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Today I'll Be Talking about Accepting and Declining Invitations


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Gary’s Tips: Accepting and Declining Invitations

Larry: Gary’s Tips.

Saly: Explanations in Lao what Gary's Tips this time is about.

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Eliz: Now it’s time for Gary’s Tips with Gary Engleton!

Gary: Hello, Elizabeth! Today I’ll be talking about accepting and declining invitations. Eliz: Declining?

Gary: Saying no.

Earlier, we heard Mr. Epstein inviting Mr. Blake to play golf.

Mr. Epstein makes the invitation using the expression “Would you like to...”

Epstein: Would you like to join me in a round of golf this afternoon?

Blake: That sounds like a great idea. Sure.

Gary: Mr. Blake accepts with the expression, “That sounds like a great idea.”

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Gary: In today’s Business Dialog, we also hear examples of invitations.

But in this dialog, Mr. Vale declines Ms. Winthrop’s invitations.

First she invites him to see her factory.

She uses the expression, “I’d like to invite you...”

Winthrop: I’d like to invite you to see our factory while you’re in New York.

Vale: That’s very kind of you.

But I’m afraid my schedule is booked up all next week.

Winthrop: That’s too bad.

Gary: Mr. Vale thanks her for her invitation, using the formal expression, “That’s very kind of you.”

Then he gives his reason for declining.

Notice that he uses the word but and the expression “I’m afraid” to show that he cannot accept her invitation.

Let’s listen again:

Winthrop: I’d like to invite you to see our factory while you’re in New York.

Vale: That’s very kind of you.

But I’m afraid my schedule is booked up all next week.

Gary: Ms. Winthrop then invites him to lunch, using the expression “Why don’t you...?”

Again, Mr. Vale declines the invitation, using the expression “I’m sorry but....”

Winthrop: Well, it’s nearly twelve thirty.

Why don’t you join me for lunch?

Vale: I’m sorry, but I have other plans.

Thank you anyway.

Winthrop: Not at all. Perhaps another time.

Gary: When you are declining an invitation, remember to thank the person for the invitation and give a reason for declining.

Eliz: Do you need to give a detailed reason?

Gary: No, you don’t. Notice that Mr. Vale gives a very general reason, when he says “I have other plans.”

Eliz: Thank you for your tips, Gary.

Gary: I hope they’ve been useful.

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Saly: Explanations in Lao the words accept and decline

Eliz: Now it’s time for Gary’s Tips with Gary Engleton!

Gary: Hello, Elizabeth! Today I’ll be talking about accepting and declining invitations.

Eliz: Declining?

Gary: Saying no.

Saly: Going over in Lao a way to invite someone with example

Epstein: Would you like to join me in a round of golf this afternoon?

Blake: That sounds like a great idea. Sure.

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