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

Messages are cheaper and u can send them any time without bothering who u're texting.

It depends on the situation. If I want to talk about urgent matters, I prefer talking on the phone.

I prefer sending a message to a phone call.

I always prefer to text them because I can make sure they are available and it is cheap. You can remember them anything with a photo, video, recording..etc and you can have a chat with more than one.

It depends on what I have to tell them. If it's something brief with less than two or three informations, then I prefer to send a message. On the opposite, if I am waiting for their answer, I prefer to call them on the phone. Or when I have something delicate to say I prefer to call them to avoid to be misunderstood.

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