Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Michelle read an article on Elite Daily that suggested that people who are optimistic tend to be late because they think that everything will be ok or that they will be able to get somewhere on time.

Optimistic people might have a tendency to overlook logistics and assume they have more time than they do.

Do you think optimism could lead to carelessness? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Phrases to say that you’re running late:

  • “I am so sorry. I am running late. I’ll be there in 5 minutes.”
  • “I’m running behind.”
  • “I’m a little behind schedule today. I apologize but I will be a few minutes late. Feel free to start without me.”
  • “I’m not going (gonna) to make it on time unfortunately. I’ll be there as soon as possible.”
  • “Hey I’m on my way but the train is running late. I’ll be there soon.”
  • “Sorry I got caught up with work.”


*Bonus phrase: “In the nick of time”

This means to arrive somewhere just in time or just before the time runs out.


What to remember from today:

  • If we’re optimistic we should be careful not to be lazy when it comes logistics.
  • Know your cultural expectations around time.
  • If you’re in the US try to be on time but if you aren’t then communicate that. Call ahead if you can or send a text.
  • When you say you’re going to be late do this: apologize, give a reason you’re going to be late, estimate when you’ll be there.


Which of these English phrases have you used? What are the expectations around being on time in your culture?

Let us know in the comments below.

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