# How to read and write in Leet: 12 steps

LEET (1337) is a kind of cipher used in online games, SMS, tweets and other electronic communication channels. The word "leet" is derived from the word "elite", i.e. 31337. Accordingly, leet = 1337. It should be noted that leet was created as a cipher language that could be read only by those users who know the key. The essence of leet is to use numbers and symbols to replace a letter. For example, in 1337 1 = L, 3 = E, and 7 = T. In addition, deliberate mistakes, phonetic variations of words and neologisms are taken into account in leet. If you want to master leet or are just interested in the topic, then this article will help you, and you can understand that H4X0RZ means “hackers” (translated from leet and English).

## Steps

### Method 1 of 1: Read and Write in 1337

#### Step 1. Like all languages, leet is not immutable

Reading in leet can be tricky, and the language itself is seemingly almost nonsense, especially with all the neologisms, the occasional use of capital letters, and alternative spellings of words. Yes, you can learn the basics of leet, but you will not find its rules anywhere, since this language is adjusted by each individual person to suit their needs. However, the same applies to any other languages. All languages live and change, but leet … just makes it faster.

#### Step 2. Think of symbols as forms, don't think about their meaning

So you will notice that 5 resembles S, just like \$, so both of these characters (and a number of others) can be used as substitutes for S. When you write in leet, you can follow the instructions in this article, or you can invent it yourself. which character to use.

#### Step 3. Combine two or more characters to form one letter

For example, | = for F or | 3 for B. You can use both frequency combinations and come up with your own. Don't be afraid to be creative when you write on leet, and don't be embarrassed when you come across text on leet that is spelled out in a special way!

#### Step 4. Don't forget about context

If the meaning of a symbol eludes you, try to guess its meaning by looking at the adjacent symbols. It's almost like a word game where you guess which letter is missing by looking at all the others. In principle, in the case of leet, this can be done even for whole words. If the word seems to be nonsense, then you either translated it incorrectly, or it’s just some kind of slang you don’t know. So look at the adjacent words and try to guess what that word was!

#### Step 5. Learn basic phonetic substitutions

In addition to character-letter substitution, 1337 can include letters that replace other letters, words, and even sounds. For example, f = ph, cks = xx, s = z or r = are. Of course, it's not just leet who practices this, and you don't have to be 1337 \$ p34 | <3r (leetspeaker) to find out what the phrase "i luv u."

#### Step 6. Be prepared to forget spelling

Don't be surprised anymore by "kewl" instead of "cool" (phonetic substitution), "teh" instead of "the" or "ownt" and "pwned" instead of "owned". All this seems to be normal within the leet, as well as the omission of vowels, and other creative approach to spelling.

#### Step 7. Learn new grammatical structures

Those who speak 1337 often use derivatives (derivatives) of the standard English grammar, adding a couple of their own rules. For example, the suffix "0rz" was invented by the litspikers, meaning the plural category or indicating the accent on the word: "r0xx0rz" instead of "rocks," where "r0xx" itself means "rocks". Another frequency suffix is "3d," which indicates the past tense. With it "rocked" becomes "r0xx0r3d," for example "7h47 r0xx0r3d" ("that rocked"). In addition, a kind of verb nominalization rule has developed in the leet community, when the verb is preceded by "the" or, even better, "teh."

#### Step 8. Discover the full power of acronyms

This is, strictly speaking, the style of speech of chats, but the use of acronyms and abbreviations is quite common in 1337. In modern electronic communication, these very abbreviations are used simply tens and hundreds: BTW ("by the way", by the way), TTYL ("talk to you later ", we'll talk later) and even the ubiquitous LOL (that is," laugh out loud ", rzhu, I can't). Even the meaning of unknown abbreviations can be understood from context, such as ROFLBBQCOPTER ("ROFLBBQCOPTER") or ROFLB52BOMBER ("ROFLB52BOMBER"), and you can always come up with something of your own.

#### Step 9. Work on your vocabulary

Yes, most of the "new" words in 1337 are just misspelled English words ("taht", for example, or "pwn"), but there are neologisms that are unique to leet. Take, for example, the word "nooblet", which can be written as "n008137", which means "noobie," (newbie, noob) or even 'newguy' | \ | 3 \ / \ / | 3 (newb) - then there is someone who recently discovered leet or something else. And the best way to increase your vocabulary is to read more on 1337.

#### Step 10. Get used to impermanence

Sometimes in the leet community you will come across the word "skillz," sometimes "5k1 || 5," sometimes "\$ c1llz0r3d." At the same time, be prepared for the fact that all these three spellings will be used by the same person, and in the same message. Leet's middle name is impermanence, so get used to it.

#### Step 11. USE HEADING CAPITALS AS GOD LIES

The accidental use of capital letters is part of 1337. Some write with a fence, while others highlight only vowels or consonants, and still others themselves cannot say by what principle they put capital letters.

