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Birthday parties

Listen to a conversation about birthday parties between three friends to practise and improve your listening skills.

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



Nivel de idioma

Advanced: C1


I don't like birthdays overall,neither celebrate my own birthday nor someone's else,I think birthdays are embarrassing,I'd rather stay at home like a normal day.

overally, as far as I'm concerned, celebrating my birthday is something I comdemn partially, being that it plunges me into the pressure of the self-assessment of my value as person.
Since I have always neglected my social life, I ended up with a lack of social skills which doesn't allow me to arouse someone's interest. I can't help but feeling miserable when seeing how I've been getting the label of "embittered" over time, thus, assesing such prospects, I had no other choise but endorsing it.
Therefore, when it comes to celebrating my own birthday I just tell my family that I'll celebrate it with my friends, and instead, I go to a little patch I have as my hiding place and take a while just listening to music and reflecting about my life.

I have completed the following lessons of A Job Interview, A Project Management Project, and Birthday Parties. The level that I chose was Advanced C1 Listening

As far as my birthday celebration is concerned, it was never celebrated. Culturally my family wasn't aware of such celebration when I was born in 1995. Being a middle class family, my parents spent their time in villages, I think this may have been the reason. However, we live in a city now

I'd like to celebrate my birthday with my husband. We go to the restaurant, eat delicious food and drink our favourite drinks. Sometimes I try to have a vacation for this day.

I realise that listening exercise harder than writing exercise which is I must be fully focus listening the task and writing the point to understand what they are talking about and to answer the questions.

I have tried it and I think I could not read while I am listening. I come to know it because I don't understand what I read while listening. Plz help me and give some advice. Thanks in advance.

Hello Moe Kyaw,

For many people reading and listening at the same time is helpful, but people learn in different ways and if you find it distracting then there is no requirement for you to work this way. Experiment and try first listening and then reading, or first reading and then listening. See what technique is most productive for you. There is no one way to learn, after all.



The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Team
I realise, reading and thinking carefully what the three discussants say and what the Task 1 requires as a correct option, that there're different answers from the suggested ones.What your opinion is about that, do I have some right?

Hello nikoslado

I suppose that is possible. If you have a specific interpretation for a specific question in mind, we're happy to help you with it.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team