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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!           

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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Nivel de idioma

Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

I prefer to sending messages because it's so simply and cheap

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.

I always call my mother because she is old and she lives alone so she needs to talk and hear voices . I prefer send messages to my husband, my children and my friends they ares very busy and I don’t like to disturb them. Of course I ‘ll call them if it's necessary.

Sending message is my last choice i prefer call

If you ask me , I'd say it depends on the situation I'm in which means if it's so important to talk to them about something , therefore I would rather make a phone call , but personally I would prefer sending messages to making a phone call since it's cheaper and better in a way which it does not disturb them as well .

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