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IELTS Preparation Series 1, Episode 11: Recount in the Past


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Hello. I'm Margot Politis. Welcome to Study English, IELTS preparation.

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Today we're going to look at ways to talk about something that's happened in the past,

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and we'll also have a look at ways to form compound and complex sentences.

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First, we're going to listen to a woman talk about a dramatic event in her past. Four years

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ago, she had a stroke - a blood vessel burst in her brain.

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Here's what happened to her:

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A stroke is whereby the blood supply to the brain is cut off. The major signs of having

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had a stroke that most people would equate with is weakness, so paralysis of an arm,

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leg or face. In others it can be a loss of speech or inability to communicate. Others

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may have loss of vision or a combination of all those things.

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I was just so physically fit and also emotionally I was on top of the world. I had a really

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good job at that time, and I was getting married.

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I just felt terribly nauseous and I woke up with pins and needles down one side of my

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leg, and then it worked its way up towards my arm and across.

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I was just immobile. I couldn't move. I couldn't walk. I was paralysed on this side of my body.

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Simone is telling her story. She is giving a recount of what happened to her and how

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she was affected.

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A recount is a story about past events, usually in the order in which they occur.

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Let's take another look at a clip from today's episode. Listen for the past tense verbs in

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Simone's story.

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