Changing plans

Listen to two people talking about changing their plans to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.


Francesco: Sachi? Sachi? Sachiko! 

Sachi: Francesco! Is everything OK?

Francesco: Yes. Yes. Sorry, I saw you and I was across the street … I ran.

Sachi: I see. What's up?

Francesco: Do you have the tickets … for the play?

Sachi: No, I don't. I'm going to buy them this afternoon.

Francesco: Oh good, good. Listen, don't buy tickets for this Friday.

Sachi: Oh? Why not?

Francesco: I can't go to the theatre on Friday. Something's come up. I have a concert this Friday.

Sachi: Another concert? But you said …

Francesco: I know, I know. I'm sorry. I forgot.

Sachi: Francesco! 

Francesco: How about next week? Are you free then? I can definitely go next Friday.

Sachi: Francesco. You did this two weeks ago, remember? I had cinema tickets for the new Marvel movie and you changed the plans then too. For band practice.

Francesco: I know, and I …

Sachi: We also missed my favourite dance group. Because your band was playing at some child's birthday party.

Francesco: It was my nephew's birthday …

Sachi: Ha! 

Francesco: OK, why don't we go out for dinner before my concert? Then, next Friday we can go to the play.

Sachi: Oh …

Francesco: Come on, Sachi. Just this one more time.

Sachi: OK, but promise me next Friday. OK?

Francesco: I promise. I promise!

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Submitted by sevenseas on Sun, 13/12/2020 - 11:57

I don't have so many plans for my free time. I just want to study english during quarentine and ready my books with a relaxing lo-fi.

Submitted by fofanaML on Sat, 12/12/2020 - 10:25

Yes, most of my time when i'm home alone.

Submitted by Roya on Tue, 01/12/2020 - 08:38

Yes,I always like to do a schedule for my life,actually I love to see the plans in paper and do them in a right way.It helps me to think better and feel more useful.

Submitted by Sergio1994 on Mon, 30/11/2020 - 15:43

Sometimes this happens to me when my friends call or text me in the last hour, but I prefer to plan to go out a week before.
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Submitted by DJ Singh on Tue, 24/11/2020 - 12:39

I love to plan my day and spent like planned. But if something more important comes up than planned I don't feel good because something unexpected came up in my schedule.

Submitted by NOURHAN93 on Mon, 23/11/2020 - 01:30

Yes I like make plans for my free time ,and I feel sad if it doesn't work like I planned. I like to make every thing organized ,so I hate when someone ask me to go out in the same day ,probably I refuse his asked .

Submitted by Thant Zin Min on Sun, 15/11/2020 - 15:51

Actually, I usually spend most of my free time alone. But Sometimes, our friends gether to go to somewhere. At such time, we make appointment to meet at a place first. Some friend can come and some cannot because we usually don't have the same free time. Then we have to move our plan to another day, another month.

Submitted by Pola on Sat, 07/11/2020 - 14:16

Yes, I do make a lot of plans are most mornings.
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Submitted by Ana Luisa Sanc… on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 03:36

Always I Like to do a lot plans for my free time, and usually I cancel some activities due to there is not time enough. But for me is exciting to wait this time for to do what I like.

Submitted by kzmyr on Tue, 03/11/2020 - 17:14

Thank you for sharing

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Fri, 23/10/2020 - 14:34

Yes, when I have free time I plan about future. In future have a lot of uncertainty.

Submitted by Samqaid on Tue, 20/10/2020 - 22:18

I'm trying to plan my time, I want to organize my waste time, I did and made a schedule but I couldn't adhere by it .. I'm really stupid and I live randomly. I love to have a good schedule in order to utilize from my time. I know the time is a wealth to us ...can anyone advise me how would be organized

Submitted by Ugulhan on Fri, 16/10/2020 - 07:56

Yeah, I do my plans for my free time, but sometimes, the plans will be changed, seeing as something comes up. Friends of mine, they call me and they would be angry with me. Why did you change your plan? BlaBla will say. And I am hanging on the mobile phone then I was saying only, I apologize to you for my changing plan.

Submitted by Moon Wathan on Tue, 13/10/2020 - 15:44

Yes, I have many plans in my free time. But for now, I have plan to study English lessons and try to play the guitar cause of covid-19. I can't go anywhere. After the lockdown, I have many plans to travel.

Submitted by Vleticiam on Fri, 09/10/2020 - 07:23

I rarely forget my events or appointments, usually I prefer to write it down in my calendar not to cause any problems.

