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 s'aws'an on Wed, 28/12/2022 - 11:04


no ,actually i live in the mountains ,and i love it more than living near the sea .

Submitted by alinchiko on Wed, 07/12/2022 - 12:09


hello community!
There is a phrase "That's a shame " in this video. I heard that this phrase is very old-fashioned and not really common nowadays.
Is that true?
thanks in advance

Submitted by YuliaMelenchuk on Wed, 23/11/2022 - 10:55


No, I do not live near to the sea, but I really want

Submitted by Beshoy on Sat, 22/10/2022 - 00:02


I want someday live by the sea, Now I live in Cairo, Egypt. I used to go to the sea every summer.

Submitted by Marwa wardany on Tue, 11/10/2022 - 02:15


I used to live near by the sea when I was in Alexandria , now I am live in Cairo , EGYPT.

Submitted by farhadwahaj on Sun, 11/09/2022 - 07:28


I have never lived near the sea, I am living in the country surrounded by mountains on all sides. I would love to spend some time with my loved ones near the sea and would enjoy the noise and waves of the sea.

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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:/