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 mamalirezaenglish on Sun, 14/08/2022 - 10:55


I've found many of my close friend in high school and I still keep in touch with them and see them regularly.
Some of them unfortunately immigrated and I keep in touch with them just by social media.

Submitted by AlexandraMT on Wed, 10/08/2022 - 13:06


I am still in touch with my college friends. We have been friends for 15 years. We are like brothers now

Submitted by Qian Zhang on Thu, 30/06/2022 - 19:15


I thought it was gonna be a romantic story.....

Submitted by nguyenminhhoang on Thu, 23/06/2022 - 10:51


I keep in touch with some old friends, we sometimes chat through Facebook or we play PUBG, LOL,... together. Of course, there are many old friends I don't keep in touch with them but we always remember memories between us.

yeah, me too. We have messenger group on facebook and we make group calls. Sometimes, we meet to plan at the end of the month.

Submitted by Jeedapa on Mon, 20/06/2022 - 17:13


I still keep in touch with some of my friends from school. Even though we got into different universities, our relationship is still good.

Submitted by Ehsan on Wed, 15/06/2022 - 07:13


yes, thanks to applications such Instagram I keep in touch with my old friends.

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Submitted by Magedelabd on Sun, 12/06/2022 - 04:20


I really do not keep on touch with my old friends even the new ones. I do not have time to do so. I always finish work late at 7 pm. then after having dinner and talk a little bit to my family it reaches 10 pm and then I fall asleep. If we talked about weekends and holidays, then I classify myself as home man which like to stay home watching tv or playing games on the computer or working or studying. I consider going out with friends is wasting time ⌚. I think it does not make any sense to stay with people look and talk to each other and from my point of view it is better to consume such hours in something get benefits to me. I really do not enjoy to do so. But I really would like to mention that it was not my behavior when I was younger. when I was in school, I loved my friends, and I spent most my free time with the hanging around, going to the beach together, playing football, go to cinema …. etc. and I can till you it would be a very pad day if I did not meet one of my friends. In this issue I would like to till to a secret, on my first year in collage I missed an exam because I preferred to stay with my colleagues on the club instead of going to the exam.

Submitted by Cric on Tue, 01/03/2022 - 16:53


I've still got an old friend in London and I call her two or three times a year.

Submitted by Miguelitorico1996 on Fri, 14/01/2022 - 20:01


I've kept in touch with university friends and with six school friends, we usually cook BBQs or travel to a near city for swimming in a river. It's really great to spend time with old friends.

Submitted by jmajo on Tue, 11/01/2022 - 14:45


Yes I am, although I would like to see them more frequently, we try to meet at least one time every couple of years, It's difficult though because most of them are married and raising babies or children so It's been ages since the last time I saw some of them. I reckon it's difficult some times to keep in touch with an old friend because time changes people and in some cases although we could give a try to the dream friendship, it doesn't work out.
Every time we met we agree that time flies and it's crazy hard to see how we're getting older with the passage of time but it's really nice to see them.

Thanks for the lesson.
Great site!

Submitted by misty on Sun, 09/01/2022 - 04:01


It's been a decade and I still have contact with my friends from college. Despite we are now living from different countries and have own families, we still have communication with each other. In fact, we have a group chat and leave a messages for everyone.

Submitted by Jj12345 on Thu, 09/12/2021 - 05:47


t'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 vuhoap on Thu, 02/12/2021 - 12:58


Yes, I keep in touch with old friends but not at all. I'm just amazed how time flies. There are friends who used to talk so much but no longer keep in touch again. However, there are people who rarely talk with me but actively contact. I really was crazy happy to be contacted by an old friend so I think they would also be happy if I do so.

Submitted by ceehinh on Tue, 02/11/2021 - 03:22


yes, I do. I still keep in touch with old friends who are my best friends. we are frequently text or call to ask each other by Facebook, zalo, Instagram, or so on. besides, for old normal friends, I also make a friend on social media, I sometimes interact with them.

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 19/10/2021 - 16:01


yes, I have such a friend and her name is Zlata. we have known her since kindergarten and communicate with her very often now .

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Thu, 05/08/2021 - 13:09

Of course I do, but maybe with not all of them... MAybe some of them are in group acquaintance. But its nice to see old friend and to understand how change it his life, his face...
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Submitted by iEdd on Thu, 15/07/2021 - 17:25

Of course I do. Though I live in another city that them, we mantain contact and speak eacho other every month at least. And when my family and I go there for holidays, I always visit my two best friends and my partener of school.

