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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Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2

Submitted by Anna Nakamura on Sun, 24/05/2020 - 12:07

I always make plans with friends by SNS. In Japan Almost people use LINE. It is easy for us to send and reply to message and we can do a lot with it. For example, we can share photos, share music, tell, make group chat and watch YouTube. So It's useful and we can do everything. So I always use it. We can't go outside easy now, I contact with my family who lives far away to use it.

Submitted by Tsuyoshi watanabe on Sun, 24/05/2020 - 06:39

I always use LINE, and I send massages to my friends when I want to make plans with them. Because I can share information with them easily sending images. In addition, many people use it, and my friends all also do. Therefore, I can check all plans to hang out with them if I use only LINE when I want to make contact them. But I don’t feel like making plans by it too much. Because conversations sometimes don’t go on smoothly. For example, I or my friends can’t reply soon, read partner’s thought better, and so on. That is why, I prefer talking face-to-face if I’m to make plans with my friends.

Submitted by Sharif Tayyebi on Fri, 22/05/2020 - 20:21

I usually use phone and messanger. I think it depends on situation. If I have the phone number and it is necessary to get in touch very soon, I always use phone. But if it is not emergency or I don't have the number or there are many people that we should make contact, I prefer to use watsup or messanger. In my view, Internet has used these days more than cell phone, especially if there are a big group and it takes a lot of time to make call. In my experience, where I have worked for many years, Internet, especially watsup and telegram, has used more than other options for making plans or sitting a meating or having a program which a lot of people come in.

Submitted by Saria Muraoka on Fri, 22/05/2020 - 13:59

I always use LINE when making plans with my friends. If I have time to schedule,use the message function. It's easy because we don't have to match the time. On the other hand,I call with my friends when I don't have enough time. Because we can decide immediately. LINE can use both functions for free. And we can use many useful things for free. I have been unable to meet my friends for a long time now,but it's fun because I use LINE to contact them. When I get to meet my friends, I want to make a lot of plans.

Submitted by R on Wed, 20/05/2020 - 21:28

I always use LINE to make plans with my friends. Most people use this app, and we can call for free. If you don't get a message from friend, call and make a plan. But now I can't play with my friends because infectious disease are prevalent. I'm worried that I haven't met my new friends yet, even though school has begun. I can only keep in touch with friends on LINE. I want to have fun playing with my friends once this infection has subsided.

Submitted by Juanan on Wed, 20/05/2020 - 19:37

I would like practice my English, anyone ??

Submitted by Yonemura Tomoya on Wed, 20/05/2020 - 15:23

I make plan with my friend by SNS , such as LINE and Instagram. Developing the Internet, we can contact with person easier. But we should be careful when we make plan with friend. If we use wrong word, we hurt friend or cause misunderstanding. If we can be careful, making plan with friend is easy and early. Also, I make perfect plan for my friend. By doing so, friend feel fun. I think that making plan with friend differs according to the person. But the most important thing is to Keep promise.

Submitted by Naru Yasuda on Wed, 20/05/2020 - 03:28

I always use LINE to make plans or to contact my friends. It is very useful application to talk friends. It is because it is free of charge and can use chat and phone. I sometimes use phone, but mostly I use chat. Chat is very convenient, because we can see the message anytime. Adding to the above many people use LINE. So, I can communicate everyone. I often use the message application, but it has a bad point. It is less to talk with friend. Decidedly, it is very helpful for us, but it is important to talk directly. So, I want to phone or meet to make plan more.

Submitted by fukuzawa on Wed, 20/05/2020 - 02:19

I use messenger. The reason is that that information can be transmitted most quickly among them.

Submitted by Hiyori Ueno on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 18:50

I usually make plans with friends by phone call because it is efficient. In Japan, most people uses LINE. The app can send pictures while we call with my friends. So it is good for make plans.

Submitted by Natsumi Tamura on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 15:11

I usually make plans with friends by messenger because it is easy to get in touch with them.

Submitted by mouna99 on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 12:29

I make plans with my friends by calling or texting them

Submitted by Noyama Juri on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 07:36

Hello every one. I would call or meet in person when planning to play with my friends. Recently, lines and Instagram and Twitter are popular in the world. I think it's good to use sns such as email, But. I think it may not be transmitted unless you speak directly. And when it comes to e-mail, the communication may take longer. But email has the advantage of being late for whatever time you are busy. But I prefer to speak directly.So when I make a plan to play with my friends, I call them so they can communicate directly with them.

Submitted by Maiko Tanzawa on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 06:08

I always use the messenger app when making plans with my friends. Because it's easy to interact and in addition to sending messages,there are various useful functions such as a calendar function that can tell my friends a free day. However important appointments are decided by phone.

Submitted by Yuri Chida on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 02:43

I mostly message via LINE when I make plans with my friends. But I sometimes use a phone call. We can send and receive messages via LINE whenever we want. I think this is a good point of SNS such as LINE and DM of Twitter or Instagram. Also, leaving a message is a good point. On the other hand, we can hear the voice directly and understand how you feel by using a phone call. In comparison with LINE a phone call is certain. Both of them have pros and cons. Therefore, I use phone call or LINE depending on the situation.

Submitted by hoshi on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 00:33

Hello.I usually make plans with my friends by messenger. For example,I use LINE,Twitter and Instagram. They are very useful for me.and my most friends use their. Their application most people install.if I have new acquaintance,we can contact to be easy and quickly. I often use telephone too. I talk with my friends by using it more detailed. On the other hand,I don't use E-mail that much. It is because I don't feel like typing Email address every time. But I sometimes use it with teacher,store manager and online shopping. At that time,I almost only reply their message.

