Expressing Surprise and Interest in English (EFL/ESL Speaking Lessons)

EFL/ESL English Speaking Lessons

Expressing surprise and interest in English 

What is interest?

Expressing interest – Interest is the feeling that you have when you want to know and learn more. If you are interested in something, you may say: “I’m really interested in…”. In daily conversations, we usually hear a lot of ideas that are interesting or make us interested. In English, we can use these expressions:

Expressions of interest in English

  • It is a good idea!
  • It is a great idea!
  • That is really interesting!
  • What a great idea!
  • I’m really interested in that!
  • Wow, that sounds amazing!
  • That is really wonderful!
  • What a wonderful idea!

Examples of expressing interest in English 

  • A: Hi Bob, we are going to go to the beach next Sunday. Would you like to join us?
  • B: Wow, that is a great idea. I would love to.
  • A: Amin told his friend, “I won the lottery”
  • B: his friend said, “That’s wonderful, wow!”

What is a surprise?

Expressing Surprise  – Surprise is the feelings that people express when something unexpected happens. If you are surprised, you may say: “Oh my God!”. In daily life, there are many cases when we are surprised by things that we have no idea could happen. In English, you can use these expressions to show surprise:

Expressions of surprise in English

  • Oh my God!
  • Oh my goodness!
  • What a surprise!
  • Wow, that’s surprising!
  • What a wonderful surprise!
  • Really!
  • I’m so surprised!
  • I really didn’t expect that!

Examples of expressing surprise in English 

  • A: Najat was out of the city for a long time. Now, she is talking to her father and she is coming to visit them!
  • B: her father says: “what a wonderful surprise! When will you come?”.
  • A: your team didn’t train well and had a difficult game. A friend told you they won.
  • B: you: “what a surprise! I really didn’t expect that!



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