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 Ibrahimyousef on Thu, 20/04/2023 - 12:13


Yes, I have a good news recently.
My country an announcement today at after prayer Maghreb to see a crescent shawal (Eid fiter),
That's wonderful ! Congratulations.
I'm good to heard that

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Submitted by vanenglish on Mon, 17/04/2023 - 17:22


Have you had any good news recently?

I haven´t received any good news recently. What a shame! But I have hopes.

Submitted by I.es91 on Tue, 11/04/2023 - 21:36


yes I have. Today I get two good news. First, I received a message that I will be honoring the ideal student in my university. Second my husband sends to me you can have a maid for help in cleaning the house preparing Eid. This is actually all what I need for now.

Submitted by mariakiss on Thu, 16/03/2023 - 14:22


Recently, I found out that I got the highest scores in critical English reading subject, which is unexpectedly surprising since I thought my scores would be just average level but it turned out to be wonderful. I felt on cloud nine because at least this subject is a healer for my other subjects that I totally messed up.

Submitted by loanphuong on Wed, 08/03/2023 - 03:25


I have not received any good news recently. I am looking for a new job at the moment. So I hope my good news is that next time, I will get a job in my dream company.

In case, I try to consider some good news for me recently, that is I am going to remove braces next April, after over 2 years. I am excited about that, and asked myself the question How do I look like after removing braces?

Submitted by Trang Luu on Sat, 25/02/2023 - 05:32


Thank you for the lesson!
I am still waiting for a good new from my daughter. I hope I'll use these phrase for responding to her new soon.

Submitted by annajohnson on Thu, 23/02/2023 - 05:08


I have been offered a great chance to participate in an English Eloquance Contest. I'm so nervous especially when it's going to start after a week. I'm trying and training my English speak skill. Hopefully, I could finish in the top place.

Submitted by Ridho Rachman on Tue, 17/01/2023 - 03:15


anyway i can't recall my recent good news. But i will tell a bad news. Actually, it is not really bad. something that i didn't really want to. 2 days ago i was waiting until midnight for the anouncement of a 2022 government recruitment employee program. i applied for a job in ministry of religion. My wife was waiting for information too. She said so sorry, yet she knew what i was really want.

Submitted by Mario Rodriguez on Mon, 02/01/2023 - 13:19


No , I haven't received any good news yet, but I'm waiting for the response the company for a permanent employment contract , I have been working in this company for three month's to try to get de permanent employment.