The art of telling stories in English


Story tellingListen to this! That is just one of the ways that people begin stories to get people’s attention. We discuss ways to begin stories in English, and also how people use the present tense to tell a story in the past! People often exaggerate when telling stories and this episode we give you some examples of the most popular exaggerations. And, of course, this episode wouldn’t be complete without a couple stories from Harp and Maura.

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Harp: Maura, do you have a good story for us?.
Maura: Well, it’s not my story ‘cause sometimes we tell stories that we’ve heard, if it’s a really good story.
Harp: For sure.
Maura: So this story happened to a classmate of my friend.
Harp: So, this is a story about a guy in your friend’s class.
Maura: Yes, but it’s a good one.
Harp: OK, I’m ready.
Maura: So this guy was fishing one day and he lost his dentures, you know the fake teeth in his mouth. He was fishing and he opened his mouth too wide, something happened, and they fell out into the lake.
Harp: I’m laughing. It’s funny.
Maura: And then you know, he just forgot about them, moved on, didn’t know what happened to them. And then some time passed and he’s driving, listening to the radio and he hears this crazy story…

Expressions included from this episode in Lipservice:

The Past Tense v.s. Present Tense Vegas
To mind my own business Regis Philbin
To grab someone’s attention This one time/One day
I got a crazy story for you Listen to this
Blah blah blah Do you want to hear a funny story?
I thought I was going to die To raise your voice
I waited forever Into a million pieces
The metro

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Maura and Harp

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