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Session 17

Do you think fathers spend enough time with their children?
In today’s episode we will be discussing the possible benefits of fathers spending more time with their children.

Abbootiin daa’immansaanii waliin yeroo gahaa ta’e dabarsu jettee yaaddaa?
Qophii har’aa keessatti abbootiin daa’immansaanii waliin yeroo heddu dabarsuun faayidaalee qabaachuu malan irratti mari’achuuf jirra.

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Fathers and parenting

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

  • benefits
  • involvement


How much time do most fathers spend with their children? Research conducted by University of London and University of Sevilla found the answer. Is it:

a) 35 minutes a day?
b) 45 minutes a day?

Listen to the discussion and find out the answer.

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

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Yooyyaa! Gara English Together Afaan Inglizii waliwajjin kan mata duree tibbanaa irratti mari’annuu fi qooqa dubbachuun si barbaachisan si qoodnutti baga nagana dhufte. Ani Caaliidha, akkasumas Fiilii fi Saam naa waliin argamu.

Hello, I’m Sam.

And I’m Phil. Welcome!

Har’a, akkamiin daa’imman abbootiinsaanii dhimmasaaniirratti qooda fudhatan saffisaan waa akka baratan dubbanna. Irra caalaa hubachuuf odeessa kana caqasi:

News insert
An active male role in the early stages of babies’ development produced better performance in cognitive tests by the age of two, researchers found. They say the findings show the value of early paternal involvement. Previous studies found that men tended to have a more stimulating, vigorous style, encouraging a child’s risk-taking and exploration tendencies, which, in turn, might facilitate cognitive development.

Egaa abbootiin daa’immansaanii waliin dabarsuuf yeroo qabaachuun guddina/ bilchina daa’immaniitiif ni garagaara. Haa ta’u malee, abbootiin yeroo hangamiif daa’immansaanii waliin dabarsu? Qorannoon Yuniversitii Lamdaniifi Yuniversitii Seevilliyaatti taasifame gaafii kanaaf deebii argateera. Hangam sitti fakkaata? a) euyyaatti daqiiqaa 35? b) guyyaatti daqiiqaa 45?

Well, either way, it doesn’t seem like a lot of time to spend with your child. Surely a child should spend at least an hour a day with their fathers!

An hour?! Really? Have you ever spent time with children? It’s hard work!

If what the research says is true, fathers can help develop their child’s cognitive development just by spending time with them.

‘Cognitive development’ jechuun guddina bilchina sammuu wayita ta’u damee barnootaa kan dandeettii waa yaaduufi waa hubachu daa’immaniirratti xiyyeeffateedha.

But surely, fathers spending time with their children isn’t the only thing that helps a child’s cognitive development. What about their mothers?

Isa (b) (daqiiqaa45) jedhuu wajjiin waliin gala. Harmeenkoo wayitan sadarkaa tokkoffaa baradhu ganamaan na damaqsitee yeroon gara mana barumsaa akkaan deemuuf naqopheesiti. Yeroon qayyabadhuus naa waliin teesse najajjabeesiti, hanga dandeettishees nagargaarti ture.

Well of course, mothers have an important role to play, but the research shows that a father’s involvement, which is on the rise, has its own benefits.

Really? Paternal involvement is on the rise?

Eeyee. ‘Paternal’ jechuu abbummaa; akkaataa qorannoon Yuniversitii Lamdaniifi Yuniversitii Seevilliyaa raga bahuutti abbootiin barawwan 1970wwan keessa turan guyyaatti daqiiqaa 5fqofa daa’immansaanii waliin dabarsu turan. Amma yeroon, kan gaafii dii rama gaafatame sana itti deebisnuudha. Qorannoon walfakkaataan yuunivarsiitiiwwan Landaniifi Sivilaatti taasifameen, abbootiin yeroo ammaa hojirratti argaman, guyyaatti daqiiqaa 35 daa’immaansaanii waliin dabarsu. Kanaafuu deebiin sirrii ta’e (a) dha.

Wow, paternal involvement is only 35 minutes a day? That makes me so sad.

