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.


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!


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 Moon Wathan on Sat, 17/10/2020 - 06:19

No, I have never broken an arm or a leg.

Submitted by Nway on Thu, 15/10/2020 - 06:49

When i was young , my left arm was broken but it was ok. There was no deformity.

Submitted by Pola on Sun, 11/10/2020 - 18:29

Yes, I broke my pair arms the right arm then the left arm for I was a child between six and eight years old, but it's not all bad that thing let me exempted from the Egyptian recruiting!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.