Learn how to say 'no' to a formal invitation.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the task. You can read the transcript at any time.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


that bloke reads too fast :)

Useful lesson.

I think there are some tiny wrongs in the transcript like " it means you’ve got to wear a suit" " my granny died ages ago". "wear" should be changed in to dress and "ages ago" should be changed into eight years ago. I'm I right?

Hello ThaoUlis,

I'm afaid not! I've checked the transcript and it is quite correct. Try listening again and paying special attention to those sentences to see if you can hear exactly what they're saying.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi....I watched this video but can't read transcrpit thats what i want to.Please tell me how can i do?

Hi Vandana Insan,

You can find the transcript just under the video window. Look for 'Transcript' on the page and click it to see the full script.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

It's good but so fast.
Anyway what does this phrase mean “Josh and Henrietta would like to have the pleasure of your company at a drinks party, next Saturday evening...”. I couldn't understand it, thanks.

Hello sami1417,

This is an invitation. It's a formal phrasing used often for weddings and so on. It means the same as '...invite you to...'

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

so amusing

well this is a good lesson . I learned how to turn down such things .