英語で聞く: Emoticon

From BBC Learning English
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Rob: What’s happened Vera? You don’t look very happy.

Vera: Of course I’m not happy. I’ve just read the email you sent saying if I don’t come to the studio soon you are going to present the programme by yourself…

Rob: That’s right.

Vera: And then you wrote: “With my beautiful voice, nobody will miss yours.” That’s a horrible thing to say, Rob!

Rob: Well, it would be horrible if it was a serious message. But haven’t you noticed my emoticon at the end of the message?

Vera: Emoticon? (…)

Homework
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. Which emoticons do you use? On what occasions?
2. Why are emoticons sometimes useful? When should they be avoided?

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