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How to tell a
story
Wilson Carrión
https://www.facebook.com/EspanglishLoja-101719766865512/
Sequencing words
These words show the chronological
sequence of events.
Example
"First of all, I (packed my suitcase)."
"Secondly, I …. (made sure I had all my documents)"
"Previously (before th...
Linking words
Use these words to link your ideas
for the listener. Linking words can be
used to show reason, result,
contr...
Types Linking words
REINFORCEMENT
Desktop computers are cheaper and more reliable than laptops; furthermore, they
are more...
CONTRAST
The South East of the UK often has the coldest weather in the winter. Conversely,
the North West of Scotland freq...
Tenses
We can use a variety of tenses to tell
stories and anecdotes. Jokes are
often in the present tense.

Use the present tense to give a dramatic narrative
effect.

Use past forms to talk about past events. If you tell your
...
Vocabulary
Try to use a wide range of words to make your
story more interesting. Remember that you can
"exaggerate" when y...
Vocabulary
Experiment with more interesting words, such as:
"beautiful", "fabulous", "wonderful", "horrible",
"awful" or "...
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How to tell a story

  1. 1. How to tell a story Wilson Carrión https://www.facebook.com/EspanglishLoja-101719766865512/
  2. 2. Sequencing words These words show the chronological sequence of events.
  3. 3. Example "First of all, I (packed my suitcase)." "Secondly, I …. (made sure I had all my documents)" "Previously (before that) ….. I changed some money." "Then… I (called a taxi for the airport)" "Later (on)… (when we were stuck in traffic, I realised…)" "But before all that… (I had double checked my reservation)" "Finally… (I arrived at the wrong check-in desk at the wrong airport for a flight that didn't go until the next day)"
  4. 4. Linking words Use these words to link your ideas for the listener. Linking words can be used to show reason, result, contrasting information, additional information, and to summarise.
  5. 5. Types Linking words REINFORCEMENT Desktop computers are cheaper and more reliable than laptops; furthermore, they are more flexible. RESULT/CONSEQUENCE Prices fell by more than 20% last year. As a result, sales increased by 15%. GENERALISING On the whole, his speech was well received, despite some complaints from new members.
  6. 6. CONTRAST The South East of the UK often has the coldest weather in the winter. Conversely, the North West of Scotland frequently has the mildest temperatures. CONCESSION It was a very expensive holiday, the weather was bad and the people weren’t very friendly. Nevertheless, we would probably go back to the same place. Types Linking words
  7. 7. Tenses We can use a variety of tenses to tell stories and anecdotes. Jokes are often in the present tense.
  8. 8.  Use the present tense to give a dramatic narrative effect.  Use past forms to talk about past events. If you tell your story in chronological order, you can use the past simple  Use the past continuous to describe activities in progress at the time of your story, or to describe the background.
  9. 9. Vocabulary Try to use a wide range of words to make your story more interesting. Remember that you can "exaggerate" when you tell a story, so instead of using words like: "nice" or "bad"
  10. 10. Vocabulary Experiment with more interesting words, such as: "beautiful", "fabulous", "wonderful", "horrible", "awful" or "terrible".

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