Do you like reading the newspaper or catching up on current events online? The news is a very common topic of discussion, especially between friends, family members, and work colleagues. Being able to give your own opinions and talk about what's going on in the world is a good skill to have.

The phrases we've collected for you in the tables below will help you gain this skill. Take a look at them and improve your English!

Asking about the News

Want to find out somebody's opinion about a news article or tell them about an interesting story you read? Then try using some of the phrases below to ask others different questions about the news.
Did you watch the news last night?
 
Did you see the news?
 
Did you catch that report?
 
Did you hear about that bank robbery?
 
Have you seen this article about climate change?
 
Where did you see that?
 
What do you think about the elections?
 
Do you read the newspaper?
 
Did you fact check it?
 
 

Talking about the News

In the table below we've collected several phrases that you can use when talking about the news.
I like to read the newspaper in the morning.
 
I heard about it in the paper.
 
I read an in-depth report on how the forest fires started yesterday.
 
What happened yesterday?
 
I think this report is biased.
 
How do they know that for sure?
 
You shouldn't believe everything you read.
 
That sounds like a conspiracy theory to me.
 
I have no idea what you're talking about.
 
They just announced on the news that the bank robber was caught.
 
 

Answers to the Most Common Questions

What are the most essential English phrases that I need to know when talking about the news?
  • Did you hear about that bank robbery?
  • What do you think about the elections?
  • I heard about it in the paper.
  • I think this report is biased.
  • Did you watch the news last night?
  • Where did you see that?
  • What happened yesterday?
  • How do they know that for sure?
What are some different ways to ask if somebody knows the news?
There are several ways to form questions in order to find out if someone knows the news:

Did you see + THING?
  • Did you see the news?
  • Did you see the story about the bar fight?
  • Did you see the report about bees?


Did you catch + THING?
  • Did you catch that report?
  • Did you catch the news?
  • Did you catch the story about the kidnapping?


Did you hear about + THING?
  • Did you hear about that bank robbery?
  • Did you hear about the car chase?
  • Did you hear about the new environmental policy?