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Listen to the dialogue. While listening, make some notes and retell the content afterwards

2. Language focus. Fill in the blanks with key functional language: one word per space

William: Hello and welcome to How to… your weekly instruction manual for saying and doing things in English. My name’s William Kremer. Let’s start today’s programme with a piece of (1) ____________ ____________ : I’m getting married next month! So what’s the best way for you to respond to something like that? Well, English speakers are lucky to have a word that they can use whenever something really good happens to another person…

 

Elena: (2) ____________ !

 

William: Congratulations! If you’re writing a card or a letter you might want to say what you are congratulating your friend about. To do this you can say…

 

Elena: Congratulations (3) ____________ your engagement!

 

William: Or you can say…

 

Elena: Congratulations (4) ____________ ____________ ____________ !

William: But there are lots of things we can say to people who have some good news other than ‘congratulations’. I’m going to invite a colleague from BBC Learning English into the studio, and I’m going to tell him my good news – about me getting married next month, and let’s see what words he uses when he responds.

William: And Matt has just come into the studio – hello Matt.

 

Matt: Hello William.

 

William: Now the reason I have called you into the studio today is because I have some good news.

 

Matt: Ah (5) ____________ – I like good news.

 

William: I am going to be getting married next month…

 

Matt: Oh congratulations, that’s fantastic news! (6) ____________ ____________ ____________ ?

 

William: I am very excited, yes! Erm and er.. yeah… so…

Matt: (7) ____________ ____________ getting married in a church?

 

William: No, we’re not getting married in a church – but er, no, we’re doing the modern.

 

Matt: (8) ____________ ____________ .

 

William: That’s my news.

 

Matt: (9) ____________ ____________ ____________ . I also have some very exciting news…

 

William: You don’t! Do you also..?

 

Matt: I… I also have some exciting news.

 

William: What’s your news?

 

Matt: In one month’s time, my wife is having a baby boy – our first child.

 

William: Is she?!

 

Matt: Yes, she is.

 

William: (10) ____________ , I didn’t know that! When did you… well, you must have found out a long time ago…

 

Matt: I found out a long time ago, but we’ve been keeping it quiet.

 

William: Oooh, well (11) ____________ ! Do you know if it’s a boy or a girl?

 

Matt: I said it was a boy.

 

William: Oh yes! Good point… OK Matt, that’s all I wanted to tell you.

 

Matt: Ah, (12) ____________ – well, good luck.

 

William: Good luck to you too. Bye bye. OK, Matt’s left the studio now. Don’t worry if you didn’t catch all of that conversation – but let’s listen back now to a few interesting bits. Did you notice that after I told Matt my good news, he asked me some questions?



 

Matt: … Are you excited? Are you getting married in a church?

 

William: Matt is interested in my wedding. In general, when people tell you something new, something exciting – a very good way to respond is to ask lots and lots of (13) ____________ ! What other language did Matt use?

 

Matt: Oh congratulations, that’s fantastic news!

 

William: This is a very common and a very easy way to respond to some good news. Simply describe the news as ‘fantastic’ or ‘great’ or (14) ____________ – or use any other very positive word…

 

Matt: Oh congratulations, that’s fantastic news!... That’s (15) ____________ news – I also have some very exciting news…

 

William: But you don’t need to say, ‘That’s fantastic news’. When we’re talking, we can often use these very positive words like ‘fantastic’ or ‘splendid’ (16) ____________ ____________ …

 

Matt: Ah, fantastic, well, good luck…

 

William: We can also use the words (17) ‘____________’ and (18) ‘____________’ by saying ‘how splendid’ or ‘what splendid news’ but you don’t hear these phrases very often nowadays – they’re quite old-fashioned. One other thing to mention is that good news often involves surprise. Listen again to me being surprised by Matt’s good news:

 

Matt: In one month’s time, my wife is having a baby boy – our first child.

 

William: Is she?!

 

Matt: Yes, she is.

 

William: Wow, I didn’t know that! When did you… well, you must have found out a long time ago… ‘Wow’ – (19) ____________ ____________ ____________ - is a word that we use when we are really surprised by something – and pleased!

Well, some interesting language there. I just want to play you a couple of other phrases that you might find useful – here’s the first one:

 

Elena: I’m really (20) ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ .

 

William: I’m really pleased to hear that. And here’s another phrase –

 

Elena: (21) __________ ___________ ____________ ____________ ____________ .

 

William: I’m really happy for you. These two phrases are a little bit more formal, so you’re not so likely to hear them. But they are very useful for when you’re writing to congratulate someone – maybe in a card.

Goodbye!

 

 

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Date: 2015-12-17; view: 508


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