Often, people wish to talk about something which happened in the past—whether it be yesterday, last week or another time. Be sure you understand what they are referring to and, of course, are able to explain to someone about your past experiences.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to talk about something you did in the past

(ii) To relate to someone details of a past event

Dialogue: Discussing what have you done in the past:

(1) 今天早上我六点钟起床,然后就去跑步了。Jīntiān zǎoshang wǒ liù diǎn zhōng qǐchuáng, ránhòu jiù qù pǎobùle.

This morning I got up at six and then went running.

(2) 周一她去面试过,但是没成功。Zhōuyī tā qù miànshìguò, dànshì mò chénggōng.

She went for an interview on Monday, but was not successful.

(3) 上周四是我的生日派对。很多朋友都来了。那天,我特别开心。Shàng zhōu sì shì wǒ de shēngrì pàiduì. Hěnduō péngyǒu dōu láile. Nèitiān, wǒ tèbié kāixīn.

Last Thursday was my birthday party. Many friends came and I was very happy.

(4)昨天,老妈给我做饺子来着。我全吃光了!好好吃啊!Zuótiān, lǎo mā gěi wǒ zuò jiǎozi láizhe. Wǒ quán chī guāngle! Hǎo hào chī a!

Yesterday, my mother made dumplings for me to eat. I ate them all. Very delicious!

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

早上:morning

起床:get up

然后:then

跑步:running

周一:Monday

她:she

面试:interview

但是:but

成功:succeed

上周四:last Thursday

生日派对:birthday party

很多:many

朋友:friends

来了:came

特别:very much, especially

开心:happy

昨天:yesterday

老妈:casual way to say mother

全:all

吃光了:ate all of it

好好吃:very delicious

Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend:

Keats Chinese SchoolKeats Chinese School, which was founded in 2004, is one of the top Mandarin Chinese language schools in China, offering both one-on-one immersion Mandarin courses and small group Chinese classes. Located in Kunming, Keats develops personalised exercises and materials for students to meet their learning goals and requirements and can arrange a student visa for its 16 week course.

 

PlecoPleco Software makes popular Chinese dictionary/flashcard/document reader apps for iPhones, iPads and Android devices, featuring dozens of licenced dictionaries, handwriting input, OCR, stroke order, Cantonese support, and tons of other amazing features. We highly recommend taking a look at some or all of their great products…

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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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