Session 6

Can considering death help to improve our lives? Today we listen to the thoughts of an end-of-life carer.
ብዛዕባ ሞት ምሕሳብ ንሂወትና ከመሓይሾ ይኽእልዶ? ንሎሚ ሓሳበት ናይ ሐደ ናባያይ መወዳእታ ዕድመ ህሞት ዝዛረብ ንስማዕ።

ఈ పాఠ్యాంశం లోని సెషన్స్

Session 6 score

0 / 4

  • 0 / 4
    Activity 1

Activity 1

What can thinking about death teach us about life?

Can considering death help to improve our lives? Today we listen to the thoughts of an end-of-life carer.
ብዛዕባ ሞት ምሕሳብ ንሂወትና ከመሓይሾ ይኽእልዶ? ንሎሚ ሓሳበት ናይ ሐደ ናባያይ መወዳእታ ዕድመ ህሞት ዝዛረብ ንስማዕ።

Before you listen

Consider the following questions:
1) When you consider death, what are your main thoughts and emotions?
2) Wh

Listen to the audio and take the quiz.

రాత ప్రతిని చూపు రాత ప్రతిని చూపవద్దు

ኣቕራቢቋንቋትግርኛ
ሰላም፡ እንቋዕ ናብዚ ሓቀኛ ዛንታት ቋንቋ እንግሊዝ ሰሚዕኩም ንክትርድኡ ዝሕግዘኩም መደብ Listen Here ብደሓን  መጻእኩም። ኣነ ተክለማርያም በኪት ኢየ።

Tom
And I’m Tom! Hi everyone!

James
And I’m James. Welcome back everybody!

ኣቕራቢቋንቋትግርኛ
ሎሚ ብዛዕባ ሞት ክንዛረብ ኢና። Do either of you ever think about dying?

Tom
Not really, no.

James
I tend to avoid it. It’s a little bit depressing!

Tom
It is depressing.

ኣቕራቢቋንቋትግርኛ
‘Depressing’ ቅዛነት ወይ ከኣ ጭንቀት ማለት እዩ።  ናይ ሎሚ መደብ ካብ ‘end-of-life companion’ ኮይኑ ብዛዕባ ሰባት ንኽሞቱ ዝሕግዙ ኪኸወን እዩ። ነዚ ቀዳማይ ክፋል ናይቲ መደብ ንስማዕ። ተመኩሮኣ ንምግላጽ ኣየናይ ቅጽል እያ ተጠቒማ።

Insert
I remember the first time I ever saw a dead body and that has a really profound  effect on me. There was such a profound feeling of absence. And it really made me think... What is this? What is life? 

Tom
She said ‘profound’.

ኣቕራቢቋንቋትግርኛ
‘Profound’, ማለት ሓያልን ዓሚቚን ስምዒት ማለት እዩ። 

James
Did you know that profound comes from Latin? Profundis means ‘deep’, which has a similar figurative meaning,

Tom
Ah, James! You just demonstrated our pronunciation point for the day - ‘has a’. How does the speaker pronounce these two words? Let’s listen again!

Insert
I remember the first time I ever saw a dead body and that has a really profound effect on me.

Tom
What was it, James?

James
‘Has a’. Say it with me.

a
has a
has a really profound effect.

Tom
Thanks James! And the speaker has a really profound question, too!  ‘What is life?’ That’s profoundly difficult to answer!

ኣቕራቢቋንቋትግርኛ
It certainly is! እቲ ተዛራባይ፡ ብዛዕባ ሞት ምሕሳብ a reality check’ እዩ ብምባል’ዩ ጀሚሩ። እዚ ከኣ ብዛዕባ ውልው ኩነታት ህይወትን ዓለምን ዘዘኽረና ነገር ማለት እዩ።  ንሰማዕቲ ንምዝራብ 'you’ንስኻ/ኺ ዝብል ቃል ተጠቒማ። እንታይ ምኽሪ እያ ሂባትና። 

Insert
What is this? What is life? And it's a reality check, isn't it? You can’t get complacent.  I think, if you do the job that I do, I chill out more and I do less and I got rid of lots of achiever fever. I don't worry so much. Because the value is in the moments. It's not in the things that you, the achievements that you rack up.

Tom

She says ‘you can’t get complacent’.

ኣቕራቢቋንቋትግርኛ
‘Complacent’ ሓያልን ዓሚቚን ስምዒት ማለት እዩ። She’s suggesting that we always need to apply thought to the way we live, right?

