Talk:New Zealand students able to use txt language in exams

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Papanui High School is where I go, what a coincidence. --Nzgabriel | Talk 19:46, 8 November 2006 (UTC)Reply

U gonna use teh txt 4mat? (that was sarcasam) Thunderhead(talk)(Check out my RFA test) 21:30, 8 November 2006 (UTC)Reply
F u want 2 b cool in NZ u will tk all yr xams in txt... but wot ur gonna c is loads of nu kiwi idiots with diplomas. 23:08, 8 November 2006 (UTC)Reply
I'm sorry, I don't understand ;) --Nzgabriel | Talk 02:56, 9 November 2006 (UTC) (internet working now).Reply
If you want to be cool in New Zealand you will take all your exams in text...but what your going to see is many New Zealanders with diplomas. Neebs 01:22, 10 November 2006 (UTC)Reply

I'm certainly no expert, and I was pleased to see this article, but for my taste, its a bit close to the original. I realize that a lot is quotes, and thats probably no problemo, but still... Nzgabriel, you said you were at one of the mentioned schools: wouldn't that be a first class opportity to do some original reporting :D ? If you could interview some people at your school, that would be way cool :). Many kind regards Sean Heron 22:51, 8 November 2006 (UTC)Reply

I have contacted school and awaiting their call, I don't think they would have spoken to me at school seing as I am only a student. (comment by Nzgabriel, my personal computer isn't working on the internet). 02:45, 9 November 2006 (UTC)
Anybody can do an interview (of everyday people), you don't need to be a journalist :). Thats not saying its an easy task and you need a good bit of self confidence (and a concept) of course. The greatest demand is on time, as usual (I'd recon with a few hours at least). Still, it would be neat :D. Have a look at what I did, if you feel like it. And of course if you have questions or would like a hint or two, I'd be happy to try to help. Regards Sean Heron 10:46, 9 November 2006 (UTC)Reply



It'll be funny if NZ next moves to standardize txt, making it more useful in everyday life, ultimately insuring that Oz & NZ become the new cultural hegemons. :P fyi, txt sucks if you don't know the langauge well. Nyarlathotep 09:43, 9 November 2006 (UTC)Reply

Orwell here we come


ever read the appendicees to 1984??? limit the range of language to limit the range of thought... abreviate to eliminate the emotional content of a word and restrict it to it's core meaning...

by the way (yes i spell it out) why not draw pictures instead of using letters in the first place? ;P instaed of memorizing some spelling rules we could just memorize a symbol for every word in the english language - what a great way to save time in the long run

is dropping a few letters really worth the disadvatages??? you hardly save any time(this is assuming we are able to process more than 3 characters per minute of course) - would it be more effective to practice typing rather than to elimiate characters?


not that simple, the way people write compact txt english is very similar to the one used by monks writing on scrolls. For the same reason, scroll was an expensive material, a monk must write the more he can on a small area, with the less space possible using even txt the very same on mobile phone !
but i agree that letting students use compact english is somewhat strange, in France we use some signs and txt in order to write course but during exam writing right french is important (even if the gouvernment asks correcters to not punish student writing bad french).
is a english vulgare similar to latin araise ?

Jacques Divol 20:44, 9 November 2006 (UTC)Reply

This is funny. We got read out a thing in class explaining that this is all false - we have to use proper english in exams.. -- 12:55, 22 November 2006 (UTC)Reply

the approval of text language is just a mockery of New Zealand English


There is a place for text language and that place is not in school's, text language should have never been approved by NZQA to been able to full out an exam in text language as each individual has there own unique way of text writing and you are not also able to figure out what that person has just written down. I also feel that as time goes on now that the text language has been approved by NZQA to full out exams that students will now want to be able to use text language with every day school work and if this is also approved there will be no reason to study english or to learn how to spell because most of the text language is gessed or just made up because it takes less time to write out and because they are unawear of the correct way to spell that particular word.

NZQA statement


I just finished reading the book "txtng" by David Crystal, in which he quotes part of this article. However, he also provides a link to a statement on the NZQA site (, published one day after this Wikinews article, raising questions about the validity of the information used here. (talk) 20:52, 19 March 2010 (UTC)Reply

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