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Listen to find out how to use an everyday English expression.
በዕለት ተዕለት ንግግር ውስጥ ግልጋሎት የሚሰጡ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆችን እንዴት መጠቀም እንደሚችሉ ለማወቅ ይህንን ያዳምጡ።

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Out for the count

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

  • hiking
  • tired
  • unconscious

Listen to Neil and Li explaining the expression 'out for the count'. As you listen, answer these questions:

1. What did Neil do at the weekend?

2. What happened to his children?

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

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 ጤና ይስጥልን፤ እንኳን አዳዲስ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆችን እንዲማሩ ወደምናግዝበት English Expressions በደህና መጡ። ዛሬ 'out for the count' 'ጭልጥ ብሎ መተኛት' የተሰኘውን “የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለጽ መጠቀምን እንማራለን። ምን ማለት ይመስልዎታል?. . .  እርግጠኛ አይደሉም? እሽ፥ መስማትዎን ይቀጥሉ። ኒል የሳምንቱ የመጭረሻ የእረፍት ቀናትን እንዴት እንዳሰለፈ ኒል እና ሊ የሚያደርጉትን ውይይት ያዳምጡ። ኒል እና የቤተሰቡ አባላት ምን አደረጉ? ልጆቹ ለምንድን ነው በፍጥነት እንቅልፍ የጣላቸው? እብረን እንስማ።

Neil
This expression comes from the sport of boxing and describes a boxer who has been knocked unconscious who can't stand up within a count of ten seconds. The boxer is said to be "out for the count" and loses the match.  But the expression can also be used in another way...

Li
Oh, how?

Neil
Well, I had a really active weekend. I went hiking in Wales with my wife and our two children.

Li
Hiking in Wales, that sounds like hard work.

Neil
Well not to my kids. They loved it, they were racing each other, running up and down the hills…then we went to the zoo where they had more fun.

ኒል እና ቤተሰቡ ወደዌልስ አቅንተው በኮረብታዎቹ 'hills' ላይ 'ለእግር ጉዞ ሽርሽር' 'hiking' አድርገዋል። ልጆቹ በጣም ነበር የተደሰቱበት። ወደመካነ አራዊትም 'zoo' አቅንተዋል። አሁን ለኒል እና ለሚስቱ ጉዞው ለምን ጥሩ እንደነበረ ያዳምጡ።

Li
So you had a nice day out then?

Neil
Definitely. The evening was even nicer for us, me and my wife as there was no reading of bedtime stories and no computer games. By 7 o'clock, the kids were in bed, and the next thing we knew, they were out for the count!

Li
Oh I think I've got it. Do you mean they were so tired from all the exercise that they fell asleep immediately their heads touched the pillows?

Neil
Yes, that's right!

ስለዚህ ኒል ልጆቹ የእግር ጉዞ ሽርሽር ካደረጉበት የሳምንቱ የመጨረሻ ቀናት በኋላ 'out for the count' መሆናቸውን ሲናገር ሰምተነዋል። ኒል ቀደም ብሎ እንዳለው 'out for the count' የሚሰኘው አገላለፅ የመጣው ከቦክስ ስፖርት ነው።  'out' ራስን ያለማወቅ ወይንም መዘረር ማለት ሲሆን፥ 'the count' ደግሞ ዳኛው የተዘረረው ቦክሰኛ በውድድሩ መሸነፉን ለማረጋገጥ እስከአስር መቁጠሩን የሚያመላክት ነው። ነገር ግን ብዙ ጊዜ ሰዎች በጣም በመድከማቸው ገና ጋደም ከማለታቸው እንቅልፍ ጭልጥ አድርጎ እንደወሰዳቸው ለመግለፅ እንጠቀምበታለን። ይህንን ሐረግ የምንጠቀምበት የሆነ ሰውን ለመግለፅ ነው፤ ስለዚህም to be'ን አብረን እንጠቀማለን። የሆነ ሰው 'is out for the count'። ይህ አገላለፅ እንዴት ግልጋሎት ላይ እንደሚውል የሚያሳዩ ተጨማሪ ምሳሌዎችን እናዳምጥ።

Examples
Jack had so much to drink last night that when he got home he was out for the count. He fell asleep so quickly, he didn't even take his clothes off!

There was some trouble outside my house last night but I didn't hear it: I was so tired I was out for the count.

She was so tired from her dance class that she was out for the count as soon as she put her head on the pillow.

Michelle has been training for a marathon and she's noticed that she's much more tired in the evenings than she used to be, before she started running. She said she's out for the count every night.

Li
Oh, how I wish I could fall asleep quickly – but I often have to take a sleeping pill.

Neil
Oh, that's not very good. You should try doing some exercise to make you tired: how about jogging?

Li
Oh no, it's boring, it's too monotonous.

Neil
Well, how about something relaxing like yoga?

Li
Yoga, no, I'm not very flexible, I have never been.

Neil
Well, what about boxing? It's exciting and you could be knocked unconscious - out for the count!

Li
Very funny!

ሊ በምሽት 'out for the count' መሆኗን ስለማረገጋጥ ኒል የተናገረው በተለይም የቦክስ ስፖርትን ስለመጀመር ያለው ነገር ያሳመናት አይመስለኝም። እርስዎስ? በሚገባ ይተኛሉ? በዕለቱ መጠናቀቂያ ላይ out for the count' ይሆናሉ? ለተጨማሪ 'English Expressions' በሚቀጥለው ዝግጅታችን ይጠብቁን።

Answers

1. Neil went walking in Wales with his family.

2. His children were very tired.

 

How do I use it?

If you are 'out for the count' you are sleeping heavily, and unlikely to wake up soon. It is a phrase which is often used with the verb 'be'.

I worked so late yesterday, that I was out for the count 10 minutes after getting home.

If you do all that tomorrow you will be out for the count once you get home.

I went to ask him if he wanted something to eat, but he was out for the count.

Out for the count

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Session Vocabulary

  • Boxing
    የቦክስ ስፖርት

    Unconscious
    ራስን መሳት

    Tired
    መድከም

    Hiking
    የእግር ጉዞ ሽርሽር

    Zoo
    መካነ አራዊት

    Jogging
    በዝግታ መሮጥ/ዱብ ዱብ ማለት