Submitted by habibao.medo on Sun, 04/10/2020 - 10:38

NO , i don't i always stay at home watching my favorite show or reading my favorite novel but sometimes i go out with my friend to the mall or the park

Submitted by mustafa Al sweidan on Sat, 03/10/2020 - 12:41

Actually last week i plan to go for camping but unfortunately for some reasons that didn't happen
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Submitted by shelly on Tue, 22/09/2020 - 08:34

I have several plans for my regular free time. Every day when I am off work, I want to attend Yoga class. I could have a deep relaxation during the class after a long working day, especially do a short meditation to free my mind. Every weekend, I'm happy to go to a make-up class. I feel more confidence and beautiful during the making-up although a little tried after class. While on holidays our family will drive to some scenic areas to breath some fresh air.

Submitted by zozo on Thu, 10/09/2020 - 18:17

I do have plans but not all of them happened in real life ,circumstance do the job.

Submitted by biso01 on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 14:55

usually i device a lot of plans for me and my friend. every weekend i have new plans to make my friend very excited so the loves me. they wait me every weekend for the new plans.

Submitted by Rinaa on Thu, 13/08/2020 - 21:20

I think arranging our time and making plans in advance, is essential for accomplishing our tasks and relaxing in our free time. Usually, I come up with a detailed plan for weekdays, I set my objectives and goals, deadlines, and reports that I have to prepare. Also during the week, I make a plan for the weekend, as everyone loves the weekend and wants to enjoy it. But usually, I don't prefer to make big plans in advance, like changing the job or traveling in different countries. The only plan I can make without a doubt is a vacation for the weekend.

Submitted by MARIANO_HB on Wed, 12/08/2020 - 03:00

No, actually I don't make plans for my free time. I think would be fabulous at least to plan an event every weekend. In this case, would be an event inside my home due to the current situation.

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Thu, 30/07/2020 - 10:34

Yes. I always have a detailed plan for every weekend. That can be shopping in the mall, going to play house with my daughter, driving to the countryside or having a barbecue in the garden.

Submitted by fahri on Wed, 22/07/2020 - 10:12

Dear team From audio above: Francesco: I can't go to the theatre on Friday. Something's come up. 'Come up' its mean: to happen, usually unexpectedly. Is my opinion correct?? If he said: something will be happen. Is it unexpectedly or expectedly??? Thank you for your answer team.
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Submitted by Jonathan R on Thu, 23/07/2020 - 03:21

In reply to by fahri

Hi fahri, Yes, that's right. 'Something's come up' means it is something unexpected. It's a task or job I need to do instead of the original plan. For example, my boss has just asked me to do some urgent work, or someone in my family needs my help with something. You could say 'Something's happened' (using present perfect - the same tense as 'something's come up'). That's also unexpected, but it's a bit different. It implies it's something unfortunate or something I didn't want, such as an accident. I might say that if someone in my family has suddenly become ill, for example. Also, it might not be something you need to do instead of the originally planned activity, but something that simply stops you doing it (e.g. if my family member is ill, I'd be worried about them so I wouldn't be in the right mood to go out and enjoy a play). Does that make sense? Best wishes, Jonathan The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by fahri on Thu, 23/07/2020 - 11:02

In reply to by Jonathan R

Thank you very much sir. Your answer is very clear. Fantastic.

Submitted by lodjojc on Tue, 28/07/2020 - 14:31

In reply to by Jonathan R

Thanks Jonathan. That's great!

Submitted by fahri on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 17:24

Dear team. From the audio above. Francesco: I promise. I promise! What the different from: I swear I swear or I swear to god. The question: Which one more polite or more solemnly??? Thank you very much for your answer.
Hi fahri, 'Swear' is stronger than 'promise'. For example, in the sentence 'I _____ I'll never lie to you', both verbs work but I would use 'swear' since it's quite a strong commitment. In the listening above, Francesco is just promising not to cancel their plans again, so I think 'swear' would probably be too strong. Also, you may notice that Francesco is replying to Sachi, who asks him to 'promise me'. In his reply, Francesco repeats the word that Sachi used. 'Swear' is also informal, so you could say 'I swear' to a friend or family member but probably not to your manager, for example. 'Swear to god' is even stronger, and may not be polite. One other thing: 'promise' is about something in the future (e.g. I promise I won't forget your birthday). 'Swear' has this future meaning too. But 'swear' is also often used to emphasise that you're telling the truth about something in the past (e.g. I swear I didn't take your money). Best wishes, Jonathan The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by fahri on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 19:01

In reply to by Jonathan R

Thank you very much sir. Your answer is very complete and confehensif. I am very happy

Submitted by malacazar on Fri, 17/07/2020 - 01:35

I don't use to make lot of plans, because I hate when something is cancelled, so I prefer being more spontaneous; However if someone that I know is really reliable make a plan I will accept inmediatly.

