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Lesson 45. And Suddenly...

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Intonation in storytelling

Lesson 45; Part A

important.jpgIn storytelling, we often use the past continuous tense for background information and the past simple for main events, and we often use different intonation patterns with these two tenses. Listen and notice the different intonation in the first and second half of each sentence.
1    I was walking along the street one day, ana I saw a wallet on the pavement.
2    I was waiting for the bus yesterday, and I heard an explosion.
3    I was lying in bed last night, and I heard a knock at the door.
4    I was watching the news one night, and I saw myself in the shopping centre.


galka.jpgListen and repeat.

street
one day - along the street one day -I was walking along the street one day
bus yesterday - waiting for the bus yesterday -I was waiting for the bus yesterday
bed last night - lying in bed last night -I was lying in bed last night
news one night - watching the news one night - I was watching the news one night

a wallet - a wallet on the pavement - and I saw a a wallet on the pavement
explosion - an explosion - and I heard an explosion
the door - a knock at the door - and I heard a knock at the door
myself in the shopping centre - and I saw myself in the shopping centre


galka.jpgListen and speak together with the recording.

1    I was walking along the street one day, and I saw a wallet on the pavement.
2    I was waiting for the bus yesterday, and I heard an explosion.
3    I was lying in bed last night, and I heard a knock at the door.
4    I was watching the news one night, and I saw myself in the shopping centre
 

Lesson 45; Part B

important.jpgWе also often use the type of intonation with other kinds of background information. Listen and repeat.

on Tuesday, I think
as usual
and suddenly
round about midnight


galka.jpgListen and repeat. Then speak together with the recording.

1    I was walking along the street one day, on Tuesday, I think, and I saw a wallet on the pavement.
2    I was waiting for the bus
yesterday, as usual, and suddenly I heard an explosion.
3    I was lying in bed
last night, round about midnight, and I heard a knock at the door.
4    I was watching the news one night, and suddenly I saw myseIf
in the shonning centre



Exercises


galka.jpgListen and notice the intonation.

I was doing my shopping one day, as usual, and I was walking past the antique shop, and I saw a beautiful old vase in the window, with red and blue and yellow flowers on it. And I stood there looking at this vase and thinking I'd really like to buy it, and I went in and looked at it and asked about the price, but of course it was much too expensive. And I did the rest of my shopping and went back home. And a few days later I walked past the same shop and noticed that the vase wasn't there, and I thought that was the end of it. Anyway, a couple of weeks later it was my birthday and I had a little party for a few of my friends, and they arrived with a huge parcel and said, 'Happy birthday! We've got a really special present for you!' So I opened it and guess what, it was the vase from the antique shop! 

galka.jpgListen and repeat.

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I was doing my shopping one day,
as usual,
and I was walking past the antique shop,
and I saw a beautiful old vase in the window,
with red and blue and yellow flowers on it.
And I stood there looking at this vase
and thinking
I'd really like to buy it,
and I went in
and looked at it
and asked about the price,
but of course it was much too expensive.
And I did the rest of my shopping
and went back home.
And a few days later
I walked past the same shop
and noticed that the vase wasn't there,
and I thought that was the end of it.
Anyway
, a couple of weeks later
it was my birthday
and I had a little party for a few of my friends,
and they arrived with a huge parcel
and said, 'Happy birthday!
We've got a really special present for you!'
So I opened it and guess what,
it was the vase from the antique shop!  

Don't look at Exercises. Tell the story with the help of the pictures. (It doesn't have to be exactly the same story!)


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