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How to show sympathy in English

English Speaking Topic

  • What would you say to show sympathy?
  • How do you think they feel after the talk?

When you hear someone talking about a bad news or bad experience they had in life, you can show your sympathy to him/her. Showing sympathy is to make someone feel better. Listen to the conversation and find out how they use the phrases to express their sympathy to each other.

AHi. Emma. I can’t make the presentation today. I had a car accident last night.
BThat’s awful! Are you OK? Where are you?
AI’m at home now. I got a taxi downtown last night and another car hit us.
BHow frightening! Are you hurt?
AI’m OK, thanks. The ambulance took the taxi driver to hospital. I think he’s OK.
BThat’s good news. Why don’t you try to relax now and get some sleep? I’ll take care of the presentation. Call me if you need anything.
AYeah, I will. Thanks, Emma. What about you? Did you get your driving licence?
BI failed my driving test. I can’t believe it.
AOh, I’m sorry. What happened?
BI made some mistakes. I was really nervous.
AOh dear. I think everybody feels nervous before taking their test. I was terrified.
BI feel so stupid. All my friends have a driving licence.
ACheer up. It’s not the end of the world.
BI suppose so. I can take the test again soon.
ASee? It’s not that bad.

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