Session 4

Are there any mistakes you know you make but just can't stop? Helen helps another student to improve his grammar in this edition of Stop saying...

Wayiitiwwan marii boqonnaa kana keessaa

Wayitii marii qabxii 4

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Stop saying...!

Say and tell

Welcome to our Stop saying… This is our series which helps you stop making mistakes in English.

Today we meet Yassine from Algeria, who's studying English in London at Rose of York school. He's having problems with the verbs say and tell when used in reported speech.

What will Helen's tips be? Watch the video to find out. Then do a practice activity to test your understanding.

Vidiyoo daawwadhuuti shaakala kana xumuri

Summary

1) When we use say, we don't normally include the object:

My friend said that he was making pizza.

Note: if you want to include an object, you need the word to:

2) But if we use tell, we do need an object:

My friend told me that he was making pizza.

Extra point - 'Like' for reported speech

One way people use like in spoken English is to mark reported speech. It's very common in informal speech, particularly among young people. Look at these examples:

  • My boss told me to finish the report by 4pm. I was like: "Fine, if you stop interrupting me."
  • My friend said it was the best film he'd ever seen. He was like: "You must see this movie!"

The form is: verb to be + like, followed by the quoted statement.

To do

Test yourself on this knowledge, by completing these sentences.

 

Susie and the selfie

6 Questions

Read this story about someone called Susie and the argument she had with a friend. There are lots of examples of reported speech with say, tell and like to choose from. Pay attention to the form!

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

End of Session 4

And that's it. Join us next time for The White Elephant! Will they finally get their first customer?

Caasluga kutaa kanaa

  • 1) When we use say, we don't normally include the object:

    My friend said that he was making pizza.

    Note: if you want to include an object, you need the word to:

    2) But if we use tell, we do need an object:

    My friend told me that he was making pizza.

Session Vocabulary

  • no way!
    an expression which shows disbelief

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