Have you ever been invited to a party that you didn't want to go to? Find out how to turn down unwanted invitations in the future.

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Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

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Hello dlis,

Yes, native speakers often do speak very quickly. But please don't be discouraged – not everyone speaks so fast, and understanding native speakers is often more difficult than understanding non-native speakers. In any case, you can see a transcription of what is said by pressing Transcript (between the exercises and the comments).

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

why does he speak so fast ? I couldn't hear a thing

Hello englishnoob,

I'd suggest using the transcript on the lower part of the page to help you understand what is said. 

You might also want to consider trying some of our other videos such as Word on the Street, where people generally speak a bit less quickly.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Is it also correct to say, I won't be able to attent because of a prior engagement instead of I'm unable to attend because I have a prior engagement?

Hello lingskie,

Yes, that's fine (with 'attend' rather than 'attent').

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I can not play the video. There is some connection error.

Hello Zoya Hassan,

I'd suggest you trying viewing the video in a different browser or on another device. I've checked the video and it seems to be working - I've just watched it myself and see no problems. If using a different browser and/or device doesn't work for you, please let us know what device and browser (including browser version) you're using and we'll see if we can help you.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

i tried to play this on my iphone as well but same happened there. i am using chrome 53 on windows 8.1

Hello again Zoya Hassan,

OK, thanks for that information. I've reported this to our technical team. I'll let you know as soon as I hear back from them.

In the meantime, if you manage to get the video to play, please let us know!

Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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