Express Yourself Completely in English: Tell a story in English

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2022-04-01・ 11580

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Vanessa: Hi, I'm Vanessa  
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from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com. What  happened this morning? Let's talk about it. 
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So what happened this morning? Well, when I  woke up my husband Dan cooked breakfast. Cool.  
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Or when I woke up, my husband Dan was cooking  breakfast. Oh, why is this last sentence a little  
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bit surprising? I imagine that you want to be able  to express yourself completely in English. Well,  
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using the right verb tense is key to expressing  yourself accurately and clearly. So today I'm  
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going to help you understand the difference and  be able to use two similar and yet different verb  
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tenses: Dan cooked, and Dan was cooking.  Hmm. What's the difference? I'll help you. 
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And like always for today's lesson, I have created  a free PDF worksheet that you can download with  
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the link in the description. You'll find all of  today's sample sentences, ideas, verb tenses,  
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and you can study it whenever you would like.  You can print it out, put it under your pillow,  
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sleep on it at night so that it soaks into  your brain. This is my gift to you. So make  
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sure that you click the link in the description  so that you can download the free PDF today. 
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Today's lesson has three levels. We'll start with  easy, then intermediate, and then advanced. And  
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finally, at the end, there is a quiz to see if you  have accomplished the goal of understanding and  
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being able to use clear, natural English. All  right, let's get started with the easy level. 
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For our easy level, we have the past simple. These  are simply actions that happened in the past. Most  
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of these end in ed. Let's take a look at a couple  just to review. We have study becomes studied.  
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"I studied English yesterday." Practice becomes  practiced. "I practiced the piano for three  
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hours." I wish. Or learn becomes learned. "I  learned a lot with Vanessa's lessons." Hooray. 
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Now not every past simple verb ends in ed.  There are some irregulars, and usually that  
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means that the vowel changes. Let's take a look  at a couple. Wake becomes woke. "I woke up before  
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my alarm clock." It's a small miracle. Break and  eat become broke and ate. "I broke my cookies  
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before I ate them." Drink becomes  drank. "I drank some tea this morning." 
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Before we go to the intermediate  level, I have a quick question for you.  
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"I can't believe that yesterday I...  English for 30 minutes." Great work.  
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I can't believe that yesterday I speak,  spoke, or speaked English for 30 minutes.  
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Which one do you think is correct? I'll  give you three seconds. Three, two one.  
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"I can't believe that yesterday I spoke  English for 30 minutes." Congratulations.  
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All right, let's go on to the intermediate  level. Are you ready to level up? Let's do it. 
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In the intermediate level, have the past  continuous. Can you guess when you might use this?  
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Oh, when there is a continual action in the  past. Let's take a look at a quick example.  
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Let's imagine that you call me and I don't pick  up the phone. Well, eventually when you see me,  
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you might say, "Why didn't you pick up the phone  when I called? I could say, "Oh, I was preparing  
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to film a lesson and I didn't have time to talk."  This verb I was preparing is the past continuous.  
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If you can imagine with me a timeline and we  have an action that happened when you called.  
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Well, what's happening before, during, and after  this? Well, I was preparing to film the lesson. 
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A lot happens to prepare to film these lessons.  I need to write the lesson. I need to get ready.  
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I need to make sure my house is quiet. My kids  need to be out outside somewhere. They need to be  
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safely with someone outside. I need to be  feeling energized and ready a lot goes into  
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preparing these lessons. So we could say that  you called and I was preparing the lesson before  
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you called. I was preparing the lesson during  your call. And I was preparing for the lesson  
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after your call. So this is a continual action  that is interrupted by one singular past action. 
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Let's take a look at a couple other examples. "At  9:00 PM, I studied for the test." This is the past  
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simple. Why? Because it is an action that happened  at specific time. "At 9:00 PM, I started to study  
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for the test." But what happens if we change  this. "At 9:00 PM, I was studying for the test."  
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Oh, this means something slightly different.  It means that before 9:00 PM I was studying,  
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at 9:00 PM I was studying, and after 9:00 PM I  was studying. This was a continual action that  
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happened, including that 9:00 PM moment. Let's take a look at another example.  
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"I woke up early today." Woke is the past  simple. I woke up early today, it is finished.  
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But let's change it to the past continuous. "I was  waking up early every day during the summer." Hmm.  
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Do you understand this slight difference here?  I was waking up every day during the summer,  
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this implies that this happened continually  throughout the entire summer. It was  
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a continual action that happened in the past. Let's take a look at another example. "I drank my  
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tea before work." This is past simple. It finished  before work. "I drank my tea before work."  
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But what if we changed this to pass continuous.  "I was drinking my tea while I worked." Oh, okay.  
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Here we have an activity that continued during the  work day. I was drinking my tea while I worked.  
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This is something that's continuing. Before we go on to the advanced level,  
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let's have a quick quiz question to test  your intermediate skills. Can you fill in the  
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blank in this sentence? "Sorry that I didn't  call you back. I... English with Vanessa."  
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I were studying English with Vanessa.  I was studying English with Vanessa,  
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or I studied English with Vanessa. Hmm. Which one  is the best? I'll give you three seconds. Three,  
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two, one. "Sorry that I didn't call you  back. I was studying English with Vanessa."  
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This is an action that was happening  before the call, during the call,  
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and after the call. I was studying English with  Vanessa when you called. Okay, congratulations.  
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Let's go on to the advanced level. Now that you know, each of these  
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verb tenses individually, the past simple and  the past continuous, let's put them together  
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and see what happens. Do you remember the  original sentence that I said in this lesson?  
