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  • - Hey there, I'm Teela with Deep English

  • and I'm so excited to share a lesson today

  • on how to tell a great story in English.

  • One of the best parts about today's lesson is that

  • not only will it improve your English language skills,

  • but it will also help you to tell

  • a great story in any language.

  • And when you can tell a great story,

  • you can truly connect with the other humans in your life.

  • So let's get started.

  • Today's lesson is going to go through a few things.

  • Number one, we'll learn about the power of storytelling.

  • Number two, we'll learn how to open a story in English.

  • Number three, we'll learn how to transition

  • through different events within a story in English.

  • Number four, we'll learn how to end

  • or wrap up a story in English.

  • Number five, this is my favorite part,

  • we'll learn a secret to telling

  • a really compelling and interesting story.

  • Number six, I'm going to share a story

  • from my own life and we'll see if you can pick out

  • keywords within the story.

  • Okay, so let's jump right in.

  • So, number one.

  • The power of storytelling.

  • Human beings have been telling stories

  • since the beginning of time.

  • Maybe even before they could talk with their gestures.

  • storytelling is said to be a human's oldest art form.

  • Our brains love stories so much that when we can make sense

  • of the world around us in story form

  • there are reward centers in the brain that light up.

  • So we tell stories to teach each other things,

  • to express our emotions, to connect with each other.

  • And so when we can make sense

  • of the world around us in story form,

  • it allows people listening to us

  • to more easily connect with what we're saying.

  • It's easier for them to remember what we're saying

  • and it's more fun for them to listen

  • to what we're saying while we talk.

  • So, now that we know a little bit

  • about the power of storytelling

  • let's talk about how to begin a story in English.

  • Many stories in English begin

  • after the question, what happened is asked.

  • So for example, if I'm in a conversation

  • and someone asks me, Teela, how are you?

  • And I say, mm, I'm okay I'm feeling a little sad.

  • They might ask, why what happened?

  • And this is my chance to begin a story.

  • So if someone asks you, what happened?

  • It's your chance to tell a story.

  • From this point, there are two things we should do.

  • The first is to use a keyword or phrase

  • that lets our listeners know a story is about to begin.

  • So we can use a word or phrase like one day,

  • it all began when, initially, it all started when.

  • Yeah those are some really good ones.

  • From there after we use a keyword or phrase

  • we want to set the scene.

  • So we want to let the listener know

  • who is involved and where they are.

  • So they can imagine the scene of the story.

  • For example I might start a story out like,

  • it all started when I was hiking.

  • So right there I use a keyword or phrase,

  • it all started when,

  • to let my listener know I'm beginning a story

  • and then I said, I was hiking, when I was hiking.

  • So I let them know the character me, I'm involved,

  • and they can imagine what I was doing.

  • I was hiking so I was in the woods.

  • Okay now we've begun our story.

  • Let's learn a little bit

  • about how to transition from event to event

  • within the story as it unfolds.

  • So to transition from event to event,

  • again we want to use a few keywords or phrases.

  • Some that are really great for this

  • are words or phrases like then,

  • when, let's see here then,

  • when, next, and suddenly.

  • Suddenly is a really great one.

  • So let's revisit our story.

  • It all started when I was hiking

  • and suddenly the trail became very steep

  • and I tripped and I fell.

  • Then when I looked in my pocket

  • I noticed my phone was gone.

  • After that I searched everywhere.

  • Okay so you may have noticed I used the words

  • then, after that, when and also the word suddenly.

  • So suddenly is an excellent word for us to use

  • because it lets the listener know

  • that something surprising and important is about to happen.

  • So they should tune in and listen a bit more closely.

  • So suddenly is a great word for you to use in a story.

  • Okay now let's learn

  • how to end or how to wrap up a story in English.

  • To wrap up a story in English,

  • we want to use a few key phrases or words

  • that let the listener know,

  • okay the story is about to end,

  • so that they can disengage from the story.

  • So words that are helpful to end a story

  • are something like maybe, in the end or eventually

  • or finally, basically.

  • So let's revisit the story

  • we've been telling throughout our lesson today.

  • It all started when I was hiking

  • and suddenly the trail became very steep.

  • I tripped and I fell.

  • Later when looked in my pocket,

  • I noticed my phone was gone.

  • After that I searched frantically all over.

  • I searched and I searched until it became dark.

  • Eventually, it became too dark to see.

  • In the end, I went home empty handed and heavy-hearted.

  • Okay so to wrap up our story

  • I used the word eventually and in the end

  • to let the listener know

  • we're coming to the end of the story.

  • All right.

  • So now I want to share with you

  • a little secret for making your stories

  • really compelling and interesting.

  • So one thing that I like to do

  • when I tell a story is to involve words,

  • to use words that show my emotion.

  • So as I was telling this story,

  • I used the word frantically and the word heavyhearted.

  • This lets listeners really feel what I'm saying,

  • so more than just an experience of listening

  • now they're also having an experience of feeling,

  • of kind of being there with me as I tell the story.

  • And so that little trick takes your stories

  • from something that is just understood

  • kind of from a logical perspective

  • to something that becomes an emotional experience

  • and something that your listeners won't soon forget.

  • All right.

  • It's time for me to tell a story of my own.

  • As I tell this story see if you can

  • identify keywords and phrases

  • that are important to storytelling.

  • Okay.

  • So one day I was at the train station in Chicago.

  • I went to an ATM and I took out some money.

  • Then I went and I sat down at a table.

  • I noticed that there was a man sitting next to me

  • and he was talking on the phone.

  • So I decided to listen a little closer

  • to what he was saying.

  • I noticed that he was really upset

  • and he was saying his wallet had been stolen

  • and now he couldn't afford a ticket for a train home.

  • Suddenly I looked down and I noticed

  • that he was wearing the exact same cowboy boots

  • that my own father often wears.

  • In this moment I realized that he could be someone's dad.

  • I was filled with so much compassion

  • for him and I decided that I would give him some money.

  • It turned out that I had taken the exact right amount

  • of money out of the ATM

  • that he would need for his train ticket home.

  • I walked over to him.

  • I offered him the money and he started crying

  • and thanking me over and over again.

  • In the end, this experience taught me

  • that we are all in this together

  • and when we have a chance to support or someone else,

  • it is an honor and a privilege to be able to do so.

  • Okay.