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Alexandra and I like it very much Eduardo Galeanoone of the most outstanding writers of the Spanish language, and author of many great works. stories like this one.

Listen toGaleano speaks at a leisurely pace and we think you can understand him very well - he is a master storyteller!


And you, do you like stories? 

If you like them, today you are in luck 😉 In addition to being able to enjoy listening to a story by E. Galeano, you will be able to listen to another very special...


It is a conversational story.


Yes, in addition to written stories, there are also spoken or conversational stories. This is not a story read aloud. (as in the case of the previous one), it is something different.


These are some of its characteristics:

- They are usually monologues within a conversation. There are no constant interruptions, in that part of the conversation the other person lets the other person talk, finally! 😆. 

- They refer to personal experiences occurrences in the past

- It is usually counted an event unique. In this part of the conversation you don't change the subject. nice! 🙂 🙂 

- They are used expressions such as the following:

  •  "And I" instead of "And I said" before saying something in direct style. For example: \"And I / well I don't like the shirt you're wearing".
  •  "And he goes and ..." to anticipate the next action. For example: \"And he goes and tells me that he can't go pick it up himself."
  •  \”In plan of\as a substitute for said or they said. And she was like "No te vayas". 

Conversations are counted in direct styleby saying exactly (or attempting to say) the same thing that was said at the time of the conversation:

  • And he would tell me / I don't like lemon ice cream at all. 

- There is a certain degree of intriguea dramatization (otherwise, they would be anecdotes), so the person who tells it has different roles, depending on the people who participated in the event he/she wants to tell. This means that:

  • Be made different voices according to the person you are interpreting.
  • Be imitated gestures that are not yours to look like someone else.
  • Use the intonation to convey meaning.
  • Turn the volume up and down of the discourse.


And all this for what?

For gaining attention of the other person(s) and to make what is being told be more interesting of what it is.


Want to hear an example (with headphones, please!)?

In this audio a woman tells her friend about an episode in which her mother burned some of her son's cloth diapers when she put them to dry on a wood stove. 

We know it is complicated to understand, so we have prepared some EXERCISES to train you in understanding the stories in real conversations. 

  1. Listen to the audio again and identify the person telling the conversational story.
  2. Do you understand when she speaks in the first person and when she speaks as if she were her mother?
  3. What words do you use to introduce the conversational narrative?
  4. In this excerpt intonation is importantDo you notice different intonations when he gives her details about what happened and when he tells what exactly she or her mother said? 
  5. Also changes the tone of his voice (higher or lower pitched) to convey meaning. Can you perceive it?


And you, are you a good conversational storyteller? Are you very theatrical? Tell us in a comment!

And if you want to transcriptions and/or solutions to the exercisesPlease leave a brief comment and we will be happy to send them to you.


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