Socializing

1. Going to a Party

1.  Repeat

A: Are you going to the party on Saturday?

B: I was thinking about it. Are you?

A: Yeah, I heard it’s going to be a lot of fun.

B: Really? Well, what time does it start?

A: It starts at 8:00 pm, and I really think you should go.

B: Well, who else is going to be there?

A: Everybody from school.

B: How do you know it’s going to be so fun?

A: This party is going to have a DJ, food, and drinks.

B: Wow, that does sound like it’s going to be fun.

A: So am I going to see you at the party?

B: Yeah, I will be there.

2.  Repeat

A: Are you going to be at the party this Saturday?

B: I’m not sure yet. Are you going?

A: Of course I am, because it’s going to be great.

B: Is it really? When does it start?

A: The party starts at 8 o’clock, and you should really try to go.

B: I’m thinking about it. Who is going to the party?

A: Pretty much everybody from school.

B: What makes you think it’s going to be so much fun?

A: The party is going to have food, drinks, and live music.

B: That does sound like it will be fun.

A: Are you going to go?

B: Certainly. I’m definitely going to go.

3.  Repeat

A: Do you plan on attending the party on Saturday?

B: I haven’t decided yet. Are you going to go?

A: Yes, I’m going, because it’s going to be so much fun.

B: For real? What time is the party?

A: The party is at 8, and I hope to see you there.

B: Maybe I will go. Who’s going to be there?

A: The whole school is going to be there.

B: What’s going to be so much fun about this party?

A: There’s going to be a live DJ, food, and drinks at the party.

B: It seems like it will be a very good time.

A: So I guess I’ll see you there?

B: Indeed! I need to join the fun.

2. Making Plans for the Weekend

1.  Repeat

A: What are you doing this weekend?

B: I am not sure. What are you doing?

A: I was thinking of maybe taking a drive to the beach.

B: That sounds like a great idea!

A: Would you be interested in joining me?

B: Sure, I would love to go with you. When would you be leaving?

A: I thought that we could leave around 8:00 on Saturday morning.

B: That would give us plenty of time to explore. Did you know that there is a music festival on the beach in Santa Barbara?

A: That was part of my plan.

B: Well then, I’ll see you on Saturday. Thanks for asking me to go with you.

2.  Repeat

A: Do you have any plans for the weekend?

B: I haven’t given it much thought. What were you thinking of doing?

A: I was planning on taking a trip up the coast to the beach.

B: What a perfect thing to do on a beautiful weekend!

A: Would you like to come along?

B: I think I would enjoy that a lot. When would we leave?

A: Saturday morning around 8:00.

B: Good. That would get us there with time to look around. There is a music festival in Santa Barbara on the beach that day.

A: Yes, I was hoping to be able to go to the festival.

B: I am so glad we talked. Thank you for inviting me to the beach with you.

3.  Repeat

A: Have you thought about what you might like to do this weekend?

B: I have no idea. Do you have any ideas?

A: If the weather stays nice, I’d like to go to the beach.

B: That would be a good choice. The weather has been great for the beach!

A: Why don’t you come with me?

B: Hey, that would be perfect! What time are you leaving?

A: I think that Saturday morning around 8:00 would work out well.

B: Santa Barbara has a music festival on the beach that day. We would have enough time to drop in and see it.

A: Yes, I knew the festival would be there and was looking forward to going to it.

B: I am really looking forward to Saturday. Thank you for letting me go with you.

3. Inviting a Friend to a Birthday Party

1.  Repeat

A: Hey, Robert, what are you doing this weekend?

B: I didn’t have any big plans.

A: We are putting together a birthday party for Mary.

B: That sounds like fun. Where will it be?

A: We thought it would be fun to have a pool party at Jay’s house.

B: Oh good! Can I bring anything?

A: We will be providing hot dogs, hamburgers, and cake, but people can bring side dishes.

B: I am assuming that the dress is casual.

