Session 2

Is it possible to spend too much time on your mobile phone? In today’s episode we will be discussing mobile phone addiction.
በሞባይል ስልክዎ ላይ ብዙ ጊዜ ሊያጠፉ ይችላሉ? በዛሬው ክፍለ ጊዜ ስለ ሞባይል ስልክ ሱስ እንወያያለን።

Wayitii marii qabxii 2

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Mobile phone addiction

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

  • devices
  • tap
  • swipe


How often do you think typical mobile phone users touch their phones?

  • every 33 seconds?
  • every 43 seconds?
  • every 53 seconds?

Listen to the discussion on the topic of ‘mobile phone addiction’ and find out the answer.

Listen, then check the transcript below.

Barreeffama agarsiisi Barreeffama dhoksi

ሰላም፥ ስለወቅታዊ ጉዳይ ወደምንወያይበትና ስለጉዳዩ ለማውራት የሚያስፈልገውን ቋንቋ ወደምናቀርብበት የ English Together ዝግጅት እንኳን በደህና መጡ። ሐና እባላለሁ። አብሮኝ/አብራኝ …… አለ/አለች።

Hi, I’m Sam.

And I’m Kee. Welcome!

በዚህ ሳምንት ዝግጅታችችን ስለተንቀሳቃሽ ስልክ ‘addiction’ ሱስ እንነጋገራለን። ስለጉዳዩ ለማወቅ ጉጉት ስላደረብን የተንቀሳቃሽ ስልክ ተጠቃሚዎች በምን ያህል ጊዜ ስልካቸውን እንደሚነኩ ለመረዳት ሞክረናል። These results come from በየምን ያህል ጊዜ ይመስልዎታል?

ሀ) በየ33 ሰከንዱ

ለ) በየ43 ሰከንዱ

ሐ) በየ53 ሰከንዱ

I know, I know…

The question’s not for you, ለመመለስ እንዳይሞክሩ። መልሱን ቆየት ብለን በዝጅታችን መኃል እንነግርዎታለን። Now, listen to a BBC 5Live news story on this topic of ‘mobile phone addiction’, የተንቀሳቃሽ ስልክ ሱስ

News insert
Now, are you addicted to your mobile phone? Apparently, almost a third of us are unable to go more than an hour without checking it and a quarter of us recognise we are addicted to these devices. The heaviest smart phone users click, tap and swipe on their phone 5,500 times a day.

Wow, 25% of people say that they are addicted to their phones. Hmm, I use my phone a lot, but I don’t think I’m addicted to it…

<notification sound>

I’m not so sure…..

<notification sound><notification sound>

Sorry… I’ll be with you in just a minute.

<notification sound><notification sound><notification sound>

Come on Sam, we’re at work!

Sorry, I got distracted there for a minute! Can you explain that while I answer this message?

ምክንያቱም አንችም ‘distracted’ ትኩረትሽን ስለተነጠቅሽ ነው ሳም?

Would you say that you can be distracted by mobile phones…?

Definitely…. Just ask Sam!

Sorry, I was distracted there, wasn’t I? Let’s get on with the show… so what do you think of this story?

Well, it’s clear isn’t it – people just use their phones way too much. No one seems to be able to pay attention to anything anymore.

I think you might be right - ‘pay attention’ አትኩሮት መስጠት. But phones are just part of our life now, aren’t they? It’s complicated, isn’t it?

I don’t think it’s that difficult – for some things you just need to be able to pay attention. What’s so difficult about that?

<notification sound>

Erm…sorry again, that might have been me. Do people still turn their phones off? Really? All I have to do is make sure I focus on what I’m doing.

Really, Sam? ‘Focus’ የሚለው ቃል፥ ማተኮር፥ ልብ ማለት ነው።  I have to put my phone away when I’m working on something, or I can’t focus.

<notification sound>

Guys, just turn your phones off, then you can focus. There’s no way you can be productive like this, checking your phones every 20 seconds.

<notification sound>

Yes, sorry! ‘Productive’, ምርታማ መሆን ማለት ነው። I think I’m more productive when I really concentrate on work. ይህም ቀደም ሲል አቅርቤላችሁ ወደነበረው ጥያቄ ይመልሰናል። በአማካይ የተንቀሳቃሽ ስልክ ተጠቃሚ ስልኩን ወይንም ስልኳን በየ 33 ሰከንዱ ይነካል ወይንም ትነካለች።

And how do you think you could be more productive?

Erm… by really focusing on my work.

And what do you think would help you focus?

I need to make sure I only pay attention to my work and not be distracted.

Really? What do you think might be distracting you?

<notification sound>

You’re talking about my phone, aren’t you?

How did you guess?

<shut down sound>
እሽ የሳምን ምሳሌ በመከተል እኔም ተነቀሳቃሽ ስልኬን አጠፋለሁ. . .
እርስዎስ? ስልክዎdistracted’ ያደርግዎታል? ለነገሮች ‘pay attention’ እና ‘focus’ ማድረግን አስቸጋሪ ያደርግብዎታል? ስራዎት ላይ ‘productive’ ከመሆን ይከልክልዎታል? እና. . .
የዚህ ሳምንት ዝግጅታችንን አጠናቅቀን ከመሰነባበታችን በፊት ዛሬ ስንነጋግርባቸው የነበሩትን ቃላት እንመልከት። ሁሉም ከአትኩሮት ጋር የተያያዙ ቃላት ናቸው። ‘distracted’ አንዳች ነገር ለሚያከናውኑት ተግባር ትኩረትዎን እንዳይሰጡ ሲከለክልዎት ማለት ነው፤ ‘pay attention’ ትኩረትን ከማጣት ይልቅ አንዳች ነገርን ልብ ማለት፥ ማስተዋል ማለት ነው። ‘focus’ አንዳች ነገር ላይ አፅንዖት ሰጥቶ ማተኮር ማለት ሲሆን ‘productive’ ረዘም ላለ ጊዜ አንድን ስራ ማከናወን  መቻልን ይገልፃል።
አብረውን ስለቆዩ እናመሰግናለን፤ ለሌላ የ English Together ዝግጅት በሚቀጥለው ሳምንት ይጠብቁን


Meaning and use

distracted (adjective)

To be ‘distracted’ is when you start to think about something different to what you are supposed to be thinking of.

I burnt the dinner because I got distracted by the TV when I was cooking.

I was trying to get some work done, but my colleagues kept distracting me with questions.

to pay attention (verb)

To ‘pay attention’ to something is to concentrate on a particular thing.

Pilots have to pay attention to all the instruments when landing a plane

If you aren’t going to pay attention in this class, you will have to leave!

to focus (verb)

To 'focus' on something means to do one thing to make sure that you do it well

Sometimes I need to be somewhere quiet to focus on my work.

I can’t draw very well unless I completely focus on it.

productive (adjective)

‘Productive’ means that you get a lot of work done in a set period of time

 I am much more productive in the morning. I work much quicker then.

 I am more productive when I work with someone else – I get more done.

Mobile phone addiction

4 Questions

Choose the correct answer.
ትክክለኛውን መልስ ምረጡ

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

Over to you!

So, what about you? Are you addicted to your phone? Do you know someone who is? What problems does this cause? What can people do to use their phones less? 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.
.ይበልጥ ጠቃሚ የሆኑ አገላለፆችን የምንማርበትና የመስማት ክህሎትን የምናዳብርበትን የእንግሊዘኛን አብረን ክፍለ ጊዜ ይከታተሉ።

Session Vocabulary

  • distracted
    የትኩረት መሰረቅ

    to pay attention
    ትኩረት መስጠት

    to focus




    to tap

    to swipe