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How to greet someone you haven't seen for ages

Learn some phrases for talking with someone you haven't seen in a long time.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the task. You can read the transcript at any time.



Language level

Intermediate: B1



The meaning of the sentence is

I haven't seen you for a long time.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi sir,
Could you please explain what are the meaning of these phrases.
"mustn't grumble"( still I don't understand this)
"what have you been up to" my feeling is "what is your present situation"

Hello dlis,

'grumble' is a common verb (follow the link) and 'mustn't' is the negative form of 'must' - you can see more about it on our Modals 1 page. You are right about 'what have you been up to?' - it basically asks what a person has been doing recently, which is often another way of asking how they are.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Scholar12,

Almost! 'musn't' is not spelt correctly -- instead, write 'mustn't'. Yes, this is a contracted form of 'must not'. You can read more about 'must' and other modal verbs in our modal verbs section.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi brothers i am Ahmed basabeen i am new one here also .
please i have a question . when i read in in this site in (( How can i improve my speaking ))
i found speaking with your self is one of the answers but can i know how much time i should speak with my self in a day to improve my speaking??

Hello BaSabeena,

That depends on how much time you have and what kind of learner you are. For most people, consistency is more important than the total amount of time. In other words, it's usually better to work a little bit every day (or most days) than to work for many hours only one day per week.

For speaking to yourself, I'd suggest you spend a little time each week making a list of expressions and words you want to practise, and then as you live your life, try using those words and phrases when they are relevant. You can also imagine situations when you would use them and practise saying them.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, Im Tan Tai
in this video, the woman say : "I bought a big house with… four bedrooms, and a garden… THE WORKS" so what does " THE WORKS" mean in this situation?

Hello Tan Tai,

This is an idiomatic expression meaning 'everything possible' or 'lacking nothing'. We use it to emphasise that something was complete, perhaps luxurious and even more than is needed. For example:

My new car has everything: air conditioning, cruise control, GPS, an onboard computer, heated seats, the works.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Yaah, i got this. Thank you very much indeed!!

I had to repeat three or four times the video to understand. I'm used to hear American English. Thanks for the video.