Language and Media

Language and Structure of Instant Messaging

The language and communication patterns of IM are similar to those in SMS. By allowing to send offline messages most messengers also diminish the difference between IM and E-mails. Most of the time we have two ‘buddies’ chatting, although there can be more (webconferencing). Most people do not use their given name while using IM services, but choose an invented nickname instead. IM is spontaneous and asynchronous. Emoticons like smileys are frequently used to make up for the lack of hearing one’s voice and seeing their facial expression. Slang, an unusual sentence structure, abbreviations and the ignoring of punctuation are very common. When making spelling mistakes, people tend to correct themselves straight away.

See a piece of IM communication between a 27-year-old female from the UK and a 33-year-old female from Germany

Angie (10/1/2007 9:28:38 PM): hey sweety!!!!
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:29:58 PM): huhu
Angie (10/1/2007 9:30:04 PM): hey !!!
Angie (10/1/2007 9:30:10 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:30:20 PM): how are ya my dear???
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:30:25 PM): good
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:30:29 PM): thanks and you?
Angie (10/1/2007 9:30:33 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:30:42 PM): yeah - im good cheers babe
Angie (10/1/2007 9:30:45 PM): uni is good
Angie (10/1/2007 9:30:57 PM): just had a nice chat with my ex...
Angie (10/1/2007 9:30:59 PM): yum yum
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:31:02 PM): oh cook
Angie (10/1/2007 9:31:09 PM): eh?
Angie (10/1/2007 9:31:13 PM): cook?
Angie (10/1/2007 9:31:36 PM): so how is the flat-hunting going??
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:31:42 PM): well
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:31:47 PM): i found the right one
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:31:50 PM): yesterday
Angie (10/1/2007 9:31:54 PM): ooooh
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:31:56 PM): but the question is if I get it
Angie (10/1/2007 9:31:57 PM): and?
Angie (10/1/2007 9:32:00 PM): oh shitters
Angie (10/1/2007 9:32:13 PM): what is the competition like??
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:32:19 PM): dont know
Angie (10/1/2007 9:32:23 PM): u got a webcam??
Angie (10/1/2007 9:32:25 PM): oh dear
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:32:27 PM): they didnt say something about it
Angie (10/1/2007 9:32:31 PM): oh
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:32:33 PM): no no webcam
Angie (10/1/2007 9:32:35 PM): pants
Angie (10/1/2007 9:32:50 PM): im goin to see if you can see mine if thats ok???
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:32:51 PM): hmm hope they think me to be the right person
Angie (10/1/2007 9:33:03 PM): i dont see why they wouldnt babe....
Angie (10/1/2007 9:33:11 PM): what type are they lloking for??
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:33:20 PM): single person
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:33:23 PM): moving in
Angie (10/1/2007 9:33:56 PM): ahhh
Angie (10/1/2007 9:34:07 PM): well you are goin to be living there on your own right??
Angie (10/1/2007 9:34:14 PM): can ya see me???
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:34:15 PM): yep
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:34:19 PM): no its dark
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:34:21 PM): very dark
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:34:24 PM): where are you
Angie (10/1/2007 9:34:33 PM): oh shit - that is what it is doin here too...
Angie (10/1/2007 9:34:40 PM): hiding..
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:34:45 PM): dont have a webcam
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:34:49 PM): so no wonder
Angie (10/1/2007 9:34:53 PM): oh - maybe that is why..
Angie (10/1/2007 9:35:01 PM): oh well.. just a test.. sorry
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:35:17 PM): hmm stefan has one
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:35:22 PM): think about getting it
Angie (10/1/2007 9:35:26 PM): i dont see why they wouldnt be ok with you living there hunny - u professional - the right age.. etc..
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:35:26 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:35:34 PM): i bet!!
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:35:37 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:35:38 PM): you will need one
Angie (10/1/2007 9:35:38 PM): lol
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:35:46 PM): you have to come to see me there
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:35:55 PM): its ten minutes from munich airport
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:35:58 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:35:59 PM): awh - that would be fab!!!
Angie (10/1/2007 9:36:18 PM): but i am insanely poor now - as all the bills for africa have started to hit me....
Angie (10/1/2007 9:36:31 PM): but i will try to see what i can do - get some work or something...
Angie (10/1/2007 9:36:46 PM): it would be fab to see ya - munich is wicked too right??
Angie (10/1/2007 9:37:02 PM): speaking of the fabness of webcams...
