Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you will learn a very cool English phrase that will help you shorten your stories and will make you sound native and natural in English.

Here is the phrase that you can use:

  • “To make a long story short…”
  • “Long story short…”

Here are a few alternatives:

  • “I’ll give you the short version…”
  • “Basically what ended up happening was…”


Listen to the episode to hear how Lindsay and Michelle use these phrases!

This phrase would also be useful if you are taking the IELTS Speaking test.

When the time gets short towards the end of your answer in Speaking Part 1 or Speaking Part 2 you could throw this expression in at the end to bump up your speaking vocabulary score.

Learn more about how to increase your IELTS Speaking score here.


What other phrases do you know to shorten the story or conversation?

Share them in the comments section below.

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