Colloquial English

Relax! Speak English

1) Acronyms

Acronyms are often used in instant messages, informal emails and text messages. Which of the common acronyms below do you know?


BTW               LOL                IMO                CU                  F2F                 L8er                OMG    Thx                   asap                     

pls                   RU                  sth                  sby                  WTF


Now complete the following text messages with suitable acronyms: 

SMS 1 OK, ________________________ at 2pm!

SMS 2 Can’t talk right now. Call me____________________

SMS 3 ________________ send me that report_________________ . Need it today!

SMS 4 ________________! Guess who I saw today?

SMS 5 Don’t want to talk about it on phone. Let’s meet_________________ .

SMS 6 ____________________for the advice. Was very helpful!

SMS 7 Nice joke!_____________________________ .

In pairs, study the conversation between two flatmates and transform it into a text message chat using appropriate acronyms and omitting unnecessary grammar.

A: Hi Carlos, are you at home yet?


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