Submitted by Dastenova Firuza on Sat, 11/07/2020 - 18:44

Yes, I plan to do house works, cook and go to parties, parks with my children.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:34

Since I have two kids my free time is as real as the Loch Ness monster ;) When you became a parent all your life is changing completely. You have to play with kids, walk with them in the park, feed them, bath them and so on. When they grow older also start to motivate them to do the homework. It's not so easy, trust me. So I don't have many plans for my free time. A short while to study English, a little while for reading or watching football. And of course, at your so long-awaited free time, they would try to disturb you as much as they can.

Submitted by Suellen Esteves on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 18:34

No, I rarely make plans for my free time, I usually let it happen.

Submitted by joshnamep on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 04:06

I admit that I am not managing my time effectively, so I have many free time. In this period, I spend them most on Facebook surfing, and searching for some stuffs. I will improve it day by day.
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Submitted by Rikaaprilistyana on Tue, 30/06/2020 - 14:40

i think, next time they should make one or two plans for the weekend

Submitted by Dr Doaa Mahmoud on Mon, 29/06/2020 - 13:09

Of course, planning for all time is important. I always make plans for learning new topics, reading, studying and shopping with my family.

Submitted by NgocKhanh on Fri, 26/06/2020 - 15:06

I have a daughter, she is four years old. I always make plans for all our free times. We go to the play ground twice a week, and go to the cinema all fridays. Everyday, after I picked her up from the kindergarten, I buy her an icecream before walking home

Submitted by Asni on Tue, 23/06/2020 - 21:45

No, I don't make lots of plans, my life is kind of mundane. So usually, I do almost the same every week. Sometimes, on Saturdays, we might plan something like going on an excursion or so. .

Submitted by Rafat on Sun, 21/06/2020 - 22:50

Making plan is essentially important to save time ,achieving goal. I must do plan for every week.after finishing my duty I have many hours ,without aplan it will be easily wasted without any benefit, studying english ,listening,reading books,watch movies. In my off,Friday, I wake up morning ,read , do my favourite sport walking ,for one hour ,then breakfast with my family ,then prepare to pray.after noon I take anep ,then go to shopping , at the evening, I go with my family for asea or beach or watch comedic movie

Submitted by abudo93 on Fri, 19/06/2020 - 13:02

Yeah, l made lots of plans, but like suchi and francesco we have to change our plans at more time.

Submitted by Teresa Chi on Sat, 06/06/2020 - 15:46

certainly, I am making regular plans for my work week. right now, every morning I wake up very early, I read a little bit of France, a little bit of English, after going to work at the restaurant, during free time I prefer painting

Submitted by LarisaAlp on Thu, 04/06/2020 - 18:59

I always make lots of different plans for my free time. When I have enough time for traveling, I do it. I am glad to have some days off every month. What do I do? First, I learn English. Second, I do sport (my husband and I play table-tennis and swim in the swimming pool). I watch movies and read books too.

Submitted by quyenquyen87 on Sat, 30/05/2020 - 14:45

In my free time, I like reading book because I can learn about another culture, learn skills and even things I have never known in the life.And sometimes I also listen to music for entertainment.

Submitted by Sharif Tayyebi on Sat, 30/05/2020 - 07:59

Well, I think it is necessary to make plans for every time; it doesn't matter that it is your free time or not. In other words, making plan is an obligatory thing and we have to make it to bring changes in our situations or arranging our activities. In this case, I don't have much free time, but I usually make plans for Fridays. In some Islamic countries, Thursday is the weekend and Friday is public holiday. So, I usually prepare my plans for doing things in these days or going out with my friends and family. I don't like go to theater, cinema, plays, shows, and so on; so, I prefer to meet my friends home and help them with their problems. To be honest, we don't have good theaters, cinemas, parks, and places or events like that for entertainment in Afghanistan. I wish that one day our security situation get better and entertaining events and places get to open, then I will go there with my friends and family. Regards, Tayyebi

Submitted by amal.araia on Thu, 28/05/2020 - 23:58

Hi! Not a lot, may be one or two plans for weekends.

Submitted by DomiBoo on Thu, 28/05/2020 - 10:09

Now I have a lot of free time. I spend time with my family, I learn English and I plan to vacation in July. I'm going to Poland to visit my parents.

Submitted by wido on Tue, 26/05/2020 - 13:23

In my free time, I plan to go to the mall and buy something and walk all over it.

Submitted by Milena1 on Mon, 25/05/2020 - 20:09

Well, realy not because I am from Venezuela and the life cost is very, very expensive so I sometimes I can travel when my daugther, who lives in Madrid, pay my travel,But when I am in home I usually pass my free time in my home watching TV or working in my computer,