Changing a meeting time

Listen to two colleagues arranging a meeting to practise and improve your listening skills.

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


Lucy: Hi, Anna. Do you have a minute to talk about the meeting next Tuesday?

Anna: Sure. We said 11, didn't we?

Lucy: Yeah, we did. But I have a bit of a problem with the time. Would it be possible to move it?

Anna: Oh, I see. We could postpone it to the afternoon, to 1 p.m., for example. Or bring it forward to earlier in the morning. What would suit you?

Lucy: Could we make it 9 o'clock? That would really help me. I have another important meeting in the central office at 12.

Anna: No problem. It's important you're there.

Lucy: Thanks a lot, Anna.

Anna: Do you need help with any preparation? Did you get the agenda I sent out?

Lucy: Yes, I did. And no, that's all fine, thanks. My report is ready and I'm looking forward to presenting it.

Anna: Great.

Lucy: I can tell Sven about the time change. I'll see him later.

Anna: Don't worry about telling Sven. I'll send an email to everyone to confirm the time has changed and with an updated meeting invite.

Lucy: Great. Thanks, Anna.

Anna: OK. I'm happy that works for you. We really need you there and it's good we don't have to cancel it.

Lucy: See you then. Have a good weekend in the meantime.

Anna: You too.

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Soumis par Ugulhan le ven 16/10/2020 - 07:33

If I have some meetings with my job, then I will look at my time and day, seeing as the meeting of my position is important for me. If it will happen any issues with a day or time, then I would postpone the meeting to a later time or day, or I would bring forward an earlier time. Whatever, I would find a good solution.

Soumis par Moon Wathan le mar 13/10/2020 - 15:20

I often have the meeting to talk about our school and how to arrange the time table and before I have a vacation to go home. I didn't need to arrange anything for the meeting because I go to the meeting just listen and to know the information.

Soumis par Maria de Jesus le ven 09/10/2020 - 16:35

What meetings do you have to go to? Nowadays I have to go to meetings from Monday thru Friday to attend my school classes. The meetings are previously arranged and confirmed by my teacher. How do you arrange them? I accept an invitation to meetings and I confirm them. When my teacher needs to cancel or postpone a meeting, she moves the meeting and she brings it forward. In the meantime, I do my English Practice. Thank you! Greetings from Mexico.

Soumis par habibao.medo le dim 04/10/2020 - 09:48

i don't have any meetings this time i am just chilling

Soumis par shelly le ven 18/09/2020 - 02:55

At the end of this month we are attending a big conference through the platform China paper- making Association. Our company participate this conference every year. Usually we need a month to prepare for it. Since we have a stall during the show time, we have to design the stall pattern and lightbox posts. It is really a tough time for the propagandist as the patterns have to be changed all the time so as to meet the manager's satisfaction. While it would a little leisure during the conference time, you could meet some potential friends talking about the special field you are working.

Soumis par zozo le jeu 10/09/2020 - 14:02

I don't remember i arrange any meetings because i still didn't get that position to do so in my work feild,I only attend ones hopfully soon will be. family meetings i so good to do because it's always be fun even when it is seriose .

Soumis par HeinHtetKyaw le ven 28/08/2020 - 21:52

I'm going to arrange an urgent business meeting that is advantaged. First of all, I'm really appreciate you that lessons are useful and grate I love you British council

Soumis par biso01 le mar 25/08/2020 - 14:37

often i think the meeting in my company very bored due to lake of team soul and i do not find any advantage from this meeting and our boss could not manage the meeting with right way, i make some suggestions to get the meeting helpful to us but no one give me his ears.

Soumis par Rinaa le jeu 13/08/2020 - 20:43

These days, I'm attending online meetings through platform Zoom. The aim of these daily meetings is to improve our English skills by discussing the different topics and to kill some time. We arrange the meeting one day before and we make sure to set the right time for all of the participants, so everyone could join the meeting. In a normal situation, when I had a job, usually we had a meeting every day when we discussed how to manage our time for accomplishing our tasks. Sometimes meetings can be boring and not necessary, especially morning meetings can ruin your day.

Soumis par MARIANO_HB le mer 12/08/2020 - 02:42

I every day have meetings, at least 3 times a day, some of them are permanent every week and others are arrange depending on many situations and how critical is it. All-time we program the meeting depending on the availability time of the whole team.

Soumis par Phan Bao Dung le jeu 30/07/2020 - 09:03

I worked as a quality laboratory supervisor in a pharmaceutical company so I usually have meetings with laboratory technicians, section managers, and laboratory equipment suppliers. These are planned monthly or weekly meetings about developing plans and timelines to assure analytical support. But sometimes I also have unplanned meetings about the problems in the laboratory. So I always organize my work time strickly to meet the requirements of my position.

