Instant messages

Read a conversation by instant messages to practise and improve your reading skills.


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

Reading text

You there, Beatriz?

Hang on, Andrew.

OK. What's up?

It's Caroline's birthday tomorrow.

Oh yeah, that's right!

You thought about what to get her?           

You mean a present? Weren't you buying one from both of us?

I'm sorry! It totally slipped my mind!           


And I'm working 'til late.

So …

Could you pick up a gift today?

I guess. What sort of thing were you thinking of?

Dunno. Got any ideas?

One sec. Phone.

OK, I'm back.

Just had an idea for a gift.

Go on.

New headphones?

Nah. Jeremy said he was getting her headphones.

OK. What then?

Have you seen those gift certificates for a spa? Maybe one of those?

She'd love that!

I'll pick it up today then.

Thanks a million. Appreciate it.

No worries. See you tomorrow then?


What time was it again? 4?

4.30. I can pick you up at your house if you like.

👍 👍 👍 👍

CU then.

Bye for now.


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Submitted by Artyev on Fri, 19/05/2023 - 01:58


I prefer more sending messages to my friends. You can ask "Why?", I'll answer: Firstly, for example, if I call my friend, I can disturb him by sound of ringing phone at this moment. Messages have just a short calm notification, than loud phone ringing. Secondly, you can read messages in your free time, so you don't have to try as soon as possible call your friend. Thirdly, as for me, it's just a comfortable way to keep in touch with people in your life.

Submitted by Yourfriendjaz on Tue, 16/05/2023 - 03:29


To be honest, I don't have many friends, but even in my situation I rather to send a message instead of a phone call, I think that It is less annoying for them because maybe when I got spare time they're doing something important and I don't want to be a distraction at all. I understand that you can communicate better through a phone call, but with social media it is not necessary to call because you have the option to send voice notes.

Submitted by Miss zahra on Mon, 10/04/2023 - 16:15


I used to call them but after I fell into pattern of family life I really do not have time for wasting so I prefer to send a brief message on online platforms like whatsapp.

Submitted by Lyubov Filimonova on Wed, 29/03/2023 - 09:58


I prefer text massage. In my opininon they can help you to save the time. Usually you send the main sence of you ideas or questions (except of an audio massages). In case if your opponent needs to clarify any information he/she can call you in acceptable time.

Submitted by may94 on Mon, 27/03/2023 - 15:43


I always prefer to text rather than call because I feel much more comfortable. phone calls and video calls give me anxiety, that's why I never answer unless it's one of my family members like my brother or my parents

Submitted by mariam998 on Sun, 19/03/2023 - 18:51


It depends on situation, if it’s emergency it should be phone call. But usually I prefer text message it offers me enough time to think about what I have to replay clearly. Also it makes me feel more comfortable.

Submitted by Takeoff on Wed, 21/12/2022 - 06:45


It's depend, if the day is full of tasks or if I'm in order to do it.

Submitted by just_meee on Tue, 13/12/2022 - 18:10


As for me, I prefer text messages to phone calls, because this way of communicating gives me an opportunity to make up my mind and express myself clearer.

Submitted by Daviliko_loko on Sun, 13/11/2022 - 21:05


It depends on who I'm talking to, what we have to discuss, and whether the issue is important. if it is an important business I prefer to phone the other person and let things be as clear as possible, if what we talk about is a minor thing is more convenient to text each other.

Submitted by marwan297 on Mon, 05/09/2022 - 17:56


For me I prefer sending messages because I don't like speaking as I consider it as annoying. Actually it depends on the circumstance, If it is urgent, I will have to call them so I can save time, other wise, I will send them a message.