A: Dress casually and bring your bathing suit!

B: Wonderful. Just e-mail me the time and date and I’ll be there.

2.  Repeat

A: Robert, do you have plans for the weekend?

B: I have nothing definite planned.

A: Saturday is Mary’s birthday, and we are throwing her a party.

B: Sure, I could come to her party. Where are you going to have it?

A: It’s going to be a pool party at Jay’s apartment building.

B: That sounds like fun. Is it a potluck?

A: We would like for people to help us by bringing side dishes and drinks.

B: The dress will be casual then?

A: Make sure to bring your bathing suit, and dress casually.

B: Sounds great. Just drop me an e-mail with the time you’ve picked.

3.  Repeat

A: Robert, are you going to be in town this weekend?

B: I don’t have anything scheduled yet.

A: We were wondering if you would like to come to Mary’s birthday party on Saturday.

B: I would enjoy coming to Mary’s party. Will it be at your house?

A: The party will be at Jay’s house out by the pool.

B: Will everyone be pitching in with some food?

A: It would be great if you could bring a side dish, but the rest of the food will be provided.

B: What should we wear?

A: This is a pool party, so make sure to bring your bathing suit.

B: Sounds like we’ll have a great time. When you’ve figured out the details, drop me an e-mail.

4. Inviting Boss to a Dinner Party

1.  Repeat

A: Mr. Lee, I was wondering if you and your wife had plans for next Friday night?

B: Yes, I think we might be free. What did you have in mind?

A: I’ve mailed a formal written invitation to your home inviting you to a dinner party at my home.

B: That sounds great. Is it casual?

A: Actually, we thought it would be fun to have a formal sit-down dinner for the holidays.

B: That sounds good. It will give my wife a chance to dress up.

A: Yes, we’ve invited four other couples, so it should be a good mix of people.

B: That sounds wonderful. Will there be anyone there that I know?

A: Oh yes, everyone we are inviting is from our company.

B: Great! I’ll look forward to it. We’ll make sure and check the mail for our invitation.

2.  Repeat

A: Mr. Lee, would you and your wife be free next Friday night?

B: I don’t think we have any plans, but I would need to see what my wife has planned. Why?

A: My wife mailed a written invitation to your wife asking you both to our dinner party.

B: It would be our pleasure to join you for dinner. What type of party is it?

A: We’ve always wanted to have a formal dinner party.

B: I think we would enjoy that, especially our wives!

A: Four other couples are coming, so I’m hoping for some interesting conversation.

B: I am sure we will have a great time. Will some of the couples be from our company?

A: Yes, you will know all of our guests.

B: I’ll make sure to check the mail for our invitation. Your dinner plans sound wonderful.

3.  Repeat

A: Would you and your wife be available next Friday night, Mr. Lee?

B: I’ll have to check with my wife, of course. Did you have something planned?

A: We are having a dinner party, and my wife sent you and your wife an invitation.

B: I think we would enjoy that. Is it a formal affair?

A: My wife insisted on having it be a formal dinner party this time.

B: That would be a change. Usually we just do barbeques and never get a chance to dress up.

A: We thought that inviting four other couples would make nice conversation.

B: I think we will enjoy being there. Will we know anyone?

A: We are only inviting people from work.

B: I am sure that a good time will be had by everyone. We will be looking for your invitation.

5. Accepting Invitation to a Party

1.  Repeat

A: Joe, how are you doing today?

B: Pretty good. Mary, I was wondering if you would like to come to a party on Friday night?

A: I am free that night, and a party sounds good.

B: Fine. It will be at my house. Do you know how to get there?

A: I kind of know where you live, but could you e-mail me your address?

B: I can do that. Do you have anyone that you would like to bring with you to the party?

A: I would really like to bring my friend Jake, if that would be OK.

B: Oh yeah, I remember Jake. That would be fine.

A: Would you like some help with the food?

