An invitation to a party

An invitation to a party

Listen to some phone messages with directions to practise and improve your listening skills.

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


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 Suellen Esteves on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 00:48

Well, I think with technology it's hard to get lost in any city.

Submitted by hangnt5 on Mon, 29/06/2020 - 10:43

I am living in a big city where there are about 13 million people. So everyone is easy to get lost in my town.there are many small alleys. It is difficult to find the way if you are not living in the city. I live in 10 ten years, but sometimes I still let to lost in my city. When visitors come to my city and they ask direction me. I always answer the instruction for them. Because I understand how they feel when they get lost in a strange place

Submitted by joshnamep on Wed, 24/06/2020 - 05:24

well, all the street in my hometown come to each other, so it is hard to get lost. If you are in a don't know place you just go along some small road and you'll reach the big road. Beside, digital map is very popular these days, so it gives you a convenient instruction to never get lost maybe. I am willing to show direction for anybody who asks.

Submitted by Asni on Mon, 22/06/2020 - 22:58

My city is quite big so it is easy to get lost there. To be honest, after living many years here, I still get lost sometimes so I won't be surprised if it happens to a visitor. Well, yes of course I have given directions to tourists or new international students every time that I was asked to. I'm an immigrant myself, so I know exactly how it feels when you first arrive in a foreign country.

Submitted by Indirwan on Sat, 20/06/2020 - 08:54

As usual, if i dont know where is the right place, i always asked his/her to share the location so its so easy to follow the directions from the maps apps. Although the point maybe not precision, so i must keep touch with his/him to make sure the address.

Submitted by abudo93 on Wed, 17/06/2020 - 13:20

It's not easy to lost in my town because I originally born in it, and almost known it's roads. As for about given directions to visitors I'm always do it and it's difficult because of the difficulty in describing to get my home

Submitted by Deeps on Wed, 10/06/2020 - 09:51

I live in town. It is easy to get location but it is difficult to find house. There are many access roads in my town. If you miss the road you will get different place.It mean you will not get lost. Just you will waste your time.

Submitted by LarisaAlp on Sat, 30/05/2020 - 15:32

My city is very big, that's why I have given directions to many tourists and other people. But my guests don't need to get my explanations, because usually, they drive and use their navi.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Fri, 29/05/2020 - 12:26

I live in a city of about 130,000 people; in the center of the city the streets intersect at right angle; therefore it's easy to be oriented; but it's more difficult in the suburbs, where urban settlement has expanded chaotically. I have rarely given directions to a visitor.

Submitted by Emily Mellor on Fri, 29/05/2020 - 06:38

Sir What does 'That's so nice of you' mean? Some says it is the expression of praising and some express it as thankfulness. Which one is correct?