But what is it exactly? Texting consists of a series of abbreviations, which allow you to say more within the 160 characters the SMS format allows.
It’s a faster language, easier to type on the 10 keys of the cell phone (un portable).
Well, easier… faster said than… understood!!!
Here are the 10 top French SMS contractions:
- kekina = qu’est-ce qu’il y a? = what’s going on?
- kestufé = qu’est-ce que tu fais? = what are you doing?
- @2m1= à demain = see you tomorrow
- j’tapLDkej’pe = je t’appelle dès que je peux = I call you as soon as I can
- GT ché L = j’étais chez elle = I was at her place
- cpab1 = c’est pas bien = it’s not good.
- AT souè = à tes souhaits = bless you (when someone sneezes)
- ta éT voir koi o 6né = tu as été voir quoi au ciné ? = what did you see at the movies?
- tu vi1 7 aprem = tu viens cet après-midi? = are you coming this afternoon?
- LA fé 1 gato = elle a fait un gateau = she made a cake
If you are interested in traditional French phone vocabulary, I wrote a whole article about it including a fun story to illustrate the vocabulary.
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