Session 10

Do you think large cities make people lonely?
In today’s episode we will be discussing how easy it is to make friends in a large city.

Magaalaawwan gurguddoo nama qofaatti hambisu jettee yaaddaa?
Kutaa qophii har’aan magaalaa guddoo keessa hiriyyaa godhachuun akkam akka salphaa akka ta’e ilaalla.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Lonely in London

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

  • lonely
  • vibrant
  • opportunities

Quiz

Which of these cities is the biggest? Is it:

     a. Lagos in Nigeria
     b. London, in the UK
     c. Delhi in India

Listen to the discussion about living in cities and find out the answer.

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

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Ammayyuu
Yooyyaa! Gara ‘‘English Together’’ ‘‘Afaan Ingilizii walii wajjiin’’ mataduree tibbanaarratti mari’annuufi qooqa dubbachuuf si barbaachisu sii qoodnutti baga nagaan dhufte. Ani Ammayyuudha. Mee nagaa jedhaani.

Sam
Hi, I’m Sam.

Phil
And I’m Phil. Welcome!

Ammayyuu
Har’a odeeffannoo waa’ee namoota magaalaa Landan keessatti qofummaan itti dhagahamu caqasuuf jirra. Caqasuu keenya dura, gaaffiin har’aa kunooti: Magaalaawwan kanneen keessaa kamtu baay’ee guddaadha jettee yaadda?

A)   Leegos kan Naayjeeriyaa

B)   Landan kan UK

C)   Delhii kan Hindii/Indiyaa

Phil
Well, I live in London, and it’s definitely big – but I haven’t been to Delhi, or Lagos… and I’d love to, they look like really interesting places. But, I don’t know. Uhm, what do you think, Sam?

Sam
Well, I’ve been to Delhi and I think it’s great, but I don’t know which is bigger.

Ammayyuu
Hinyaadda’in – yeroo gabaabaatti deebii isaa arganna  - amma  magaalota kanneen keessaa tokko keessatti jireenyi maal akka fakkaatuufi rakkoo addaa ummanni qaburratti odeeffannoo BBC haacaqasnu.

News insert
More than a quarter of Londoners say they feel lonely often or all of the time, according to a survey commissioned by BBC London. Research company Populus interviewed 1,000 adults in London for the poll. And while the majority said they had someone in London who could help them in a crisis, a third said they felt they did not know their neighbours and 28% said there was little or no sense of community where they live.

Ammayyuu
Egaa, odeeffannoon kun waa’ee magaalotaati. Addatti immoo kan Landanidha. Magaalattiin bakka namni qofaa jiraatu ta’uu agarsiisa. Kanaan waliigaltaa?

Sam
I live in London, and that just means I’m always busy! I think I’d prefer to live somewhere where people have time for each other.

Phil
But living in a big city means you meet so many people, it’s so vibrant.

Ammayyuu
“Vibrant” jechuun si’ataa jechuudha. So you like the fact that lots of things are happening?

Phil
Yeah, whatever you like doing, you can do it here. The place is just full of opportunities, you know what I mean?

Ammayyuu
I know exactly what you mean – “opportunities” carraawwan jechuudha. Do you manage to take advantage of the opportunities?  

Phil
Yeah, sort of, I’ve done lots of things. And I’ve met lots of people.

Ammayyuu
Yes, big cities provide lots of opportunities. So, Sam you must agree with that, right?

Sam
Let’s look at this a different way… Phil, how often exactly do you do those things? And these new people… do you see any of them a second time?

Phil
Oh, all the time… and I meet up with loads of people.

Sam
No, but really… how often…? 

Phil
Let me see… erm… well…. You know…. I go to some kind of event at least every couple of months, and there’s a couple of people I’ve met more than once.

Ammayyuu
That’s not really ‘all the time’… is it?

Sam
Well, you see – that’s the thing, cities are vibrant and full of opportunities… but most people don’t take those opportunities – and it’s hard to get to know people well when the population is transient.

Phil
Transient?

Ammayyuu
“Transient” jechuun kan tasgabbaa’ee hinteenye.

Phil
So, it means people are always moving in or out of a city?

Sam
Or moving around the city – groups of friends can end up being very dispersed. 

Ammayyuu
Yes, “dispersed” jechuun adda-bahuu. 

Sam
Yes, and that’s why people get lonely in cities like London, Lagos or Delhi. People’s friends are dispersed over a wide area.

Ammayyuu
Sun gaaffii har’aa nayaadachiise – Magaalaa kanneen keessaa kamtu irra guddata? Landan, Leegos moo Delhii? Akka ragaa Biyyoota Gamtoomanii (UN)’tti, deebiin isaa… Delhiidha. Itti-aansee Leegosi; Landan sadan keessaa ishii xiqqoodha.

Phil
So, Delhi’s bigger than London? Imagine all the opportunities I could have there.

Sam
Well, maybe we can see if we can get you a transfer, Phil.

Ammayyuu
Phil is very excited about all the opportunities he could have! Atihoo? Bakka jiraattu ‘opportunities’ jiruu? Ummanni bakka jiraattu jiru “transient” fi “dispersed” dhaa?  Barnoota torban kanaa goolabuu dura, jechoota har’a dubbachaa turre haa ilaallu – hundi isaanii waa’ee magaalaawwaniiti. “Vibrant” jechuun si’ataa; “opportunities” jechuun carraawwan; ‘transient’ jechuun godaanuu/kan tasgabbaa’ee hinteenyedha; “dispersed” jechuun adda-bahuudha. Waan nu waliin turteef galatoomi. English Together Afaan Ingilizii Walii Wajjiin dabalataaf  torban dhufu wal agarra. 

Meaning & Use 

Vibrant (adjective)

Vibrant is an adjective that means something is full of life or energy. 
Toronto is home to many vibrant immigrant communities.

Opportunity (noun)

An opportunity is the possibility to do something.
I saw an opportunity to try a new job, and I took it.

Transient (adjective)

Something described as transient only stays for a short time. 
University cities often have a large transient population. It changes constantly.

Dispersed (adjective)

Something that is dispersed is distributed over a wide area.
If medical centres are dispersed across the city, people won't have to travel far to see a doctor.

Lonely in London

4 Questions

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Session Vocabulary

  • vibrant
    Si’ataa

    opportunities
    Carraawwan

    transient
    kan jijijjiiramu

    dispersed
    Faffaca’uu

    lonely
    Qofummaa

    culture
    Aadaa

    population
    Ummata

    explore
    qorachuu