Meeting an old friend

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 Izzah Athirah on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:13

I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion, Meeting an old friend and Making a Decision. The level that I chose was intermediate B1 Listening

Submitted by hafizatul on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 07:57

I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion,A weather Forecast, and Making a Decision. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.
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Submitted by Magedelabd on Sun, 15/09/2019 - 18:03

Unfortunately I forgot all my old friends because I have no time any more . I am working working working .........................
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Submitted by kamicounciler on Wed, 11/09/2019 - 22:50

yes i some extent . actually we meet few times.once or twice in a year.those are my friends from high school.when we meet there is a kind of connection between us , that s like something that shaped an important part of our life and character.

Submitted by pam89 on Tue, 13/08/2019 - 18:00

yes I'm keeping in touch with my old's not the same have a long distance friendship, and even if we don't hear each other often, we love each other and when we meet is like if time had not passed

Submitted by starfish2019 on Tue, 13/08/2019 - 14:15

Do you keep in touch with old friends? Yes, I'm keeping in touch with my 5 old friends most of the time, although we went to different countries for our studies and work. We normally keep in touch via Facebook, and whenever we come back to Burma then we made the appointments to meet each other by choosing the fun locations for our chit chat.

Submitted by Paco78 on Thu, 08/08/2019 - 15:52

I have two question about the listening: Taks 1, question 2 Selina still lives in London. She still lives in London because her parents live in London. Thus question is True. Taks 1, question 3 Selina didn't like her job in London This sentences about job? I was in London for a couple of years. But it didn't work out. Thanks in advance

Hello Paco

The transcript doesn't say that Selina's parents live in London, but she does say that things 'didn't work out' in London, which means she left London. Now she lives in the town where she's met Patrick. Therefore 2 is false.

As for 3, she says 'The dream job wasn't really a dream'. This means she did not like her job.

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Submitted by naser.z on Sun, 04/08/2019 - 05:15

Yeah, I'm seeing my old friend. They are my classmate at school and we know each other for 16 years.