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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A2 English level (pre-intermediate)

Soumis par Giahaitruong le lun 02/03/2020 - 16:33

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I'm living in Hanoi, it's a big city in Viet Nam. Of course it is very easy to get lost in here, we have old quarter erea with small street and many ancient houses. I think it's complicated for tourist to travel in Hanoi. I have given directions for a visitor when I was a child. A men asked me the way go to Hoan Kiem lake and I helped him with his map.
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Soumis par Sirvan7 le jeu 27/02/2020 - 09:02

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Hi everyone I'm sirvan,I live in the east of iran ,My city is not very big but I remmember that many years a go my father's super market was near to the store which sale some herbal things like for example spice,herbal tea and so on... and i met a lot of visitor which they asked me this plase address.

Soumis par Talha Munir le mar 25/02/2020 - 19:29

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Yas, when I was child I go to Bazar with my grandfather, but on that day it's very crowded, he told me that you can stand here I will came here in few minutes but, I would stand there, I go for to Searcy him and I lost him in crowd, so I can't see him then because there is alot of rush then a police take me and then find my grandfather father.. thanks to Police man who helped me.

Soumis par Vladlen le sam 15/02/2020 - 01:40

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Hello. My name is Vladislav. I'm from Russia. In my hometown it is very difficult to get lost, because it is very small. And there are two main streets and that’s it. Yes, I gave directions to the visitor. It was in another city. One foreigner approached me and I showed him the way, I don’t remember what he asked
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Soumis par ILYES le lun 03/02/2020 - 23:20

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Hi everyone . I live in BATNA , Its number 05 of 48 states in ALGERIA , I never get lost in BATNA's streets , because i born and living there , and its a litttle big city I work in my coffe shop in the center shoping , I do meeting a lot of visitor who theiy comes from the villages and from every where , And theiy do asking for their own destinations , soo i help them

Soumis par MaryaSun le jeu 23/01/2020 - 14:17

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hello, i am italian and i live in the southes of Italy. My city is not very big, like as Milan or Rome or Florence so, i think, it is difficult to lose myself there. my city is organized in a modular way. I live near the airport and i always take the bus to go in the city centre on the airport bus park. Sometimes i meet turists on the bus , not only italian tourist but also english or french or spanish ones. I always ask them if they want i help them with the directions where they are going to. I love help them expecially when the visitors are foreign, i can improve my english and challenge myself.

Soumis par john098 le mer 15/01/2020 - 17:33

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I think it's easy to get lost in my village, although on the way to get there that a lot of boards that show informations about the regions and streets. But plenty of my friends have lost when they tried to find out the right way. So finally, i was compelled to direct them ...!!! It's a especially experience for me

Soumis par shahhoseini le lun 13/01/2020 - 13:49

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I live in a large city. However, there are lots of boards that show regions and streets. I have already given address to visitors but nowadays some applications such as Waze and Google Maps help to find a direction to destinations.

Soumis par Dariusz le mar 07/01/2020 - 01:49

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It's not hard to get lost everywhere where you are the first time. Doesn't matter how big town it is. My town is quite big, has three hundred thousand of population. There are many streets and buildings, so be lost is possibly indeed and I sometimes give any direction to a visitor.

Soumis par Fredandy le jeu 02/01/2020 - 16:04

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My Town is difficult to find because the number of road exist just in the plan. But if you come with an ivorian, it will be easy. My town is near the biggest University of the country. If you arrived at the University, call me and I will come to take you.
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Soumis par Mohamad-Altaha le dim 22/12/2019 - 19:08

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My town is tiny and simple, so there is no chance to get lost there. Have I ever given directions to a visitor? yes, I have but wrong directions ;)

Soumis par le van son le jeu 14/11/2019 - 15:42

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yes. it's very easy. I can go to my town using a motorbike go straight to the street and turn left when you see the coffee on the left.

Soumis par f.agadr le lun 04/11/2019 - 11:54

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f.agadr The speaker has a lovely voice. I have completed the following lessons of an invitation to a party. The level that I choose was pre intermediate A2
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Soumis par Rafaela1 le mer 23/10/2019 - 19:00

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Whenever I come across curved roads in town, suddently I lose my sense of direction...
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Soumis par Asliayan le mar 22/10/2019 - 12:49

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indeed, I'm sure I will get my expectation regards this English learn

Soumis par ikmalzulkifli le jeu 03/10/2019 - 06:08

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This is harder than what I expected but to be honest it was good .

Soumis par Ame le dim 22/09/2019 - 23:47

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In my city you can not miss it because it is very small. I have never given instructions to get anywhere.

Soumis par abigail power le jeu 19/09/2019 - 09:16

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i have completed the following lessons of changing plans, a morning briefing and an invitation to a party. the level that i choose was pre intermediate A2

Soumis par abigail power le jeu 19/09/2019 - 09:05

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i have completed the following lessons of an invitation to a party. the level that i choose was pre intermediate A2

Soumis par dunstanmaringai le jeu 19/09/2019 - 08:16

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this is nice for improving student listening skill

Soumis par afieqahhh le mar 17/09/2019 - 08:40

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I loves listening to her talks and how she speaks in English.

