Chatting: Text messages from China
CHAT GOLD - I don't know what percentage of my Chinese language abilities has come from text messaging, but I suspect it's not small. I've been wanting for a long time to build a database of messages as a learning tool, but I never get around to it.
Here in this thread, as often as possible, I'm going to present a text message from someone I know. Friends, colleagues, acquaintances. It's real Chinese and the word order, word choice, and tone is often something not found in books or other materials.
I've changed names, or any real references to real people or real situations, but otherwise rest assured that it's not my weird Chinese, but that of a Chinese person. Not to say that they are not weird!
Hope this gives other some reading, writing and thinking practice. The Chinese is usually not particularly hard, it's short for a quick read, and often of a question/answer variety. Like, "What did you do today?" "Oh I cleaned the fridge." Feel free to comment or provide your other insights!
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