B: Just bring along whatever it is that you and Jake would like to drink.

2.  Repeat

A: Hi Joe, is everything going OK with you?

B: Things are great. Mary, I am having a party on Friday night and was wondering if you would be available?

A: I would love to come to your party!

B: I am glad you are free. Do you know how to get to my house?

A: If you would e-mail me your address, that would help.

B: Sure, no problem. Can you think of anyone else I can invite to the party?

A: My friend Jake is in town, and I would like it if I could bring him.

B: Sure, bring Jake along. The more the merrier!

A: Can I bring anything?

B: If there is something special that you and Jake would like to drink, bring that along.

3.  Repeat

A: Hey Joe, how’s it going?

B: Oh good, Mary. I was hoping I’d see you today. Would you like to come to a party on Friday night?

A: A party would be a perfect way to end the week!

B: Good! Do you need my address?

A: I’ve been to your house once, but I would appreciate you e-mailing me your address.

B: That would be no trouble at all. Who else do you think I should ask to the party?

A: I don’t know if you remember my friend Jake, but I would like to bring him with me.

B: Jake would be welcome. If you think of anyone else, feel free to bring them along also.

A: What would you like me to bring?

B: Everything is taken care of, but if you and Jake want to bring something to drink, that would be appreciated.

6. Buying Flowers

1.  Repeat

A: I need some flowers for my wife because it is her birthday.

B: We have some fresh red roses.

A: How much are the roses?

B: Twenty dollars per dozen.

A: That sounds like a good deal.

B: Yes, that is today’s sale price.

A: I’ll take a dozen.

B: Is there anything else you’d like to get?

A: No, the roses will be fine.

B: I’m sure your wife will love them.

2.  Repeat

A: It’s my wife’s birthday, and I’m going to buy her some flowers.

B: Perhaps you’d be interested in red roses.

A: How much do the roses cost?

B: They’re only $20 a dozen.

A: That sounds good, since last year I paid $30.

B: Yes, you’re saving money because they’re on sale today.

A: I’ll take a dozen of your most beautiful roses.

B: Could I interest you in anything else?

A: No, I’ll just give her the roses and a card.

B: She should be very pleased with these roses.

3.  Repeat

A: I need to buy some flowers for my wife’s birthday.

B: Red roses are always a popular gift for birthdays.

A: What would the roses cost me?

B: You can get a dozen for only $20.

A: That’s a price that I like.

B: You’re in luck today because the roses are on sale.

A: I’ll purchase the roses.

B: Perhaps you’d like something else to go with the roses?

A: No, the roses are good enough.

B: These roses should make your wife very happy.

7. Choosing a Gift

1.  Repeat

A: I have no idea what to buy for Mary for her birthday.

B: Me, neither! Would you like to go in and buy her a gift together?

A: Yes, that would be good!

B: We need to think about what she might like. What are her interests?

A: If I remember right, she likes music, skiing, and reading.

B: You know, maybe we could get her some concert tickets. Who would know her favorite groups?

A: Her roommate, Malia, might know what her favorite groups are.

B: Yeah, Malia would be able to help us choose a concert.

A: Let’s give Malia a call and ask her for her help right now.

B: Good! Maybe Malia would like to go in with us on this gift.

2.  Repeat

A: I can’t figure out what to get Mary for her birthday.

B: I am having a problem figuring that out myself. Do you want to pick something out together?

A: Yes, that way we would have more money to spend.

B: She has a lot of interests. What things do you think she likes to do the best?

A: Well, she really likes going hiking, listening to music, and travel.

B: The music idea sounds good. I wonder who knows what concerts she might like to go to?

A: Maybe we could ask her roommate, Malia, who her favorite groups are.

B: Malia would be a great help. She has known Mary a long time.

A: Let’s e-mail Malia and ask her for her suggestions.

B: I think that maybe Malia might like to contribute to this gift too.

