How to tell a story like a native English speaker

Do you want to tell interesting stories? Telling an engaging story is a social skill that anyone can learn. I'll give you some phrases you can memorise and use to tell better stories in English. Stories are important to help us understand ourselves and the world around us. One way to view our identities is as a collection of stories. In this video, I break the art of storytelling down into different topics that people tell stories about most often. I'll share some of my personal stories from my own life to give you examples of how to tell a good story in English. Most people have a set of stories that they like to tell. For me personally, there are some stories that I have told people hundreds of times! I suggest you practice your most common stories in English because you will definitely use them in a social situations with English speakers. Having your story prepared in English will mean that you can tell it much better, and that your audience will enjoy it more by laughing in the right place, or by feeling the emotion you want them to feel, such as surprise or sadness. How well did you understand the lesson? Take the quiz to find out: TRANSCRIPT 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?

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It's the first time I've heard you say a swear word :D
So cute when meows :3
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Thank you Jade. Your tips are really helpful. Love your accent
So whatt...! Please don't forgot me..l love you..so much. Kiss
You're beautiful. I bet you lived (live) great moment because you have a great personality. God bless you.
I like her she's a natural comedian lolsss
Very good video .i would like some words spanish
Very useful, and I really loved your accent, so clearly and fluently (obviously)
What a girl she is 😊😊
It's a chemistry class not physics
I am too working out for my competition by taking help of ur videos
Great lesson, very useful. Thank you
Violet eyes?
Acident?
U look cute
I was devastated that my English sounded so little native, but then I turned to Jade and I couldn't believe what was right before my eyes but I had actually improved my spoken English...
I am following your videos and i found that fairly interesting and helpul to enhance my skills and last but not the least i must say you are very beautiful.........and eye seeking.
Is this accent pure english or amerecan???
Another expression for a funny story is "I was doubled over in laughter." Basically, you bent your body forward and were holding your stomach because you were laughing so hard. Awesome lesson, Jade. Good energy!
Thank you very much, Ms. Jade. I like this video much. I’ve got 10 out of 10 in the quiz. You wrote storytelling verb (British English). So I would like to know if there are different colloquial storytelling verbs between British, American, Canadian and Australian English? Thanks a lot. :)
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You're so pretty,luv you long time babe hehehe ;)
Thanks jade, you're a great teacher.
I subscribed 'cos you're awesomely kawaii <3
I would like to learn English,Is there someone who would like to chat with me on Skype?
LOVELY! I LIKE YOUR VIDEOS A LOT... SUCH THE BEST !!!!
I have downloaded yourmany videosthey r best british in generaland londener specifically . I like u mostly and ur videos . u r great to me . best and perfect to me.
Can you teach me on Skype
I was like: are you kidding me? :D Cheers!
Is that right if I always use " I was like" in reported speech.for e.g I was like:I was afraid. He was like:I want you to sing.
I fell in love with your accent Jade
You are an angel
I've moved to Ireland six months ago and I feel more and more comfortable with having a conversation. I'm not scared when I'm talking anymore. I'm still a little nervous when someone is speaking too fast , but then I'm just asking them to slow down a bit. Don't know how I'm doing with writing about something, but that's what I'm practicing as well. Your lessons are helping me a lot, thank you!
2:48 I can listen it all day
Pretty useful and clear explanations.Thanks a bunch teacher.Good luck.🤗
I like you
Are you from UK?
JADE IS BEAUITFUL.AND I LIKE HER.
Wow I liked so much your channel, you have a different way to teach ! Congratulations
I love this woman!
Have u got Snapchat?
2:49 The best moment ever !!!!
Very good explanations
So nice.
Is Birmingham different with Londoners?
Wow! You are really awesome teacher! Smart and natural !!! Finally, someone who does not piss me off, haha:) Thank you.
Accident is misspelled, miss.
Not all teenagers are cruel Jade, I never was.
What a cute teacher. charming.
Me enamore..
Hello! jade you used the word or the expression "in between" and what I need is to know what does it means? that expression give us idea to not want one thing nor another neither? is it like undecisiable?
Agony is Greek word ! Thank you very much pretty woman.
How come you are physically attractive in these lessons whereas you're not as gorgeous on the other channel? Is it old recorded stuff you put online from time to time by yourself?
You are an amazing teacher .thank you so much
Beauty UK girl, I love your nose.
Me enamore..
😂😂😂😂😂 I like the cat sound 😹😹😽😽
Hola. ¿Por qué no debería ser HE WENT TO ME en vez de HE GOES TO ME? si estoy contando una historia en pasada.
It help a. lot when you have a crush on your teacher
Oh shit!! how can I concentrate my english if I have a teacher like her? she is damn pretty. .
The "What the fuck?" sounded so cute.
Been a while since I've seen this lady (or a poor unpaid intern who handles this channel) tell a troll to fuck right orf.
You are an amazing teacher .thank you so much
Remember me? Oh, that’s right, I’ve met you only in my dreams
Hi Jade, could you please kindly answer the following question which bothers me a lot?To tell a story in past tense, what tense should use when saying "he goes to me"? No need to say "he went to me"? Thanks.
Super useful¡¡¡ Thanks
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A good video. Well done. Thanks.
I hate that word 'like' being misused all the time. Thankfully, some people grow out of it.
So really I think your teaching very nice and very clear also
Thank you Jade, you are a wonderful teacher, Blessings!
Hi Jade! This video is easy to undestandforme!Thanks a milion!
That was really helpful, you are an amazing teacher, thank you!
Enjoy this video. easy to understand. I watched it for many times. :)
I dont think Mr. Cat has watched that as his english is on high level :) anyway crack on it Jade. thumb up
Grandma: "Don't grab stuff you find on the floor". Me: "Okay Grandma!" Suddenly, Grandma falls down. What should I do?
Arya Stark? Teaching Proper English? ^^ Seriously, great video.
Jade your accent is really beautiful besides you are gorgeous and funny...good combination...I enjoy and fall in love at same time while you are teaching beijos linda:tht means kisses beautiful lol
Just forget all about this video and listen at 2:54
Thanks jade this lesson was pretty helpful your accent was flabergasting
ME gusta. Aún más ya estoy en. YouTube
Little drinking ...okayyy but not before lecture..😊
Charming ,sweet ,energetic and positive , BEST Jade ,love you !!!
I guess you have an accident in your accident
Thanks a lot Jade,you are pretty and helpful 😇😇😇😇.
Omg watching your vids I'm always like 'her accent is so lovelyyyyy' hahaha. I really appreciate your channel, thank you.
Hi Could we have a little warning before and/or in the beginning of each engvid if explicit language is going to be used? I watch a lot of engvid with my seven year old. Or refrain from it altogether *_* Cheers.
U r hot ...........8:52
Hey Jade, i like your channel very much, not because i am learning English but more precisely because of the British English accent.I hope in future you make more advanced English videos, like on business communication. lastly, can you recommend books or authors, mostly Briton like Charles Dickens, that can help me improve English vocabulary or rather be more fluent in English. Thank you so much. :)
I like it when she's swearing 8:51 ~_~
I was in complete or incomplete? I'm like wtf? please help me I'm confused.
You've disappeared?! More video please!!! ^^
Thank You! Arya =)
Yes, when native speaker speaking,they like use i was like, he was like...
Jade,are you single?..
Whenever I watch your lessons,It's a little bit hard for me to concentrate on the details. I would always want to look at you,You're beautiful.
HiJade ... i would like you talk about how to write a TOPICAboutquality process !!cuz i had a English test about it and i thing i didnt made it right

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How to tell a story like a native English speaker