“Wow, good for you!”

English Lesson: Wow, good for you!

Your young child shows you a picture he drew of a flower. You say this to encourage him.

Wow, good for you!

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good for you

This phrase is used to praise small children. It means "you did a good job".

However, when this phrase is used toward an adult, it can seem insulting. It sounds patronizing, like you are suggesting that the person you say it toward is a little kid.

"Good for you" can also seem like a rude way of saying "I don't care." For example, you might say it if someone you don't like is bragging about something:

A: I was the class president of my university.

B: Good for you.

Wow!

"Wow!" expresses excitement. You say it when someone tells you something or shows you something. You can use "wow" to express a variety of emotions about the thing you're being told or shown:

  • it's interesting and exciting
  • you want to encourage the person, especially a child
  • you can't think of anything else to say