Texting in French: Le Langage SMS Posted by John Bauer on Nov 19, 2014 in Vocabulary
Slt sava ? (Hey sup?)
There’s a lot of English that goes beyond the scope of the common textbook, or even the common work of fiction. Many of us millennials grew up learning it, chatting and playing des jeux vidéos (video games) with friends. We would have contests of sorts to see just who could come up with the shortest way to say things. Not only was it convenient to save time, but it also made us feel cool.
In France, the very same thing happened, and similarly continues to happen to this day. Often referred to as le langage SMS (textspeak) there are a load of abréviations and otherwise hard to decipher symbols that will surprise a French learner when they receive their first text message in France.
As an example, “Bojour, ça va ?” (Hello, how are you?), can become “bjr sava?”
To help you get started in understanding le langage SMS, here’s a small vocabulaire to help you with the basics:
lgtps – longtemps (Long time)
tt – Tout (All)
pr – Pour (For)
slt – Salut (Hi)
koi – Quoi (What)
jamè – Jamais (Never)
grav – Grave (Serious)
eske – Est-ce que… (Is it…)
2m1 – Demain (Tomorrow)
bi1 – Bien (Well)
koi 2 9 – quoi de neuf ? (What’s new?)
gt – J’étais (I was)
mr6 – Merci (Thank you)
G – J’ai (I have)
C – C’est (It is)
NRJ – Énergie (Energy)
If you’ve run across any language SMS, feel free to laisser un commentaire (leave a comment) about it!
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