The joy of t«t
I cem talk about ko w people ust mobile pkones.
Look at the photos in the text and the title. What does ‘txt' mean? Why is it written like this?
Read the text. Which paragraph (1-3) mentions:
2 a schoolessay?
3 an addiction?
4 the fastest texter in the world?
6 a mobile phone company?
7 the language oftext?
3 Work in pairs. Try to say these words and phrases from text messages. How would you write them in normal English?
1 cu soon
2 cali me b4 2moro
4 i luv u
5 im @ home
U ty 2.05 listen to four teenagers talking about how they use a mobile phone. Answer the questions.
Paula Ethan Darren Cindy
1 Who loves texting?
2 Who loves ringtones?
3 Who has got a 36 phone?
4 Who talks for a long time on the phone?
5 H 2.05 Listen again. Complete the phrases with the nouns in the box. Translate them.
handset number ringtone text message voice cali wireless headset
The British love sending text messages. They send morę than 2.5 billion every month. And most people now understand the language of text, with its numbers and missing letters. In fact, when a student at a Scottish school wrote an essay entirely 'in txt’, his teacher gaue him 'C+ 4 f4t' ('C+ for effort’).
Although texting is a convenient and cheap method of staying in touch with your friends. it can also bring problems. In 2005, a British teenager became the first person in the world to recehze treatment for an addiction to text messaging. In one year, the nineteen-year-old spent about £4,500 on texts. (He was sending about 700 texts a week.) He was also addicted to e-mail, and sent 8,000 messages in one month from his Computer at work. The treatment is working wetl, however, and he now spends no morę than £10 a week on texts.
For some people, text messaging has changed their lives. For example, James Trusler from Sussex in England travels around the world taking part in texting competitions and IV shows. He's the world’s fastest texter and recently set a new world record while he was appearing on Australian TV.
He texted: 'The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.' It took him 67 seconds.
(That’s fast. Try it!) James sends a lot of text messages - about 2,500 a month.
Fortunately, he doesn't get big bills because he works for a large mobile phone company I
Mobiles: verb + noun phrases
6 MiWJaiftH Work in pairs. Ask and answer the questions.
1 How often do you use a mobile phone?
2 What do you use it for?
3 What do you think you will use it for in the futurę?
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Unit 6 • Technology
MATURA Nauka i technika • Rozumienie tekstu czytanego Oobt
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