Birthday Party

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birthdayBirthday Party listening practice for the Cambridge Assessment English Pre A1 Starters (YLE) exam. You will hear two people talking about a birthday party photo. Put the names in the right places in the photo.

Birthday PartyTranscriptVocabulary

Look at the picture. Listen and look. There is one example.

A: Here’s a photo of my birthday party Miss Brown.
B: Oh, that’s brilliant. Who’s that girl with the camera?
A: That’s my friend Becky. She loves taking photos.
B: So do I.

Can you see Becky’s name? This is an example. Now you listen and put the names next to the right person.

Question 1
A: Can you see my mom?
B: Is she holding the cake?
A: Yes she is.
B: What’s her name?
A: Her name’s Maria.
B: Oh! OK.

Question 2
B: Who’s that boy with the yellow hat?
A: The boy with the drink?
B: Yes, that boy there, who is he?
A: That’s my friend Nick.

Question 3
B: And what’s that boy’s name? The boy on his phone.
A: That’s my brother Joe.
B: Oh! He’s got a nice phone.
A: I know, it’s new and he loves it.

Question 4
B: Look. One person is sleeping.
A: Yes that’s my dad.
B: What’s his name?
A: His name is Bob

Question 5
A: And there’s my friend Paul. He’s got a yellow T-shirt and a blue hat.
B: The one with a burger in his hand?
A: Yes that’s him. He loves burgers.
B: Me too.

Now listen to it again.

Here are words and phrases from this activity.

  • birthday party
  • brother
  • burger
  • cake
  • camera
  • drink
  • my friend
  • new
  • photo
  • phone
  • yellow hat
  • yellow t-shirt
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