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 Grzegorz on Thu, 16/05/2024 - 14:08


Luckily, I've never broken an arm or leg. I've got seriously bruised few times, though. Insurance put your mind at peace so if case of any accident you are covered. 

Submitted by Hammoudahmad on Sat, 09/03/2024 - 14:05


when I was young I broke my leg wen play I remember that was very painful .

No, I never broke my leg and arm. But I had opportunity to see several friends at the school with their broke arm and a big cast ready to sign.

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Submitted by Hma Aye on Mon, 29/01/2024 - 09:10


I have never broke my leg and hand.Iaw my sister broke her leg two times when she was young.She pained his leg before was seen the doctor.My parents take her to the doctor and he held a stone bantage to the leg.My sister take a rest and I 'm so tired because I do a lot of housework and shop work.I will be never forget this memory.

Submitted by master370 on Wed, 27/12/2023 - 13:51


I have never broken my leg or arm. I remember that my the best friend had problems with his briken leg when was on holiday in winter. He slipped on the ice.

Submitted by DzhusAngela on Thu, 21/12/2023 - 14:12


Yes,I broke my leg.I played basketball at school competitions and i fell.After I went to home and waited evening(night).In 12 o'clock in the night i went with my father to hospital and doctor said me:"I have to put a cast on".I suppose,it was horibble.

Submitted by modouu on Tue, 05/12/2023 - 08:29


Fortunately, i have never broken my legs or arm

Submitted by Carlos Panjoj on Tue, 14/11/2023 - 00:01


I've never broken any bones, but I've had one or two accidents.

Submitted by arizonova on Fri, 10/11/2023 - 09:11


I broke my leg when I was a kid. My father wanted to go to the shop with me and buy me an ice cream. He decided to ride there by bicycle. I was a passenger on a bicycle for the first time, and I accidentally put my leg into the moving wheel. So, my leg was broken, and we had to go to the hospital. Unfortunately, the ice cream was canceled.

Submitted by Toan3002 on Tue, 07/11/2023 - 01:09


Actually, I haven't ever broken my legs or arms.