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Intro

Imagine you have met an old friend, whom you are seeing for the first time in a long time. What do you say?
Hi. Alisha here.
Catching up with old friends in English is easy. In this lesson, you're going to learn how.
Gustavo has come to New York to work with George, and they have a lot to catch up on.
Let's watch!
Dialogue
ALTA-receptionist: Mr Silva, sorry to keep you waiting. Mr. Thomas is here.
(Gustavo stands up as George walks over to him.)
Gustavo: George!
George: Gustavo, it's been too long.
Gustavo: I know, I know. It's good to see you again. Here's a little something from São Paulo.
George: You shouldn't have. Thanks. And you're looking well. How have you been doing?
Gustavo: I'm good. The hotel is pretty nice, and it's great to be in the states!
George: That's great to hear.
Gustavo: And you? You're looking well, too.
George: Been busy, but doing well. Let's catch up at lunch.
Gustavo: Okay.
(They begin to leave the office.)
Now, with Subtitle!
ALTA-receptionist: Mr Silva, sorry to keep you waiting. Mr. Thomas is here.
(Gustavo stands up as George walks over to him.)
Gustavo: George!
George: Gustavo, it's been too long.
Gustavo: I know, I know. It's good to see you again. Here's a little something from São Paulo.
George: You shouldn't have. Thanks. And you're looking well. How have you been doing?
Gustavo: I'm good. The hotel is pretty nice, and it's great to be in the states!
George: That's great to hear.
Gustavo: And you? You're looking well, too.
George: Been busy, but doing well. Let's catch up at lunch.
Gustavo: Okay.
(They begin to leave the office.)
Vocab
Here are the key words from the scene.
Brandon: nice (slow) nice
Brandon: the states (slow) the states
Brandon: catch up (slow) catch up
Brandon: I know (slow) I know
Brandon: well (slow) well
Brandon: to look (slow) to look
Brandon: pretty (slow) pretty
Brandon: great (slow) great
Brandon: and (slow) and
Brandon: that's great to hear (slow) that's great to hear
Brandon: too (slow) too
Brandon: busy (slow) busy
Brandon: lunch (slow) lunch
Phrase and Usage
Here are the key phrases from the scene.
Alisha: In the scene, what did the receptionist say to Gustavo when George is finally ready to meet him?
Receptionist: Sorry to keep you waiting.
Alisha: First is the word
Brandon: Sorry
Alisha: Next is the phrase
Brandon: to keep
Alisha: After this is the word
Brandon: you
Alisha: And last is the word
Brandon: waiting
Alisha: Together it's
Brandon: Sorry to keep you waiting.
Alisha: You can use this phrase any time you're late to meet someone, or if you've had to make someone late. Now you try! Say the receptionist's line when George is finally ready to meet Gustavo.
(freeze action, cue for viewer to speak)
Receptionist: Sorry to keep you waiting
Alisha: What does Gustavo say in the scene as he gives George a souvenir from Sao Paulo?
Gustavo: Here's a little something from Sao Paulo
Alisha: First is a contraction for "here" and "is."
Brandon: here's
Alisha: the next part of the phrase refers to a small gift or souvenir
Brandon: a little something
Alisha: and last is the phrase
Brandon: from Sao Paulo
Alisha: Together it's
Brandon: Here's a little something from Sao Paulo
Alisha: This phrase can be adapted any time you give someone a gift. Now you try! Say Gustavo's line when he presents George a gift.
(freeze action, cue for viewer to speak)
Brandon: Here's a little something from Sao Paulo
Alisha: What does George say in response to Gustavo giving him a gift?
George: You shouldn't have
Alisha: First is the word
Brandon: You
Alisha: Next is a contraction for "should" and "not"
Brandon: shouldn't
Alisha: And last is the word
Brandon: have
Alisha: Together it's
Brandon: You shouldn't have
Alisha: This phrase can be used in addition to, or as a substitute for, "thank you," especially when someone gives you a gift. Now you try! Say George's line after Gustavo gives him a gift.
(freeze action, cue for viewer to speak)
Brandon: You shouldn't have
Focus
Now, the lesson focus.
Alisha: Do you remember what George said to greet Gustavo right after he arrives?
George: it's been too long
Alisha: First is a contraction for "it" and "has"
Brandon: it's
Alisha: Next is the word
Brandon: been
Alisha: And last is the phrase
Brandon: too long
Alisha: Together it's
Brandon: it's been too long
Alisha: You can use this phrase whenever you're greeting an old friend or acquaintance you haven't seen for a long time. Now you try! Imagine you are greeting a member of your family after a living in another country for 6 months. What would you say?
PAUSE
Brandon: it's been too long
Alisha: Do you remember what Gustavo says after he agreeing with George that it's been too long?
Gustavo: it's good to see you again
Alisha: First is a contraction for "it" and "is"
Brandon: it's
Alisha: Next is the word
Brandon: good
Alisha: After this is the phrase
Brandon: to see you
Alisha: And last is the word
Brandon: again
Alisha: Together it's
Brandon: "It's good to see you again"
Alisha: You can use this phrase anytime you are meeting someone that you haven't seen in a while. Now you try! Imagine you're picking up a friend from the airport who is visiting you. How could you greet them?
PAUSE
Brandon: it's good to see you again
Alisha: Now imagine you're having a second business meeting with a client at work. What would you say to greet them?
PAUSE
Brandon: it's good to see you again
Alisha: Do you remember what question George used to ask Gustavo how he has been?
George: How have you been doing?
Alisha: First is the word
Brandon: how
Alisha: Next is the phrase
Brandon: have you
Alisha: and last is the phrase
Brandon: been doing
Alisha: Together it's
Brandon: How have you been doing?
Alisha: This phrase is used to ask how someone has been since you last saw each other. It's similar to the phrase..
Brandon: How are you doing?
Alisha: ..but is asking about someone's past condition rather than his or her present condition. Now you try! Imagine you run into an old friend at a cafe. What question could you ask them?
PAUSE
Brandon: How have you been doing?
Alisha: Now, imagine you are talking to your little brother on the phone. How could you ask him how he's been since the last time you spoke?
PAUSE
Brandon: How have you been doing?
Practice
Alisha: Let's Practice! This is your chance to try greeting an old acquaintance in English. Try to remember what you learned and practice speaking!
Alisha: You meet an old friend to catch up at a café. How might you express regret about how long it's been since you've seen him?
(5 second pause)
Brandon: It's been too long.
Alisha: What else could you say to let your friend know that you're happy to see him again?
(5 second pause)
Brandon: It's good to see you again
Alisha: If your friend brings you a gift, what could you say in response?
Gustavo Here's a little something from Sao Paulo
(5 second pause)
Brandon: You shouldn't have
Alisha: Finally, what would you say to ask how they've been since you last saw each other?
(5 second pause)
Brandon: How have you been doing?
Alisha: Great job! You've just mastered essential phrases that you can use to greet old acquaintances. You'll use these phrases a lot, so be sure to practice!

Outro

Well done.
Now, watch the scene one more time. After that, try this out the next time you meet an old friend, or practice with us in the comments!
Bye.

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