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.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi, i also watching this lesson, as my English is not so fast, so for me its too dam fast, i read all comments those are on first viewed page, yours is quite descriptive, as I'm new here and i want to improve my English, i think if a person want to be a good speaker, he has to be a good writer, and my writing skills are like a skull, so would you help me, how can i improve my speaking and writing skills (please also make corrections in my comment if needed, it would also help me a lot)
Many thanks
Hasan Jan

Hello Hasan Jan
The best way to improve your speaking and writing skills is to practice both of them as much as you can.
I recommend that you find a study partner to chat to. Do you have a friend or colleague who wants to improve his or her speaking?  Make a regular time to meet and talk in English and you will see a big improvement in your speaking quite quickly. Even when you are alone you can think about conversations you might have and practice what you might say out loud.   
A diary is a good way to develop your writing skills. Write a few sentences every day about what you have seen, done or thought about, and don't forget to read what you have written aftewards to try and spot any spelling or grammar mistakes so you can correct them.
Let me know how you get on!
I hope this helps
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Naheed

Thanks for your comment. It's lovely to hear that you appreciate it and that you are learning the vocabulary from the video.

Jack Radford

The LearnEnglish Team


I love these videos.They are really useful for improving students' listening skills.

hello, everybody.  i'm new here and i think it's a very interesting place to learn and practice english. i hope you can help me if you want to. i wait for your comments and messages. thanks.

Hi, I want to speak like a British. But how????????????????

People speak so fast and, unfortunatelly , I haven't been practicing English for long time (more than 5 years), so I have to work hard to understand English dialogues, but  I'm sure this course will be very useful for me.
Many thanks

Really good, very helpful. And now I know how to use "the works"  and also "catch up".

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hello , it is difficult to understand, i need to practice , i want to improve my listening skill