DIRECTIONS: Read the dialogues below in English, then translate them and read them in your primary language (if needed). You’re encouraged to read these dialogues with your teacher, tutor, colleagues, family, and friends to practice and improve your American English even further.
Topic: Birthday Party
Sophie: Hi, Sarah! How’s it going?
Sarah: Hey, Sophie! I’m good. I am just preparing for my birthday party tomorrow!
Sophie: Oh yay, I can’t wait! Have you got everything ready?
Sarah: I’ve already baked the cake with my mum and wrapped some presents.
Sophie: Great! Are all of your friends coming then?
Sarah: Everyone on the list confirmed they’re coming except Tom. He said he couldn’t make it because he’s got to visit his family up north.
Sophie: Aww, that’s a shame. But at least everyone else will be there. Did you give them their invitations already?
Sarah: No, I haven’t had time to do that yet. I still need to send a few messages out.
Sophie: OK. And what about decorations? Do you have any balloons?
Sarah: Not yet, but my older sister is getting them later today – she promised not to forget this year.
Sophie: last year, we blew up all the balloons ourselves. It was so hard!
Sarah: Yeah, no way am I doing that again. So are you excited for tomorrow’s party?
Sophie: Of course! Birthdays are always great fun, especially with good friends around. What time should I come over?
Sarah: Come round whenever it starts at 6 pm, but people might arrive earlier or later.
Sophie: Sounds perfect. I can’t wait to see you and celebrate!
Sarah: Same here!
Sophie: Oh my god, the cake looks fantastic, Aaron. Did you make it yourself?
Aaron: Yeah, I did. It took a while, but I’m happy with how it turned out.
Sophie: You’re so talented! Everyone’s going to love it.
Aaron: Speaking of everyone, have you heard back from all of our friends?
Sophie: Pretty much, yeah. Most people are coming, except for Emily and Mark. They’re away on holiday right now.
Aaron: Shame. But at least we’ll have plenty of others here, including family members. Speaking of which, where are your parents?
Sophie: They went to pick up the presents – they got me something really special this year!
Aaron: Can’t wait to see what it is. And do we still need to set up anything else before people arrive?
Sophie: Nope, everything’s ready to go. Just waiting for the first guests to arrive.
Aaron: Okay, great. This is going to be an awesome party. Thanks again for helping me organize everything, Sophie.
Sophie: No problem. Happy 25th birthday!