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'
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
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.
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
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.