How to greet someone you haven't seen for ages

Learn some phrases for talking with someone you haven't seen in a long time.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the task. You can read the transcript at any time.

Transcript

Woman: Hey! Hello there! Haven't seen you in ages!

Man: Oh … all right, yeah.

Woman: Great to see you again! You're looking really well!

Man: Oh! You think so? Thanks ...

Woman: So, how are you?

Man: Well, you know, mustn't grumble.

Woman: What've you been up to? Still working in that coffee shop?

Man: Yeah ... same one ...

Woman: Still trying to be an actor?

Man: Well, yeah, you know ...

Woman: So Hollywood hasn't called then yet?

Man: Not yet ...

Woman: Still living in … that … er … little flat?

Man: Yeah. Same one.

Woman: Well, great.

Man: How about you? You still … er … working in the fast-food place?

Woman: No! Stopped that a long time ago! I'm working in the city now. Financial industries!

Man: Oh. Great. Are you still sharing that house with all those other people?

Woman: No way! I bought a big house with … four bedrooms and a garden … the works.

Man: Hmm … good for you.

Woman: Listen! We should get together for a drink sometime! Catch up!

Man: Yeah, I'd love to.

Woman: Let's do it! Keep in touch, yeah?

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Soumis par mc2bav4 le dim 16/05/2021 - 03:53

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Hello, again. I have a doubt about how to express this. I'm looking for the collocations to say this: How are you doing...(about/with/…) (your homework/your activity/your task, etc)? The context is how to ask someone what is the progress of an activity that that person is having so far and you are interested in that. Did I make my point? If not I'll try to explain it better. Thanks.

Hello mc2bav4,

The correct preposition here is with.

How are you doing with... is a common question for, as you say, asking about the progress of an activity or task.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for clarifying it. Now I feel more confident about asking for that piece of info. Much appreciated as always.

Soumis par mancini2 le dim 07/02/2021 - 17:19

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"good to hear from you again" is this sentence correct answering at the phone to a person who we haven't seen or speaked to for a long time?

Hello mancini2,

Yes, that is correct and appropriate in that kind of situation.

Nice to hear from you.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par OlaIELTS le mer 17/06/2020 - 23:23

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When in a similar situation, I would say exactly some words like that.

Soumis par M19 le ven 05/06/2020 - 17:48

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What's new! Long time no see! How's the going? How's life? Am so Glad to see you! Let's meet up for lunch! Tell you what....How about hanging out together? I would love that! Awesome! Sounds great! How's your new job/home? See you in 30 minutes!

Soumis par bawk san aung le mer 28/08/2019 - 07:24

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We haven't seen each others for a long time, it is it?Grumble is not a new word for me but the use of it make me alarm to use it again.

Soumis par parisaach le lun 19/08/2019 - 05:01

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I can say 'Hello, It's been a long time ago when I saw you last time. 'What are you doing now?' 'Where have you been such a long time you disappeared.' 'I really miss you, I'm really glad to see you again'

Soumis par fknedi le mer 17/04/2019 - 18:36

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That's great website and that's great lesson! This is real accent, conversation.....here I can improve my real English! Thanks British Council

Soumis par abbas.azhar25 le mer 08/08/2018 - 11:56

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I couldn't understand Task 1 answers, what is logic behind given answers in Transcript ? how answers relates ?

Hello abbas.azhar25,

The sentences in the task describe the questions that the man and woman ask each other. For example, where the task says 'The woman asks about the man's job', this corresponds to the following in the transcript:

Woman: What’ve you been up to? Still working in that coffee shop?
Man: Yeah ... same one ...
Woman: Still trying to be an actor?
Man: Well, yeah, you know ...
Woman: So Hollywood hasn’t called in yet?
Man: Not yet ...

The task is to put the descriptions of the topics in the conversation in the same order as they are in the transcript.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Petertin17 le dim 03/12/2017 - 02:11

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Thank Mr Kirk and the LearnEnglish Team so much.

Soumis par Petertin17 le mar 28/11/2017 - 14:58

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Hi sir, could you tell me about the sentence " catch up!" of woman in the end of conversation, how does it mean in this situation ? I don't understand.

Soumis par Kirk le mer 29/11/2017 - 07:54

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Hello Petertin17,

What she means is 'We should get together for a drink in order to catch up!' In this context, 'catch up' means 'talk about what has happened in our lives since we last saw each other'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Momocompanyman le mer 05/07/2017 - 10:44

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Dear Peter M , the context about The work is: Woman: No way! I bought a big house with… four bedrooms, and a garden… the works. Can you expplain me this sentence. Besr wishes

Hello medmomo,

In this context, 'the works' means 'everything that you could want'. For example, if you go to New York and order a hamburger in a restaurant, you could get it 'with the works', which means it would come with lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheese, onion, mayonnaise ... Here it means the house had everything she wanted, and perhaps even more.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Momocompanyman le mar 04/07/2017 - 18:05

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Dear Sir Kirk , I need to know what is the meaning of the word works: The Works is this course ? Best Wishes

Hello medmomo,

'Works' can refer to pieces of writing by authors. For example, you might see a book entitled 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare' which would contain everything Shakespeare ever wrote. That may be the meaning here but without knowing the context I cannot say for sure. Unless 'The Works' is a title (of a play, a film or a book, for example) then it would not have a capital letter but would be 'The works...'

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par rreza le lun 12/06/2017 - 13:15

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I haven't see you for a long time= haven't see you for ages

Soumis par GAGAN JEET SIN… le dim 19/02/2017 - 07:00

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Haven’t seen you in ages! sir pls explain this sentence.

Hello GAGAN JEET SINGH WALIA,

The meaning of the sentence is

I haven't seen you for a long time.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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