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


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


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,
The LearnEnglish Team

interesting conversation

Thank Mr Kirk and the LearnEnglish Team so much.

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.

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,
The LearnEnglish Team

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,
The LearnEnglish Team