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不规则动词 (4) Irregular Verbs (4)

LESLIE: Welcome to another programme in the series 'Say It Again'. While you're expecting to hear Ruth, I'm sorry she's not able to be here today. My name is Leslie and I'm glad to be here with you. Each week on 'Say It Again', we look at a different aspect of the English language. I have an English language student here with me. You'd know her name. It's Lee Kee. Hello Lee Kee, welcome to 'Say It Again'.

LEE KEE: Hello Leslie, I'm happy to be here with you today. I've enjoyed finding out about other people through our true stories each week. It's been good also to practice my English as we talk about different parts of the English language.

LESLIE: In the past few 'Say It Again' programmes, you've been practising using the past tense. At the end of the last programme, Lee Kee and Ruth played a game. I wonder if you remember. Lee Kee, could you explain it?

LEE KEE: Yes Leslie, I think I can. Ruth asked me questions about a party I had been to. As I had already been to the party, I had to answer Ruth's questions in the past tense. She suggested that I could make up a situation if I'd not been anywhere or done anything I wanted to talk about.

LESLIE: That's right! As Lee Kee said, Ruth and her spoke about a party that Lee Kee had been to. Let's continue our programme today by playing that game again. This time, I'll ask Lee Kee questions about the time she visited Singapore. So remember Lee Kee, all your answers must be using the past tense as it's something that already happened.


LESLIE: Did you notice that Lee Kee used lots of past tense verbs. She used 'bought', 'was', 'visited' and many others.

LESLIE: Do you remember hearing this on a previous 'Say It Again' programme?


LESLIE: That was a short piece from a conversation between Grace and her brother Jim. Grace and Jim had been invited to a wedding. They really enjoyed themselves. In the conversation we've just been listening to, they were talking about a photograph Jim had taken. It was of some of the people at the wedding throwing their hats into the air. Listen to all of their conversation. Lee Kee, I wonder if you can hear some past tense verbs they used.


LEE KEE: I noticed quite a few past tense verbs in Grace and Jim's conversation. Some of them were regular past tense verbs like 'look' which in the past tense becomes 'looked', 'print' which becomes 'printed'. And tie which becomes 'tied'. Is that right?

LESLIE: That's right! They also used some of the past tense irregular verbs that we've been practising. Did you notice any of them, Lee Kee?

LEE KEE: Yes, I think I noticed a few. There was 'went' and 'were' and 'threw' and 'caught'.

LESLIE: The only one you've practised recently that you missed out was 'told'. Did you do as well as Lee Kee and hear the five past tense irregular verbs?

LESLIE: At the end of today's programme, Lee Kee and I will put each of the five past tense irregular verbs into a new sentence for you. So please stay with us until then.

LESLIE: Each week on 'Say It Again', there is a chance to hear a true story. So far in the series we've heard true stories from many people in different parts of the world. Some of the countries we've heard from are Nigeria, Pakistan, Nepal, Cambodia and India. Today's story is from India. It is the true story of Bala Krishna. This story tells how Bala heard the news that his son had died. Bala found that the faith he had in the pagan gods couldn't help him. It was as he went to a Christian church and began to find out about the Christian God that he found what he was looking for - peace and a faith in the living God. Bala's story is being read by Christopher, who's from India himself.

Story Testimony

I heard them running towards me. As they entered my room, they cried, "Your son fell down dead in the temple. In front of the gods and goddesses, he dropped dead." When they said this, I cried out, "Why should this happen to me? Why should he die there? If these gods and goddesses were alive, why did they not save him?"

Every day I took my offering to the temple and worshipped there. I believed that if I did this, I would avoid trouble. But now as my son lay dead in the temple, I said, "If those gods and goddesses in that temple cannot save my son's life, I refuse to believe in them anymore."

Then one day, somebody told me about the Christians' God. They said that God protects Christians from harm. I decided that I wanted to know more. So I went to a Christian church. There I heard about how Christian people experience the help of their God. I wanted to talk to this God through prayer, and so I asked Him to forgive me my sins. I said, "I believe that Jesus Christ, God's only Son, lived a good life, that he didn't have to die. I believe that Jesus allowed those men to kill him as punishment for my sins."

It was then that the living God came into my life. He changed my life and gave me the gift of His Holy Spirit. I found that, at last, I had true peace in my heart and also in my mind. My life is now safe and secure in God's hands. I know that God loves me.

LESLIE: We're almost at the end of today's programme. I said at the beginning that Lee Kee and I would use all the irregular past tense verbs you've practised before. So Lee Kee, if I say an irregular past tense verb, will you use it in a sentence? I'll start with 'told'.

LEE KEE: 'I told my friend that I would be a little late.'

LESLIE: That's right. Now can you use 'threw' in a sentence?

LEE KEE: 'The boy threw the ball very hard.'

LESLIE: Good. Can you put both 'caught' and 'went' into one sentence?

LEE KEE: 'When I went to the station, I caught the earlier train.'

LESLIE: The last past tense verb I have for you is 'were'.

LEE KEE: 'At the party, there were many people that I knew.'

LESLIE: Today's programme is the last time that we shall be looking at the past tense irregular verbs - 'went', 'were', 'threw', 'caught' and 'told'. I'm sure they'll be used in future programmes but you'll now have to practice them on your own. On next week's 'Say It Again' programme, Grace and Ruth will be here. Grace is continuing her series looking at different places of interest around Britain. Next week, she'll be talking about 'Gretna Green' in Scotland. Lee Kee will be back with me, Leslie, the programme after next. So until next time, good bye from Lee Kee and me.

BOTH: Goodbye.

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