جلسه 7

Listen to find out how to use an everyday English expression.
በዕለት ተዕለት ንግግር ውስጥ ግልጋሎት የሚሰጡ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆችን እንድት መጠቀም እንደሚችሉ ይህንን ያዳምጡ።

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Pull the plug

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

  • plug
  • inspired
  • gadgets

Listen to Rob and Li talking about a programme they are going to record. As you listen, think about these questions:

1.Is Rob interested in art?

2. Is he going to write a programme about art?

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

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ጤና ይስጥልን፤ እንኳን አዳዲስ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆችን እንዲማሩ ወደምናግዝበት English Expressions በደህና መጡ።

ዛሬ ‘pull the plug’ ‘አንድን ነገር ማቋረጥ’ የተባለውን የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለጽ መጠቀምን እንማራለን። ምን ማለት ይመስልዎታል?. . .  እርግጠኛ አይደሉም? እሽ፥ መስማትዎን ይቀጥሉ።

ሮብ እና ሊ ቀኑን ገና እየጀመሩ ነው። ሰላምታ ተለዋወጡ፤ ነገር ግን ሮብ ደህና አይመስልም። ያዳምጡና ችግሩ ምን እንደሆነ ይለዩ። 

Li
Good morning, Rob.

Rob
Hi Li. I wish the morning was good but it's not.

Li
Oh, why not?   

Rob
Well, I came to the office very early today to write a programme about art. 

Li
Interesting.

Rob
Yeah, but it's giving me a headache because I don't really understand art. I think I'm going to pull the plug on this idea! 

Li
Pull the plug?

Rob
Yes. If I pull the plug on this one I'll be more relaxed and inspired to write a programme about technology. They're the ones I like the best. I love new gadgets!

ሮብ ለምንድን ነው በማለዳ ገስግሶ ወደስራ የመጣው? የራስ ምታት የፈጠረበት ጉዳይስ ምንድን ነው? ለምን? ልክ ነው፤ ቀድሞ በጧት ስራ የገባው ስለስነ ጥበብ የሚያወራውን መሰናዶ ለመፃፍ ነው፤ ይህ የራስ ምታት የፈጠረበት ምክንያት ደግሞ ስነ ጥበብ ስለማይወድ ነው። ስለዚህ ሮብ መፃፍ የሚወደው ሌላ ምን ዓይነት መሰናዶን ነው? ትክክል፤ ቴክኖሎጂ ነው። ስለዚህም ስለስነ ጥበብ መፃፉን አቁሞ ስለቴክኖሎጂ መፃፍን መጀመርን ነው የሚሻው። ማዳመጥዎትን ይቀጥሉና ሊ እንዴት ልታግዘው እንደሞከረች ይረዱ።

Li
No problem. I can do it for you.

Rob
(surprised and concerned) Oh, my computer has been switched off! What's happened!?

Li
Here's the plug. I've just pulled it out. You can be more relaxed now. There you go.

Rob
Oh Li, I didn't literally mean "pull the plug out". In English, when we tell someone we're going to pull the plug on something, we mean we are going to stop spending time or money on it.

‘pull the plug’ ሁለት ቃላትም በማጠመር የተፈጠረ ሐረግ ነው፤ ‘pull’ ‘መጎተት/መንቀል’ እና ‘the plug’ ‘ሶኬት’። ሶኬቱን ቢነቅሉ የኤሌክትሪክ ኃይል ስለሚቋረጥ የማሽን ስራዎች ይቆማሉ ማለት ነው። ስለዚህም ‘pull the plug’ ስንል በአንድ ክንውን፥ እንቅስቃሴ ወይንም ዕቅድ ላይ ጊዜያችንን አሊያም ገንዘባችንን ማፍሰስ ስለማንፈልግ እንዲቋረጥ ማድረግን እናመላክታለን። በአንድ ነገር ላይ ሶኬቱን የምንነቅለው በክንውኑ ላይ ጊዜ እና ገንዘብ ማፍሰስ ከንቱ ብክነት እንደሆነ ስለምናስብ ነው።

ይህ አገላለፅ እንዴት ግልጋሎት እንደሚሰጥ የሚያሳዩ ተጨማሪ ምሳሌዎችን እናዳምጥ።

Examples
Research on the new product was becoming very expensive so the company pulled the plug on the project.

The investors pulled the plug on the deal to construct a new hotel after finding out that the grounds were unsuitable for a high-rise building.

The play got really bad reviews and almost no one came to see it, but the theatre owner said he wouldn't pull the plug on it.

The television channel decided to pull the plug on the new programme because not enough people were watching it.

Li
OK. So you don't want to spend time on a programme you don't enjoy writing.

Rob
No, not really.

Li
So I might have done you a favour by pulling the plug out.

Rob
Well, maybe. Yes, you're right Li. Thank you. 

Li
OK. Now that you sound more relaxed, I will plug it back in again so you can write about… technology!                   

Rob
That's right. And I can start describing the wonders of electricity!

Li
That's a great idea. You see, you see, your face has just lit up with joy!

መልካም እንግዲህ፤ ሮብ የፈለገውን ያገኘ ይመስላል። ሊ በቀጥታ ከሮብ ኮምፒውተር ላይ ሶኬቱን በመንቀል መስራት ያልፈለገው ተግባር እንዲቋረጥ አድርጋለች። እናስ ቀጥሎ ስለምን ይፅፋል? እርስዎስ? ሶኬቱን ነቅለው ቢያቋርጡት የሚመኙት ክንዋኔ አለ? ለተጨማሪ English Expressions በሚቀጥለው ዝግጅታችን ይጠብቁን።

 

Answers:

1.No, he isn't.

2.No, he decides to stop and write about technology instead.

 

How do I use it?

'Pull' in 'Pull the plug' is a regular verb, so it changes according to tense and person. We use the preposition 'on' after it. Also, remember that this expression always uses 'the' before the noun 'plug'. Look at these examples:

It was taking up too much of my time so I pulled the plug on that new idea yesterday.

If you can't finish that plan today, I'll pull the plug on the whole project.

You'll need to convince Claire about your idea - she always pulls the plug on plans she doesn't like. 

 

 

Pull the plug

3 Questions

Choose the correct answer.
ትክክለኛውን መልስ ይምረጡ።

تبریک می گوییم
Excellent! آفرین! نمره شما Bad luck! :
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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.
ተጨማሪ ጠቃሚ አገላለፆችን ለመማር እና የማዳመጥ ክህሎትዎን በመለማመድ ለማዳበር በቀጣዩ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆች ዝግጅታችን ይጠብቁን።

واژه های تازه این جلسه

  • plug
    ሶኬት

    headache
    የራስ ምታት

    inspired
    መነቃቃት/ የተነቃቃ

    gadgets
    ቴክኖሎጂ ነክ ቁሳቁሶች

    to switch off
    ማጥፋት

    electricity
    ኤሌትሪክ ኃይል