ESL Party Listening

This page about ESL party listening has a range of recordings of spoken party vocabulary for you to listen to so you can get practice at identifying the sound of the spoken words. This will mean that when you are having a conversation with someone speaking English you will be able to listen and understand the words much better.

ESL party listening page with exercises so you can practice listening to part vocabulary.

In each of the tasks on this page the recording has been made by a native English speaker so you will be able to listen to the correct pronunciation. You should listen to the recordings a few times to really get used to how the words sound.

If you need help with any of the words used you can go to the ESL party vocabulary page. This page has a vocabulary list of party words with definitions and a recording of the words being spoken by a native speaker, so you can listen to the correct pronunciation before starting the exercises.

The four exercise on this page are as follows:

  • Identification of spoken word order.
  • Identification of spoken definition.
  • Listening comprehension.
  • Dictation passage.

ESL Party Listening Exercises

Exercise 1 – Identification of Spoken Word Order

In the first ESL party listening activity you need to listen to the following recording and then decide which option (A-D) in each of the five questions has the words listed in the same order as in the recording. To see the correct answers you can use the get score button that follows the questions.



ESL Party Identification of Spoken Word Order


Listen to the recording of the five groups of five words each given above and decide which option (A-D) in the five questions in this test has the correct order.

1) Which is the correct order for group of words one?
        A) Bouquet, Housewarming, All-nighter, Cake, Cancel
        B) All-nighter, Bouquet, Cake, Housewarming, Cancel
        C) Bouquet, All-nighter, Cancel, Cake, Housewarming
        D) Cancel, Bouquet, All-nighter, Cake, Housewarming
2) Which is the correct order for group of words two?
        A) Invitation card, Glitter, Celebration, Joyous, Caterer
        B) Celebration, Invitation card, Joyous, Glitter, Caterer
        C) Invitation card, Celebration, Caterer, Joyous, Glitter
        D) Caterer, Invitation card, Celebration, Joyous, Glitter
3) Which is the correct order for group of words three?
        A) Ribbon, Sparkler, After party, Cake, Feast
        B) After party, Ribbon, Cake, Sparkler, Feast
        C) Ribbon, After party, Feast, Cake, Sparkler
        D) Feast, Ribbon, After party, Cake, Sparkler
4) Which is the correct order for group of words four?
        A) Slumber party, Cookie, Halloween party, Ribbon, Candy
        B) Halloween party, Slumber party, Ribbon, Cookie, Candy
        C) Slumber party, Halloween party, Candy, Ribbon, Cookie
        D) Candy, Slumber party, Halloween party, Ribbon, Cookie
5) Which is the correct order for group of words five?
        A) Bachelor party, Dinner party, Entertainer, Cancel, Celebrate
        B) Entertainer, Bachelor party, Cancel, Dinner party, Celebrate
        C) Bachelor party, Entertainer, Celebrate, Cancel, Dinner party
        D) Celebrate, Bachelor party, Entertainer, Cancel, Dinner party

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Correct answers:

Exercise 2 – Identification of Spoken Definition

In the second ESL party listening task you need to listen to the recording of some definitions of party words and then decide which option (A-D) in each question has the word that matches the definition. Again you can use the get score button to see the answers.



ESL Party Listening Identification of Vocabulary Meaning


Listen to the recording of the meanings of the five vocabulary words given above and decide which word out of the options (A-D) in each question matches the meaning.

1) What is the meaning of the first definition in the recording?
        A) Booze-up
        B) Culinary
        C) Office party
        D) Bachelor party
2) What is the meaning of the second definition in the recording?
        A) Throw a party
        B) Paper plate
        C) Invitation card
        D) All-nighter
3) What is the meaning of the third definition in the recording?
        A) Gift wrap
        B) Sparkler
        C) Present
        D) Slumber party
4) What is the meaning of the fourth definition in the recording?
        A) Entertainment
        B) Icing
        C) Clambake
        D) After party
5) What is the meaning of the fifth definition in the recording?
        A) Joyful
        B) Banner
        C) Party favor
        D) Father’s day party

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Correct answers:

Exercise 3 – Listening Comprehension

For the third ESL party listening exercise you need to listen to the recoding of a passage being spoken by a native English speaker and then answer the questions that follow it. You can listen a few times if you need to. Then to see the correct answers and your score you can click the get score button.

At the end of the page there is a link that you can click that will show the full text of the passage so you can read it and see how much you understood when listening to it.



ESL Party Listening Comprehension


Listen to the recording of the passage about party above and answer the following five questions.

1) When do you have to RSVP?
        A) Before going to a party.
        B) When getting an invitation.
        C) After attending a party.
        D) When the host reaches out to you for an answer.
2) Why does the host require you to RSVP?
        A) Because the host is busy.
        B) Because the host needs the information.
        C) Because the host needs to make a plan.
        D) Because there will be many guests coming to the party.
3) What invitation type usually comes with RSVP template card?
        A) Birthday party.
        B) Baby shower.
        C) Barbeque party.
        D) Wedding party.
4) What are the etiquettes for responding to RSVP?
        A) Respond at the right time.
        B) Respond before the deadline and thank the sender.
        C) Respond politely and say thank you.
        D) Respond within one hour and say thanks.
5) What should you do when your invitation is declined?
        A) Ask for explanation.
        B) Send thank you note.
        C) Persuade the guest to come.
        D) Tell the guests that they will be missed.

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Correct answers:

Exercise 4 – Dictation

For the fourth ESL party listening activity you need to listen to the following recording of a passage and then write it down exactly as in the recoding. The recoding has the passage spoken twice. The first time is at a slow speaking speed and the second has pauses after every few words as well as the punctuation being spoken. You can listen as many times as you need to.

Again there is a link at the end of the page that you can use to see the full text of the passage so you can see how well you did in the dictation. If you got most of it correct you did well.





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