3.  Repeat

A: I have been trying hard to pick out a cool gift for Mary for her birthday.

B: That’s been challenging for me too. Would you like to go in with me and choose something together?

A: Yes, two heads are better than one.

B: What does she like to do? That might help us pick something out.

A: She seems to really enjoy music, getting pedicures, and going to the movies.

B: Maybe we could get her some concert tickets. Do you know who might know what concert she might like to go to?

A: I think that her roommate, Malia, could give us some suggestions.

B: Malia definitely could help us. She knows Mary very well.

A: I am going to see Malia this afternoon after class and ask her what she thinks.

B: That will work out well. Perhaps Malia would like to help buy this gift.

8. Greeting a Visitor

1.  Repeat

A: Welcome, Ron, come on in!

B: Hi, Malia! What a nice home!

A: We enjoy it too!

B: How long have you lived here?

A: About four years now.

B: Well, it is very beautiful.

A: Ron, have a seat and I’ll get us something to drink.

B: Good! I am really thirsty. You know it really is hot outside!

A: I have lemonade, iced tea, and mango juice.

B: Mango juice would be perfect. Thank you!

2.  Repeat

A: Hi Ron, please come in!

B: Good to see you, Malia. I love your house!

A: We are very lucky to be living in this house.

B: Have you lived here a long time?

A: This was my parents’ house, so I grew up here.

B: It seems to be perfect for you.

A: Come on in and see the kitchen, and I’ll get us both something to drink.

B: Great! It’s such a hot day today, isn’t it?

A: Would you like lemonade, iced tea, or mango juice?

B: I would love a nice glass of lemonade.

3.  Repeat

A: Come right on in, Ron, and welcome to our home!

B: It’s so nice to see you, Malia. What a wonderful home!

A: We really like living in this neighborhood.

B: How long have you had this house?

A: We just moved here last year.

B: It’s a beautiful home. You’ve done a great job decorating it.

A: I’ve got some drinks for us in the kitchen.

B: That would be wonderful. It was really hot driving over here.

A: I can offer you lemonade, iced tea, or mango juice.

B: Iced tea sounds really good right now!

9. Greeting an Old Friend

1.  Repeat

A: Hi, I haven’t seen you in a while.

B: Yes, it has been a long time!

A: How long has it been since we last saw each other?

B: I think that we last saw each other two years ago.

A: What have you been doing for the past two years?

B: I have been going to graduate school at USC.

A: What are you majoring in?

B: I am studying international communications.

A: You should easily be able to find a job with that major.

B: I am counting on being able to get a good job.

2.  Repeat

A: Hello, it’s been a long time since I have seen you.

B: It is true that I have not seen you in a while.

A: Exactly how long do you think that it has been?

B: I believe that it has been two years since we last saw each other.

A: So where have you been since I last saw you?

B: I am working on my doctorate at USC.

A: What is your field of emphasis?

B: I decided to pursue international communications.

A: I think that you will be very employable after you finish your degree.

B: I hope that when I finish I will find good work.

3.  Repeat

A: It has certainly been a long time since I saw you last.

B: It has been a long time since I last saw you.

A: Can you remember when we last saw each other?

B: It was about two years ago that we saw each other.

A: What have you been up to for the past two years?

B: I am finishing up my doctorate at USC.

A: What subject did you decide to study?

B: International communications is my field.

A: That sounds like a very marketable degree.

B: I am expecting to get my degree and find an interesting position.

10. Accepting Food or Drinks

1.  Repeat

A: Ashley, what a great dinner party!

B: Thank you, Joe. What would you like to drink with your meal? I can offer you wine, mango juice, or water.

A: Just water would be fine.

B: Excellent choice. Can I dish you up some chicken?

A: Yes, the chicken looks wonderful!

B: How about some salad to go with your chicken?

A: Sure, I love salad!

B: Would you like to have rice with your chicken?

A: Yes, I think that rice will go perfectly with my chicken!

