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ከመይ ጌርኩም ንመዓልታዊ መግለጽ-ሓሳብ እንግሊዘኛ ከም እትጥቀምሉ ንምፍላጥ ተኸታተሉ።

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On the tip of my tongue

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

  • a girlfriend
  • IT
  • to get married

Listen to Rob and Helen talking about Bob, someone they used to work with. As you listen, think about these questions:

1. Do Rob and Helen know the woman Bob is going to marry?

2. Can Rob remember her name?

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

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ሰላም፡ እዚ፡ ብቋንቋ እንግሊዝኛ ሓሳባትኩም ንምግላጽ ዝሕግዘኩም መደብ English Expressions እዩ። እንቋዕ ብደሓን መጻእኩም።
ሎሚ ‘on the tip of my tongue’ ዚብል መግለጺ-ሓሳብ ክንርኢይ ኢና... ቃል-ብቓሉ “ኣብ ጫፍ መልሓሰይ” ማለት’ዩ። እቲ ልክዕ ትርጕሙ ግን እንታይ ክኸውን ይኽእል ትብሉ? ሕራይ፡ በሉ ምስማዕ ቀጽሉ!
ሄለንን ሮብን ብዛዕባ ዘሕለፍዎ ቀዳመ-ሰንበት የዕልሉ ኣሎዉ። ኣብ ሞንጎ ክልቲኦም ዝነበረ ዕላል ሓቢርና ንስማዕ።

Rob
Hi Helen. How was your weekend?

Helen
Good thanks, I didn’t do much, just relaxed. How was yours?

Rob
Well, interesting. Do you know what? I bumped into Bob…

Helen
Bob? Oh the guy we used to work with.

Rob
Yes, that’s him. Well, I had a good chat with him. You know all he talked about was computers and how he could never get a girlfriend… well, guess what?

Helen
He’s now head of IT?

Rob
No!

Helen
He’s won the lottery and is a millionaire?

Rob
No Helen. He’s getting married!

ሮብ ‘bumped into’ ምስ ቦብ - ሓደ ናይ ቀደም መሳርሕቱ ዝነበረ - ጎፍ ንጎፍ ተባሃሂሎም። ንሮብ ሓደ ዘገረሞ ነገር ብዛዕባ ቦብ እንታይ ከምዝነበረ ትዝኩሩ'ዶ? ልክዕ! ቦብ ክምርዖ’ዩ! ምስ መን ይምርዖ ከም ዘሎ ንኽትፈልጥ ሄለን ተሃንጥያ’ያ ዘላ። ሓቢርና ንከታተል።

Helen
Oh that’s good news. Is he marrying someone we know?

Rob
Yes. That’s the thing – it’s someone we know really well.

Helen
Who’s that?

Rob
Hmm… erm… I can’t remember her name… it’s on the tip of my tongue.

Helen
The tip of your tongue? That’s a strange place – well ok, stick your tongue out.

Rob
(with his tongue out) Why do I need to do that, Helen?

Helen
You said it was ‘on the tip of your tongue’.

Rob
No, Helen. I mean I know her name but I can’t quite remember it right now.

Helen
Why didn’t you say! But Rob, will you remember the information soon?

Rob
Yes, I will. It really is just on the tip of my tongue.

ሓደ ነገር ኣብ ጫፍ መልሓስኩም ክህሉዉ ከሎ… እንታይ ከምዝኾነ እንዳፈለጥኩሞ ካብ ኣፍኩም ምዉጻእ ዝኣበየኩም ማለት’ዩ። ስለዚ ኣብ ከምዚ ዓይነት ኵነታት፡ ማለት ሓደ ነገር ኣብ ሓሳብና ሃልዩ ክነሱ ንኽንገልጾ ዘይከኣልና ‘on the tip of your tongue’ ዚብል ሓረግ ንጥቀም - ንሮብ ስም ናይ ሕጽይቲ ቦብ ‘on the tip of his tongue’ ኣላ።
ከምዚ ዓይነት መግለጺ-ሓሳባት ዘሎዎም ሓድሓደ ኣብነታት ሲዒብና ንስማዕ፡

Examples:
What’s the name of the actor in the new film? His name’s on the tip of my tongue but I can’t remember it.

We nearly won the quiz; John had the answer to the last question on the tip of his tongue - but the other team said it first.

The name will come to me soon, it’s on the tip of my tongue… ah yes, his name is Paul.

Helen
So if something is ‘on the tip of your tongue’, it means there is some information you can’t quite remember, but hopefully will soon. So Rob, is the name of the woman that Bob is marrying, still on the tip of your tongue?

Rob
No. I remember it now – her name is Alison.

Helen
Alison – from accounts? That’s great news.

Rob
Yes, it is and Bob says we’re invited to the wedding.

Helen
Brilliant. I love a good wedding – when is it?

Rob
Oh, erm… errr…

Helen
Don’t tell me. It’s on the tip of your tongue.

Rob
It is… sorry. I’ll remember soon.

Helen
I hope you do.

ሮብ ሎሚ፡ ነገራት ናይ ምዝካር ጸገም ዘጋጠሞ’ዩ ዝመስል ዘሎ። ንዝኾነ ነገር ኣብ ጫፍ መልሓሱ ቀርቂሩ፡ ስም ሕጽይቲ ቦብ ይኹን ዕለተ መርዓኦም ኩሉ ግብ ኣቢሉ ረሲዑዎ’ሎ። ንዓኻትኩም’ከ ከመዚ ዓይነት ነገር ኣጓኒፉኩም’ዶ ይፈልጥ? ብዙሕ ጊዜ ኣብ ጫፍ መልሓስኩም ዝተርፉ ነገራት ከመይ ዝበሉ’ዬም?
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Answers

1. Yes, they used to work with her.

2. Yes, he eventually remembers her name.

How do I use it?

When using the expressions 'on the tip of my tongue', we start the sentence with what we have forgotten - this can be a noun (eg. his name) or a pronoun (eg. it) - followed by the verb 'to be'. We commonly use this expression when talking about names and, depending on who is trying to remember, we can change 'my' to 'his' or 'her', etc..
Look at these examples:

I saw this great film the other day, I think you'd really like it. But I can't remember the name...ah...wait...it's on the tip of my tongue

A) Have you heard? Lisa and Mark have had a baby girl.
B) Oh really? That's great! What did they call her?
A) Ugh, it's quite unusual. Give me a minute and I'll tell you. Her name's on the tip of my tongue!

Richard said the answer was on the tip of his tongue, but he couldn't remember it so in the end he failed the oral exam.

 

On the tip of my tongue

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Сеанс работы над лексикой

  • the weekend
    ቀዳመ-ሰንበት

    a girlfriend
    ኣፍቃሪት/ሕጽይቲ

    IT
    ኣይ.ቲ. (ሓበሬታ ተክኖሎጂ)

    to get married
    ምምርዓው

    a quiz
    ፈተና

    an actor
    ተዋሳኣይ