Views #882 | Mid Intermediate 5

Text Messaging

Jake and Lindsay discuss text messaging versus using the phone.

Jake: So, Lyndsay do you like to text message a lot on your cell phone ?

Lindsay: Yeah, actually, I text message a lot.

Jake: I don't do it so much. Sometimes I prefer to just call someone on the phone if I'm in a hurry.

Lindsay: Yeah, I go both ways. Sometimes I know I don't really want to talk to the person. I just want to ask them one question, so it's so much easier for me just to text them and say, "Are you going to the party tonight" for example instead of calling them, because I know if I call them, I'm gonna have to have a long conversation.

Jake: Yeah, I can see what you mean. Well, usually I get off the phone pretty quickly when I call someone. I'm not a big talker.

Lindsay: Yeah, that's true, Jake. You don't talk a lot. But, in general, I like to call people because I think it adds a more personal touch.

Jake: So are you fast at writing the messages with your thumb?

Lindsay: Well, when I first got a cell phone, which was actually only five years ago, I was so slow, I thought I would never text message, and I always called people, but then people kept text messaging me so I felt obligated to try to learn how to text message, so now, I'm pretty fast actually. What about you?

Jake: Actually, I have the opposite problem, where when I first got my cell phone, I thought it was so cool and I had to text message all my friends who had one, and I was pretty fast with my thumb then, but it seems like now I don't use it so much, and I've gotten slower actually.

Lindsay: Yeah, I think the text message actually is sort of has to do with your age, for example, I text message a lot and I know people younger than me, for example people in high school, they text message a lot, but I asked my father if he text messages, and guess what he said?

Jake: What?

Lindsay: Well, of course, he said he never text messages. He thinks it's very juevenile and unprofessional to text message someone.

Jake: Yeah, I can see what he means. It's usually associated with young people and considered pretty informal to text message someone.

Lindsay: Yeah, it is really informal, I think, because you're just using your thumb and you're trying to write fast. Rarely do you ever write 'dear' or 'from' or use polite language, right?

Jake: Yeah, because you're using your thumb, you have to write the messages as short as you possibly can.

Lindsay: Right, I mean, it sort of makes sense, when I think that I would never text message someone I didn't know very well. I only text message people I'm good friends with and comfortable with.

Jake: Well, it serves it purpose then, doesn't it.

Lindsay: Yeah, I guess, I mean it is cheaper than calling someone, but, you know, other times it's better to call someone, don't you think.

Jake: Yeah, definitely.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

in a hurry

I call someone if I'm in a hurry.

To be 'in a hurry' means to move quickly, usually because we are late.  Notice the following:

  1. I often forget things when I'm in a hurry.
  2. She was in a hurry so she couldn't talk.

go both ways

I go both ways.

To 'go both ways' means to use two ways to do the same thing. Here, Lindsay SMSs and calls.  Notice the following:

  1. Study in the morning or evening? I go both ways.
  2. I could go both ways on that.

I see what you mean

I can see what you mean.

'I see what you mean' is the same as saying 'I understand what you mean'.  Notice the following:

  1. I see what you mean. It is more difficult.
  2. I see what you mean about the new teacher.

I'm not a big talker

I'm not a big talker on the phone.

Someone who is not a 'big talker' doesn't chat for a long periods of time on the phone.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm not a big talker so I SMS a lot.
  2. Dad's not a big talker. He doesn't own a mobile.

a more personal touch

I call people because it adds a more personal touch.

A 'personal touch' is something extra we do to make someone feel special. In this case, it's personal contact, not a text message.  Notice the following:

  1. Emoticons add a more personal touch to e-mails.
  2. How can we add a more personal touch to our website?


It's juvenile to text message someone.

'Juvenile' means like a child. We often use 'juvenile' to talk about adults who act like children  Notice the following:

  1. I think using emoticons in e-mail is juvenile.
  2. My dad says computer games are juvenile.

Vocabulary Quiz

in a hurry • both ways • you mean
big talker • personal • juvenile
  1. I stay in contact , although I prefer email.
  2. It's so to start a fight with me via SMS.
  3. Every time I see her she is .
  4. Calling someone is a lot more than online chat.
  5. I can see what about people liking her right away.
  6. She's not a , especially not on the telephone.
Answer the following questions about the interview.


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