Transl8it: English to chat lingo converter!

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Digital natives spk a dfrnt lngwij thN digital immigrants.  itz caLd txt spEch, o l33t spk & f U hav a teen @ om o teach midL schoolers, uve problE cn it scrolling ax d scrEn @ som point.

It mA L%k lIk gibberish 2 U, bt thx 2, U cn crack d code!  jst entR a line of txt in2 1 side, clik transl8it-> & it wiL spit out yor transl8n.  It cn go n eithR directN t%, so f U wnt 2 swNd hip’, U cn transl8 yor kds chores in2 txt spEch & dem IM dem Ovr!

wnt 2 hav som :)?  Run yor NXT quiz Thru DIS & aLow students 2 Ans n cht lingo!

Digital natives speak a different language than digital immigrants.  It’s called text speech, or l33t speak and if you have a teenager at home or teach middle schoolers, you’ve probably seen it scrolling across the screen at some point. 

It may look like gibberish to you, but thanks to, you can crack the code!  Just enter a line of text into one side, click transl8it-> and it will spit out your translation.  It can go in either direction too, so if you want to sound ‘hip’, you can translate your kids chores into text speech and them IM them over! 

Want to have some fun?  Run your next quiz through this and allow students to answer in chat lingo!


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  1. Heather Sullivan said:

    Steve’s post reminds me of a meme that was traveling around the web for a while (maybe it still is…)

    Try this out:

    Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

    According to a researcher (sic) at Cambridge University, it doesn’t matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that the first and last letter be at the right place. The rest can be a total mess and you can still read it without problem. This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself but the word as a whole.

    If you’re really interested in wasting some good, quality time- check this out:

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