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 Tania09 on Thu, 25/05/2023 - 23:51


I try to keep in touch with them, but sometimes doesn't work.

Submitted by Sliang on Wed, 05/04/2023 - 07:14


I tend to be lazy when it comes to keeping in touch with old friends. I don't proactively reach out to them often due to my busy daily life, and sometimes I feel tired and lazy to initiate contact. However, I do value maintaining connections with my old friends in my mind. Recently, I have been able to chat with two old friends whom I have known for 16 years. Despite my occasional laziness, I do appreciate the importance of staying in touch with old friends.

Submitted by KathCatalina on Thu, 16/02/2023 - 01:58


Yes, of course. I keep in touch with my friends from university. Specially if they studied my same career. Many of them have good jobs and no one are married or has children.

Once every six months we usually plan to meet in some restaurant or go dancing.

Submitted by Abu23 on Mon, 09/01/2023 - 16:55


Yes obviously, i have two or three best friends. I am connect with them on every good and bad occasions.

Submitted by Huiyan Chen on Sat, 07/01/2023 - 13:16


Yes, I still keep in touch with my old friends. Because we live in the same city, we can meet each other easily.

Submitted by Eman Samir on Sun, 04/12/2022 - 06:45


Not all my friends. Some travel abroad and others are busy with their family life- having kids and so on.

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Submitted by doctormustafa42 on Mon, 28/11/2022 - 19:29


Yes, I always keep in touch with my old friends, because I still dignify them. For example, I met with my old friends who are study med and psychology about a week ago

Submitted by 芊妤 on Thu, 20/10/2022 - 04:06


Yes,I usually keep in touch with old friends. I want to maintain good friendship! Then I hope that no matter how long it takes, the friendship will be good.

Submitted by kaiyutang on Thu, 20/10/2022 - 03:55


Definitely Sure about that.Me and my classmates is still keep in touch.
Even every single day we have conversation on the phone call.It is very comfortable and interesting.

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.