W: Hello, this is Helen speaking.
M: Hello, Helen. This is John. How are you?
W: Fine, thank you. And you?
M: Fine, thanks. I’ll have a party next Sunday at home. I’m calling to ask whether you can come or not.
W: Oh, wonderful. I’ll be glad to.
M: Okay, now you are a famous star.
W: Hum, don’t say that. Maybe you can do something useful for me.
M: What’s wrong with you?
W: I’ll tell you at the party.
W: Hello, is Jack there?
W: Jack! It’s Rose here.
M: Hi, Rose. How’s everything?
W: Fine, thanks. I’m having several friends over for dinner this Saturday. And I was wondering if you have the time to join us.
M: Sounds good. What time do you want me to come?
W: Is six o’clock okay?
M: That’s fine. I think I can make it. By the way, what will you want me to bring?
W: Nothing. Just bring yourself.
M: Hello, Jack here.
W: Hello, Jack. It’s Mary. What are you doing in your office?
M: I’m working. I often work late on Thursday. I’m busy this week.
W: Would you like to come and have dinner with us on Friday?
M: Tomorrow? No, I am afraid I won’t be able to. I’m going on business to Birmingham.
W: What about Saturday?
M: Sorry, I never go out on Saturday evening. I always watch football on Saturday evening.
W: Will you come round next Tuesday?
M: Next Tuesday? Just a moment. It will be the twenty-first of May? Oh, dear. Hum, I promised my aunt I’ll be at her birthday party.
W: What do you say next Wednesday then?
M: Let me see. Yes, Mary. Let’s make it next Wednesday.
W: Okay. Bye.
M: Are you free on Friday evening because we were wondering if you would like to come round for dinner?
W: Oh, thank you very much. I’d like to come, but I’m afraid I’m busy that evening.
M: That’s a pity! Then when would it be a good time for you?
W: Well, I’m not too sure, actually. I’ve got a lot going on the next couple of weeks. Why don’t I call you later?
M: Okay, that’s fine.
M: On Saturday night I’m going to have a small get-together.
M: Would you like to come?
W: Do you mean this Saturday?
M: Yes, this coming Saturday.
W: Thanks for inviting me, Jack, but I’ve already made plans for this weekend. I won’t be able to come, I’m afraid.
M: I’m sorry to hear that.
W: Yeah, that’s too bad.
M: Well, perhaps, another time.
M: It’s very kind of you to invite me to dinner.
W: Please sit down and make yourself at home. Please don’t stand on ceremony.
M: This dish is really delicious.
W: I’m glad that you like it. This is only the first time that I made it.
M: You’re great. Could you say it in Chinese?
W: Sure, we call it “doufu”.
W: Hi, Peter. I’m afraid I can’t make it to dinner tomorrow night.
M: Oh, why not?
W: It’s just I’m not feeling well. I think I’m coming down with a cold or something.
M: Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Hey, don’t worry about the dinner. We’ll do it some other time. But you take care of yourself.
W: Thanks. I will.