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Showing interest

In this video, Bob tells Noelia about when he broke his leg. Listen to the language Noelia uses to show interest and practise saying the useful phrases.

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Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


Once upon a time while i'm playing football i obstructed and fell in the ground but the good thing, just my right arm broken. so the answer is yes i have.

Until now l've never broken any leg or arm. I think it must cause a lot of pain! My gramma broked her leg once and the healing process was tough; I believe the elderly are the most succeptable to fall and have a fracture.

When I was child, once I was driving my bicycle, I lost the control of it and suddenly I was on the floor. both my wrists were broken, y I ended crying.

I've never broken any legs or arm. Good for me )) But once I hurt my leg really badly. I happened in winter when I went skiing in the Carpathian mountains. We were there with my future wife (that was her first time on the ski), the weather wasn't good - too few snow.
During the descent, I got caught on something and dramatically fell. My leg was almost broken (happily just almost but not completely). It became deep blue and swell that big. I spent about a month at home recovering and my leg continued to hurt for long three or four months.

No, I haven't. But I think it will really hurt if my leg or arm is broken.

In this conversation, I don't understand what Bob said. He said, "I wish I was, Noalia”.If it is translated directly, the meaning is different from the context.

Hello Min Htet Kaung,

What Bob means is 'I wish I was joking'. This is a common way of saying 'I wish that it wasn't true' -- Bob wishes that it wasn't true that he broke his leg.

Does that make more sense now?

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

I broke my toe in the gym once. During a speed training excercise, my foot was stuck in between the mat tiles and I broke my toe. I couldn't put up with the pain. It was so strong. I hope it will never happen again!

I've broken my finger when I was on the beach, the sea was rough and I jumped into the water and a strong wave threw me on the cliff.

I broke my leg when I was pregnant. Imagine that, a pregnant woman and her big belly with a broken leg. It was terrible.