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.

Transcript

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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I've kept in touch with university friends and with six school friends, we usually cook BBQs or travel to a near city for swimming in a river. It's really great to spend time with old friends.

Yes I am, although I would like to see them more frequently, we try to meet at least one time every couple of years, It's difficult though because most of them are married and raising babies or children so It's been ages since the last time I saw some of them. I reckon it's difficult some times to keep in touch with an old friend because time changes people and in some cases although we could give a try to the dream friendship, it doesn't work out.
Every time we met we agree that time flies and it's crazy hard to see how we're getting older with the passage of time but it's really nice to see them.

Thanks for the lesson.
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It's been a decade and I still have contact with my friends from college. Despite we are now living from different countries and have own families, we still have communication with each other. In fact, we have a group chat and leave a messages for everyone.

t's have been ages, I haven't met since five years. I missed my old friends who are very mischievous, naught in the class. I don't use any social media app so now I should make profile on social media. So I met and contact old friends.

Yes, I keep in touch with old friends but not at all. I'm just amazed how time flies. There are friends who used to talk so much but no longer keep in touch again. However, there are people who rarely talk with me but actively contact. I really was crazy happy to be contacted by an old friend so I think they would also be happy if I do so.

yes, I do. I still keep in touch with old friends who are my best friends. we are frequently text or call to ask each other by Facebook, zalo, Instagram, or so on. besides, for old normal friends, I also make a friend on social media, I sometimes interact with them.

yes, I have such a friend and her name is Zlata. we have known her since kindergarten and communicate with her very often now .

Of course I do, but maybe with not all of them... MAybe some of them are in group acquaintance. But its nice to see old friend and to understand how change it his life, his face...
Of course I do. Though I live in another city that them, we mantain contact and speak eacho other every month at least. And when my family and I go there for holidays, I always visit my two best friends and my partener of school.
Yes, well with some of them. Since I graduated from high school I only talk to half of the friends that I had in school. However, this doesn't affect me, I like it because I talk and share with true friends.
I don't keep in touch with all of my old friends. Nevertheless, I to keep in touch with my best friends from school
yes, I have been keeping touch with my bestfriend since we fell apart from high school , we also have group in one of the social network application , in spite of the huge distance we try to keep link with each other through social network.
It' been ages that I haven't seen one of my university friend. I had searched her account on facebook by using her name and I also tried calling her old ph number she gave me, but I couldn't find her. Last five months ago, I searched by posting on our university fb group and was found it a friend of hers. Then she gave me my old friend fb account. We are keep in touch now. How happy is that!
It's have been ages, I haven't met since five years. I missed my old friends who are very mischievous, naught in the class. I don't use any social media app so now I should make profile on social media. So I met and contact old friends.
Yes, I try to keep the contact with my old friends. They are around the world and their lives change a lot. I love when we catch up and talk like the old times.
I don´t keep in touch with my friends, actually we don't see us since a lot of years. Now we keep in contact with the social networks like whatsapp and we ever say that we have to meet all together but never do it
Hello, I don't understand why the "perfect" is the correct explanation for "The dream job wasn't really A DREAM". I think that's "boring", but that will be "disappointed" completely correct. Pls see "Listening B1: Meeting an old friend – preparation". If we let's listen to the audio or look at the transcript, we can see Selina is disappointed because her dream job wasn't really a dream. I think Selina don't think that is great or perfect. Thank you for your answer, With regards

Hi lean,

Right, in the listening, Selina's dream job was disappointing. But the preparation task asks you to choose the correct meaning of the word in CAPITALS. So, The dream job wasn't really A DREAM - this is the same as saying The dream job wasn't really PERFECT (i.e. both sentences mean there were some problems with the job). 'A dream' means the same thing as 'perfect' in this sentence.

Does that make sense?

