Sesión 2

Is it possible to spend too much time on your mobile phone? In today’s episode we will be discussing mobile phone addiction.
ኣዝዩ ብዙሕ ጊዜ ተንቀሳቐሲ-ተሌፎን ኣብ ምጥቃም ከነጥፍእ ይግባእዶ? ኣብ ናይ ሎሚ መደብና ብዛዕባ ወልፊ ተንቐሳቐሲ-ተሌፎን ክንመያየጥ ኢና።


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Mobile phone addiction

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

  • devices
  • tap
  • swipe


How often do you think typical mobile phone users touch their phones?

  • every 33 seconds?
  • every 43 seconds?
  • every 53 seconds?

Listen to the discussion on the topic of ‘mobile phone addiction’ and find out the answer.

Listen, then check the transcript below.

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ኣቕራቢ ቋንቋ ትግርኛ
ሰላም: እንቋዕ ናብ መደብ English Together  ብድሓን መጻእኩም። ኣብዚ መደብ’ዚ ብዛዕባ ሓደ እዋናዊ ኣርእስቲ ክንመያየጥ ኢና። ብእኡ ኣቢልና ድማ ብዛዕባኡ ንምዝራብ ዘኽእል ቋንቋ ከነስንቐኩም ኢና። ኣነ ተመስገን`የ፡ምሳናውን ሳምን ኪን ኣለዉ።

Hi, I’m Sam.

And I’m Kee. Welcome!

ኣቕራቢ ቋንቋ ትግርኛ
ኣብ ናይ’ዚ ሰሙን’ዚ መደብና ብዛዕባ ‘addiction’ ወልፊ ተንቐሳቐሲ-ቴለፎን ከነዕልል ኢና። ህንጡይነት ደሪኹና፡ ተጠቀምቲ ተንቀሳቐሲ-ተሌፎን  ክሳብ ክንደይ ንቴለፎኖም ደጋጊሞም ከም ዝትንክፉ ክንርኢ ወሲንና። እቲ መጽናዕታዊ ውጽኢት ካብ ዝተረኽበ’ዩ። እንታይ ይመስለኩም? ኣብ ነፍሲወከፍ፡  

ሀ/ 33 ካልኢታት

ለ/ 43 ካልኢታት

ሐ/ 53 ካልኢታት

I know, I know…

ኣቕራቢ ቋንቋ ትግርኛ
The question’s not for you, ስለዚ ኣፍካ ሓዘልና። መልሲ ጸኒሕና ክንነግረኩም ኢና። Now, listen to a BBC 5Live news story on this topic of mobile phone addiction, ‘ወልፊ ተንቀሳቓሲ-ቴለፎን’።

News insert
Now, are you addicted to your mobile phone? Apparently, almost a third of us are unable to go more than an hour without checking it and a quarter of us recognise we are addicted to these devices. The heaviest smart phone users click, tap and swipe on their phone 5,500 times a day.

Wow, 25% of people say that they are addicted to their phones. Hmm, I use my phone a lot, but I don’t think I’m addicted to it…

<notification sound>

I’m not so sure…..

<notification sound><notification sound>

Sorry… I’ll be with you in just a minute.

<notification sound><notification sound><notification sound>

ኣቕራቢ ቋንቋ ትግርኛ
Come on Sam, we’re at work!

Sorry, I got distracted there for a minute! <notification sound> Can you explain that while I answer this message?

ኣቕራቢ ቋንቋ ትግርኛ
ሳም፡ ምኽንያቱ ቀልብኻ ኣዝዩ ስለ ዝተሰልበ? ‘distracted’ ስለዝኾነ’ዩ።

Would you say that you can be distracted by mobile phones…?

ኣቕራቢ ቋንቋ ትግርኛ
Definitely…. Just ask Sam!

Sorry, I was distracted there, wasn’t I? Let’s get on with the show… so what do you think of this story?

Well, it’s clear isn’t it – people just use their phones too much. No one seems to be able to pay attention to anything anymore.

ኣቕራቢ ቋንቋ ትግርኛ
I think you might be right - ‘pay attention’ ኣቕልብ ማለት’ዩ. But phones are just part of our life now, aren’t they? It’s complicated, isn’t it?

I don’t think it’s that difficult – for some things you just need to be able to pay attention. What’s so difficult about that?

