Wednesday, June 18, 2008



How often do you use a computer? Have you ever chatted with other people? Nowadays, we have lots of problems about chat, because some people are using short words. For example, a someone writes “A.S.A.P.” It means “ As soon as possible.” Some people did not understand this word, because it is not exactly the right words. According to Weeks` (2008) article, many students` writing is not as clearas in past years, because students usually use chat on internet or send email. It might make misunderstanding. Why do so many young people use chat language? It is not good because it makes their grammar wrong and makes them lose their peculiar language.

Many young people usually use chat language because they want to make shorter and shorter sentences. Young people should not use chat language because it can make a generation gap and make them lose their language.

First, young people should not use chat language because if they use chat language, it will make some misunderstanding and some people do not know exactly what they means. Also, it makes a generation gap. “A recent survey by the College Board and Pew Internet and American Life Project found that most students say it is important to know how to write well, but a majority also said that internet-style language – including abbreviations and emoticons – is making its way into their classwork” (Weeks, 2008, para. 37). Old people do not understand abbreviations and emoticons because young people use them with the new generation. For example, when I was young, we usually used the abbreviation words. However, my parents did not understand exactly what they means. It might have made a generation gap because young people think that parents do not understand. So, they think it is not understandable communication. So, young people should use original language.

Second, young people should not use chat language because it will make them los their original language. In my country, teenagers are able to use chat language. It is normal because the teenagers using internet more than old people. According to Lee (2008), “As more and more teenagers socialize online, middle school and high school teachers like Ms. Harding are increasingly seeing a breezy form of internet English jump from e-mail into school work…. Teachers have deducted points, drawn red circles and tsk-tsked at their classes. Yet the errant forms continue. “It stops being funny after you repeat yourself a couple of times,” Ms. Harding said. But teenagers, whose social life can rely as much these days on text communication as the spoken word, say that they use instant-messaging shorthand without thinking about it. They write to one another as much as they write in school, or more” (paras. 12-14). So, if teenagers usually use chat language, they will be forget their original language. Also, they could make mistakes in a situation, when they have to write some paper.

In conclusion, young people should not use chat language, because it will make a generation gap and they will forget their original language. They should have cognizance of their language and they need to use their original language. It will make no misunderstanding; also, it will make no mistakes in their writing paper.


Lee, J. (2002, Sept.). Nu shortcuts in school R 2 much $ teachers. NY Times. Retrieved on June 16, 2008 from

Weeks, L. (2008, June 15). The fate of the sentence: is the writing on the wall? Washington Post. Retrieved on June 16, 2008. From

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