Angie (10/1/2007 9:37:23 PM): my ex was trying to get me to chat with him using mine before - dirty little fucker
Angie (10/1/2007 9:37:27 PM):
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:38:49 PM): hä what?
Angie (10/1/2007 9:39:23 PM): eh?
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:39:33 PM): what does blushing mean?
Angie (10/1/2007 9:39:41 PM): oh!!!
Angie (10/1/2007 9:39:55 PM): it means when your face goes red when you are embarassed...
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:40:05 PM): oh yeah
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:40:10 PM): its already late
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:40:16 PM): did I tell that
Angie (10/1/2007 9:40:24 PM): what is??
Angie (10/1/2007 9:40:37 PM): the time?
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:40:46 PM): the company i am going to work for is an american company
Angie (10/1/2007 9:40:53 PM): cool
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:40:57 PM): and they asked me write the thesis in
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:41:00 PM): ENGLISH
Angie (10/1/2007 9:41:11 PM): ooooh.... shitt!!
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:41:14 PM):
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:41:27 PM): its an option
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:41:30 PM): i dont have to
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:41:37 PM): but otherwise it would be a challenge
Angie (10/1/2007 9:42:03 PM): well - yeah - i think it could be good babe...
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:42:14 PM): yeah maybe
Angie (10/1/2007 9:42:16 PM): really hard but good - you have a lot of practice...
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:42:19 PM): baby
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:42:23 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:42:27 PM):
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:42:30 PM): fun fun fun
Angie (10/1/2007 9:42:36 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:42:40 PM): happy days
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:42:58 PM): changed my internet provider
Angie (10/1/2007 9:43:09 PM): its kind of harsh of them to ask that of you though...
Angie (10/1/2007 9:43:14 PM): cool
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:43:16 PM): so i wont have internet access for the next three weeks
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:43:18 PM): at least
Angie (10/1/2007 9:43:19 PM): cheaper?
Angie (10/1/2007 9:43:27 PM): oh shitty!!!!
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:43:31 PM): yeah
Angie (10/1/2007 9:43:31 PM):
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:43:39 PM): but it was too expensive
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:43:48 PM): so if I dont appear here
Angie (10/1/2007 9:43:51 PM): that is not acceptable behaviou young lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:43:52 PM): you know why
Angie (10/1/2007 9:43:56 PM):
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:43:58 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:44:04 PM):
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:44:11 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:44:21 PM): i will be missin you...........
Angie (10/1/2007 9:44:30 PM):
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:44:41 PM): this is not funny
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:44:45 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:44:53 PM): lol
Angie (10/1/2007 9:45:05 PM): it was the teenaged face ya sent me which was funny
Angie (10/1/2007 9:45:09 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:45:55 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:46:01 PM): that one is ace..
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:46:04 PM):
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:46:42 PM): oh wow quite late
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:46:49 PM): what are doing this week?
Angie (10/1/2007 9:46:54 PM): yeah - i know what ya mean sweety...
Angie (10/1/2007 9:47:14 PM): goin home to pick up some things which i left at home - silly me
Angie (10/1/2007 9:47:19 PM): and then seminars..
Angie (10/1/2007 9:47:32 PM): i only have two days a week now - happy days!!!
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:47:47 PM): cool
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:47:52 PM): happy days for you
Angie (10/1/2007 9:47:53 PM): i know i lucky
Angie (10/1/2007 9:47:57 PM): absolutely
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:48:02 PM): really lucky
Angie (10/1/2007 9:48:07 PM): got two big dissertations tho
Angie (10/1/2007 9:48:20 PM): and lots of work to do - so not really time off
Angie (10/1/2007 9:48:31 PM): but really enjoying bein back here though...
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:48:39 PM): sounds good
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:48:49 PM): at home is not that bad
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:48:52 PM): isnt it?
Angie (10/1/2007 9:49:05 PM): true true
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:49:05 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:49:13 PM): home with my family is boring as hell
Angie (10/1/2007 9:49:16 PM): but uni is good
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:49:24 PM): oh wow
