Showing interest

In this video, Bob tells Noelia about when he broke his leg. Listen to the language Noelia uses to show interest and practise saying the useful phrases.

Do the preparation exercise first. Then watch the video and do the exercises to check your understanding and practise the language.

Transcript

Ana: Hi! I'm Ana. Welcome to What to Say

Do you know what to say when you want to show interest? Listen out for useful language for showing interest. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this.

 

Noelia: Morning, Bob.

Bob: Oh, good morning. 

Noelia: It's so rainy today. The weather in this country is horrible!

Bob: Yes … yes … The weather was even worse when I lived in Canada.

Noelia: Oh, I didn't know that you lived in Canada, Bob. How cool!

Bob: One winter it was so cold and windy that I fell on the ice and broke my leg in three places.

Noelia: Oh no! You're joking!

Bob: I wish I was, Noelia, I wish I was. I was never the same after that winter. And my leg is still bad today.

Noelia: Really? I'm sorry to hear that. Poor you.

Bob: But it's not all bad. I met my wife in the hospital. She was the doctor who looked at my leg!

Noelia: No way! 

Bob: It was love at first sight! 

Noelia: Ah, that's brilliant!

Bob: Yes, and we're still in love 40 years later …  

Noelia: So in the end, breaking your leg was the best thing that could have happened.

Bob: Yes, I suppose it was!

 

Ana: Hello again! Aww, I love a story with a happy ending! So, did you notice the useful phrases used for showing interest? Listen to me and then repeat. 

 

Oh, I didn't know that you lived in Canada!

How cool!

Oh no, poor you.

You're joking!

Really?

I'm sorry to hear that.

No way!

That's brilliant!


Ana: Try and use some of these phrases the next time you want to show interest in English. Bye for now!

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Submitted by habibao.medo on Sat, 10/10/2020 - 09:25

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i never broke any leg or arm but i I had a terrible head injury when I ran into the ladder
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Submitted by Aung Ko Latt on Wed, 07/10/2020 - 18:19

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Hello! Nice program.
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Submitted by Aung Ko Latt on Wed, 07/10/2020 - 18:18

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Hello! I've broken my left arm when I was a child. It was healed in a little wrong position.
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Submitted by Vinh on Mon, 05/10/2020 - 14:08

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showing interest makes people feel that we are sympathetic to them. Therefore, real friendship is started with sympathy and respect.

Submitted by Lena on Mon, 21/09/2020 - 14:25

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No, I have not. But one morning in the early spring many years ago I slipped on the ice on my way to school and immediately felt a horrible pain in my ankle. Later in the hospital the doctor said the ankle was sprained. I couldn't walk for two weeks after that but today it's completely all right.

Submitted by fariba on Sat, 12/09/2020 - 07:29

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one day my finger of leg was broken. i went to hospital and the nurse bandaged.
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Submitted by shelly on Fri, 11/09/2020 - 09:18

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Yes, it happened in a summer, an agriculture vehicle swerved when I was riding an electric bike on the sideway. It was too late when he noticed me, I fell on the ground and my bone of my foot thumb was fractured, I could not even stand up at that moment, but even worse the driver drove away immediately without asking me. Later a passerby helped me and took me home. At that night my entire foot was bumped and I had to clamp splints and stay at bed for one month. It was a terrible experience every time I thought of.

Submitted by Saish on Mon, 24/08/2020 - 09:31

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No not really. But I once injured the little finger of my foot, I banged it accidentally on a wall when I was kicking something. It hurt really bad and I was in a pain for that entire week. I could barely touch my foot to the ground as a part of my foot got swollen. Thankfully my misery lasted only for a week long and I was back to kicking stuff again...LOL.

Submitted by r_m.u.h.a.m.m.a.d on Sat, 22/08/2020 - 16:10

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No,I've not.But I fell down once when I was studying at the college.Then I was getting down from the stairs and then suddenly something happened I fell down from stairs.And I'd gotten a severe pain in my head,hereby after that I didn't comprehend what was going on and unknowingly I went to my home.So I remembered what happened after sitting couple ten mins.Though I still don't imagine through what way I went home

Submitted by Rinaa on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 21:43

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When I was 8 years old, while I was jumping from sofa to sofa and I fell and I broke my arm in two pieces. I stayed in the hospital for the injured arm 10 days, and also I had a small surgery for fracture, After that every time when the weather change, I feel pain in my arm.