※ 발췌 (excerpts):
... However, the phrases that we use to tell these stories are often quite similar. ... Of course, to start with, we need to introduce our anecdote, (which often relate to a topic that is already being discussed). To do this, we often use phrases such as these:
- Did I ever tell you about the time I invited Al's boss round for dinner?
- I'll never forget the time I got locked in a public toilet in Portland.
- That reminds me of the time I gave a talk to some children at my daughter's school.
To start telling the anecdote, we often 'set the scene' (describe the situation where something is about to happen). A very common way of doing this is to use the past continuous tense:
- So anyway, Sam and I were strolling through the park, chatting away as usual, when suddenly ...
- Anyway, there we were sitting in the bar, wondering what to do with ourselves when ...
- So there we were, completely lost, unable to speak the language and, to make matters worse, my phone had stopped working.
( ... ... )
CF. there I was/we were (macmillian dic): used when you are telling a story and you want to give a summary of the situation that you were in at a particular stage.
- So there I was, up to my waist in icy water.