Hi, it’s Kerin here from English Digital Academy and this lesson is all about how to write text messages and comments on social media naturally and fluently in English.
Have you ever got a WhatsApp message from a native English speaker and just been like WTF? (You see what I did there?!)
Or noticed that grammar rules seem to go out the window when you read comments on Facebook or Instagram?! Love it or hate it, the way we write in English when using these channels is dramatically different to how we write in English in other situations.
In this lesson I’ll show you some things that you can do to make your English more modern when you text or comment on social. In the second section, we’ll look at the most common acronyms used in these situations.
How to write text messages and comments and chat on social media
What are acronyms?
One way to improve how you write text messages and comments on social is to use acronyms!
Listen and read!
Oh acronyms! I remember when LOL used to mean ‘love you lots’… oh how times have changed!
If you have friends or colleagues who are native speakers of English, chances are you communicate by WhatsApp or some kind of instant messaging service. If you want to be as fluent as a native, it’s time to up your game* and up* your mobile phone slang!
*up your game means IMPROVE
First, have a look here:
- F2F = Face to face
- sth = something
- L8R = later
- CU (or: C U) = see you
- lol = laugh out loud
- asap = as soon as possible
- Tnx (or Thx) = thanks
- OMG = Oh my God
- RU (or: R U) = Are you
- Pls = Please
- BTW= By the way
Next try the quiz:
Complete the following text messages with the common acronym by dragging and dropping into the correct gap.
Write your own text message
Task: Read the conversation below between two friends.
Your task is to transform it into a text like that of a native English speaker: by using more colloquial language, acronyms and omitting unnecessary grammar.
When you are ready, write your dialogue in the comments at the end of the blog post.
JULIE: Hi Susan. Are you busy at the moment?
SUSAN: Yes, I’m still at the restaurant with friends. I’ll be back home later. Is it anything important?
JULIE: I just wanted to let you know that I got the job!
SUSAN: Oh my God! That’s wonderful news. Well done!
JULIE: Thank you!
SUSAN: The next dinner will be on you.
JULIE: Ha ha ha! By the way, how is the restaurant? Is it any good?
SUSAN: Yes, it’s pretty decent in my opinion. Perhaps it is slightly over-priced.
JULIE. Okay, well, I’ll leave you to it. Enjoy yourself!
SUSAN: Okay. See you. And later you can tell me all about the new job in person.
Lesson sum up: text messages and comments
- Acronyms are often used in texts, messaging and chats.
- Certain acronyms are acceptable in email but colloquial acronyms and overly informal words are not usually appropriate, especially in business situations
- We often omit subject pronouns and articles in chats
- Learning colloquial words and expressions will help you understand native speakers better and you will impress your friends if you learn how to use them!