Four conversations

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

Instructions

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

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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Average: 5 (3 votes)

Submitted by amal.araia on Sat, 30/05/2020 - 01:01

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Yes, l have had conversation like these before, with same difference. Hmmm, errrr, umm, these are new phrases for me.

Submitted by mouna99 on Mon, 18/05/2020 - 14:42

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Yes, I had the same conversation,

Submitted by Lauracastanos on Thu, 14/05/2020 - 23:31

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Yes, I have this type of conversation, especially after a job interview, and remembering people with a relative.

Submitted by Milena Nikolova on Thu, 14/05/2020 - 06:08

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Hello, Every one has simular conversation. I wonder for people why they not enjoy the pictures. The art must be evaluate not take as photo. About my situations i often have as conversation C. Very rarely we look at the paper photo my is a lot of them gigital.

Submitted by Fatemeh.Najafzadeh on Thu, 14/05/2020 - 02:58

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Yes, I’ve had a lot of Similar conversation. Interview, conversations with my friends about holiday, school issues and stuff... I learned new expressions like : no way, let’s see.

Submitted by S.S on Mon, 20/04/2020 - 16:23

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Yes,I had.I usually say “I see”, “Really?” and so on. I learned new phrases: “I mean …”, “No way!”.
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Mon, 06/04/2020 - 22:57

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Yes, I had. The new phrases I had learned includes: let's see, I mean, no way and I know.

Submitted by Daudau0601 on Wed, 01/04/2020 - 04:46

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i have ever had a similar conversation A. This is the first time i interviewed to get a job which was also first job in my life. She asked me in short time with some question such as " Have you ever gone to work?, why do you choose this job,..." and so on. At that time, i lied her that i have ever worked in coffee store about two week :3 Finally, i passed that interview. ( Can you correct my grammar? please ) Thanks

Hello Daudau0601,

Thank you for the comment. We read every post on the site and respond to as many as we can, but we are a small team here and with many thousands of users we can't provide a checking or correction service, I'm afraid.

 

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The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by Kadir on Tue, 17/03/2020 - 17:10

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When I was child -14 years old- I had applied for military school. During interview there was a officer in the room. He told me "when I push the key, say "do" OK" I said "OK" He pushed the key and I said "do" He moved his hand and said "go out" My musical life had finished.:))))