it's Annmarie with Speak Confident English.
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for your life and work in English.
What is the first thing you want to do or say when someone you love
gives you good news?
Like I just got a promotion.
I just got my dream job.
We just bought a house.
We're having a baby.
We're getting married.
Or what do you want to say?
When someone you love finishes a marathon after months of hard work and
training or finishes a stressful complex project at work
in all of those situations,
you want to congratulate someone,
all of us love those feel good moments when we can share in someone else's
happiness and excitement.
So how can you do that in English?
What can you say in addition to congratulations,
that is exactly what we're going to focus on in today's Confident English lesson
in this lesson,
you're going to learn casual and formal ways that you can congratulate someone.
We'll also talk about the differences between what we say when we congratulate
someone in the moment versus a speech.
And what we say in writing.
Plus I'll give you an easy-to follow formula that you can use for meaningful
heartfelt congratulations with three examples.
at the end,
I'll share with you one happy situation when we don't say
but I'll let you know what you can say.
Let's start with some common words and phrases you can use in the moment that
someone shares good news with you.
We'll start with casual language you could use in informal situations,
which is short from congratulations.
or that's fantastic news.
I'm so excited to hear that that's wonderful news
and so on.
You can see the full list here,
and I've got more examples in the lesson,
on my website speakconfidentenglish.com.
when someone is really excited,
you'll definitely hear a combination of these words and phrases,
I'm so excited for you or that's fantastic news.
I'm so happy for you now,
if it's a more formal situation,
responding to good news at a work meeting or on a teleconference call,
here are some things you can use.
you deserve this success or congratulations.
You've earned this.
My sincere heartfelt or warmest.
Congratulations to you.
Congratulations on your accomplishment or congratulations on your success.
As I mentioned earlier,
those are common ways to immediately congratulate someone in the
moment that they share good news with you.
And it's usually done in speaking in a casual conversation
or in a work meeting.
We don't give a long speech.
We congratulate someone,
express our excitement,
and then usually we ask a series of questions to get more
But what if you're asked to give a short speech or a toast to
maybe it's at a business meeting and you're asked to congratulate the team or a
colleague or at a dinner party.
Someone asks you to give a toast,
or if you want to send a card in the mail to someone and again,
express some of the happiness that you feel and how proud you are of someone's
What can you say in a more formal speaking event or when
we tend to use this simple three step formula for giving
we start with an exclamation of congratulations or a statement on how happy you
and it's important to be specific on.
why do you feel happy for someone?
Or why are you congratulating them?
The more specific you are,
the more meaningful it is.
After expressing congratulations,
English speakers will then often include some kind of a compliment to
acknowledge someone's hard work or the success that they've earned.
we end our congratulations with some focus on the future or an encouraging
And that is the common three step formula that we use.
Give your congratulations and state how happy you are about what happened.
Give a compliment on how hard someone has worked or the success that they've
earned and focus on the future with an encouraging comment.
Here is exactly what that formula might sound like
if you're congratulating someone in a toast or in a written note on a job
Congratulations on getting the job promotion.
That's wonderful news.
You certainly deserve this promotion more than anyone I know.
After your years of dedication and hard work here's to you,
your promotion and all your future successes.
Did you notice those three steps?
I congratulated them on the news of their promotion.
I complimented their years of hard work and dedication,
and I focused on all their future successes.
Let's look at a second example.
That is a little more casual,
congrats on finishing your big project.
It was definitely a success due to your creativity and commitment.
And now I hope you get some much deserved time to relax again.
In this example,
I've started with my note,
congratulating them on something specific,
completing a big,
I provided a compliment by acknowledging their creativity and commitment.
I focused on the future with an encouraging comment,
with the hope that they would get some much deserved rest.
Here's one more example we could use to follow that formula.
When you find out that someone,
and love is getting married.
Congratulations on your wedding announcement.
I am so excited for both of you,
and I know you'll have many happy years together.
As you can see that simple formula of congratulating someone or sharing how
happy you are and something specific,
and then focusing on the future or giving an encouraging comment allows you to
meaningful congratulations to someone.
in a moment,
I'm going to share one happy situation when we don't use the word
But before we do,
if you want more examples of what you can say to someone to congratulate them on
if someone just got their dream job,
if someone tells you they've just bought their first home or they're having a
maybe they've accomplished something that they've wanted to do for years.
I have more examples available for you in my online lesson.
And you can get a link to that lesson just below this video.
And now let's talk about birthdays in my family.
Birthdays are definitely a big deal and they're worthy of celebration,
but one word we don't use in English when someone is having a
birthday is congratulations.
congratulations for almost everything else,
having a baby,
celebrating a work anniversary and so on.
But for birthdays,
we keep it simple with happy birthday,
warmest wishes for you on your birthday or many happy wishes on your
Now that you know how to congratulate someone in English,
I've got a challenge for you using the language that you learned in this lesson
I want you to tell me,
how would you congratulate your best friend who just got a job
promotion and number two,
how would you congratulate a family member who has spent months
training for a marathon?
And they finally did it.
You can share your examples with me in the comments below the video.
This is a great opportunity to practice some of the language and that easy
to use formula that you learned about today.
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