In a large country such as China, people are always moving around for work. In a number of cases, sometimes their families go with them, meaning that many children change schools or educational facilities—and lose touch with classmates and friends. Still now and then, it’s possible to meet up with some old school friends as you make way in your career—and won’t it be nice if you can talk with them about your past times together?
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) How to discuss which educational facilities you attended
(ii) To explain where you studied and recall some people from the past
Two old classmates meet up after some time:
(zài kā fēi tīng)
(at the café)
Dà xué nǐ shì zài nǎ gè chéng shì shàng de?
In which city did you go to university?
Wǒ shì zài Běi Jīng shàng de běn kē, bì yè hòu wǒ qù yīng guó dú yán. Běn lái xiǎng zài nà er zài dú gè bó shì, dàn hòu lái wǒ jué dìng hái shì huí guó hǎo.
I went to Beijing for my undergraduate studies. After graduation, I went to UK for my Masters. At first, I was going to get my PhD there, too. But later, I decided that it was better to come back to China.
Nǐ liǎ yuán lái bù shì tóng xué me?
Weren’t you two classmates before?
Òu, wǒ liǎ shì xiǎo xué hé chū zhōng tóng xué. Dàn shàng gāo zhōng hòu jiù méi lián xi le.
Oh yes, we were primary and middle school classmates. But we lost contact with each other when we were at secondary level school.
Bù guò xiàn zài wǒ mén yòu chéng tóng shì le, duō yǒu yuán fèn a!
However, we are now co-workers. It must be fate.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
小学：primary school (six years in China)
初中：middle school (three years)
高中：secondary school (three years)
高考：the university entrance exam (the most important exam in China)
大学：university (four years)
研究生：a graduate student
博士：a PhD student
上大学：go to university
研：short for ‘研究生’, a Master’s degree student
回国：come back to the country
‘I am an undergraduate student’ in Chinese is:
Wǒ shì běn kē shēng.
‘Nine-year compulsory education’ in China:
China promulgated “Compulsory Education Law of the People’s Republic of China” in 1986. Since then, all citizens must attend school for at least nine years, known as the ‘nine-year compulsory education in China’ which the government funds. Nine-year compulsory education contains primary school(‘小学’) and junior secondary school (‘初中’) (or middle school). Primary education in most schools lasts six years. Both junior high school (or middle high school) and senior secondary school (or high school) (‘高中’)last three years in China.
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