Four conversations

Listen to four conversations to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.

Transcript

A

Man: How did it go?

Woman: Umm, I think it went quite well. I did a lot of research and prepared a lot. I was in there for ... I don't know ... half an hour?

Man: And? What did they say?

Woman: Nothing much. At the end I asked them, 'What happens now?', and the woman said, 'We'll call you back with news in three or four days.'

Man: Really?

Woman: Yeah, I think I've got the job. There weren't a lot of other people there. I was the only interview that day, you know?

Man: Well, good luck with it.


B

Man: Anyway, you were saying ...

Woman: Oh, yeah, um ... let's see. Yes, so I was in the museum and there were, I don't know, a hundred people waiting to get into the room. Finally, I got in, and I tried to see the Mona Lisa but I couldn't look at it.

Man: Why not?

Woman: Because the room was filled with people taking photographs of it!

Man: Oh, right.

Woman: Yes! And selfies.

Man: Wait a minute. You can take photos while you're in there?

Woman: Yes, but you can't use flash. I don't know ... Why do we take photos of everything we see when we travel?

Man: I know. And we never look at the photos after.

Woman: Exactly! I'm tired of always taking photos. I don't feel I'm enjoying things.


C

Man: Who took this?

Woman: I can't remember. Hmmm ...

Man: What am I doing?

Woman: You're sitting on the sofa, watching TV and eating chocolates. Nothing changes!

Man: Ha! Very funny. You look very young, though.

Woman: I know. Look at my hair – it was so long!

Man: Mine too, look at me! Hey … I think I know who took this photo.

Woman: Umm … who? Was it Dad?

Man: No, it wasn’t Dad or Mum. Do you remember Barry?

Woman: No.

Man: Yes, YES! You do remember. Barry, your boyfriend at high school. You were seventeen and he was sixteen and he was so very polite: 'Hello, I'm Barry. It's very nice to meet you ...'

Woman: Stop it! He was nice.

Man: Yeah, well, he took the photo.


D

Woman: Let's see. OK. I'm glad we could talk about this. It's not easy to say.

Man: What?

Woman: Well, you're not in our group – for the class project.

Man: What do you mean? You know I'm always in a group with you.

Woman: I know. It's just that this time … this time we made the group differently and because you were late ...

Man: I see. You don't want me in the group?

Woman: No, no. It isn't that. It's that we've already made the group, see? There's four of us already.

Man: So? We can't be a group of five?

Woman: Well, the teacher said four people per group.

Man: Oh.

Woman: It's not about you or your work or anything like that. It's ... errrr ... well, we already have the group.

Man: So I have to find another group.

Woman: I'm sorry.

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Soumis par Sharif Tayyebi le mer 03/06/2020 - 10:42

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In my view, writing an essay or assignment for college and school is not very difficult. When I was a student, I wrote many essays. But in an academic research, it will be hard to write. There are many important things or points to be noted. First of all, we should be free from all kinds of judgments and should use academic norms and terminologies which maintain many different types of methods and epistemologic approaches from one field to another. Secondly, we should study hard to find a good theory that can explain our subject. Thirdly, we must collect a lot of data and analyse them based on our theory which is accepted by our research. Finally, after all these things, time is to make a deduction. We should carefully compare our data with our presumptions and answer to questions/ problem adequately. Indeed, writing an essay is not very difficult, if we have enough sources and time. We should work hard, and it will not be easy, if we don't want to sustain any discomfort.

Soumis par Sharif Tayyebi le mar 02/06/2020 - 20:18

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Yes, I have. But my conversation wasn't in English. A few weeks ago, I looked at pictures that I took them when I was at the University. My brother asked many questions about them, for example. He said: you were a little overweight and so younger when you were in the University. I also explained some pictures of mine and my friends. I learned some, for example, I didn't know "I know" uses when we are going to say something or let's see, and so on.

