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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.

Transcripts

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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When I was reading this article. I remembered this question?
What it’s a friend? It's a comrade.

Yes! I keep in touch with my old friends because they are my best friends and they are always kind to me.

I keep in touch with my few old friends who were met in my childhood. But, we are hardly to go outside and we are not the kids anymore. Anyway, we are planning to visit to beach this year but due to the pandemic, we can't travel. We still keep in contact with each other. All the things that we'd done were memories. Man, how time flies and we grow rapidly.

Not really, people changes, their behavior change so do interest changes. Its hard to match thoughts with old friends. Anyway, it's always funny how time flies and we grew so fast.

Not always, but sometimes we meet somewhere. Mostly, they are my classmates.

My main group of friends is from the school. We´ve known each other for 22 years and I´m sure this friendship will last forever.
Cheers from Madrid.

I try to keep in touch with old friends ))

yes, but not a lot

It depends. I still keep in touch with some old friends. Mostly that I was more friends and that I'm always staying together. I fall to miss them.

yes, I made some friends at school and we still keep in touch.

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