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 farhadwahaj on Mon, 26/09/2022 - 08:00


I am waiting for my cases, but unfortunately still did not hear any good news, but hope to hear the great news. moreover, I had interviewed three days before it went very well, and waiting for the result where also I hope to be got the job. please pray for me to hear the great news.

Submitted by Nandar Su Hlaing on Fri, 12/08/2022 - 16:28


No, I haven't good news recently, but I'm hoping to get good news near future, I am trying to get a new job, I applied many vacant positions so I hope to get good news from there.

Submitted by marwan297 on Wed, 03/08/2022 - 20:19


I haven't got any good news recently, I'm not waiting for any good new actually as there isn't any thing going to change soon but I hope everything stays as it is.

Submitted by Yamen.G on Fri, 27/05/2022 - 14:48


I am waiting good news for new job, this lesson is very useful and on time.

Submitted by Miguelitorico1996 on Mon, 17/01/2022 - 20:45


I haven't received any good new yet, but I'm waiting the answer from the Australian embassy about my visa request, I hope I can go to that country so that I can improve my english skills.

Submitted by hichem202008 on Sun, 12/12/2021 - 13:48


Yes i got a good news recentry , i finaly got an exepmtion from the army . Im really happy

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Wed, 01/12/2021 - 17:26


Yes I have a good news recently I have passed a entrance exam in prestigious university. I'm so glad for this 😌

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Mon, 25/10/2021 - 11:31


i really don't remember that i have recently had good new.

Submitted by Prabha on Sat, 09/10/2021 - 10:21


I am really pleased to be on

Submitted by Sika2803 on Fri, 13/08/2021 - 11:49

Oh no, I haven’t. Recently I can’t go out because of the covid-19 disease. So as for me, if there are still have people with coronavirus disease, I won’t have any good news.

Submitted by MOAS on Sat, 07/08/2021 - 21:56

Yes I had. I got acceptable results from my first experiments. My supervisor became surprised and happy.

Submitted by NYANADHAZA on Sat, 05/06/2021 - 10:44

I'm really pleased for your victory of the match.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 23:54

Yes I have had good news regarding passing my exam of; Life in the UK.

Submitted by Saad786 on Mon, 01/03/2021 - 13:51

Yes! I got good news of my result of final term examination recently . I secured top position in the class with good marks. I was really excited.

Submitted by Fatii on Fri, 05/02/2021 - 15:42

No unfortunately, I didn't receive any good news recently, but I think the good news will be coming soon. So I'm a positive

Submitted by German on Fri, 29/01/2021 - 02:09

I have received the new that I´m going to receive my Master degree in a few months.

Submitted by YewandeAdeosun on Fri, 25/12/2020 - 19:01

Yes I have. I was overwhelmed when I heard my friend is going to be a mother. it’s a wonderful news she going into motherhood

Submitted by Pola on Thu, 17/12/2020 - 17:40

Recently, I haven't got any good news, it might be later.

Submitted by NOURHAN93 on Sun, 13/12/2020 - 01:25

i have questione , it is polite way to responde (what a shame )?

Hello NOURHAN93,

If you want to say 'that's very sad' or 'I'm very sorry to hear that', then 'what a shame!' is a perfectly polite way to respond.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by fariba on Mon, 07/12/2020 - 09:25

i have seen a susses.

Submitted by Marina Hornus on Sun, 29/11/2020 - 20:55

Yes, I have received really good news last week. I am a teacher in a high school in Argentina, and I wrote a proposal to get a budget to buy equipment for my school's lab and I got that. The money to the budget comes from taxes. It was really hard work because we compete with our whole country and you can receive the budget according to the merit of the proposal. So now I have a lot more work (as a volunteer). I need to buy the equipment and set up the laboratory so the next school calendar my students are going to use the lab.

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 samssira on Sun, 01/11/2020 - 14:58

I haven't any good news recently, I wish in the next few days, who knows.

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.

Submitted by sindhallb on Wed, 09/09/2020 - 02:50

Yes,I had good news from the author itu.They appreciated my work .I started online class for my students during codivid 19 epidemic .I tried my best to help the students for learning at home
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Submitted by Hennadii on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 17:56

Actually, I can't remember any particular good or bad news recently. "Nothing new" I would like to say. Basically, this year not rich for good news, if you know what I mean. It started with COVID-19, quarantine, many people died all around the world, economics decrease, some people lost their job. There also were some bad things in many countries. Tough year, telling the truth. But, I always try to find something good in any circumstance. My family is great, nobody's ill, kids at home, though, and it's wonderful to can spend time with them despite they are noisy and roughy sometimes. Other bad news - the summer is nearly over but the good one - the autumn is coming and I hope it'll be warm and sunny. Another good news - I've just finished B1 level of Speaking skill section ;)
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Submitted by davicovalencia79 on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 14:35

Yesterday I received bad news, it's the same situation like this story, because I didn´t get the job, I have a good job profile but currently I really know that I need more english level, so that was the reason I couldn't get that job. But it won't be an impediment for me to improve my english, now with this bad news is a reason to study english very hard every day, and then achieve my goal.

Submitted by IKEDA on Sun, 23/08/2020 - 17:29

Yes, I've just had good news from the university where I wanted to enroll. They told me that I passed the entrance exam and allowed me to enter the university. I was pleased to hear that good news.
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Submitted by Aisha na Shadee on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 09:04

Hello, Can someone join me to learn English together, we can share stories and correct each other when communicating, I think it's the best way to improve the language. we can chat via emails or find the best way to communicate.

Hi Aisha na Shadee,

Learning together with someone is a great way to learn. But I'm sorry to say that it's not possible to find someone to email or chat with on this site, because sharing personal details is not allowed by our House rules. I hope you can find a learning partner some other way. Good luck!

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


Uh thank you Mr. Jonathan R for your response, I observe house rules of The British Council.

Hi Aisha na Shadee,

That's great :) We hope you enjoy learning here.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Saamongo on Wed, 05/08/2020 - 19:38

I have often problems with this activity "Put the events in the story in order." I'm confused doing it because when I try to touch the events in order, I can't. How to do that?

Hello Saamongo,

To order the events, first click on one of them. Then click on a different one and they will swap places. Continue until you have all of them in the right order.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Allate on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 20:29

Recently I received a good news. My niece passed her exam. It was a wonderful day that day. We had a party at home to celebrate her success. I was very happy because I really love my niece and I'm proud of her.
Woo..! Congratulations to your niece and the family in general. I am pleased for the success and I hope she'll keep doing the best in her future studies. Wish her lucky in her future studies..!

Submitted by Emily thwe on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 07:08

I have a good news, that is I found my old friend from University. I am so happy and pleased for it.

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Sat, 25/07/2020 - 17:21

Yes, I have. I just get a new job that I am interested in. The job suits my qualifications and has a lot of challenges. It also has a good salary and a perfect policy. I spent more time looking for a job like this. I think I'm a lucky person.

Submitted by Asni on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 23:34

Have you had any good news recently? Yes, I have. My brother has just graduated from university. He is a mechanical engineer now. I was so happy and pleased to hear the news.