English for youth

Language which joins the youth from all over the world!

English is the language of world culture. In different countries, the youth sing the songs of The Beatles, U2, Scorpions, etc. Every young man knows the words: break dance, bodybuilding, and windsurfing. These words and many others are the vocabulary of the world’s youth. The Internet is the place where young people meet and freely communicate with each other. 82% of the Internet is in English. Now the situation when Russians speak to Japanese or Brazilians using English is a very common one.

There are many official programs of foreign exchange. Pupils and students visit each other in their countries. International camps are the best place for starting friendships between young people from all over the world. The international relations include the programs of studying English, programmes of providing youth organizations, and educational institutions with information about international contacts. There is a common system of grants, which covers the cost of education for students of different countries.

The most important things for participants of international youth programmes are knowledge of English, openness, and an active life style.

 Written English for PC, mobile as a part of youth subculture

The world consists of different people, different languages, different cultures and different religions. But there is one common thing – youth! Old people are always going on talking about the problem with today’s youth. The contemporary youth speech brings parents and teachers to wonder. Old people really do not understand the young people! It is necessary to point out that youth is young people from school age to students.

Grammar. Punctuation. Spelling. Verb Usage. Common Sense. What has happened to these five terms?  Modern linguistic science pays great attention to the area of language, called “Youth language”. What is this? 

Before the research starts, there is SMS for reading:

Hope 2 C U @ party L8R, PCM Jo x

Does this message really look like spy text?

Here is the correct answer:

Hope to see you at the party later. Please, call me. Jo, kiss

This is a part of youth language – Electronic messaging. Today’s electronic means of communication and these gadgets have moved “youth language” from the spoken word to the written word with a greater degree of acceptance. Text messages, chat forum messages, and sometimes e-mails can be written using the smallest number of letters as possible. As you can see, pronouns, prepositions and articles may be omitted. Such language becomes not only the language of youth but the language of business, where time is very valuable. If you think the written English language is getting shorter, you may be right!

Do you want more examples? Here they are:

2” means “to”

“4” means “for”

U” means “you”

ur” means “your”

“imho”  is often used in forums and  means “in my humble opinion”

2day” means “today”                                                                                            

We can show a person’s feelings by using symbols to represent a face. They are called emotions:

“ :-)” means “happy”

“ :-(“  means “unhappy”

“:-Q”means “I do not understand”

“ :-O” means “surprised”

“:-|“  means “bored”

“:’-( “means “crying”

“:-*“  means “ kiss”

Now computers have become an essentially important part of our life. Great numbers of people are able to have a computer at home. These machines have become a very helpful and useful tool for relation and connection between people from different groups and different countries. The main reason for using computer words is to make personal contacts easier. Indeed, some long statement can be replaced by a word – both short and full of sense. Here are some examples:

cyber sickness is a feeling of illness caused by using a computer for long periods of time or being in a room with a lot of computers.

screenager  (informal) is a young person who spends a lot of time using computers and the Internet.


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