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የለት ተለት እንግሊዘኛ አገላለፆችን ለማወቅ ይህን ያድምጡ።

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To put all your eggs in one basket

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

  • to borrow
  • to lend
  • to invest
  • to rely

Listen to Rob and Feifei talking about money. As you listen, think about these questions?

  • Why does Rob want to borrow money?
  • Does FeiFei think the idea will be successful?
  • How many companies is Rob planning to invest in?

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

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ጤና ይስጥልን፤ እንኳን አዳዲስ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆችን እንዲሚሩ ወደምናግዝበት English Expressions በደህና መጡ።
ዛሬ ‘to put all your eggs in one basket’ እንቁላሎችዎን ሁሉ በአንድ ቅርጫት ውስጥ ማስቀመጥ የተባለውን የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለጽ መጠቀምን እንማራለን። ምን ማለት ይመስልዎታል?. . . እርግጠኛ አይደሉም? እሽ፥ መስማትዎን ይቀጥሉ።

ፌይፌይ እና ሮብ ስለ መዋዕለ ንዋይ ፍሰት ዕቅዶች ሲነጋገሩ እናዳምጥ።

Rob, what are you doing?  

(counting out money) Oh hi, I'm just counting up all my money… actually, Feifei, could I borrow £100, please?

£100? That's a lot of money. What do you need it for?

Well, with all my savings plus your £100, I'll just have enough.

For what?!

To invest in this new company my friend is setting up. He's invented this machine where you can talk to people anywhere in the world and there are no wires or cables. It's going to be a huge success.

Rob, that sounds to me like a mobile phone – that's already been invented.

Yeah but you can also type messages on it and send them to other people. Absolutely amazing! If this is successful my investment is going to make me millions of pounds!

ሮብ በጓደኛው ኩባንያ ላይ ‘invest’ መዋዕለ ንዋይ ሊያፈስ በመሆኑ እጅጉን የተደሰተ ሲሆን፥ ይህ ‘investment’ የሚያፈሰው መዋዕለ ንዋይ ስኬታማ ከሆነ በጣም እንደሚያተርፍለት ያስባል። ፌይፌይ ከእርሱ ጋር የተስማማች ይመስልዎታል? ፌይፌይ ምን ዓይነት ምክር እንደሰጠችው ለማወቅ ቀጣዩን ያድምጡ።

Err, Rob calm down. Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

What? I'm not investing in eggs – this is real money. And what do you mean about one basket? I wasn't going to put the money in a basket!

It's a saying! 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket' – it's an expression that means you should never rely on just one plan because it could go wrong. Rob, don't use all of your savings on this one idea – it might fail.

Fail? Do you really think so? Are you really saying putting all my eggs – or my money - in one basket is too risky?


ፌይፌይ ሁሉንም ‘eggs in one basket’ እንዳያስቀምጥ መክራዋለች።
‘Eggs’ ዕንቁላሎች ማለት ሲሆን፥ ‘basket’ ደግሞ ቅርጫቶች ማለት ነው። ስለዚህም ‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ የምንለው ችግሮች ሊፈጠሩ ስለሚችሉ በአንድ ዕቅድ ላይ ብቻ መተማመን እንደሌለብን ለማስረዳት ነው። ሁሉንም ዕንቁላሎችዎን ያስቀመጡበትን ቅርጫት ቢጥሉት፥ ሁሉንም ይሰብሯቸዋል እንደማለት ነው።

እነዚህን ምሳሌዎች ያዳምጡ።

My dad says I should buy shares in a lot of different companies, and not put all my eggs in one basket. He said my money would be safer that way.

You shouldn’t just apply for one job. What happens if you don’t get it? Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

When he was younger, Michael didn’t put all his eggs in one basket, he invested in many business ideas. Now he’s a very rich and successful businessman.

So, don't put all your eggs in one basket. Have you got the message, Rob?

Yes. So, I mustn't depend on one idea to make me rich. I'm not so sure about my friend's new idea anyway, but does that mean you won't lend me £100?


What about for my other cracking good idea - one that you really will need a basket for?

What is it?

I have bought a chicken. It means I won't have to buy eggs at the supermarket anymore. It will save me lots of money. Oh look, she's just laid her first egg… here, Feifei, catch. Can you put that in the basket for me?

Watch out, that nearly hit me.

ስለዚህም አሁን ሮብ ሁሉንም ዕንቁላሎቹን በአንድ ቅርጫት ውስጥ ላለማስቀመጥ ወሰነ። ‘ዕንቁላሎችዎን ሁሉ በአንድ ቅርጫት’ ውስጥ አስቀምጠው ያውቃሉ?ለተጨማሪ እንግሊዝኛ አገላለፅ ትምህርቶች English Expressions በሚቀጥለው ክፍል ይጠብቁን። See you next time! 


  • To invest in his friend’s company.
  • Feifei doesn’t think the idea will be successful.
  • Only one company.

How do I use it?

‘Put all your eggs in one basket’ is made with the verb ‘put’. ‘Put’ is irregular in both the past simple and the past participle. Look at these examples:

I never put all my eggs in one basket. (present simple)

I put all my eggs in one basket when I spent my savings on that old house. (past simple)

He has put all his eggs in one basket, buying that company. (present perfect)

To put all your eggs in one basket

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Session Vocabulary

  • eggs

    a basket

    to borrow

    to lend

    a company

    to invest
    መዋለ ንዋይ ማፍሰስ

    to rely

    a chicken