27 Mar Dutch Texting Abbreviations
Communication is so easy in today’s world. All you have to do is pick your phone and click a few buttons if you want to call someone. You can press a few more keys and send them a quick message. It takes seconds to send someone a message. People can have a full conversation within minutes if they have a good typing speed. And with the way we have all been using their phones, everyone has gotten good at typing. Although the modern world offers us a lot of opportunities to connect with each other, it also moves really fast, leaving us with a short time for our friends and family. As a result, people have come up with texting abbreviations so they can type their messages quickly.
The Texting Language:
Texting language is not something that everyone can understand. But those who exchange messages every day or scroll social media frequently can easily understand the abbreviations. Youngsters are always coming up with new abbreviations to make texting more fun. However, when an outsider wishes to join this circle of people who text regularly, they will have to learn a few basic abbreviations. Otherwise, they will feel very lost.
Like every other language, the one used for texting has its own rules. In every tongue, you can shorten a few words but not the others. There are also rules about the parts of a word that can be shortened. These rules are another thing that only those fluent in texting language can understand. However, this special vernacular is no reason for people to stay away from texting. It is an easy to use method of sending messages. It is even becoming acceptable in corporate settings. Above all, it is a fun way to exchange messages, which is why everyone should learn the abbreviations and acronyms used in texting so they can join in on the fun too.
The Dutch Language:
If you are an English speaker, learning Dutch will be very easy for you as it is a close relative of your native tongue. It is a Germanic language and is spoken in various parts of Europe. It is recognized in the Netherlands and Belgium. It also enjoys official status in some Caribbean countries. However, those are all constituent countries of the Netherlands. Dutch is also known for having a daughter tongue: Afrikaans. The latter is spoken in South Africa. It originated during the Dutch colonization of the region. When the language of the colonizers got mixed with African tongues, it ended up becoming Afrikaans, which is mutually intelligible with Dutch to some extent.
Dutch Texting Abbreviations:
Due to English’s popularity in the world, there are a lot of words from it that have ended up becoming a part of the universal texting language. Many slang words that you use in messages often can easily be seen in the texts of a Dutch person. However, every country has its own fair share of abbreviations too. The slangs and acronyms used in messaging are native to that country only. From texts to WhatsApp, such acronyms can be seen everywhere.
If you wish to be able to communicate with your Dutch audience by using their abbreviations, you will have to get help. You can read an abbreviation dictionary to improve your knowledge. But there is a new popular slang word in texting every other week, so you will have to stay updated yourself. Here are some common Dutch texting abbreviations:
- Idd: The full form of this abbreviation is inderdaad. Its meaning is ‘indeed.’ It is quite a common word in Dutch texting language.
- Btje: This is the shortened version of beetje, which means ‘in a bit.’ It is another help word for texting.
- Irri: The full form of it is irritant, which will give you an idea about the meaning. The Dutch say it when they come across a really annoying person. It can also be used to describe a situation.
- Nix: The full version is niks and translates into ‘nothing,’ However, you can’t start overusing it until you become good at the language.
- W8: This is the abbreviation that almost everyone has used at least once in their lifetime. In case you haven’t already guessed it, it is used to ask your texting partner to wait. The full form of the Dutch word is wacht.
- Iig: This is another common abbreviation among Dutch people. It is a shortened version of the phrase: in ieder geval. It translates to ‘anyway’ and can be used in various types of sentences.
- Suc6: Although this is a shortened version of success, it translates to ‘good luck.’ It is used by people every time someone has an exam or an interview coming up. It is the most commonly used term for wishing people luck in Dutch.
- Wrm: The short version of waarom, this one translates to ‘why.’ Although it is not as common as it used to be, you can still see it in texting language from time to time.
The more we evolve, the better we become at everything. This is why we must change with the times and update our thinking and words with modern concepts. However, adjusting to a new culture can be difficult. Finding your way to the hearts of the youth is going to be a very challenging task. But if you learn abbreviations and try to talk to them in their language, communication will become a lot smoother.