<notification sound>

Erm… Sorry again, that might have been me. Do people still turn their phones off? Really? All I have to do is make sure I focus on what I’m doing!

ኣቕራቢ ቋንቋ ትግርኛ
Really, Sam? ‘Focus’ ዝብል ቃል ምትኳር ማለት’ዩ.  I have to put my phone away when I’m working on something, or I can’t focus.

<notification sound>

Guys, just turn your phones off, then you can focus. There’s no way you can be productive like this, checking your phones every 20 seconds!

<notification sound>

ኣቕራቢ ቋንቋ ትግርኛ
Yes, sorry! ‘Productive’, ኣፍራዪ ማለት’ዩ። I think I’m more productive when I really concentrate on work. ብኡ ኣቢልና ድማ ናብ መልሲ ናይቲ ኣቐዲመ ዝሓተትኩዎ ሕቶ ንምጻእ። ብማእከላይ ገምጋም፡ ሓደ ዉጹእ ተጠቃሚ ተንቀሳቐሲ-ቴለፎን ኣብ ነፍሲወከፍ 33 ካልኢታት ይትንክፋ።

And how do you think you could be more productive?

Erm… by really focusing on my work.

And what do you think would help you focus?

I need to make sure I only pay attention to my work and not be distracted.

Really? What do you think might be distracting you?

<notification sound>

You’re talking about my phone, aren’t you?

How did you guess?

<shut down sound>

ኣቕራቢ ቋንቋ ትግርኛ
ሐራይ፡ ኣነ’ውን ናይ ሳም ኣብነት ምስዓብ ቴለፎነይ ከጥፍኣ ‘መስለኒ።
ብወግንኩምከ? ብቴለፎንኩም ኣቓልቦኹምዶ ይስለብ ‘distracted’? ዶ ትኾኑ? ንኸተቕልቡ ‘pay attention’ ወይ ከኣ ኣብ ጉዳይኩም ከይተተኩሩ ‘focus’ ከይትገብሩዶ ተሸግረኩም? ኣብ ስራሕ ኣፍረይቲ ‘productive’ ከይትዀኑኸ ትዕንቅፈኩምዶ?
ናይዚ ሰሙን’ዚ ትምህርቲ ወዲእና ቅድሚ ምፍልላይና ነቶም ሎሚ ዝተዘራረብናሎም ቃላት ተመሊስና ንርኣዮም። ኵሎም ምስ ኣተኩሮ ዝተኣሳሰሩ ቃላት’ዮም፡ ‘distracted’ ማለት ሓደ ነገር ኣብ ስራሕካ ከይተተኩር ክገብረካ ኸሎ እዩ፡  ‘pay attention’ ማለት ከኣ ገለ ነገር ኣቓልቦኻ ከይወስዶ ምስትብሃል ማለት’ዩ። ‘focus’ ድማ ኣብ ሓደ ነገር ጽዑቕ ኣድህቦ ምግባር ማለት ክኸውን ከሎ፡ ‘productive’ ማለት ኣብ ሓደ ዉሁብ ጊዜ ብዙሕ ምፍራይ ማለት’ዩ።
ምሳና ስለዝጸናሕኩም ነመስግን፡ ኣብ ዝመጽእ ሰሙን ብኻልእ ትሕዝቶ መደብ English Together የራኽበና!

Meaning and use

distracted (adjective)

To be ‘distracted’ is when you start to think about something different to what you are supposed to be thinking of.

I burnt the dinner because I got distracted by the TV when I was cooking.

I was trying to get some work done, but my colleagues kept distracting me with questions.

to pay attention (verb)

To ‘pay attention’ to something is to concentrate on a particular thing.

Pilots have to pay attention to all the instruments when landing a plane

If you aren’t going to pay attention in this class, you will have to leave!

to focus (verb)

To 'focus' on something means to do one thing to make sure that you do it well

Sometimes I need to be somewhere quiet to focus on my work.

I can’t draw very well unless I completely focus on it.

productive (adjective)

‘Productive’ means that you get a lot of work done in a set period of time

I am much more productive in the morning. I work much quicker then.

I am more productive when I work with someone else – I get more done.

Mobile phone addiction

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Sesión de vocabulario

  • distracted
    ኣቓልቦ ምስላብ

    to pay attention

    to focus




    to tap
    ምትንካይ / ምጥብጣብ

    to swipe
    ሸፈፍ ምባል