General Listening Quiz

“Party Invitations”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy describing people man – woman 01:35

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some topics of conversation that people have when attending a social gathering like a party or barbecue? and relive past experiences in high school.


the life of the party” = the person who makes a party really exciting
I hope Todd is at the class reunion because he is always the life of the party.”

throw a party” = have or host a party
We are planning to throw a party this weekend. I hope you can come.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Gregorio is well known for his ability to work with _______.

John: You've never heard of him? [No.] He's the world famous snake trainer . . . He's never met a snake he couldn't train to dance and hiss at the same time.

What is one thing that is NOT true about him?

John: Uh, he's the tall guy over there in the purple jacket and green pants. He probably has a snake or two with him tonight.

What does Georgina do for a living?

John: Are you serious? You've never heard of her? She is the world's greatest arm wrestler. I mean, World champion.

Georgina is a _______ woman wearing a yellow dress.

John: She's the petite woman next to the fireplace with the bright yellow dress and the tennis shoes.

What is the other invited guest, Brad Pitt, doing in the conversation?

John: He's [Brad Pitt] the short, stocky man sitting at the table wearing the black and red checkered shirt.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

In many cases, what you wear and how you interact with other people at social gatherings are often influenced and determined by the type of event you are attending. Look at this situations and think about what you might wear, bring, and introduce yourself or start conversations in each case:

  • a wedding
  • a barbecue at your teacher’s house
  • college graduation ceremony
  • a first date with someone you have never met

Online Investigation

For some events, calling a friend and inviting him or her over the phone just isn’t formal or exciting enough. So, what services or invitation cards can you find online that can make inviting people more special and unique? Compare two products or services based on (1) uniqueness of the product and (2) its price.