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 Sevil_OD on Wed, 02/11/2022 - 08:44


Yes I have,I broken my two rib, when I was washing my cat. I was standing in the bathtub and he was in my embrace. Suddenly, he want to escape from my embrace, then I lost my balance and fell to the edge of the bathtub.

Submitted by ruchiratr on Tue, 25/10/2022 - 15:22


Luckily I've never.

Submitted by wind886 on Sun, 23/10/2022 - 08:59


Luckily, I never broke both of them. But my father broke his leg a few years ago. He was really drunk at the time and fell down the stairs. It was the second time it has happened.

Submitted by sarkhan_rahimli on Tue, 13/09/2022 - 10:43


Yes. My left leg broked 3 years ago.

Submitted by Cinthiaaaaa on Sat, 03/09/2022 - 04:13


Fortunately, i never broke my leg or arm.

Submitted by farhadwahaj on Mon, 29/08/2022 - 07:51


It's the blessing of Allah that I have not broken my legs and arms yet, and I hope that I will not break them in the future as well. I am very afraid of breaking legs or arms, as it has pretty harsh pain and I can not suffer the pain.

Submitted by Ayoub-XxBuoYaxX on Sat, 20/08/2022 - 22:17


Yes, two times when I was a child. The first time I felt from the steers, and the second I felt when I was in rush with my bicycle.

Submitted by Siana_if on Mon, 15/08/2022 - 19:33


I broke my leg 10 years ago. It was winter and I tried to stay on the slippery road. But alas! 4 month out of work. I can say as Bob: "I was never the same after that winter". But I'm on positive like Bob ))

Submitted by jade0 on Tue, 19/07/2022 - 09:29


I have broke my foot before six years age when I was in school and that was terrible I rest in bed for two weeks but the happy things that I got it holiday for two weeks (:

Submitted by Ciri on Sat, 11/06/2022 - 21:14


Fortunately, I have never broken my leg.