July 16, 2007

Text messaging in English

Sending instant messages (using AOL or MSN, for example) or text messages (using your cellphone) means being economical with words. There is a maximum number of characters we can use, so people have been finding very creative ways of writing words, combining letters, numbers and punctuation. Here is a BBC article about instant messaging in Britain (you can listen too, if you have Real Audio installed in your computer).

Can you read "text message English"? Try this multiple choice
quiz and find out! Then take a look at this list of text messages and see how many you can read (pass the mouse over the icon to get the correct sentence).

Still having problems?
NetLingo is a great dictionary of internet terms, so I bookmarked it on our del.icio.us page.

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