Useful Vocabulary & Phrases

Long time, no see

It has been a while
It has been ages since I saw you
It has been ages
How long has it been?

Recent Well-Being and Activities

How have you been?
How have things been?
How has life been treating you?

What have you been up to?
Been up to much recently?

News of Peers

Did you see that…?
Did you hear that…?
Did you hear what (x) did?
Have you heard? …(news)
Have you heard what (x) did?

Major News

Did you see the story about…?
What do you make of…?

Responses to News

Good for him
That’s good news
Who would have thought?
That doesn’t surprise me
I told you so
We all saw that coming
That’s a shame
Poor guy

Last I heard…

Saying Goodbye

I have to go
Sorry, I’m afraid I have to go
I’m afraid I have to rush off
I’m afraid I can’t really talk right now

It was nice seeing you again

Hinting at a future meeting

We should have lunch some time
We should do this again some time

Give me a call when you’re free
Give me a ring some time and we can (do something)
Stop by (my house) if you have time


Dialogue 1

“Hey there Philip. How are things?”
“I’m OK, thanks. How about you?”
“Not bad.”
“Hey, did you hear that Chloe got offered a job in Italy?”
“Yeah, I heard that. Sounds exciting. But I’m afraid I can’t really talk right now. I have to get to the station.”
“No problem. It was nice seeing you again. Have a good trip.”

Dialogue 2

“Oh hi Anna. How are you?”
“Not bad. How has life been treating you? It seems like ages since I saw you.”
“It does. Maybe 6 months. What have you been up to?”
“Oh, same old same old. How about you?”
“I changed my job. I’m now working at the bakery downtown.”
“Very nice. Oh, did you hear that Samantha broke up with her boyfriend?”
“Did she? Well, I’m not surprised.”
“Yep. She’s back on the market.”
“How about Emili? Any news from her?”
“I haven’t heard from her in a while. Last I heard she was still working for the electric company.”
“Oh well. Hey, we should have lunch some time. Maybe on Saturday.”
“I’d like that.”
“Cool. Give me a ring and we’ll arrange a time. As for now, I’m afraid I have to rush off.”
“No problem. I’ll talk to you later.”