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"Dan was cooking breakfast when I woke up." And  this made me say, "Oh, it surprised me." Why  
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did this surprise me? Let's see. Here we have a  continual action. Dan was cooking breakfast. Boom,  
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interrupted by when I woke up. That means Dan woke  up before me, he prepared breakfast before I woke  
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up, and he was preparing it while I was waking  up. And when I woke up, he was still preparing  
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breakfast. This is very kind, very thoughtful,  and maybe something that happens on my birthday.  
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So this is something we can say, "Oh," to when  this happens. I'm not sure if this happens often  
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in your household, that when you wake up, someone  else is preparing breakfast. But if this happened  
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in my house, it would be an amazing thing. Let's take a look at this image. I think  
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this gives a good visual to the ideas that we're  talking about. We have a long winding road. This  
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is the past continuous event. Dan was cooking  breakfast, but what is in the middle of this  
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road? It's a dotted line. So it's interrupted  by events, but the road is still continuing.  
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So Dan was cooking breakfast, boom, when I  woke up. When I said, "What are you doing?"  
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When I said, "Oh, what an amazing breakfast?"  It is interrupted by these past simple events. 
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Let's take a look at a couple other examples where  this past continuous event is interrupted by some  
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past simple events. Let's take a look. "I haven't  really studied English much lately, but when I was  
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studying English, I practiced every day." Here we  have an interrupted action. I practiced every day,  
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during the time that I was studying. Let's take a look at another sentence.  
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"When I was drinking my tea," boom, "you  called me." "When I was drinking my tea,  
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my cat knocked over my cup." Naughty cat. "When  I was drinking my tea, my kid screamed, 'Mommy!'" 
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Do you think you can pass the advanced  quiz before we go onto our final exam?  
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I hope so. And I hope that this sentence is not  true for you. "When I... Vanessa's lesson, I...  
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asleep." Oh no. Well, let's see which  one of these do you think is correct?  
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When I were watching Vanessa's lesson, I fall  asleep. When I watch Vanessa's lesson, I fell  
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asleep. When I was watching Vanessa's lesson, I  fell asleep. I hope that none of these are true.  
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I'll give you three seconds to think of the  best grammatical answer. Are you ready? Three,  
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two, one. "When I was watching Vanessa's  lesson, I fell asleep." Oh no, wake up,  
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because it is time for your drum roll. Final exam. What I'm going to do is I'm going to  
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read a little story with some blanks, and I want  you to guess the best answer. And at the very end,  
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I'm going to read the final story. And I hope  that you can pat yourself on the back because you  
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correctly told this story in English. Let's see. Last night night... when suddenly I... some  
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carrots on the floor. Let me read it one more  time. Last night I... when suddenly I... some  
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carrots on the floor. I'll give you three  seconds to think of the best answer. 
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Last night I was cooking when suddenly I dropped  some carrots on the floor. Why did I do that?  
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Let me tell you. I... the carrot and I... a loud  knock at the door. Hmm. I... the carrots and I...  
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a loud knock at the door. I'll give you three  seconds. Three, two, one. I was cutting the  
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carrots and I heard a loud knock at the door. I... it was my neighbor, so I... just a minute.  
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I... it was my neighbor, so I...  Just a minute. Three, two, one.  
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I thought it was my neighbor,  so I yelled, "Just a minute!" 
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Then a little voice said, "Mommy! I... with  my friends and I... a snake. Come look!"  
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Then I heard a little voice that said,  "Mommy! I... with my friends and I...  
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a snake. Come look!" Three, two, one.  Then I heard a little voice that said,  
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"Mommy! I was playing with my friends  and I caught a snake. Come look!" Oh my. 
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In just a moment, I will tell  you if this is a true or not,  
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let me read the entire story and we can see  how it sounds with the correct verb tenses. 
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Last night I was cooking when suddenly I dropped  some carrots on the floor. Why did I do that?  
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Let me tell you. I was cutting the carrots, and I  heard a loud knock at the door. I thought it was  
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my neighbor, so I yelled, "Just a minute!" Then  a little voice said, "Mommy! I was playing with  
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my friends and I caught a snake! Come look!" First of all, let me know how did you do? What  
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was your score? Let me know in the comments, which  of these sentences were the most tricky for you. 
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And now I want to tell you if this was a true  story or not. Yes, this was a true story,  
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but it did not happen to my children. This  happened when my husband Dan was a child.  
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I want to tell you this quick story and listen  for the past simple and past continuous verb  
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tenses in my story because these verb tenses are  perfect for telling a story. Listen carefully. 
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Dan was playing with his friends when he caught  a snake. He carried it over his head while his  
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friends were running behind him. And he knocked on  the door and said, "Mom, can we keep it?" Can you  
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imagine the look on her face? I can only imagine. So how did you do? Did today's lesson help you to  
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more smoothly and clearly express yourself  and talk about what happened in the past.  
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I'd like to ask you a question. What happened  this morning? Can you use both the past simple and  
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the past continuous to tell me what happened this  morning in your house? For me, I would say when I  
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woke up, my children were screaming, "Mommy!" They  were already awake and they were waiting for me. 
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So I want to know in the comments, can you let me  know what happened this morning? And don't forget  
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to download today's free PDF worksheet so that  you can review all of these sample sentences,  
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the quiz questions, the verb tenses, so  that you can express yourself completely.  
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That is goal. That you can express  yourself and be yourself in English.  
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You can click on the link in the description  to download the free PDF worksheet today. 
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Well, thank you so much for learning English with  me, and I will see you again next Friday for a new  
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lesson here on my YouTube channel. Bye. The next step is to download the free  
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PDF worksheet for this lesson. With this  free PDF, you will master today's lesson  
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and never forget what you have learned. You  can be a confident English speaker. Don't  
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forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel  for a free English lesson every Friday. Bye.
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