Congratulating and Expressing Hopes and Wishes

Practice the following dialog with a friend.

do : Look, Kinar! There’s your name here! Wow, you’ve placed the first!

Kinar : Really? Wow, I can’t believe myself! I won!

Edo : Yes, you made it! Congratulations, Kinar!

Kinar : Thank you, Edo. Thanks for your support too.

Edo : You’re welcome. I know how hard you’ve prepared yourself for the contest. Your victory is really worth it.

Kinar : You’re right. Besides, I love English and reading stories.

Edo : I know. Anyway, it’s written here that you should prepare yourself for the Regional Storytelling Contest in August.

Kinar : You’re right. The committee ever told me that the winner would represent our school to the regional contest.

Edo : I know it’s not easy, so I hope you show your best performance for the contest. If you win, it’s a really great bonus.

Kinar : I hope so. 

Edo : Just let me know if you need something. I will always be there to support you.

Kinar : Thank you, Edo. 

Answer the following questions.

  1. What does the sentence “Congratulations, Kinar!” in Indonesian mean? 
  2. What is the purpose of saying the sentence? 
  3. What are other sentences which have a similar purpose? 
  4. What are other situations you can say such a sentence? Mention two. 
  5. What does the sentence “I hope you show your best performance for the contest.” in Indonesian mean? 


Congratulations on your team’s victory! All your hard work has been paid off.

  • Congratulations on being the finalist of a song festival.
  • You must be really happy on your graduation. 
  • Congratulations! May you be accepted by the most popular school in town. 
  • We congratulate you on being our new principal. Hope you will make this school better.
  • Having a baby after waiting for a few years is very exciting.
  • Congratulations! I hope the baby’s arrival will give you more happiness and prosperity.
  • I’d like to offer my congratulations on your new house. Wish you a happy living!
  • I’d like to congratulate you on being the interchange student for Australia.

Expressing Hopes and Wishes

  • I hope you have a safe journey. Be careful while driving and I pray for your safety.
  • Hopefully you can be a famous designer one day. May your dreams come true!
  • I expect the new OSIS chairperson to make more beneficial programs for us. 
  • The trip will be tiring but pleasurable. Have a nice holiday!  
  • I wish you didn’t make such a mistake. Do a better experiment. Good luck!

Verbs: ‘Hope’ and ‘Wish’

Practice the following dialog with a friend.

Mr. Garin : Is it difficult to find this house, Cindy?

Cindy : Not really, Uncle. I only asked one person. Then, where are Auntie and Raya, Uncle?

Mr. Garin : They have been visiting your aunt’s parents in Bandung. They will be returning next Sunday.

Cindy : I see. I wish I meet Raya because it’s been a while we don’t talk to each other.

Mr. Garin : Don’t worry. I’ll tell Raya and ask her to visit you as soon as she arrives home.

Cindy : Thank you, Uncle.

Mr. Garin : So, what do you think of my house?

Cindy : I like it. It’s comfy and artistic. The flower garden really beautifies this house. I also like the design, minimalist and vintage. 

Cindy : Both of you did a great job! Anyway, I hope this new house brings joy and happiness to your family, Uncle.

Mr. Garin : Thank you, dear.

Read and understand the following information.

To express hopes and wishes, we use the verbs “hope” and “wish”. 

Both of them show expectation, but they are used differently. 

  1. Hope

We use ‘hope’ when what we expect is very possible.

Example:   I hope Farah enjoys living in Lombok.

  1. Wish

We use ‘wish’ to show goodwill. 

Here, the word “wish/wishing …” is followed by a noun phrase.

Example:  Wish/wishing you a happy birthday. (= I hope you have
a happy birthday.)

Furthermore, we use ‘wish’ when what we expect is impossible.

Example: I wish I speak Japanese. (In fact, I can’t speak Japanese.) 


Practice the following dialogs with a friend.

  1. Father : Happy birthday, Udin. You are a big boy now. I’m proud of you.

Udin : Thank you, Dad. I’m proud of you, too.

  1. Edo : Amazing! You run like a panther. I’m sure you will win the race. 

Udin : I hope so. Thanks.

  1. Edo : Thank God. The tent is done. 

Teacher : Good work, boys. You are super. I’m very proud of you.

  1. Lina : Mom, I have cleaned up my room.

Mother : Good girl! It looks tidy now, isn’t it? I love it.

  1. Adelia : Many people have come to our table. They like my cookies. 

Lina : Great! Your cookies are very popular now.

Answer the following questions.

  1. What do the sentences in bold in the previous dialogs in Indonesian mean?
  2. Do the sentences have a similar function/purpose?
    How do you know.
  3. In what occasions, do people usually say such expressions? Mention several possible occasions.
  4. Suppose your little brother will have a soccer match. What would you say to him?
  5. What would your little brother say to respond to your sentence? 

Here are the expressions of complimenting/praising.


Complimenting/Praising Responding
Nice suit! You look gorgeous.

I like your new hair style. You look fresher.

Well done! You just did your best. 

Superb! You’ve shown the best of you.  

Wow! Your performance really impressed me.

Amazing! You have such a great voice!

Great job! Your painting is the best, I guess.

Thank you. You look great too.

Do I? Thanks.

I did. Thanks for your support.

Thank. I just tried my best.

I’m glad that you like it.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.


What would you say for each situation below?

  1. Your mother becomes the most valuable employee of the year.
  2. Your grandfather has a good harvest this time.
  3. Your cousin makes a beautiful dress.
  4. Your younger sister sang melodiously in his school event.
  5. Your friend passed the audition for a radio DJ.

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