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Dinner Parties
Dinner Parties

Learn English with this dinner parties English lesson

Date: Nov 23 2018

Themes: Food, Friend, Party

Grammar: Direct vs. Reported Speech


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You’ve invited the right number of people. You know exactly what you’re going to cook. You’ve chosen the music you want to play, and you’ve even decided where each person will sit. It’s going to be the perfect dinner party. Hosting is so much fun!

If you don’t want to plan and cook everything, you can always host a potluck. Potlucks are good for people with dietary restrictions because they can bring foods that fit their needs. But for people who enjoy being the host, a vegetarian or vegan guest just adds to the challenge of getting everything right.

In this English lesson, find out who likes hosting and who would rather not when Marni and Lily talk about dinner parties.


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Marni:  Lily, I received my invitation in the mail to your dinner party.

Lily:  Oh, great! I’m so glad it found you in time. I’m so excited. It’s such a special occasion!

Marni:  I am just so impressed that you actually enjoy hosting them because I think it’s such a hassle.

Lily:  I love seeing the group dynamics of the different people that you get together. And the pride that you feel when you bring out that main course and everyone goes, “Wow. You made that? That’s awesome!”

Marni:  For me, it’s just, if I have to host a dinner party, all the thought you have to put into it… Don’t get me wrong, I love a potluck. I plan on bringing my Grandma Sally’s famous triple layer coconut cake. I can only handle making one thing.

Lily:  Do you have any dietary restrictions? Are you vegan or vegetarian or anything?

Marni:  Oh, my goodness, yes. I’m vegan, I’m lactose intolerant. No gluten. So, please take all that into consideration.

Lily:  OK. I’m taking notes, so I’ve got it down.

Marni:  Thank you.


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It’s obvious that Lily’s excited to host her upcoming dinner party. She tells Marni that she enjoys watching different people talk with each other, and Lily likes it when her cooking is appreciated by her friends. It doesn’t even worry her that Marni has a lot of dietary restrictions. Lily’s going to do what she needs to so that her dinner party’s a success.

Marni enjoys a good dinner party like everyone else, but she would rather not be the host. Hosting feels like too much of a hassle to her. It’s a lot of work, especially when it comes to cooking. Marni is happy to cook one thing, but not everything.

How do you feel about hosting parties for your friends? Is it worth the hard work, or is it better to be a guest?



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ı didnt understand your sentence correctly,

” Food reststrictions can come from some religion like for muslim not for meat .i understand it.”

if you mean, Muslims dont eat meat , its wrong .

Muslims can eat all kind of meat ..beef, mutton ( sheep meat) ,fish, chicken ..only pork meat is banned.Muslims dont eat only Pork ..


10:29 AM Sep 13 2013 |



as for me i would rather be a guest, hehe because i am not good at cooking. i think potluck is ok for me not only we can get together to have fun but also i needn’t spend a lot of time and energy to prepare a shole meal. hehe i am a larzy guy haha

08:48 AM Sep 13 2013 |



Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

I’ve ever attend a potluck and even if I’m supposed to do that It’ll be a hassle for me, but for other parties I’m the first, and I enjoy parties ! English Baby ! Everyday new words !

07:58 AM Sep 13 2013 |


United States

I learned a new word!!! HASSLE: a mess or something tedious

04:54 AM Sep 13 2013 |




I don’t think I am the right to talk about dinner party.I have never hosted one.

But I have been the guests.Maybe I was a bit shy so I felt a bit embarassed with lots of people.I have no dietary restrictions.I always have a dig at party.come on,what’s why I felt embarasssed—-you feel embarassed when someone else finds you digging

03:21 AM Sep 13 2013 |



South Korea

in the past, i was lactose torlerant . not now. seeing the group dynamics of people in some parties or meeting is so interesting . I could sometimes feel left out of them, but it’s ok to see them sometimes. Food reststrictions can come from some religion like for muslim not for meat .i understand it. I am not tatal vegan ..just vegetrerian. 

I can enjoy meat , not much . 

02:46 AM Sep 13 2013 |

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