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Rejoinder: A sympathetic/empathetic response such as that's too bad, that's great, or I'm sorry to hear that.  Rejoinders do not convey any information as such, but they do keep the conversation going and show that the listener has understood, and is receptive.  Some other rejoinders include:

                            That's too bad.

                            Sorry to hear that.

                            You're kidding.

                             That's great.

                              No way!

                              Get out of here!

                              That's wonderful.

                              You've got to be kidding.