Friday, June 11, 2010

Improve Spoken English - How to express Sympathy in English

Example formal and informal conversation  in English to express sympathy.

The Newsreader on TV: Ninety children studying in classes
I to V were burnt to death in a fire accident in a school in
Viewer: O God! How sad!

1. Formal
Student :
May I know why you look sad, Sir?
Teacher : I’m really upset; you know, my uncle passed away
day before yesterday.
Student : I’m very sorry to hear that, Sir.
Teacher : In fact, it was he who brought me up. He was my
godfather too.
Student : How sad, Sir!
Teacher : We’ll miss him a lot.
Student : Time is the best healer, Sir.
Teacher : Thank you for the comforting words.
Student : It was the least I could do.

A: Why do you look upset?
B: You know, I have lost my wallet somewhere this
A: Oh, I’m very sorry to hear that. How much money did
you have in it?
B: I had Rs.500 /- in it.
A: Which places did you visit from the morning?
B: I went to the restaurant for breakfast and then ……..
A: Why don’t you speak to the person in the cash counter?
B: Yes, let me try.
A: I hope you will get it back.

I am most upset to hear that.
What a terrible situation for you!
One should not worry too much
I do sympathise with you.

What a pity! That’s awful.
How sad! Poor old you, ……
O dear! I am sorry. I’m awfully sorry.
What bad luck! That’s a pity!
You must be very upset / annoyed.

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