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 utland on Sat, 07/10/2023 - 18:38


Fortunately, I have never broken any bones of my body

Submitted by on Fri, 08/09/2023 - 17:40


I've never broken my leg or arm.

Submitted by Ampy on Thu, 31/08/2023 - 14:45


I had never broken any bone in my body, but I had surgery in my two hands and my left shoulder! A lot of pain,,,

Submitted by isaacgezer on Wed, 09/08/2023 - 05:35


Yes, I have broken my arm when I was a teen. I was the goalkeeper in a football match, and this horrific fact happened. It was really painful. But the enormous curiosity and coincidence was that my brother, who was also playing with me, broke his arm in the exact match!

Submitted by Safe_Mode on Tue, 27/06/2023 - 11:30


I have broken my leg last winter when I was riding the motocross. This was serious fracture and the doctor made operation on my leg. After that I must being training my leg to learn how to walk again. My sick leave was continuing more than half of the year. Now I've got metal plate in my leg. It's still not so good but becomes better by every day. I even try to run sometimes)

Submitted by Anastacha on Mon, 26/06/2023 - 20:34


I have never broken an arm or a leg, but I had an ankle sprain and it was very painful.

Submitted by Learner456 on Wed, 21/06/2023 - 02:10


I never broken my arms or legs.

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


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