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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 always get to work on time, but when I meet my friends, I am usually late, because I normally leave my home too late.

I usually late i have real problem i will running late between 15 mins to 1 hour with my friends or work there was different reasons like traffic jam in the future i will be as quick as i can

I am always in time or earlier . I hate running late:)

I'm usually on time or try to be a bit early. One minute is already late for me, but I'd rather wait for someone who is late than be late myself and make someone wait for me.

I am on time but sometimes I was late because of traffic jam.
But I really hate wating someone.

If only me I never late,but if my wife with me who must be late every time

i always on time almost never to late but my friends often to late and it make me lil mad. waiting is so sucks so dont be late okay!

I'm usually on time for work but I'm late for friend.

I go to work by bus, I remember I have one time late at about fifteen-minute,

Good night everybody! Usually I am on time and for me 5 minutes are late.