OMG – Japanese learn about internet acronyms and smileys
An NTV news short about a promotional event for the release of “Gossip Girls” in Japan introduces some of the acronyms and emoticons used in English language mobile phone text messages:
Their reporter visited Temple University’s Japan campus, where an American guy teaches them about “gr8” and “b4.”
They then quiz Japanese teens about the meaning of “gr8” and one girl says it means that there are “eight gyaru lolitas.” After the reporter teaches them that it actually means “great,” they say that it could also be used in Japan.
At the end of the clip, a group of Americans introduces Western-style heart and smiley emoticons. (Most Japanese emoticons are not flipped sideways.)