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:49:27 PM): boring
Angie (10/1/2007 9:49:31 PM): yep
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:49:31 PM): really?
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:49:42 PM): okidoki
Angie (10/1/2007 9:49:45 PM): well - ina very stressful and depressing way
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:49:45 PM): i guess I go to bed now
Angie (10/1/2007 9:49:47 PM): lol
Angie (10/1/2007 9:49:53 PM): okey sweety
Angie (10/1/2007 9:50:00 PM): ur internet finishing tomorrow??
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:50:02 PM): oh you have to tell me more about it
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:50:07 PM): next time
Angie (10/1/2007 9:50:14 PM): should i email you?
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:50:24 PM): they said it will be from the 2nd on
Angie (10/1/2007 9:50:25 PM): then you can access it somewhere else??
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:50:31 PM): so I guess it will be already tomorrow
Angie (10/1/2007 9:50:37 PM): oh crap - that tomorrow!!!!
Angie (10/1/2007 9:50:41 PM): ahhhhhhhhh
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:50:50 PM): will send you emails from uni
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:50:55 PM): cause I cant chat there
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:51:02 PM): and install the messenger
Angie (10/1/2007 9:51:03 PM): that is cool
Angie (10/1/2007 9:51:16 PM): you should try MSN web messenger...
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:51:18 PM):
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:51:29 PM): oh yes i can do!
Angie (10/1/2007 9:51:29 PM): you have to allow popups.. but ya can do it that way
Angie (10/1/2007 9:51:34 PM):
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:51:38 PM): ok
Angie (10/1/2007 9:51:38 PM): awh
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:51:42 PM): i will try
Angie (10/1/2007 9:51:43 PM): that is sweet
Angie (10/1/2007 9:51:45 PM): cool
Angie (10/1/2007 9:51:55 PM): what is your email address again??
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:51:59 PM): otherwise you get boring emails
Angie (10/1/2007 9:52:12 PM): nah - emails are cool too!!
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:52:15 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:52:22 PM): not as fun as chattin with u tho..
Angie (10/1/2007 9:52:32 PM): cool - i think that is the one i have already
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:52:39 PM): yep
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:52:40 PM): true
Angie (10/1/2007 9:52:42 PM): ill send ya a long one soon...
Angie (10/1/2007 9:52:47 PM): cool cool
Angie (10/1/2007 9:52:59 PM): so you will be in the same place in 3 weeks??
Angie (10/1/2007 9:53:40 PM): awh
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:53:45 PM): ähm yeah
Angie (10/1/2007 9:53:48 PM): i sorry - i take ages to go
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:53:48 PM): I hope so
Angie (10/1/2007 9:53:50 PM): lol
Angie (10/1/2007 9:53:51 PM): cool
Angie (10/1/2007 9:53:56 PM): have a lovely sleep
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:54:01 PM): it depends on how lazy they are
Angie (10/1/2007 9:54:05 PM): lo
Angie (10/1/2007 9:54:06 PM): lol
Angie (10/1/2007 9:54:11 PM): absolutely
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:54:12 PM): and how long it takes them to fix it
Angie (10/1/2007 9:54:17 PM): true
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:54:20 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:54:21 PM): i hope it is fast
Angie (10/1/2007 9:54:26 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:54:30 PM): take care
Angie (10/1/2007 9:54:37 PM): big squeezy hugs!!!!
Angie (10/1/2007 9:54:46 PM):
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:54:57 PM): ok hunny
Angie (10/1/2007 9:55:02 PM): he is fab
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:55:05 PM): wish you a nice time
Angie (10/1/2007 9:55:06 PM):byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Angie (10/1/2007 9:55:11 PM): u too sweety
Angie (10/1/2007 9:55:14 PM): xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:55:43 PM): byeeeeeee
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:55:43 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:55:51 PM):
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:55:52 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:56:05 PM):
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:56:12 PM):
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:56:25 PM): bye angie
Angie (10/1/2007 9:56:26 PM):
Angie (10/1/2007 9:56:29 PM): bye lol
Angie (10/1/2007 9:56:30 PM): xxxx
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:57:31 PM): wish you a nice week
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:57:31 PM): enjoy yourself
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:57:31 PM): hope to hear from you soon again
engerl_steffi (10/1/2007 9:57:31 PM): byyyeeeeeeee
Angie (10/1/2007 9:57:38 PM): lol
Angie (10/1/2007 9:57:43 PM): bye hunny
Angie (10/1/2007 9:57:52 PM): hope you get that place.. sure u will
Angie (10/1/2007 9:57:59 PM): take care babe
Angie (10/1/2007 9:58:01 PM): xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

