Keeping a conversation going

In this video, Noelia and Bob talk about Spain. Listen to the language they use for keeping a conversation going and practise saying the useful phrases.

Do the preparation exercise first. Then watch the video and do the exercises to check your understanding and practise the language.


Ana: Hi! I'm Ana. Welcome to What to Say!

Do you know what to say when you want to keep a conversation going? Listen out for useful language for keeping a conversation going. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this.


Noelia: Hi, Bob!

Bob: Oh, morning, Noelia.

Noelia: So, what's new? 

Bob: New, hmm, let me think. Hmm … Nothing much. Oh, hang on. My dog Bertie had his 14th birthday on Monday! 

Noelia: Oh, he's getting old then?

Bob: I guess so … but not as old as his owner. 

Noelia: Haha … er, anyway …

Bob: How about you, Noelia? How's it going? 

Noelia: Great, actually. Yeah … all good.

Bob: By the way, I wanted to ask you, where in Spain are you from?

Noelia: I'm from Santander.

Bob: Oh, lovely. Wonderful to grow up near the sea. 

Noelia: Yeah, it was perfect. Ah, I miss the sea. 

Bob: I know what you mean. I used to live in Spain and I absolutely loved it.

Noelia: Really? I didn't know that, Bob! 

Bob: Yeah, I had a little bar on the Costa Brava.

Noelia: Wow! So do you speak Spanish then?

Bob: Oh, not much. Ah, those were the days! Excuse me. Perdona, Noelia. Tengo que irme. Me necesitan en el segundo piso. ¡Hasta pronto! [Excuse me, Noelia. I've got to go. They need me on the second floor. See you soon!]

Noelia: Wow! 


Ana: Hello again! Wow! Bob is full of surprises. So, did you notice the useful phrases used for keeping a conversation going? Listen to me and then repeat.


So, what's new? 

Let me think ... 

Nothing much. 

Anyway …

How about you, Noelia? 

How's it going? 

By the way, I wanted to ask you ... 

I know what you mean.

Really? I didn't know that! 


Ana: Try and use some of these phrases the next time you want to keep a conversation going in English. Bye for now! 


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Submitted by Estefanilore on Fri, 02/09/2022 - 15:02


No, I don't, but I am not far away in a car.

Submitted by ikrabilgee on Sun, 21/08/2022 - 12:27


until 2 years ago i was living near the sea and that was wonderfull. i miss there:/

I haven't live near the sea but my grandmother and grandfather live near the sea it is so cool in summer my family come there and we go to the sea i very like this season

Submitted by Nandar Su Hlaing on Thu, 11/08/2022 - 13:33


No, I don't live near the sea. But I love the sea, I am always dreaming to go to sea. I have been there for many times but I love to go again there. I love seeing the sea through the hotel room. And I also love to walk without slipper on the beach. I love going there any weather. It is rain or hot or snowy , I would like to go there.

Submitted by ivanricardo07 on Mon, 08/08/2022 - 00:42


Yes, I live near the sea. All my life have been living in Cartagena-Colombia, located on the Caribbean coast. We have got some amazing beaches here.

Submitted by marwan297 on Sat, 30/07/2022 - 16:28


I don't live near the sea but I'm from Egypt and we are overlooking two seas, the white one and the red one. I prefer the white sea as its water aren't so calm as the red sea.

Submitted by -Villalobos on Wed, 27/07/2022 - 23:18


No, I didn't live around the sea

Submitted by Weena pineda on Mon, 25/07/2022 - 17:58


I used to live near the sea but right now I move.

Submitted by meknini on Sat, 16/07/2022 - 09:23


Not as near as I wish. It's a 20-minute drive to get to the nearest beach although on the weekends it might take slightly longer.