Advanced English

How to text message like a native English speaker!

In this advanced English lesson, you'll learn how to text like a native English speaker & make your text messages more natural. You’ll learn common acronyms, how to manipulate your grammar and 6 new colloquial words. Lesson with audio and interactive quiz.
Kerin English Teacher
Lesson by Kerin
  • Learn common acronyms
  • How to manipulate your grammar 
  • 6 new colloquial words
  • Language level: higher levels (B2, C1)
  • Skills: Vocabulary development, listening and writing
  • Time needed:15-25 mins
  • Focus: sounding more natural and understanding native speakers
Simple ways to make your text messages more like a native English speaker

To do the quizzes for this lesson you need to use GOOGLE CHROME

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Intro: learn how to text like a native English speaker

Acronyms!

Oh acronyms! I remember when LOL used to mean ‘love you lots’… oh how times have changed!

If you have friends or colleagues who are native speakers of English, chances are you communicate by Whats App or some kind of instant messaging service. If you want to be as fluent as a native, it’s time to up your game and up your mobile phone slang!

PS. If you need help, consult the CHEAT SHEET

  • F2F = Face to face
  • sth = something
  • L8R = later
  • CU (or: C U) = see you
  • lol = laugh out loud
  • asap = as soon as possible
  • Tnx (or Thx) = thanks
  • OMG = Oh my God
  • RU (or: R U) = Are you
  • Pls = Please
  • BTW= By the way

 

Let’s start with a quick quiz: complete the following text messages with the common acronym by dragging and dropping into the correct gap.

Okay, good job! 

So, we notice that the use of subject pronouns (I, you, we, they) and the use of articles (the, a, an) are often omitted in chats or texts, and the style is extremely informal and colloquial

Even in business situations when you text, this style is common. (Please note, it’s not appropriate to use the same style in an email, but you can use acronyms in email, like ETA, asap, and so on).

Your turn!

Task 2: Read the conversation below between two friends.

Your task is to transform it into a text like that of a native speaker:  by using more colloquial language, acronyms and omitting unnecessary grammar.

When you are ready, write your dialogue in the comments at the end of the blog post. 👇

 

JULIE: Hi Susan. Are you busy at the moment?

SUSAN: Yes, I’m still at the restaurant with friends. I’ll be back home later. Is it anything important?

JULIE: I just wanted to let you know that I got the job!

SUSAN: Oh my God! That’s wonderful news. Well done!

JULIE: Thank you!

SUSAN: The next dinner will be on you.

JULIE: Ha ha ha! By the way, how is the restaurant? Is it any good?

SUSAN: Yes, it’s pretty decent in my opinion. Perhaps it is slightly over-priced. 

JULIE. Okay, well, I’ll leave you to it. Enjoy yourself!

SUSAN: Okay. See you. And later you can tell me all about the new job in person.

JULIE: Kisses!

 

6 new informal words

It’s dictation time!

This is a very simple exercise. Just click on the audio play buttons below, listen to the samples and type what you heard. 

Each sentence contains a colloquial word or expression.

Let's check!

Time to see what you remember and check that you got the meaning.

Let's consolidate!

Below you have examples of statements in a text chat. Imagine how you would respond to each one using colloquial expressions and/or acronyms. Here’s an example: 

A: I ran a marathon on Sunday!

B: My word! RU mad?! LOL

1. Worth seeing that film?

2. U home? Spk now?

3. What do u make of Rob?

4. Can we put off meeting until 16.30 pls?

5. Wanna meet l8r?

 

Simple ways to make your text messages more like a native English speaker

Lesson sum up

  • Acronyms are often used in texts, messaging and chats.
  • Certain acronyms are acceptable in email but colloquial acronyms and overly informal words are not usually appropriate, especially in business situations
  • We often omit subject pronouns and articles in chats
  • Learning colloquial words and expressions will help you understand native speakers better and you will impress your friends if you learn how to use them!

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5 thoughts on “How to text message like a native English speaker!”

  1. I try! Here is mine
    JULIE: Hi S. Busy at the moment?
    SUSAN: Yes, still at restaurant with mates. Be back home l8r. Anything important?
    JULIE: Just wanted to let you know- got the job!
    SUSAN: OMG! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Well done!
    JULIE: Tnx!
    SUSAN: Next dinner on you
    JULIE: LOL! BTW, how is restaurant? Any good?
    SUSAN: Yes, pretty decent. Bit over-priced.
    JULIE. OK, well, I’ll leave you to it. Enjoy!
    SUSAN: OK. CU. L8R you can tell me all about the new job F2F.
    JULIE: xxx

    1. Kerin English Teacher

      Hi Giulia! This is fantastic, well done! It sounds very natural. Have you spent a lot of time in the UK by chance? Good job!👍

  2. Hello! Thank you. Unfortunately not so much, even if I’d like. I am lucky, I have many English friends and I work everyday with mother tongue people so I am quite used to read this kind of message. Funny lesson, thanks u!!!

  3. JULIE: Hi Susan. RU busy now?
    SUSAN: Yes, still at the restaurant with pals. Be back home L8R. What’s up?
    JULIE: Just text u coz I got the job!
    SUSAN: OMG! That’s fantastic news. Well done!
    JULIE: TNX!
    SUSAN: Next dinner will be on you.
    JULIE: Ha ha ha! BTW, how is the restaurant? Any good?
    SUSAN: Yes, pretty decent for me. Bit over-priced, though.
    JULIE. Ok, well, I’ll leave you to it. Have fun!
    SUSAN: Ok. CU. And catch up L8R to fill me in about the new job.
    JULIE: Xx!

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