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  • Hi, everyone. I'm Jade. What I'm telling you today is how to make your storytelling in English a little bit more like a native speaker,

  • more colloquial, more relaxed in your storytelling,

  • because storytelling is a conversation skill that you really need to learn if you're speaking English,

  • because when we tell stories, we share part of our character and our personality with other people,

  • so it's just something we do in conversation.

  • So, I broke it down into the different kinds of stories people tell, and

  • some of the phrases you can use for storytelling in English, stories about your life, so you can get to know people a bit better, basically.

  • So, what I want to start with is: When you learn in your books,

  • it says something like... Or to say what somebody says, you use the verb "said": "he said",

  • "she said", "they said", blah, blah. Well, actually, in colloquial storytelling in England,

  • we use different verbs. We don't really use "said", necessarily. We can say: 「I was like:

  • 'Blah, blah, blah.'" So you're telling your story, and you want to say somebody said something,

  • it's: "I was like", saying something now. Not saying "said".

  • We've got this one:

  • "I turned to him and said: 'What are you talking about? I'm not having it. Get away.'

  • So he turned to me, and he was like: 'No. Shut up. Go away.'"

  • We use "turned to", even if someone's not turning, we use "turned to". It's just what we use in our storytelling.

  • It means then one person said, then another... And then another person said.

  • We also use the verb "go" to mean speak. "He goes to me."

  • I don't know why all the people in my stories have got a problem, but anyway.

  • "He goes to me: 'You're an idiot. Get away.'"

  • That means he said to me I'm an idiot.

  • So you could bring in these different verbs to make your storytelling more colloquial.

  • But let's have a look at some different kinds of story...

  • People often try to tell funny stories, and if you're consciously trying to tell a funny story,

  • like I'm going to do now, it might not work. But I'll tell you a little... Little

  • something about when I was at... When I was at school. I'll tell you about my poor physics teacher, Mr. Cat.

  • And if I ever met Mr. Cat again, I would apologize deeply for the torment that we gave this poor physics teacher.

  • His... His name was Mr. Cat, so that didn't really help him that

  • whenever he came into the room in my girls' school, there were lots of girls,

  • someone would go: "Meow." And quite quietly at first, but then somebody else would be

  • like: "Meow!" and it would get a little bit out of hand. And before we knew it, someone...

  • Someone was cracking up, couldn't start laugh... Couldn't stop laughing.

  • Someone would burst out laughing, and poor Mr. Cat, he didn't know what to do.

  • And then the other thing we used to do with him, because it was a science lab, we had...

  • We had sinks on the tables with these taps, and somebody discovered that you can turn

  • the taps around, so we all decided that when he was... We had this experiment, and we all

  • decided that when... For this experiment, we'd all turn the taps around at the same time, but he didn't know about it.

  • So when he was like: "And now I want you to start with your experiment",

  • we all turned the taps on at the same time and water was going all

  • over the... All over the classroom. So, of course, by then, we're crying with laughter,

  • and poor Mr. Cat's probably crying real tears.

  • So if you're watching this, Mr. Cat, I am really sorry.

  • But teenagers are cruel, what can I say?

  • So in my funny story, I used this kind of vocabulary to say something was funny. Because

  • when you tell a story, you need to tell that person what to think: "Oh, it's funny. I was

  • laughing... I was laughing, yeah? It was funny, so you should be laughing."

  • And these are colloquial ways to say I was laughing: "I was cracking up", phrasal verb "to crack up".

  • It's kind of that... That kind of laugh. "Crying with laughter", again, it's quite visual,

  • you're laughing so much you're crying. "Rolling up", it's that kind of laugh, you know? When

  • you're... You're... You're doubled over because something is funny.

  • And when you "burst out laughing", you can't control it.

  • You probably shouldn't be laughing at that time.

  • Oh, there's a mistake, here. That's not how you spell "accident". So, an accident story, then.

