I'd like to express (via text message) that I'm happy/glad to hear that you'd like to work with us as a volunteer. I omitted the rest of the sentence (about volunteering work) because I have mentioned this before. Here's the scenario:

A: Hi, would you be interested in working as a volunteer at [name of the organization]?

B: Yeah, sure! I think it's just what I need right now.

A: Happy to hear that!

Is the phrase "Happy to hear that" used by native speakers?

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    I'm a little confused what you are asking for? Another word for glad/happy? – Element115 Mar 22 '18 at 1:54
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    "I'm happy to hear that" / "I'm glad to hear that" / "That's great to hear" — none of these is overly formal for just a casual conversation. None is particularly informal, either; they're just normal. (To my ear, "glad" is slightly more informal than the other two.) If you want to sound particularly informal, you could say something like "That's awesome." But if you're just trying to avoid sounding formal/stuffy, those three are just fine. – spoko Mar 22 '18 at 2:00
  • @Element115 I'm asking if this phrase "Happy to hear that" is used by native speakers, and I was looking for an informal version. – Codewife_101 Mar 22 '18 at 5:07
  • @spoko Is there any difference between "Happy to hear that" and "I'm happy to hear that"? – Codewife_101 Mar 22 '18 at 5:09
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    "Happy to hear that" is less formal. Any time there are words which are only implied, rather than stated, it's probably going to be less formal. – spoko Mar 22 '18 at 5:23

A more informal way of showing your emotion might be saying

That's great!

In your context, where you're asking someone to volunteer for you, saying

I'm happy to hear that.

Could sound a bit stand-offish if not delivered with the right intonation.

  • What about in writing? I should have mentioned that earlier... Can I use the emoji icons or maybe punctuation marks to soften this sentence "I'm happy to hear that.", or maybe the only way is to change it to "Happy to hear that!"? – Codewife_101 Mar 22 '18 at 20:36
  • Emojis are good for messaging, but never in a formal setting. – Peter Mar 23 '18 at 16:01

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