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


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Submitted by Salta on Sun, 05/06/2022 - 04:20


We usually text on WhatsApp. if this is very important information, then we call each other by phone

Submitted by Crane_Eliza on Wed, 01/06/2022 - 07:37


Actually I don't have my friends around me because we live far from each other, so we have video calls and phone calls through WhatsApp or other social medias like Instagram most of the time. sometimes I really miss them, but its ok because we plan to visit monthly :)

Submitted by jyoti Chaudhary on Sat, 28/05/2022 - 12:07


How do you make plans with friends? Email, messenger, phone calls or another way?
if I make a plan i send message to my friends and if he doesnt respond to my message i call him directly.

Submitted by Diego Aybar on Thu, 19/05/2022 - 05:01


We usually use "whatssap" to comunicate each other.

Submitted by NDK on Tue, 17/05/2022 - 03:19


I rarely used email to send my friends. Most of the time, we chat with messenger.

Submitted by Zazou on Mon, 09/05/2022 - 12:37


I don't use social medias. It is not a way well known by persons of my génération (I am 62 !). I usually contact my friends by SMS or mails for making plans and phone for long discussions.

Submitted by tugbapsgn on Thu, 05/05/2022 - 10:08


I useally use to mail and message. Because these are more effective than anothers.

Submitted by Bmorales on Fri, 22/04/2022 - 13:21


I make plans with my friends on social media. In general, we talk about where we want to go

Me, I usaly use my phone to make plans. I think it's very practical . I Can immediatly say what I think about my freinds'suggestions.

Submitted by teOMORris16 on Mon, 04/04/2022 - 16:25


I make plans with my friends on social media. In general, we talk about where we want to go with a day early for to verify the weather and to see who want to go there.

Submitted by Abdenour noufel on Sun, 03/04/2022 - 10:26


to make plans with my friends usually we discus with sending messages or we calling each other on the phones and make appointments to go outside or meeting at a café or restaurant or playing football

Submitted by Nguyen Nhu Nguyen on Wed, 02/03/2022 - 03:07


When My friends and I want to meet together , we usually discuss before a week or at least 3-5 days, because we are both busy for life and work, we make an appointment to go a last decision that what day can we meet and where will we go to eat or coffee? As usual we will to talk each other on Zalo app so We will discuss on one.

Submitted by Kamelbenslimane on Mon, 21/02/2022 - 17:57


When I decide to meet my friends, I usually call them by phone

Submitted by farhadwahaj on Sun, 20/02/2022 - 07:40


We usually make a plan with friends through WhatsApp; it is more secure and has end-to-end encryption. To find each other, they send vice messages and share locations.

Submitted by nicha on Mon, 24/01/2022 - 15:31


If i have a plan with my friends, i’ll use social media. I think everyone do like this in this time.

Submitted by Gijs on Tue, 04/01/2022 - 14:41


Hello, if I want to meet up with friends I always send them a message beforehand. When it comes to family, I just go overthere and see if they are home or not.. But I have to say that I prefer making plans face to face in RT. It is more easier to read the mood..

Submitted by John Nguyen on Thu, 25/11/2021 - 03:39


How do you make plans with friends? Email, messenger, phone calls or another way?
Mostly, we have a group chat in messenger to plans with friends

I often make plan with my friend by chat in messenger or in Zalo (a popular software made in VietNamese)

Submitted by ANOUAR on Fri, 19/11/2021 - 10:33


Usually I make planes by phone or meeting my friends directly

Submitted by l.arinha on Mon, 15/11/2021 - 13:56


I make plans with my friends through messenger and calls phone, but I prefer in person.

Submitted by HXY on Sun, 24/10/2021 - 18:22


I usually contact my friends through WhatsApp, and make plans to meet in a mall or a cafe.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Sat, 16/10/2021 - 12:32


I make a plan with my friends by phone calls. Because phone call is so quickly I'm talk about plan.

Submitted by Momocompanyman on Fri, 15/10/2021 - 10:10


I usually call my friend for making plans.

Submitted by Juli on Wed, 13/10/2021 - 17:42


Usually I use Telegram for work and make plan with friends. It's cool app!

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Tue, 12/10/2021 - 13:58


i often use the message to connect with my friends or calling and sometimes we hang out with them

Submitted by Levine on Sun, 10/10/2021 - 13:13


I usually use Messegnger to make plans with my friends. If it is a work relationalship then i use Skype. I recommend: "Comment secton" should be above people's comments on the website. That place will be more suitable

Submitted by Javier Antonio Seco on Mon, 30/08/2021 - 10:37

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?

Submitted by chris-kutte on Tue, 24/08/2021 - 23:44

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

Submitted by ThihaHtetAung on Sat, 21/08/2021 - 05:24

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.



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Submitted by PuenteD on Thu, 29/07/2021 - 18:51

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.

Submitted by avenesra on Sat, 19/06/2021 - 19:51

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

Submitted by Veronikka on Mon, 10/05/2021 - 00:35

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

Submitted by Giuliana on Fri, 07/05/2021 - 22:38

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

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Fri, 07/05/2021 - 08:20

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.

Submitted by marisolar on Thu, 29/04/2021 - 17:55

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.

Submitted by Andrea Valencia on Wed, 07/04/2021 - 23:56

I make plans with friends by phone call or message.

Submitted by Venequin on Mon, 05/04/2021 - 17:35

Everyone here start with: I usually but guys I really need new vocabulary, not repetitions.

Submitted by Hamoud. on Sun, 04/04/2021 - 20:50

I usually make plans with my friends by using WhatsApp chatting and sometimes I use my cellphone

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Sun, 28/03/2021 - 06:36

We make plans with my friends by chat in WhatsUp, and rely by call.

Submitted by Rano on Mon, 15/03/2021 - 11:40

Iam text my friend before day from meet,asked her if can spend some time together

Submitted by TIa vinaka on Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:19

I make plans with friends via social media app like Line or FB messenger. Line is for friends in my country or some asian countries and FB messenger is for international friends :)

Submitted by Hoang Hai on Wed, 24/02/2021 - 04:15

I make plan with friend by using social net worlk apps like Facebook Messenger. Those app really convenient and effective, I can create a group and show diffirent ideas that we don't need meeting in person.

Submitted by alfaozl on Fri, 19/02/2021 - 16:21

I usually make connect by Wp with my friends.Because of the most popular way of the make connection all the world.