Session 7

Can we change our personality? In today’s episode we will be discussing if it’s possible to change who we are.
Namummaa/nameenya keenya jijjiiruu dandeenyaa? Kutaa qophii keenya har’aan eenyu akka taane jijjiiruun danda’amu isaarratti mari’anna.

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Can we change our personality?

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

  • therapy
  • to assume
  • to tend to

Quiz

How many different personality types are there?
a) 16
b) 25
c) innumerable

Listen to the discussion about whether it's possible to change our personality and find out the answer.

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

Barreeffama agarsiisi Barreeffama dhoksi

Ammayyuu
Yooyyaa, gara English Together Afaan Inglizii waliwajjinii mata duree tibbanaa irratti mari’annuufi qooqa barachuun si barbaachisuu si qoonnutti baga nagana dhufte.
Ani Amayyudha, Saam akkasumas Kiim nawaliin jiru.

Sam
Hello, I’m Sam.

Kee
And I’m Kee. Welcome!

Ammayyuu
Kutaa torban kanaatiin, akkammiin namummaa ykn nameenya jijjiruu akka danda’amu ni dubbanna. Odeeffannoo ‘BBC Radio 4’ caqasuu keenya dura, gaafiin har’aa kunooti:
Gosawwan namummaa garagaraa meeqatu jira?
a. 16
b. 25
c. hinlakkaawamna
Caqasiitii sagandaa boodaa deebiisaa sitti himna.

News insert
We all know how hard it is to change, and we tend to assume that once we’re adults, there are aspects of our personality that we are pretty much stuck with. But a huge, new reanalysis of more than 200 studies, have found that there is something that can change your personality in just a few weeks. And that something is therapy.

Kee
So I guess the old saying isn’t true!

Sam
What saying is that?

Kee
You know, ‘a leopard can’t change its spots’.

Ammayyuu
We have that saying in our language, too. Qeerransi cocorreesaa jijjiiruu hindanda’u. But it sounds like people can change, after all.

Sam
Well that is good news! There are some aspects of some people’s personality that I wish I could change…

Ammayyuu
‘Aspects of personality’ jechuun akkaataa namummaati. Who are you talking about, Sam?

Sam
Oh, no one in particular. You know, just those people who are really negative, think they’re always right, aren’t open to new ideas… Are there any aspects of your personality you would change, Kee?

Kee
Alright, I get it! I know I can sometimes be difficult to work with…

Ammayyuu
Only sometimes?

Kee
Look, you’re not the first people to ever tell me that I have some personality traits that aren’t always fun to be around.

Ammayyuu
You’re always fun to be around, Kee. Your ‘personality traits’ jechuun mnameenyikee are very easy to make fun of, in fact!

Sam
Aw, let’s be nice! Kee, you have lots of lovely personality traits. You’re very kind, for example. You should definitely never change that aspect of your personality.

Kee
Aw, thanks, Sam. What about you? Are there any characteristics you would change?

Ammayyuu
Wait one second! ‘Characteristics’ amalootadha. Yeah, Sam, what would you change?

Sam
Oh, there are lots of characteristics I would change! I know I can be a little naïve at times…people tell me I believe things too easily...trust people too quickly…

Kee
No, no, not all.

Ammayyuu
No, no, of course not.

Kee
But that’s not necessarily a negative characteristic.

Sam
It depends, it’s not always a good thing! But, my friends think it’s funny, so they say it’s a good quality.

Ammayyuu
It is definitely amusing for us, too! ‘Quality’ jechuun akka galumsa isaatti waan gaarii ykn barbaachisaa ta’u danda’a.

Kee
I think it’s a nice quality of yours. It shows that you think the best of people and you are trusting.

Sam
Aw, thanks, Kee.

Ammayyuu
See? You are kind!
Amma gaafiin armaan dura si gaafadhe haadeebisnu-gosawwan namummaa garagaraa meeqatu jira? Tole, deebiin kunooti. Tiwooriwwan Carl Jung irratti bu’ura godhachuun Myers-Briggs nameenya namaa ibsuuf qorannoon inni taasise akka yerootti deebiin isaa ‘a’ dha: a) 16!

Kee
Oh, come on! I find it hard to believe that there are only 16 personality types in the whole world…

Sam
Ok, but what about the news story? Do you believe that? Would you go to therapy to change your personality?

Kee
Therapy? You mean, talking to a stranger about my feelings?

Sam
Well, they won’t be a stranger forever. Therapy helps a lot of different kinds of people. It might surprise you.

Kee
Maybe, you’re right. Maybe I should try it.

Sam
Would you really, Kee? That’s terrific!

Kee
Yeah, it might help me with these negative personality traits people keep saying I have.

Sam
Aw, Kee!

Ammayyuu
Namatti tola! Kiin jijjiiramuu eegaleera. Atihoo? Waa’ee namummaa ykn nameenyakee waa jijjiiruu barbaadu jira? Amaloota ‘aspects’ kam jijjiirta? Waan gaarii ‘quality’ kam cimsuu feete?
Barnoota torban kanaa goolabuun dura, jechoota har’a dubbachaa turre haa’ilaallu-hundisaanii namummaa waliin walqabatu. ‘Aspects of someone’s personality’ jechuun haala ykn akkaata namummaa nama tokkoo, ‘personality traits’ bifa namuummaati, ‘characterstics’ amala addaa nama tokko ibsu ‘quality’ amala nama tokko keessa isa gaarii ta’e.
Waan nu waliin turteef galatoomi. English Together Afaan Inglizii waliwajjin dabalataaf turban dhufu wal agarra.

Meaning & Use 

an aspect of (noun phrase)

an aspect of means 'a particular part, side or feature of something or someone'.
 Meeting new people is the aspect of my job I like the most. 

a characteristic (noun)
a quality (noun)
an aspect of someone's personality (noun phrase)
a personality trait (noun phrase)

These all describe 'a feature belonging typically to a person'. Be careful with the noun phrases, as these words need to go together.

 Are there any characteristics you would change?
 She's very patient, which is an important quality for a teacher. ('quality' is often used to talk about something positive)

 Mike's so stubborn. It's a personality trait he's inherited from his father.
 The ability to remain calm is an important aspect of any leader's personality.

Can we change our personality?

4 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!

Would you like to change anything about your personality? Which aspects would you change? Which qualities would you keep? 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 aspect of someone’s personality
    akkaataa namummaa nama wayii

    a personality trait
    bifa namummaa

    a characteristic
    amaloota

    a quality
    cimina

    to tend to
    kajeeluu

    to assume
    tilmaamuu

    to be stuck with
    rakkoo seenuu/qabamuu

    therapy
    yaalii

    innumerable
    hinlakkaawamna