Soumis par amal.araia le sam 30/05/2020 - 01:01

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Yes, l have had conversation like these before, with same difference. Hmmm, errrr, umm, these are new phrases for me.

Soumis par Lauracastanos le jeu 14/05/2020 - 23:31

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Yes, I have this type of conversation, especially after a job interview, and remembering people with a relative.

Soumis par Milena Nikolova le jeu 14/05/2020 - 06:08

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Hello, Every one has simular conversation. I wonder for people why they not enjoy the pictures. The art must be evaluate not take as photo. About my situations i often have as conversation C. Very rarely we look at the paper photo my is a lot of them gigital.

Soumis par Fatemeh.Najafzadeh le jeu 14/05/2020 - 02:58

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Yes, I’ve had a lot of Similar conversation. Interview, conversations with my friends about holiday, school issues and stuff... I learned new expressions like : no way, let’s see.

Soumis par S.S le lun 20/04/2020 - 16:23

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Yes,I had.I usually say “I see”, “Really?” and so on. I learned new phrases: “I mean …”, “No way!”.

Soumis par OlaIELTS le lun 06/04/2020 - 22:57

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Yes, I had. The new phrases I had learned includes: let's see, I mean, no way and I know.

Soumis par Daudau0601 le mer 01/04/2020 - 04:46

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i have ever had a similar conversation A. This is the first time i interviewed to get a job which was also first job in my life. She asked me in short time with some question such as " Have you ever gone to work?, why do you choose this job,..." and so on. At that time, i lied her that i have ever worked in coffee store about two week :3 Finally, i passed that interview. ( Can you correct my grammar? please ) Thanks

Hello Daudau0601,

Thank you for the comment. We read every post on the site and respond to as many as we can, but we are a small team here and with many thousands of users we can't provide a checking or correction service, I'm afraid.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Kadir le mar 17/03/2020 - 17:10

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When I was child -14 years old- I had applied for military school. During interview there was a officer in the room. He told me "when I push the key, say "do" OK" I said "OK" He pushed the key and I said "do" He moved his hand and said "go out" My musical life had finished.:))))

Soumis par Vitalik Chernenko le sam 14/03/2020 - 12:17

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These tasks weren't hard for me. I have only one mistake. I use to work with these types of exercises.

Soumis par Station le lun 02/03/2020 - 15:19

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Hello everyone I think everyone has had a conversation like this. I didn't learn new phrases but I always forgot about things like "hmm", "ok" and a lot like this stuff. After this lesson, I think I will sound more native than then. Thanks...

Soumis par pintoju le mer 26/02/2020 - 04:11

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Hi! I think where it says "I was the only interview that day", it should say I was the only interviewed that day, so maybe I am thinking like a Spanish speaker. It is very nice learning new phrases

Soumis par Kirk le mer 26/02/2020 - 07:35

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Hello pintoju

It would be correct to say 'the only person interviewed that day', but 'the only interviewed' isn't correct. As you point out, in Spanish, adjectives (such as 'entrevistado') are easily used as nouns, and so I can see how that makes more sense to you. In English, it is not impossible for an adjective to be used as a noun, but it is much less common and only used in some specific cases.

Glad you found the page useful!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par shahhoseini le mer 22/01/2020 - 14:06

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I think many people have had at least one conversation similar to conversation A in their life. And I too. I learned four following new phrases from these conversations: - How did it go? - Who took this? - Anyway, you were saying ... - What do you mean?

Soumis par Dariusz le mar 14/01/2020 - 17:22

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First question: Yes, I had a conversations similar to issue A and D. It was in the past when I went to school and after when I became adult and I was trying to get a job and I had an interview. Second question: Yes I did. While these conversations I did learn a couple of phrases and words like: "I was the only interview that day..." I don't feel I'm anjoying things", "filled", "it isn't that", "half an hour". And what is interesting for me I didn't know that we can say: "Your boyfriend at high school", probably I would say "your boyfriend from high school"

Soumis par Maxim le lun 23/12/2019 - 09:47

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Why is the question "The man and the woman grew up in the same family?" TRUE? I thought they are husband and wife. Or not? Husband and wife can't grow in the same family!

