Meeting an old friend

Meeting an old friend

Listen to the conversation between two old friends to practise and improve your listening skills.

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


Selina: Patrick? Is that you?

Patrick: Selina! Hello!

Selina: Well, well. Patrick Eastwood. How have you been?

Patrick: Good. Great, actually. How are you? I haven't seen you for ... how long?

Selina: It's been ages. At least fifteen years. Wow.

Patrick: Yeah. Wow.

Patrick and Selina: So, what are you doing here?

Selina: Sorry, you go first.

Patrick: OK. What are you doing here? I thought you'd moved to London.

Selina: I was in London for a couple of years. But it didn't work out.

Patrick: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. Are you ... OK?

Selina: I'm fine! The dream job wasn't really a dream, you know? Um ... and London is great but it's so expensive. I mean, just the rent on a flat is ... uh … crazy expensive.

Patrick: I see.

Selina: So, I came back. I've been back now for almost five months. Living back home with Mum and Dad. Which is err ... interesting. Um ... but anyway, what about you?

Patrick: Me? Oh, nothing new. You know me – 'Patrick the predictable'. I never left here.

Selina: Oh. And is that ...?

Patrick: Oh, I'm very happy. I'm married now. We've just celebrated our tenth anniversary.

Selina: No way! You? Married? To …?

Patrick: I don't think you know her. Her name's Marigold. And we've got two kids. They're five and eight years old.

Selina: Married and with two kids? Wow!

Patrick: Don't look so surprised!

Selina: No, no … I'm just amazed how time flies! I'm happy for you. I really am.

Patrick: Thanks. You should really come round to the house one day.

Selina: That would be great. Let's swap numbers and ...


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Submitted by Claudette Ndenzako on Sat, 13/07/2019 - 09:48

Unfortunately living down under New Zealand doesn't make keeping in touch with old friends easy. Thanks to social media we are able to know what old friends have been up to or have become and viewing their photos. I recently had a visit of a friend I haven't seen since we were 5 years old. We are now both married and have kids. Our children got on really well. We spent a whole week talking about the good old days at Primary school and our friends in the area where we grew up.

Submitted by BenSacchi on Thu, 06/06/2019 - 07:19

every task that I open have give me this " refused to connect." is this something wrong? or its just me? thanks
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Submitted by Nora Su on Wed, 15/05/2019 - 10:03

yes, we are ever keep in touch once a year.

Submitted by christinephyu on Sun, 12/05/2019 - 17:41

not really, I have rarely meet with them
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Submitted by Vijay Singh on Tue, 23/04/2019 - 00:30

Yes, I am. The old is gold, with old friends you can enjoy to remember the childish and interesting things you did in past. I want to share my experience of a get together on last to last monday with my college roommate and off-course very close friend (SID). I visited on his flat and we enjoyed the memories of college time that how we passed our college time. We both felt sad to share that now we have money but no time to enjoy with friends. I shared my love life with Sid and made him realize how complicate is inter-religion marriage in INDIA. On the roof of house we sit on a folding bed and enjoyed our beer, We enjoyed our beer and conversation about personal and professional life approx. 2 hours.

Submitted by WimyCarvalho10 on Fri, 19/04/2019 - 20:45

It's a good lesson.
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Submitted by Eri Hariyandi on Fri, 19/04/2019 - 01:59

for the first time i can answer all the questions correctly.. very nice..

Submitted by nadezhda_radkova on Mon, 15/04/2019 - 13:04

Yes, but only few of them unfortunately.

Submitted by churchill on Sat, 13/04/2019 - 21:17

I liked this podcast, very useful.