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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


Normally, I don't be late, but sometime, the conditions don't help me, so for me, arrive to a place 10 mins later is late for me

Whether I have a meeting, party, or a business appointment, I always try to be there 5-10 minutes earlier. But I have one friend, who is constantly running 20-30 minutes late. It is very annoying, even when she apologizes and explains the reason why she is late again. I feel like I am not important or not respected at all.

I'm usually on time, and i hate when people be late, we should respect the time of each other.

I’m normally being late than being on time. I’m always reminding myself that this is not a good personality and that everyone in this world can accept that. But I’m now trying my very best to improve myself as not to be late again. I have once been late for an appointment with my faculty professor that made me feel so bad about it. I think I should cut off any unnecessary thing I usually do before getting out of my home that bars me from being on time with the appointment.

Mostly i am usually on time. I don't like waiting for someone and someone is waiting for me.

Actually, I don't late anywhere. I always wait for someone. My delay depends on the condition of the road.

I normally on time because I like to do things on time always plan ahead for my journey.

I always arraive 5 mins early. 'late' is 10 minites for me.

Ah! actually I don't like to be late. I don't want that somebody will wait for me and waste his or her valuable time. To be honest, being late in meeting, class or appointment is a very bad habit. But sometimes, it also occurred by me but I try to attend on time and notice to the subject person and pardon in case of being late.