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Making Plans


Making Plans

Your phone buzzes… one of your English speaking friends has sent you a message asking if you’d like to get dinner this weekend. You frantically Google Translate your responses. And I can assure you that, as usual, Google Translate is never as accurate as we’d like it to be.  Fortunately, the vocabulary for making (and breaking) plans is relatively clear. If you avoid directly translating from Spanish and stay away from Google Translate, you can quickly and confidently master this skill.

In this post, we’ll practice the vocabulary for making plans, changing plans, and cancelling plans. We’ll also review vocab for some of the most common plans we make! Next time you friend messages you about plans, you’ll be ready.

Initiating Plans

  • Are you interested in…

Example: Are you interested in going to the beach on Saturday?

  • Would you like to…?

Example: Would you like to go out to eat on Friday night?

  • Can you…?

Example: Can you hang out on Sunday?

  • Are you free to…?

Example: Are you free to go biking Monday afternoon?

  • Are you able to…?

Example: Are you able to join us for brunch on Sunday morning?

  • Do you want to…?

Example: Do you want to grab a drink this weekend?

  • Let’s…

Example: Let’s get ice cream after work!

Responding to Proposed Plans

Positive responses!

  • That sounds great!

  • Sounds good to me.

  • Yes! I’d like to go!

  • I’d love to!

  • Great/Perfect/Excellent! I’ll be there.

  • I can definitely join.

I’m not sure…

  • Let me check my schedule and get back to you.

  • I’ll let you know!

  • It depends on_____. I’ll confirm as soon as I can!

  • Maybe! I’ll let you know as soon as possible.

  • There’s a chance I can make it. I’ll let you know.

Negative responses

  • Unfortunately, I can’t make it.

  • I’m busy, but let’s meet up another time!

  • I’m not able to go this time. So sorry!

  • That time doesn’t work for me.

Changing the Plan

  • Can we change our plan?

  • Is it possible to reschedule?

  • I’m really sorry for the trouble, but can we reschedule?

  • Our original plan actually won’t work for me. Any chance you’re available another time?

Cancelling the Plan

  • Unfortunately, I have to cancel.

  • My schedule is complicated today. I have to cancel.

  • It’s been a hectic day/week, and I’m not going to be able to make it today.

  • So sorry for the trouble, but I need to cancel! Thanks so much for understanding.

  • Something came up, and I can’t make it.

Expressing your Feelings about the Plan

  • I’m excited!

  • I’m really looking forward to it OR Looking forward to it!

    • “Look forward to” is a phrasal verb that means to have positive feelings in anticipation of something.

  • This’ll be great!

  • I’m so glad we can meet up! See you then.

Common Plan-Making Vocabulary

  • Meet up - a phrasal verb that means to informally gather with another person or a group of people

Example: Do you want to meet up sometime this week?

  • Hang out - a phrasal verb that means to spend time socializing with other people

Example: Let’s all hang out this weekend! Maybe we can go to the beach. The weather is supposed to be beautiful.

  • Get together - a phrasal verb that means to informally gather

Example: We should find a time to get together! It’s been a while since we hung out.

  • Spend time - in English, we say spend time with other people, NOT share or pass time. It directly translates to gastar tiempo. For many English language learners, this is a strange direct translation, but I promise it’s accurate!

Example: Do you want to spend time with my family this weekend? I think we’re having a picnic.

  • Get lunch/dinner/a drink - an informal way of asking if somebody wants to meet up for a meal or a drink

Example: Would you like to get dinner next Wednesday?

  • Grab lunch/dinner/a drink - another informal way of asking if somebody wants to meet up for a meal or a drink

Example: Do you want to grab a drink sometime?

  • Go out - a phrasal verb that’s often informally used to describe partying

Example: Let’s go out on Saturday night! We can get drinks and sing karaoke.