Responding to news

In this video, Noelia gets good news and bad news. Listen to the language Yuna uses to respond to Noelia's news 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 respond to news? Listen out for useful language for responding to news. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this.


Noelia: Yes, yes, yes. Ah, I did it! 

Yuna: Good news, then? 

Noelia: Yes! I won the award!

Yuna: Oh wow! Congratulations! 

Noelia: Thank you! It's so exciting. I can't believe it!  

Yuna: I know! That's wonderful! Well done, Noelia. I'm really pleased for you. 

Noelia: WHAT? You cannot be serious!

Yuna: Oh dear. What's happened?  

Noelia: They sent me the wrong email. I didn't win. Someone else won.

Yuna: Oh no, that's awful!

Noelia: Yes. It. Is.

Yuna: I'm so sorry, Noelia. What a shame. Can I do anything to help?

Noelia: Please pass me that magazine. Thanks.


Ana: Hello again! Oh, poor Noelia! That's really disappointing. So, did you notice the useful phrases used for responding to news? Listen to me and then repeat. 


Oh wow! Congratulations!

I can't believe it.

That's wonderful!

Well done. I'm really pleased for you.

Oh dear. What's happened?

Oh no, that's awful.

I'm so sorry.

What a shame.

Can I do anything to help? 


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


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Submitted by zyinabkhalid on Mon, 23/11/2020 - 10:32

yes, my uncle got a new bayby. i am relly exaited to see her. he is very happy and thinkfull

Submitted by Momocompanyman on Sat, 07/11/2020 - 09:53

Yes, I going to start business in the thermal building.

Submitted by Khin Thandar Htun on Sat, 07/11/2020 - 03:05

I will share you that my teacher said "No News is Good News"! But I got some good news. That was my baby brother born!

Submitted by Fsh on Mon, 26/10/2020 - 04:02

Unfortunately,I have not received any good news recently.

Submitted by abudo93 on Fri, 16/10/2020 - 19:19

I had received good and bad news, but the good news was more, praise be to god.

Submitted by habibao.medo on Fri, 16/10/2020 - 11:47

recently mmmm i don't think i had any news this period

Submitted by cittàutopica on Thu, 17/09/2020 - 16:46

Congratulations to Ikeda! As for me, I haven't had any goods news recently, but I really wasn't expecting anything: no news is good news:

Submitted by VIVIANB_D on Sat, 12/09/2020 - 05:56

In this morning I got in an email that said "Congratulations, you interview is the next week". In this moment, I'm searching a job
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Submitted by danisep on Wed, 09/09/2020 - 03:01

By the way I don't remember any good news recently, there are good things that happened averydays but nothing to be pleased or celebrate. Now I am just working to use my time in the best possible way and learn a lot english how as possible.