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 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.

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.