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.


Selina: Patrick? Is that you?

Patrick: Selina! Hello!

Selina: Well, well. Patrick Eastwood. How have you been?

Patrick: Good. Great, actually. How are you? I haven't seen you for ... how long?

Selina: It's been ages. At least fifteen years. Wow.

Patrick: Yeah. Wow.

Patrick and Selina: So, what are you doing here?

Selina: Sorry, you go first.

Patrick: OK. What are you doing here? I thought you'd moved to London.

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

Patrick: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. Are you ... OK?

Selina: I'm fine! The dream job wasn't really a dream, you know? Um ... and London is great but it's so expensive. I mean, just the rent on a flat is ... uh … crazy expensive.

Patrick: I see.

Selina: So, I came back. I've been back now for almost five months. Living back home with Mum and Dad. Which is err ... interesting. Um ... but anyway, what about you?

Patrick: Me? Oh, nothing new. You know me – 'Patrick the predictable'. I never left here.

Selina: Oh. And is that ...?

Patrick: Oh, I'm very happy. I'm married now. We've just celebrated our tenth anniversary.

Selina: No way! You? Married? To …?

Patrick: I don't think you know her. Her name's Marigold. And we've got two kids. They're five and eight years old.

Selina: Married and with two kids? Wow!

Patrick: Don't look so surprised!

Selina: No, no … I'm just amazed how time flies! I'm happy for you. I really am.

Patrick: Thanks. You should really come round to the house one day.

Selina: That would be great. Let's swap numbers and ...

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Submitted by ceehinh on Tue, 02/11/2021 - 03:22


yes, I do. I still keep in touch with old friends who are my best friends. we are frequently text or call to ask each other by Facebook, zalo, Instagram, or so on. besides, for old normal friends, I also make a friend on social media, I sometimes interact with them.

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 19/10/2021 - 16:01


yes, I have such a friend and her name is Zlata. we have known her since kindergarten and communicate with her very often now .

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Thu, 05/08/2021 - 13:09

Of course I do, but maybe with not all of them... MAybe some of them are in group acquaintance. But its nice to see old friend and to understand how change it his life, his face...

Submitted by iEdd on Thu, 15/07/2021 - 17:25

Of course I do. Though I live in another city that them, we mantain contact and speak eacho other every month at least. And when my family and I go there for holidays, I always visit my two best friends and my partener of school.

Submitted by Paula Bermúdez… on Thu, 08/07/2021 - 22:47

Yes, well with some of them. Since I graduated from high school I only talk to half of the friends that I had in school. However, this doesn't affect me, I like it because I talk and share with true friends.

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Mon, 05/07/2021 - 03:16

I don't keep in touch with all of my old friends. Nevertheless, I to keep in touch with my best friends from school

Submitted by mv_q55 on Mon, 17/05/2021 - 21:05

yes, I have been keeping touch with my bestfriend since we fell apart from high school , we also have group in one of the social network application , in spite of the huge distance we try to keep link with each other through social network.

Submitted by Mai Khin Nway Shein on Tue, 04/05/2021 - 14:55

It' been ages that I haven't seen one of my university friend. I had searched her account on facebook by using her name and I also tried calling her old ph number she gave me, but I couldn't find her. Last five months ago, I searched by posting on our university fb group and was found it a friend of hers. Then she gave me my old friend fb account. We are keep in touch now. How happy is that!

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Sun, 18/04/2021 - 06:40

It's have been ages, I haven't met since five years. I missed my old friends who are very mischievous, naught in the class. I don't use any social media app so now I should make profile on social media. So I met and contact old friends.

Submitted by In on Thu, 15/04/2021 - 23:07

Yes, I try to keep the contact with my old friends. They are around the world and their lives change a lot. I love when we catch up and talk like the old times.

Submitted by German on Fri, 12/03/2021 - 02:04

I don´t keep in touch with my friends, actually we don't see us since a lot of years. Now we keep in contact with the social networks like whatsapp and we ever say that we have to meet all together but never do it

Submitted by lean on Thu, 25/02/2021 - 09:10

Hello, I don't understand why the "perfect" is the correct explanation for "The dream job wasn't really A DREAM". I think that's "boring", but that will be "disappointed" completely correct. Pls see "Listening B1: Meeting an old friend – preparation". If we let's listen to the audio or look at the transcript, we can see Selina is disappointed because her dream job wasn't really a dream. I think Selina don't think that is great or perfect. Thank you for your answer, With regards

Submitted by Jonathan R on Thu, 25/02/2021 - 13:58

In reply to by lean


Hi lean,

Right, in the listening, Selina's dream job was disappointing. But the preparation task asks you to choose the correct meaning of the word in CAPITALS. So, The dream job wasn't really A DREAM - this is the same as saying The dream job wasn't really PERFECT (i.e. both sentences mean there were some problems with the job). 'A dream' means the same thing as 'perfect' in this sentence.

Does that make sense?


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by lean on Fri, 26/02/2021 - 08:56

In reply to by Jonathan R

Ah :-)))) Yes, that was simply Thanks a lot

Submitted by Shahrood on Fri, 19/02/2021 - 15:19

It's pleasant to have more friends so extend our social life's limits.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Tue, 09/02/2021 - 16:10

I've remained in contact with my old colleagues, when I were working in other job role and in a different city. I didn't keep in touch with my old schoolmates, but, not many weeks ago, I've received a phone call from a schoolmate of my classic high school: we've had a chat very pleasant, remembering the past times.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Tue, 09/02/2021 - 08:45

Yes I have kept in touch with tow old friends , we keep linked with each other through social media.

