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A message to say you're late

Learn how to write text messages to tell a friend you're going to be late.

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

Reading text

I'm running 10 mins late, sorry!

No problem!

Aargh! Traffic is really bad. I'll be more than 10 mins late now, sorry again!!

It's OK, don't worry. I'm in the café already so it’s fine

This is not my day! I'm here but can't find a place to park. I'm looking for a different car park. Not sure how long I'll be

OK, LMK when you find a place

I might get something to eat tho

Of course! I'll be as quick as I can


Found one! Be there in 10 mins

Well done! See you soon

Thx for waiting


1. You don't need to write complete sentences for text messages.

2. Use abbreviations like LMK (= let me know) or use emojis to save time writing.

3. You don't need to use full stops (.) at the end of messages.

4. Say how many minutes you think you'll need, e.g. I'm running 10 minutes late.

5. It’s good to say sorry and sorry again, but you don't need to say sorry in every message.



Language level

Beginner: A1


I usually don' t be late I always try to be on time.

I don't like to be late. But people is running more than 10 mins late.

Thank you for waiting! ♬ ;)

I am usually early on time.I don't want to arrive late somewhere.
5-15 minutes don't late for me but
30-60 minutes late for me.
Why am I waiting you? I get up early and come here. You must get up early and come here.

I can't organise my time correctly. I usually be at the meeting place at least 10-15 minutes earlier. And generally someone I wait is late.

I don't use to be late, though it happen sometimes. I consider twenty minutes late.

actually it depends on the Situation but usually i get ready on time. I consider after the 15 mins is late

No, l don’t.
If someone is late , l’ll wait for it for a maximum of 20 minutes.

Actually, I am an organized person, I do my best to respect my appointments. So, usually I arrive on time. what is considered late for me depends on the situation itself and if there is any circumstances that is out of control.

I am sometimes late about one hour when I meet with my friends . But isn't always ! I always said only one word " Traffic is so bad , I will reach there within 10mins" . My friends always said , "Your 10mins means next 30mins , we know " , " Take care your way , see you soon" !