B: Good! Julie, if you could pass this plate down to Joe, I think we are all set.

2.  Repeat

A: What a wonderful dinner you’ve prepared, Ashley!

B: Thanks, Joe. Would you like some wine, mango juice, or water to go with your dinner?

A: I think that a glass of wine would be perfect.

B: Here is your beverage. If you pass me your plate, I can dish you up some chicken.

A: Yes, the chicken smells great!

B: Can I interest you in some salad to go with your chicken?

A: I would love to have some salad!

B: I also have rice. Would you like some rice on the side?

A: Yes, I absolutely love chicken and rice.

B: Excellent! If Julie could pass this plate down to you, we can dig in!

3.  Repeat

A: Oh Ashley, your dinner looks delicious!

B: I appreciate the compliment, Joe. What would you prefer with your meal–wine, mango juice, or water?

A: Mango juice would be a good choice for me.

B: Julie can pour your drink for you. Can I offer you some chicken?

A: Yes, that chicken looks yummy!

B: Would you like some salad to go with your chicken?

A: Yes, I would enjoy having some salad.

B: I have also prepared rice. Are you ready for some rice?

A: Yes, chicken and rice are a favorite of mine.

B: Good! Julie, could you pass this plate to Joe so we can get started?

11. Declining Food or Drinks

1.  Repeat

A: Mary, it’s good to see you!

B: Josh and I were just on our way back home from the beach and thought we’d drop by.

A: I am so glad that you decided to stop by!

B: Yes, it has been a long time since we have seen you.

A: Mary, can I get Josh or you something to drink?

B: Oh no, thank you. We aren’t all that thirsty.

A: How about a little snack then?

B: No, thank you, we just ate lunch a little while ago.

A: Well then, how is your family?

B: Everyone is doing great. My sister finally had her baby.

2.  Repeat

A: Mary, what a surprise!

B: I am so glad you are home! Josh and I thought that we’d take a chance and stop by for a visit.

A: Your timing is perfect!

B: It’s been a long time since we’ve stopped by.

A: Mary, Josh, would either of you like something to drink?

B: Thanks, but we really are fine.

A: Would you like a little snack?

B: No, thanks. We are still full from lunch.

A: Is your family doing well?

B: Things are going well for everyone. My brother finally got the job he had been trying for.

3.  Repeat

A: Mary, how have you been?

B: Josh and I just took a chance on our way home from the beach to see if you were up for visitors.

A: I was just thinking about you yesterday!

B: It’s been ages since we had a chance to visit with you!

A: Mary, please let me get the two of you something to drink.

B: Oh, please don’t go to any trouble. We just stopped by for a visit.

A: Can I get you a little something to eat?

B: We appreciate the offer, but we already ate.

A: So tell me, how is your family doing?

B: We are all doing well. My dad finally got to retire and is enjoying his leisure time.

12. Gossiping

1.  Repeat

A: Hi Julie, how are things going?

B: Everything is great, Tad. How are you?

A: I’m doing really well.

B: Tad, I’m pretty hungry right now. Want to walk over and check out the food table?

A: Julie, do you know who that woman is over there by the window?

B: That is Mary. I heard that she’s just moved in with Lee.

A: I thought that he was with Malia.

B: Oh, that relationship is history. Malia hooked up with a guy she met on holiday.

A: I bet that Lee wasn’t too happy with that!

B: Actually, he was OK with it. They hadn’t been getting along too well.

2.  Repeat

A: Hi Julie, how are you?

B: Things are going good, Tad. How about you?

A: Things have been going well for me.

B: That food smells delicious! Let’s wander over to the food table and see what’s up.

A: Julie, do you know who that woman talking to Lee is?

B: I think that her name is Mary. I think that she and Lee are moving in together.

A: Isn’t he with Malia?

B: Malia dumped him. She ran off with a guy she met on vacation.

A: Lee was probably less than thrilled with that!

