Learn how to write text messages to tell a friend you're going to be late.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.

Reading text

I'm running 10 mins late, sorry!

No problem!

Aargh! Traffic is really bad. I'll be more than 10 mins late now, sorry again!!

It's OK, don't worry. I'm in the café already so it’s fine

This is not my day! I'm here but can't find a place to park. I'm looking for a different car park. Not sure how long I'll be

OK, LMK when you find a place

I might get something to eat tho

Of course! I'll be as quick as I can


Found one! Be there in 10 mins

Well done! See you soon

Thx for waiting


1. You don't need to write complete sentences for text messages.

2. Use abbreviations like LMK (= let me know) or use emojis to save time writing.

3. You don't need to use full stops (.) at the end of messages.

4. Say how many minutes you think you'll need, e.g. I'm running 10 minutes late.

5. It’s good to say sorry and sorry again, but you don't need to say sorry in every message.



Language level

Beginner: A1


Always, it is difficult to me be on time. Maybe, It is true because I got used to be late... I'm not sure if that has relationship with I'm Colombian. Just kidding!!!. For me, be late is to arrive 15 or more mins after agreed hour.

I was usually on time when I was a younger, but when I was studying at university I learnt leave late because I always waited a lot.

I think 15 minutes is late. I like reading when I wait :)

I sometimes late. That is boring days, I feel tired and want to stay alone.
A cup of peach tea is enough those days. But life does not as a dream and I have to return with normal works. I go to my office and run 10 mins late. With me don't be late over 15 mins is fine.^_^

For important meeting, I always leave earlier to be on time. Sometimes i get late, because of stuck in traffic, but not more than 15 minutes late. For me, for an unofficial meeting, being less than 10 mins late is acceptable.

this excercises are boring

Every day i will late but don't feel i'm late

some days i am late but i try to come on the time always

I think I'm usually on time. But sometimes I also run a little late. I feel so bad when it happens. For me, 10-15 minutes is 'late'. Working on time is so good for life but there are situations we can't avoid.

Hi, not able to see the mistakes. Please help.

Hi Sadasivam,

I'm not quite sure what you mean. If you mean that you cannot see which answers are correct and which are wrong after you do a task then the procedure is this:

  1. First, finish the task.
  2. Next, click 'Finish' and confirm by clicking 'OK'.
  3. After that, close the Feedback window and you will see which answers were correct (green) and which were mistakes (red).
  4. If you want to see all the correct answers then click 'Show answers'.



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