Kun fooyya’insa guddaadha, Saam. Bara 1970 irra dacha torbaan kan caaluudha!

Yes, but still, I don’t think it’s enough. The news report mentioned that paternal involvement helps a child be a risk-taker.

‘A risk-taker’ jechuun kan ittigaafatammummaa fudhatu. Are you a risk-taker, Phil?

Sure, and I rarely spent time with my father growing up.

You’re not a risk-taker! And what about exploration tendency? The news report told us that paternal involvement helps with developing a child’s exploration tendency.

‘Exploration tendency’ jechuun fedhii waaqoratanii biragahuu – amala waa qoruu fi barachuu yaaluuti.

Another false claim. I’m always exploring to learn new things by myself, and again, I didn’t spend much time with my father.

Stop lying to the audience, Phil!

I think Sam has a point.

What do you mean? I’m always learning things by myself and solving all of my own problems.

No, you don’t. Whenever you come across a problem, the first thing you do is ask someone near you for an answer.

Yeah, and I actively look for answers!

Ugh, I give up.

Jara lamaan dhisitii, kan kee ilaalchikee maalii?
Hirmaannaan abbaa, guddina bilchina sammuu daa’immaniif ni gargaara jettee yaaddaa?
Barnoota torban kanaa xumurree nagaa otoo sitti hindhaamiin dura jechoota har’a irratti dubbachaa ture haa’ilaallu – hundisaanii guddina daa’immanii karaa hirmaannaa abbaatiin dhufu waliin hidhata qabu.
‘Cognitive development’ jechuun guddina ykn bilchina sammuuti, ‘paternal’ jechuun karaa abbaa, ‘risk-taking’ jechuun ittigaafatamummaa fudhachuu, akkasumas ‘exploration tendencies’ jechuun fedhii waaqoratanii biragahu.
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Meaning & Use

cognitive development (noun phrase)

Cognitive is an adjective that describes anything that refers to 'thinking or conscious mental processes'.
My sister works with children. She is currently researching the cognitive processes involved in learning to read. It sounds really interesting!

Development is a noun referring to 'the process of developing or changing to a new stage'.
My sister works with children. She is currently researching child development in the area of learning to read. It sounds really interesting!

Cognitive development refers to 'how the mind develops, changes or grows', usually used when talking about children.
Is it true that listening to classical music can improve the cognitive development in babies?

paternal (adjective)

Paternal means 'of or like a father' and describes things related to fathers and fatherhood.
Sally is a single mother. She worries about her children because they don't have a paternal influence in their lives.


risk-taking (noun)

Risk-taking is 'the act or fact of doing something that involves danger or risk in order to achieve a goal'.
Starting a business always involves some risk-taking.

You can describe a person who enjoys risk-taking with the noun a risk-taker. The verb phrase is to take a risk or to take risks.
Valerie absolutely loves extreme sports. Swimming with sharks, parachute jumps, abseiling - she's tried it all. She has no fear, she's such a risk-taker.
Valerie absolutely loves extreme sports. Swimming with sharks, parachute jumps, abseiling - she's tried it all. She has no fear, she's always taking risks.


exploration tendencies (noun phrase)

Exploration is 'the action of thoroughly exploring an unfamiliar area or subject'. It can be physical or mental.
Governments have spent millions on space exploration.
At school, we studied Shakespeare's exploration of the theme of love.

A tendency refers to 'an attitude, habit or situation that is starting to develop in a particular way'.
The tendency now is for students to use the internet, not books, when doing their homework.

Explorations tendencies refers to 'the way in which someone learns to explore an unfamiliar area or subject'.
Men's style of parenting can encourage a child's risk-taking and exploration tendencies.

Fathers and parenting

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Session Vocabulary

  • cognitive development
    guddina bilchina sammuu

    karaa abbaa

    ittigaafatamummaa fudhachuu

    exploration tendencies
    fedhiin waaqoratanii bira gahu

    hard work
    jabaatanii hojjechuu


    hirmaannaa/ qoodafudhanna

    solving problems
    rakkoolee jiran furuu