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 albert9315 on Mon, 13/01/2020 - 06:41

I prefer phoning my friends, because I am very happy to hear my friend`s voice. But when they are not available, I used to send message.

Submitted by Fikymaulana on Fri, 03/01/2020 - 02:28

it deppent on how highly urgue of matters. if I need a fast respon, i preffer to make a call because commonly peoples would have a fast response when the phone is ringing. its different with message, sometime we dont get a direct replied.

Submitted by Yeasman on Mon, 25/11/2019 - 15:05

I prefer to sending messages because it's so simply and cheap

Submitted by om mariam on Sun, 20/10/2019 - 16:28

I prefer to send messages most of time because it cheaper and can avoid time consuming which is happen by making phone , but in emergency case or when I need immediate response I make a phone call.

Submitted by Wahiba on Mon, 23/09/2019 - 08:09

I always call my mother because she is old and she lives alone so she needs to talk and hear voices . I prefer send messages to my husband, my children and my friends they ares very busy and I don’t like to disturb them. Of course I ‘ll call them if it's necessary.
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Submitted by Cheick Sadibou on Sun, 21/07/2019 - 21:14

Sending message is my last choice i prefer call

Submitted by Sam1995 on Mon, 27/05/2019 - 20:36

If you ask me , I'd say it depends on the situation I'm in which means if it's so important to talk to them about something , therefore I would rather make a phone call , but personally I would prefer sending messages to making a phone call since it's cheaper and better in a way which it does not disturb them as well .

Submitted by Sarah-njzh on Fri, 24/05/2019 - 07:00

it depends the thing we talk about and the situation we are. if I want to get the response immediately or something is important I'd like phoning my friends. on the contrary, if we are just having small talk or something not emergency I prefer sending messages to them.
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Submitted by AL-Mustafa on Tue, 26/03/2019 - 08:36

I prefer sending messages to my friends rather than call them . Actually i always prefer sending message when i try to contact a person , becuase messages are archived and i can back to them if forget something , for example , Beatriz can back to the conversation with Andrew if she forget the time .

Submitted by mithra66 on Mon, 11/03/2019 - 06:09

I prefer sending a message rather than a phone call. because it makes both of us go straight to the main point and prevents wasting time.