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በዕለት ተዕለት ንግግር ውስጥ ግልጋሎት የሚሰጡ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆችን እንዴት መጠቀም እንደሚችሉ ይህንን ያዳምጡ።

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A sticky situation

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

  • lend
  • damage
  • bakery
  • cake

Listen to Rob and Feifei explaining the expression 'a sticky situation'. As you listen, answer these questions:

1. Why does Rob need £10?

2. Whose birthday is it?

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

Hiển thị văn bản ghi âm (hay video) Giấu văn bản ghi âm (hay video)

ጤና ይስጥልን፤ እንኳን አዳዲስ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆችን እንዲማሩ ወደምናግዝበት English Expressions በደህና መጡ።
ዛሬ ‘a sticky situation’ ‘አጣብቂኝ’ የተሰኘውን “የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለጽ መጠቀምን እንማራለን። ምን ማለት ይመስልዎታል. . .? እርግጠኛ አይደሉም? እሽ፥ መስማትዎን ይቀጥሉ።
ሮብ እና ፌይፌይን ያዳምጡ። ፌይፌይ ስቱዲዮ ውስጥ ናት፤ ሮብ ግን ወደስራ በሚመጣበት ወቅት አስቸጋሪ የሆነ አጣብቂኝ ውስጥ የከተተው ሁኔታ ገጥሞታል፤ ምንድነ ነው የተከሰተው? አዎንታዊ ወይንስ አሉታዊ ነው ሁኔታው? 10 ፓውንድ ያስፈለገውስ ለምንድን ነው?

Rob
<Door opens>
Oh, hi Feifei… you couldn't lend me £10, could you?

Feifei
Rob! You're supposed to be presenting this programme. Anyway, what do you need £10 for? And what's that stuff all over your clothes?

Rob
Well, I was running to get to the studio and I bumped into a woman.

Feifei
Right… So, what do you need £10 for?

Rob
Well, you see, she dropped a big box she was carrying and said I would have to pay for the damage – and if I didn't, her daughter would be really upset!

ሮብ ከስቱዲዮው ውጭ ከአንዲት ሴትዮ ጋር ‘bumped into’ ተላተመ። እና አሁን ለደረሰው ጉዳት ክፍያ መፈፀም ‘pay for the damage’ አለበት። ለዚያም ነው ፌይፌይ 10 ፓውንድ ‘lend him’ እንድታበድረው የፈለገው። ፌይፌይ ምን እንዳደረገች ለማወቅ ማዳምጥዎን ይቀጥሉ።

Feifei
Oh! Rob, you are in 'a sticky situation'.

Rob
A sticky situation? Yes, that's true. You mean I'm in a situation that is difficult to get out of?

Feifei
Exactly! Rob, here's £10 - now you can go and un-stick the situation!

Rob
Thanks, Feifei.

ሮብ ካጋጠመው ‘sticky situation’ እንዲወጣ ፌይፌይ 10 ፓውንድ አበድራዋለች።
‘Sticky’ የሚያጣብቅ ወይንም ሙጭጭ አድርጎ የሚይዝ ነገር ማለት ሲሆን ‘situation’ ደግሞ ሁኔታ ማለት ነው። ስለዚህም ‘sticky situation’ ለመወጣት የሚያዳግት አስችጋሪ፥ ስሱ አሊያም የሚያደናብር ሁኔታ ማለት ይሆናል። ሮብ ካጋጠመው ‘sticky situation’ ለመወጣት ገንዘብ መክፈል ግድ ብሎታል፤ ነገር ግን መፍትሄው ሁ፤ጊዜም ገንዘብን የሚፈልግ አይደለም፤ ይቅርታ መጠየቅ ሊያስፈልግ ይችላል፤ ከሰዎች ጋር አስቸጋሪ ውይይትን ማከናወን አሊይም ሰዎችን ትብብር መጠየቅ ግድ ሊልም ይችላል። ከአንዳንድ ‘sticky situation’ መውጣት ደግሞ ከናካቴውም የማይችላ ሊሆን ይችላል።
ይህ አገላለፅ ከ‘to be’ ግሶች ጋር ግልጋሎት ይሰጣል፤ ለምሳሌ ‘It’s a sticky situation’ ማለት እንችላለን። ወይንም ከ‘to be in’ ጥቅም ላይ ይውላል፤ ለምሳሌ ‘He’s in a sticky situation’ እንላለን። ‘get into’ እና ‘get out of’ የመሳሰሉ ግሶችን መጠቀምም እንችላለን።

