Session 17

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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Mind-blowing

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

  • travelling
  • temples
  • overwhelmed

Listen to Harry and Feifei explaining the expression 'mind-blowing'. As you listen, answer these questions:

1. Where is the place that Harry liked best?

2. Why does he like it so much?

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

Barreeffama agarsiisi Barreeffama dhoksi

Caalii
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, akkaata ibsa Afaan Ingilizii 'mind-blowing' daran ajjaayibsiisaa jehdu ilaalla. Hiiknisaa maal sitti fakkaata?...Hinbarree? Tole, caqasi. Feffeefi Hariin waa'e bakkawwan Hariin deemee ture wayita dubbatan caqasi. Bakki inni irra caalaa jaallatu/filatu eessa jettee yaadda?

Harry
And the expression we are going to look at in this programme is 'mind-blowing', or, 'to blow your mind'.

Feifei
To blow your mind! We'll look at what it means and when you can use it. So anyway, Harry, I've heard you really like travelling.

Harry
Me? Yeah, I love travelling, to be free. Yeah, I've travelled.

Feifei
Where have you been?

Harry
All over: Europe, South East Asia, North Africa, Central America.

Feifei
So, which was the best trip?

Harry
Hard to say, they were all great in their own way, but I think my trip to Cambodia really stands out.

Caalii
Hariin addunyaarraa bakka heddu deemaa turee? Eeyee, sirriidha, deemera, garuummoo Kaamboodiyaa ilaalchisee waan adda ta'e tokkotu jira. Maaliif akka ta'e hubachuuf caqasi.

Feifei
Why's that?

Harry
Well, it's got scenery, beaches, nice food and all that stuff, but the temples at Angkor Wat – well, they just blew my mind.

Feifei
They blew your mind?!

Harry
Yeah, it's an amazing place. It's got incredible statues, roads, waterways all abandoned in the forest. Truly mind-blowing.

Feifei
But what does it mean – mind blowing; it blew your mind?

Harry
Oh right. Well, when something is so incredible, so surprising that we stop and wonder about how amazing it is, we can say it's mind-blowing, or that it blew our minds, as though our brains have broken down because they are so overwhelmed.

Feifei
I see. So what else can be mind-blowing?

Harry
Anything amazing: a painting, a film, a story.

Feifei
And what about nature – the ocean, the planets, the insect world?

Harry
Yes, the unexplored ocean depths, the size of the other planets, the huge number and variety of insects - those things are all totally mind-blowing if you stop and think about them.

Caalii
Egaa, akka Hariin yaadutti masaraan amantii Angikor Wat, kan Kaamboodiyaatti argamu 'mind-blowing' ture – isaanis 'blew his mind'. 'Mind' jechuun Sammu, akkasumas 'blow' jechuun kan rukkutu/dhahu. Egaa gaafa gaaleewwan kanaan fayyadamnu waanti nu argine yookaan keessa dabarre tokko haala amanuuf rakkisaa ta'een wayita kan nu ajjayibsiisa ta'u – kan sammuu keenya rukkutu fi sammuu keenya ol ta'u itti fayyadamna jechuudha.  Akka jecha waan 'mind-blowing' ta'e ittin ibsanitti ykn akka gochima waan sammuu keenya 'blows' godhu tokkoottis itti fayyadamu dandeenya. Fakkeenyawwan dabalata kunootti.

Examples
The latest tablet computer has an incredible camera and loads of other mind-blowing features.

The battle scenes in the new film were amazing. I couldn't believe the realistic graphics. They just blew my mind.

One of the most mind-blowing things about the universe is the distance between the planets in our solar system.

Harry
So, to finish off, I thought I'd give you a mind-blowing fact about space and the universe - Something that will really blow your mind.

Feifei
OK, let's hear it.

Harry
Did you know that every hour, the universe expands by a billion miles in all directions?

Feifei
It gets bigger by one billion miles in all directions?! That is mind-blowing.

Harry
I know - just mind-blowing.

Feifei
I've got a very different one for you about insects – cockroaches.

Harry
Cockroaches? Yuck! What is it?

Feifei
Well, cockroaches can live for several weeks without their heads.

Harry
They can live without their heads?! Well, that's just blown my mind.

Caalii
Waa'ee wantota Hariifi Feffeetti 'mind-blowing' ta'anii maal yaadda? Wantonni sun 'mind-blowing' mitii! Yeroo dhihootti 'blew your mind' waanti si godhe si qunnamee beekaa? Maal ture? Barnoota dabalataa 'English Expressions' iin yeroo ittaanu walitti deebina.

Answers

1. Harry liked Cambodia best.

2. The temples are very beautiful.

How do I use it?

We use 'mind-blowing' to describe something that is so amazing it can be difficult to understand. It is an adjective which is made up of two words that are always joined by a hyphen.

The view from the top of the mountain was mind-blowing.

The parachute jump was a mind-blowing experience.

This food it's delicious, it's absolutely mind-blowing.

Mind-blowing

3 Questions

Choose the correct answer.

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

  • travelling
    imaluu

    temples
    galmawwan amantii

    amazing
    ajaayyibsiisa

    overwhelmed
    raajjeffachuu/Jecha dhabuu

    unexplored
    haara/waan keessummaa/ kan hinbaramin

    the universe
    hawaa