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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Average: 4 (43 votes)

Submitted by Andreshockey1984 on Sun, 28/05/2023 - 12:48


I broken my elbow in a hockey match, it was terrible!

Submitted by elvira23 on Thu, 13/04/2023 - 06:50


Well, I've never personally broken a bone, but I know that it can be a painful and difficult experience.

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Submitted by Isa.M on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 01:36


I never broken some bone.

Submitted by puder on Sat, 08/04/2023 - 12:47


I broke my leg when i was at secondary school .I heard one dog was barking i am rellay scared of dogs and i ran then broke my leg it was so bad.

Submitted by esteban_vera on Sun, 02/04/2023 - 21:56


I never broken my arms or legs

Submitted by namigazimli on Sun, 12/03/2023 - 09:33


I broke my arm when I was playing football with my schoolmates. It was very painful.

Submitted by SuMyatnoeaung on Sat, 25/02/2023 - 09:51


Yeah! I have broken an arm when l came back on my motorbike to my homertown.

Submitted by Trang Luu on Fri, 10/02/2023 - 05:05


No, I have ever broken my arm or leg but my nice. She was a little girl then and she broke her arm when she was playing a scooter and fell down.

Submitted by Msy4252 on Tue, 31/01/2023 - 05:16


I never broke my arm and leg

Submitted by Rita25 on Mon, 26/12/2022 - 14:11


Well! I've never broken a leg or arm before, It was so much worse than that. I had a terrible accident when I was young. We were playing in our neighbor's backyard when I step into a wooden plank with a rusty nail hammered upright. It was terrying it made a hole around my sole, I passed out in terror, was taken to the hospital and had my foot cast. It was such a frightening experience. I cringe just the thought of it. Though terrifying I learned my lesson from it, never walk barefoot and never break into someone's backyard. Hehe