[Listening Easy] Party Invitations – KEY

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.”


Heather: Hey. John. This looks like a great party. [Yeah!] Thanks for inviting me.

John: No problem. Glad you could make it. Hey. Have you met any of the famous guests so far?

Heather: Uh, no. Who exactly?

John: Well, there is Gregorio Zuttlemisterburger . . . [Who?]. Ah. They call him the “Grip” for short.

Heather: Who in the world is he?

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.

Heather: Seriously? Where is he?

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.

Heather: Huh?

John: And then there is Georgina, the Great.

Heather: Georgina . . . and great for what?

John: Are you serious? You’ve never heard of her? She is the world’s greatest arm wrestler. I mean, World champion. She’s the petite woman next to the fireplace with the bright yellow dress and the tennis shoes.

Heather: I thought you said famous people . . . like, like people we all know.

John: And, and there is Brad Pitt . . .

Heather: Now, there’s someone I recognize . . .

John: . . . the captain of the national Yo-Yo team [What?]. Yeah. He’s the short, stocky man sitting at the table wearing the black and red checkered shirt. I’m sure he’d do a few tricks for you if you asked.

Heather: Uh, no thank you. I think I’ve had enough entertainment for one evening.

John: Okay.


Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

  • famous (adjective): well known by many people 
    – My sister is very famous because of her popular novels.
  • guests (noun): a person invited to a party, a meal, or some special occasion 
    – We need to prepare enough food for thirty guests who will be attending the event.
  • exactly (adverb): specifically 
    – So, where do you live exactly in the city?
  • petite (adjective): thin, slender (used for women) 
    – My sister is very petite, so an extra small shirt would suit her best.
  • stocky (adjective): solidly built and often strong, but not tall 
    – The stocky man over by the table is the host of the party.