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


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I usually try to be on time. About 15 mins or more are late for me. If I have to wait longer as 15 mins I am going to be angry about it.

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I usually try to arrive on time. More exactly at the exact moment or maybe two or thre benotes before. After the dot time, it's late and I don't like if someone makes me wait and I'm embarrased if I make waiting someone.

I'm quite punctual. I am rarely late for the meetings or appointments.
If there are something unexpected and lateness is inevitable, I'll let them know the reasons and make an apology.