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

I've remained in contact with my old colleagues, when I were working in other job role and in a different city. I didn't keep in touch with my old schoolmates, but, not many weeks ago, I've received a phone call from a schoolmate of my classic high school: we've had a chat very pleasant, remembering the past times.
Yes I have kept in touch with tow old friends , we keep linked with each other through social media.
yes, I like to keep in touch with my old school friends, I like to meet with them when I came back to visit my parent in my home town and I invite them to come around my parent's house and lunch here. It's been ages since I finish school and it's excellent to remember old ages, the time flies.
Yes I try to keep in touch whit old friends, especially close friends. But you know some times its difficult.
Yeah, I keep in touch with old closest friends. We meet regularly, additional with some friends, I keep in touch only by internet and messages.
I have many old friends. I didn't see them for ages. Some of them follow their dreams. Some of these dreams are perfect and dreamy, others don't work out. Most of them are married and have kids. How time flies. I occasionally think we are still at school and walk with each other, like the previous days.
When I was reading this article. I remembered this question? What it’s a friend? It's a comrade.
Yes! I keep in touch with my old friends because they are my best friends and they are always kind to me.
I keep in touch with my few old friends who were met in my childhood. But, we are hardly to go outside and we are not the kids anymore. Anyway, we are planning to visit to beach this year but due to the pandemic, we can't travel. We still keep in contact with each other. All the things that we'd done were memories. Man, how time flies and we grow rapidly.
Not really, people changes, their behavior change so do interest changes. Its hard to match thoughts with old friends. Anyway, it's always funny how time flies and we grew so fast.
My main group of friends is from the school. We´ve known each other for 22 years and I´m sure this friendship will last forever. Cheers from Madrid.
It depends. I still keep in touch with some old friends. Mostly that I was more friends and that I'm always staying together. I fall to miss them.
No, at school the majority of my classroom do not get along so for that reason nobody is interest in each other now, but at university I keep in contact with one friend. I think that it is good to be kind with everybody. Life makes many turns.
I keep in touch with some of my close friends in high school, but have a few chances to go out with them.
Yes, I keep in touch with my friend from university even that I haven't met them since we finished University. We are planning to arrange a reunion next month, so it will be a good chance to meet and to see how much our life has changed. Most of them found their soulmates, built their career, and have children. Unfortunately, my best friend from University won't be there, because she passed away two years ago.
I used to meet a lot of my classmates after two years of our school graduation , but after that, we have been seldomly meeting or seeing each other. It turned out that many of them are now employed so they are soo busy with their works though we sometimes text each other through Facebook and WhatsApp
I think if I refer to Fahri, from the sentence it dint work out, the word it simply describes the situation or thing .sometimes, the expectation which according to Selinas it was a JOB (DREAM JOB).Hope that was helpful
I've always been kind of introvert and can't socialize easily. I had a very close friend many years ago, we were studying at the same university, as it didn't work out for her, she dropped out of university and after a couple of years, she left the country. I did all I could to keep in touch with her but all in vain. I suppose that I belong to a past she'd like to forgot and I completely understand and accept her choice.
Yes, exactly I keep in touch with my old friends. When I was 18 years old, I have made a big mistake about my university. I wouldn't choose my department but I did. This area wasnt suitable for me. However I have disappointed with my faculty, I had a great friends. I couldnt forget. Still we are meeting and we are keeping in touch. They made me love this university. I believe one of the most valuable things in the life is to create and to establish with solid and reliable friendships. It is happy to me to have these relationships. I would like to say 'thank you for your existence'.
Yes, of course! I have an old and maybe close mate, with who we make friends during summer holidays around 2 or 3 years ago. So, not very often, but sometimes we chat with each other in the social networks. It's great and amazing to have such old friends, because, in my view, that can check your real close friendship.
Dear team. From the lesson above. Selina: No, no … I'm just amazed how time flies! I'm happy for you. I really am. The question is: What the different from 'I really am' and 'I am really' ??? I never hear 'I really am' . Its weird for me. Thank you very much for your answer.

Hello fahri,

When Selina says 'I really am', she is insisting that she is happy -- as if someone else had questioned whether she was happy. In this case, 'really' is an adverb meaning 'in fact'.

It would be a little unusual to say 'I am really' without an adjective or some other words after it, e.g. 'I am really happy'. In this case, 'really' is an intensifier used with a gradable adjective.

Does that make sense?

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team