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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Intermediate: B1
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This conversation remind me with my old friend that never met for a long time. Then, when we met I'm very surprised that he already married and have a daughter. Anyway, this conversation is my favourite lesson from another lesson that I listened.
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Unfortunately I forgot all my old friends because I have no time any more . I am working working working .........................
yes i do.to some extent . actually we meet few times.once or twice in a year.those are my friends from high school.when we meet there is a kind of connection between us , that s like something that shaped an important part of our life and character.
I keep in touch with my high school friends. we are 22 years old friends. we visit each other 2 months in between and we have a group in the Telegram, WhatsApp. we have a good relationship with these apps.
yes I'm keeping in touch with my old friend...it's not the same have a long distance friendship, and even if we don't hear each other often, we love each other and when we meet is like if time had not passed
Do you keep in touch with old friends? Yes, I'm keeping in touch with my 5 old friends most of the time, although we went to different countries for our studies and work. We normally keep in touch via Facebook, and whenever we come back to Burma then we made the appointments to meet each other by choosing the fun locations for our chit chat.
I have two question about the listening: Taks 1, question 2 Selina still lives in London. She still lives in London because her parents live in London. Thus question is True. Taks 1, question 3 Selina didn't like her job in London This sentences about job? I was in London for a couple of years. But it didn't work out. Thanks in advance

Hello Paco

The transcript doesn't say that Selina's parents live in London, but she does say that things 'didn't work out' in London, which means she left London. Now she lives in the town where she's met Patrick. Therefore 2 is false.

As for 3, she says 'The dream job wasn't really a dream'. This means she did not like her job.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Yeah, I'm seeing my old friend. They are my classmate at school and we know each other for 16 years.
No, I haven't kept in touch with my old friends, because we are staying in different city that are so far.
I keep in touch with my 2 friends since we were 6 years old child. Because we are the best friends. I also communicate with my university mates. They are closer than my classmates. Actually I graduated university 3 years ago. It is not such a long time. It can be the main cause of keeping in touch still. I wish I will converse with them for the rest of my life.
Unfortunately living down under New Zealand doesn't make keeping in touch with old friends easy. Thanks to social media we are able to know what old friends have been up to or have become and viewing their photos. I recently had a visit of a friend I haven't seen since we were 5 years old. We are now both married and have kids. Our children got on really well. We spent a whole week talking about the good old days at Primary school and our friends in the area where we grew up.
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Hello BenSacchi There seems to be a technical problem with some of our tasks, and I thank you for reporting it to us. I've just reported it to our technical team. I'm sorry for the inconvenience! We will fix this as soon as possible. All the best Kirk The LearnEnglish Team
Yes, I am. The old is gold, with old friends you can enjoy to remember the childish and interesting things you did in past. I want to share my experience of a get together on last to last monday with my college roommate and off-course very close friend (SID). I visited on his flat and we enjoyed the memories of college time that how we passed our college time. We both felt sad to share that now we have money but no time to enjoy with friends. I shared my love life with Sid and made him realize how complicate is inter-religion marriage in INDIA. On the roof of house we sit on a folding bed and enjoyed our beer, We enjoyed our beer and conversation about personal and professional life approx. 2 hours.
Hi everybody I havent seen my classmates a long time But i keep in touch with 2 my best friends by phone and whatsapp
unfortunatly , i lost contact with my friend since i get married .i was busy with my new life but after many years , i felt this strong need of renew contact with my old friends
Of course, I really keep in touch my old friends, my school friends and my friends of my first job.
Hi everybody, I haven't meet my old friends since I marrried because My priorities changed. I am banker so one day I met my high school friend When I was working. First of all we known each other. After few mınutes we spoke about who we are. We were suprised because we have been changed.
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