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Session 40

In today’s episode we are discussing unwanted phone calls and what we can do to avoid them.
በዛሬው መሰናዷችን ስላልተፈለጉ የስልክ ጥሪዎች እና እነርሱን ለማስቀረት ማድረግ ስለምንችላቸው ነገሮች እንወያያለን።

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Cold callers

In today’s episode we are discussing unwanted phone calls and what we can do to avoid them.
በዛሬው መሰናዷችን ስላልተፈለጉ የስልክ ጥሪዎች እና እነርሱን ለማስቀረት ማድረግ ስለምንችላቸው ነገሮች እንወያያለን።


How many unwanted texts and phone calls are sent each year in the UK?

a) 2 million
b) 20 million
c) 2 billion

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ሰላም! የተለያዩ ርእሰ ጉዳዮችን እያነሳን፣ እንዴት በእንግሊዘኛ እንደሚገለጹ ወደምንማርበት የ English Together ዝግጅት እንኳን በደህና መጡ። ምህረተስላሴ እባላለሁ። አብረውኝ ደግሞ. . .


Hello everyone! I’m Tom. Welcome to today’s episode.

Hi, I’m Kee, welcome to the programme!

So, guys, do you know what makes me really annoyed?

No, what?

Cold callers! They are so annoying!

Cold callers, you mean, people who call trying to sell you things? ‘Cold callers’ ዕቃ ለማሻሻጥ የሚደውሉ ሰዎች ማለት ነው።

Yeah! It’s so annoying when you stop to answer a call and then realise it’s a cold call! Do you have them in your country?

ዕቃ ለማሻሻጥ ስለሚደውሉ ሰዎች ካነሳን ዘንዳ ወደዛሬው ጥያቄ እንለፍ፤ አቪቫ የሚባለው የመድህን ዋስትና ኩብንያ እንደሚለው  እንግሊዝ ውስጥ በየዓመቱ ምን ያህል ያልተፈለጉ የስልክና የፅሁፍ መልዕክቶች ይላካሉ?

ሀ)ሁለት ሚሊየን

ለ)ሃያ ሚሊየን

ሐ) ሁለት ቢሊየን

መልሱን ወደኋላ እንነግርዎታለን።

I think most places have them! I’m always getting calls from people trying to scam me in one way or another!

Ah! To scam! ‘To scam’ ማታለል ማለት ነው። Yes, there are a lot of scammers out there!

I always hang up on them.

‘Hang up’ ስልክ መዝጋት ማለት ነው። በዚሁ የዛሬውን የዜና ቅንጫቢ እናዳምጥ፤ ከቢቢሲ ሬዲዮ ፎር፣ መኒ ቦክስ መሰናዶ የተወሰደ ነው። አቅራቢው ዕቃ ለማሻሻጥ መደወል እንግሊዝ ውስጥ ባሉ አዛውንቶች ጡረታ pensions ላይ እያሳደረ ስላለው ተፅዕኖ ያወራል።

The government has promised it will introduce a ban on cold-calling about pensions as quickly as possible. Since pension freedoms began nearly three years ago the Pensions Administration Standards Association estimates a billion pounds of pension money could have been lost to thieves. But whatever their true figure, these scams typically begin with a cold call.

That’s awful! Nuisance callers are annoying, but that report was criminal!

‘Nuisance’ የሚረብሽ፣ ሰላም የሚነሳ ማለት ነው።

And they’re defrauding older people, too! These people have worked all their lives to save that money!

‘To defraud’ ማታለል ማለት ነው። Perhaps we could stop these fraudsters by blocking their calls?

I’m not sure, that seems like a short-term approach to me.

‘A short-term approach’ ለአጭር ጊዜ የሚሆን መላ ማለት ነው። What do you mean?

Well, because, whilst it might address the problem of cold calls, it doesn’t address the root of the problem!

'The root of the problem’ የችግሩ ዋና መንስዔ ማለት ነው። So, you’re saying that the main problem is the cold callers, the people who are ringing.

Exactly! No cold callers, no cold calls!

What do you think a good long-term approach would be, then?

