Extending invitations is how most people arrange to get together. Extending casual invitations to family, friends and colleagues is how most people get together to enjoy each others company. Invitations are essential in maintaining an active social life.

Invitations may include asking a friend to go out for a drink or dinner after work or to go to an event (concert, basketball games, etc.) that both like. Not only is it important to know what to say to extend an invitation, but also what to say to accept or reject an invitation

English Expressions Used to Extend Invitations
    Expression: Do you want to go to ( … the movies with me)?
    Accept: OK, what’s playing?
    Decline: No thanks, I don’t really like going to the movies.
    Expression: Would you like to go to ( … the zoo with me on Saturday)??
    Accept: That sounds good, thanks.
    Decline: I can’t, I have to work.
    Expression: How about going with me ( … for a drink after work)?
    Accept: Sure, where should we go?
    Decline: Sorry, but I’ve already made other plans.
    Expression: I’d like to invite you to ( … the dance this weekend)?
    Accept: How kind of you to ask, I’d be delighted.
    Decline: I’m sorry, but I have a previous engagement.
    Expression: Are you free (… Saturaday afternoon)?
    Accept: Sure, what did you have in mind?
    Decline: I would like to but I have to help my father paint the garage.


Ted: Are you busy Saturday afternoon?
Amy: Not really, why do you ask?
Ted: I was wondering if you would like to go to a Renaissance Festival with me.
Amy: That sounds like fun, I’ve never been to one.
Ted: Great, I’ll pick you up about one.
Amy: Do I need to take anything?
Ted: Maybe a sweater, it might get a little chilly. And a little money in case you want a souvenir. I’ll take care of the tickets and all the food and drink.
Amy: OK, I’ll see you Saturday.

More formal invitations, such as wedding invitations, are usually written and may require an RSVP (French abbreviation répondez s’il vous plaît meaning please reply).

Practice Activities

Find a partner and practice extending invitations in English for the following situation. Extend the conversation by asking questions about some of the items mentioned below, if appropriate.

* the day and time
* where they should meet
* how much money it will cost
* what kind of dress is required
* how long the event will last
* if anything special is needed to participate in the event

Go to a movie
To a picnic
To a concert
To a family reunion
To a political rally

To find other conversation activities and dialogues to extend invitations take a look at:
Conversation Made Easy OR Talk, Talk, Talk

Other Links for Invitation
XX Invitations Lesson Plan
XX Making Invitations