A dialogue between a 28-year-old male from South Africa and a 27-year-old female from UK

harrymsimuko (1/8/2008 11:37:35 AM): hi.... really busy with something right now... but can we chat in 30 to 45 min?
Angie (1/8/2008 11:38:22 AM): hey sweety!!... yeah thats cool
harrymsimuko (1/8/2008 2:06:12 PM): darling...
Angie (1/8/2008 2:10:06 PM): hey sweety!!
Angie (1/8/2008 2:10:08 PM):
Angie (1/8/2008 2:10:14 PM): how u doin??
harrymsimuko (1/8/2008 2:10:16 PM): how you darling
Angie (1/8/2008 2:10:21 PM):
Angie (1/8/2008 2:10:25 PM): me is good
Angie (1/8/2008 2:10:39 PM): got my only exam for this semester 2 hours
Angie (1/8/2008 2:10:47 PM): so cant really chat chuck
harrymsimuko (1/8/2008 2:10:53 PM): man it is a crazy day
Angie (1/8/2008 2:10:57 PM): awh
Angie (1/8/2008 2:10:59 PM): for u to??
harrymsimuko (1/8/2008 2:11:00 PM): that is ok just saying hi...
harrymsimuko (1/8/2008 2:11:06 PM): miss you later ok
Angie (1/8/2008 2:11:27 PM):
Angie (1/8/2008 2:11:33 PM): miss u too chicken licken
Angie (1/8/2008 2:11:39 PM): u online in 5 hours??
harrymsimuko (1/8/2008 2:11:48 PM): later henny penny
Angie (1/8/2008 2:11:51 PM):
harrymsimuko (1/8/2008 2:11:54 PM): no i should be home by then
Angie (1/8/2008 2:11:59 PM):
Angie (1/8/2008 2:12:03 PM): maybe tomorrow??
Angie (1/8/2008 2:12:06 PM): miss ya !!
harrymsimuko (1/8/2008 2:13:11 PM): yeah sure hon... no doubt
Angie (1/8/2008 2:13:23 PM): coolio
Angie (1/8/2008 2:13:32 PM): have a good evening chuck!!!
Angie (1/8/2008 2:13:33 PM): huggles
Angie (1/8/2008 2:13:34 PM): xxxxxxxxxx
harrymsimuko (1/8/2008 2:13:53 PM): u too
Angie (1/8/2008 2:14:22 PM):
Angie (1/8/2008 2:14:22 PM): xx

