Most people like to think and talk about the past now and then. Maybe about their childhood or school days—and especially if they moved away to live in another city. If you are one of such people, learn how to talk about things that you remember, or places you used to go!
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) To reminisce about things in the past
(ii) How to talk about places you remember from when you were younger
Two friends meet up in Beijing:
(zài jiē shàng)
(on the street)
Liǎng nián méi huí lái, Běi Jīng biàn huà hǎo dà a!
Haven’t been back for two years, Beijing has changed a lot!
Shì a, zhè lǐ yǐ qián shì gè chǒng wù shì chǎng, xiàn zài dōu biàn chéng bàn gōng lóu le.
Yes, there was a pet market here before. Now it has become an office building.
Nǐ hái jì de zán men xiǎo shí hòu zǒng qù de nà ge jiē xīn gōng yuán me?
Do you still remember the park by the street we always went to?
Jì de a!
Yes, I remember.
Nà lǐ yǐ jīng chāi le, xiàn zài zài jiàn gōng lù.
That place has been torn down. They’re building a road now.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
以前：before refers to a time in the past
过去：in the past
小时候：childhood, or when someone is young
街心公园（儿）：literally means ‘street heart park’, it refers to a small park by the side of the street in the neighbourhood
拆：tear down, demolish
公路：road, generally refers to a road that connect cities and towns etc.
For past tense in Chinese, all you need to do is to say some words that indicate the past time. E.g. ‘以前’, ‘过去’, ‘咱们小时候’, etc.
Or you can also add ‘了’ to the end of the verb to indicate the past tense. E.g. ‘拆了’.
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