An invitation to a party

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

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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 Mohamed Ahmed … on Sat, 25/06/2022 - 12:31

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right now is difficult to get lost in my territory cause there is a technological aid which help to get the right directions and car's driver those like a Google map but in the land

Submitted by mohamed nady on Sat, 11/06/2022 - 07:31

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Yes, a lot of times cause i live in big city with every day improvement on roads with a lot of changing and a lot of new bridges. Government trying to solve jam problem and crowded streets when i get lost i use google maps to find my way, yes, i described a route to a visitor i tried to be simple and direct

Submitted by Kseniazinar on Sat, 04/06/2022 - 15:39

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No, it isn't. The reason is my town is not large, I'd even say it's so small and I know this territory completely because I walked here a lot and know all the places, and sometimes it's boring for to me walk here and I want something else. And no, I've never given any instructions to the visitors. I was asked though. However
I'm so shy and just go: 'I don't live in this city, I'm a guest too'. Maybe it's odd. And so sorry for my mistakes, I know my English isn't good, and if you want you can correct me)

Submitted by Bmorales on Wed, 25/05/2022 - 12:13

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Not at all, here (Caracas) it's very easy to locate, because in addition to giving the address, we use references

Submitted by Youssef Karfouh on Tue, 26/04/2022 - 23:17

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yeah absolutely, it's easy to get lost in my town because it's big and has a lot of alleys, i rarely give directions to strangers because of the internet now and google maps

Submitted by Andres Cuchimaque on Tue, 26/04/2022 - 22:35

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Yes, it is. Sometimes, I have given directions to tourist, and to coworkers when come to Colombian offices

Submitted by Kamelbenslimane on Mon, 04/04/2022 - 10:57

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Yes, it's easy to get lost in my town because it's very large. I never give direction to a visitor because I'm new in my city.

Submitted by Ehsan on Tue, 08/02/2022 - 06:28

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I live in a town near a big city. my town isn't big and no one get lost. but the city near my town is a big city and everybody can get lost if he doesn't know address. because the city is big, giving address is a little problem.

Submitted by jmajo on Wed, 02/02/2022 - 11:45

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No it isn't, luckily I live near a bridge and a big hotel, so it's a bit easy to give directions to people when they need to come to my house. Although all the streets in my town are not straight there are lots of references to avoid get lost.
I usually give directions to older people whom are not familiar with technology because they don't use google maps or other apps to help them go where they want to, but most of the people nowadays don't need directions to get where they want to go because with the address of the house is enough information to find it in one of those apps and get there easily.

Thanks for the lesson.
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