Submitted by opik on Wed, 03/02/2021 - 02:43

it's good chance to meet an old friend especially a girl hihi

Submitted by marlio96 on Sat, 23/01/2021 - 04:24

yes, I like to keep in touch with my old school friends, I like to meet with them when I came back to visit my parent in my home town and I invite them to come around my parent's house and lunch here. It's been ages since I finish school and it's excellent to remember old ages, the time flies.

Submitted by El Cuy Mágico on Sat, 23/01/2021 - 00:30

Yes I try to keep in touch whit old friends, especially close friends. But you know some times its difficult.

Submitted by Dariusz on Thu, 21/01/2021 - 22:03

Yeah, I keep in touch with old closest friends. We meet regularly, additional with some friends, I keep in touch only by internet and messages.

Submitted by Elham Barakat on Sun, 10/01/2021 - 21:43

I have many old friends. I didn't see them for ages. Some of them follow their dreams. Some of these dreams are perfect and dreamy, others don't work out. Most of them are married and have kids. How time flies. I occasionally think we are still at school and walk with each other, like the previous days.

Submitted by andreacch on Sat, 09/01/2021 - 21:01

When I was reading this article. I remembered this question? What it’s a friend? It's a comrade.

Submitted by Saad786 on Wed, 30/12/2020 - 15:05

Yes! I keep in touch with my old friends because they are my best friends and they are always kind to me.

Submitted by Harrison on Mon, 28/12/2020 - 03:45

I keep in touch with my few old friends who were met in my childhood. But, we are hardly to go outside and we are not the kids anymore. Anyway, we are planning to visit to beach this year but due to the pandemic, we can't travel. We still keep in contact with each other. All the things that we'd done were memories. Man, how time flies and we grow rapidly.

Submitted by DJ Singh on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 17:07

Not really, people changes, their behavior change so do interest changes. Its hard to match thoughts with old friends. Anyway, it's always funny how time flies and we grew so fast.

Submitted by togrul01 on Mon, 16/11/2020 - 20:32

Not always, but sometimes we meet somewhere. Mostly, they are my classmates.

Submitted by javibuendi on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 09:41

My main group of friends is from the school. We´ve known each other for 22 years and I´m sure this friendship will last forever. Cheers from Madrid.

Submitted by nialataria on Sun, 25/10/2020 - 18:22

I try to keep in touch with old friends ))

Submitted by habibao.medo on Thu, 15/10/2020 - 11:20

yes, but not a lot

Submitted by cassiamattos2013 on Tue, 06/10/2020 - 19:33

It depends. I still keep in touch with some old friends. Mostly that I was more friends and that I'm always staying together. I fall to miss them.

Submitted by gabibb on Thu, 01/10/2020 - 20:15

yes, I made some friends at school and we still keep in touch.

Submitted by danisep on Sun, 20/09/2020 - 22:40

No, at school the majority of my classroom do not get along so for that reason nobody is interest in each other now, but at university I keep in contact with one friend. I think that it is good to be kind with everybody. Life makes many turns.

Submitted by Ivy Yang on Fri, 18/09/2020 - 16:28

I keep in touch with some of my close friends in high school, but have a few chances to go out with them.

Submitted by Rinaa on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 23:15

Yes, I keep in touch with my friend from university even that I haven't met them since we finished University. We are planning to arrange a reunion next month, so it will be a good chance to meet and to see how much our life has changed. Most of them found their soulmates, built their career, and have children. Unfortunately, my best friend from University won't be there, because she passed away two years ago.

Submitted by Aghaton on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 09:04

I used to meet a lot of my classmates after two years of our school graduation , but after that, we have been seldomly meeting or seeing each other. It turned out that many of them are now employed so they are soo busy with their works though we sometimes text each other through Facebook and WhatsApp

Submitted by Aghaton on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 08:59

I think if I refer to Fahri, from the sentence it dint work out, the word it simply describes the situation or thing .sometimes, the expectation which according to Selinas it was a JOB (DREAM JOB).Hope that was helpful

Submitted by Asni on Mon, 17/08/2020 - 00:04

I've always been kind of introvert and can't socialize easily. I had a very close friend many years ago, we were studying at the same university, as it didn't work out for her, she dropped out of university and after a couple of years, she left the country. I did all I could to keep in touch with her but all in vain. I suppose that I belong to a past she'd like to forgot and I completely understand and accept her choice.

Submitted by senes19 on Thu, 13/08/2020 - 17:16

Yes, exactly I keep in touch with my old friends. When I was 18 years old, I have made a big mistake about my university. I wouldn't choose my department but I did. This area wasnt suitable for me. However I have disappointed with my faculty, I had a great friends. I couldnt forget. Still we are meeting and we are keeping in touch. They made me love this university. I believe one of the most valuable things in the life is to create and to establish with solid and reliable friendships. It is happy to me to have these relationships. I would like to say 'thank you for your existence'.

Submitted by Monika__aaa on Wed, 05/08/2020 - 19:43

Yes, of course! I have an old and maybe close mate, with who we make friends during summer holidays around 2 or 3 years ago. So, not very often, but sometimes we chat with each other in the social networks. It's great and amazing to have such old friends, because, in my view, that can check your real close friendship.

Submitted by fahri on Sun, 02/08/2020 - 07:47

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

Submitted by Hennadii on Sat, 01/08/2020 - 18:34

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

Submitted by fahri on Sat, 01/08/2020 - 08:45

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
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

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.

Submitted by Thet Htoo on Wed, 29/07/2020 - 15:53

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.