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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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.