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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


Thank you very much for your friendly answer. As you see, I've just learned a new meaning of the term "not moderated.
All the best,
Lidia Inés

Not being a native speaker,I cannot understand why both my comments are considered "not moderate".My intention is to show how much I appreciate the opportunity the British Council gives us to listen to good British English pronunciation.I would very nuch appreciate your answer.

Hello Lidia,

'Not moderated' means that we haven't yet checked the comment to make sure it is not inappropriate in some way. Most days we moderate comments several times, so sometimes it takes several hours for your comments to be published and appear online. We're sorry that you have to wait, but this is how we keep the site free of spam and a safe and friendly place for everyone.

Your other two comments, of course, have now been published as well!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I like this video.

Really good.

I noticed at the 14 second mark that the lady says "You're looking well." Should it not be "You're looking good?" Sensory verbs are normally succeeded by an adjective. Using well in this case would change looking to an action verb and indicate that he has good eyesight. Is this correct?

Hello JGrace4,

Hello nash_d5,

You are correct that 'well' is often an adverb (with 'good' being the verb). However, it can also be an adjective with the meaning 'healthy' or 'not sick', and that is the meaning in this context.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

hi everyone, I'd like to chat with Olivia and Sara in BCSW...... but I don't know how to.
Anybody could help me, please?

Hello tonyo,

The voices you hear in the series are the voices of actors because the characters were all created by a writer. I'm sorry to disappoint you!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter for answering me so kindly, I just have only a doubt. Can I put the question without "each other"? So: " We haven't seen for some time". Thank you again for your patience. Bye bye!