How to tell a story in English

人が集まるパーティーに行ったり、友人と一緒に過ごしたりする時、私たちは普通に話をしたり、あったことについて話をしたりします。今日のミニレッスンでは、マイク先生があなたがお話をする時に、手助けとなるヒントをお教えます。

When we go to parties or spend time with our friends we often tell stories or talk about things we’ve done.  In today’s mini-lesson Mike sensei will give you some tips to help you tell stories.

How to tell an interesting story in English.

When having a conversation we will find ourselves in a situation where we have to talk about a story or describe an event in our lives.

Telling Stories

Here are a few tips to help when talking about a past event or situation.

1. Give background:

– Talk about when it happened:

Useful expressions:

This happened in 2012
This happened many years ago
It was when I was a student

– Talk about who was there:

Useful expressions:

I was with my friends
My cousin was there

2. Put the events in order:

– Outline the events:

Useful expressions:

First of all
To start with
Then
Next
After that

– Sequence ideas and parts of the story:

Useful expressions:

Suddenly
Immediately

3. Add extra information if necessary:

Useful expressions:

By the way
I forgot to mention that

4. Finish telling the story:

– Say how it ended:

Useful expressions:

Finally
In the end

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