Listen to a conversation about birthday parties between three friends to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Advanced: C1


I have tried it and I think I could not read while I am listening. I come to know it because I don't understand what I read while listening. Plz help me and give some advice. Thanks in advance.

Hello Moe Kyaw,

For many people reading and listening at the same time is helpful, but people learn in different ways and if you find it distracting then there is no requirement for you to work this way. Experiment and try first listening and then reading, or first reading and then listening. See what technique is most productive for you. There is no one way to learn, after all.



The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Team
I realise, reading and thinking carefully what the three discussants say and what the Task 1 requires as a correct option, that there're different answers from the suggested ones.What your opinion is about that, do I have some right?

Hello nikoslado

I suppose that is possible. If you have a specific interpretation for a specific question in mind, we're happy to help you with it.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I have used the online dictionary to find out the meaning of a new word. I don't celebrate my birthday. I only want to celebrate my nieces's birthdays.

Dear! To whom may I concern about
I just want to know the meaning ( at the risk of restarting...,.)
Best regards

Hello Tai le

When Dora says this, she recognises that what she is about to say could start the argument again, but that she doesn't really want that. She says this to say that she doesn't want to start the argument again.

Does that make sense?

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! what does this phrase "someone's angling for a surprise party," mean?
especially the word 'angling' , Is it an idiom maybe means 'someone asking(need) us a surprise party'?

Hello arradfar
Yes, that's the idea -- 'to angle for something' means to try to get something without asking for it directly. ( Marco thinks that, in reality, Charles wants a birthday party but doesn't want to organise it.
It becomes clear that this is not true later in the conversation.
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk
Hello , thank you for your help, that was very complete!
best regards
A.R. Radfar