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 german14 on Thu, 26/10/2023 - 16:25


I have old friends but rarely i keep in touch. But however is like wether folow each day en contac.

Submitted by Jai Kumar Malhi on Fri, 20/10/2023 - 02:32


I in touch with those friends who are near to neighbor.

Submitted by Safe_Mode on Wed, 18/10/2023 - 08:25


It depends on what does 'old friends' mean. How old exactly. I keep in touch with my friends I've met about ten years ago, but I haven't been chating with my school friends for a long time

Submitted by ALNABHAN on Thu, 12/10/2023 - 11:43


Of course, I still keep in touch with my friends. And I met some of them recently.

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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.