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.

Transcript

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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?

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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