An invitation to a party

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Automated message: You have two new messages. Message number one, received today at 3.45 p.m.

Hi, it's me. How's it going? I guess you're at work and you don't have your phone on, right? First of all, thank you, THANK YOU for the birthday card and message. I received it this morning. That's so nice of you. I'm organising a little party for my birthday. It's nothing very big – only a few of my best and closest friends. That means you too! We're going to have it at my cousin's house. She lives in the countryside in a nice big house with a swimming pool. I'd love to see you there. It's going to be this Friday. I'll send you the instructions on how to get there later, OK? 

Anyway, have fun at work. Don't work too hard, OK? Talk soon.


Automated message: You have two new messages. Message number two, received today at 5.15 p.m.

Aw, you're still not answering your phone! OK, here are the instructions to get to my cousin's house for the party. Are you going to take your car? If you take the car, drive straight on Forest Road until you get to the motorway. Drive past Brownsville and take exit 13A. That's 13A. You drive down the road there and turn left. It's the first big house on the right. OK? If you're taking a bus, you can get the number 80 to Brownsville. Call me when you get there and somebody can pick you up in a car. I can't wait. This is going to be so great!

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Submitted by nikoslado on Sun, 14/07/2019 - 18:42

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Dear Team, referring to the Task 1,I think that both messages contain descriptions (a nice big house with a swimming pool-It's the first big house on the right),i.e.the view and location of the house.Am I right or not. Thanks again.

Hello nikoslado

I suppose so, but the first message is more descriptive, which is why the correct answer is Message 1.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by TramVo on Sun, 07/07/2019 - 05:33

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My hometown is the countryside so easy to get lost if you first time to go there. because a lot of small roads, houses don't have the name, the direction not clearly on map ect. Yes, I had given them direction or pick them up at the big road. In another way, If I'm a visitor I so excited to learn how to find direction. You need to ask the local people, find the signal, understanding the culture the place you want to go ... all the way to get there. Something new you can explore. Sometimes if get lost is not a big problem, right? just my opinion.

Submitted by Diana0419 on Sat, 06/07/2019 - 04:00

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As a matter of fact, it is not very easy to get lost in the location where is near my house or be familiar to me. If someone asks me the direction, I will use Apple map to show them the correct information for help. By the way, it is very tough to give the 100 percentage correct direction to people.

Submitted by Akram on Tue, 25/06/2019 - 15:55

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I think that my town is not big enough to lost your instructions, but if that happend, you should ask someone even gide you where you want. In addation , in my town , many of streets and roads are random.

Submitted by César Árraga on Sat, 15/06/2019 - 01:36

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I think my town is not big enough, but a visitor who don't know it, they could be lost because there are a lot of small street that take you to different places. Yes, it is common for we can help to visitors, giving directions on how to get to a streets, avenues, squares, etc.

Submitted by Setareh on Tue, 28/05/2019 - 03:16

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yes, it is. because Tehran is very big and despite a lot of directions in the city if you don't know the directions well. So certainly you get lost. No, I haven't.

Submitted by Wahiba on Sun, 26/05/2019 - 09:19

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If you get lost in my town you’ll find someone who shows you the direction and propose to drive you to your place. I want to share with you my misadventure; last holidays my husband and me did a touristic circuit in Germany . We leave the Frankfurt airport we took a rental car and went to Erfurt ( the fist town to visite). The motorway is large and germen people respected the Highway Code it was easy to drive on it and we enjoyed the travel and the landscape intel arrived at night to the exit to the town. Suddenly there was no GPS no internet and we get lost in the city we tried to ask for help to the only person we saw, it was unsuccessful. Finally my husband went into a restaurant and asked someone to call a taxi for us. The taxi arrived we showed him the address and we followed him intel the hotel.