I must admit that when I first got a cell phone about 10 years ago I wasn’t sure it was really necessary but these days it’s hard to get along without one. I started out with Docomo phones but moved over to Softbank (or Jphone at the time). While today’s phone’s have so many functions I personally only REALLY need 2 – calling and texting. As I’m on Softbank’s white plan I am able to call other Softbank users from 1 to 9 for free which I take full advantage of but outside of that time block I usually prefer to text. In many ways texting is more useful as it gives people the chance to read and reread your messages thereby less chance of errors for meeting times or places. As writing long messages takes time most people usually confine themselves to short, concise message which save both parties quite a lot of time. There is even a sort of texting language which many people use to save time and space. It must be difficult for many students here to get a message such as “Do U want 2 go 2 the C?” so I thought I’d write up a little guide for anyone that is interested.
C = see, sea / U = you / B = be / 4 = for, four / yr = your /2 = to, too / lol = laughing out loud / sum1 = someone / sry = sorry / l8r = later / thks = thanks / thx = thanks / R = are / wenja = when do you / werja = where do you / y = why / bf = boyfriend / gf = girlfriend / cuz = because / gr8 = great / omg = oh my God
These are just a few of the more common ones and come in very handy when texting or chatting (online).
It might look rather strange when you first see a message written with lots of text message shortcuts but I assure you that, with practice, they are rather easy to learn. In fact, they’re rather fun because they become some messages will require us to read them a few times to figure out the meaning. Consider them mini-mysteries.
CU and I hope U all have a gr8 GW.