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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


it's very useful , and the most important is telling the truth , i still remeber that i ve got an invitation for a freind i was unable to attend to and i told him i had been travelling , later he meet my brother and he knew that i was ........

Oh, it's not easy to get British accent. But what's the meaning of "they’re not that couple who?" I don't get it.

Hello albert_001,

This is an example of one of the features of conversation between people who know each other well: they do not say everything clearly and in full sentences because they know that the other person will understand what they are trying to say.  Both the man and the woman know Josh and Henrietta, so it is not necessary to spell out exactly what the woman is remembering about them.  It is really a rhetorical question: the woman has remembered who Josh and Henrietta are, and knows that the man remembers the same thing about them, so does not need to say it explicitly.

I hope that clarifies it for you.  It can be hard to follow this kind of chat between people who know each other so well!

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

it's really helpful to learn such great tips.
thank you very much indeed

I am a new user. I like it.

Thanks alot..

it's useful!

Yes!! I have been in this situation and I didn't know how to avoid it :(

These series of " How " is so interesting. I like all of them , I've learned new expressions and i think i m improving my speaking skills that way.Thanks so much .

excuse me, what is the "RSVP" stand for?