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


I'm used to going to appointment ahead of time, which may be five or ten mins. That is because we can't predict what will happen on the way to date. So, in order not to be late, it is safe to empty out some time for the buffer of unknown accident.
I think that ten minute should be consider to be late.

i am always on time.
people have their own time, so i should respect their time . i always arrive 5-10 minutes earlier for meeting and 15 minutes is late for me .

How many minutes is ‘late’ for you?- Well...when meeting somebody, 5 -10 minutes delay is acceptable,15 minutes delay makes me feel uneasy, and 20-30 minutes delay makes me feel irritated!

For me, it's hard to get up early in the morning, But i don't like be late, so i always ride more quickly to go to company.
I tried go to bed early night in advance but this is meaningless

I´m usually on time. For me, 5 minutes already is late. I think that to be on time reflects respect for the other people.

I always on time, 5 minutes is late for me.

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.