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 marriita on Mon, 07/08/2023 - 22:44


yes, I received a wonderful news - my application was accepted, and I will start in a new role soon.

Submitted by thaokim2003. on Sun, 30/07/2023 - 03:10


i have a good news that Blackpink came to Vietnam - my country, but the bad news is that I can't come to the concert because my financial situation doesn't allow me to go to the concert. I hope I can see them directly in the future

Submitted by drey2005 on Fri, 07/07/2023 - 18:06


The only good news I was received recently is I was invited to a date. That's wonderful!

Submitted by Awa9102000 on Thu, 20/04/2023 - 21:55


Hi there, I try to always look at any situation its positive side so that I think I sort of, always have good news. Nevertheless, I hope to get in a contest which is going to take place in June. I hope a very good news then off tomorrow.

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?