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  • Hi Bob the Canadian here.

  • I thought today would be a good day to teach you a little bit about how to tell a good

  • story in English.

  • You know, the, the kind of story that you tell a friend or a co-worker after you've

  • been gone for the weekend or after you did something fun.

  • For myself, last weekend my wife and I went to Niagara Falls.

  • And it was a really fun trip.

  • But if you look at that sentence, if you look at the sentence, "Last week my wife and I

  • went to Niagara Falls.", there's three interesting things about that sentence that you can use

  • to tell your own story.

  • For instance, I started by talking about WHEN we went.

  • I said, "Last weekend...".

  • And there's a lot of ways that you can start a sentence when you're talking about time.

  • So for instance I could say, "Yesterday..."

  • I could say, "A couple days ago..."

  • I could say, "Last weekend or last week..."

  • You notice how I'm getting further back in time with each statement.

  • So I could say, "Last weekend / Last week..."

  • I could say, "A couple weeks ago..."

  • I could say, "A few weeks ago..."

  • That would be further in the past than a couple weeks ago.

  • And I could say, "Last month..."

  • "A couple months ago..."

  • You can see how I get further and further in the past, but when you tell a small story

  • to people you know you can, you can always start with the WHEN.

  • So in my story again I said, "Last weekend..."

  • The second part of that sentence I just said WHO I was with.

  • So we started with the WHEN and then I stated the WHO.

  • I was with my wife.

  • So, "Last weekend my wife and I…."

  • The third thing I said was the WHERE.

  • So we have the WHEN, the WHO, and then the WHERE.

  • So the WHERE was, "Niagara Falls".

  • So, "Last weekend my wife and I went to Niagara Falls."

  • So if you're telling your own story, if you're sharing with someone something that you did

  • that is a great starting sentence and you should probably practice that a little bit.

  • You should probably write down a few practice sentences like, "A couple of days ago my friend

  • and I went to a restaurant for dinner."

  • So it's the same format, the, the WHEN, the WHO, and the WHERE.

  • Or, "A few months ago my dad and I went to Portugal."

  • So that would be a great example of a starting sentence again.

  • After you've introduced the WHEN, the WHO, and the WHERE you then want to say a few things

  • about the trip.

  • So, "Last weekend my wife and I went to Niagara Falls.

  • While we were there we went for a couple of walks.

  • We saw Niagara Falls.

  • And we went to some of the popular tourist areas."

  • So you'll notice something common about all those sentences, and that's that they'rein

  • the past tense.

  • So we're talking about something that happened, and something that's now over.

  • You're going to want to be able use the past tense in English.

  • An easy way to remember that is a lot of the English verbs when they end in -ED are in

  • the past tense.

  • There's some that are irregular, but if you say things like, "We watched all of the other

  • tourists as they took pictures."

  • When you use the -ED verbs, the verbs that end in -ED you're speaking in the past tense.

  • And then when you're done telling your story, when you get to the point where you've shared

  • enough information, you want to finish off by saying, the reason you're telling the story

  • usually is because of how you felt.

  • So you would want to say things like, "My wife and I really enjoyed the trip.

  • It was a lot of fun for us to go to Niagara Falls."

  • You might even want to recommend whatever it is that you did to someone else.

  • So again you want to start by stating the WHEN.

  • Then you want to state the WHO.

  • And then you want to state the, the WHERE.

  • Did I get that right?

  • I'm kind of getting it confused in my own mind.

  • So here's a few more examples.

  • You could say, "Last year my brother and I went to Italy.

  • While we were there we visited Rome.

  • We visited the southern part of Italy.

  • And we visited some family."

  • I'm not Italian, but anyways.

  • "While we were there we had a good time, and I would recommend that trip to anybody."

  • So that's a great little story right there.

  • Let's do another one.

  • Let's say, "A few months ago..."

  • So that could be three or four months ago.

  • "A few months ago my dad and I went to Portugal.

  • And while we were there we visited his cousins.

  • They have a beautiful farm in Portugal where they have lots of sheep and goats.

  • It was so nice there I would definitely go again sometime."

  • So again the same format.

  • I'm kind of introducing the story with the, the WHEN, the WHO, the WHERE sentence.

  • I'm saying a few things about what happened while we were there, and then I'm kind of

  • just making a comment in general about how it made me feel.

  • Anyway, it's always good to learn how to tell a little story in English.

  • I hope that you take some time just to write down a few of these.

  • If you want a challenge I would say write down about three or four stories.

  • Make sure they're true, in English of course, and then memorize them.

  • Memorize little parts of your life that you would be sharing naturally if you had an English

  • conversation.

  • So write down a few things, a few things that you've done in the past year or two.

  • Write them down so that you can be ready.

  • I'm always big on, which means I recommend, that you're ready for your English conversations,

  • that you always memorize a few interesting details about yourself.

  • You should memorize so that means that you have them memorized in your head and be ready

  • to share a few stories about yourself in English.

  • Just so that when you do happen to get into an English conversation then you're ready.

  • It's always good to be ready!

  • Anyways, Bob the Canadian here, learn English with Bob the Canadian.

  • Thanks so much for watching and going for a little walk with me.

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  • And I hope you have a good week ahead of you.

  • I hope your English is just improving every single week.

  • I hope you have a good week and I'll see you Friday in the live stream.

  • Have a good day!

Hi Bob the Canadian here.

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