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 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!