Stories about people, holidays or something else? How is it? It is funny? Hi Learn English team, Can you please make a system to let us know if someone has replied to our comments? Hi Ash94, Yes, we agree that it would be great to have a notifications system for replies.
We want to improve the comment features on the website and we're looking into it. Thanks a lot for suggesting this improvement, anyway. We're working on it! Best wishes, Joanna LearnEnglishTeens team. Kelvin and Melissa are both from Hong Kong. Did you like watching these videos? Keep going with your English practice and never give up!
It takes hard work to improve but you can do it! Jonathan LearnEnglish Teens Team. Hi Jonathan, I think people living in Hong Kong have greater exposure to English because it's a multicultural society, isn't it? So they speak English so well. I am now practicing speaking English with an American accent :D.
I hope I could speak as naturally as Kelvin and Melissa did. I like to hear stories about some amazing experiences, like traveling abroad. And I like to hear stories about people, about their life and their way to succeed. An amazing day of my life was about a week ago.
Log in Sign up Newsletter. Instructions Watch the video of two students telling a personal anecdote. Then read the tips below. Here are our top tips for telling a good story or anecdote. Do: Take time to think about the question and the story before you start talking. Use narrative tenses — past simple, past continuous and past perfect.
Use adjectives and adverbs to make the story interesting. Use sequencing words: first of all, then, after that, later on, finally, in the end Give your story an introduction. Say briefly what your story is about.
Give the background to your story. Say when and where it took place and what you were doing at that time. Say what happened step by step. Use words like so, because and although to connect the actions until you reach the end of the story. Keep the action moving! Finish your story or anecdote by saying why it is important to you or why you remember it.
Look at your listeners. Use a flat or bored voice. Look down or look around the room. Examples of storytelling tasks Tell me about a holiday you had. Tell me about a difficult journey you had. Tell me about a special event in your life. Tell me about a birthday you remember. Tell me about a time when you lost something important.
Tell me about a time when you gave someone a surprise. Check your vocabulary: grouping - useful phrases. Worksheets and downloads Tell a story or personal anecdote - planning sheet. You may have forgotten the importance of storytelling — yes, even in nonfiction. Stories make concepts more relatable. Anecdotes can be true or fictitious — whichever best serves your purpose.
Just be sure to make clear to the reader which is which. You should be able to tell immediately which of the following are true or not:. It was due the next day. He was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task. Just take it bird by bird. Notice that the first sentence both sets the scene and immediately introduces the problem: a massive report due the next day.
Another writer might have started by describing the setting and establishing the family dynamic. Lamott starts at the moment of crisis. An anecdote gives you a much better chance of impressing a publisher than starting with observations or persuasion. Let me tell you what I learned and how I got out of it. I call that second approach the Come-Alongside Method. It avoids preachiness and allows the reader to get the point without having the spotlight shone in their face.
When considering an anecdote, think reader-first. How will it best benefit him? Less is more. This is especially important when using only a couple of sentences to tell a story that supports your point. Become an aggressive self-editor.