Hello Maxim

No, they are not husband and wife, but rather brother and sister. As you say, they can't be married and have grown up in the same family.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Nasser_mo le mar 12/11/2019 - 13:37

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what does that mean "I think it went quite well" ?

Soumis par f.agadr le ven 08/11/2019 - 13:13

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f.agadr I think that I have had a conersation like conversation C.

Soumis par Hikingirl le mer 09/10/2019 - 18:22

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Hello The LearnEnglish Team, I have a question. There is a sentence in the transcript: “ I was the only interview that day, you know?” Why did you use this form of interview verb? Why not “interviewed”? Could you explain to me? Thank you

Hello Hikingirl

In this sentence, 'interview' is a noun and 'only' modifies the noun, meaning there was only one interview that day. So the woman says she was the interview, and there was only one interview that day. This is an informal way of saying that I think you understood: 'I was the only one (or 'only person') interviewed that day'. In this case, 'interviewed' is indeed a past participle and needs the '-ed' ending.

Note that, unlike in many other European languages, in English we don't generally use an adjective to refer to a noun, which is why you have to say 'one' or 'person' after 'only' if you want to mean 'only person'.

Does that make sense?

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Raqueline Monteiro le jeu 05/09/2019 - 22:03

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Hi everyone! This conversations was difficult to me, but I am studying to improve my English everyday!

Soumis par Caterina Siligardi le mar 03/09/2019 - 18:30

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Those conversations are still a little difficult for my comprehension . I Understand generally,not every steps. I need to do more exercise of listening. But I'll stay tuned.Never I'll get to leave my studying ! See you soon.

Soumis par abbas12 le mer 21/08/2019 - 10:20

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hello, my name is Abbas, i am very happy to English at British English council.

Soumis par anisacantik le mer 21/08/2019 - 07:52

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Because the room was filled with people taking photographs of it!

Soumis par César Árraga le sam 13/07/2019 - 04:21

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Yes, I had a similar conversation that the first, I was applying for a job and, in the end of the psychological interview, the interviewer told me that the results of the candidates moving on to next stage will send for email in 2 weeks aproximately. Some new phrases that I learned: let's see, what do you mean?, it's very nice to meet you, etc.

Soumis par MikhailNatalenko le ven 21/06/2019 - 21:03

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Hello. I've got a question about Task B. "Woman: Yes, but you can't use flash...?" Why didn't she use an article before the "flash"? Oxford dictionary says that it's a countable noun.

Hello MikhailNatalenko,

I think the reason 'flash' has no article is that the woman is using it as an abbreviated form of 'flash photography'. Normally we would say 'you can't use your flash' or 'you can't use your camera's flash'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par krigss91350 le ven 10/05/2019 - 17:17

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i didn't understand why they said - take the photos. why they don't say -make the photos.
Hello krigs91350, In English the verb we use with 'photograph' is 'take', not 'make'; 'make would be incorrect. It's an example of collocation – words which naturally go together. ~ Peter The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par mehrazin le mer 17/04/2019 - 19:16

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Hello there I live in Hamedan, Iran. As you know One of the most interesting cities in Iran is Yazd. Iv been to there a few years ago, i was in traveling with my family, I've found the city so interesting and amazing. There was a fireplace in the center of the yard, The fire in this fireplace, clear for more than 1500 years.I remember after returning I talked about that place and the other nice of its monuments to everyone. When I was student at school, teacher has made learning practices into a group work, so we d been divided to 3 or 4 persons in each group. then we had to talk and argue about,whom( which ones) should be in a common group, to get the best result . We always have conversations about taking the photos while traveling, as well. many thanks to British council team good luck and best wishes.
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