Expressing Sympathy is an expression or feeling of pity and sorrow when we know and see someone or people are unlucky or have trouble and in bad condition. By expressing sympathy we want to show our concern of carefulness or other people’s condition.
We express sympathy expression directly to him / her orally or use a letter or card by post also by short message service (SMS), television, radio, E-mail, and newspaper.
Example Dialogue Expressing Sympathy :
Rani : Hi, Dion. What’s up? You look so sad.
Dion : Yeah, my uncle died last night.
Rani : Really? I’m sorry to hear that.
Dion : Thanks.
Rani : If I’m not mistaken, he is in Padang, right?
Dion : Yes. We long time no see him.
Rani : Does your family plan to go to Padang?
Dion : Yes. Tonight. We are going to leave for Padang.
Rani : Oh, I hope your family will be fine.
Dion : Thanks a lot, Rani.^^
Expressing Sympathy :
a. If you want to respond to good news, you can use the following expressing:
How nice . . . !
How exciting !
I’m pleased to hear that.
I’m (very) glad to hear that.
Wow. I’m so happy to hear that. ~^^~
b. If you want to respond to bad news, you can use the following expressing:
How terrible !
I’m sorry to hear that.
That’s too bad.
You must be very upset. Keep spirit and strong.