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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


I think I'm usually late 5 to 10 min because of the traffic jam in my city. So, I'll try to be more accurate on time and get out early enough before my meetings.

I always try to come on time.

Hurry up hurry up ♬
before I lose my temper
hurry up hurry up
before you lose the game
hurry up hurry up
before I change a diaper♬

BTW, "please hurry up" and "please hurry", which would you say to your collegue? (」°ロ°)」

Please hurry

Prince Hurry?!
JK (・_・)ヾ(^o^;)
Thank you Wendara!

I always try to be early on meetings, but in sure in many times i can't, and i always have many reasons. To be in time anywhere in my life helps to me my husband...

I tried hard to be on time . Sometime when I have date with my boyfriend. I kind of 10 or 15 minutes late.

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!