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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 am usually on time. I think Important is to be on time everywhere, and I have learned too.

I usually on time in business, yet sometimes late when I'm in a state of flow... ;)

I'm usually on time person, but sometimes because of heavy terrafic, I'm late. Send a message is a good idea when we are late.

i am usually reach office on time but sometimes due to heavy traffic or metro glitch i reach office late.

I am rarely late when going somewhere. I usually prepare things needed before going. But when I stuck in traffic jam, I also am late around 10 minutes.

When I have an appointment with others at the place that I have never gone before, I usually late for 10-15 minutes due to I cannot estimate the travel time.
In my opinion, being late means arriving not after the appointed time. However, it is acceptable if it is not more than 15 minutes late.

I'm usually on time. I don't like late people because they let me wait. It's a waste of time waiting. For me, 10-15 min is late.

Did ypu really have the level Beginner? How???

I always on time. 15mins is late for me
i hate late people

I am usually on time when I meet other people. I think being on time is a way to show my respect to my partners.