it sounds amazing. 

It is! TV will never be the same again. In TV terms, it's a real game changer.

A game changer? What's that?

Well, it's so unlike any normal TV, that it's changed the rules of what TVs are. You will never think of TV in the same way if you watch my TV – it's a new world of television. 

So 'game changer' means something that is so new and different, it changes the rules of the game. 

Exactly. It could be technology, like my TV, or a person with new ideas, or a new direction in music or fashion. Any new innovation that changes the current situation. 

Hariin TVn isaa haaraan 'game changer' dha jedhee yaada. 'Game' jechuun 'tapha' akkasumas 'changer' jechuun wanta/nama waan biraa tokko jijjiiruudha. Ibsi kun tarii haala gochi yookaan taphataan tokko itti tari 'game' tokko itti 'change' godhurra kan dhufe ta'u mala – kun egaa taphi tokko akka inni jijjiramu waan godheef 'game changer' jechisiisa. Ammas wantota haaraa, kanneen turaniirra  bifa adda ta'een hojjetamuun haala ture gutummaatti jijiranifiis ni fayyadamna.  Sababa kanaaf, ibsi kun yeroo heddu guddina teeknooloojii ammayyaa waliin fayyadamama. Waantoota ykn nama akkaataa hojiiwwan armaan dura hojjatamaa turanirratti jijjiirama haalaan gaarii ta'an fide ibsuufillee itti fayyadamama.

Ibsi kun waa'ee waan tokkoo dubbachuuf kan itti fayyadamamu ta'ullee, maqaa waan ta'eef fuuldura 'game changer', 'a' fayyadamuu yaadadhu. Kanaafu TVn Harii 'is a game changer'. 

The Beatles' album Sergeant Pepper was a real game changer – it transformed pop music forever.

 Our company needs a game changer – someone who can come in and rethink the way we do everything.

 Last year my boss said we could all work from home whenever we needed to. It's been a real game changer in the way we work.

So, some different types of game changers there. For people learning English, I suppose the internet has been a real game changer. You can study anytime, anywhere now.

You can – especially if you visit our website

Very true, if you want to improve your English, our website can be a real game changer. So, I suppose you're going to be staying in tonight. 

Me? No, I'm going out.

But, you've got an amazing new TV, the game changer.

I know, but it's Thursday, and there's never anything good on TV on Thursdays. And to be honest, I think I've been watching too much TV. I need to get out more. 

Oh well – I guess your TV didn't change the game for long. 

Egaa TVn Harii tarii hangana 'game changer' hinturre. Atihoo? Afaan Ingilizii barachuuf Interneetiin qabatamaatti 'game changer' jettee yaaddaa?  Kalaqawwan biro 'game changers' turan yaadachuu dandeessaa? Jechoiota Afaan Ingliziin of ibsuuf si fayyadan 'English Expression' dabalataaf yeroo ittaanutti walitti deebina.


1. Harry has just bought a new TV.

2. He thinks it is unlike any TV he had before.

How do I use it?

A 'game changer' is a development that is so innovative it completely changes the area in which it is relevant. It could an object, an idea, a procedure or a situation. Remember that it is made up of two words, which cannot be split up.

It will be a real game changer when self-driving cars are widely available.

This new smartphone is a game changer! Every other company will have to adapt now.

Online learning has been a game changer for education. 

Game changer

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!

What objects have been game changers for you? Is there an idea that has been a real game changer for you? Has anything been a game changer for you learning English? Come and tell us on our Facebook group.

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

  • Unlike
    faallaa (haala faalla ta’een)

    seerawwan bulmaataa

    A new direction
    Kallattii haaraa