Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today find out how to leave a party in English gracefully.

It’s a key skill if you want to maintain the relationships that you have built at the party and avoid offending the host!

Your textbook won’t teach you the key skills you need to exit a party in a respectful way.

You cannot just say, “I’m leaving.”


This sounds abrupt and it’s too plain.

The host might think that you had a bad time.

You also need to consider your body language, tone of voice, and your smile.

Phrases to say goodbye at a party:

  • “That was fun and I think we’re gonna head out.”
  • “Thanks so much for inviting us. We’re gonna get going.”
  • “Unfortunately I gotta get home.” or “Unfortunately I have to get home.”
  • “I wish I could stay longer but I have class in the morning.”

*Listen to the episode to hear these phrases being used in a real native conversation between Lindsay and Michelle.

Use these phrases in English the next time you leave a party in English.

Let us know how they work for you in the comments below.

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