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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.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


for the first time i feel difficulty to pick the sentences but transcript is very helpful to understand.

The lesson is very useful, though they speak too fast for me, I had to read the transcript afterwards as I couldn't catch some phrases. And I liked the phrase 'prior engagement', I am going to add it to my vocabulary. Thanks a lot!

Hello Titika,

I just wanted to encourage you to keep up your work - the more you listen, even if you need to use the transcript to understand everything, the better your comprehension will get. We have lots of videos with transcripts once you finish these - see Word on the Street, for example. And keep a list of new words and phrases (such as 'prior engagement') - this is an excellent way to expand your vocabulary.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Most videos can't see for me!

Hello asayew,

It sounds like you need to download and install the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player on your device. That usually solves problems with the videos, but if not, please let us know.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

that bloke reads too fast :)

Useful lesson.

I think there are some tiny wrongs in the transcript like " it means you’ve got to wear a suit" " my granny died ages ago". "wear" should be changed in to dress and "ages ago" should be changed into eight years ago. I'm I right?

Hello ThaoUlis,

I'm afaid not! I've checked the transcript and it is quite correct. Try listening again and paying special attention to those sentences to see if you can hear exactly what they're saying.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi....I watched this video but can't read transcrpit thats what i want to.Please tell me how can i do?