We all love our memories! Every now and then we look back on things which happened to us in the past—both good and bad. It’s nice to reminisce sometimes, and great if you talk about your past experiences, plus listen to those of others!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to talk about something which happened in the past

(ii) To discuss with others a particular memory or memories


Two people remember one of their earlier dates:


(zài jiā kàn diàn shì)

(watching TV at home)

  1. Female
  2. Male


Nǐ kàn zhè zhāng zhào piān er.

Look at this photo.


Zhè shì wǒ mén qù dòng wù yuán de shí hou zhào de.

We took this when we went to the zoo.


Hā ha wǒ jì dé nà cì yuē huì nǐ chí dào le sì shí fēn zhōng.

Ha, ha, I remember that you were late for forty minutes for that date.


Duì. Nǐ nà yī zhěng tiān dōu tè bié shēng qì. Bù guò hòu lái, wǒ gěi nǐ mǎi le hǎo duō lǐ wù. Zǒng suàn bă nǐ hǒng kāi xīn le.

Right. You were really mad for the whole day. But afterwards, I bought you a lot of gifts and finally made you happy.


Hē he, shì. Nǐ hòu lái de biǎo xiàn hái suàn shì bù cuò. Hā ha.

Yes, what you did afterwards was pretty good. Ha ha.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:






迟到:be late



一整天:the whole day



好多:a lot of



哄:say some sweet words to make someone happy


不错:pretty good

Cultural/Grammar note:

In Chinese when you add ‘了’ to the end of a verb, such as ‘看了’, ‘听了’, it usually means past tense.

In Chinese, ‘哄’ is not a negative word. It means ‘to say some sweet words or do some nice things to make someone happy’. But ‘哄骗’ (‘hoax’ in English) is a negative word, which can mean ‘to tell lies to make someone happy’.

Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend:

italki Using Italki, a unique system of learning Mandarin Chinese where you interact with real teachers, is widely recognised as an effective way to learn a new language! You’ll make more progress and learn how native Chinese speakers really speak. Plus, Italki is more affordable than offline tutors, offline schools and software, and is convenient to use at your own pace and place!


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.


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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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