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 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.

Submitted by MOAS on Sat, 07/08/2021 - 21:56

Yes I had. I got acceptable results from my first experiments. My supervisor became surprised and happy.

Submitted by NYANADHAZA on Sat, 05/06/2021 - 10:44

I'm really pleased for your victory of the match.

Are you a club big fan? I'm really please for you whatever the club your suppported to for the victory. I also a sport event enthusiast.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 23:54

Yes I have had good news regarding passing my exam of; Life in the UK.

You are in the UK, bu you learned english from I guest you are a lucky brave immigrant. Hopefully you will be fitted there and get your best destiny.