How to Text in English

I appreciate the text but..There have been some recent articles about how the language of texting is damaging the English Language. Whether you agree or not with this view, the language of texting is here to stay. Most of us live through our smartphones and I have to say that even I, an English Language Trainer, use text language when sending SMSs.

My mother and texting

 

I am in awe of young people today who can send texts in seconds. Of course, they have mastered the language of texting and I really need to learn from them. As an English Language Trainer, I cannot escape this reality so instead of fighting it, I thought that I’d dedicate this blog post to showing English Language Learners how to text in English.

 

Here are some common expressions:

All the best

ATB

Are

R

Are you OK?

RUOK

Be

B

Before

B4

Be right back

BRB

Be seeing you

BCNU

Boyfriend

BF

For, four

4

Forever

4EVER

Girlfriend

GF

Great

GR8

Have a great day

HAGD

Kiss

X

Late

L8

Later

L8R

Lots of Love

LOL

Laugh Out Loud

LOL

No One

NO1

Oh I see

OIC

Please

PLS

Please call me

PCM

See you

CU

Thanks

THX

Thank you

THNQ

Too, to, two

2

Today

2DAY

Tomorrow

2MORO

Very

v

Extremely

vvv

What do you

WADU

Want to

WAN2

What

WOT

What you see is what you get

WUCIWUG

You

U

Your/You’re

UR

Cartoon on TextingLet’s look at a text conversation:

A: Hi, RUOK? WOT U up 2?

B: With BF. U?

A: 0. WAN2 meet L8R?

B: Sure. Where?

A: Call u L8R.

B: OK. C YA.

Can you work out what it means? This is a very simple conversation. There are far more complicated chats.

Do you know how to text in English? If you’d like to know more about texting in English, here are two useful sites: Netlingo and Techdictionary.

Happy texting!

Ciao

Shanthi

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21 thoughts on “How to Text in English

  1. I’m a literacy teacher. Don’t mind it, I think it helps beginner readers. you missed out “K” for OK. Although why that needs shortening, I have no idea!!

  2. Hi Gaby, very useful tips. I’m not an advanced student (maybe at the beginning of high intermediate????) but I’m trying to keep and improve vocabulary as far as I could. Please, if you are sending automatic email lessons add me to your contact list. Have a Nice Week!!!!
    Antonio from Buenos Aires

    • Hi Antonio,
      I think you meant, Shanthi not Gaby :-)
      I’m so glad you find the blog post useful and am delighted that you’ve subscribed to my blog and liked my FB page.
      Great to meet you.
      Shanthi

    • There are so many more, Valentina. When I was researching this I was amazed. I don’t think i’ll ever master the Language of Text.
      Thank you for sharing my post.
      Alla prossima.
      S

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