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"life of the party" = a person who makes a party fun for everyone

"You need to invite him. He's always the life of the party, and he keeps things exciting."


"eat you out of house and home" = be difficult to feed because someone is eating so much food

"You need to tell your adult children to move out because they're eating you out of house and home."

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

Party Time!
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Suppose you have been invited to a party. How would you dress for the occasion? What types of fashionable clothing can you purchase at local stores or even online clothing stores?

HELPFUL TIP: If you are invited to a party, be sure to ask what the dress is for the occasion (i.e., formal or informal). You don't want to go overdressed or underdressed for such events.

What type of party are these people attending?


2. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button of the audio type you want to hear, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Who is visiting Jori for the weekend?
A. her best friend
B. her brother Bob
C. her sister

2. What is Carol wearing?
A. a sweater
B. a red sweat shirt
C. a black blouse

3. What is Carol like?
A. She's sociable.
B. She's timid
C. She's very reserved.

4. What is Bob wearing?
A. a flashy suit jacket
B. a green tie
C. blue jeans

5. Jori knows Bob because:
A. they work together in the same office.
B. she is taking karate lessons from him.
C. they met at a party two months ago.


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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Attending parties can be an enjoyable experience in a new culture as long as you understand the social rules of that country. What are some cultural rules that a visitor to your culture should know in such cases? Think about dress, gift giving, and any special expression or language that are used in these situations.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
You are having a formal party for 50 family members and friends, and you want to have the party catered (someone else will prepare and serve the food). What companies or restaurants in your area provide such services? What types of food can they prepare for your gathering? How much would it cost to prepare food and drinks for 50 people? Can the company also provide some form of entertainment?

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