For me, it seems like we need stronger regulations put in place.

Yes. ‘Stronger regulations’ ጠንካራ ሕግ ማለት ነው። Stronger regulations could make cold-calling illegal!

But if they call from abroad what can we do here in England, or here in the UK? How can we regulate in different countries, with different laws? A British policeman couldn’t go to India to stop cold-calling!

I agree, but I think regulators here need to do more, too! Sometimes it seems like companies don’t care about all these cold calls we’re getting!

የዛሬው ጥያቄ መልስ እንንገራችሁ ሐ) በየዓመቱ እንግሊዝ ውስጥ ሁለት ቢሊየን ያልተፈለጉ የስልክ ጥሪዎች እና የፅሁፍ መልዕክቶች ይላካሉ የሚል ነው።

Goodness! That’s so many!

Yeah, what a pain in the neck!

Do you have a pain in your neck from talking on your phone all the time?

No, if something is a pain in the neck’ it means ‘it’s very annoying’.

So I could say ‘cold callers are a pain the neck’?

Yeah! And nuisance calls!

And regulations! What a pain in the neck, eh?!

ሃሃ፣ እርሶስ? ‘nuisance’ የሚረብሹ  ‘cold calls’ የማሻሻጫ የስልክ ጥሪዎች ይደርስዎታል? ሁሉንም በጅምላ የሚከለክል ‘a blanket ban’ ወይንም ጠንካራ ህግጋት ‘stronger regulations’ መኖር አለበት ይላሉ? ሌሎች ዛሬ የተማርናቸው ቃላት እነዚህ ናቸው፤ ‘a short-term approach’ ለአጭር ጊዜ የሚሰራ መላ ማለት ሲሆን ‘pain in the neck’ መፈናፈኛ የማይሰጥ ችግር ማለት ነው። ኃሳብዎን ያካፍሉን።

አብራችሁን ስለቆያችሁ እናመሰግናለን። ለተጨማሪ የኢንግሊሽ ቱጌዘር ዝግጅቶች በሚቀጥለው ሳምንት ይጠብቁን።


-ed/-ing adjectives

Several adjectives used in today’s programme appear in two forms, either with –ed or –ing endings. There are differences between the two forms.

Adjectives ending –ed describe how people feel.

I am annoyed because I get a lot of phone calls!
He is tired because he went for a run this morning.

Adjectives ending –ing describes something which causes a feeling.

Nuisance phone calls are so annoying!
(They make us annoyed.)
Running in the morning is very tiring!
(It makes us tired.)

always + [verb] / [verb-ing]

When we use different forms of a verb after ‘always’, it can change the meaning of what we say.

Always + [verb] is neutral. It describes an action that we do frequently.

I always hang up when I don’t know the number.
She always keeps her personal information a secret.

However, always + [verb+ing] is often used when we want to describe something in a negative manner. Often, we use this structure to describe things which are annoying.

People are always calling me late at night!
Why are you always talking on your phone during presentations?

stop + [verb-ing] /  [to + verb]

We use stop + [verb-ing] to say that an activity or event is no longer continuing.

I have stopped answering the phone to unknown numbers.
They have stopped going to the cinema since the prices increased

We use stop + [to+verb] to explain a reason for stopping.

I often stop to buy some food on the way home.
You should stop smoking to improve your health.

Cold callers

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ተጨማሪ ጠቃሚ አገላለጾችን ለመማር እና የማዳመጥ ክህሎትዎን በመለማመድ ለማዳበር በቀጣዩ ኢንግሊሽ ቱጌዘር ዝግጅታችን ይጠብቁን።

Session Vocabulary

  • cold callers
    የማማሻጫ የስልክ ጥሪ የሚያደርጉ ሰዎች

    to scam

    hang up
    ስልክ መዝጋት

    ሰላም የሚነሳ


    a short-term approach
    የአጭር ጊዜ መላ

    the root of the problem
    የችግሩ ስረ መሰረት

    stronger regulations
    ጠንካራ ግንኙነቶች

    a pain in the neck
    መፈናፈኛ የማይሰጥ ችግር