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Listen to find out how to use an everyday English expression.
Jechoota guyyuu of ibsuuf nu fayyadu akkaataa itti dhimma baanu hubachuuf caqasi.

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

  • appearance
  • recognise
  • hairstyle
  • makeup

Listen to two friends, Feifei and Catherine, talking about how Catherine looks. As you listen, think about these questions:

  • What changes has Catherine made to the way she looks?
  • Does Feifei think Catherine looks good?

Listen to the audio and take the quiz.

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Akkam! Qophii jechoota Afaan Ingilizii keessatti of ibsuuf si fayyadan haaraa English Expressions akka bartu si gargaarrutti baga nagaan dhufte.
Har’a, jecha Afaan Ingilizii of ibsuuf si fayyadu ‘’Makeover’’ ‘Waan tokko guutummaatti jijjiiruu’ jedhu baranna. Maal jechudha jettee yaadda? Wallaaltee? Tole. Itti fufii Caqasi. 
Mee Feyifeyifi Kaatirin caqasi. Kaatirin Feyifeyin walumaagala adduma akka itti taate looks totally different hubatteetti.

Catherine? Is that you? Wow!! I almost didn't recognise you there! You look totally different!

Yes, it's me. What do you think?

You look… Different! It's very different to your normal hairstyle! But it really suits you – and it makes you look a lot… Younger!

Younger in a good way, I hope…     

Most definitely! Normally you wear quite dark colours… But these are so bright! You look really pretty!

Thanks, Feifei!           

Feyifeyin Kaatirin ishii baruu recognize’ hindandeenye. Sababiinsaas ishiin ‘looked totally different’ walumaagala adduma itti taate.Maaltu Kaatirin dargaggeettii akka fakkeesse beektaa? Eeyyee, sirriidha, hairstyle akkaataa faayoma rifeensashiiti. Akkasumas, Kaatirin huccuu gurraacha’umoo kan fagootti mul’atu uffatte? Eeyyee, huccuu daran akka mul’attu ishee gargaaruu uffatte. Caqasiiti waantoota kaan Kaatirin jijjirte hubadhu.

It's true – but something else is different... Let's see… Aha! Your eyeshadow… Blusher… Lipstick – you've completely changed your make-up!  

Oh the make-up? Yes, that's different too. Everything's different, in fact! I've had a makeover.

A makeover? I said you've changed your make-up. What's all this about a makeover?

Yes, I've changed my make-up. And I've changed my hairstyle and the type of clothes I wear too. When you make lots of changes to something so that it looks completely different, fresh, new and much better – you've given it a makeover.

Ohhh… You've completely changed your appearance so that you look better, fresher, nicer. That's a makeover. So, what verbs go with makeover?

Have a makeover, give something a makeover, get a makeover, need a makeover.

Sababa waan hedduu ofirraa jijjiirteef Kaatirin nama biraa fakkaatte. Ishiin ‘jijjiirama’ ‘a makeover’ waan gooteef walumaagalattii adduma fakkaatti. Akkasumas namoonni ykn wantoonni haaraa akka fakkaatan gochuuf ‘makeover’ jijjiirama gochuu yookiIn immoo waan hin turre itti dabaltu.
Fakkeenyawwan kanneen caqasi.

I was so fed up with the way my husband dressed. He looked so untidy all the time! I threw out all his old clothes and took him shopping for a complete new wardrobe. Now he's had a makeover, he looks as handsome as he did when we first met.

- This room looks so old-fashioned! It really needs a makeover.
- Yes, if we paint the walls and change the curtains it will look so much better.

So not only people but also things can have makeovers.

You can give almost anything a makeover, Feifei. Even you can have a makeover – I'll take you shopping if you like! We can start with your hair – a nice short cut I think would suit you, then we'll get you a nice new pair of skinny jeans, and change your makeup, and then...

I'm quite happy with the way I look, thanks.

Just a haircut then…


Colour change maybe? A little bit of red here and there?

I do not need a makeover.

Oh right. Well, if you change your mind, you know where I am! Now I must be going, I'm going to give my living room a makeover and there's a sale on at the furniture shop.

Well, good luck with that Catherine.

Egaa amma Kaatirin kutaa ishii makeover ‘jijjiiruuf yookiin haaressuuf gara suuqii meeshaan manaa gurguramutti deemte. Ati kutaakee ‘makeover’ haaressitee ykn haaromsitee beektaa? Osoo kutaa kee haaromsuuf yaadde ta’e, ati maal jijjiirtayyuu?
Jechoota Afaan Ingilizii of ibsuuf si fayyadan English Expressions dabalataaf yeroo ittaanu walitti deebina. See you next time! 


  • Catherine has changed her clothes, hairstyle and makeup.
  • Feifei thinks that this makes Catherine look good.

How do I use it?

Is ‘makeover’ a verb (an action)?

No, here we use it as a noun. It is a singular countable noun, so we need to use ‘a’ before it.

What verbs go with ‘a makeover’?

  • to need a makeover
  • to have a makeover
  • to get a makeover
  • to give something/someone a makeover

Do we use it only for people?

No, we can give things ‘a makeover’, as well.


3 Questions

Choose the correct answer.
Deebii sirrii filadhu.

Parabéns! Você completou o exercício.
Excellent! Excelente! Bad luck! Você acertou:
x / y

Over to you! 

Have you ever had ‘a makeover’? If yes, what changes did you make? If not, would you like to get one? Have you ever given a thing, like a room in your home, ‘a makeover’? Tell us on our Facebook group.

Join us for our next episode of English Expressions, when we will learn more useful language and practise your listening skills.
Barnoota Essential English ittaanu kan dandeettii caqasuukee ittiin shaakaltuufi qooqa barbaachisoo barannutti walitti deebina.

Vocabulário desta lição

  • to recognise

    faayoma rifeensaa

    dibata fuulaa


    dhaabbii namaa

    living room

    meeshaa manaa