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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that's wonderful. you are doing the productive ways in your waiting time. Be always connected. You deserve the best.

Submitted by Miguelitorico1996 on Mon, 17/01/2022 - 20:45


I haven't received any good new yet, but I'm waiting the answer from the Australian embassy about my visa request, I hope I can go to that country so that I can improve my english skills.

Submitted by hichem202008 on Sun, 12/12/2021 - 13:48


Yes i got a good news recentry , i finaly got an exepmtion from the army . Im really happy

do you mean conscription? but, congratulations.
Hopefully it will be a better thing for your life because of this decision.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Wed, 01/12/2021 - 17:26


Yes I have a good news recently I have passed a entrance exam in prestigious university. I'm so glad for this 😌

well done. I'm really pleased for you. I guest you are from India. I can imagine how super competitive for student to enter India's universities.

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Mon, 25/10/2021 - 11:31


i really don't remember that i have recently had good new.

Submitted by Prabha on Sat, 09/10/2021 - 10:21


I am really pleased to be on

Submitted by Sika2803 on Fri, 13/08/2021 - 11:49

Oh no, I haven’t. Recently I can’t go out because of the covid-19 disease. So as for me, if there are still have people with coronavirus disease, I won’t have any good news.