Giving and Responding to Good and Bad News

This lesson covers the language you can use when you want to give or react to news. So below, we’ll learn everything about giving and responding to good/bad news.

Be considerate when it comes to the words you use to report bad news. Because once they are said, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten.  Handle them carefully. Harsh words or harsh manners can provoke deadly reactions.

Giving good news:

  • I really am happy to tell you…
  • I’ve got a bit of good news to tell you…
  • I’ve got some amazing/ great news for you…
  • You know what! I’ve got a bit of great news for you…
  • Great news for you…

Responding to good news:

  • Congratulations…
  • That’s great/fantastic…
  • How fantastic!
  • What brilliant/splendid news!
  • That’s wonderful/splendid news!
  • That sounds like great news!
  • I’m glad to hear that!
  • I can’t believe that!
  • I can’t believe that!
  • Wow, that sounds exciting!
  • Simply wow!
  • Lucky you!

Giving bad news:

  • I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for you…
  • I’m sorry I’ve got a bit of bad news to tell you…
  • I really don’t know how to say it, but…
  • I’m sorry to have to ┬ásay this, but…
  • I really feel bad to have to say this, but…
  • It’s with great regret that I tell you that…

Responding to bad news:

  • Oh my God! My goodness!
  • I’m awfully sorry that…
  • I can’t believe that…
  • I’m sorry to hear such terrible news.
  • I can’t believe it!
  • Poor you!
  • That’s awful/a pity/ unfortunate.
  • Please, accept my deepest sympathy.
  • I know how you must be feeling.
  • Oh, dear!