Four conversations

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

Instructions

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

Transcript

A

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.


B

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.


C

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.


D

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 Eman Samir on Wed, 16/11/2022 - 11:46

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Yes. I had similar conversations before . They were about a work interview and old photo.
The new phrases I learned in these conversations were a lot such as ' We'll call you back with news in three or four days " '' Nothing changes " '' It's just that this time " '' We've already made the group " .

Submitted by doctormustafa42 on Sat, 12/11/2022 - 12:08

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No I have never had a similar conversation like that, because I am afraid of speaking English in frond of person who speaks English. But I will break this afraid so I am practising my English speaking and listening skills and therefore I blieve that I will speak English perfectly in end of this year.

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

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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

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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

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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

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Yes, I had similar conversations and I learned new phrases

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

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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

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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

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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

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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