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“Charlie bit me,” the musical version

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Is simple past tense a problem? A musical (autotuned) version of the famous “Charlie bit me” YouTube video will have you using it correctly in no time. 

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“Charlie bit me,” the musical version

Many English learners here in Thailand use only one tense, the simple present. In this lesson, we’ll try a fun way of getting starting with a second tense, the simple past.

We use the simple past all the time for events that have already happened, even something that may have happened only a second or two ago.

A great example is the popular (more than 500 million views) Youtube video "Charlie bit me" . Watch it and notice that Charlie's older brother immediately uses the past ("bit" and "hurt") after taking his finger out Charlie's mouth.

When you finish with the original version, watch the musical (autotuned) version. That is even better for language learning.


Ah, ah Charlie. Charlie bit me
Ah, ew, ouch. Ouch. OUCH, Charlie. AAAWWWW!!!
Chaaarlie, that really hurt!
Charlie bit me and that really hurt Charlie
And it's still hurting

Sing along

Sing along, dance along. Then start using the simple past when you speak English.

To further understand the past simple, read the chapter in Understanding English verb forms: The past simple

You can find a full description of Understanding English verb forms here:


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