Four conversations

Four conversations

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

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




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.


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.


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.


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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Submitted by Aye Thet Pan on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 17:43

I was confused question No.6 conversation C.So i listen again and i found out what i missing.
At the same of me. we must be focused more when listening to conversation. We will not give up . just go on

Submitted by vespinosa10 on Wed, 24/02/2021 - 18:51

I don't think I ever had a similar conversation.c

Submitted by In on Wed, 17/02/2021 - 22:05

yes, I did have conversations like that in the past. I learned how to say selfies with the right pronunciation.

Submitted by kaveh on Tue, 16/02/2021 - 22:08

Thanks a bunch Jonathan! I've found this site the best one to learn English. I'm so happy that I can use these information.

Submitted by kaveh on Tue, 16/02/2021 - 12:17

Hi, Would you please explain the below sentence at the of the first conversation? '' I was the only interview that day''. I think something is wrong! Thank you in advance.
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Submitted by Jonathan R on Tue, 16/02/2021 - 14:02

In reply to by kaveh


Hi kaveh,

It's a correct sentence, actually! It means that the speaker was the only person who was interviewed on that day.

Logically, you might find it strange to say I was the (only) interview, as I refers to a person, and the interview refers to a situation. But, it's quite common to phrase it like this in modern usage. Here are some similar examples:

  • They told me that I was the second interview of four that day.
  • I was the first presentation at the conference, so the audience was full.
  • When I went for my piano exam, I was the last exam of the day.

Does that answer your question?


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Submitted by fariba on Wed, 20/01/2021 - 07:57

in the past i have similar conversion . i learn how i say my cause.