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


It depends on the occasion. If there is something important then I'll try to be there on time or sooner perhaps.

Sometimes, things doesn't go smooth as we expected. So we have to be adaptable.

I'll consider more than 15 mins as late.

I always try to be on time. If it is important such as exam, interviews, I will arrange time myself to be there in time, better 10 to 15 mins earlier.
The 'late' time is depends on which reason that one has. If he gets in trouble with car park and has to park far away from the place, it's OK not to consider he is late.

I usually try to be on time, but unfortunately sometimes be late. for me >5 minute is late.

I am mostly early person and i hate getting somewhere late. So, i always try to go there on time.

Recently, I have tried to be on time and I usually get the places 1-5 mins sooner. However, that is late for me. I want to reach there more than 5 mins before meetings start. Sometimes, I become late and it's really bad feeling. Because time of each is valuable so work on time is very important I think.

I am not getting late to learn english here, right?

It depends... I usually try to reach before the committed time but in some cases very often, I fail to do so. I consider 5 minutes as normal but more than 5 minutes is 'late' for me.

I'll try to be on time. when I set a time for a meeting or visiting, try to get there 5 or 10 mins sooner. and usually, I will be angry when another person late.

I am never late. I have a problem, that I am very soon everywhere. I think, that the delay is very irresponsible and unacceptably.

I usually try to be on time;but I usually late. In my opinion, five minutes is late, specially for someone who is waiting.