An invitation to a party

An invitation to a party

Listen to some phone messages with directions to practise and improve your listening skills.

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


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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Submitted by shakilwillbe on Tue, 25/06/2024 - 04:12


Yeah, mine is a vast and busy city in Bangladesh. Visitors sometimes get lost as the locals sometimes forget the path. Yeah, I helped many visitors to find their way, but those were not a long-term conversations for example visitors asked where is the hospital. Then I said Go straight then you will find the main road then turn left to see the hospital. these type of conversations happens many times.

Submitted by uzmrincredible on Thu, 30/05/2024 - 09:03


Hi! Can I download this audios?

Hi uzmrincredible,

If you right-click on the play button (the little triangle like this ►) then you should see an option to save the audio.



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Submitted by ubaid332 on Wed, 15/05/2024 - 07:08


I am living in a big city and every person who visits for the first time in this city may lose their place due to similar roads and streets. Thanks to Google Maps, with the help of this many people can find their places easily. It show the place path along with other detail like distance, time, and many more.

Submitted by maxna44 on Wed, 10/04/2024 - 10:16


I think it's easy to get lost in all town. But it van be less for brétignolles sur mer because it's a little town with only 3500 residents. 

I never give directions to a visitor. If i can do, i will say : find the supermarket (super u) in the center. When you find it, go straight to Marais Girard, after roundabout form like a bean take te first on the right and find the fifth house on the left, you will saw my  2 CV.

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Submitted by CanVD11 on Wed, 20/03/2024 - 06:41


Is it easy to get lost in your town? Have you ever given directions to a visitor?

My town is small, so I think it is unreal to get lost in there. People are friendly and helpful, so they can give you the best direction. I helped 2 visitors find their directions when I was a university student. Fortunately, GG Maps is a useful software for finding the correct direction. You know, when I had to deal with a hard and confused location, easily with my Internet-connected smartphone, I opened it and got the best solution from GG Map, I usually use this method to give directions for stranges or visitor who I met

Submitted by RoseEtAude on Thu, 14/03/2024 - 16:53


No, my city is small and there are a lot of people. People are nice, they can help you to find your direction. I gave directions to a visitor. The visitor had blue hair and blue eyes. She was wearing pink shoes, grey pants, white jumper and had a yellow ring on her finger. 

Submitted by d.aldaye on Wed, 13/03/2024 - 13:03


Is it easy to get lost in your town? Have you ever given directions to a visitor?


Yes but just once a long time ago and it is easy to get the place you want in my town because there are clear remarks and streets named by their owns. I just gave directions to my collogue when I invited her to a lunchtime at my home, I described the location very well and she did not get lost and finally she arrived and we had a fun time together. 

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Submitted by Stellayennipham on Wed, 13/03/2024 - 07:28



Is it easy to get lost in your town? Have you ever given directions to a visitor?

=> I live in a townhouse in a pretty big city in Vietnam so I find it not really easy to get lost in my town. I haven't given instructions/ directions to any visitor.