Internet and chat slang in different languages
The last few days I exchanged a lot of messages with people who clicked on our FB advert for promoting our online event to inform about our masters program in German studies. I don't know why but the majority of users came from Algeria and as many of them didn't speak German or English I communicated with them in a mix of French and Arabic. What I found baffling was the fact that many used a mix of French and Algerian chat slang which I really had problems to follow and Google was of no help. For instance, I never figured out what "A vahyau le plus" , "cvkobunhy", "[email protected] cc" or "
pnsoar" were supposed to mean (If anyone here knows, please post the answer). One person wrote "
نحبكم كملين". Google translates this as "We love you as a laxative". No joke. It actually means "I love you all". "momkin t3rfon. 3likom" apparently means "Can I get to know you?"
Other things were easier to figure out. Now I know that "slt" means "salut", "slm cv" is "salam ça va" and "cc" is "cou cou". On one hand I'm annoyed that people that are requesting information from a German university are writing in their own slang like if they are chatting with their friends, on the other hand I used this as a chance to learn more about internet slang in other languages.
These two pages about French texting and internet slang were useful for that:
Look at the example sentences:
we ki ta3arfou wach rah testfadou ? hhhhh cha3ab kar3adjiiiiiiiiii
(Don’t try to know everything because it does not matter to you.)
7ade said nchalah li lmontakhabina el3assekari nchalah yjibo natija mli7a bitawfiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiik . . . onchoriya chorouk stp
(Good luck to our military team, I hope they get a good score. Good Luck! Say it chorouk!)
mais les filles ta3na ysedkou n’import quoi ana hada face book jamais cheftou khlah kalbi
(Our girls believe anything, I have never seen this Facebook before)
What is this I don't even...
Do you use texting slang in your native tongue? Do you understand and use texting slang in your target languages? Do you know any good websites that explain texting and internet slang in your native or target languages? Do you code-switch when texting?