Soumis par Jerome NR le mar 21/07/2020 - 15:01

I want to know what should we prepare for a meeting?

Hello Jerome NR,

There are so many different kinds of meetings, I'm afraid it's quite difficult to give any advice without knowing more. You might try searching the internet on this topic to get some ideas.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par dariowins le lun 20/07/2020 - 22:43

Nice lesson and great contents, I am learning much and I love British Accent. Nice and wonderful job British Council

Soumis par fatfat le lun 20/07/2020 - 12:53

I have to go to the meeting about my job and Earlier I receive an email or text message by boss. The meeting date, time or place doesn't change.

Soumis par Min Htet Kaung Aung le mar 14/07/2020 - 15:01

Hi, I have listened to two stories before. But this time, l cannot play the audio.Whenever I press the "play” buttom, the notice "Sorry, Invalid video URL” appears.Please advise me what I should do.

Hello Min Htet Kaung Aung,

There is a technical problem with our audio. I'm sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for telling us. We are working on a solution and hopefully the audio will be working soon.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Tea

Soumis par Marceloac le lun 13/07/2020 - 01:07

In the quarentine my meetings are by teams or webex sessions. I have daily meetings with my team to discuss the project backlogs. Some times simple calls are turned into meetings or if happens any problem in the office the emergency meetings are organized.

Soumis par Dastenova Firuza le sam 11/07/2020 - 18:37

I usually go to different meetings at work. For example, educatiuonal,tutorial, scientific, methodical etc. I postpone my plans or sometimes take my works with myself to do if there is a cnance during the prolonged meetings.

Soumis par Rapershi le ven 10/07/2020 - 14:43

After pandemi We was often going to meeting about our works at school but now we working from home. We also hold meeting from zoom.

Soumis par hangnt5 le mer 08/07/2020 - 05:09

I have a meeting with my director at the end of the month. I must prepare the document for the meeting . we always discuss the financial situation of the company such as business results, total access, accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial statements. Because I am a general accountant. Then I have to make a financial plan for the next month. Sometimes when I do not prepare the documents, we could postpone the meeting to the first of the next month

Soumis par Hennadii le mar 07/07/2020 - 16:13

Telling the truth I hate meetings. I think most of them are waste of time. I've visited hundreds of meetings and I would like to say - every other of them could be replaced by emails and phone calls. Honestly, you have to postpone your tasks going to a meeting to listen to someone's problems which you even not interested in. Then you return to your workplace and find another task in addition to those you've laid aside before. Yeah, I admit, sometimes you need to meet your colleagues face to face to discuss problems which can't be solved by mailing. But not twice a day, anyway.

Soumis par Suellen Esteves le lun 06/07/2020 - 01:04

I don't have meetings because in my country we are still in quarantine

Soumis par Asni le mar 23/06/2020 - 21:18

Hello, I would like to ask if there is some option for editing a comment after being posted ( but before being approved and published) . Many times, I submit a comment and just after that I realize it's incomplete or there is some grammar or typing errors, but it is too late to correct, Thanks for your attention

Soumis par Kirk le lun 29/06/2020 - 16:14

En réponse à par Asni


Hello Asni,

No, I'm afraid there is now way for you to do this. I'd suggest you leave your comment for a few minutes after you've written it. Then if you read it once again before posting it, you will probably find such errors.

It's actually a good practice for your writing in general, too!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Asni le mar 23/06/2020 - 21:10

For every project, we needed a number of meetings to assign tasks for the next delivery. Also, those meetings were important to control and monitor the work of each member of the team and estimate the costs so that if there were some deviation, we act urgently to deliver it on deadline. We used some kind of mobile application to arrange them. In this way, we can move, postpone or bring meetings forward anytime because everyone is easily reachable.

Soumis par abudo93 le jeu 18/06/2020 - 10:23

In the meantime l don't have any meeting and also two next month that I have to go to get it, but in the past before coronavirus pandemic I was go to meeting every Friday with my friends or on wedding's family.

Soumis par Emily Mellor le mer 17/06/2020 - 15:21

We, all students in our class, have too much expectations on this trip. But the pandemic disease haven't finished yet. So, I wish to end this pademic disease very fast. You all do take good care of yourselves.

