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What is “5 W’s and 1 H?”

If you have been attending the English classes at Conforce, there have been a lot of mention of 5 W’s and 1 H.


You’re probably asking yourself, what is that?




When having a conversation with people in English, generally your dialogue would consist of these words:











These key words can help you talk to anyone that you choose.

When telling a story to other people, be sure to include these points in your story.


For example.  I will talk about one of my favorite places to visit in Japan, Osaka.






(What) I like to visit Osaka when I have some money and some free time, it’s a very fun place to visit and there are many things to see.



(Who) I often travel there alone or with my wife, I do have many friends there and I enjoy seeing them.



(Why) I go there to relax and reminisce.  I used to live in Osaka and Kobe when I was a university student about 15 years ago.  I have so many wonderful memories there.



(Where) My favorite areas in Osaka are Den Den Town and Osaka Castle.  Both places I tend to always visit when I go there.   I love the shopping and sightseeing there.



(When) I don’t really have a specific time that I g0 to Osaka, but I do like visiting there when the weather is cooler.  Since there are so many places to walk around, I prefer to go there during the fall or winter seasons.



(How) I often go there by bullet train. It is the most convenient way to go there.




Also you can use the 5 W’s and 1 H when asking questions to people during a conversation.


I will use the recent craze, the Pokemon Go phone game as an example.






(What) What do you like best about this game? What are the rules to the game?



(Why) Why are so many people addicted to this game?  Why does it use so much battery power on your phone?



(Who) Who are the people that are playing this game?  Are they just children or adults as well?



(When) When will this fad end?  When will get tired of the game?



(Where) Where are the best places to catch Pokemon? Where are the worst places to find Pokemon?



(How) How do people walk or drive and play this game at the same time? How dangerous is it to play this game in public?


These are just examples on how to use the 5 W’s and 1 H in your English conversations.  Please give it a try and see if it helps you out!