Instant messages

Read a conversation by instant messages to practise and improve your reading skills.

Instructions

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!           

surprise

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?

Yep.

What time was it again? 4?

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

yesyesyesyes

CU then.

Bye for now.

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Submitted by Daviliko_loko on Sun, 13/11/2022 - 21:05

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It depends on who I'm talking to, what we have to discuss, and whether the issue is important. if it is an important business I prefer to phone the other person and let things be as clear as possible, if what we talk about is a minor thing is more convenient to text each other.

Submitted by marwan297 on Mon, 05/09/2022 - 17:56

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For me I prefer sending messages because I don't like speaking as I consider it as annoying. Actually it depends on the circumstance, If it is urgent, I will have to call them so I can save time, other wise, I will send them a message.

Submitted by ze-lal on Thu, 11/08/2022 - 07:36

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I am soo slowly on typing massage, so I prefer to call. But at all I don't like telecommunications

Submitted by emma tae on Wed, 06/07/2022 - 05:27

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I'd be more likely to text my friends since phone bills are extremely expensive here

Submitted by SilverGhost68 on Thu, 23/06/2022 - 15:38

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I would prefer sending messages, because it's more convinient, and it also saves times. I only call them if that is an important situation that I need to talk with them immidiately.

Submitted by phost1271 on Wed, 18/05/2022 - 17:06

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I prefer texting over calling as most people do. I find texting much less time-consuming than calling. You can always shorten specific phrases or sentences when texting by using internet abbreviations (you know "lol" "brb" this stuff), which can save a significant amount of time. Although it sounds less formal, this can come as more convenient when communicating when texting your close ones, such as friends or family members with who are you mostly interact in daily life.

Submitted by Anastasiia Kirss on Mon, 16/05/2022 - 14:11

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I definitely prefer phoning my friends. I think calling is only appropriate for urgent cases when you really need to hear from them ASAP. Why would I bother my friend with a call, when I'm not even sure if they're free to talk at the moment? Besides, it's really nice to have all the important info written in your chat, like the time and place you've agreed to see each other, right?

I agree with what was said. Sometimes you need to get information from friends, relatives as soon as possible and it would be more convenient to call. But sometimes, in order to disturb them with calls, it would be more appropriate to write a letter.

I comletely agree with you,i prefer to communicate in messages, because i love when correspondence with a person saved, but before i call on the phone, i write and ask if the person is busy or not