Meeting face-to-face

In this video, Noelia and Vanya meet each other for the first time. Listen to the language they use for meeting face-to-face 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 meet someone face-to-face for the first time? Listen out for useful language for meeting face-to-face. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this.


Eva: Hi.

Noelia: Hi, Eva. 

Eva: How are you?

Noelia: I'm very well. I love your hair. It's fabulous!

Eva: Thanks, Noelia! 

Vanya: Are you Noelia? 

Noelia: Vanya? 

Vanya: Yes!

Noelia: Hello! It's so good to finally meet you in person!

Vanya: You too! It's great to put a face to a name. I thought you were in Spain this week.

Noelia: I was, but I came back early. So, how are you finding it here?

Vanya: Fine! Really good! All the team have been so welcoming.

Noelia: Good! We have a lovely team here. Now, has Emir set you up with an email address? 

Vanya: He has. I'm all ready to go!

Noelia: Perfect! Is there anything else you need?

Vanya: Not right now, thanks.

Noelia: Well, let me know if I can help at all. 

Vanya: I will, thank you.

Noelia: Actually, I've got an idea. What are you doing later?

Vanya: I haven't got any plans.

Noelia: Great. Meet me here at six. Don't be late!

Vanya: So what's the plan? 

Noelia: We're going to see the local area by bike. I'll show you all the best coffee shops.

Vanya: Cool!

Noelia: Let's go!


Ana: Hello again! I think Noelia and Vanya are going to get on really well! So, did you notice the useful phrases used for meeting face-to-face? Listen to me and then repeat. 


It's so good to finally meet you in person.

It's great to put a face to a name.

How are you finding it?

Has Emir set you up with an email address?

Is there anything else you need?

Let me know if I can help at all.

What are you doing later?

I haven't got any plans.


Ana: Try and use some of these phrases the next time you meet someone face-to-face in English. Bye for now! 


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Intermediate: B1

Submitted by Prabha on Sat, 09/10/2021 - 10:50


If someone visits my area for the first time, I would welcome them and offer the services they need.

Submitted by KATIELLE RAIAN… on Tue, 27/07/2021 - 18:53

I would show them all the interesting things that exist here.

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Mon, 21/06/2021 - 21:12

I would show them one of the best places to eat junk food around there

Submitted by Paula Bermúdez… on Thu, 13/05/2021 - 21:36

If someone new moves to my local area, I would like to take them to the most beautiful and important places in the city; like parks, malls and museums.

Submitted by a5536 on Fri, 12/03/2021 - 09:41

I would go to the north sea with the person and introduce her to my friends.

Submitted by Joha. Ka on Thu, 11/03/2021 - 11:12

I would show them the Speicherbecken, which is not far away. There is also a restaurant, where you can eat and drink something while your making a pause from swimming. I live in little village and you can not do much here. So this is a great thing to do in summer.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 23:43

My friend was new in my local area , so I showed him the town centre. I also showed him the food market and the mosque for praying.

Submitted by Saad786 on Mon, 01/03/2021 - 13:24

If someone new comes to our residential area, first of all I will show him prayer area , the restaurants and last, the guestrooms.

Submitted by John90 on Thu, 11/02/2021 - 04:20

Definitely I'll show her all the good places to get good and local food, and maybe the bars nearby and where the malls are too.

Submitted by German on Thu, 28/01/2021 - 02:23

I would show the tourisctics places, the ancient places, and plces where he or she can eat and drink a coffee

Submitted by masumeh on Sat, 16/01/2021 - 21:20

Hi i don't understand what that mean " It's great to put a face to a name"

Hi masumeh,

We say this when we meet someone for the first time who we have spoken with or written to.

For example, you might write emails to someone for a period of time. You know the person as you have communicated with them and you know their name. When you finally see then you can put a face to their name. It's a way of saying 'now I know what you look like!'



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Submitted by sayyidam on Thu, 14/01/2021 - 10:39

I would like to show them the best restaurant in the area, the right place to buy groceries at a cheap price, & the best destination to hangout with friends.

Submitted by YewandeAdeosun on Fri, 25/12/2020 - 18:53

I would like to show my newest friend some chill spots around my area the next time he visits provided I can spare some time

Submitted by WalaaHayek on Mon, 30/11/2020 - 09:33

I would like to show my boyfriend a nice place here in Lisbon, its called Praça de comércio. and i will invite him to eat pastel de nata, it is the best sweet i have ever eaten in Portugal.

Submitted by Marina Hornus on Sun, 29/11/2020 - 13:00

My town is small. We do not have great places to see here. I will show you the river coast, we have a nice park around it. But be careful, I suggest people visit it during the day or at night if it is crowd because it can be dangerous if you are by yourself because there is a poor neighborhood near it and people who live there usually take your stuff away. a River where you have trees and you can swim better than in the sea.

Submitted by farhad zada on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 07:38

I had showed the churchs around.

Submitted by Rodrigo Abrantes on Mon, 23/11/2020 - 18:34

I would show you the meeting room, your workstation, the cafeteria and restrooms.

Submitted by Sana Omar on Mon, 23/11/2020 - 14:08

I will show him how to get to transportation because it's very difficult where I live.

