Lição 4

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To see red

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

  • bus
  • crowded
  • angry

Listen to two friends, Jennifer and Feifei as they travel around London. As you listen, think about these questions:

  • What happens when they try and get the bus?
  • What happens when they get on the bus?
  • How do these things make them feel?

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

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ጤና ይስጥልን፤ እንኳን አዳዲስ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆችን እንዲሚሩ ወደምናግዝበት English Expressions በደህና መጡ።
ሐና እባላለሁ። ዛሬ 'ቀይ ማየት' የተባለውን የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለጽ መጠቀምን እንማራለን። ምን ማለት ይመስልዎታል? . . . እርግጠኛ አይደሉም? እሽ፥ መስማትዎን ይቀጥሉ።
ፌይፌይ እና ጄኒፈር ቀይ ‘red’ ቀለም ከለንደን ሕይወት ጋር ምን ያህል አብሮ እንደሚሄድ ለመረዳት ሊሞክሩ ነው። በማዕከላዊ ለንደን ውስጥ ምን ያህል ቀይ ነገሮችን ማግኘት እንደሚችሉ ሊፈትሹ ነው። የቱን ያህል እንደሚያገኙ ለማወቅ ማዳመጥዎን ይቀጥሉ።

(Out on the street)

Jennifer
So, here we are on Oxford Street – it's one of the busiest streets in London. So let's play a game: how many red things can you see? You go first, Feifei!

Feifei
It's easy to see red things in London. Look over there - there's a red post box.

Jennifer
That's a good one. Ok, my turn. There are a couple of red telephone boxes over there. Not many people use them nowadays, because almost everyone has mobile phones, but they are certainly another iconic symbol of London.

Feifei
If something is iconic, it typically represents something – so a red telephone box typically represents London. Here comes one of the most iconic symbols of London – a big, red double decker bus!

ስለዚህ ፌይፌይ እና ጄኒፈር ምን ያህል ቀይ ነገሮችን አገኙ? በጥቅሉ ሶስት ነገሮች ነበሩ እነሱምወ የፖስታ ሳጥን፣ የሕዝብ ስልክ ሳጥኖች እና . . . አዎ፥ ትክክል ትልቅ ቀይ ‘double decker bus’ ተደራራቢ አውቶብስ። አሁን ወደ ተደራራቢው አውቶብስ ሊገቡና ወደተለየ ስፍራ ሊሄዱ ነው። ወዴት እንደሚሄዱ እንከታተል።

Jennifer
Shall we get on it and head over to Hyde Park for a stroll?

Feifei
Good idea. I'll stick my hand out for the bus… (Bus drives past) Hey! It didn't stop!

Jennifer
Oh that's so annoying! It really makes me see red!

Feifei
Oh, me too! Here, the phrase 'to see red' can be used to describe getting really angry about something.

Jennifer
Well, don't worry. We can catch the next one… in fact, here comes another.

ፌይፌይ አውቶብሱ እንዲቆምላት ምልክት ብትሰጥም አውቶብሱ ሳይቆም መቆም ቢኖርበትም መሄዱን ቀጠለ። ፌይፌይ ‘ቀይ አየች’ ‘saw red’። ‘To see red’ ‘ቀይ ማየት’ ስለአንድ ጉዳይ ክፉኛ መናደድን ለመግለጽ የምንጠቀምበት አባባል ነው። ከቀለም ጋር ግንኙነት የለውም።

አሁን ፌይፌይ እና ጄኒፈር አውቶብስ ውስጥ ናቸው፤ ግርግርም አለ። የጄኒፈር  ሌላ ምሳሌ ‘seeing red’ ቀይ ያየችበትን አጋጣሚ ያድምጡ። ያናደዳት ነገር ምንድን ነው? ፌይፌይ መናፈሻው ውስጥ ለምን ‘see red’? ‘ቀይ አየች’

Feifei
We made it! Off to Hyde Park we go. Shall we move down inside and get a seat? There's a couple at the back there.

Jennifer
There are quite a few people in the way though… Excuse me, sorry, can I just squeeze past into this seat? Would you mind moving out of the way? Excuse me? 

(Whispering) These people won't let me past! They're just pretending we're not here. Oh! I'm really seeing red now!

(Sound of birdsong)

It's lovely here in the park – it’s a breath of fresh air compared to that crowded bus. Shall we find somewhere to go and eat our sandwiches?

Feifei
Here's a picnic area, let's sit down. Oh no - more red!

Jennifer
What do you mean?

Feifei
Someone has spray-painted red graffiti all over the table and the seat… And the paint is still wet! It's all over my clothes! I thought I was seeing red before, but I'm really seeing red now!

Jennifer
Well, our game was to look for red things in London – but I didn't think we'd be seeing red all afternoon! I think it might be time to go home, before we see red again!

Feifei
I think you’re right.

በሚቀጥለው ጊዜ ጄኒፈር እና ፌይፌይ ‘see red’ ‘ቀይ የሚያሳይ’ አጋጣሚ እንደማይኖር ተስፋ እናደርግ። ዛሬ ‘see red’ ‘ቀይ ማየት’ መናደድ ማለት መሆኑን ተምራችኋል። ለመጨረሻ ጊዜ ቦግ ያለባችሁ መቼ ነበር?ለተጨማሪ English Expressions አገላለፆች በሚቀጥለው ክፍል ይጠብቁን። See you next time!

Answers

  • The first bus didn’t stop.
  • The people on the second bus didn’t move out of the way.
  • These things made Jennifer and Feifei feel angry.

How do I use it?

The expression ‘to see red’, is made with the verb ‘see’. It is used in a few different tenses in this episode:

I’m really seeing red now.

I thought I was seeing red before.

It might be time to go home, before we see red again!

We often use it together with the verb ‘make’ as in this example:

It really makes me see red.

To see red

3 Questions

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Vocabulário desta lição

  • a post box
    የፖስታ ሳጥን

    a telephone box
    የስልክ ሳጥን

    iconic
    ምሳሌ የሚሆን

    a bus
    አውቶቡስ

    angry
    መቆጣት

    crowded
    የተጨናነቀ

    a picnic
    ሽርሽር