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 khaoula ghar on Thu, 04/11/2021 - 18:12


It depends on the situation, but generally I prefer messaging them or sending voice messages. so they could listen to them and reply when they have time to do it.

Submitted by Neshe on Sat, 30/10/2021 - 20:13


I thınk ıt depends on. Sometimes it is better to phone your friends to explain the situation. Messages may misread by people.
To me l use both communicating with my friends and my family.

Submitted by mangnb on Mon, 25/10/2021 - 14:03


I think send messages is the best. This is my mind

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Wed, 20/10/2021 - 18:33


I usually call him. When matter is not urgent then I leave message to friends.

Submitted by Min Htet Kaung on Fri, 17/09/2021 - 09:31

It depends on the circustance. In some countries, it's difficult to get access to Internet and the cost of using Internet is high. At this situation, it will be more suitable to phone friends. But if he or she is at work, it'd better send a message. I don't like sending message via SMS because in our country, the mobile service enterprises send a lot of messages about their sale promotion and I rarely read those messages. So I miss some of my friends' messages via SMS among these sale promotion messages.

Submitted by Min Htet Kaung on Fri, 17/09/2021 - 09:03

Does the sentence " You thought about what to get her" mean " Have you already thought about which present to give her?"?

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Mon, 16/08/2021 - 22:26

Now often I text messages because I write faster, but if it something really important and need to happen faster I will call her/him.

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