Session 23

Today we will be discussing the idea that our relationships with animals can lead to positive health benefits.

ዛሬ ከእንስሳት ጋር ያለን ግንኙነት ጤናችን ላይ አዎንታዊ ተፅዕኖ በማምጣቱ ኃሳብ ዙርያ እንነጋገራለን።

ድምር ነጥቢ ናይዚ ክፍለ-ስራሓት 23

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Pet therapy

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

  • llama
  • wellbeing
  • therapy

Quiz

In a recent U.S. poll by the Harris Corporation, what percentage of people identified their pet as being a member of their family?

a) 30%
b) 60%
c) 90%

Listen to the discussion and find out the answer.

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

ነቲ ቅዳሕ ጽሑፍ ኣርእይዎ ነቲ ቅዳሕ ጽሑፍ ሕብእዎ

ዘሩባቤል
ሰላም፥ ስለአንድ ጉዳይ ወደምንወያይበትና ስለጉዳዩ ለማውራት የሚያስፈልገውን ቋንቋ ወደምናቀርብበት የEnglish Together ዝግጅት እንኳን በደህና መጡ። ዘሩባቤል እባላለሁ። አብሮኝ ፊል አለ። 

Phil
Hi, I’m Phil! Hello, have you seen Tom? He’s supposed to be recording.                

ዘሩባቤል
፥ አላየሁትም። ለወትሮው በዚህ ሰዓት እዚህ ይሆን ነበር።

Tom
Hi guys, sorry I’m so late.

Phil
What’s that?!

Tom
What? This? Her? This is my dog Molly, she’s my good girl, aren't you Molly, yes, hi, hi.

Phil
You’ve brought your dog into the studio?!

Tom
Well, today we’re talking about being with animals, so I thought it might help us to, you know, get in to the mood a little bit.

ዘሩባቤል

That’s right! ዛሬ ከእንስሳት ጋር የሚኖረን ግንኙነት ጤናችን ላይ ስላለው ተፅዕኖ እንነጋገራለን። ከመቀጠላችን በፊት ግን የዛሬ ጥያቄ ይሄው። በቅርቡ the Harris Corporation አሜሪካ ውስጥ ባከናወነው የህዝብ አስተይየት መጠይቅ፥ የቤት እንስሳቸውን እንደቤተሰብ አባል የሚቆጥሩ ሰዎች መጠን ምን ያህል ይሆናል?

ሀ) 30 በመቶ
ለ) 60 በመቶ
ሐ) 90 በመቶ

Phil
Well, I have a pet fish, but I don’t know if I’d say it was family. I do like watching it swim, though.

ዘሩባቤል
የዛሬውን ዜና ያገኘነው ከ BBC Farming Today ነው። ከላማዎች llamas ጋር የእግር ጉዞ ማድረግን እንደ ህክምና ስለሚያቀርብ አንድ የእንግሊዝ ገበሬ የሚያወሳ ነው።

News insert
These camel-like creatures originate from South America, but Jacob, Bramble and Joshua live in Old Bolingbroke. They've undergone two years of training at a local community farm, so they're used to people and traffic. And now, Angie Beal from desired change says they are helping to improve the health and wellbeing of local walkers.

We deal with a lot of people that may have been in hospital; heart attacks, strokes, operations of different sorts, who want to actually now get fit again. Everybody that comes to us has the opportunity to have their own personal programme written for them. So we can walk anything from five minutes to two hours.

Tom
Incredible! It sounds like llamas can actually help us to improve our wellbeing.

ዘሩባቤል
Yes! Wellbeing ደህንነት ማለት ነው። I see how pets can improve our wellbeing, but so can lots of things, like yoga, for example!

Phil
Yes, but I suppose in this case the animals are providing treatment to people who already have problems.

ዘሩባቤል
Treatment means treatment. ህክምና ማለት ነው። Do you think an animal can really provide treatment in the same way as a doctor?

Tom
Well, I don’t think that all problems are treatable with animals! Although, did you know there is actually have a name for using animals as a form of treatment? It’s called Animal-Assisted Therapy!

ዘሩባቤል
Therapy የመንፈስ ህክምና ማለት ነው። I still think I would prefer traditional therapy.

