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Pre-/post-exam stress? Need to relax? Learn English at the same time – you need Buddhify!

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With more and more evidence that it can reduce stress and improve wellbeing, there has never been more interest in mindfulness and meditation. However even if you want to try it out, most people don’t have that much spare time, think meditation is…

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TELLING A STORY OR A PERSONAL ANECDOTE (ORAL SKILLS)

LAST WEEK WE WERE TELLING PERSONAL ANECDOTES ABOUT MISHAPS. TO IMPROVE YOUR STORIES YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO

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Here are THE BRITISH COUNCIL 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.

DON´T:

  • Take too long telling the story or your listeners will get bored.
  • Use a flat or bored voice.
  • Look down or look around the room.

 

USEFUL PHRASES

Put the phrases in the correct part of the anecdote:

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. BACKGROUND
  3. ACTION
  4. WRAPPING UP (finishing)

 

  • After all this, I learnt that …
  • I’m going to tell you about something unforgettable that happened to me.
  • This made me realise something important …
  • This is a story about …
  • Later on, …
  • I’d like to talk about the time when I …
  • This took place a few years ago.I was living in the city at that time.
  • At that time, I was …
  • When I look back on that story now, I feel …
  • Suddenly, …
  • What happened next was …

CHECK YOUR ANSWERS

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/exams/speaking-exams/tell-story-or-personal-anecdote

 

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LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

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learn English and share your experiences (SERENDIPITY= the accidental discovery of something pleasant and useful!)

Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation