Meeting people and meeting people again

Meeting people and meeting people again

Worksheet 1- Functional language
Without looking at the worksheet below, listen to your teacher and hold up the correct card depending on whether it is someone you say when you meet someone face to face for the very first time (First time) or when you meet someone for a second or subsequent time (Again).

Decide if the language in each section below is for meeting people the first time (FT) or meeting people again (MA) – both could be either at the beginning or the end of the conversation.

You haven’t changed at all.
Have you changed your hair?
It’s been ages!
I can’t believe it’s really you!
Haven’t we met somewhere before?
I almost didn’t recognize you
So- we meet again, Mr. Bond.
Back already?
I thought we’d seen the last of you!

It was nice meeting you
It was a pleasure to meet you.

Let’s not leave it so long next time
It was great to see you again.
It was really nice to catch up.

You must be Mick Jagger.
It’s so nice to finally meet you
How do you do? How do you do.
I’ve been looking forward to meeting you.
May I introduce myself?
I don’t believe we’ve met

Long time no see
How long has it been?
It’s so nice to see you again.
Welcome back
It’s good to have you back

Are you new here?
Excuse me, are you the new marketing manager?
…Please call me John.
I have an appointment with the head of marketing. Is that you, by any chance?
…Mr Jones? I’m afraid Mr Richards in ill today. I’m his assistant, Al Gore.
I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name.

What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?
I’ve heard so much about you.

I don’t think we’ve been introduced
We’ve spoken many times on the phone, but it’s great to meet you in person.
Nice to meet you.
Is it your first day?
Delighted to meet you.

Which sections are more suitable for business?


Which ones are used at the end of the meeting?


Test each other in pairs.


Read out sentences from above and see if your partner can respond.

Meeting people and meeting people again
Worksheet 2- Listening comprehension playing cards
Teacher’s instructions
Photocopy and cut out the cards above so that there is one of each for each student or group. Students listen to you saying the sentences on Worksheet 1 and race to either hold up the correct card or slap the card on the table.


 First time  Again  First time  Again
 First time  Again  First time  Again
 First time  Again  First time  Again
 First time  Again  First time  Again
 First time  Again  First time  Again
 First time  Again  First time  Again
 First time  Again  First time  Again


PDF version for easy printing: MeetingAndMeetingAgainFunctional

Over 80 pages of meeting people/ starting and ending conversations photocopiables and 220 pages of other social English materials here:

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