SMS Language.

@swats89 (1731)
India
July 24, 2011 9:10am CST
Hi. Recent study show that the children are using the sms language in the exams. They use shortcuts such as you for u, that for tht, etc. Do u think the quality of english language is getting low due to the frequent use of internet and sms? I think the parents need really look what the children are writing at the young age. cheers.
16 responses
@Jelminrie (358)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
I think it is not just the parents duty, many of the parents are not that into texting and chatting because of generation gap, it is more appropriate to overlook this practices in school, the teacher must have not allowed to check an answer with wrong spelling, in my subject before i used to use ampersan (&) for the word "and" and my teacher does not allow it, i forgot why. She always insist we must use appropriate words on formal papers.
@swats89 (1731)
• India
25 Jul 11
its the duty of the teacher to rectify the mistake of the student. i think ur teacher had done the right think. cheers.
• Philippines
26 Jul 11
Yes and i owe her much.
@Nemaat (30)
• United States
25 Jul 11
I think that it is inevitable that the English language will constantly change and the use of SMS language might just replace the current English we all know. in 10 years all of the middle and high school kids who use SMS talk will be your average person in about 10 years. Soon you won't be able to walk around with out hearing someone writing SMS words in a email or on an exam.
@swats89 (1731)
• India
25 Jul 11
the glory of language is by its existence. the glory will be lost by sms wrds. so we should oppose this kinfd of language when the children are at the school,
• Malaysia
25 Jul 11
Using abbreviations like those commonly used in SMS-ing for exams and other official documentation should not be encouraged as the same abbreviation can be used for different words and may confuse the reader. BTW for example may stand for "By The Way" or "Between". However, if by quality of the language you meant the grammar of the text, then I don't think that it is affected. Good grammar can be practiced even when using abbreviations in SMS. The only thing that may be affected by all these abbreviations are that you may no longer be sure of how the word is actually spelled and you get so used to writing in shortform that you accidentally do so even in official documents.
@swats89 (1731)
• India
25 Jul 11
nice point u brought. yes any1 can misintrepet rhe meaning of one wrd by other wrd. i think most of the examiner doesn't know the meaning of sms words.cheers.
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
I hope my children do not have to go through something like this. I totally discourage using the internet except for schoolwork. I grew up loving to read. And i hope my children become the same way.
@swats89 (1731)
• India
25 Jul 11
books r humans best frnd, so yes giving limited time for the kids is good method to stop them frm getting addicted to this kind of language. cheers.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
25 Jul 11
I would agree with what you said above. Majority of Teenagers nowadays, they are using shorthand writing instead of official English writing. Some day they might develop a habit of it, and that will degrade the quality of writing in some day. I hope our parents definitely should look into it.
@swats89 (1731)
• India
25 Jul 11
parents and also teacher should look out for this prob. cheers.
@amitgune (877)
• India
24 Jul 11
It is rather unfortunate. Even grown-ups are nowadays using sms language in official documents. If this is the scenario, why do we blame children. As regards to your question thugh, it needs to be emphasized upon children that sms language is just a shortcut for sending messages similar to shorthand, which is used for convenience and quick notation. IT CANNOT BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROPER ENGLISH. Parents and teachers alike, can emphasize this upon children by using proper English whenever possible. I for example use proper English even in SMSes, simply because I fell that it is much better than SMS English and takes almost the same time to type.
@swats89 (1731)
• India
25 Jul 11
nice u take out this point.
• Philippines
24 Jul 11
I always believe that any change in language is affected by society and the technology of cellphones and the internet have great contribution on how people communicate today. However, I think the youth are blurring the lines when it comes to using the language, specifically the SMS language. They use it everywhere even in platforms where it shouldn't be used - like in exams, in your description. Students should learn that SMS language or format is not acceptable in the academe. Keep it in the cellphone screen or internet forums but never on schoolwork becuase it will come back with too many red inks to count. In this scenario, I think that the teachers should always be on the guard and telling students that they are not acceptable in fromal writing.Students can complain but not everybody can understand the SMS language. They maybe laughed at due to the shortened expression sine the message doesn't come across. Worst, their work will be rejected by anyone who critique it. Writing sucks sometimes and some students might take the shortcut route like in text message. But the language doesn't serve the purpose and it will only speak of the kind of education the students are getting. I don't think there should be shortcuts in language and in life - shortcuts only exits in gadgets with small screens with a restrict number of characters. Last time I checked, a test paper has s lot of space. Students better use the space. It's there for a reason.
@swats89 (1731)
• India
25 Jul 11
yeah, i mean the teachers r so experienced that they may not even know this kind of language. also i think that the teacher dnt use this kind of language. thanks mate.cheers.
@QeeGood (1214)
• Sweden
24 Jul 11
I dislike the sms language very much. It is simple and fast to text a message to people, but when using it in exams I believe is completely wrong. It is like when children learn to write words by pressing keys on a keyboard. Their handwriting with a pencil and a pen is bad. Children should learn the ordinary basic first regardless it is the appropriate English languages with correct grammar or wring with a pencil or a pen. Yes the language change over decades, but we can help up to keep a beautiful appropriate language alive.
@swats89 (1731)
• India
24 Jul 11
but today's technology the children are also getting advanced. they first use there pc keyboard b4 using their pen. so i completely agree with u. parents should look at this prob seriously
@viele21 (33)
• Philippines
24 Jul 11
i agree with that because i, myself, forget the spelling of some common words nowadays because of the use of SMS language.. i accidentally use them in formal writings and left unnoticed..
@swats89 (1731)
• India
24 Jul 11
lol, it happens to most of us. when i send any official email i recheck to see that i had used any sms languge or not.cheers
• Philippines
24 Jul 11
I agree. Text messages influence us even in our grammar. It is practical that we take awareness over when to use it and when we must not.
@swats89 (1731)
• India
24 Jul 11
yes, uone should know where to use and when to use the sms languge.cheers.
• Germany
29 Jul 11
Yes, most of the children are using sms language in exam. Not only school children, most of us use sms language while writing something. It makes us note down the things fast. It reduces time. But we should not make it as a habit and implement the same in exams.
@jiyeon21 (102)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
yes! i agree most children or student now are like that especially who are in thier high school life many of childrens i know are...
• Indonesia
25 Jul 11
I think there is no problem as they can put is very well. The can put words in relation to need. According the context SMS (Short Message). When writing the message is to long his name can be changged LMS (Long Message) :)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
It would be the obligation of parents and the kids' early teachers to correct such practice. This would prevent kids from developing themselves in terms of communication skills. Children would be seeing media containing sms language but we have to make sure that we educate them ASAP.
@bouncybug (615)
• South Africa
24 Jul 11
Yes, I do think that the quality of english is declining due to this new short hand that has been taking over in the youth. It is such a pity and I hope that schools and parents try and institute measures to ensure that the true grammar and spelling of our beautiful language is not lost forever!
@lampar (7597)
• United States
24 Jul 11
It is a bad trend for student to write english words in sms format in the exam by those children, the parent need to pay attention to the usage of proper English grammer and spelling of their children before the quality of English language is going downward among these children, it will not be helpful for the future of these children when nobody can understand what's they are written about in their article except the children themselves.