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Session 29

Age is just a number
ዕድሜ ቁጥር ብቻ ነው።

In today’s episode we will be discussing how we can achieve our dreams at any age.
በዛሬው መሰናዶ ህልሞቻችንን በየትኛውም ዕድሜ ላይ ሆነን ስለማሳካት እንነጋገራለን።

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    Activity 1

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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ሰላም! ስለአንድ ጉዳይ ወደምንወያይበትና ስለጉዳዩ ለማውራት የሚያስፈልገውን ቋንቋ ወደምናቀርብበት የEnglish Together ዝግጅት እንኳን በደህና መጡ። ዘሩባቤል እባላለሁ። አብረውኝ ደግሞ. . .

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 question about the world's oldest and biggest athletics competition – the Olympic Games. ስለጥንታዊ የኦሎምፒክ ጨዋታዎች የሚያወሳው እና እስካሁን የተገኘው ቀዳሚው የጽሁፍ ማስረጃ ወደ776 ዓመተ ዓለም የሚመዘዝ ነው። ያኔም አንድ ውድድር ብቻ ነው የነበረው። ስለዚህም ከሂስትሪ ዶት ኮም የተገኘው የዛሬው ጥያቄያችን ይህ ነው፤ ያ ውድድር ምንድን ነበር?

ሀ) የውሃ ዋና

ለ) ነፃ ትግል

ሐ) የመም እና የሜዳ ላይ ውድድር

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, ይሄንን ከቢቢሲ ዓለም አቀፍ አገልግሎት የተገኘው እና የዋና ክብረ ወሰንን ስለለሰበሩ የዘጠና ዘጠኝ ዓመት አዛውንት የሚያወራ ዜና እንስማ።

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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 to 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' ልምምዶችን ወይንም ሙከራዎች as a way to put his name in the record books ስሙን ከታሪክ መዛግብት ላይ እንደማስፈሪያ መንገድ አድርጎ ነበር የወሰዳቸው።

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' ዝግጁ ወይንም ብቁ ሆነው እንዳልተገኙ መሰማት ማለት ነው። it's the opposite of 'adequate' ብቁ ማለት ነው። 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' አነሳሽ ማለት ነው። I agree, age shouldn't be 'a barrier' አጥር ወይንም መከልከያ።

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

'To be demoralising' መንፈስን የሚያላሽቅ ማለት ነው። 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' አስደማሚ ወይንም አስደናቂ ማለት ነው። and you can say 'to be impressed by something or someone' በአንድ ነገር ወይንም ሰው መደነቅ ማለት ነው። I'm impressed by this man, definitely!

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

'Thirst for life' ለህይወት ያለ ጥማት ማለት ነው።

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? በመጀመሪያው የተመዘገበ የኦሎምፒክ ጨዋታ ላይ የነበረው ብቸኛ ውድድር ምንድን ነበር?

ሀ) የውሃ ዋና

ለ) ነፃ ትግል

ሐ) የመም እና የሜዳ ላይ ውድድር

What do you think the answer is, Sam?

I think it was c.

And you're correct መለሱ ሐ) የመም እና የሜዳ ላይ ውድድር ነበር።

That was very impressive, Sam!

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

Not sure Sam is very impressed by us, Phil! የዛሬውን መሰናዷችንን አጠናቅቀን ከመሰናበታችን በፊት ግን ዛሬ ስንነጋገርባቸው የነበሩትን ቃላት እንመልከት፤ ሁሉም ከስኬት ጋር የሚገናኙ ናቸው። to feel inadequate ብቁ ወይንም ዝግጁ ያለመሆን ስሜት ማለት ነው፤ to be motivating' አነሳሽ ማለት ነው፤ to be demoralising' የመንፈስ መላሸቅ ማለት ነው፤ to be impressive' አስደናቂ መሆን ማለት ነው።  አብራችሁን ስለቆያችሁ እናመሰግናለን፤ ለተጨማሪ የEnglish Together በሚቀጥለው ሳምንት ይጠብቁን።

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 just 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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ተጨማሪ ጠቃሚ አገላለፆችን ለመማር እና የማዳመጥ ክህሎትዎን በመለማመድ ለማዳበር በቀጣዩ English Together ዝግጅታችን ይጠብቁን።

Session Vocabulary

  • to feel/be inadequate
    ብቁ ወይንም ዝግጁ ያለመሆን/ሆኖ ያለመሰማት

    to be motivating
    to be motivating ማነቃቃት/ ማነሳሳት

    to be demoralising
    መንፈስን የሚያላሽቅ መሆን

    to be impressive
    አስደናቂ መሆን

    to be a barrier or obstacle to something
    የአንድ ነገር አጥር ወይንም እንቅፋት መሆን

    to be impressed by something or someone
    በአንድ ነገር ወይንም በአንድ ሰው መደነቅ

    to have a thirst for life
    የህይወት ጥማት መኖር

    the trials
    ልምምዶች፥ ሙከራዎች