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Session 29

Age is just a number
Umriin lakkoofsa.

In today’s episode we will be discussing how we can achieve our dreams at any age.
Kutaa har’aa keessatti umrii kamittiyyuu akkamiin abjuu keenya akka fiixaan baafannurratti mari’anna.

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Activity 1

Age is just a number

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

  • trials
  • barrier
  • motivating
  • demoralising


Which event did athletes compete in at the original Olympic games?
a) swimming
b) wrestling
c) track and field

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 kan mata duree tibbanaa irratti mari’annuufi qooqa ittiin dubbachuuf si barbaachisu siif qoodnutti baga nagaan dhufte. Ani Caaliidha. Akkasumas Fiiliifi Saam na waliin jiru.

Hi, I’m Phil. Welcome to the programme.

And I’m Sam. Hello everyone!

Guys, I really need to share this story with you! Did you hear about the 99-year-old swimmer who broke the world record in Australia?

Wait, wait! Before we listen to the story, as you brought up the topic of an athletics competition, Phil, let me ask you a quick question about the world’s oldest and biggest athletics competition – the Olympic Games. Ragaan galmee jalqabaa Taphawwan Olompiikii durii, Dhaloota Kiristoosiin Dura bara 776 akka eegaleefi, wayita sanatti dorgommiin ykn tapni tokko qofti akka ture eera. Gaafiin har’a siif qabnu – kan History.com irraa argameedha – taphni ykn taateen sun maal turee?

a)    daakaa bishaanii

b)    bunyaa

c)    fiigicha daandiirraafi dirree keessaa

Mmm, that’s a good question!

Let’s talk about it later! I really want you to hear this story!

Phil, you’re very excited about this, aren’t you? Ok, odeessa oduu BBC Tajaajila Addunyaarra, waa’ee nama umurii ganna 99 fi daakaa bishaniin rikordii addunyaa cabsee haa caqasnu.

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While most around him were sweating over claiming a place in the Commonwealth Games, George Corones used the Australian trials as a way to put his name in the record books. The only entry in the 100-104 age group, he swam alone covering 50 metres in 56.12 seconds. Corones says he only started taking swimming seriously at the age of 80 and while this won’t win him a place in the games, he does have his sights set on another record. Tomorrow night, he returns to swim in the 100 metre freestyle.

Isn’t that amazing?

But was he competing in the games? I didn’t quite understand.

No, he was just using the ‘trials’ yaaliiwwan ‘as a way to put his name in the record books’ Galmee rekordiirratti maqaansaa akka barreeffamuuf jecha yaali godheedha.

Yeah, they said that while he didn’t win a place in the games, he did win a place in the record books.

I hear a story like that, and I just feel a little inadequate, to be honest.

‘To feel inadequate’ ‘miira itti quufuu dadhabuu,’ it’s the opposite of ‘adequate’ quubsaa. That’s not good, Sam!

Oh no, Sam! a story like this shouldn’t make you feel inadequate. It just proves that age shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your dreams. It should be motivating!

‘To be motivating’ jechuun kan hamileessu. I agree, age shouldn’t be ‘a barrier’ gufuu ykn danqaa ta’u hin malu.

I guess what’s motivating for some people, is demoralising for others.

‘To be demoralising’ jechuun kan hamilee cabsu. Do you really find this story demoralising, Sam?

Trust you to hear a story as positive as this one and think it’s demoralising, Sam!

Don’t get me wrong, I also think it’s very impressive.

Oh, good! ‘To be impressive’ jechuun kan qalbii-hawwatu, and you can say ‘to be impressed by something or someone’ wanta tokkoon ykn nama tokkoon qalbii namaa hawwatamuu. I’m impressed by this man, definitely!

Yeah, me too! I’m so impressed by his thirst for life.

‘Thirst for life’ jechuun jireenyaaf fedhii qabaachuudha. Gaaleen kun Afaan Oromoon ‘Jireenya dheebochu,’ akka jechuuti.

Yeah, absolutely. I’m just saying that his impressive thirst for life can also be demoralising!

Ok, Sam, let’s see if you find this motivating! Do you remember the question I asked you earlier? Taphawwan Olompiikii jalqbaaf galmaa’erratti tapni ykn taateen qophaa’ee maal ture?

a)    daakaa bishaanii

b)    bunyaa

c)    fiigicha daandiirraafi dirree keessaa

What do you think the answer is, Sam?

I think it was c.

Sirrii deebiste, Deebiinsaa c. fiigicha daandiirraafi dirree keessaa.

That was very impressive, Sam!

Yeah, yeah. I know what you two are trying to do, and it won’t work.

Ha ha! Not sure Sam is very impressed by us, Phil! Torban kanaaf nagaa otoo sitti hindhaamiin dura, jechoota har’a irratti dubbachaa turre haa’ilaallu – hundisaanii milkaa’ina wajjin walqabatu: ‘to feel inadequate’ miira itti quufuu dadhabuu, ‘to be motivating’ kan hamileessu ta’uu, ‘to be demoralising’ kan hamilee cabsuu ta’uu, fi ‘to be impressive’ kan qalbii hawwatu ta’u. Turtii waliin qabaanneef galatoomi; barnoota dabalataa “English Together”n torban ittaanu walitti deebina. Nagaatti. Bye!

Meaning & Use

inadequate (adjective)

Inadequate refers to not being good enough for something. If someone feels inadequate, it means that they feel that they are not able to do things as well as is expected.
Seeing successful people makes me feel inadequate.
I felt so inadequate because I wasn't able to help.
It was cold inside because the heating was inadequate.

motivating (adjective)

Motivating is used to describe something that makes people want to do a particular action or to perform something better.
I find praise really motivating.
Seeing the results of my work is really motivating.
Having a coach who understands me is very motivating.

demoralising (adjective)

Demoralising is used to describe something that makes people lose confidence in themselves.
It's really demoralising when people criticise what you do.
The job was so boring that it was demoralising.
It's really demoralising when no-one listens to you.

impressive (adjective)

Something or someone that is impressive causes people to admire or respect it.
His winning time in the race was really impressive.
The palace's size was impressive.
The impressive thing was how easily she was able to make people like her.

Age is just a number

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Do you find this story motivating or demoralising? Do you feel inadequate when you hear about other people's impressive achievements? 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.
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Session Vocabulary

  • to feel/ be inadequate
    miira itti quufuu dadhabuu

    to be motivating
    kan hamileessu ta’uu

    to be demoralising
    kan hamile-cabsu ta’uu

    to be impressive
    kan hawwatu ta’uu

    to be a barrier or obstacle to something
    kan danquu ykn guffachiisu ta’u

    to be impressed by something or someone
    wantokkoon ykn nama tokkoon hawwatamuu

    to have a thirst for life
    jireenyaaf dheebuu qabaachuu

    the trials