Highlight: How to respond to good news
This material, taken from Chapter 2, introduces ways to react to another person’s good news, and presents a practice activity. As usual, answers are in the Resources section.
As we did for expressing sympathy, let’s start with some expressions to show the right level of reaction: not too mild, not too strong.
|That’s...||(rather) nice||(well) cool||(really) great||(just) awesome||(really) fantastic|
|What...||a stroke of luck!/ a blessing!|
|I’m... to hear that||pleased||really chuffed||excited||thrilled|
You’re having me on!
|Put it there! (slap hands|
in the air with your friend)
How ‘big’ do you think these good-news situations are? Which congratulatory expressions might be appropriate?
- just got engaged to be married
- got good results in her exams
- received a gift of an expensive watch from her aunt
- won US$10,000 in a lottery
- got a place to study at Cambridge University in the UK
- succeeded in reducing her body weight by 10kg
- won her school tennis competition
- got a new job with a good salary
After the initial congratulation, you can keep the conversation flowing by covering some of the following aspects:
The book now continues with tips and exercises for sustaining good-news conversations. Find out how to get chapter 2