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Session 20

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

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Activity 1

Take a back seat

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

  • seat
  • responsibility
  • in charge

Listen to Rob and Feifei explaining the expression 'take the back seat'. As you listen, answer these questions:

1. Is Rob driving?

2. Where is he sitting?

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 'take a back seat' 'አነስተኛ ድርሻ ወይንም ዝቅተኛ ሚና መያዝ' የተሰኘውን “የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለጽ መጠቀምን እንማራለን። ምን ማለት ይመስልዎታል?. . .  እርግጠኛ አይደሉም? እሽ፥ መስማትዎን ይቀጥሉ።ሮብ እና ፌይፌይን ያዳምጡ። የት ነው ያሉት? የበለጠ ሥራ እየሰራ ያለው ማን ነው-ሮብ ወይንስ ፌይፌይ? ሮብ የት ነው የተቀመጠው? ለምን?

Feifei, keep your eyes on the road! Look where you're going.

OK, OK! Rob is making me drive around while we present today's programme. Rob, why exactly am I driving my car?

Well, I really wanted you to understand the phrase we're going to learn today. But I'm going to leave it all to you.

ስለዚህ ሮብ እና ፌይፌይ የፌይፌይ መኪና ውስጥ ናቸው። ሮብ ሁሉንም ነገር ለእርሷ ትቶላታል 'leave it all to her'።

So what are you going to do then?

Oh nothing. I'm just going to a take a back seat today. You carry on, I'll watch.

Take a back seat? Hmmm – so you're going to let me take control – do all the work – while you sit there and watch?

Yes – look, I'm just sitting here – on the back seat.

Oh I get it! 'To take a back seat' is an idiom that means to give up control and let someone else take responsibility.

That's it Feifei. 

ሮብ እርሱ 'taking a back seat' መሆኑን ተናገረ፤ መኪኖች ውስጥ እንዳለው ዓይነት የኋላ መቀመጫ ላይ መሆን ማለት ነው። እኛ 'taking a back seat' የምንለው መቆጣጠርን ለቀቅ አድርገን ሌላ ሰው ኃላፊነቱን እንዲይዝ ስንፈቅድ ነው፤ ብዙ ጊዜም አቅማቸውን ለማጎልበት እና የመካተት ስሜት እንዲፈጠርባቸው ስንፈልግ ነው ይሄንን የምናደርገው። መኪና ውስጥ የኋለኛ ወንበር 'back seat' ላይ ተቀምጦ ሌላ ሰው መኪናውን እንዲያሽከረክር እንደመፍቀድ ማለት ነው፤ ነገር ግን ይህ አገላለፅ ሁልጊዜም መንዳትን ወይንም መኪና ውስጥ መሆንን ብቻ የሚያካትት አይደለም። ይህ አገላለፅ ቋሚ መሆኑን ልብ ይበሉ፤ ስለዚህም 'back seat' ሁሌም ነጠላ ቁጥር ነው፤ አበረነውም 'a'ን እና 'take' የተባለውን ግስ እንጠቀማለን።

የዚህን ሐረግ አጠቃቀም የሚያስረዱ ተጨማሪ ምሳሌዎችን እናዳምጥ።

Honey, I'm going to take a back seat this year and let you decide where we go on holiday. I always choose and I want you to be more involved in our decisions.

Now he's getting older he's decided to take a back seat in running the company and has handed things over to his son.

Mary was happy to take a back seat and let Jim run the meeting. It was his turn to be responsible for the team's decision.

So, to take a backseat means to choose not to take control and let someone else be in charge. Rob, does this mean you're just being lazy?  

Of course not, Feifei. It just means I'm letting you have a turn at being in charge – I trust you – although… What are you doing?!

Letting you take the back seat while I show you how to really drive!

Feifei! Watch out for the roundabout… and that traffic light… aren't you driving a bit fast?

Rob – don't be such a back-seat-driver!

A what?

A back-seat-driver – someone who offers unwanted advice – someone who tells the driver how to drive. But we'll leave that expression for another day!

OK OK – but you are going really fast – can I take the front seat now?

Stay where you are!

Oh, ok.

ሮብ እርሱ 'taking a back seat' እና ፌይፌይ ኃላፊነቱን መያዟ ብዙም ያስደሰተው አይመስልም። ፌይፌይ ያለምንም ጥርጥር እርሷ 'take a back seat' አትፈልግም። እርስዎስ? 'taking a back seat' ምቾት ይሰጥዎታል ወይንስ ኃላፊነቱን መያዙን ይመርጣሉ? 'taking a back seat' አስፈላጊ የሚሆንባቸው ጊዜያት አሉ? ያስ ምን ዓይነት ችግሮችን ሊያመጣ ይችላል? ለተጨማሪ “English Expressions” በሚቀጥለው ዝግጅታችን ይጠብቁን።


1) Rob isn't driving.

2) He is sitting in the back seat of the car.


How do I use it?

'Take a back seat' means to let someone else take control of a situation. We often use it to say that we are giving up responsibility for something.

This is your project, so I am going to take a back seat in this meeting.

I took a back seat at Christmas, my children did all the cooking for the family!

You've done lots of work on this, why don't you take a back seat for a while?

Take a back seat

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Join us for our next episode of English Expressions, when we will learn more useful language and practise your listening skills.
ተጨማሪ ጠቃሚ አገላለፆችን ለመማር እና የማዳመጥ ክህሎትዎን በመለማመድ ለማዳበር በቀጣዩ የእንግሊዝኛ አገላለፆች ዝግጅታችን ይጠብቁን።

Session Vocabulary

  • seat


    take turns
    በተራ በተራ ማከናወን

    in charge
    ኃላፊነት ያለው