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"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."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Party Invitations:
Meeting Famous People
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
easydescribing peopleconversationman - woman01:35

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are some topics of conversation that people have when attending a social gathering like a party or barbecue?

HELPFUL TIP: Always keep in mind that attending a party in a foreign country can be a different experience from what you are used to in your country. Ask a friend to help you understand specific customs regarding food, gifts, and basic etiquette so you don't appear out of place.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
I. Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Gregorio is well known for his ability to work with ____________.
A. famous athletes
B. animals
C. world dancers

2. What is one thing that is NOT true about him?
A. He's tall.
B. He's wearing green slacks.
C. He has on a blue jacket.

3. What does Georgina do for a living?
A. She's a popular sports figure.
B. She's famous for her cooking skills.
C. She makes a living selling tennis shoes.

4. Georgina is a ____________ woman wearing a yellow dress.
A. large
B. heavy
C. small

5. What is the other invited guest, Brad Pitt, doing in the conversation?
A. He's sitting in the room.
B. He's standing by a table.
C. He's eating some refreshments.

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Correct answers:

II. Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
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

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
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.

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