Soumis par amirahsyasya le mar 17/09/2019 - 08:21

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I have completed the following lessons of a student disscussion , a weather forecast and making a desicion . The level that I choose was Pre-intermediate A2 Listening

Soumis par Raqueline Monteiro le mar 03/09/2019 - 15:37

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My city is bigger! Here we have many streets where you can lost. But, we always help who need a help. I gave instructions a lot of people, mainly in tourist places.
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Soumis par Ahmad Bacha le ven 30/08/2019 - 16:03

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I live in small city, so, no one lost there, because the people there knows each others. When my friends comes from another city I tell them the directions in a correct way

Soumis par Fudhol le jeu 29/08/2019 - 08:15

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I think we dont really need the exact instructions to get to the place we are going to. Because nowadays, we have already had the gps-based application, such as gmaps, waze, and something like that which are able to get us to our destination. Even when it comes to remote area.
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Soumis par Rafaela1 le lun 26/08/2019 - 13:07

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I'm absolutely with no sense of direction. So I made up my mind to follow someone who has sense of geography, although I sometimes annoy others insisting a wong direction with certainty which has no reason! ⇦troublesome sort, isn't it?!
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Soumis par Magedelabd le sam 24/08/2019 - 16:51

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I never got lost in my town . And sometimes I give directions to a visitors if I could .

Soumis par OlgaBut le dim 18/08/2019 - 08:28

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My city isn't very big, but you can get lost if you,ve never been here earliar. Sometimes I've given directions to different places.
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Soumis par TP le dim 18/08/2019 - 04:03

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Yes. I often give directions to visitors. My hometown is a junction where three main roads join from the north, west and central part of the country. Although there is the new technology, many people get ask for directions here.

Soumis par Toanrt le mer 07/08/2019 - 04:23

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Yes. I do that once, they lost in Hanoi and has no internet
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Soumis par Caterina Siligardi le jeu 01/08/2019 - 15:18

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Isn't difficult to find streets in my town, because I live in a little city . But sometimes it have happened someone has troubled for reaching my house, because that stays in a hide street.

Soumis par Praveen kumar le mar 16/07/2019 - 08:28

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once I gave direction to a stranger when I was walking in the road,first the stranger ask me a address and I told him take the left and go straight.it's easy to guide them but sometimes I order food in online and the delivery guy ask my address in phone I guide him but again he ask and then he comes.

Soumis par nikoslado le dim 14/07/2019 - 18:42

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Dear Team, referring to the Task 1,I think that both messages contain descriptions (a nice big house with a swimming pool-It's the first big house on the right),i.e.the view and location of the house.Am I right or not. Thanks again.

Hello nikoslado

I suppose so, but the first message is more descriptive, which is why the correct answer is Message 1.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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Soumis par TramVo le dim 07/07/2019 - 05:33

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My hometown is the countryside so easy to get lost if you first time to go there. because a lot of small roads, houses don't have the name, the direction not clearly on map ect. Yes, I had given them direction or pick them up at the big road. In another way, If I'm a visitor I so excited to learn how to find direction. You need to ask the local people, find the signal, understanding the culture the place you want to go ... all the way to get there. Something new you can explore. Sometimes if get lost is not a big problem, right? just my opinion.

Soumis par Diana0419 le sam 06/07/2019 - 04:00

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As a matter of fact, it is not very easy to get lost in the location where is near my house or be familiar to me. If someone asks me the direction, I will use Apple map to show them the correct information for help. By the way, it is very tough to give the 100 percentage correct direction to people.
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Soumis par BRAHIM ABOULOUAFA le mar 02/07/2019 - 12:29

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now, with GPS we can't lost on the way !

Soumis par Akram le mar 25/06/2019 - 15:55

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I think that my town is not big enough to lost your instructions, but if that happend, you should ask someone even gide you where you want. In addation , in my town , many of streets and roads are random.

Soumis par César Árraga le sam 15/06/2019 - 01:36

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I think my town is not big enough, but a visitor who don't know it, they could be lost because there are a lot of small street that take you to different places. Yes, it is common for we can help to visitors, giving directions on how to get to a streets, avenues, squares, etc.

Soumis par Setareh le mar 28/05/2019 - 03:16

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yes, it is. because Tehran is very big and despite a lot of directions in the city if you don't know the directions well. So certainly you get lost. No, I haven't.

Soumis par Wahiba le dim 26/05/2019 - 09:19

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If you get lost in my town you’ll find someone who shows you the direction and propose to drive you to your place. I want to share with you my misadventure; last holidays my husband and me did a touristic circuit in Germany . We leave the Frankfurt airport we took a rental car and went to Erfurt ( the fist town to visite). The motorway is large and germen people respected the Highway Code it was easy to drive on it and we enjoyed the travel and the landscape intel arrived at night to the exit to the town. Suddenly there was no GPS no internet and we get lost in the city we tried to ask for help to the only person we saw, it was unsuccessful. Finally my husband went into a restaurant and asked someone to call a taxi for us. The taxi arrived we showed him the address and we followed him intel the hotel.

Soumis par Ahmadbassam le dim 19/05/2019 - 12:24

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my town is small so you cannot lose in it , it has just one main street . yes i gave directions to my friends when they visited me in my house

Soumis par Thura Aung le dim 12/05/2019 - 05:39

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It's a good for me. Thank you for free giving to learn.
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Soumis par Rafaela1 le sam 04/05/2019 - 14:03

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Whenever I'm asked to givie directions by visitors, I smile inside, saying "How unlucky you are!"...cuz I'm a wrong person to ask directions!! ˘˘̥( ᵒ̴̶̷̥́ _ᵒ̴̶̷̣̥̀ )
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Soumis par mtalebi le sam 04/05/2019 - 06:53

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I live in Shiraz, Iran. It's a big city and easy to get lost, but Google map and Waze make routing easy.