Going to a Party (3)


You have just worked your way through one sample of how English might be used when going to a friend's informal party. Of course there are many conversations to be had and many levels of formality at parties. If you are not sure what type of party you are being invited to, or who might be there, it is best to ask your host or hostess before going. Here are three situations. Think about them, and answer the questions.

Situation One

You are invited to a Halloween party by the International Students' Organization. You want to go, but you lost the invitation with the information on it. You look up the International Students' Organization's telephone number and call for the information.

--- "Hello. International Students' Organization? I'm calling regarding your Halloween Party. I received an invitation, but unfortunately I lost it. Can I get the information from you?"

What information do you need to get?

What clarification strategy will you use to be sure you completely understand the information you are given?

What else will you want to include in this conversation?

Situation Two

It is your friend's birthday. You have received the invitation in the mail. You called the host and confirmed the information, and now you are standing outside of the host's door on the night of the party, with some cookies you brought to share. "Ding Dong!" The doorbell rings and your host opens the door:

What will you say to your host?

(After you have entered and given him the cookies, you don't see any other guests and realize you are the first.)

What can you say to make your host and yourself feel more comfortable?

Situation Three

You have been working at an office for only 1 week. You and your husband (or wife) go to a Christmas party that is being given by the president of the company for all of the employees. You have already greeted your host and now you have been directed into the living room to join the other guests. Upon entering, you see a man walking across from you and you walk over to him to say hello. Standing next to him is a man and a woman that you don't know and you anticipate introductions will be next.

(You begin) "Hi, Paul. ( He answers "Hi!") You say, "I'm glad to see someone I know. Let me introduce you to my husband, Tom." (or wife Mary)

How will you introduce your husband (or wife)?

(Introductions have been made, and you now know that the woman standing next to Paul is the head of the company's research lab and her name is Joan. You and Paul have the job of sending out laboratory reports to customers.)

How can you begin a conversation with her?

(A customer sent Paul a nice inkpen to express his thanks for quick lab results.)

How can you request that Paul show the pen to Joan?