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 Nandar Su Hlaing on Thu, 25/08/2022 - 12:04


No, I haven't had conservation using English Language. I don't have English speaking partner and I only practice speaking by myself. I learnt many new phrase using this website. I believe my four skills are also improved after learning in this page. Thank you for all of this page developers.

Submitted by Noval on Wed, 10/08/2022 - 16:26


Yeah, I had similar conversations in my work, when I try to explain my mistakes to other people.

Submitted by Kamelbenslimane on Wed, 01/06/2022 - 08:05


Yeah, I have similar conversation in my work when i try to explain my ideas for other people

Submitted by Bmorales on Thu, 26/05/2022 - 13:26


Yes, I had similar conversations and I learned new phrases

Submitted by nadyanightingale on Fri, 08/04/2022 - 10:19


I definitely had similar conversations! Especially the one in the university when I was on my exchange in Germany. Unfortunately I didn't go to any English classes, but there were a lot of international students you could talk to only in English during a group work.

Submitted by Ehsan on Tue, 01/03/2022 - 09:53


Yes, I have had conversations like these in Turkish and Persian languages. But not in English language. well, I know that I can use some words or phrases to interrupt my speech so that I can continue talking, or I can use some words or phrases to show that I listen to the other person's talk.

Submitted by jmajo on Fri, 11/02/2022 - 15:44


Let's see..., no I hadn't. I have had similar conversations with friends but not in English, so I've learnt some new expressions like when we are thinking to give a response to a question and we said:"Ummm..., Let's see.., I mean..." and also I didn't know all those expressions used to confirm we are listening to someone: "Right..., No way!..., I know..., Really?..".

Thanks for the episode.
Great site!

Submitted by ghada abk on Wed, 12/01/2022 - 03:04


Yes I learn some phrases such as
I got it mean when I got something / and questions ho is take a photo and how long has it been for something happened
and I learn how I can expresses about my idea

Submitted by zehrizer on Wed, 22/12/2021 - 13:12


ı learned the phrase that 'you were saying..' from the first sentence of second paragraph

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Sun, 21/11/2021 - 09:55


actually no because I have no opportunity to talk in English however I have learned many phrases in these four conversations and I am sure I will apply them to my conversation in the future if I have a chance to talk about something in English.

Submitted by azharbgskr on Thu, 18/11/2021 - 16:24


Yeah, but it was not me, it was my friend who had the conversation D. That time, my group had one person excess, and the group leader kicked him, haha. The new phrase that I learned is in conversation C. "Yes, you do remember". The word "do" makes the meaning more convincing that she is remember.

Submitted by vuhoap on Sun, 31/10/2021 - 02:21


Yes, I have ever had a similar conversation with my indian friend. In those conversations, I got to learned some new phrases such as "Bro", "I got it", "Let's do it", ... My listening skill was bad so I can only hear simple words.

Submitted by Farhan Halim on Thu, 28/10/2021 - 04:09


This one more easier because they divided into 4 situation

Submitted by DrQuirky on Thu, 28/10/2021 - 03:54


Yes, I've heard these kind of conversations, probably in the english movies. I got to learned some new phrases such as "pardon me.", "That makes sense.", and "I understand it clearly as crystal"

Submitted by saifuddin hakimi on Thu, 28/10/2021 - 03:42


the listening practice is great.Not too easy and not too had

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Wed, 06/10/2021 - 02:31


Yes, I learn a lot of new sentence, phrases. I'm very happy to here. I'm enjoying this task.

Submitted by Veronikka on Tue, 22/06/2021 - 00:44

Yes, I have had these conversations in my life. All the phrases in this topic are very useful to me, because with that I can improve my English skills.

Submitted by tvkien on Sat, 22/05/2021 - 11:45

These conversations very helpful for me. I tried to listen first and then repeat per conversation and try to explain the content of it. That will make me to improve both my listening and speaking skills. Thanks

Hello tvkien,

Great idea! Summarising or explaining texts that you have read or listened to is a great way to improve your speaking and writing skills. 

If you'd like to, feel free to post your written summaries in a comment. Only if it interests you!

