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How to turn down an invitation

Learn how to say 'no' to a formal invitation.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the task. You can read the transcript at any time.


Man: Oh no!

Woman: What is it?

Man: 'Josh and Henrietta would like to have the pleasure of your company at a drinks party next Saturday evening ...'

Woman: Oh no, Josh and Henrietta ... they're not that couple who ...?

Man: Yeah, exactly! And it gets worse!

Woman: How?

Man: 'Formal dress'.

Woman: Argh ... It means you've got to wear a suit.

Man: At the bottom it says 'RSVP'. What does it mean?

Woman: You've got to reply.

Man: But I don't want to go, so what can I say?

Woman: Tell them you've got a dentist's appointment.

Man: Josh is my dentist!

Woman: Tell them it's your grandmother's 100th birthday party.

Man: But they know my granny died ages ago.

Woman: Tell them your dog's sick and you've got to take him to see the vet.

Man: It's no use. I'm just going to have to tell them the truth.

Woman: The truth? 'I'm not coming to your birthday party because I think you're boring and stupid?'

Man: Maybe not, then.

Woman: Tell them this: 'I'm unable to attend because I have a prior engagement.'

Man: 'Prior engagement'?! And … they won't be offended?

Woman: Absolutely not.

Man: Perfect!



Language level

Intermediate: B1


this is good idea
thank you

 its very helpful

That is  all good conversations !!
They are talking very fast.

very good excercise but,  we don't understand about the speech of the man and the woman on the video. Thanks

how can i download's very fast

Hello Fouzia,
At the moment our videos aren't available for download, but this is something we want to do in the future, so keep watching!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

It is very dificult 

It is no so ,but beatiful!!! 

 I agreed with you all guy...

That's a nice video, despite they talking so quickly, I undertanded  the main words they said and I had answer the more questions correctly. That is an opportunity to  put more reality in my studies. Thanks!