Submitted by Ryusei Nagashima on Mon, 18/05/2020 - 13:31

Usually, I make plans with my friends by messenger. I rarely send messages by Email. Because, I don't feel like typing Email address every time. But, messenger is easy to reply quickly. For these reasons, I keep in touch with my friends by messenger.

Submitted by Machida on Mon, 18/05/2020 - 09:09

I often make plans with my friends by messenger.

Submitted by Kaho Dokko on Mon, 18/05/2020 - 08:32

I usually make plans with friends by LINE becase this is the application most people install and I can look again meeting place or the meeting time,so I should be OK even if I forget them.However,I sometimes call friends to make plans.Then,I can deside detailed something is difficult to write in letters.Also,with phone call,I and my friends sometimes stray from the main subject and get excited by another topic,but that is also fun.I think it is the best way to use both of LINE and phone call because I can keep the information about plan having a fun conversation with friends.

Submitted by Jahon_9225 on Mon, 18/05/2020 - 08:14

I deem that reading task easier

Submitted by tomoka on Mon, 18/05/2020 - 07:45

I use email as making plans with my friends. Email is able to send with pictures or URL therefore I can make plans while watching them. In addition, I can check email when I'm not hurry. From these reasons I use email to make plans with my friends.

Submitted by BOU Hamid on Fri, 15/05/2020 - 23:55

Usually i make plans with friends by messages.

Submitted by Reza morshed on Fri, 15/05/2020 - 16:01

it is very funny to me!... that day every on use the social media... like whatsApp and facebook or telegram...

Submitted by Muhammad Bagir on Fri, 15/05/2020 - 05:01

I used to be in touch with my friend through messenger application like whatsapp and messenger facebook.

Submitted by Muna on Thu, 14/05/2020 - 04:03

Hi I send messages from my phone or call

Submitted by Lauracastanos on Wed, 06/05/2020 - 23:54

Hi, i always talk with my friends by whatsapp only i send emails when is about job.

Submitted by Angelika Angie on Sun, 03/05/2020 - 13:45

Hi Everyone from London ;). Usually, I connect with my friends through WhatsApp or messenger. It is either a phone call or text. If it is a big plan then I create a group on WhatsApp or messenger, so I can add everyone who I want to invite it or make a plan with.
Hi Angelika, I'm new here, in London as well :) I would like to ask you, can i join your group? Unfortunately i have no friends yet and i only have one purpose to improve my English.

Hello sumeyra,

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Submitted by yuldus83 on Sat, 02/05/2020 - 12:18

Hello from Uzbekistan! I often use e-mail, but if the telecommunication had been cheaper I would definitely use phone calls.

Submitted by mohabas on Wed, 29/04/2020 - 12:46

Mostly, I use messenger when I talk with my friends, but if I want to talk special purpose with them, I prefer to use WhatsApp.

Submitted by Mutwalia on Sun, 26/04/2020 - 22:17

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Submitted by Thant Zin on Sat, 25/04/2020 - 04:49

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Submitted by Djoo on Fri, 24/04/2020 - 05:40

Aften I favorite phone calls when I make plans with my friends.

Submitted by evgeniygenchev on Wed, 22/04/2020 - 20:19

I usually use phone calls and viber.

Submitted by Jeyk Gama on Tue, 21/04/2020 - 03:59

Usually I get in touch with my friends through messenger, it is so convenient and it is totally free. I rarely contact them via phone or e-mail.

Submitted by Muna on Thu, 14/05/2020 - 03:58

In reply to by Fanta1282


Submitted by Fanta1282 on Thu, 16/04/2020 - 08:20

Everyone, have a nice day :)

Submitted by Umar Safuan on Wed, 15/04/2020 - 14:46

Hello from Malaysia. The way i use to connect with my friends are from apps such as Whatsapp,Facebook,Instagram or also in video games that are online. So this is a tip on how to be connected :D

Submitted by Su Wai on Wed, 15/04/2020 - 14:37

For me , I used especially phone calls and messenger. I didn't even used message.

Submitted by carol alves on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 19:28

I use whatsap, instagram and facebook, to talk to my friends, but for my family, I usually use phone calls.

Submitted by lubna36 on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 10:27

I usually use whatsapp or phone call to connect with my friends

Submitted by ademyonet on Sun, 12/04/2020 - 12:37

When I will make a plan with my friends, I call them telephone or send the message trough the whatsApp. Sometimes I set up a group and invite them our activities through the group. These plans usually success but it does't seldom success. In that time I unhappy.

Submitted by ivan__antonov on Mon, 06/04/2020 - 17:45

Hi! I usually use vk, telegram and phone calls to contacts with my friends!

Submitted by Luis Tandazo on Sat, 04/04/2020 - 19:02

Hi everyone My name is Luis and I usually use facebook, messenger to contact my new friends around the world. I call them twice a week.

Submitted by O H on Sat, 04/04/2020 - 09:26

Usually, If i wanted to make any plan, I text or send whatsApp messages to my friends.

Submitted by jahidbd on Fri, 03/04/2020 - 20:11

The there all of my online-mates. This is my first comment. Basically I use to talk with my friends with mobile call, or messenger, sometimes I use snapchat and whats app.

Submitted by marzieh on Fri, 03/04/2020 - 16:33

hello, in the days when corona virus and we must stay at home, I by the way whatsapp or telegram with my friends in connection
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