Submitted by Paula Bermúdez… on Thu, 08/07/2021 - 22:47

Yes, well with some of them. Since I graduated from high school I only talk to half of the friends that I had in school. However, this doesn't affect me, I like it because I talk and share with true friends.

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Mon, 05/07/2021 - 03:16

I don't keep in touch with all of my old friends. Nevertheless, I to keep in touch with my best friends from school

Submitted by mv_q55 on Mon, 17/05/2021 - 21:05

yes, I have been keeping touch with my bestfriend since we fell apart from high school , we also have group in one of the social network application , in spite of the huge distance we try to keep link with each other through social network.

Submitted by Mai Khin Nway Shein on Tue, 04/05/2021 - 14:55

It' been ages that I haven't seen one of my university friend. I had searched her account on facebook by using her name and I also tried calling her old ph number she gave me, but I couldn't find her. Last five months ago, I searched by posting on our university fb group and was found it a friend of hers. Then she gave me my old friend fb account. We are keep in touch now. How happy is that!

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

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

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

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

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

In reply to by lean


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?


The LearnEnglish Team

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

In reply to by Jonathan R

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submitted by marlio96 on Sat, 23/01/2021 - 04:24

yes, I like to keep in touch with my old school friends, I like to meet with them when I came back to visit my parent in my home town and I invite them to come around my parent's house and lunch here. It's been ages since I finish school and it's excellent to remember old ages, the time flies.
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Submitted by El Cuy Mágico on Sat, 23/01/2021 - 00:30

Yes I try to keep in touch whit old friends, especially close friends. But you know some times its difficult.

Submitted by Dariusz on Thu, 21/01/2021 - 22:03

Yeah, I keep in touch with old closest friends. We meet regularly, additional with some friends, I keep in touch only by internet and messages.

Submitted by Elham Barakat on Sun, 10/01/2021 - 21:43

I have many old friends. I didn't see them for ages. Some of them follow their dreams. Some of these dreams are perfect and dreamy, others don't work out. Most of them are married and have kids. How time flies. I occasionally think we are still at school and walk with each other, like the previous days.

Submitted by andreacch on Sat, 09/01/2021 - 21:01

When I was reading this article. I remembered this question? What it’s a friend? It's a comrade.

Submitted by Saad786 on Wed, 30/12/2020 - 15:05

Yes! I keep in touch with my old friends because they are my best friends and they are always kind to me.

Submitted by Harrison on Mon, 28/12/2020 - 03:45

I keep in touch with my few old friends who were met in my childhood. But, we are hardly to go outside and we are not the kids anymore. Anyway, we are planning to visit to beach this year but due to the pandemic, we can't travel. We still keep in contact with each other. All the things that we'd done were memories. Man, how time flies and we grow rapidly.
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Submitted by DJ Singh on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 17:07

Not really, people changes, their behavior change so do interest changes. Its hard to match thoughts with old friends. Anyway, it's always funny how time flies and we grew so fast.

Submitted by togrul01 on Mon, 16/11/2020 - 20:32

Not always, but sometimes we meet somewhere. Mostly, they are my classmates.
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Submitted by javibuendi on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 09:41

My main group of friends is from the school. We´ve known each other for 22 years and I´m sure this friendship will last forever. Cheers from Madrid.

Submitted by nialataria on Sun, 25/10/2020 - 18:22

I try to keep in touch with old friends ))

Submitted by habibao.medo on Thu, 15/10/2020 - 11:20

yes, but not a lot
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Submitted by cassiamattos2013 on Tue, 06/10/2020 - 19:33

It depends. I still keep in touch with some old friends. Mostly that I was more friends and that I'm always staying together. I fall to miss them.

Submitted by gabibb on Thu, 01/10/2020 - 20:15

yes, I made some friends at school and we still keep in touch.
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Submitted by danisep on Sun, 20/09/2020 - 22:40

No, at school the majority of my classroom do not get along so for that reason nobody is interest in each other now, but at university I keep in contact with one friend. I think that it is good to be kind with everybody. Life makes many turns.
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Submitted by Ivy Yang on Fri, 18/09/2020 - 16:28

I keep in touch with some of my close friends in high school, but have a few chances to go out with them.

Submitted by Rinaa on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 23:15

Yes, I keep in touch with my friend from university even that I haven't met them since we finished University. We are planning to arrange a reunion next month, so it will be a good chance to meet and to see how much our life has changed. Most of them found their soulmates, built their career, and have children. Unfortunately, my best friend from University won't be there, because she passed away two years ago.