Texting turns 20 短信問世20週年

更新時間 2012年 12月 7日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間14:37
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Text messaging has become a global phenomenon

媒體英語會帶大家一起學習 BBC 撰稿人在報道世界大事時常用到的單詞和短語。

短信問世整整二十年了。1992123日,一位工程師通過沃達豐的英國通信網從一台電腦上向一部手機成功地發出了「聖誕快樂」這一劃時代的短信。如今,各種手機之間的短信往來已經司空見慣幾乎人人都在使用。以下是 BBC 記者 Grant Ferret 發回的報道。

When Neil Papworth sent the first text message from his computer to a colleague's mobile phone on the 3rd of December 20 years ago, he didn't wait for a response. In those days it wasn't possible to send a message from a phone.

But the spread of mobile technology, combined with the cheapness and brevity of texts, ensured that they became a global phenomenon, changing language in the process.

In the past year though, in a number of countries including the United States and Britain, the volume of text messages has fallen slightly for the first time. The SMS has been hit by the free messaging alternatives available on smartphones.

Quiz 聽力測驗

Who was the first person to send a text message 20 years ago?

Neil Papworth.

Why didn't he wait for a response?

Because in those days it wasn't possible to send a message from a phone.

What characterises general text messages?

Cheapness and brevity.

What challenge is SMS facing?

Free messaging alternatives available on smartphones.

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