Four conversations

Listen to four conversations to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Transcript

A

Man: How did it go?

Woman: Umm, I think it went quite well. I did a lot of research and prepared a lot. I was in there for ... I don't know ... half an hour?

Man: And? What did they say?

Woman: Nothing much. At the end I asked them, 'What happens now?', and the woman said, 'We'll call you back with news in three or four days.'

Man: Really?

Woman: Yeah, I think I've got the job. There weren't a lot of other people there. I was the only interview that day, you know?

Man: Well, good luck with it.


B

Man: Anyway, you were saying ...

Woman: Oh, yeah, um ... let's see. Yes, so I was in the museum and there were, I don't know, a hundred people waiting to get into the room. Finally, I got in, and I tried to see the Mona Lisa but I couldn't look at it.

Man: Why not?

Woman: Because the room was filled with people taking photographs of it!

Man: Oh, right.

Woman: Yes! And selfies.

Man: Wait a minute. You can take photos while you're in there?

Woman: Yes, but you can't use flash. I don't know ... Why do we take photos of everything we see when we travel?

Man: I know. And we never look at the photos after.

Woman: Exactly! I'm tired of always taking photos. I don't feel I'm enjoying things.


C

Man: Who took this?

Woman: I can't remember. Hmmm ...

Man: What am I doing?

Woman: You're sitting on the sofa, watching TV and eating chocolates. Nothing changes!

Man: Ha! Very funny. You look very young, though.

Woman: I know. Look at my hair – it was so long!

Man: Mine too, look at me! Hey … I think I know who took this photo.

Woman: Umm … who? Was it Dad?

Man: No, it wasn’t Dad or Mum. Do you remember Barry?

Woman: No.

Man: Yes, YES! You do remember. Barry, your boyfriend at high school. You were seventeen and he was sixteen and he was so very polite: 'Hello, I'm Barry. It's very nice to meet you ...'

Woman: Stop it! He was nice.

Man: Yeah, well, he took the photo.


D

Woman: Let's see. OK. I'm glad we could talk about this. It's not easy to say.

Man: What?

Woman: Well, you're not in our group – for the class project.

Man: What do you mean? You know I'm always in a group with you.

Woman: I know. It's just that this time … this time we made the group differently and because you were late ...

Man: I see. You don't want me in the group?

Woman: No, no. It isn't that. It's that we've already made the group, see? There's four of us already.

Man: So? We can't be a group of five?

Woman: Well, the teacher said four people per group.

Man: Oh.

Woman: It's not about you or your work or anything like that. It's ... errrr ... well, we already have the group.

Man: So I have to find another group.

Woman: I'm sorry.

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Hello MikhailNatalenko,

I think the reason 'flash' has no article is that the woman is using it as an abbreviated form of 'flash photography'. Normally we would say 'you can't use your flash' or 'you can't use your camera's flash'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by mtalebi on Sun, 12/05/2019 - 18:09

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It was very useful.

Submitted by krigss91350 on Fri, 10/05/2019 - 17:17

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i didn't understand why they said - take the photos. why they don't say -make the photos.
Hello krigs91350, In English the verb we use with 'photograph' is 'take', not 'make'; 'make would be incorrect. It's an example of collocation – words which naturally go together. ~ Peter The LearnEnglish Team
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Submitted by mehrazin on Wed, 17/04/2019 - 19:16

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Hello there I live in Hamedan, Iran. As you know One of the most interesting cities in Iran is Yazd. Iv been to there a few years ago, i was in traveling with my family, I've found the city so interesting and amazing. There was a fireplace in the center of the yard, The fire in this fireplace, clear for more than 1500 years.I remember after returning I talked about that place and the other nice of its monuments to everyone. When I was student at school, teacher has made learning practices into a group work, so we d been divided to 3 or 4 persons in each group. then we had to talk and argue about,whom( which ones) should be in a common group, to get the best result . We always have conversations about taking the photos while traveling, as well. many thanks to British council team good luck and best wishes.