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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A2 English level (pre-intermediate)

Submitted by sarkhan_rahimli on Tue, 13/09/2022 - 10:43


Yes. My left leg broked 3 years ago.

Submitted by Cinthiaaaaa on Sat, 03/09/2022 - 04:13


Fortunately, i never broke my leg or arm.

Submitted by farhadwahaj on Mon, 29/08/2022 - 07:51


It's the blessing of Allah that I have not broken my legs and arms yet, and I hope that I will not break them in the future as well. I am very afraid of breaking legs or arms, as it has pretty harsh pain and I can not suffer the pain.

Submitted by Ayoub-XxBuoYaxX on Sat, 20/08/2022 - 22:17


Yes, two times when I was a child. The first time I felt from the steers, and the second I felt when I was in rush with my bicycle.

Submitted by Siana_if on Mon, 15/08/2022 - 19:33


I broke my leg 10 years ago. It was winter and I tried to stay on the slippery road. But alas! 4 month out of work. I can say as Bob: "I was never the same after that winter". But I'm on positive like Bob ))

Submitted by jade0 on Tue, 19/07/2022 - 09:29


I have broke my foot before six years age when I was in school and that was terrible I rest in bed for two weeks but the happy things that I got it holiday for two weeks (:

Submitted by Ciri on Sat, 11/06/2022 - 21:14


Fortunately, I have never broken my leg.

Submitted by redragons0 on Mon, 30/05/2022 - 11:33


I never got injured on my body, however around 5 months ago I fell down unexpectedly due to neurological attack.

Submitted by badboyzz on Sun, 24/04/2022 - 12:51


I never broke my legs or arms but had a little aches in my back last month.Now I feel very good because started do exercise :) I think exercise is magic.

Submitted by anila_khan on Sat, 16/04/2022 - 21:30


No, nothing like that happened to me in the past, and I pray that we all would be safe from any tragic incidents.

Submitted by jyoti Chaudhary on Fri, 28/01/2022 - 13:18


No, I didn't break my legs or hand. In winter nearby my house it always has snow. I'm always taking precautions before going outside.

Submitted by dainien521 on Thu, 20/01/2022 - 09:48


i have never broken an arm or a leg. so i just think that who experience this maybe feel so bad becaues they are not flexible as they are. and maybe it will be a obstacle in their daily activities.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Mon, 29/11/2021 - 14:44


Oh, I'm lucky i have never broken my leg and arm. I wish it will never happen to anyone. That's very horrible.

Submitted by ANOUAR on Mon, 15/11/2021 - 10:52


I have never broken my arm or my leg, and I wish I will not !

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Thu, 14/10/2021 - 13:11


yeah it is lucky! because i have never broken my arm and leg

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Submitted by Kadir on Fri, 17/09/2021 - 19:31

Yes, I really had broken my arm. When I was 10, I was playing on the roof. I was imitating to drive car with my arms. And I was going to from one edge of roof to other edge by forward and back. Certainly you guessed the next scene. I fell down to ground from roof. I my arm had broken. For a long time I couldn't use my arm and couldn't play with my friends. It became an important experience for me. I never played again like that. :))

Submitted by Said Wais Isse on Sun, 25/07/2021 - 16:57

Hi everyone, English is not my first language, but I really want to learn it. I loved the way the woman made the link between the good luck and the expression « break a leg ».

Submitted by Eman najeep on Sun, 06/06/2021 - 21:29

No i have never broken my leg or arm.. And I don't wish that would happen.

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Mon, 22/03/2021 - 23:44

I have broken my arm when I was young. We was playing football, but arm broken, because I was the goalkeeper.

Same you 100%
I was the goalkeeper. I was eating with my right hand and repel the ball with my left hand 😂😂😂😂😂.

Submitted by PARIMALA MADIAZHAKAN on Sat, 06/03/2021 - 12:26

NO, I never been broken an arm or a leg. I hope that this kind of situation happen to me in future. I could not handle the pain .

