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269 texting; text talk
LL: So, Li Hua, your students won't stop using their cell phones in class? That is so rude! It is really impolite to be texting when you professor is giving a lecture.
LH: 你说的texting想必就是text messaging发短信的意思吧？
LL: Yes, Li Hua, texting is short for text messaging. And have to say I think it is rude for students to text in class.
LL: That's a good class policy, Li Hua. I hope your students show you some respect and stop texting in class.
LL: Yeah, a lot of young people do. I read a news report the other day that several states in the U.S. are thinking of banning teens from texting while driving a car.
LL: I know. I can't believe it myself. I can't imagine holding on to the steering wheel with one hand and texting with the other.
LL: I agree. Texting while driving is a bad idea. Actually, Li Hua, I don't text very often, do you?
LL: Texting to practice English is a great idea! But as for me, I'd rather call my friends and talk to them than text them.
LL: That's true. Say, how have your students reacted to your new "No Texting" policy?
LL: So, Li Hua, what will you do if you catch someone texting in class now?
LL: Whoa! I bet no one will be texting in your class again, Li Hua.
LL: So, Li Hua, since you text to your friends in China, have you learned about text talk?
LH: 我也是刚知道text talk是怎么回事的。简而言之，text talk是一种特殊的短信语言，为了提高打字速度，对一些词进行简化。
LL: Right! Text talk is a language, and it has its own set of rules.
LH: 我的学生都是这方面的专家，我从他们那儿学到了不少text talk的规则.
LL: Really, Li Hua? Maybe you can teach me about text talk. As you know, I don't text very often.
LL: Like Text Talk is shortened to TXT TLK.
LH: 没错。把 Text, t-e-x-t中间的e省掉，变成t-x-t; 再把 talk, t-a-l-k中间的a省掉，变成t-l-k.
LL: But even with the missing letters, you can still understand text talk, because your brain fills them in.
LL: Can you give me an example, Li Hua?
LH: 比如说，打see you later一会儿见的时候，later, l-a-t-e-r, 就可以打成L-8-R,发音非常相近。
LL: L-8-R for "later" is very clever. I bet the "See You" part is also shortened in text talk.
LH: 没错。一般发短信的时候，see you可以简写为字母c加上字母u, 发音完全一样，也是C-U.
LL: Mm, see you later, C-U L-8-R. Text talk is so funny, Li Hua! It makes me want to laugh out loud.
LH: 你提醒我了，在text talk里面，如果要写laugh out loud, 可以用三个首写字母L-O-L来表达。
LL: So, if I text L-O-L, my friend will know that I find something so funny it makes me want to laugh out loud?
LH: 没错。L-O-L在短信里，就代表laugh out loud, 意思是看到了非常好笑的事情。哎呀，说得高兴忘了时间，I've got to go. C-U L-8-R! See you later, Larry!
今天李华学到了两个常用语。一个是texting, 指发短信。另一个是txt tlk, 是短信语言中使用缩略语。
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