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{September 28, 2009}   Just pondering…

Why is it that the ones who know have to work and the ones that don’t know are our bosses?

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{September 27, 2009}   Email & Chat Abbreviations

Chat and instant messaging has spawned a short-hand language to help communicate via the keyboard. So, I’ve decided to teach my tweens and teens some of the abbreviations they may find useful. Here’s the list!

Abbreviation Meaning
ADN Any day now
AFAIK As far as I know
AFK Away from keyboard
ARE Acronym-rich environment
A/S/L? Age/sex/location?
B4N Bye for now
BAK Back at the keyboard
BBIAB Be back in a bit
BBL Be back later
BEG Big evil grin
BFD Big f***ing deal
BFN Bye for now
BG Big grin
BIOYIOP Blow it out your I/O port
BL Belly laughing
BOTEC Back-of-the- envelope calculation
BRB Be right back
BTA But then again…
BTW By the way
BWL Burst With Laughter
BWTHDIK But what the heck do I know…?
CU See you
CUL See you later
CUL8ER See you later
CYA Cover your ass
CYO See you online
DBA Doing business as
DFLA Disenhanced four-letter acronym (that is, a TLA)
DL Dead link
DIKU Do I know you?
DITYID Did I tell you I’m distressed?
DQMOT Don’t quote me on this
EG Evil grin
EMFBI Excuse me for butting in
EOM End of message
EOT End of thread (meaning: end of discussion)
ETLA Extended three-letter acronym (that is, an FLA)
F2F Face to face
FAQ Frequently-ask question(s)
FISH First in, still here
FLA Four-letter acronym
FMTYEWTK Far more than you ever wanted to know
FOMCL Falling off my chair laughing
FUBAR F***ed up beyond all repair or recognition
FUD Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
FWIW For what it’s worth
FYI For your information
G Grin
G2G Got to go
GA Go ahead
GAL Get a life
GD&R Grinning, ducking, and running
GIWIST Gee, I wish I’d said that
GMTA Great minds think alike
GOL Giggling out loud
GTRM Going to read mail
HTH Hope this helps
IAC In any case
IANAL I am not a lawyer (but)
IC I see
IDK I don’t know
IHA I hate acronyms
IIRC If I recall/remember/ recollect correctly
ILU or ILY I love you
IM Immediate/Instant message
IMHO In my humble opinion
IMing Chatting with someone online usually while doing other things such as playing trivia or other interactive game
IMNSHO In my not so humble opinion
IMO In my opinion
IOW In other words
IPN I’m posting naked
IRL In real life
IYSWIM If you see what I mean
JBOD Just a bunch of disks (like redundant array of independent disks, etc.)
JIC Just in case
JK Just kidding
KOTC Kiss on the cheek
KWIM? Know what I mean?
L8R Later
LD Later, dude
LDR Long-distance relationship
LLTA Lots and lots of thunderous applause
LMAO Laugh(ing) My Ass Off
LMLYG Let Me Let You Go
LOL Laugh(ing) Out Loud
LRF Little Rubber Feet (the little pads on the bottom of displays and other equipment)
LTM Laugh to myself
LTR Long-term relationship
LULAB Love you like a brother
LULAS Love you like a sister
MorF Male or female
MOSS Member of the same sex
MOTOS Member of the opposite sex
MUSM Miss you so much
NM Not much
NFG No f*****g good
NFW No feasible way or no f*****g way
NIFOC Naked in front of computer
NP or N/P No problem
NRN No response necessary
OIC Oh, I see
OLL Online love
OTF Off the floor
OTOH On the other hand
OTTOMH Off the top of my head
PANS Pretty awesome new stuff (as opposed to “POTS”)
PCMCIA People can’t master computer industry acronyms
PDA Public display of affection
PEBCAK Problem exists between chair and keyboard
PIBKAC Problem is between keyboard and chair
PITA Pain in the ass
PMFJIB Pardon me for jumping in but…
::POOF:: Goodbye (leaving the room)
POS Parent over shoulder (change the topic)
POTS Plain old telephone service
PU That stinks!
RL Real life (that is, when not chatting)
ROR Raffing out roud (Engrish for “laughing out loud”)
ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing
ROTFLMAO Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off
ROTFLMAOWPIMP Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off while peeing in my pants
ROTFLMBO Rolling on the floor laughing my butt off
RPG Role-playing games
RSN Real soon now
RTFM Read the f***ing manual
RYO Roll your own (write your own program; derived from cigarettes rolled yourself with tobacco and paper)
S4L Spam for life (what you may get when you become someone’s customer or client)
SHCOON Shoot hot coffee out of nose
SEG S***-eating grin
SF Surfer-friendly (low-graphics Web site)
SNAFU Situation normal, all f***ed up
SO Significant other
SOHF Sense of humor failure
SOL Smilling out loud or sh*t out of luck
SOMY Sick of me yet?
STFW Search the f*****g Web
STW Search the Web
SWAG Stupid wild-a** guess
TAFN That’s all for now
TANSTAAFL There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch
TFH Thread from hell (a discussion that just won’t die and is often irrelevant to the purpose of the forum or group)
TGIF Thank God it’s Friday
THX Thanks
TIA Thanks in advance (used if you post a question and are expecting a helpful reply)
TLA Three-letter acronym
TLK2UL8R Talk to you later
TMI Too much information
TOPCA Til our paths cross again (early Celtic chat term)
TPTB The powers that be
TTFN Ta-Ta for now
TTT Thought that, too (when someone types in what you were about to type)
TTYL Talk to you later
TU Thank you
UAPITA You’re a pain in the ass
UW You’re welcome
VBG Very big grin
VBSEG Very big s***-eating grin
WDALYIC Who died and left you in charge?
WFM Works for me
WIBNI Wouldn’t it be nice if
WRT With respect to
WT? What/who the ?
WTFO What the F***! Over!
WTG Way to go!
WTGP? Want to go private?
WU? What’s up?
WUF? Where are you from?
WYSIWYG What you see is what you get
YGBSM You gotta be s***tin’ me!
YMMV Your mileage may vary.