Soumis par Emily Mellor le mer 17/06/2020 - 15:08

As I am a student, I don't have meeting to go. During this quarantine, my close friends and me meet each other by using zoom meeting app. Every year, final part-1 students in University of Medicine have to go a trip in Myanmar. My friends and me made a group for this trip and we talk about our lives, experiences and play games through zoom app so that we can close each other. This is such a nice meeting for me. My friends, members of our group, are good-natured and helpful enough. I bet we will be the best group in the class.

Soumis par amal.araia le jeu 28/05/2020 - 23:36

Hi every one. I don't have any meetings to go to for the next two months, because it is summer break for my school. I am a teacher.

Soumis par Sharif Tayyebi le mer 27/05/2020 - 03:59

I have two kinds of meetings in our faculty. We usually have a meeting with Dean of faculty and other professors or assistant professors which takes place in an exact date every month. The date is usually at the beginning of each month. Beyond the monthly meeting we would also have another which named emergency meeting and it would be during a week and so. The process of arranging the date and time of meeting is that we often receive an email or phone call from the secretary of faculty. But, if there is no enough time to confirm the meeting and it's agenda by email, secretary usually calls to every participants. Sometimes, the Dean of faculty posts an agenda and the time and date of meeting in our watsup group. He usually notes that the time or date is ready to move, and the participants recommend their views. After many comments, the dean of faculty choose an exact and proper comment. Regards, Tayyebi

Soumis par Milena1 le lun 25/05/2020 - 16:44

Well, frequently I must go to the meetings that the Central Level of Study Control of the Educational Zone summons and I also summon and preside over the teachers' meetings for the discussion of qualifications, General Councils for decision making, as well as for document review. of students for granting degrees bachellor.

Soumis par Anna Goraj le lun 18/05/2020 - 21:07

My closet up comming meeting is to do clothing store on Saturday , after then I plan to make an appointment with a hairdresser , change my something interesting . I will go there with my car.

Soumis par Anna Goraj le lun 18/05/2020 - 21:03

Hi , my name is Ania . Im 35 years old . I live in a small village of Sieniczno with my family . I' m interested in music and interior decoration.

Soumis par Codjoah le lun 18/05/2020 - 15:02

Hi I have to go to directors' weekly meetings. Befor going to that meeting, I used to prepare the implementation of weekly activities, the obtained out puts and the difficulties we faced in the passed week. And finally, present the planning of the next week activities.

Soumis par mm_xx1415 le dim 17/05/2020 - 23:06

Hello there, I have to go to the department's meeting arranging them by my car. Best Regards, Mohammed

Soumis par mouna99 le dim 17/05/2020 - 16:35

I go to my university meetings, they are planned my the dierctor, it's not me who arrange them

Soumis par Anna Goraj le dim 17/05/2020 - 14:33

My closet up comming meeting is to do clothing store on Saturday , after then I plan to make an appointement with a hairdresser, change my something interesting . I will go there with my car.

Soumis par Anna Goraj le dim 17/05/2020 - 14:27

Hi , my name is Ania . Im 35 years old . I live in a small village of Sieniczno with my family . I' m interested in music and interior decoration .

Soumis par quyenquyen87 le sam 16/05/2020 - 10:58

I have a meeting with some friends for 2 weeks ago.At the meeting , we discuss about idea to protect the environment . We plan to organize a specific time and date, how many people will take part in that meeting, is there any problem with the transportation .

Soumis par Sergei Baskakov le jeu 14/05/2020 - 13:58

I have to be in online meetings at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day

Soumis par Milena Nikolova le mer 13/05/2020 - 05:55

I have a meeting every Day and usualy i use the Outlook.

Soumis par Lauracastanos le mar 12/05/2020 - 00:34

Hello For my meetings I have my calendar in Outlook

Soumis par Fatemeh.Najafzadeh le dim 10/05/2020 - 01:39

I used to work at a materials science company and l had a meeting with my colleagues and my boss every Monday at noon, regarding employees function. The meeting time was arranged by our director in advance.

Soumis par Muhiddin le jeu 07/05/2020 - 18:04

Hi everybody, I just want to specify regarding the task-1. I am not sure about the correct anwer for sentence 4 in the task 1. I think the correct answer should be either "Anna is sending the agenda now" or the last one "Anna will send the agenda later.". please check and let me know. thanks in advance.

Hello Muhiddin,

In the audioscript you can see that Anna says 'Did you get the agenda I sent out?' This tells us that the correct answer is 'Anna has already sent the agenda'.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Dita Shafira M… le mer 29/04/2020 - 08:16

I'll meet my friends at 5 p.m to ngabuburit together because I'm fasting.