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 Trang Luu on Sat, 25/02/2023 - 05:32


Thank you for the lesson!
I am still waiting for a good new from my daughter. I hope I'll use these phrase for responding to her new soon.

Submitted by annajohnson on Thu, 23/02/2023 - 05:08


I have been offered a great chance to participate in an English Eloquance Contest. I'm so nervous especially when it's going to start after a week. I'm trying and training my English speak skill. Hopefully, I could finish in the top place.

Submitted by Ridho Rachman on Tue, 17/01/2023 - 03:15


anyway i can't recall my recent good news. But i will tell a bad news. Actually, it is not really bad. something that i didn't really want to. 2 days ago i was waiting until midnight for the anouncement of a 2022 government recruitment employee program. i applied for a job in ministry of religion. My wife was waiting for information too. She said so sorry, yet she knew what i was really want.

Submitted by Mario Rodriguez on Mon, 02/01/2023 - 13:19


No , I haven't received any good news yet, but I'm waiting for the response the company for a permanent employment contract , I have been working in this company for three month's to try to get de permanent employment.

Submitted by m.amoozesh on Tue, 25/10/2022 - 23:11


no unfortunately I have not hear any good news recently

Submitted by farhadwahaj on Mon, 26/09/2022 - 08:00


I am waiting for my cases, but unfortunately still did not hear any good news, but hope to hear the great news. moreover, I had interviewed three days before it went very well, and waiting for the result where also I hope to be got the job. please pray for me to hear the great news.

I am not waiting for respond any company because I do not looking for job yet. But I am on way to change my life. I want to change my job and become web designer. I am so exсited. Now it is time just you know...looking for various courses , reading a lot of information etc. but i think i can do it :D

it's good to hear. Let's learn various courses online together. Be more excited with the process. Then you will get what you deserve ones.

I also pray for you. Please do the same for me too.
Anyway congratulations until this stage. You deserve better for your bright journey career.