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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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Intermediate: B1

Comments

no unfortunatly i'm not keeping in touch with my old friends, actually this lesson remembers me my first best friend we met at the middle school i really liked her we were such a sisters even our teachers told us that we look alike and we have same gestures, we haven't seen each other for a long time for almost 8 years and i'm amzed how time flies, i wish that she is doing well

Sincerely, I don't keep in touch with all my old friends, because only some of them are my friend now. I think it's commun that people take different paths and left some friends. Sometimes I remember my oldest friends of primary school and that is touching.

Yes. I does.

With this listening I have learned a little about London and work. I liked doing the activities, they are easy.

They are two friends who meet after 15 years. I don't know if they know each other from school, or were neighbors. They are very happy to meet again. She worked in London but it was very expensive. Now she lives with her parents. He has married and has 2 children

I am lucky! because I have friends since kindergarten and share time with they 2 or 3 times per year; also, many friends since high school (13 years since graduation) and university (8 years since graduation).

Tes, I do keep in touch with my old friends. I like to know how are they doing even if we can’t meet as frequent as we would like to. And nowadays with social networks is very easy to be in contact with friends and it’s easy to catch up with them.

I have never seen my classmates of school. I met one of my friends of University two years ago. I keep in touch with my friends of my first job ( it was 20 years ago) , in fact they are my best friends .

I lost touch with some friends but with some of them I still keep in touch

Well, I keep in touch with few old friends. When we finished high school, we all took different paths, this was thirteen years ago. Recently, my friends originated a meeting, but I was traveling and I couldn't go.

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