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Session 22

What are weddings like where you live?
In today’s episode we will be discussing the similarities and differences between weddings in different cultures.

Cidhawwan bakka ati jiraattutti maal fakkaatu?
Kutaa keenya har’aa keessatti, walittidhufeenyaafi garaagarummaa, cidhawan, aadaawwan garagaraa keessatti qaban mari’anna.

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Activity 1

Late for the wedding!

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

  • late for your own funeral
  • funeral
  • tardy


According to hitched.co.uk, how much does the average wedding cost in the UK? 
a) £7000
b) £17,000
c) £27,000

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 Caalidha, akkasumas Toomii fi Saam naa waliin jiru.

Hello everyone, I’m Tom.

Hi, and I’m Sam! Hi!

Saam afuurrishee citterra, sababiinsaas istuudiyoof barfatteetti! I thought people in England are always on time, Sam!


Well, yeah, that’s generally true! But the traffic was terrible this morning!

I don’t think so, Sam! I think you’d be late for your own funeral!

Ha ha! Be nice, Tom! ‘To be late for your own funeral’ kun Ibsannnoo Afaan Ingilizii namni tokko barfachuu dhaabuu dadhabuusaa kan ibsuudha. ‘Funeral’ jechuun awwaalcha ykn qabriidha. Does that really happen, Tom?

No, of course not! It’s just an expression. However, one story that has been in the news recently is that people in the UK have started being late for their own weddings!

That’s right! Which brings us today’s question – akkaataa hitched.co.uk irratti ifa ta’etti, biyya UKtti giddu-gallisatti baasii cidhaaf bahu hangami?
a) £7000
b) £17,000
c) £27,000

My goodness! How does this even happen?!

Good question, Sam! Sagantaa Raadiyoo BBC 4’s kan Dilbataarratti gaazexeessaan Ed Istoorton, luba cidha raawwachisu tokko kan namoota cidhasaaniirratti barfatan £100 adabu haasofsiisee ture; haasa isaanii keessa muraasni kunooti.

Presenter: Have you been especially inconvenienced by tardy brides?
Vicar: Well, at Holy Cross and throughout the Church of England we love to take weddings. This all began when I was away, actually. I was away in Africa and there were two weddings when I was away, the brides were 20 or 25 minutes late. I came back and there had been no explanation offered, or an apology, and my team felt a bit ill-used.
Presenter: And does it work?
Vicar: This year, everybody's got their cheques back! All the weddings have started on time. It's usually the brides, I'm sorry to say it's brides! Bridegrooms obviously arrive 40 minutes, an hour before. They sometimes are too early!

Did you hear that?! He called the brides ‘tardy’!

I heard! ‘Tardy’ nama yeroo heddu barfatu tokko ibsa. I think it is fair to say they are being tardy - that is a long time!

Yeah, and think about the poor bridegrooms and how long they have to wait.

Yes! ‘Bridegroom’ or ‘groom’ jechuun miisrricha. He said the bridegrooms are often 45 minutes early for the wedding.

So, if the bridegroom is early, and the bride is late, people could be waiting for almost an hour before the ceremony begins!

Right! ‘Ceremony’ means ‘sirna’. And that means that people would spend an extra £100 before the ceremony finishes!

Agh! Weddings are so expensive!

Yes, weddings are big business! What are weddings like where you are? Do you have big wedding receptions?

‘Reception’ jechuun afeerraa cidhaa. We also normally have big wedding receptions.

Wow! Most couples in the UK have a honeymoon, as well. That can’t be cheap, either!

‘Honeymoon’ jechuun bashannana yeroo misirrummaati. In my country honeymoon is only common in urban areas.

In fact, that reminds me! You still haven’t told us the answer to today’s quiz!

Ah! Sirriidha! Biyya UKtti giddu-galli baasii cidhaaf ooluu meeqa akka ta’e si gaafannee turre. Deebiinsaa c)£27,000dha. That’s 10% more than last year!


