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 falakhmuhammad on Thu, 17/12/2020 - 03:36

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No, it isn't. In my humble opinion, Yogyakarta, my hometown, has a useful guidance which is easy to be understood for the tourist. If they read the sign and the map carefully, they would not be lost. Yes, I have. They asked the direction to Malioboro, one of the Yogyakarta's landmark.

Submitted by hasan.kumek on Mon, 14/12/2020 - 15:46

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It is easy get lost in my town. Some people ask me question like where is this public building and I say I don't know or here is.

Submitted by fofanaML on Sat, 12/12/2020 - 09:50

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Yeah it's easy to get lost in my town, if you're not a regular but necessary to install google Map.

Submitted by Frank_7 on Thu, 10/12/2020 - 13:52

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More or less, there are several landmarks in my city, first I live in a district called "Villa de Fátima", this is in the human settlement "Cerro San Cristóbal", and this hill has become a very visited tourist destination in Holy Week. I think once I did give instructions to an American tourist.

Submitted by Emma_Torres175 on Wed, 09/12/2020 - 19:59

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Yes, because my city is very big and has many places. But I have never instructed a visitor because the opportunity did not present itself.

Submitted by Augusto Hidalgo on Wed, 09/12/2020 - 19:28

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Is it easy to get lost in your town? Have you ever given directions to a visitor? Yes because is a big town and had a lot of markets, houses and parks, also we have to give directions to the visitor to make sure he don't lose.

Submitted by mansurCTNKY on Sat, 05/12/2020 - 13:19

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Hey We can practices together by talking and writing. My name is ------------------ in instagram.

Hello mansurCTNKY,

I'm afraid our House rules don't allow our users to share personal information such as their Instagram handles. Sorry!

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by GiuseppeT on Thu, 26/11/2020 - 09:01

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yes, I'm from a big town of South of Italy, so it's very easy to get lost, every moment there's a lot of traffic. Yes I gave several times some information to tourists or friends to reach the most important places of the city.
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Submitted by DJ Singh on Tue, 24/11/2020 - 11:12

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My hometown is very small and there enough landmark to give directions to the visitor, its not much difficult to find anything. But work city is very big because its a metro city travel time is much more than my hometown, its very easy peasy to get lost in City like Mumbai.