Keeping a conversation going

In this video, Noelia and Bob talk about Spain. Listen to the language they use for keeping a conversation going and practise saying the useful phrases.

Do the preparation exercise first. Then watch the video and do the exercises to check your understanding and practise the language.


Ana: Hi! I'm Ana. Welcome to What to Say!

Do you know what to say when you want to keep a conversation going? Listen out for useful language for keeping a conversation going. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this.


Noelia: Hi, Bob!

Bob: Oh, morning, Noelia.

Noelia: So, what's new? 

Bob: New, hmm, let me think. Hmm … Nothing much. Oh, hang on. My dog Bertie had his 14th birthday on Monday! 

Noelia: Oh, he's getting old then?

Bob: I guess so … but not as old as his owner. 

Noelia: Haha … er, anyway …

Bob: How about you, Noelia? How's it going? 

Noelia: Great, actually. Yeah … all good.

Bob: By the way, I wanted to ask you, where in Spain are you from?

Noelia: I'm from Santander.

Bob: Oh, lovely. Wonderful to grow up near the sea. 

Noelia: Yeah, it was perfect. Ah, I miss the sea. 

Bob: I know what you mean. I used to live in Spain and I absolutely loved it.

Noelia: Really? I didn't know that, Bob! 

Bob: Yeah, I had a little bar on the Costa Brava.

Noelia: Wow! So do you speak Spanish then?

Bob: Oh, not much. Ah, those were the days! Excuse me. Perdona, Noelia. Tengo que irme. Me necesitan en el segundo piso. ¡Hasta pronto! [Excuse me, Noelia. I've got to go. They need me on the second floor. See you soon!]

Noelia: Wow! 


Ana: Hello again! Wow! Bob is full of surprises. So, did you notice the useful phrases used for keeping a conversation going? Listen to me and then repeat.


So, what's new? 

Let me think ... 

Nothing much. 

Anyway …

How about you, Noelia? 

How's it going? 

By the way, I wanted to ask you ... 

I know what you mean.

Really? I didn't know that! 


Ana: Try and use some of these phrases the next time you want to keep a conversation going in English. Bye for now! 


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Submitted by autumn choco on Sun, 28/04/2024 - 11:13


I lived near the river but not the sea. But my hometown has beautiful beaches and I wanna go next time again.

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Submitted by Grazia Paola Cannavo on Wed, 20/03/2024 - 09:56


I currently live in a city quite close to the sea. However, when I was younger I lived in a seaside town. I miss the sea: it gives joy and energy during the winter; in summer it refreshes and offers the possibility of great relaxation and fun.

Submitted by Ei Sandar Phyo on Wed, 14/02/2024 - 13:20


Not really, but I live 15 minutes away from nearby river called Yangon River by riding a bike.

Submitted by ired on Mon, 12/02/2024 - 13:42


I'm one of the lucky ones who was born near the water. I saw the Bosphorus. the Water has such a relaxing structure as sound and as appearance.

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Submitted by Azizollah-P on Tue, 06/02/2024 - 20:33


In fact, I`ve never lived in scenic of sea and incredibly I`ve never seen sea or ocean up close. I hope ,I`ll buy a flat in front of the sea.

Submitted by DzhusAngela on Fri, 02/02/2024 - 18:32


I never lived near the sea,but I absolutely want to live near the sea and go to listen the noise by sea,meditate and after go to swim.

Submitted by ddddsky on Mon, 29/01/2024 - 05:35


"Do you live near the sea?"
No, I don't. Actually, I live in a highland. But I just need to drive for 2 hours to get to the beach.

Submitted by shamzzz12345 on Tue, 05/12/2023 - 09:37


Nope, I am not. But I'm in love with the sea. Even though it is far away from home, maybe a 30-kilometer drive, my family makes time for it every month.

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Submitted by noura-elkhwanky on Mon, 04/12/2023 - 22:58


I was live in my own flat it was in a big building twardes the sea I had enjoyed every moment there I used to drink my coffee every day morning in my balcony during that listen to classic music and enjoy every single minute . That was my long life dream but after fulfill it everything changed . That’s the life . But I still remember all good memories there I have had.