ਸੈਸ਼ਨ 20

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

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    ਕਿਰਿਆ/ਕੰਮ 1

ਕਿਰਿਆ/ਕੰਮ 1

Take a back seat

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

  • seat
  • responsibility
  • in charge

Listen to Rob and Feifei explaining the expression 'take the back seat'. As you listen, answer these questions:

1. Is Rob driving?

2. Where is he sitting?

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

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Caalii
Yooyyaa! Qophii jechoota Afaan Inglizii keessatti of ibsuuf si fayyadan 'English Expressions' akkasumas kan haaraa ta'an akka bartuu si gargaarrutti baga nagana dhufte. Har'a, akkaata ibsannoowwan Afaan Ingilizii 'take a back seat' tessuma dubbarraa fudhachuu jehdu ilaalla. Hiiknisaa maal sitti fakkaata?...Hinbarree? Tole, caqasi. Roobiifi Feeffee caqasi. Eessa jiru? Eenyutu irra caalaa hojii hojjetaa - Roobimoo Feeffee? Roob eessa taa'ee jira? Maaliif?

Rob
Feifei, keep your eyes on the road! Look where you're going.

Feifei
OK, OK! Rob is making me drive around while we present today's programme. Rob, why exactly am I driving my car?

Rob
Well, I really wanted you to understand the phrase we're going to learn today. But I'm going to leave it all to you.

Caalii
Egaa Roobiifi Feeffeen konkolaataa Feeffee keessa jiru. Feeffeen oofaa jirti – Roobimmoo waan hundaa ishirrati dhiisee jira 'leave it all to her'.

Feifei             
So what are you going to do then?

Rob
Oh nothing. I'm just going to a take a back seat today. You carry on, I'll watch.

Feifei
Take a back seat? Hmmm – so you're going to let me take control – do all the work – while you sit there and watch?

Rob
Yes – look, I'm just sitting here – on the back seat.

Feifei
Oh I get it! 'To take a back seat' is an idiom that means to give up control and let someone else take responsibility.

Rob
That's it Feifei. 

Caalii
Roob akka jedhutti 'taking a back seat' godheera, kana jechuun akka kan konkolaataatti tessumma duubarra taa'uu jechuudha. Kunis wayita namna tokko aanggeessuufi miira hojii sana keessaatti qooda qabaachuusaanii  akka itti dhagahamu gochuuf jecha itti fayyadamnuudha. Kunis to'anno yookaan hordoffi hojirratti godhamu dhiisuun guutumaatti itti gaafatamuummaa itti laachuu ilaalata. Kunis akkuma konkoolaataa oofutti, namni biraan akk oofuu itti laachuun teessuma duubaati darbanii ta'uutti fakkeefama. Haata'umalee ibsannoon kun yeroo mara konkoolaata oofuu ykn konkolaataa keessa taa'uu jechuu qofa miti. Ibsannoon kun kan murtaa'e akka ta'e hubadhu; kanaafuu 'back seat' yeroo mara qeenxeedha; artikilii 'a' wajjin fayyadamna; gochimisaa 'take' dha. Fakkeenya dabalataa gaalee kanaa waliin haacaqasnu…

Examples
Honey, I'm going to take a back seat this year and let you decide where we go on holiday. I always choose and I want you to be more involved in our decisions.

Now he's getting older he's decided to take a back seat in running the company and has handed things over to his son.

Mary was happy to take a back seat and let Jim run the meeting. It was his turn to be responsible for the team's decision.

Feifei
So, to take a backseat means to choose not to take control and let someone else be in charge. Rob, does this mean you're just being lazy?  

Rob
Of course not, Feifei. It just means I'm letting you have a turn at being in charge – I trust you – although… What are you doing?!

Feifei
Letting you take the back seat while I show you how to really drive!

Rob
Feifei! Watch out for the roundabout… and that traffic light… aren't you driving a bit fast?

Feifei
Rob – don't be such a back-seat-driver!

Rob
A what?

Feifei
A back-seat-driver – someone who offers unwanted advice – someone who tells the driver how to drive. But we'll leave that expression for another day!

Rob
OK, OK – but you are going really fast – can I take the front seat now?

Feifei
Stay where you are!

Rob
Oh, ok.

Caalii
Roob 'taking a back seat' godhee Feeffeen akka haalicha to'atu ykn ofiin akka hojjettu gochuusatti waan gammade hinfakkaatu. Feeffeen qabatamaadhaan 'take a back seat' gochuu hinbarbaaddu. Atihoo? 'taking a  back seat' sitti tolaa moo ittigaafatamummaa/oganuu filatta? Haalawwan keessatti 'take a back seat' gochuun barbaachisaa ta'an ni jiru? Sun rakkoolee akkamii fiduu danda'u? Barnoota dabalataa 'English Expressions' iif yeroo ittaanu walitti deebina.

Answers

1) Rob isn't driving.

2) He is sitting in the back seat of the car.

How do I use it?

'Take a back seat' means to let someone else take control of a situation. We often use it to say that we are giving up responsibility for something.

This is your project, so I am going to take a back seat in this meeting.

took a back seat at Christmas! My children did all the cooking!

You've done lots of work on this, why don't you take a back seat for a while?

Take a back seat

3 Questions

Choose the correct answer.
Deebii sirrii ta’e fili

ਵਧਾਈ ਹੋਵੇ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਕੁਇਜ਼ ਪੂਰਾ ਕਰ ਲਿਆ
Excellent! Great job! Bad luck! ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਹਾਸਲ ਕੀਤੇ ਗਏ ਅੰਕ:
x / y

Over to you!

Have you ever taken a back seat on something? When was it? Why did you do it? Come and 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 English Expressions ittaanu kan dandeettii caqasuukee ittiin shaakaltuufi qooqa barbaachisoo barannutti walitti deebina.

Session Vocabulary

  • seat
    teessoo 

    responsibility
    ittigaafatamummaa

    take turns
    Darabee fudhachuu

    in charge
    itti gaafatamaa

    trust
    amanuu