Instant messages

Instant messages

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!           


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?


What time was it again? 4?

4.30. I can pick you up at your house if you like.

👍 👍 👍 👍

CU then.

Bye for now.


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Submitted by RayOona on Thu, 07/03/2019 - 10:10

I prefer phoning my friends,because it is great to hear voices and I can express myself better by talking than writting a letter.

Submitted by wnyahoda on Wed, 06/03/2019 - 18:10

I prefer sending messages. This is mainly because most of my friends are always busy. It's impolite to disturb them especially at work, unless its very important then I will phone.

Submitted by sarah on Mon, 04/03/2019 - 21:45

I prefer phoning them, because i can really express myself well and is also an opportunity for me to hear their voice expecially when they are very far away from me.

Submitted by Niedja Suelly … on Sun, 03/03/2019 - 01:09

I prefer sending messages to my friends rather than phoning them, because if I phone them I force them to give me attention that moment, instead they talked to me whenever they want

Submitted by DaRiaЯ on Tue, 26/02/2019 - 06:22

I prefer phoning my friends - in most cases it takes less time!

Submitted by Enas mokhtar on Sun, 24/02/2019 - 22:19

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

Submitted by Mahenm on Sun, 24/02/2019 - 16:58

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

Submitted by juanfra366 on Fri, 22/02/2019 - 18:07

I prefer sending a message to a phone call.

Submitted by chacel on Fri, 22/02/2019 - 16:42

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.

Submitted by CptLamar on Fri, 22/02/2019 - 13:04

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.