There are times when you might be asked to recount past events. It might be to do with your career or other occurrences in your everyday life. So, we’re going to show you how to refer to the time before an event or action and after an event or action. Such Mandarin Chinese phrases will be helpful to explain a sequence of events or clarify something which happened in the past…

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to explain what you were doing before an event in the past

(ii) To tell someone what you did after such event


A manager is doing an interview:


(Zài huì yì shì)

(at the meeting room)


A: Nǐ néng jiǎn dān shuō shuō nǐ zhī qián de gōng zuò jīng lì me?

Can you briefly talk about your previous work experience?


B: Hǎo. Wǒ zài lián xiǎng gōng zuò le wǔ nián, zhí wèi shì gāo jí gōng chéng shī.

Okay. I worked for Lenovo for five years. My position was senior engineer.


A: Nà zài nà zhī qián ne?

How about before that?


B: Zài nà zhī qián, wǒ shì zhōng guān cūn yī jiā xiǎo ruǎn jiàn gōng sī de gōng chéng shī. Zài nà lǐ gàn le sān nián, zhī hòu jiù tiào cáo dào lián xiǎng le.

Before that, I was an engineer in a small software company in Zhong Guan Cun. I worked there for three years. After that, I moved to Lenovo.


A: Nà gè gōng zuò shì nǐ de dì yī fèn gōng zuò me?

Was that your first job?


B: Duì, nà shì wǒ dà xué bì yè hòu de dì yī fèn zhèng shì gōng zuò.

Yes, that was my first job after my graduating from University.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

会议室:meeting room

简单:easy, simple, brief

说说:talk about


工作经历:work experience


职位:job position

高级工程师:senior engineer

中关村:Zhong Guan Cun





三年:three years

之后:after that

跳槽:changed/moved jobs


大学毕业:college graduation

正式工作:first job

份:measuring word for job


Cultural/Grammar note:

  1. Lenovo (联想) is a top Chinese technology company.
  2. Zhong Guan Cun (中关村) is the technology hub in Beijing. It is like Silicon Valley in China. Many famous Chinese software companies are based there, such as the Lenovo Group.

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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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