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How To


- Responding to someone's good news


- Responding to someone's bad news


- Responding to compliments


- Give bad news

Two people talking
In the last episode, we looked at natural ways to react to someone's good news. But imagine that a friend tells you some very sad or tragic news. How can you respond? What words and phrases can you use to show support for your friend?

When you have listened to the programme, don't forget to practise what you've learned with the activity at the bottom of this page.

Expressing shock
Oh my God!

That's ...


Imagining how your friend feels
You must be feeling ...
That must have been ...

Broaching the subject
I heard about ...
I'm so sorry to hear about ...
Martin told me about ...
your news
your terrible news
what happened

Lending an ear
Any time you want to talk ...
Any time you need to talk ...
just come round
just call me
just say the word *
you know where I am **
If you ever need to talk to someone ...

* This expression indicates that you are ready for something - not that you are waiting to hear a particular word!
** This is an invitation to come and talk whenever someone needs to

Offering help
If there's anything I can do, just let me know


Choose the one correct answer in the quiz below. Click 'next' to go to the next question.

download script If you don't have flash, you can download a printable version of this activity (17 KB)

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