Session 7

Can we change our personality? In today’s episode we will be discussing if it’s possible to change who we are.
ሰብኣዊ-መንነትና ክንቕይር ንኽእል'ዶ? ኣብ ናይ ሎሚ መደብ ንገዛእ ርእስና ክንልውጥ ንኽእል'ዶ ብዝብል ጕዳይ ክንመያየጥ ኢና።

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Can we change our personality?

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

  • therapy
  • to assume
  • to tend to


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

Local presenter
ሰላም፣ እንቋዕ ናብ መደብ English Together ብደሓን መጻእኩም። ኣብዚ መደብ’ዚ ብዛዕባ ዝተፈላለዩ ህልው ኵነታት ንኽንመያየጥ ዘኽእለኩም ቋንቋ ከነስንቐኩም ኢና።
ኣነ ተመስገን እየ፣ ምሳይ ዝርከቡ ድማ።

Hello, I’m Sam.

And I’m Kee. Welcome!

Local presenter
ኣብ ናይ’ዚ ሰሙን’ዚ መደብና ብዛዕባ ሰብኣዊ-መንነትና ንምቕያር ዘለዉና ተኽእሎታት ክንመያየጥ ኢና።
ቅድሚ ነቲ ብ BBC Radio 4 ዝተዘርግሐ ዜና ምስማዕና ናይ ሎሚ ሕቶ ነቕርበልኩም።
ክንደይ ዝኣኽሉ ዓይነት ሰብኣዊ መንነት ኣሎዉ ትብሉ?
ሀ) 16
ለ) 25
ሐ) ማእለያ ዘይብሎም
መልሱ ጸኒሕና ክንህበኩም ኢና።

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.

So I guess the old saying isn’t true!

What saying is that?

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

Local presenter
We have that saying in our language, too. ነብሪዶ ትኳዕ-ትኳዑ ክልውጥ ይኽእል? But it sounds like people can change, after all.

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

Local presenter
‘Aspects of personality’ ሸነኻት ወይከኣ ገጻት ሰብኣዊ-መንነትና ማለት’ዩ። Who are you talking about, 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?

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

Local presenter
Only sometimes?

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.

Local presenter
You’re always fun to be around, Kee. Your ‘personality traits’ ባህርያት ሰብኣዊ-መንነት are very easy to make fun of, in fact!

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.

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

Local presenter
Wait one second! ‘Characteristics’ መለለዮ-ባህሪያት። Yeah, Sam, what would you change?

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 people too quickly…

Local presenter
No, no, of course not.

But that’s not necessarily a negative characteristic.

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

Local presenter
It’s definitely amusing for us, too! ‘Quality’ ዓይነት ማለት’ዩ።

I think it’s a nice quality of yours.

Aw, thanks, Kee.

Local presenter
See? You are kind!
ንግዜኡ ነቲ ኣቐዲምና ዘቕረብናዮ ሕቶ - ብዛዕባ ክንደይ ዝኣኽሉ ዝተፈላለዩ ሰብኣዊ-መንነታት ከም ዘሎዉ ዘርኢ ሕቶ - መልሲ ንክንህበሉ ንፈትን። እቲ መልሲ ኣብ ናይ ማየርስ-ብሪግስ ሓባሪ ኣሃዝ ዝተመርኰሰ ዀይኑ ብካርል ዩንግ ዝቐረብ ክለሳ-ሓሳብ’ዩ፣ ሀ) 16!

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

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

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

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

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

Local presenter
ኣቤት! ኪ ድሮ ይልወጥ ኣሎ! ንስኹም ከ? ገለ ካብ ሰብኣዊ-መንነትኩም ክትልውጡዶ ምደለኹም? ኣየኖት ሸነኻት ‘aspects’ ምለወጥኩም? ኣየኖት ባህርያትኩም'ከ ‘qualities’ ክትዕቅቡ ትደልዩ?
ቅድሚ ምስንባትና እቶም ሎሚ ዝዘተናሎም ቃላት ደጊምና’ስከ ንርኣዮም ። ኵሎም ምስ ሰብኣዊ-መንነት ዝተኣሳሰሩ ቃላት’ዮም። ‘Aspect of someone’s personality’ ንኣደብና ዝጸሉ ፍሉይ ዝዀነ ክፋል ባህርያትና፣ ‘personality trait’, ሐደ ገጽ ናይ ሰብኣዊ-መንነትና፣ ‘characteristic’, ምስ መለለዮና ዝተኣሳሰር ፍሉይ ሸነኽ ባህሪና ፣ ከምኡ’ውን ‘quality’, ሐደ ፍሉይ መለለዮ ኣደብና ፡ ምናዳ’ኳ ኣወንታዊ ዝዀነ መለለዮ።
ነዚ መደብ ብምክትታልኩም ነመስግነኩም፣ ኣብ ዚመጽእ ሰሙን ዝቐርብ ናይ English Together መደብና የራኽበና።


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.
እቲ ቅኑዕ መልሲ ምረጹ።

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 Together when we will learn more useful language and practise your listening skills.
ኣብቲ ጠቓሚ ቋንቋ እትመሃርሉን ናይ ምስማዕ ክለትኩም እትለማመድሉን ዝቕጽል መደብ English Together የራኽበና።

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Session Vocabulary

  • innumerable
    ማእለያ ዘይብሎም

    an aspect of someone’s personality
    ገለ ሸነኽ ናይ ሓደ ሰብ ሰብኣዊ መንነት

    a personality trait
    ባህርይ ሰብኣዊ መንነት

    a characteristic

    a quality

    to tend to

    to assume
    ከም ክዉን ምግማት

    to be stuck with
    ዝተሸኽለ / ዝተቈርነ