I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What activities do people do at a birthday party in your country? Also, what traditional foods do people prepare and eat at such events?

HELPFUL TIP: Are you having a difficult time picking out a birthday present for a friend? Then, consider getting him or her a gift

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. What is the boy’s name?

A. Matthew

B. Michael

C. Mitchell
2. How old is the boy turning in the conversation?

A. seven

B. eight

C. nine

3. What does he want to do first?

A. play outdoor games

B. open presents

C. eat cake and ice cream

4. Which statement is true about the game at the party?

A. You have to catch a large ball without dropping it.

B. You need to chase children around and touch them.

C. You need to hide somewhere so no one can find you.

5. Who is coming to the party?

A. aunts, grandparents, and cousins

B. grandparents, cousins, and uncles

C. friends, cousins, and grandparents

Score =
Correct answers:

Father: Hi Michael. Happy Birthday! How old are you today?
Son: Seven.

Father: Alright. Well, let’s sing Happy Birthday:

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Michael,
Happy Birthday to you.

Father: Alright. So what should we do first?

Son: How about cake and ice cream?

Father: Okay. Well, uh let . . . let’s light the candles. Okay, and make a wish! Don’t . . . don’t tell me.

Son: Don’t tell you?

Father: Yeah, don’t tell me. Okay, and go ahead and blow out the candles. Okay, let’s cut the cake, and then we can have cake and ice cream. And what do you want to do after the cake and ice cream?

Son: Play freeze tag.

Father: Now, how do you play tag?

Son: Um . . . one person is it, and the person who is it tries to tag everyone [Alright. And then . . . ] before I tag someone and then, another person tags me.

Father: Oh, wow. And whose coming over later today for your birthday?

Son: Well, everyone. Uh, my cousins, all my aunts and grandmas, grandpas.

Father: Alright. Well, Happy Birthday, Michael.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • freeze (verb): become cold to the point of changing water to ice
    – It was so cold out last night that I thought I was going to freeze to death.
  • tag (verb): touch a player, usually as part of a game
    – I tried to get away during the game at the park, but she tagged me on the back, so I was it.