IM communication between a 22-year-old female from the US and a 27-year-old female from the UK

angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:21:47 PM): hey sweety!!!!!
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:22:23 PM):
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:22:43 PM): hiya
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:22:45 PM): how are you?
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:22:54 PM): im good chicken..
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:22:58 PM): how are u doin??
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:23:10 PM): what ya upto this fine fall afternoon?
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:23:25 PM): trying to relax
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:23:28 PM): awh
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:23:30 PM): doing laundry, just took a long shower
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:23:33 PM): ya stressed?
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:23:37 PM): sweet
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:23:40 PM): then hopefully hanging out with a friend and back out to my sisters
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:23:44 PM): yeah, I'm a bit stressed
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:23:47 PM): busy busy
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:23:47 PM): worried about my sister
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:23:51 PM): awh mate
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:23:57 PM): whats happened?
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:24:04 PM): *hugs*
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:24:09 PM): don't really want to talk about it right now
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:24:10 PM): sorry
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:24:13 PM): thanks though
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:24:18 PM): nah thats fine hunny....
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:24:26 PM): i just need to get through the weekend with her and then hopefully things will be better
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:24:27 PM): ur always very welcome...
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:24:34 PM): good luck...
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:24:43 PM):
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:25:29 PM): if ya ever need to chat... i know its hard cos we on different times n shit... but ya can always call me if ya like?
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:25:30 PM): *hugs*
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:25:38 PM): thanks
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:25:42 PM): I may have to do that sometime
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:25:47 PM): so how's life on your end of hte world?
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:25:57 PM): my home number is [0151...]
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:26:01 PM): good good
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:26:22 PM): attempting to write an essay bout african witchcraft..
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:26:29 PM): but i cant really be arsed..
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:26:38 PM):
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:27:03 PM): lol
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:27:12 PM): and my sister is goin through some shit too.. which i can do little about.. sucky..
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:27:19 PM):
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:27:46 PM): I k now the feeling
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:27:48 PM): *huggles*
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:27:50 PM): awh
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:28:27 PM): right back at ya hun.. i know how crap it is.. wanting to do something.. but someones character or whatever makes it near impossible...
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:28:50 PM): so fuckin frustratin..
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:29:12 PM): definitely
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:29:17 PM): I feel the same way right now
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:29:29 PM): if you broke down and cried... i would definitely care.... and stop what i was doin!!
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:29:38 PM):
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:29:53 PM): its horrible feelin powerless aint it?
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:29:56 PM): yeah but you're in Britain so I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be walking by me...
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:29:58 PM): *grin*
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:30:00 PM): yeah it sucks
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:30:00 PM): lol
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:30:10 PM): yeah but if ya told me... lol
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:30:29 PM): the sentiment is there at least - despite the distance....
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:30:31 PM): lol
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:30:33 PM): I appreciate it
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:30:37 PM): just feeling really crappy lately
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:31:02 PM): not fun chicken.....but then life seems to be all a big orrible test sometimes....
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:31:21 PM): ya feeling super crappy?? like need a doc crappy?
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:31:35 PM): cos if ya are... ya shouldnt avoid it....
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:31:48 PM): sorry to nag ya...
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:32:09 PM): sorry it's taking a sec for me to respond, I have a few people suddenly interested in talking to me so I'm holding several conversations at once
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:32:15 PM): lol
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:32:19 PM): thats ok chuck
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:32:24 PM): justt stress, dealing with a lot of things, and normal busy craziness of school
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:32:39 PM): i know what ya mean...sometimes its like... oh fuck.. im not a machine..
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:32:45 PM): horrid
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:33:09 PM): have ya got a good vibrator??
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:33:10 PM): lol
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:33:23 PM): always good for stress release..
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:33:28 PM): ll
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:33:30 PM): *lol
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:33:35 PM): trust me it's been used overtime lately
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:33:39 PM): lol
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:33:59 PM): i should hope so too.. lol ... ya should take time.. and have a marathon.. lol
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:34:05 PM): and then a nap..
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:34:12 PM): lol
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:34:15 PM): I wish
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:34:15 PM): would help.. honest!!
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:34:25 PM): I still gotta get to a dinner with a friend when my laundry's done
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:34:27 PM): even a spare hour would do..
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:34:33 PM): and I really need to get back out to see my sister
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:34:33 PM): pants..
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:34:51 PM): neverending hey hun??
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:35:02 PM): but of course
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:35:08 PM): I had a feeling I wouldn't really have a break this weekend
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:35:11 PM): but it's better than work
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:35:13 PM): so I'm all good
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:35:13 PM): pfft
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:35:24 PM): and I'm glad I'm around to hang out with my sister and help her through some stuff
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:35:25 PM): at least ya dont have to work too right?
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:35:32 PM): sweet
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:35:35 PM): thats good
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:36:10 PM): well.. i suppose i should really go and work on my paper... naughty me..
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:36:29 PM): i hope u feel better soon hun... and that everything with ur sister works out good...
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:36:41 PM): miss ya n love ya with cherries on top!!
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:36:43 PM): good luck with your paper
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:36:46 PM): *huggles*
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:36:48 PM): miss you muchly!
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:36:53 PM): cheers - think i need it..
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:37:12 PM): *monster huggles... hairy ones*
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:37:15 PM): xxxxxxxxx
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:37:26 PM): same to you
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:37:30 PM): take care and have fun with the paper
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:37:37 PM): lol - as if
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:37:44 PM): you're insanely awesome with those things so you really don't need me wishing you luck or anything
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:37:50 PM): lol
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:37:54 PM): awh thanks sweety
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:37:56 PM): lol
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:38:01 PM): byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
angelamoray (9/22/2007 10:38:03 PM): xxxxx
zKhristy*unicef (9/22/2007 10:38:27 PM): byyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

