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携帯から英語でメールを送ろう!~ Texting is a whole different language.

About 30 years ago, cellular phones were introduced and made available to the masses, but were very expensive.  About 20 years ago, they became a little more affordable and more people started to have their own.






In the last few years, the smartphones have become the norm.  In the past we would usually call up a friend to talk.  Now, almost no one uses their phones to talk on, instead they type texts.  This is because no one has time anymore to have a long conversation on the phone.

However it seems that when people text, it’s a whole new language.  not regular English.  Texting has it’s own vocabulary.





In today’s lesson, we talked a little about this.  Here is a small list of common lingo used in the U.S. today.  Some may be different as the times and fads change.  But some of them are too useful and well known to  update.


Do you use any of these texting terms?


・  TMW Tomorrow

. 2nite – Tonight

. BRB – Be Right Back

. BTW – By The Way

. B4N – Bye For Now

. BFF – Best Friends Forever

. CYA – See Ya

. 143 – I Love You

. IMO – In My Opinion

. IRL – In Real Life

. ISO – In Search Of

. J/K – Just Kidding

. L8R – Later

. LOL – Laughing Out Loud

. NP – No Problem -or- Nosy Parents

. noob – New person to a situation

. IC – I See

. OMG – Oh My God

. OT – Off Topic

. POV – Point Of View

. RBTL – Read Between The Lines

. ROTFL – Rolling On The Floor Laughing

THX or TX or THKS – Thanks

. SWAK – Sealed (or Sent) With A Kiss

. TLC – Tender Loving Care

. TMI – Too Much Information

. TTYL – Talk To You Later

. TYVM – Thank You Very Much

. XOXO – Hugs and Kisses

. L8R –  later

. B4 – before

. ASAP – as soon as possible

.R U – are you?

. ur – your

. CA – California

. HI – Hawaii

Here is an example of a typical text message.  (or several combined messages, just for practice purposes.)  Try and see if you can understand it.

A text from your friend:

Hey, how r u?  I just got back from my trip 2 CA. I went 2 meet my BFF, Jamie.  I haven’t seen her in years.  Every time we meet,  it’s just non stop lol moments.  And OMG we always are ISO the best ice cream places and shoe stores.  OT, but did u get the watermelon I sent u?   We also tried the new iphones at the Apple store, but I’m such a noob when it comes to electronics, I just like things that r shiny! lol. j/k.  oh, btw. that guy from the club last week just texted me.  He was like, “ur cute and 143” and all of that.  Then he told me he had to go and get his dog neutered.  I thought, wow TMI.  anyway, I gotta go 2 the bank l8r and go 2 work 2nite.  What r u doing tmw? let’s get some coffee or something. ok, ttyl.

Your reply:

(how would you reply to that message?)


Each country and region may have their own style and lingo for their text messages.  This was just a small sample of how people communicate with each other using, LINE, Instagram, Facebook, snapchat, KIK or other chat applications.

・ the masses: 一般大衆

・ affordable: 手頃な価格

・ the norm = the normal

・ lingo: 専門用語

・ fad: 流行りの物

・ neuter: 去勢手術を行う