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Instant messages

Read a conversation by instant messages to practise and improve your reading skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and do the exercises.

Reading text

You there, Beatriz?

Hang on, Andrew.

OK. What's up?

It's Caroline's birthday tomorrow.

Oh yeah, that's right!

You thought about what to get her?           

You mean a present? Weren't you buying one from both of us?

I'm sorry! It totally slipped my mind!           

surprise

And I'm working 'til late.

So …

Could you pick up a gift today?

I guess. What sort of thing were you thinking of?

Dunno. Got any ideas?

One sec. Phone.

OK, I'm back.

Just had an idea for a gift.

Go on.

New headphones?

Nah. Jeremy said he was getting her headphones.

OK. What then?

Have you seen those gift certificates for a spa? Maybe one of those?

She'd love that!

I'll pick it up today then.

Thanks a million. Appreciate it.

No worries. See you tomorrow then?

Yep.

What time was it again? 4?

4.30. I can pick you up at your house if you like.

yesyesyesyes

CU then.

Bye for now.

Discussion

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

I prefer phoning people but this kind of contact is rare because everybody is in a hurry and you can disturb if you make a call

I prefer sending them a message. I'm not very good at talking directly with people.

I prefer sending them messages.

In my opinion, when you need to tell something your friend is easier to phone her because talking on the telephone we each other understand better. And if you have to talk important thing, you should definitely call.
However, nowaday we hurry everywere and we haven´t time to stop to talk on the telephone so a message could be the best way to communicate.

Actually, I prefer send messages, spite, I know that is very impersonal. I call only when is a urgent situation or the messages wasn't answered.

In today's world it's almost impolite to phone somebody because you may disturb a person. Therefore, before calling somebody, I often notify about that via texting. There are circumstances in which I phone a person immediately, but more frequently I connect with somebody by texting them.

What do you prefer – sending messages to your friends or phoning them?

I prefer often to phone with my friends but, if I guess they haven't enough time to respond, I will send messages to them.

After this reading test, I have known many useful instant messages. They can help me chat or reply my friend quickly so I can save my time.

Nowadays people of all ages use smartphones to connect with others sending messages or phoning them. Often young people prefer chatting than phoning because, in this way, they could answer whenever they want and it's faster than typing the telephone number, calling them and hoping they will pick up the phone at that moment.
However I prefer sending messages to my friends but sometimes I call them when I have to tell them something important or when I need an aswer very quickly.

As most of introverts, I prefer sending messages. But sometimes it is impolite and I strongly agree that if you really want to know someone's feelings and want to avoid eventually misunderstandings, phoning is quite better.

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