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.


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 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.
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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.