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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! 



Language level

Intermediate: B1


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!'



The LearnEnglish Team

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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

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.

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.

I had showed the churchs around.

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

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

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