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A message to a new friend

Read a direct message on social media to practise and improve your reading skills. 

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

Reading text

Hi Lucia

How are you? It was so nice to meet you last week in Sydney at the sales meeting. How was the rest of your trip? Did you see any kangaroos? I hope you got home to Mexico City OK.

Anyway, I have the documents about the new Berlin offices. We're going to be open in three months. I moved here from London just last week. They are very nice offices, and the location is perfect. There are lots of restaurants, cafés and banks in the area. There's also public transport; we are next to an U-Bahn (that is the name for the metro here). Maybe you can come and see them one day? I would love to show you Berlin, especially in the winter. You said you have never seen snow – you will see lots here!

Here's a photo of you and me at the restaurant in Sydney. That was a very fun night! Remember the singing Englishman? Crazy! Please send me any other photos you have of that night. Good memories.

Please give me your email address and I will send you the documents.

Bye for now




Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello All,
I usually make plans with my friends by WhatsApp or phone calls. If it is a work relationship I email to the person about the plan and ask him/ her what does he/she think?

I always make plans with my friends by WhatsApp or phone call.

Dear Sir or Madam,
I ain't writing this for discussion task. I was little complicated in this reading text. In the second line of the second paragraph in this text, there is " we're going to be open" that what I'm confusing about. In my thoughts, that should be "we're going to open" or "we're going to be opened". I might wrong but could you explain me about that usage. And don't mind me if my writing goes unpolite and pls correct me if I have any mistakes.

Hello ThihaHtetAung,

The word 'open' can be a verb or an adjective:

As a verb:

I opened the door [past simple active]

The door was opened [past simple passive]

As an adjective:

The door was open


In the example you quote the adjective is used: We're going to be open.



The LearnEnglish Team

In this moment I am living in a other country, so I don't have any friends... But, in my country usually I not make plans with my friends, we are together in any place and the spontaneous way: we decided go to drink or make a dinner.

I make plans with friends by IG or Snapchat. We also have a chat there every day

I make plans with my friends by WhatsApp. We have a group on it and organize some meetings from this app.

I usually use whatsapp and sometimes i use message of the phone but always i text to my friends for whatsapp.

Usually I make meeting with friends by phone calls. This is convenient for us. Message and email is not for me. I'm a student and don't have a job. I think email and message for professional work. Here's you send documents or other things.

Depend of the person, if this person is my friend, I always send messages on WhatsApp to him/her. If this person is a professor, or business contact, I send messages using e-mail.