Tom
That’s right, and she also said that her job helps her to ‘chill out’, which means to relax.

James

Interesting. Maybe realising that life is short helps her to ‘get rid of’ her stress and worry.

ኣቕራቢቋንቋትግርኛ
‘To get rid of’  ምጉሓፍ ወይ ምንጻግ ማለት እዩ።  What else does her job help her to get rid of? Listen again for the phrase.

Insert
I think, if you do the job that I do, I chill out more and I do less and I got rid of lots of achiever fever.

James
She said she ‘got rid of achiever fever’. Fever is a form of illness.

Tom
And an achiever is a person who achieves!

ኣቕራቢቋንቋትግርኛ
Achiever fever –እ መግለጺ፡ ንዓወታት ዝወሃብ ዘይቅርዑይ ደረቕ መግለጺ እዩ ዝሕብር።  Do you have achiever fever, James?

James
No, not really. But I do think professional and personal achievements are important. How about you Tom?

Tom
I agree James, personal achievements are important, but, I think we should remember the important things in life too, like friends, family and happiness.


ኣቕራቢቋንቋትግርኛ
ንመጨረሻ ግዜ ደጊምኩም ስምዕዎ። እቲ ተዛራቢ ብዛዕባ ክብሪ-ህይወት value, እንታይ መደምደምታ ሂቡ።

Insert
I chill out more and I do less and I got rid of lots of achiever fever. I don't worry so much. Because the value is in the moments. It's not in the things that you, the achievements that you rack up.

James
She says the value of life is ‘in the moments’. Moments meaning the small, everyday parts of life, right?

Tom
Correct, I think she’s saying that appreciating every second of life is more important than concentrating on the possessions we have, like cars or expensive household items, or the achievements that we rack up.

ኣቕራቢቋንቋትግርኛ
‘To rack up’
ማለት ምእካብ/ምድላብ ማለት ኢዩ

James
And we’ve racked up quite a few minutes for this show!

Tom
We have! So, I hope today’s episode has had a profound effect on you, not a depressing one!

James
Bye everybody!

Tom

Bye!

ኣቕራቢቋንቋትግርኛ
See you next week for more Listen Here! Bye! 

Listen to today’s clip in full here.
Source: The Power of Negative Thinking

Language features 

to get rid of
To get rid of means ‘to throw away’ or ‘to discard’. This expression is followed by a noun phrase, which usually describes something which we no longer want, need or require.

  • You need to get rid of some of your old clothes! There is no space in the wardrobe.

We can change the verb, get, to use this expression in different tenses.

  • When I lived in the countryside I had a car, but I got rid of it when I moved to the city.


to rack up
To rack up is a phrasal verb which means ‘to accumulate’ or ‘to obtain’. It is often used to describe large amounts of something. 

  • I think it’s more important to appreciate the friends you have, instead of trying to rack up new ones.
  • The football team have racked up their fifteenth victory this season!

moment
We usually use the noun moment to describe a short period of time. 

  • There were several moments during the meeting when I wanted to speak, but I didn’t.

Moment can also mean ‘situation’ or ‘opportunity’.

  • I am waiting for the right moment to propose to my girlfriend.

What can thinking about death teach us about life?

4 Questions

Choose the correct answer.
ቕኑዕ መልሲ ምረጹ።

Congratulations you completed the Quiz
Excellent! Great job! ఈసారి కలిసి రాలేదు లెండి You scored:
x / y

Do you have achiever fever or do you live in the moment? Tell us on our Facebook group.

Join us for our next episode of Listen Here! when we will learn more useful language and practise your listening skills.
ኣብ ዝቕጽል መደብ Listen Here ኣገደስቲ ናይ ኢንግሊዝኛ ዝርርብን ናይ ምስማዕ ክእለትኩም እተመሐይሹሉ መደብ ሒዝናልኩም ክንቀርብ ኢና’ሞ ብሰላም የራኽበና።

Session Vocabulary

  • depressing
    ቅዛነት ወይ ጭንቀት

    end-of-life companion
    ናይ መወዳእታ ሂወት ሓጋዚ

    profound
    ሓያልን ዓሚቚን ስምዒት

    a reality check
    ክውንነት

    complacent
    ቅሱን-ዘይጭነቅ

    chill out
    ህድእ ምባል

    achiever fever
    ተርባጽ