Phil
I imagine it’s like in the news story. People take animals outside for walks, so it encourages them to exercise and get some fresh air.

Tom
Yes, I think the idea is that the animals can help us to get back on our feet again once the danger has passed.

Phil
You mean help us to stand up?

ዘሩባቤል
No, to get back on your feet means to recover! ማገገም ማለት ነው።

Tom
But, in this case, they are doing this by helping people to walk! So I suppose you’re both right.

Phil
Also, I think people might find spending time with animals therapeutic as they don’t get lonely.

ዘሩባቤል
Hmm… that makes sense. Therapeutic  የህክምና ችሎታ ማለት ነው I suppose animals are good company, and company is therapeutic. Perhaps it’s better to describe this approach as an ‘alternative therapy’ እንደ አማራጭ ህክምና

Tom
Speaking of company and animals, why don't you tell us the answer to today’s quiz?

ዘሩባቤል
ትክክል ነው! ምን ያህል ሰዎች የቤት እንሳስትን የቤተሰብ አባል እንደሆኑ እንደሚቆጥሩ ጠይቀን ነበር። መልሱ ሐ) ከ95 በመቶ በላይ ነው

Phil
Do you feel the same way about Molly, Tom?

Tom
Molly? Of course! She’s like my sister! I think it’s impossible to feel stressed with such a beautiful dog around! Isn't it Molly?

ዘሩባቤል
‘Stressed’  መጨነቅ  ማለት ነው But everyone feels stressed out sometimes. I still don’t think we should all bring our dogs to work.

Tom
Well, she helps me to de-stress, she doesn’t cause any problems. She just sits there like a good girl.

ዘሩባቤል
ወየው! ፊል ያጋጠመው ነገር ምን ያህል ፈውስ therapeutic እንደሚሆነው እርግጠኛ አይደለሁም። ዛሬ ያጠናናቸው ሌሎች ቃላት እነዚህ ናቸው llamas፥ ደህንነት wellbeing ፥ treatment ህክምና therapy የመንፈስ ህክምና ፥ ጫና stress ። አብራችሁን ስለቆያችሁ እናመሰግናለን። በሚቀጥለው ዝግጅታችን ጠብቁን።

Meaning & Use

wellbeing (noun)

Wellbeing is a noun which refers to being healthy and having a good quality of life. 
It is important that doctors consider every aspect of patients' wellbeing.
Many companies have started to think about their employees' wellbeing.

treatment (noun)

Treatment is a noun which refers to the actions that medical professionals take to address physical or mental illness.
Antibiotics are a treatment for infections.
The doctor suggested a number of different treatments.
 

therapeutic (adjective)

If something is therapeutic, then it is beneficial to people's health or general wellbeing.
Researchers tried to develop new drugs which have a greater therapeutic effect.
Walks in the countryside can be very therapeutic - they can help you relax.

alternative therapy (noun)

Alternative therapies are approaches to treatment, which are different to conventional medicine.
Pet therapy is an example of alternative therapy.
Many doctors do not trust alternative therapies like traditional medicine.

to get back on your feet (idiom)

If we say that someone has got back on their feet, we mean that they have recovered from something.
He was feeling ill last week, but it didn't take him long to get back on his feet.
Have a rest, you'll get back on your feet in no time.

stressed (adjective)

If someone feels stressed, they feel a lot of pressure or are very worried about something.
My job is really difficult - it's making me feel stressed.
I don't have enough money at the moment. It's making me feel very stressed.

Pet therapy

3 Questions

Choose the correct answer.

ትክክለኛውን መልስ ይምረጡ

ኣገናዕ፡ ፈተናኹም ዛዚምኩም
Excellent! Great job! ሕማቕ ዕድል! ዘመዝገብኩምዎ ነጥቢ ...:
x / y

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Session Vocabulary

  • llama
    ላማ

    wellbeing
    ደህንነት

    treatment
    ህክምና

    herapy
    ፈውስ፥ ህክምና

    therapeutic
    ፈዋሽ
     

    alternative therapy
    አማራጭ የፈውስ አገልግሎት

    to get back on your feet
    አቅምን መልሶ ማገኘት

    stressed
    ጫና/ውጥረት የበዛበት