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 DaRiaЯ on Tue, 26/02/2019 - 06:22

I prefer phoning my friends - in most cases it takes less time!

Submitted by Enas mokhtar on Sun, 24/02/2019 - 22:19

Messages are cheaper and u can send them any time without bothering who u're texting.

Submitted by Mahenm on Sun, 24/02/2019 - 16:58

It depends on the situation. If I want to talk about urgent matters, I prefer talking on the phone.

Submitted by juanfra366 on Fri, 22/02/2019 - 18:07

I prefer sending a message to a phone call.

Submitted by chacel on Fri, 22/02/2019 - 16:42

I always prefer to text them because I can make sure they are available and it is cheap. You can remember them anything with a photo, video, recording..etc and you can have a chat with more than one.

Submitted by CptLamar on Fri, 22/02/2019 - 13:04

It depends on what I have to tell them. If it's something brief with less than two or three informations, then I prefer to send a message. On the opposite, if I am waiting for their answer, I prefer to call them on the phone. Or when I have something delicate to say I prefer to call them to avoid to be misunderstood.