Submitted by fariba on Mon, 16/11/2020 - 11:18

i will show historical places such as bridges and palace to them.

Submitted by Dmytro on Tue, 10/11/2020 - 21:59

If I were asked by someone new in local area I would show him or her everything I know or everything he or she needs. It's awesome to have someone who is willing to make your first days easier, someone who can help you adopt to new place.

Submitted by Momocompanyman on Sat, 07/11/2020 - 08:53

I would like to show them the herbs and spices shop, a wonderful flavour when you come in.

Submitted by Khin Thandar Htun on Sat, 07/11/2020 - 02:59

I would like to show him/her some famous landmarks in Myanmar, such as, The Mandalay Palace, some famous pagodas in Bagan, the main Ayeyarwaddy River and then delicious restaurants and cafés! And I also invite you to come to Myanmar which has a lot of famous landmarks!

Submitted by Fsh on Mon, 26/10/2020 - 04:53

I would like to show her/him all places that anyone needs when she/he comes to a new area, such as groceries,pharmacies,cafes,restaurants and a laundries.

Submitted by Ugulhan on Wed, 23/09/2020 - 08:41

Yes, of course when she or he needs to know the best places to get on stores and entertainment, I would show them definitely.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Wed, 16/09/2020 - 14:37

I live in a middle town, near the sea; therefore, if I should show something in my local area, first of all I would show the beach club and after two museums (popular traditions and art of ceramic).

Submitted by Sulagna Das on Tue, 15/09/2020 - 16:11

I would show him/her the places she would need during her stay like supermarkets, medicine shops, places to eat,cafe etc. If she wants, I can show her around the city by making a prior appointment with her.

Submitted by Hennadii on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 17:27

I can show all he or she needs. It could be some quite useful for life institutions: nearest hospital, shoe-repair, pharmacy, supermarket, shopping mall, market and so. If my new acquaintance has kids I can help to find good kindergarten or school, пive necessary information about local universities and taxi-services. I think it's very important to help others to feel much better at the new place. Of course I can show not only important buildings but also the beautiful ones. I can give a tour around the city, show the beauties of the city and let the new-comers know about the city's history and traditions - where to eat or have a couple of drinks or where to watch new films or plays. And, of course, the city zoo, museums, cafes, all kind of relax. We definitely have lots of that stuff.

Submitted by Saish on Mon, 24/08/2020 - 12:07

Well, I would show them the cafes and restaurants nearby. I would also show them the nearby super markets and shops where they can buy their daily essentials. After all these are the important places a new person would like to know first before any other touristic places.

Submitted by IKEDA on Sat, 22/08/2020 - 17:23

I would like to show some good cafes because I like coffee shops in my town. They have good atmospheres individually to chat with friends, to see a girlfriend, to study, and to work.

Submitted by M19 on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 22:56

I think it would be worth showing them places of interest and those that are quite significant for most locals. Any new person cannot live without the basic needs, feeling safe and living healthy are a priority for almost everyone. So first I'll take them round to see the main food markets or the supermarket. The next place will be the local police station and any other security office in town. Also, I am going to have to show where the postal office is just in case the need for long distance transportation arises like delivery of a parcel to another country. Last but not least would be the local entertainment center for the most popular films, shows, cultural dances and songs. Indeed, this seems a great way of spending ones free time when not working just to relax, enjoy and even meet new people.

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Sat, 25/07/2020 - 16:51

My local area has enough facilities for citizens such as supermarkets, banks, entertainment zones, restaurants, bus stations... and very easy to come. It's a bit crowded here. The roads are always full of vehicles so you should not go out on rush hours. However, here has a lot of delicious street food. If you want to explore the culinary culture here, Ben Thanh Street Food Market will be an amazing experience that should not be missed.

Submitted by Asni on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 20:17

I live in such an amazing area with all the places and services you can need. Green parks, a train station, two malls, restaurants, coffee shops, supermarkets, gyms, beautiful rivers that flow through the city, schools, hospital, office for foreigners, etc. I think that I live in the best area of the city.

Submitted by oscar del on Sat, 18/07/2020 - 21:11

If someone was new in my local area, I would take him to know small villages near to my city. We can drink Colombian Coffe and see the mountains

Submitted by Kannie Tran on Thu, 09/07/2020 - 09:25

If someone was new to my local area, and she/he wanted to know more about this amazing place, I'd take him/her to some wonderful places to entertain and useful places as well like: famous bookstores, supermarkets, local library, parks, càfes where he/she can buy for their own things and relax after a hard-working day and week. But not everyone who was new I always do the same because maybe they are not worth believing and sometimes you will not know if they have some bad thinkings.

Submitted by roberto90 on Thu, 09/07/2020 - 03:32

I would show hime/her the green area, the nature that is in and around the city, like parks and the forest.

Submitted by Fernando Daniel on Fri, 26/06/2020 - 00:32

I would show him/her the folk places so they can know about the customs of the city and its beauty. I'd take them the best pubs and homebrews in the area.

Submitted by esrabayarrr on Tue, 23/06/2020 - 23:07

I will show canteen and wc.
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