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Session 17

Listen to find out how to use an everyday English expression.
ከመይ ጌርኩም ንመዓልታዊ ዝጠቅም መግለጽ-ሓሳብ እንግሊዘኛ ከም እትጥቀምሉ ስምዑ።

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    Activity 1

Activity 1


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

  • travelling
  • temples
  • overwhelmed

Listen to Harry and Feifei explaining the expression 'mind-blowing'. As you listen, answer these questions:

1. Where is the place that Harry liked best?

2. Why does he like it so much?

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

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መርሓባ! እዚ፡ ብቋንቋ እንግሊዝኛ ሓሳባትኩም ንምግላጽ ዝሕግዘኩም መደብ English Expressions እዩ። እንቋዕ ብደሓን መጻእኩም። ሎሚ 'mind-blowing' ዝብል መግለጺ-ሓሳብ ክንርኢይ ኢና። ትርጉሙ እንታይ ክኸውን ይኽእል ትብሉ? ትርጉሙ ንምፍላጥ ሓቢርና ንከታተል። ፌይፌይን ሃሪን፡ ብዛዕባ ሃሪ ዝበጸሖ ቦታታት የዕልሉ ኣለዉ። ሃሪ ካብ ኩለን ቦታታት ኣብሊጹ ዝፈትዋ ኣየነይቲ ክተከውን ትኽእል ትብሉ?

And the expression we are going to look at in this programme is 'mind-blowing', or, 'to blow your mind'.

To blow your mind! We'll look at what it means and when you can use it. So anyway, Harry, I've heard you really like travelling.

Me? Yeah, I love travelling, to be free. Yeah, I've travelled.

Where have you been?

All over: Europe, South East Asia, North Africa, Central America.

So, which was the best trip?

Hard to say, they were all great in their own way, but I think my trip to Cambodia really stands out.

ሃሪ ናብ ብዙሕ ቦታታት በጺሑ'ዶ ይኸውን? ብርግጽ፡ ብዙሕ ሪእዩ እዩ። ካብ ኩለን ፍሉይ ጦብላሕታ ዝገደፈትሉ ግን ካምቦድያ እያ? ስለምንታይ ንምፍላጥ ሓቢርና ንከታተል። 

Why's that?

Well, it's got scenery, beaches, nice food and all that stuff, but the temples at Angkor Wat – well, they just blew my mind.

They blew your mind?!

Yeah, it's an amazing place. It's got incredible statues, roads, waterways all abandoned in the forest. Truly mind-blowing.

But what does it mean – mind blowing; it blew your mind?

Oh right. Well, when something is so incredible, so surprising that we stop and wonder about how amazing it is, we can say it's mind-blowing, or that it blew our minds, as though our brains have broken down because they are so overwhelmed.

I see. So what else can be mind-blowing?

Anything amazing: a painting, a film, a story.

And what about nature – the ocean, the planets, the insect world?

Yes, the unexplored ocean depths, the size of the other planets, the huge number and variety of insects - those things are all totally mind-blowing if you stop and think about them.

እምበኣር ሃሪ ነቲ ኣብ ኣንግኮር ዋት ኣብ ካምቦድያ ዝርከብ ኣብያተ መቕደስ 'mind-blowing' ኮይኑ ረኺቡዎ።'Mind' ሓንጎል 'blow' ድማ ምፍንጃር ማለት'ዩ። ስለዚ፡ እቲ ዝተዓዘብናዮ ወይ ዝተሞኮርናዮ ኣዝዩ ኣደናቒ ካብ ምዃን ዝተላዕለ ብጣዕሚ ከምዝተገረምና ንምግላጽ እንጥቀመሉ መግለጺ ሐሳባት'ዩ። ንሓደ ነገር ከም መግለጺ ቃል ክንጥቀመሉ ንኽእል። ከም ግሲ'ውን ሓደ ነገር ንኣእምሮይ 'blow' ጌይሩዎ ክንብል ንኽእል። ቀጺልና፡ ተወሳኺ ኣብነታት ክንሰምዕ ኢና፡

The latest tablet computer has an incredible camera and loads of other mind-blowing features.

The battle scenes in the new film were amazing. I couldn't believe the realistic graphics. They just blew my mind.

One of the most mind-blowing things about the universe is the distance between the planets in our solar system.

So, to finish off, I thought I'd give you a mind-blowing fact about space and the universe - Something that will really blow your mind.

OK, let's hear it.

Did you know that every hour, the universe expands by a billion miles in all directions?

It gets bigger by one billion miles in all directions?! That is mind-blowing.

I know - just mind-blowing.

I've got a very different one for you about insects – cockroaches.

Cockroaches? Yuck! What is it?

Well, cockroaches can live for several weeks without their heads.

They can live without their heads?! Well, that's just blown my mind.

ኣብዚ ሃሪን ፌይፌይን ዘቕረብዎ 'mind-blowing' ሓቂታት እንታይ ርእይቶታት ኣለኩም? 'mind-blowing' 'ዶ ኣይመስልኩምን? ንስኻትኩም'ክ፡ እታ ናይ መወዳእታ፡ ንኣእምሮኹም 'blew your mind' ዝገበረቶ፡ ሓዳሽ ነገር ዝተመሃረኩማ መዓስ ኔይራ? ንምዃኑ'ኽ እንታይ'ኮን ኔይራ ትኸውን? ኣብ ዝመጽእ መደብ 'English Expressions' ክሳብ ንራኸብ፡ ብሰላም ጽንሑ።


1. Harry liked Cambodia best.

2. The temples are very beautiful.

How do I use it?

We use 'mind-blowing' to describe something that is so amazing it can be difficult to understand. It is an adjective which is made up of two words that are always joined by a hyphen.

The view from the top of the mountain was mind-blowing.

The parachute jump was a mind-blowing experience.

This food it's delicious, it's absolutely mind-blowing.


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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.
ኣብ ዝስዕብ መደብ English Expressions ኣጠቓቕማ ቋንቋን ናይ ምስማዕ ክእለትኩም እተማዕብሉሉን ትምህርቲ ሒዝና ክንቀርብ ኢና።

Session Vocabulary

  • Travelling

    ቤት ምቕደሳት




    The universe