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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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Comments

No, at school the majority of my classroom do not get along so for that reason nobody is interest in each other now, but at university I keep in contact with one friend. I think that it is good to be kind with everybody. Life makes many turns.

I keep in touch with some of my close friends in high school, but have a few chances to go out with them.

Yes, I keep in touch with my friend from university even that I haven't met them since we finished University. We are planning to arrange a reunion next month, so it will be a good chance to meet and to see how much our life has changed. Most of them found their soulmates, built their career, and have children. Unfortunately, my best friend from University won't be there, because she passed away two years ago.

I used to meet a lot of my classmates after two years of our school graduation , but after that, we have been seldomly meeting or seeing each other. It turned out that many of them are now employed so they are soo busy with their works though we sometimes text each other through Facebook and WhatsApp

I think if I refer to Fahri, from the sentence it dint work out, the word it simply describes the situation or thing .sometimes, the expectation which according to Selinas it was a JOB (DREAM JOB).Hope that was helpful

I've always been kind of introvert and can't socialize easily. I had a very close friend many years ago, we were studying at the same university, as it didn't work out for her, she dropped out of university and after a couple of years, she left the country. I did all I could to keep in touch with her but all in vain. I suppose that I belong to a past she'd like to forgot and I completely understand and accept her choice.

Yes, exactly I keep in touch with my old friends. When I was 18 years old, I have made a big mistake about my university. I wouldn't choose my department but I did. This area wasnt suitable for me. However I have disappointed with my faculty, I had a great friends. I couldnt forget. Still we are meeting and we are keeping in touch. They made me love this university. I believe one of the most valuable things in the life is to create and to establish with solid and reliable friendships. It is happy to me to have these relationships. I would like to say 'thank you for your existence'.

Yes, of course! I have an old and maybe close mate, with who we make friends during summer holidays around 2 or 3 years ago. So, not very often, but sometimes we chat with each other in the social networks. It's great and amazing to have such old friends, because, in my view, that can check your real close friendship.

Yes, l always keep in touch with my old friends, l chatting them every final week or month

Dear team.
From the lesson above.
Selina: No, no … I'm just amazed how time flies! I'm happy for you. I really am.
The question is:
What the different from 'I really am' and 'I am really' ???
I never hear 'I really am' . Its weird for me.
Thank you very much for your answer.

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