Story and History – Learn the meanings of these false friends

Story History: Are you using these words correctly? They’re false friends in many languages. Learn the meaning of story and history and how we use these words differently in English.

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Story and History Video Transcript

Children like to listen to stories before they go to bed.
Cinderella and Aladdin are famous fairy stories.
But there are all kinds of stories; ghost stories, detective stories, love stories.
Some are true, and some are made up.

This is a scene right out of history. You don’t see trains like this any more.

History is about events in the past, facts about things that happened.
History is also a school subject.

And now for a hundred dollars, your next question is ‘Who wrote the Harry Potter series.
Oh, they’re great stories. I know this. It was J.K.Rowling.
You’re right for a hundred dollars. Congratulations!
And now for a thousand dollars, we have a history question.
When was the United States’ constitution adopted?
Oooh! I think it was 1776? No, I’m sorry. It was 1787.
Ah! I’m not very good at history. I can never remember dates.
I’m sorry, Vicki. What a shame!

History is supposed to be true.
But historian’s know that the people who write the history books often tell the stories their way.

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