How would you describe an experience? How would you start? Which experience would you like to recount: a new job, a meal at a restaurant, a party you went to?
Imagine that you want to describe a recent holiday; where would you start?
DESCRIBING AN EXPERIENCE
♠ Step #1:
What do you want to say? Start by asking ‘Wh …‘ questions:
Who … ? Where … ? What … ? When … ? Why … ? Which … ? How … ?
The answers to the ‘Wh … ?’ questions will provide you with a description:
|1. Where did you go?
Where did you stay?
El Gran Hotel, 5 nights
|2. When did you go?||Last month|
|3. Who did you go with?||My girlfriend/boyfriend/family|
|4. Why did you go there?||To see museums and a UNESCO site|
|5. What did you do there?||We visited:
* The ancient pyramids at the ..UNESCO site
* El Museo Frida Kahlo
* El Museo del Tequila y Mezcal
* El Palacio de Bellas Artes
|6. What was the best part of your holiday?||El Museo Frida Kahlo|
|7. Why?||She’s my favourite Mexican artist.|
♠ Step #2:
Use the information above to write some sentences:
Last summer, I went to Mexico City with my girlfriend Josefina.
We stayed at El Gran Hotel for five nights.
We wanted to see some museums and a UNESCO site.
We visited ancient pyramids, El Museo Frida Kahlo, El Museo del Tequila y Mezcal, and El Palacio de Bellas Artes.
I enjoyed El Museo Frida Kahlo the most.
Frida Kahlo is my favourite Mexican artist.
The museum used to be her home. She was born there and died there.
We saw some of her most famous paintings in the museum.
♠ Step #3:
Improve the sentences:
To do this, add information that will engage the reader. Was there anything unusual, impressive, or amusing about your holiday? Make notes* next to your sentences. For example: