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 imlix08 on Thu, 14/09/2023 - 05:06


Yes, I still keep in touch with my old friends but not the same as before since they are married now and moved to other countries.

Submitted by Abdenour on Tue, 05/09/2023 - 16:42


Hello, unfortunately I don't have news for the majority of my old freinds whether are scool freinds or childhood friends, I didn't move away from my city through

Submitted by marcialopes on Tue, 29/08/2023 - 15:14


I'm fortunate to have two close friends who I've known since childhood. Although we live in different countries, we stay in touch regularly through messaging. We make an effort to see each other at least once a year, sometimes twice, and it always feels like no time has passed since we last met.

Submitted by marcialopes on Tue, 29/08/2023 - 15:14


Yes, two of my closest friends are friends that I met when I was a kid. We are living in different countries, but we always keep in touch by messages. We also try to meet at least once a year, sometimes twice, but every time it looks like we have never been far from each other.

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Submitted by Jouu on Sun, 20/08/2023 - 15:49


To be sincere, it is common for individuals to lose contact with their friends owing to distance or lack of communication over a long period of time or even their busy schedule which makes them farther away than they used to be. Therefore I always try to maintain my relationships by making it a priority to talk with my pals at least once a week or once every two weeks.

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Submitted by elifkglx on Thu, 06/07/2023 - 09:16


I very rarerly talk to my old friends. Anyway, i have only 3 or 4 old friends. They are from primary school. But i want to keep in touch with my secondary and high school friends when i go to university or got a job.

Submitted by anastasiaa-02 on Sun, 25/06/2023 - 10:50


I keep in touch only one of my best friend from the school. And I am happy about it because other friends appeared awful people. I do not have many friends now and sometimes it is boring. In the meantine, i feel well.

Submitted by Augustus09 on Sun, 04/06/2023 - 16:31


I haven't talked to them since we left the primary school. They are also not my best friends, so I don't want to keep touch with them as well even though they are quite good 😔 But now, I still feel fine with new friends.

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.