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Meeting an old friend

Listen to the conversation between two old friends to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Dear team.
From the lesson above.
Selina: No, no … I'm just amazed how time flies! I'm happy for you. I really am.
The question is:
What the different from 'I really am' and 'I am really' ???
I never hear 'I really am' . Its weird for me.
Thank you very much for your answer.

Hello fahri,

When Selina says 'I really am', she is insisting that she is happy -- as if someone else had questioned whether she was happy. In this case, 'really' is an adverb meaning 'in fact'.

It would be a little unusual to say 'I am really' without an adjective or some other words after it, e.g. 'I am really happy'. In this case, 'really' is an intensifier used with a gradable adjective.

Does that make sense?

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

This is enough for me. Thank you sir

Basically, my best friends are the oldest ones. We keep in touch despite we live in different cities now. Actually, even in the different countries )) We try to visit each other as often as possible. And, of course, we use our phone to call or text to one another. I can't imagine my life without them, I've known them for ages, we went through a lot of different situations and it's worth a lot.
Of course, I also have some new acquaintances. They are also great and I like spending time with them but despite they are so nice, my old friends mean so much to me

Dear team.
From the lesson above.
Selina: I was in London for a couple of years. But it didn't work out.
The question is:
The word 'it' in that sentence refers to London or anything else??
The second question :
The word 'work out' is it mean
to be successful or develop in a particular way???
So.... was Selina fail or unsuccessful in her job????
Thank you very much for your explanation and answer

Hello fahri,

In this sentence, it refers to Selina's time in London. You could rewrite the sentence as follows:

I was in London for a couple of years. But being in London didn't work out.


Work out in this context means to have a good result or to end up the way you hoped. In other words, Selina's time in London did not go the way she had hoped, and so she left. It may be related to her job, or it may be some other aspect of the situation.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much sir. Your answer is very very clear. Its really helpful.

Hi, Fahri. I'm not from the team but I will try to help you.
In this sentence "it" means her plans to get something in London: good job, husband, new friends, or find herself in the new place.
"it didn't work out" means she didn't succeed at this. So, she had to move back to her home. Her dreams and hopes failed

As for me,my old friends are just like my second family.I'm the only child and so I've grown up living with my mom and dad at our home,as a result my friends especially old one have become essential for me.

Yes, I do. But the number of my old friends is very small. Maybe it is two or three friends. I used to meet my old friends, but I cannot meet them due to corona virus recently. So I always contact them with using applications.
When I talk with them, I can relax, so I would like to see them as soon as possible.