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


Yes, I usually late every day because my company doesn't care about time work employees and I'm late about 15".

Be punctual is very important for me. I don't like late and I expect this from anyone. Each minute is late. However It's hard to be always punctual there are various situation who making us late.

so , i am a little bit serious person , i am almost early 1 hour before my appointments , i know that is a lot but t think the reason is i am worried to be late .

To be honest I don't remember any important or not important meetings and not being late.
I'm always late late late

I try to be on time. I agree with someone who previous wrote that being on time shows respect to the partner.
But sometimes I'm late. I have problem with estimate a time needed to get to the meeting.
Fortunately nowdays almost everyone have mobile phone so we can inform a partner when we arrive to the meeting.


Well, may be everyone wants alway on time and me too. But life is alway unexpected. Such as bad weather, traffic jams, breakdown, etc.... So I try to be on time by a lot of ways. On bad weather day, I get up erlier to go to the office on time. Sometime, I will pass a red light and risk launching a motorbike at sixty kilometres per hour. This is very dangerous for myself and other people, so I'm eliminating this bad habit. In my opinion, "late" is about 10 minutes.

I always underestimate the time taken for traveling to the meeting place because I am not often using public transportation or driving my car to meet anyone.

I try to be on time usually. but there could be a compulsive circumstance.

Hi.I always try to be on time and when people running late for their arrangement,I will be annoyed