B: He was kind of relieved. They had been having some problems.

3.  Repeat

A: Hi Julie, how have things been going for you?

B: I’m good, Tad. How are things with you?

A: Things couldn’t be better right now.

B: Boy, that’s quite a spread over on the food table! Let’s go check out the party food.

A: Julie, who is the woman sitting next to Lee on the sofa?

B: Someone told me her name is Mary. Supposedly, she and Lee are living together in Lee’s apartment.

A: What about his relationship with Malia?

B: Malia is no longer in the picture. She moved to Australia to be with a guy she met on vacation.

A: How did Lee feel about that happening?

B: He took it pretty well. I think that he had kind of had his eye on Mary for a while.

13. Wedding Discussion

1.  Repeat

A: Their wedding was absolutely beautiful.

B: It really was. I want a wedding like that.

A: How much do you think they spent on their wedding?

B: I think it might’ve cost them a nice chunk of change.

A: Do you want a big wedding like that?

B: Not really. I’d rather have a small wedding.

A: I wouldn’t want a small wedding.

B: Why not?

A: I want my wedding to be big and memorable.

B: It can be small and memorable too.

A: Well, to each his own.

B: You are absolutely right.

2.  Repeat

A: Their wedding was just exquisite.

B: I know. Maybe one day I’ll have a wedding like that.

A: What do you think their budget was?

B: It must have cost them a pretty penny.

A: Would you like to have a big wedding like they did?

B: No. I think I would prefer a smaller wedding.

A: I want a big wedding.

B: How come?

A: I want my wedding to be extravagant, and I want everyone to remember it.

B: Your wedding doesn’t have to be big to be memorable.

A: Whatever floats your boat.

B: That is correct.

3.  Repeat

A: Their wedding was so beautiful.

B: I agree completely. I hope that I have a wedding like that one day.

A: How much do you reckon it cost to pull that wedding off?

B: I think it cost them a lot of money.

A: Do you hope to have a wedding as big as theirs?

B: I don’t think so. I want to have a smaller wedding.

A: Not me.

B: Why do you want a bigger wedding?

A: I want to have a large wedding that everyone will remember.

B: You can have a small wedding, and people will still remember it.

A: Whatever flicks your Bic.

B: That is true.

14. Going to the Beach

1.  Repeat

A: Do you want to go to the beach tonight?

B: Sure, which beach are we going to?

A: I wanted to go to Malibu beach.

B: I like Santa Monica.

A: The water there looks so dirty.

B: I just like the pier they have at Santa Monica.

A: I like the pier too, because it’s beautiful at night.

B: Is Malibu beach nice?

A: It’s a lot nicer, and I really like it better.

B: So you want to go to Malibu?

A: If that’s okay with you.

B: Sure, let’s go to Malibu.

2.  Repeat

A: What do you think about going to the beach tonight?

B: I’d love to. Which beach?

A: It’s up to you, but I was thinking Malibu beach.

B: I really like Santa Monica beach.

A: But the water there doesn’t look too clean.

B: I only go because of the pier.

A: The pier is really nice at night.

B: How is it at Malibu beach?

A: I love Malibu beach, because it’s so beautiful.

B: So is Malibu where you really want to go?

A: Are you cool with that?

B: Yeah, we can go to Malibu.

3.  Repeat

A: I want to go to the beach tonight.

B: That sounds like fun. Which one are you thinking about?

A: I was thinking Malibu, unless there is another beach you want to go to.

B: How about Santa Monica?

A: I don’t really like that beach, as the water seems really dirty.

B: The only thing I like about that beach is the pier.

A: At night, the pier is absolutely beautiful.

B: What’s it like at Malibu beach?

A: I love that beach, because it’s just so nice.

B: So we’re going to Malibu?

A: Well, if you don’t want to go to Malibu, we can go to Santa Monica.

B: We can always go to Santa Monica another day.

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