Submitted by Brenda Patrici… on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 21:22

Yes, I have, when I was a child, I was playing with my brother, we were running on the ground, suddenly I stepped on a small stone and I fell over, all my body had fallen over my left arm.

Submitted by kaveh on Mon, 01/02/2021 - 23:56

Hi Jonathan, Unfortunately, all the tasks on every pages not working properly. I can just play the videos and voices and see the transcripts. Do you think this is because of my cell phone type? Thanks for your consideration!

Hello kaveh,

The tasks are working for me and I can't see any problems. I'd suggest you try using a different web browser to see if they work there. If not, you may need to try using a different device such as a laptop or tablet.

Hope this helps.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Mohamed Abd El… on Sun, 31/01/2021 - 07:33

i wish there is a recording to record and listen to compare your performance with what we listen to.

Hello Mohamed,

It's not something we have on the site but it's a good idea for improving your English. You can use your phone, of course, or a free recording app like Audible to record yourself.


It's also useful to practise speaking with (at the same time as) the recording. This will help you get used to natural speech speed and rhythm.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by kaveh on Sat, 30/01/2021 - 23:47

As well as I have this problem with all '' Task 1,2 and 3'' parts.

Hi kaveh,

Thanks for letting us know about the problem. I've just tried the tasks and they are all working OK for me now, so I hope it was just a temporary problem.

If the tasks are still not working for you, is it only on this page? Or do the tasks on other pages also not work?

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by kaveh on Sat, 30/01/2021 - 23:45

Hi! Why ''Preparation box'' doesn't show anything for me?

Submitted by tenedos on Sat, 30/01/2021 - 14:31

I've never broken a part of my body so far fortunately.

Submitted by TRUNG on Fri, 29/01/2021 - 07:13

Thanks for your lesson!

Submitted by German on Thu, 14/01/2021 - 23:41

I have never briken an arm or leg. I have had accidents but my arms and my legs never have been broken.

Submitted by erkosman on Mon, 11/01/2021 - 19:00

Yes I did. My arm have been broken in the market while put down the vegetables. I fall down to the ground from upside of truck. Honestly, other arm was good. I finished the day with one arm.
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Submitted by Khin Yee Mon Khaing on Fri, 25/12/2020 - 05:16

No,I have never broken my leg.Thanks for your sharing.

Submitted by gokmikail38 on Thu, 17/12/2020 - 15:33

no, ı didnt break a place

Submitted by mr.yashar on Sun, 13/12/2020 - 11:54

i cant answer to all of the preparation question just it show 3 question.what can i do?

Hello mr.yashar,

I'm sorry that's confusing. When you want to drop a phrase in a box, you have to click or press on the small white hand (on the right) of the phrase that is already in the box. Then the second phrase will also move into the box.

It's easy to do but a little difficult to explain, so if you'd like me to describe how to do it again, please let us know.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by mr.yashar on Sun, 13/12/2020 - 11:51

when i was 15 i broke my leg and it was very bad.but now is good.

Submitted by mox55 on Wed, 02/12/2020 - 12:43

When I was 17, I broke my fist. Because I attacked bad guy who attacked me first. He told me to pay. Not only that, I even demanded it from my girlfriend I was with. So I hit him. As a result, I broke my fist.

Submitted by Anhvu on Sun, 29/11/2020 - 15:33

No, i haven't been broke my leg and my arm.

Submitted by Nurieta on Mon, 23/11/2020 - 11:57

Hi, when I was 11 years old, I broke my leg. I broke tibia and fibula in two places. I was skating and I fell on my leg. It was horrible because I had my leg in plaster during three - month.

Submitted by NOURHAN93 on Mon, 23/11/2020 - 00:46

No thanks a god it doesn't happened to me

Submitted by O'Prata on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 04:19

I wished there was winter here in Angola. At least I've never broken my leg. Haha!

Submitted by Ye Min Oo on Fri, 23/10/2020 - 13:48

No, I have never broken my leg or arm.

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.