More:

Sharpened.net

ChatRef.com

Net for beginners



{September 26, 2009}   New Treasure Found!

I was just looking for materials for the science fair at school… and I came across this wonderful site: TES

It’s full of really original resources and a wonderful place to share opinions with other teachers!



{September 26, 2009}   Friday Night…

And I’m filling reportcards -.-
(What I should have done some days ago, but NOONE informed me we had to present them TOMORROW)



{September 25, 2009}   Dolls

Today I’m in the mood for readings. Someone emailed this to me and I shared it with my students. They simply loved it.

A man and a woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife ‘ s bedside.

She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He asked her about the contents.

“When we were to be married,” she said, “my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.”

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

“Honey,” he said “that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?”

“Oh, that?” she said. “That is the money I made from selling the dolls.” : )



{September 25, 2009}   Funny Conversation (Must Read it!)

Hu Jintao was named chief of the Communist Party in China.

SCENE: The Oval Office. George Bush and Condolezza Rice.

George: Condi! Nice to see you? What”s happening?

Condi: Sir, I have the report about the new leader of China.

George: Great. Let’s hear it.

Condi: Hu is the new leader of China.

George: That’s what I want to know.

Condi: That’s what I’m telling you.

George: That’s what I”m asking you? Who is the new leader of China?

Condi: Yes.

George: I mean the fellow’s name.

Condi: Hu.

George: The guy in China.

Condi: Hu.

George: The new leader of China.

Condi: Hu?

George: The Chinese?

Condi: Hu is leading China.

George: Now whaddya?asking me for?

Condi: I’m telling you Hu is leading China.

George: Well,I’m asking you. Who is leading China?

Condi: That”s the man’s name.

George: That’s whose name?

Condi: Yes.

George: Will you or will you not tell me the name of the new leader of China?

Condi: Yes sir.

George: Yassir? You mean arafat is in China? I thought he was in the Middle East.

Condi: That’s correct.

George: Then who is in China?

Condi: Yes, sir.

George: Yassir is in China?

Condi: No, sir.

George: Then who is?

Condi: Yes, sir.

George: Yassir?

Condi: No, sir.

George: Look, Condi. I need to know the name of the new leader of China.