ተጨማሪ የዚህን ሐረግ አጠቃቀም የሚያሳዩ ምሳሌዎችን እናዳምጥ።

Examples
I’m in a sticky situation – I've got to catch the train to be at work for a meeting but I lost my wallet. To get out of the situation, I need someone to lend me enough money for the train.

It was a sticky situation – both drivers said it was the other’s fault and neither side would agree on who had caused the accident.

Sarah has got into a sticky situation: she said she'd go to the cinema with Pete but she’s also promised to go for a drink with John. She doesn’t want to disappoint either of them but she has to choose one.

I’ve got myself into a sticky situation. I promised my brother he could borrow my car for the weekend, but I forgot I’d done that, so then I also promised I would take my wife away for the weekend. I’m not really sure what to do. I don’t want to let either of them down.

Feifei
So a sticky situation is a difficult, awkward or sensitive situation.
<Door opens again>
Ah, Rob, you're back…

Rob
…yes. She's happy now and is going back to the bakery again.

Feifei
The bakery? Why? What was in the box she was carrying?

Rob
It was a big birthday cake for her daughter.

Feifei
Oh no - you were in a sticky situation in more ways than one!

Rob
Ah, I suppose I was.

ሮብ በተጨማሪ ‘sticky situations’ እንደማይዘፈቅ ተስፋ እናድርግ። እርስዎስ? በ‘sticky situation’ ውስጥ ገብተው ያውቃሉ? ምን ተከሰተ? እንዴት እንደዚያ ያለ ነገር ሊያጋጥምዎት ቻለ? እንዴት ቀረፉት? ለተጨማሪ English Expressions በሚቀጥለው ዝግጅታችን ይጠብቁን።

Answers

1) Rob needs to give £10 to the woman he bumped into because he damaged the cake she was carrying.

2) It is the woman's daughter's birthday. That is why the woman was carrying a cake.

How do I use it?

'A sticky situation' is used to describe a situation that is difficult, awkward or sensitive and is hard to resolve. This expression is often used with the verb ‘to be’ when describing the situation itself.

The company is closing many of its stores, so lots of its employees are losing their jobs. It’s a sticky situation.

When talking about who the situation affects, we use ‘to be in’. 

Sally realised her colleague Mark was lying. She didn't know if she should tell her boss because she really liked Mark and didn't want him to lose his job. She was in a sticky situation.

You can also use the verbs ‘get into’ to talk about how you started being in that situation, and ‘get out of’ to describe how you stopped being in that situation.

I got into a sticky situation with my dad when I took some money from his wallet without asking him. He was furious when he found out! I got out of it by paying him back - with interest!

A sticky situation

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ተጨማሪ ጠቃሚ አገላለፆችን ለመማር እና የማዳመጥ ክህሎትዎን በመለማመድ ለማዳበር በቀጣዩ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆች ዝግጅታችን ይጠብቁን።

Session Vocabulary

  • lend
    ማበደር

    damage
    መጎዳት/ማውደም

    upset
    ማስቆጣት

    disappoint
    ማስከፋት/ማስቀየም

    awkward
    ውዥንብር/ ድንግርግር ያለ ሁኔታ

    sensitive
    ስሱ

    bakery
    ዳቦ መጋገሪያ

    cake
    ኬክ