#### Step 12. Learn to read 1337 and study the chart below

The only way to learn 1337 is to read and write as much as possible in it. The table will definitely come in handy for you, but you must understand that it is not at all complete. Words and creativity are the whales that leet is based on.

## Table by 1337

• Note:

• Commas separate characters from each other
• Symbol | (Example: B = | 3) this is a "vertical slash", not a lowercase "L" or an uppercase "i"
• The character `(Example: T = 7`) is not an apostrophe, but a tilde, which can be found on a separate key (~).
• Remember that using / - / instead of H, for example, is not used where a message needs to be sent quickly. Such writing will require 3 times more time, therefore, those symbols and forms of writing that can be used faster are used more often.
• A = 4, /-\, @, ^, /\, //-\\ /=\
• B = 8,]3,]8, |3, |8,]]3, 13
• C = (, {, [[, <, €
• D =), [}, |), |}, |>, [>,]]), L
• E = 3, ii, €
• F = | =, (=,]] =, ph
• G = 6, 9, (_>, [[6, &, (,
• H = #, |-|, (-),)-(, }{, }-{, {-}, /-/, \-\, |~|, []-[],]]-[[, ╫
• I = 1, !, |,][, []
• J = _ |, u |,; _ [],; _ [[
• K = |<, |{,][<,]]<, []<
• L = |, 1, |_, []_,][_, £
• M = / \ / \, | \ / |, [/], (/), / V \, [] V [], \, (T), ^^,. \, //.,] [//] [, JVL
• N = /\/, |\|, (), /|/, [], {},][][, []\[], ~
• O = 0, (), [],, *, [[]]
• P = | D, | *, |>, [] D,] [D
• Q = commas are necessary: (,) or 0, or O, or O \ or []
• R = |2, |?, |-,]]2 []2][2
• S = 5, \$, š
• T = 7, +, ']', 7`, ~|~, -|-, '][', "|", †
• U = (_), | _ |, \ _ \, / _ /, \ _ /, [] _ [],] _ [, µ
• V = \/, \\//, √
• W = \ / \ /, | / \ |, [/], (/), VV, ///, \ ^ /, \ / \ //, 1 / \ /, \ / 1 /, 1/1 /
• X = ><, }{,)(, }[
• Y = '/,%, `/, \ j,` `//, ¥, j, \ | /, - /
• Z = 2, z, 7_, `/ _

• You can always change the settings and make sure that the texts of all sites are displayed on leet. This will work for Google, wikipedia and other sites. Great practice for you, by the way!
• Don't assume that 1337 5p33k is a real language. It is purely artificial and comic.
• Yes, so far leet is mostly English, but leet is beginning to rapidly incorporate materials from other languages as well. Technically, leet is not an independent, stand-alone language, it is just a cipher, which makes it incredibly flexible.
• By the way, Google can speak leet! [[1]]
• One of the best ways to learn 1337 is by playing MMORPGs like Runescape, FlyFF, Guild Wars, or WoW. There you will expand your vocabulary and discover new leet styles for yourself.
• One of the original uses for leet was to bypass chat filters and spam filters. Yes, since then such filters have learned to understand leet, and it can even help you … but other users are unlikely to appreciate it.
• If you want to get really creative, download language packs or add another keyboard layout (like Spanish or German) to increase the number of characters you can use.
• Experiment with the 1337th of your letter. Technically, you can replace all the letters in a word with other characters, it's just complicated and time-consuming. For example, the phrase, "Saturday Night live is so funny!" can be written as \$ 47 | _ || 2 |) 4% | \ | 19 | - | 7 | _1 \ / 3 1 \$ \$ 0 | = | _ || \ || \ |%!, if you write 100% 1337-but (see for yourself, there is not a single original letter in the translation). With 50% of the 1337th phrase, you get \$ 475rD4% N19h7 | _1v3 1 \$ \$ 0 | = | _ | nn%! The second translation, obviously, is easier to read than the first.
• If you have Mozilla Firefox, then download the Leet key addon, it will be very useful to you.
• Go to the 1337-translator website and enter some random sentences there. Look at what you wrote, compare with what you received. You can even change the degree of leet-ness, and translate the text at leet-ness levels of 100%, 75% and 50%.

## Warnings

• Most importantly, do not forget how to write correctly.
• Don't call people "| \ | 0o8 | 3t5" if you might get banned.
• 1337 is basically harmless, so have fun!
• Creativity in the leet community is loved and appreciated. However, keep in mind that leet is primarily for communication, not self-expression. Try to avoid turning your leet phrases into an unreadable jumble of characters. If no one understands you, then how will your possession of leet be appreciated ?!
• Be prepared not to be patted on the head for using leet.
• Using leet on non-topic forums is a sure way to get banned, it is a clear sign that you are not following the forum rules. Of course, using leet to bypass filters is completely forbidden in the most serious way!
• Some just physically do not understand leet.