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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.

Transcripts

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

Comments

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

I will show canteen and wc.

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