Do you know Weblish?

U kno Weblish? WAN2TLK abt it? “WU?” - you will probably ask, and you will be right, because weblish is an abbreviated form of the English language that is used in text messages, chats, etc. It is often difficult to understand without knowing the “decoding” of popular abbreviations of words and expressions, for example, FAQ - frequently asked questions or HAND - have a nice day. Also, words are formed by reducing words to consonant letters and numbers, for example CUL8R - see you later or 4 - for.

 

"What should I do with weblish? I can't learn common English" - you might think. Nowadays, chances are that you come across Weblish on the Internet, so even if you are not going to use these strange abbreviations, you should understand their meaning.

 

Can you? Let's check? 

 

Translate the words below into "normal" English (let's suppose that now you can call it like this 

  1. b-day/bday
  2. cuz / cause’
  3. fav/fave
  4. foo
  5. ur/yo/yr
  6. @
  7. ATB
  8. B4
  9. BTW
  10. GR8
  11. ILUVU
  12. NO1
  13. TX
  14. WU
  15. 2

 

And now, our favorite - answers and results.

 

Weblish

English

Russian

1

b-day/bday

birthday

День рождения

2

cuz / cause’

because

потому что

3

fav/fave

favourite

любимый

4

foo

foolisher

лузер

5

ur/yo/yr

your

твой

6

@

at

в, на, у

7

ATB

all the best

всего наилучшего

8

B4

before

перед, до

9

BTW

by the way

кстати

10

GR8

great

отлично, прекрасно

11

  ILUVU

I love you

я тебя люблю

12

NO1

no one

никто

13

TX

thanks

спасибо

14

WU?

what’s up?

что происходит? в чём дело?

15

2

to

к, до

 

Correct answers

Result

13-15

GR8! WD*!

8-12

You are already almost a buddy in English-speaking chats and forums, but sometimes you may still need Google's help

4-7

You already understand something, but for now you often have to write brb (be right back - I'll be back soon) to Google an incomprehensible word

0-3

I have good news for you - the fascinating world of weblish is waiting for you. Therefore, open a youth chat - and google everything you see)

*well done - good job!

 

Now, let's put this new knowledge into practice. Go back to the beginning of the article and try to understand the first sentences. Then write a comment using weblish, tell us which new words you like the most. Alternatively, use Weblish to schedule a free trial lesson with our school administrator.

 

TX 4 reading! HAND. CUL8R. 

 

Author: Andrew Shapovalov

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