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'The Dummies' Guide to texting in Spanish

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'The Dummies' Guide to texting in Spanish
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09:25 CEST+02:00
Lost in virtual translation whenever a Spanish friend texts you? Here The Local offers a simple guide to SMS and Whatsapp shorthand so that you don’t have to keep writing '¿Qué?' after every message.

Spaniards may love face-to-face communication but keeping in touch via text message is a lot more common than you may have thought.

With the appearance of free messaging service Whatsapp, 20 million Spaniards are now glued to their mobiles, speed-texting away to their hearts’ content.

And, as in most countries around the world, a new sub-language known as ‘netspeak’ has emerged in Spain, a form of written slang which non-native speakers may struggle to grasp.

Not to worry though, this brief breakdown of the most common Spanish abbreviations used online and in mobile messaging will have you sounding fluent in no time, at least on screen.


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