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A message to say you're late

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


usually i am the one who arrive early and wait for others , but when i am late iam trying to be quick as i can

Usually I try to respect my appointment and I don't let people waiting me. May be I arrive early .

I'm a punctual person. This is a good personal skill and it's an primary thing to be hired for a new work.

Usually, I'm on time. Nevertheless, I always try to let the other person know I'm late if some problem comes up.

Sometimes I'm in on time and sometimes on late. usually late occurs 10-15 mins.

I am usually on time. I hate it when I have to wait for someone. I like those who are punctual. if people normally come late most of the time then people don't take them sincerely.

I am usually on time but by the traffic, I am some times late.
For me, when I am waiting10 minutes or more is late for me.

As for me, I never late. Because I always respect to the meeting person. Late is ' no respect'.

A flow activity disrupts me being a punctual person. What about you guys?? ;)

I respect punctual person, it's a good quality.
And also I know people who often be late. I think it's their life point. And that tells us that a man not seriously.