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 Ibrahimyousef on Sat, 01/04/2023 - 13:29


Actually, l live a near the mountain in the city center in addition to my country is not find a river yet fourthermore, I like to live a near river it is stunning view.

Submitted by mariakiss on Thu, 16/03/2023 - 14:04


No, I live in the northern part of Thailand so here, there is no sea unfortunately. But we have lots of mountains! and beautiful landscapes of jungles. I guess this can be replaced by the sea.

Submitted by loanphuong on Mon, 06/03/2023 - 04:44


I had lived near the mountain before. I live in the big city now, not near the sea. I prefer mountains or the plain to the sea. Sometimes, I go on vacation by the sea on my holiday, but I do not want to live near the sea.

Submitted by mohsen8869 on Tue, 28/02/2023 - 18:08


actually, i am living in a city locates 150 km away from the sea. to be honest, i dont prefer living near the sea althought it is lovely to visit the beach from time to time and have nice events there.

Submitted by Masimo on Fri, 17/02/2023 - 16:07


no but i used go to me aunte's house because she live near the sea and i really liked the place there.

Submitted by dieptieuyen on Fri, 17/02/2023 - 11:26


I used to live near the mountain, but now I'm living in a city center.

Submitted by Kayyu on Wed, 25/01/2023 - 11:31


I am from Myanmar. I used to live in Thailand. I can speak Thai but not much.

Submitted by arunvp21 on Sun, 22/01/2023 - 09:31


No, I am not living near the sea. i like to live near falls

Submitted by Ridho Rachman on Wed, 11/01/2023 - 04:58


let me think, actually i don't live near the sea although my province has sea boarder in north. i know what the question means. as a big city, Jakarta has not taken care its sea in a good way. Anyway, I love the sea. Last year, I got almost half a day by bus to find a lovely beach.

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Submitted by s'aws'an on Wed, 28/12/2022 - 11:04


no ,actually i live in the mountains ,and i love it more than living near the sea .