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The over use of abbreviated English
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1.       sonunda
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 23 Apr 2008 Wed 10:59 pm

I don't know if it affects anyone else but I'm going crazy reading posts with abbreviated English,for example 'u' for 'you' 'ur' for 'your' or even worse 'you're'! This is 'text(sms) speak' and whether it can be understood or not has no place on a language forum. I don't think that Turkish speakers trying to improve their written English find this helpful.

2.       libralady
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 23 Apr 2008 Wed 11:04 pm

Quoting sonunda:

I don't know if it affects anyone else but I'm going crazy reading posts with abbreviated English,for example 'u' for 'you' 'ur' for 'your' or even worse 'you're'! This is 'text(sms) speak' and whether it can be understood or not has no place on a language forum. I don't think that Turkish speakers trying to improve their written English find this helpful.



Me too! It is destroying the English language but have noticed some Turks use it too?

3.       sonunda
5004 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 11:10 pm

Thankyou Libralady-I thought I was the only one but having read numerous posts today I was about to blow a fuse.

4.       incişka
746 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 11:16 pm

using abbreviations is quite a normal thing for us cause we do it in our language and it sounds more natural to me this way... And when we look at the translation forum, most of the texts asked for translations are abbreviated. English abbreviations can be bad for Turks trying to learn English, but similarly, dont u think these threads on translation forum could be a problem for Turkish learners too? I see no harm in that... People should learn both formal and informal language. As far as the grammar is correct, why should a "u" for "you" be a problem? Everybody knows what it means anyway... We arent here for academic reasons... I'm a senior student in ELT and even we had a course on English abbreviations in our junior year The lectuter was British and he thought the abbreviations would be benefical in authentic use of language

5.       libralady
5152 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 11:18 pm

Quoting sonunda:

Thankyou Libralady-I thought I was the only one but having read numerous posts today I was about to blow a fuse.



It is a pet hate of mine!

6.       sonunda
5004 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 11:18 pm

I expressed my opinion-you are entitled to yours,incişka.
But it still drives me crazy!!

7.       sonunda
5004 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 11:22 pm

Quoting libralady:

Quoting sonunda:

Thankyou Libralady-I thought I was the only one but having read numerous posts today I was about to blow a fuse.



It is a pet hate of mine![/QUOT

Mine too!!

8.       libralady
5152 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 11:22 pm

Quoting incişka:

using abbreviations is quite a normal thing for us cause we do it in our language and it sounds more natural to me this way... And when we look at the translation forum, most of the texts asked for translations are abbreviated. English abbreviations can be bad for Turks trying to learn English, but similarly, dont u think these threads on translation forum could be a problem for Turkish learners too? I see no harm in that... People should learn both formal and informal language. As far as the grammar is correct, why should a "u" for "you" be a problem? Everybody knows what it means anyway... We arent here for academic reasons... I'm a senior student in ELT and even we had a course on English abbreviations in our junior year The lectuter was British and he thought the abbreviations would be benefical in authentic use of language



I am just an old fashioned sort who cannot stand the use of text language in more formal writing. Keep text language to the text message, chat room or informal emails etc!

As for yor professor - sack him I can tell you using text talk (not abbreviations as they are different and recognised in English) causes a problem in business as youngsters used to using text talk cannot communicate in letter, emails properly and professionaly.

9.       sonunda
5004 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 11:24 pm

Well said!!!!

10.       incişka
746 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 11:40 pm

Quoting sonunda:

I expressed my opinion-you are entitled to yours,incişka.
But it still drives me crazy!!


I know I am

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