";s:4:"text";s:543:"It's been ages since we last spoke: (phrase) In an email sent to a friend where there has been no contact in a long time, you need to say that there has been no contact at the beginning of the email. This will require some time. This will take a while. it has been a while (since we've spoken): it has been quite a long time, a lot of time has passed, it's been ages (since we've spoken) idiom. Normally, you would say this in the first sentence, just after asking them how they are. once in a while from time to time, occasionally.