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 redragons0 on Mon, 30/05/2022 - 11:33


I never got injured on my body, however around 5 months ago I fell down unexpectedly due to neurological attack.

Submitted by badboyzz on Sun, 24/04/2022 - 12:51


I never broke my legs or arms but had a little aches in my back last month.Now I feel very good because started do exercise :) I think exercise is magic.

Submitted by anila_khan on Sat, 16/04/2022 - 21:30


No, nothing like that happened to me in the past, and I pray that we all would be safe from any tragic incidents.

Submitted by jyoti Chaudhary on Fri, 28/01/2022 - 13:18


No, I didn't break my legs or hand. In winter nearby my house it always has snow. I'm always taking precautions before going outside.

Submitted by dainien521 on Thu, 20/01/2022 - 09:48


i have never broken an arm or a leg. so i just think that who experience this maybe feel so bad becaues they are not flexible as they are. and maybe it will be a obstacle in their daily activities.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Mon, 29/11/2021 - 14:44


Oh, I'm lucky i have never broken my leg and arm. I wish it will never happen to anyone. That's very horrible.

Submitted by ANOUAR on Mon, 15/11/2021 - 10:52


I have never broken my arm or my leg, and I wish I will not !

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Thu, 14/10/2021 - 13:11


yeah it is lucky! because i have never broken my arm and leg

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Submitted by Kadir on Fri, 17/09/2021 - 19:31

Yes, I really had broken my arm. When I was 10, I was playing on the roof. I was imitating to drive car with my arms. And I was going to from one edge of roof to other edge by forward and back. Certainly you guessed the next scene. I fell down to ground from roof. I my arm had broken. For a long time I couldn't use my arm and couldn't play with my friends. It became an important experience for me. I never played again like that. :))