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Growing up in China I did not have to drive and neither did I want to since public transportation was so readily available.  But here where I live now, a car is a necessity if you want to get around anywhere.  I have never driven a car until I got to USA.  What have you never done?  In this lesson you will learn how to use “never done…”   Be sure to listen to our Chinese podcast lesson and if you haven’t yet, subscribe to our Chinese itunes podcast or hear us on Stitcher  and leave a comment. If you liked this lesson please give us a thumbs up on facebook

Vocab

动物园

dòngwùyuán

zoo

公共场所

gōnggòng chǎngsuǒ

public place

忘记

wàngjì

forget

欧洲

ōuzhōu

Europe

家乡

jiāxiāng

hometown

 城市

 chéngshì

 city

地铁

dìtiě

subway

习惯

xíguàn

used to

发达

fādá

developed

塞车

sāichē

traffic

Key Phrases

Jack从来不喝酒

cónglái bù hējiū

Jack never drinks alcohol

爷爷从来不去动物园

yéye cónglái bú qù dòngwùyuán

Grandpa never goes to the zoo

Rose从来不在公共场所大叫

cónglái búzài gōnggòng chǎngsuǒ dà jiào

Rose never screams in public

姐姐从来不忘记妈妈的生日

jiějie cónglái bú wàngjì māma de shēngrì

Older sister never forgets mom’s birthday

哥哥从来不去健身房运动

gēge cónglái bú qù jiànshēnfáng yùndòng

Older brother never goes to the gym to work out

我从来没有去过欧洲

wǒ cónglái méiyǒu qùguò ōuzhōu

I have never been to Europe

他从来没有打过电话回家

tā cónglái méiyǒu dáguò diànhuà huíjiā

He has never called home

我的朋友从来没有开过车

wǒ de péngyǒu cónglái méiyǒu kāiguò chē

My friend has never driven a car.

宝宝从来没有离开过妈妈

bǎobǎo cónglái méiyǒu líkāi guò māma

the baby has never been separated from mom

Dialogue

在美国你最喜欢的城市是哪里?

zài měiguó nǐ zuì xǐhuān de chéngshì shì nǎlǐ

In the US what’s your favorite city?

纽约,我在纽约读大学。

niǔyuē, wǒ zài niǔyuē dú dàxué

New York, I went to college in New York.

为什么喜欢纽约?

wèishénme xǐhuān niǔyuē

What makes you like New York?

在纽约的四年我从来没有开过车。地铁很方便

zài niǔyuē de sìnián wǒ cónglái méiyǒu kāiguò chē. dìtiě hěn fāngbiàn

During the 4 years in NY, I had never driven a car. Subway was very convenient.

是吗?我从来没有坐过地铁

shìma? wǒ cónglái méiyǒu zuòguò dìtiě

Really? I have never taken subway

我在香港长大,习惯地铁巴士,在香港我从来不开车。

wǒzài xiānggǎng zhǎngdà, xíguàn dìtiě bāshì, zài xiānggǎng wǒ cónglái bù kāichē

I grew up in Hong Kong, (so) I’m used to buses. I never drove in Hong Kong

是啊,香港公共交通很发达。

shì ā, xiānggǎng gōnggòng jiāotōng hěn fādá

Right, the public transportation is well developed in Hong Kong

地铁从来不塞车,可是有时候人有点多

dìtiě cónglái bù sāichē, kěshì yǒushíhòu rén yǒudiǎn duō

There’s never traffic with subway but sometimes it can be crowded.

在纽约上大学的时候你想家吗?

zài niǔyuē shàng dàxué de shíhòu nǐ xiǎng jiā ma?

Did you miss home while going to school in NY?

当然想家,大学以前我从来没有离开过家人。

dāngrán xiǎng jiā, dàxué yǐqián wǒ cónglái méiyǒu líkāi guò jiārén

Of course (I) missed home, I had never left home before college

Flashcards for your review

Chinese Character – English

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Chinese Character – Pinyin

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In the comments bellow practice making a sentence or two in Chinese using any of the following:

1. Try using any of the verbs or nouns we learned to make a sentence.

2. Use any grammar points in this lesson to make sentences.

Animated Stroke Order Just highlight and copy the character, paste in the small box bellow and press enter to see the stroke order. Use the whiteboard to better familiarize with Chinese characters.