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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


this class is for beginner but in the comments i see a lot of profesional people writing i'm confused

i am always late i always want to reach for a place on time but cant

This is what I’m doing in my life I’m late every time and I suppose to don’t do that but I don’t know why it’s happening

I always go to my appointments on the time if traffic is good.

I'm a perfectionist, therefore I don't often come late at any appointment whatsoever, but like everyone else, sometimes I have some unexpected problems like traffic jams, feeling sick, or just because of my alarm doesn't work as I want to. In those cases, I have to admit that I had broken my golden rules and feeling really terrible toward myself. Still, the most important thing is I had tried my best to achieve the ideal goal.

Occasionally i'm on time.

Hi there!! It's depends the situation, becuse I'm sometimes on late, around 10- 15 mins, when I hangout with my friend but when I must to go to university I'm usually arrive on time. I'm punctual person in this sense.

I'm usually on time. For me late it's after 5 min.

I can sound immodest but I am a very punctual person. I am never late for work. There is one exception :) Meeting with friendsand parties ! There is nothing worse than guests before or on time:) It is a good habit to arrive a bit later than the invitation time to give a little more time to your hosts.

To start, I am a professionally late person ranging from 5min to 90min late.