18 | Storytelling

Today you will learn 5 new English words related to "Storytelling"

TODAY’S TOPIC: “Storytelling”

“Storytelling” is extremely important for you as an ESL learner because being able to understand and speak in English in one thing, but having the ability to tell a story in English elevates you to a completely different level of fluency. Engaging with stories on platforms like "FasciNATIVE English," a dedicated YouTube channel for teaching English through storytelling, allows you as an ESL learner to grasp vocabulary in context, observe sentence structures, and develop a deeper understanding of cultural references embedded in narratives. Today’s vocabulary words will help you better understand the dynamics behind telling a good story. Let’s jump right in!


1 | Plot

  • Part of speech: Noun

  • Definition: The main events or storyline in a piece of literature or film.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. The plot of the mystery novel kept readers guessing until the very end.

    2. A well-constructed plot captivates the audience and drives the narrative forward.

    3. The film's intricate plot unfolded with unexpected twists.

2 | Characterization

  • Part of speech: Noun

  • Definition: The portrayal and development of characters in a story, including their traits and personalities.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. The author's skillful characterization made the protagonist relatable to readers.

    2. In-depth characterization adds authenticity to fictional personas.

    3. Film directors use various techniques for visual characterization.

3 | Dialogue

  • Part of speech: Noun

  • Definition: Conversation between two or more characters in a literary work or film.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. The witty dialogue between the characters added humor to the play.

    2. Effective dialogue reveals information about the characters and advances the plot.

    3. Good dialogue captures the natural flow of spoken language.

4 | Setting

  • Part of speech: Noun

  • Definition: The time and place in which the events of a story take place.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. The vivid setting of the novel transported readers to a different era.

    2. Film directors pay meticulous attention to creating an authentic setting for historical dramas.

    3. The urban setting played a crucial role in shaping the atmosphere of the story.

5 | Suspense

  • Part of speech: Noun

  • Definition: The intense feeling of uncertainty or excitement about the outcome of events in a story.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. The author masterfully built suspense, keeping readers eagerly turning pages.

    2. Suspenseful music in films heightens the audience's anticipation during key scenes.

    3. Well-timed revelations contribute to the overall suspense of a mystery plot.


In the world of storytelling, where settings transport us, suspense keeps us hooked, plots unfold through dialogue, and characters come to life, something magical happens. Through skillful characterization, protagonists and antagonists come to life, shaping the emotional landscape of the narrative. If the story is good, our minds become like a film where we can vividly watch the story pan out. The elements at play here not only make stories more captivating, but also play a key role in language learning. If you're eager to embark on an English language journey through captivating tales, check out "FasciNATIVE English," on YouTube. This channel is dedicated to teaching English through natural storytelling. Each video is a doorway to language skills and cultural exploration.

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