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 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.