See a piece of IM discourse between a 21-year-old male from Uganda and a 25-year old female from Germany

forevabbe: hey there
agnespawlak: Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
agnespawlak: finally
agnespawlak: I'm cooking
forevabbe: finally what i wasnt on
forevabbe: cookin what?
agnespawlak: Pasta
agnespawlak: which version do you have
agnespawlak: ?
forevabbe: the nwe one i guess
forevabbe: new
agnespawlak: does yahoo messenger store what we write?
agnespawlak: Where?
forevabbe: i dont think why you wanna use it for your research
agnespawlak: exactly
agnespawlak: icq does
agnespawlak: i think you can adjust it
agnespawlak: have to check
agnespawlak: nobody wants to send me their communication
agnespawlak: and I need ENGLISH stuff
forevabbe: never really bothered ICQ has a histoty inventory?
forevabbe: what english stuff?
agnespawlak: yes
agnespawlak: English messenger communication
agnespawlak: to get German wouldnt be a prb
forevabbe: oh ok have you even asked anyone aside from me abt it ask your american friends
agnespawlak: yes I did
agnespawlak: how was yesterday?
agnespawlak: Hey, there's sth. else, u must tell me about the English accent in Uganda!!
forevabbe: am really buggered just got up a few hrs ago its freakin hot
agnespawlak: u already told me that only ppl from the South speak so 'strange'
agnespawlak: maybe 2 degrees or so :D
forevabbe: i hate hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
agnespawlak: Have to eat now
agnespawlak: i love hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhoooooooooooooottttttttttttttttt
agnespawlak: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
forevabbe: go on eat am streaming a pamela anderson sex tape but its takin forever
forevabbe: The couple wants to live" legally, not as criminals. "(Reuters). Loa alemanes Patrick Stuebing y Susan Karolewski mantienen una relación sentimental desde hace siete años y han tenido cuatro hijos. Loa Germans Stuebing Patrick and Susan Karolewski maintained a romantic relationship for seven years and had four children. Patrick y Susan son hermanos, pero también pareja. Patrick and Susan are brothers, but also couple. Estos alemanes tienen 30 y 23 años respectivamente y mantienen una relación sentimental desde hace siete años. These Germans have 30 and 23 years respectively and maintained a romantic relationship for seven years. whats wrong with you Germans
forevabbe: sorry its in espanyol translated it to english just now
forevabbe: tranlate it to english
agnespawlak: u want me to translate it?
forevabbe: go ahead
agnespawlak: Why doesn't yahoo show when sth .was written??
agnespawlak: Thats annoying!!
forevabbe: gosh i donno
agnespawlak: u did it already
agnespawlak: it's ok
agnespawlak: but not' Patrick and Susan are brothers'
forevabbe: what is ok
agnespawlak: siblings!!
forevabbe: sibings as in blood
agnespawlak: yes
agnespawlak: your translation was good
agnespawlak: did you ever study Spanish?
forevabbe: and its ok in germany
agnespawlak: looooooooooooooooooooooooooooool
agnespawlak: of course not
agnespawlak: I think he's in prison
agnespawlak: and the kids were taken away from them
agnespawlak: but they didn't know each other earlier
agnespawlak: they only met as adults
agnespawlak: think they have either the same dad or mum
agnespawlak: rather mum
forevabbe: and you beleive tht?
forevabbe: lived in cuba before did i tell you
forevabbe: my pamela anderson sex tape is really takin forever
agnespawlak: believe what?
agnespawlak: It was in the media all over
agnespawlak: I don't remember you telling me about Cuba
forevabbe: that they met as adults
agnespawlak: yep
agnespawlak: when was that??
agnespawlak: Any other countries apart from Cuba and Sweden you didn't tell me of?
forevabbe: only what i feel like telling
agnespawlak: ??

