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British English accent training lesson 27: Internet and social networking

 

In this lesson I discuss English vocabulary about the Internet and social networking, including Facebook and similar websites.

 

 

Browsers

Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

Internet Explorer

 

Search engines

Google

Bing

Yahoo

 

Key preposition: to be “on” a website

If you are describing your online activity, you must say you are “on” a particular website.

“Register” to a website the first time you create an account.

“Login”, “logon”, “sign in” or “sign on” each time you visit that website.

“Logoff”, “sign off” each time you leave the website.

 

Common online acronyms

Please see a visual explaining what common acronyms such as “omg” mean here:

https://learnbritishenglish.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/common-online-acronyms-in-english/

 

Verbs to describe online activity

“Post” something – describe when you publish anything on a blog, Facebook or similar website. Can be a message, photo, status update and more.

“Google” something – you search for it using Google.

“Facebook” someone – you contact someone using Facebook.

“Tweet” someone / something – you post something on Twitter.

“Skype” someone – contact someone using Skype.

 

More language information

Put “cyber-“ in front of words to indicate they apply to the internet, e.g. “cyberpsychology”, “cyberbullying”.

This is an example of a study of cyberpsychology:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21699305

Change in behaviour / “netiquette”: http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/08/25/do-we-need-a-social-netiquette-upgrade/

“Cyberbully” full movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id5eMH9hyMY

BBC – “How the Internet is changing English”:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20332763

 

Social networks / social media

A “social network” and “social networking” describes the use of websites where people interact online, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Tumblr, WordPress.

 

Communicating online (chatting)

We often use the verb “chat” to describe a lot of communication on the internet, whether it is typing in Facebook chat or speaking using a microphone on Skype.

 

Facebook

Your personal page is called your “profile page”. The bit where you can see what people have written to you is called your “wall”.

A film called “The Social Network” shows some ideas about how Facebook was created.

You can “poke” your “friends”.

You can “message” people. (“Message” is used as a verb.)

Learn English on Facebook:

British Council

Livemocha

Learn English as easy as pie

 

Twitter

If you post something on Twitter, you “tweet”.

“Tweet” is also the noun for the message that you post.

You can “direct message” users. (“Direct message” is used as a verb.)

 

WordPress and Tumblr blogs

A “blog” is a website where someone publishes things. (Usually pieces of writing about themselves.)

Bloggers post about their interests, news, using writing, photos, music.

 

Language websites

Busuu

Livemocha

Interpals

Flashcard websites

 

List of popular websites

Facebook

Twitter

Tumblr

WordPress

Flickr

Reddit

Google+

LinkedIn

Busuu

Livemocha

Interpals

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