A text message invitation

Learn how to write a text message invitation to a friend.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.

Reading text
Sandra
online

Hey! Want to meet for a drink after work?

14:16

Cool, what time do you finish?

14:21

Late as always crying

14:22

Me too. Msg me when you leave

14:22

OK. Where do you want to go?

14:23

IDK. I might be hungry tho

14:24

Good point.

14:25

I'll think of somewhere to eat.

14:25

I know what you're like when you're hungry! wink

14:27

LOL, I'm not that bad!

14:31

Don't worry. We can meet at the bus stop and decide then.

14:31

yes See you later

14:32

Tips

  1. You don't need to write complete sentences.
  2. You can use abbreviations like LOL (= laugh out loud) or IDK (= I don't know) to save time.
  3. Use emojis smiley to add feelings.
  4. You don't need to use full stops (.) at the end of messages.
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As my family lives far from me, in Belgium, while I live in the South of France, we usually use modern means of commuications as "Whatsapp or Viber" or text messages to keep in touch each other. So every day, I can see and hear my children and grand-children. To specify the dates of our meetings or the dates during which we babysit the children, we always use SMS. It is more prudent not to forget the periods
I usually send lots of text messages to my friends, or if we together we speak to make plans. I also hate to talk on cellphone, I really prefer text messagens.
Hi Sahra can we go out tomorrow I’m off my work so I was thinking if we can go to dinner and cinema, if you don’t have any other plans and we can have fun like old days
I prefer to send msg through WhatsApp to my friends. In-office if I am in a meeting and someone is calling me. I send a short message.
It depends. I usually send text if don't want to prolong the conversation. Sometimes, when i feel its urgent, i make a call to speak.
i usually send to my friends a lot of messages but, sometimes, i send them only one vocal message to plane our meeting.
I have a wrong in a comment because I wrote they haven't available and the correct is they aren't available
I prefer to send text message to friends to make plans. Making plan usually takes time and there are a lots of changes during the process such as time, place, participants, activities, etc. With message, I and my friends can easily update the changes.
it depends on my situation, sometimes I have time and credit then I call to my friends, otherwise I prefer to msg him or her.
I prefer to speak with my friends by phone. but sometimes I send text messages to them.
Today the massages help to speak when be in the work or cannot respond the cell phone, so I have to write, but I prefer speak
I prefer to speak to my friend to make any plan or just talk. But if I need to make a plan with someone who I don't know much, I would send a text message first for his/her consideration and make a call.
I always prefer to send text messages if I am contacting an English speaker friend. I have more time to think and I can review my text before sending and correct it if there is any mistake.
I depends. I prefer send text of messages by phone but not too much, however I sometimes call because is the fastest way to communicate.
I think there is a mistake in Task 1 ! . There is nothing about having drink in the chat! so the answer of "They are going to have a drink" should be false.

Hello HRN1970

The first person mentions going for a drink in the first line of the conversation. When the second person says 'Cool', that indicates that they like the idea, that is, that they agree to have a drink. This is why the correct answer is True.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team 

I prefer to talk with my friend first over the phone and then send him messages to find us.
I send thousands of messages to friends to make plans and most time our plan fail .best funny meeting that with less planning.
When I am doing plans with friends I prefer to do so through the phone call. But sometimes I send text messages to my customers when I could not reach them through the phone calls to tell them about a part arrival date , warranty approval arrival and so on. Thanks .
I prefer to send text messages for my friends. However if I want to get an appointment or invite someone I do not know them very well I prefer to make a call.
as usual. I make call its better for me to explain where we will go and when, in our holiday. But if day work so i prefer text messages. So we meet after work.
It depends...sometimes I prefer to send some messages, sometimes I prefer meet my friends
It depends on situation.But I prefer to send text messages via mobile apps when i make a plan with friends for a dinner or hangout or movie..Because i think that each and everyone of my fri might be busy with their own work to speak on phone.
Oftentimes I send messages through text or online messaging apps when my friends are far from me and when it is not possible for us to meet and plan things.
Hello every one At first, I perfer to call my friends for invite them, then send msg about when we'll arrive to appointment
I prefer writing by the time i make appointment. As i don't want to talk to all the time.But sometimes, I think that making invitation make me feel more polite and certain. As do so, I rare with do.
As usual, I make a call to my friend to save time. But in some cases, I don't know when, where and what we decide to do, I prefer to send some texts. While I wait for my friend's response, I can do other works.
honestly speaking. if I want to make a plan in English, prefer to write lots of text message. but using my mother tongue, I prefer to make a call for make plan.
Sometimes I prefer to send lots of text messages and sometimes I would like to make calls if we have enough time to talk about a plan. I think speaking is better option when make a plan .
A phone call is the preferable choice for me, unless I know that the other person is at someplace ( like in a lecture hall or a meeting ) where he or she won't be able to attend a call but they might reply back to my texts.
Do you send lots of text messages or do you prefer to speak to friends to make plans? It depends on the situations. If we have already made a precise plan, a text message is enough, but, If it's a matter of defining the details, I prefer to make a call.
i like to send massage if i get enough time but usually i like to make a call if there is any urgent situation
I prefer to text msg rather than making call to make plans .. I don't konw why i just used to do it all the time ..
I tend to send text messages to friends instead of calling them, because it is much more convenient for both of us, due to they might be busy working and it will be easy for them to answer a text message whenever they can.
Yes, i send a lots of text massages to people but if any problem i usually make a plane and talk about that
If I'm not in hurry to get response from others msg is better I think. If I need to have result right know I'd like to talk to friends face by face or by phone.
I always use text messages to make plans or invitations with friends. It is the easiest way to communicate with other people if I don't know whether they are still at work.
I remember and miss my friend we used to invite each other for a walk daily. One thing about me I feel incomplete when I use short phrases in a conversation. Here is the most used short phrase from our daily conversation 'where?' for 'where are you?'.
I would like to call up my friends for invite to party , lunch, dinner ,... it is better for me because i hear their sounds and we make plan together. But they are at work , i would prefer to leave a msg.
I send lots of text messages to friends and relatives. I'm a member of a group of teachers of English and I'm a teacher of mathematics at a language school. I love your way of learning how to write text messages . You're so helpful and to be here with you is so useful thank you.
It ups to the situation for instance when I am busy especially at work I prefer to send message so I don't need to use my cellphone nonstop. On the other hand, whenever I find a free time I prefer to make a phone call especially to my close friends to arrange a plane which is much more easier than typing;)