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 shahhoseini on Thu, 02/04/2020 - 07:04

What do you prefer – sending messages to your friends or phoning them? I prefer often to phone with my friends but, if I guess they haven't enough time to respond, I will send messages to them.

Submitted by Nguyễn Ngọc Hưng on Thu, 02/04/2020 - 04:55

After this reading test, I have known many useful instant messages. They can help me chat or reply my friend quickly so I can save my time.

Submitted by gianbar92 on Sat, 14/03/2020 - 22:34

Nowadays people of all ages use smartphones to connect with others sending messages or phoning them. Often young people prefer chatting than phoning because, in this way, they could answer whenever they want and it's faster than typing the telephone number, calling them and hoping they will pick up the phone at that moment. However I prefer sending messages to my friends but sometimes I call them when I have to tell them something important or when I need an aswer very quickly.

Submitted by Sanja on Tue, 04/02/2020 - 12:17

As most of introverts, I prefer sending messages. But sometimes it is impolite and I strongly agree that if you really want to know someone's feelings and want to avoid eventually misunderstandings, phoning is quite better.

Submitted by DOUDOU on Mon, 03/02/2020 - 13:32

I prefer phoning my friends rather than messaging them .Hearing their voices helps me to understand them better and figure out their real state of being . As you know sometimes we send a smile by message while we are crying.

Submitted by samyogawa on Tue, 21/01/2020 - 19:20

Send messages is the better way to avoid unnecessary talk so far ; by the way, you can answer anytime
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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.