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 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.

Congratulations until this stage. You do your own best, let's God do the rest. Be always mindful and connected with other. There's so many opened opportunities out there. You deserve the best.

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.

that's wonderful. you are doing the productive ways in your waiting time. Be always connected. You deserve the best.

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

do you mean conscription? but, congratulations.
Hopefully it will be a better thing for your life because of this decision.

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 😌

well done. I'm really pleased for you. I guest you are from India. I can imagine how super competitive for student to enter India's universities.