Keeping a conversation going

In this video, Noelia and Bob talk about Spain. Listen to the language they use for keeping a conversation going and practise saying the useful phrases.

Do the preparation exercise first. Then watch the video and do the exercises to check your understanding and practise the language.

Transcript

Ana: Hi! I'm Ana. Welcome to What to Say!

Do you know what to say when you want to keep a conversation going? Listen out for useful language for keeping a conversation going. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this.

 

Noelia: Hi, Bob!

Bob: Oh, morning, Noelia.

Noelia: So, what's new? 

Bob: New, hmm, let me think. Hmm … Nothing much. Oh, hang on. My dog Bertie had his 14th birthday on Monday! 

Noelia: Oh, he's getting old then?

Bob: I guess so … but not as old as his owner. 

Noelia: Haha … er, anyway …

Bob: How about you, Noelia? How's it going? 

Noelia: Great, actually. Yeah … all good.

Bob: By the way, I wanted to ask you, where in Spain are you from?

Noelia: I'm from Santander.

Bob: Oh, lovely. Wonderful to grow up near the sea. 

Noelia: Yeah, it was perfect. Ah, I miss the sea. 

Bob: I know what you mean. I used to live in Spain and I absolutely loved it.

Noelia: Really? I didn't know that, Bob! 

Bob: Yeah, I had a little bar on the Costa Brava.

Noelia: Wow! So do you speak Spanish then?

Bob: Oh, not much. Ah, those were the days! Excuse me. Perdona, Noelia. Tengo que irme. Me necesitan en el segundo piso. ¡Hasta pronto! [Excuse me, Noelia. I've got to go. They need me on the second floor. See you soon!]

Noelia: Wow! 


 

Ana: Hello again! Wow! Bob is full of surprises. So, did you notice the useful phrases used for keeping a conversation going? Listen to me and then repeat.

 

So, what's new? 

Let me think ... 

Nothing much. 

Anyway …

How about you, Noelia? 

How's it going? 

By the way, I wanted to ask you ... 

I know what you mean.

Really? I didn't know that! 

 

Ana: Try and use some of these phrases the next time you want to keep a conversation going in English. Bye for now! 

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Soumis par badboyzz le dim 03/07/2022 - 13:28

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I am living outside the sea.because my town has one sea.This sea so far away to town but I love Karataş sea.When I go to the Karataş I feel so relaxed and comfortable.

Soumis par ACGC le dim 26/06/2022 - 02:29

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Actually I used to live in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, but I had to move to Culiacan for work and its very sad because this city isnt near the sea. Mazatlán is very near the sea and I miss it. I love to walk around the malecon, its a relaxing and beautiful place with amazing views specially at sunset. Really Im not a beach person, but I enjoy going to sit at the beach and have a good and relaxing time.

Soumis par Selinay. le sam 18/06/2022 - 17:28

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I have lived in Izmir which is in Aegean Sea for five years. I came to Izmir for university. And I fall in love this city. Before I came here, I lived in a continental climate. I decided to i am crazy about live near the sea.

Soumis par EMF_12 le jeu 16/06/2022 - 17:43

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Answering the discussion question, I don't live near the sea. However, my aunt has a beach house on Mollendo (a place on Peru's coast), and all the summers (including midyear holidays and every time we can go), my family goes there and enjoys the view of the sea and landscape.

Soumis par AngDor le ven 10/06/2022 - 03:17

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sadly no, I don't live near the sea, although I think I'll like the idea of it

Soumis par Yamen.G le ven 27/05/2022 - 14:10

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I miss my family, I actually miss the people in my country, they are very kind.

Soumis par Van wong le lun 23/05/2022 - 07:42

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Yes, when I was young. I lived close to the sea. It is picturesque, peaceful, and breezy. I always love spending time alone in nature. it can reduce my physical and mental stress.

Soumis par venus kim le mar 10/05/2022 - 15:13

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No, I was born in business capital of my country. So, there is no sea or beach near me only tall and numerous apartments and shopping centres.

Soumis par Camila Medina le dim 08/05/2022 - 21:11

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No, I don't live near the sea, I'm from Santiago, Chile, but the sea is to 1 hour in a car travel and I go there once or twice at the year.

Soumis par cams le mar 19/04/2022 - 03:40

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no, unfortunally. i used to live near a river, actually, it was pretty amazing to me

Soumis par qwertyzxcwasd1234 le ven 15/04/2022 - 15:24

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I've never lived near the sea, but I would probably like to live that way. The sea, the beach, the sand, etc. - that's what I love.

Soumis par Fabiano le mer 30/03/2022 - 16:36

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Yes, I love the sea because when I was young my family had an apartment near the sea. All my vacations I went to apartment on the beach, it was perfect

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Soumis par Silvia Lago le sam 26/02/2022 - 01:14

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I don't live near the sea, but I would like to. My dream is to live close to the sea, in contact with nature, in a beautiful house all decorated and sustainable (with solar energy, garbage recycling, vegetable garden and own energy generation).

Soumis par younes01 le mar 01/02/2022 - 10:03

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when I was a kid I used to live near the sea, it were lovely days and I miss them too much.

Soumis par kimalex123 le lun 24/01/2022 - 12:20

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Well, I'm currently living in Myanmar, Yangon city. To be honest, I do not live near the sea because many apartments are taken place around the city in Yangon. So, a lot of people go to the countryside if they want t get the seaside view.

Soumis par Miguelitorico1996 le lun 17/01/2022 - 00:56

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I live in the center region of Colombia, in a city called Villavicencio, we are far away from the coast but we've got a lot of rivers.