agnespawlak: Whhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaattttttttt??
agnespawlak: What are you then??
agnespawlak: Indian :D

agnespawlak: ?
agnespawlak: come on
forevabbe: aryan
agnespawlak: what is aryan
agnespawlak: sounds like Arier
agnespawlak: which is a Nazi term
forevabbe: haha i know my sister is always scared of them in BERLIN
agnespawlak: I can imagine
agnespawlak: she's in Berlin now??
agnespawlak: I thought she was in Munich??
agnespawlak: I went to Berlin some weeks ago
agnespawlak: omg, it's raining like....
forevabbe: she went to spend some time with ther bf in berlin
forevabbe: i need the rainnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
agnespawlak: lets exchange weather
forevabbe: kewl go for it
agnespawlak: Berlin is cool, thinking about moving there
forevabbe: dont think i can live in germany
agnespawlak: no, the weather is way to kak
agnespawlak: and there are so many beautiful countries....
agnespawlak: you asked for my plans for summer
agnespawlak: I need to finish my thesis
agnespawlak: don't even have a topic
agnespawlak: hey, for how long are you gonna stay in SA?
agnespawlak: and where will you live??
forevabbe: i cancelled the pic need to stream my movie
agnespawlak: Ok
agnespawlak: it was you :D
agnespawlak: At News Cafe
forevabbe: i know see the pic on my phone everyday
agnespawlak: loooool
agnespawlak: you have it on your phone??
forevabbe: i hav pics of us in sldie show on my phone
agnespawlak: My cell got stolen
agnespawlak: the one I had in Africa...
forevabbe: hmmm nw why doesnt that surprise me
forevabbe: i have a sumsung
agnespawlak: me too
agnespawlak: do you have a webcam??
forevabbe: no but i can get one do you have one?
agnespawlak: YEP
agnespawlak: but never used it b4
agnespawlak: but I look terrible right now so dont get it now
forevabbe: used my bros a while back catting to my ex
agnespawlak: this stupid messenger doesnt seem to store
agnespawlak: but I can still store it on my computer
forevabbe: kewl, smile for me then
agnespawlak: :)
agnespawlak: Just got ur fb message

English vs. German IM

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