  • Sometimes people tell an accident story for, like, it can be a dramatic story.

  • Sometimes people tell it because they want pity, so it's in between.

  • My accident story that I'll tell you features my Grandma. It wasn't me. I remember when I was a kid, I went ice skating.

  • I do... I do still like ice skating, but I had a long break in between, and you'll probably know why when you hear this story.

  • And my Grandma was quite young at the time.

  • So I remember I was skating around in the ice rink, I'm kinda loving it.

  • And I see this big collection of people, like all huddled around. So I skate up to the huddle and I look in,

  • and there's my Grandma lying on the floor. She was in agony.

  • I felt so sorry for her. My poor Grandma on the floor.

  • And then these kids next to me are, like...Just like:

  • "Haha, look at her on the floor. Stupid old woman."

  • So I felt even worse because my Grandma was being teased by these people,

  • plus she was on the... On the floor. And after she told me she couldn't

  • believe she was such an idiot, because she wasn't that good at skating,

  • and she tried to go really fast even though she wasn't very good.

  • So, again, when you're telling your accident story, try to make it more dramatic.

  • You know, to say you were in agony... "Agony" is an intense pain. If you say: "I was in pain",

  • it's not so... It's not so dramatic. Sometimes if there's an accident, it's your fault, you do something stupid,

  • therefore, you show what you've learnt through your story.

  • "I can't believe I was so stupid."

  • Here's another colloquial thing we say, if you're in a lot of pain, something is "killing you".

  • "Ah, my arm is killing me. It really hurts."

  • So you could use any of those phrases in your accident story. I hope you don't have any accidents,

  • but if you ever need to tell one, there are some phrases for you.

  • Looking at the sad story next. I would say this word "devastated" is really overused here in the U.K.

  • Everything is devastating. When actually, to be devastated is a very, very extreme word in its original meaning.

  • It means like everything destroyed, ruined.

  • But through overuse, you can now be devastated when your pet hamster dies,

  • so it's kind of lost its original meaning. And the same thing, really, when you're telling a story that was sad,

  • you just need to say: "Oh, it was really sad. We felt so awful. Yeah, it was really hard."

  • You need to make your story more colourful by using these adjectives.

  • And that brings us to this. When you're telling a story, help your listener understand what you want them to think and feel

  • about your story by describing to them the emotions that you felt at the time.

  • So, were you pissed off? Were you angry?

  • I was pissed off at those kids who were laughing at my Grandma. Were you baffled? This means really confused.

  • If you're in a situation where you're thinking: "Why did that happen? What was that about?

  • I really don't understand." That means that you're baffled.

  • And another... Well, we'll just look finally now at the kind of story some people tell when something happens,

  • it really surprises you. You don't know why that happened.

  • How did that come about? So, anyway, a surprise and shock story.

  • What can you say? "I couldn't believe it.",

  • "I was like, what the fuck?",

  • "I was in complete and utter shock.",

  • "We were speechless."

  • Didn't know what to say.

  • "I couldn't believe what was right before my eyes."

  • So shocking.

  • So, yeah, the main kind of stories people tell: ones that make you laugh,

  • ones that make you go: "Oh my god, that's awful", ones that make you sad,

  • ones that are like:"Yeah, what was that about? What happened there?"

  • So what I'd like you to do now is go to the engVid website

  • and do the quiz, do the quiz on the website.

  • And before you go there, please subscribe here to my engVid channel,

  • plus my personal channel because I've got two YouTube channels.

  • And if you haven't already done it, it's now time to go and subscribe to that second one.

  • So, yeah, good luck with your English storytelling, and please come and watch me again soon.

  • And see you later.

  • Big bye this time.

  • Bye-bye,

  • bye-bye.

Hi, everyone. I'm Jade. What I'm telling you today is how to make your storytelling in English a little bit more like a native speaker,

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英語でストーリーを話すコツ (How to tell a story like a native English speaker)

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