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 Singing and Sunny on Tue, 02/07/2024 - 22:38


I didn't get any good news recently, also any bad news. The life is very peace.

Submitted by Olena999 on Wed, 19/06/2024 - 13:08


There is a long time I'm waiting for a good news, especially the one. About our victory, a peace and ending of war. It would be great news but with a bitterness feelings. 

Submitted by yaseralisadiq on Wed, 12/06/2024 - 20:05


In the last couple of months, I got both the good news and bad news. My employer was satisfied with my performance and gave me a good raise in my remuneration. However, he also deducted a certain amount under the claw-back clause. 

Submitted by ubaid332 on Mon, 10/06/2024 - 11:34


Have you had any good news recently?

Yes, I got the good news about my salary. My employer is satisfied with my performance, so he decided to give me an increment.

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Submitted by Lingaung on Fri, 16/02/2024 - 20:05


My son and daughter won the champion at their school.

Submitted by Issa_25 on Mon, 05/02/2024 - 12:04


i`ll be attending my brother`s graduation in june and I`ll start my college internship this month.

Submitted by Toan3002 on Sat, 09/12/2023 - 02:17


I haven't gotten any good news recently. I only hope I have enough health and wisdom to fulfill my duty to serve my dormitory community.

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Submitted by Lingaung on Sun, 03/12/2023 - 00:22


My friend got promoted last week.

Submitted by bradzys on Tue, 24/10/2023 - 12:46


I was invited to very promising job conversation and now trying to improve my English skills

Submitted by Bisrat.Tekeste on Mon, 09/10/2023 - 08:01


i didn't receive any good news recently nevertheless i received boring news and then they makes me bored.