Soumis par hichem202008 le dim 12/12/2021 - 13:25

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Yes i do , i love living there ,what a beautiful place especially in summer , new fresh air and quiet place

Soumis par Suraj paliwal le mer 01/12/2021 - 16:39

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No, I'm not live in near the sea. I live in a city near a river this river is very dirty.

Soumis par ANOUAR le mer 24/11/2021 - 10:54

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Yes I do, and I like the sea beacuase it has a fresh air on it.

Oh, What a pity!!! I live near the see. there's a wonderful landscape!

Soumis par Starting le sam 02/10/2021 - 09:00

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I wanted to live near the sea, it may be a pieceful life

Soumis par KarenAvdalyan le lun 30/08/2021 - 11:27

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I don't live near the sea but I grew up in an area where there was a beautiful lake, so I also see what they mean.

Soumis par May Nine le lun 16/08/2021 - 16:13

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No , Never . Because it takes too much time to get there from where I'm living .

Soumis par Genesis Salas le ven 13/08/2021 - 06:02

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No! But I wouldn't like to live near the sea. Here in Mexico the climate near the sea is to hot. So, I prefer live in the city.

Soumis par KATIELLE RAIAN… le mar 27/07/2021 - 18:15

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Yes, I did. But the sea here is very cold, frozen.

Soumis par maximumjeff le sam 26/06/2021 - 08:50

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I used to live by the sea, but it's an old apartment next to a dock which is not as good as one would imagine

Soumis par Sika2803 le jeu 03/06/2021 - 09:59

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No, I don't live near the sea. But I really love it, I hope that I could live there in the future.

Soumis par Arsa le mar 27/04/2021 - 02:12

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Yes, I live near the sea. It just takes an hour to get there. Actually it was my dream from childhood to live near the sea and fortunately it came to true

Soumis par desouza le dim 04/04/2021 - 21:00

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yes, I was born in south of turkey Antalya. I grow up near the see then I moved in İstanbul. İstanbul has a great bosphorus and black see marmara see but not like Antalya . I missed my childhood , we always hanged around the beach ,as always my skin was bronze , we played with big waves time of the sunset. what was a perfect years.

Soumis par Sophia00 le ven 12/03/2021 - 09:43

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No, I don't live near the sea, but I love the sea and like to go on vacation near it.

Soumis par Maylahinahahegehdt le jeu 11/03/2021 - 11:04

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No, I don´t live near the sea, but my family has a camping car, with which we drive every summer holidays to the north sea. We also own a few stand up paddling boards and 30 min from my home away is a small lake, where we can do that in summer.

Soumis par Justus_123 le jeu 11/03/2021 - 09:46

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No, I do not live near the sea but i can drive to a see in the north. On holidays me and my family drive to a hotel on trhe sea and it was so great. The Hotrl has so much things to borrow like a stand up paddeling board. So we went every day to the sea and drove the boards. It was my favorite holiday because I had soooo much fun.

Soumis par Abrarhussain le mer 03/03/2021 - 00:22

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No I don't live near the sea. Although I am not too far a drive away.

Soumis par Saad786 le dim 28/02/2021 - 13:39

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Yes! I lived near the sea for 3 days in Khobar. It was fascinating to watch clean and fast flowing water.

Soumis par Eman.F.R. le ven 19/02/2021 - 18:55

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No,I don't live there. But actually , I wish to live near the sea . I love seeing the waves of the sea and listening to their sound. I think it's the ideal place for relaxing . People live there know well what i mean . By the way , I want to ask people who live there if they could enjoy the sea or when people used to have a precious gift ,they couldn't .

Soumis par franciscakaras le lun 08/02/2021 - 19:15

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Yes, I attually live 8 minutes from the sea. It's a pleasure and I feel every single day that I'm a lucky person to live here, in Lisbon- Portugal. It's a wonderfull place to live.

Soumis par facunica44 le ven 22/01/2021 - 23:39

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i live so far from the sea, 300 km between the coast and my city to be exactly. i was born in a little town from argentina, it's a great place but in holidays time, i usually go to the sea

Soumis par lavande1983 le mar 12/01/2021 - 18:56

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I don't live near the sea beause i was born and grew up in a small town near moutains. So i love going to the sea. The first time i was on holiday in the sea when i was 20 years old. Now i have chance to travelling around the world et 5 continents and i visited lots of different seas and oceans. I prefere hot sea in tropical coutries beaucause we can enjoy the sea all year. in notherne Europe, the sea water is quite cold do we can swim only in summer. so i try to protect my skin from the UV high level sunshine. Honestly,a holiday in the sea makes me happy and gives me energy

Soumis par Yassir Ali Ahmed le jeu 07/01/2021 - 22:14

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No, I'm not, so I scared to swimming.

Soumis par Joesph le mer 06/01/2021 - 15:18

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I used to live in a city overlooking the sea, I was afraid swimming in the open sea, but my father pushed me and taught me to swim very well. I was had jet ski, It was very entertaining.

Soumis par Thinn Thiri Myo le jeu 31/12/2020 - 06:00

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I used to.I love the water but l can't swimming because I'm afraid toswim.

Soumis par Khatia25 le mar 29/12/2020 - 16:03

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No, I’m not living near the sea. But I adore sea and would like to live.

Soumis par YewandeAdeosun le ven 25/12/2020 - 18:44

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I use to. I miss the cool breeze by seaside

Soumis par Nyein Swe Thet le jeu 17/12/2020 - 09:44

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I was.I was born and grows up in a little town near the sea.But i'm afraid of the sea.lol.it's kinda weird tho.