Get me the Secretary General of the U.N. On the phone. I bet he knows.

Condi: Kofi?

George: No, thanks.

Condi: You want Kofi?

George: No.

Condi: You don’t want Kofi.

George: No. But now that you mention it, I could use a glass of milk. And  then get me the U.N.

Condi: Yes, sir.

George: Not Yassir! The guy at the U.N.

Condi: Kofi?

George: No, milk! Will you please make the call?

Condi: Call who?

George: Who is the guy at the U.N .?

Condi: Hu is the guy in China.

George: Will you stay out of China?!

Condi: Yes, sir.

George: and stay out of the Middle East! Just get me the guy at the U.N!

Condi: Kofi?

George: all right! Light with sugar. Now get on the phone.

(Condi picks up the phone.)

Condi: Rice here.

George: Rice? Good idea. And a couple of egg rolls, too.



{September 25, 2009}   Ego… kills U

There was once a scientist. After a lot of practice & efforts, he developed a formula & learned the art of reproducing himself. He did it so perfectly that it was impossible to tell the reproduction from the original. One day while doing his research, he realized that the Angel of Death was searching for him. In order to remain alive he reproduced a dozen copies of himself. The reproduction was so similar that all of them looked exactly like him. Now when this Angel of Death came down, he was at a loss to know which of the thirteen before him was the original scientist, & confused,he left them all alone & returned back to heaven. But, not for long, for being an expert in human nature, the Angel came up with a clever idea. He said to the scientist addressing all thirteen of them, “Sir, you must be a genius to have succeeded in making such perfect reproduction formula of yourself. However, I have discovered a flaw in your work, just one tiny little flaw.” The scientist immediately jumped out & shouted, “Impossible! where is the flaw?” “Right here” said the Angel, as he picked up the scientist from among the reproductions & carried him off. The whole purpose of the scientist & his formula of reproduction failed as he could not control his pride, so he lost his life. So while man’s Knowledge & Skills take him to the top of the ladder & make him successful, however the three letter word “EGO” can pull him down to earth immediately at its double speed. So don’t allow Ego to kill yourself, Instead; KILL YOU EGO..!!!



{September 24, 2009}   Teaching Literature

This year I started delivering literature classes to teens. As a first experience, I’m delighted with my performance, and every single day that goes by I have new ideas to improve my teaching.

Yesterday, I was googling a bit and I came across a site that all teachers of literature should know about. It not only provides useful information and tips but also links to many other interesting sites to go on investigating.



{September 24, 2009}   Have you heard…

about Longman’s Values’ Campaign 2009?

This year’s materials are TERRIFIC!



{September 22, 2009}   Helping Students Talk

Perhaps the most difficult thing that teachers face is making students develop their oral skills properly. Sometimes, we have few practice opportunities to offer, other times, students may not be so interested in talking in the target language. So, what can we do to help our students talk in English?

  1. Be a model. Use English in the classroom, when talking to fellow teachers and students.
  2. Place visual aids in your classroom. You can use pictures, common phrases, etc. to create a welcoming atmosphere.
  3. We must count on the idea that they must have some kind of opinion on simple issues such as food, music, TV. Work on those topics for some weeks to help the students gain confidence in themselves, and then, switch to more difficult topics.
  4. Try to give them striking topics to talk about. If you have tweens or teens, you may enjoy listening to their opinions on Internet usage (fotolog, facebook and all those social networks they like) and on urban tribes.
  5. Help them activate their prior knowledge through brainstorming exercises, through texts, etc. Be ready to collect any ad you find in magazines!
  6. Why don’t you use a video or a listening text as a starting point? There are many resources on the Internet that you may find interesting for discussing with your students!
  7. Remember that, speaking and listening go hand in hand! Provide as much opportunities for listening activities as you can!

Here are some links that may provide some leads.

http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/present/Colombo/oralskills.htm

http://www.idebate.org/debate/start_debate_club.php

http://www.beijing-kids.com/magazine/Learning/Debate-Club

http://flynn.debating.net/CountRep.doc

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/talk/questions/conversation-club

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/forum-topic/english-speaking-club



et cetera