My goodness. Is there any need to have such extravagant weddings?!

‘Extravagant’ jechuun maalaqa kan qisaasu. I think it is nice to have an extravagant wedding. It is one of the most important days of your life!

And it sounds like it’s one of the most expensive days of your life, as well! What a waste of money!

Waa’ee jechoota har’aa irradeebinee haayaannu. Ati nama ‘tardy’ kan yeroo mara barfatuudha? Nama ‘Late for your own funeral?’ Sirna awwaalchaa/qabrii isaarrttille barfatuu ta’u dandeessa? Bara kana keessa cidhni baay’ee ‘extravagant’ qisaassa maalaqa gudda kan qaqabsiisuudha jette yaada? Afeerra hamaamootaa ‘reception’, sirna ‘ceremony’ cidaa kana qopheesuu akkasumas yeroo tokko tokko bashannana misiirroota lamaanii ‘honeymoon’f baasiin bahu jechuudha. Ati Misirritti ykn misirricha ‘bridegroom’ taate kan beektu yoo ta’e, cidikee maal fakkaata ture? Nuqunnamuun seenakee nuuf hiru dandeessa. Turtii waliin qabaanneef galatoomi; barnoota dabalataa Afaan Ingilizii waliin-wajjiniitiin yeroo ittaanu walitti deebina. Nagaatti, Bye.

Meaning & Use

the ceremony (noun)

When used as a countable noun, ceremony is 'a formal, public event, often following a tradition'. It is commonly associated with weddings, but can be used for other traditional or religious events.
The wedding ceremony was very intimate. Only family and very close friends were invited.
At the end of the school year, the students held an awards ceremony for their teachers. It was their way of saying thank you.

the reception (noun)

Reception is a noun that can have different meanings depending on the context. In this lesson, we will use the definition that refers to 'a formal party to celebrate something or welcome someone'. It is often associated with weddings, but can be used for other formal events, also.
Chris and Leslie decided to have a small ceremony but a big reception for their wedding. They just wanted to have a big, fun party!
After he has met with the president and ministers, there will be a reception to formally welcome the ambassador.

honeymoon (noun)

Honeymoon can be a verb or a countable noun, but is most commonly used as a noun to mean 'a holiday that two people take after they get married'. It is often used in the phrase 'to go on honeymoon'.
After the stress of planning the wedding, we couldn't wait to go on honeymoon
Many people tend to go abroad on their honeymoon (noun) nowadays but, in the past, people used to honeymoon (verb) closer to home.

extravagant (adjective)

If someone or something is extravagant, they 'spend or cost a lot of money, especially more than is needed or reasonable'.
Why are we taking a taxi when we can walk there? Don't be so extravagant!
Kevin gave me a beautiful watch for my birthday. I love it, but it was a very extravagant present, and now I feel like I have to get him something very expensive for his birthday.

Late for the wedding!

4 Questions

Choose the correct answer.

Deebii sirrii ta’e fili.

Congratulations you completed the Quiz
Excellent! Great job! Bad luck! You scored:
x / y

Over to you!

Do you think having an 'extravagant' wedding is fun or a waste of money? Which do you think is the more important part of a wedding - the 'ceremony' or the 'reception'? Tell us on our Facebook group.

Join us for our next episode of English Together when we will learn more useful language and practise your listening skills.
Turtii waliin qabaanneef galatoomi, barnoota dabalataa English Together torban ittaanu walitti deebina.

Session Vocabulary

  • Late for your own funeral!
    Barfachuu amaleeffachuu! (Sirna awwaalchaa ofiikeetiif barfachuu!)

    a funeral

    nama yeroo maluu ol barfatu

    the bridegroom/ groom

    the reception
    Afeerra nyaata (dhangaa)

    the ceremony

    baasii/leecalloo hinmalle baasuu

    the honeymoon
    bashannana yeroo misirrummaa