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Samqaid on Mon, 10/05/2021 - 23:45

Firstly, i am weak in listening. when i listen to conversation, i couldn't get it well.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Mon, 12/04/2021 - 05:30

Yes, I learnt a lot to your conversation. All teams of British Council is working very hard. Thank you for your work

Submitted by TIa vinaka on Fri, 09/04/2021 - 02:07

Yes I have similar conversations sometimes. I already knew phases in these conversations but I learned how to reply naturally as talking with someone.

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?


The LearnEnglish Team

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

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

Submitted by Nafass on Tue, 19/01/2021 - 10:41

Question nu.6 Conversation C , I didn't notice that (older boyfriend) now I got it... Thanks a lot, Jonathan R

Submitted by Minh on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 13:27

Hi ! There are four conversations that are very useful for everybody learning English. In my opinion, everybody has to read these over and over again not to learning by heart. That's best way to improve their skills. Beside that, if they had the partner to practising everyday, they would achieved their goals.
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Submitted by Khin Yee Mon Khaing on Tue, 05/01/2021 - 06:47

No, I have never had similar conservation. but I learned exactly, stop it, let's see and mine too, etc.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Sat, 02/01/2021 - 05:45

6. (Conversation C) The girl had an older boyfriend at school. Is it false or true? I think this is true.

Hi Suraj paliwal,

Actually, the answer is false! The man says, You were seventeen and he was sixteen. So, the boyfriend was younger, not older.


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by fofanaML on Sat, 12/12/2020 - 11:12

I have never had such a conversation with anyone, too bad but i am learning english to have such conversation.

Submitted by Augusto Hidalgo on Wed, 09/12/2020 - 19:38

Have you ever had a similar conversation? What new phrases did you learn in these conversations? Yes, especially the conversation about the holiday. New phrases: - Anything - Already - Etc.

Submitted by Emma_Torres175 on Wed, 09/12/2020 - 19:32

Yes, but mostly it happened to me at school. The phrase I learned was "you will do it right" because in the exhibitions we always gave each other support but very rarely did we discuss in groups.

Submitted by Esther_arvar on Wed, 09/12/2020 - 19:28

I think I don't have any conversation similar, but I learning many new phareses for example "Well, good luck with it"
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Submitted by DJ Singh on Tue, 24/11/2020 - 13:18

I never had such a conversation with anyone. It's a shame but I am learning English to have such conversations even much complex than this.
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Submitted by Ana Luisa Sanc… on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 23:52

I had lot of this kind of conversations, I had to say to my friend that he wasn't more in the work team from the school, this broke-up our friendship, and I had the same experience for this situation in crowded places to visit in a holiday or at vacations. And the new sentence that I had learn is " I think it went quite well"

Submitted by Ugulhan on Fri, 16/10/2020 - 14:24

I think I found a good conversation to recognize a new vocabulary. All kind of vocabulary or phrases are good here such as it was filled with people, we've always made four of us, to get into the room, and to be tried always of taking photos.

Submitted by Moon Wathan on Fri, 16/10/2020 - 10:23

Yes, I have the similar conservation about the old photo and to explain misunderstanding me related with project. My friend thinks that I didn't want her to my group. It was not true because my group have already fulled with ten people. But she misunderstand to me. I explained her "don't think like that" but she didn't understand.

Submitted by habibao.medo on Sun, 04/10/2020 - 11:58

i had a similar conversation , it was about an old photo when we were younger , i think this might be a new word it went quite well
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Submitted by shelly on Mon, 28/09/2020 - 08:01

Yes.I do have a similar conversation.I've been looking for a job and I've had two interviews, but I haven't found a suitable job yet.I don't like holiday travel, because it's too crowded, if you stand on the high place, you can see many heads covering the scenic spot. Sometimes we open our old photo albums and review our wonderful moments.

Submitted by Frogling on Thu, 17/09/2020 - 17:57

I had such conversations as ones in the third topic. Since I left to study we rarely meet with my sister. When I return home we usually recollect the days of our childhood. Sometimes we open the old album. We are so suprised to see us so little. But these moments do us closer to each other.

Submitted by biso01 on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 15:51

prepared a lot good luck with it filled with people i am tired of always taking photos