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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 am usually go on time when i meet with my friends but my friends usually late about 10 mins.

I'm usually late to all places, i've been used to it since i was child hahaha. My mother's family is the same, but i'm trying to be early lately.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, i think it's a weird quality.

I remember when I was in middle school, I was always running late, but since I grew up I was awarded that being late is very bad, so I had promised myself that I wouldn't run late again

i don't like being late, i'm always trying to be on time

In general, I am on time, but sometimes, and due to the traffic I am late. It's embarrasing to be late, especially when I have a formal meeting, but what can you do if you live in a town with a very bad traffic! More than 10 mins is late for me, but if you have a good reason to be late, it's ok!

When I was kid, I was always being late where I need to go! I learned that being late is not good behaviour when I started my first real job. If you want to be somewhere on time, I have got a special tip. Set your watch 5 mins back

I usually go meet right on time. I don't like keeping people waiting and don't like to wait so I am to be careful not to be late.

I am usually on time. I don't like to make anyone wait and even I don't like to wait for anyone too. sometimes a slight wait or 5-10 mins wait is ok or if is there any solid reason to get late is also ok but everyone should respect each one's time.

I usually am on time. I don´t like be late to the meetings or others commitments. I think that 15 mins is late.

I don't like to late when i meet with someone. Also i can't wait anymore when someone late. I can wait him maximum 10 mins.