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Ying-Lan: @64,64 !It's Ying-Lan
Ying-Lan: Hi Vance
Vance: Hi Ying Lan.
Ying-Lan: ^How long have you been here? Are you waiting a long time?
Vance: I've been here for half an hour. Maggi was here earlier but she lost her connection.
Ying-Lan: ^I don't remember what time does the class start?
Vance: How are you?
Vance: About half an hour ago.
Ying-Lan: ^I got it.
Vance: I'm here for another hour or so.
Vance: Glad you could come.
Ying-Lan: ^Sorry for being late.
Ying-Lan: ^Is it Easter?
Vance: I see you've been trying to use the eclass.
Vance: Yeah, my wife and son are home from school today.
Ying-Lan: ^Eclass? you mean the Egroup...
Vance: Yes. I call it the eclass.
Ying-Lan: ^Yeap, I think I have to write something to practice my English.
Vance: Yeah. Do you want your emails corrected?
Ying-Lan: ^It is a little difficult to express something in English.
Ying-Lan: ^You will correct it?
Vance: Sure. We could do it now.
Ying-Lan: ^But I did not save the original one.
Ying-Lan: ^Have you found the mistakes of the last one?
Vance: It is a long time without your email.
It is a long time without your email.
It is a long time without your email.
Yeah. I'm trying to copy parts of it and paste it here, but can't so far.
(Here, I copied from Ying Lan's email and pasted it to the dialog line, but couldn't see it copy, so I repeat the process. I learned by surprise that each copy appeared in my bubble when I pressed enter)
Vance: No, it came in. I'll start over
Vance: It is a long time without your email.
(Here, I clicked by mistake on a door on the Palace graphic and disappeared inside)
Requested file auditorium.gif
Ying-Lan: ^It is a long time witout your email.
Vance: Sorry, I entered the door
Received file auditorium.gif
Vance: Yeah, that's how you started. You can say, it's been a long time ...
Ying-Lan: ^You have corrected the sentence.
Ying-Lan: ^The sentence is wrong...
Ying-Lan: ^I could not say ... it is a long time without your emial.
Vance: Only slightly wrong. No, here we'd use the present perfect, it's been.
Vance: meaning it has been
Vance: hi new friend.
Vance: That's a nice name.
Ying-Lan: ^It has been a long time without your email.
Ying-Lan: Hi new friend!
Vance: bye new friend ...
Vance: How's going on?
(We had been joined by an avatar labeled "new friend " who kept running in and out of doors)
Ying-Lan: ^He just entered another door.
Ying-Lan: he is gone.
Vance: This is what you said next. So you could say, What's going on.
Vance: or how's it going?
Ying-Lan: Let me look at the email.
Vance: Do you want me to email it to you?
Vance: Hi new friend. Have you had a look around?
Ying-Lan: ^It is better to say "What's going on?'
New Friend: I would like know wherer classroom is.
Vance: Yeah. What's going on? How's it going? Either of those.
Ying-Lan: ^o.k. Vance, please email the corrected one.
Vance: Hi. This is the classroom.
Ying-Lan: ^What's differenc?
Vance: We meet out here because all the students come here.
Ying-Lan: How's going on and what's going on
Vance: No difference YL. They are both ways to say How are you.
Ying-Lan: How are you? new friend
Vance: So NF, are you a new student here?
Vance: NF, are you a student here?
Vance: Or do you want to be a student here?
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, did you think that's a good way to talk to another guy in eclass?
New Friend: No I am not yet
Vance: Do you mean saying How's it going? Yeah, that's a fine way to greet classmates.
Vance: NF, are you still with us?
Ying-Lan: ^I mean my email... Let's talk.
Vance: Yes, it's a GREAT way to try to get conversations going in the eclass.
Ying-Lan: ^New Friend is another room now.
Vance: YOU are WAY AHEAD of the other students in this class.
Vance: You are doing the things that we think will help everyone learn English.
Ying-Lan: ^I don't understand "You are way ahead .."
Vance: It means, you are advanced from the other students.
Vance: We have an eclass. There are 22 students in the eclass. They are all silent. You are trying to talk to them. They don't answer.
Vance: You are "way ahead" of them.
Ying-Lan: ^Two of them answered .
Vance: Oh, so they answered you. They should write to the list. But that's good. Who answered and what did they say?
Ying-Lan: ^Did you not receive them?
Ying-Lan: Hi Jing,
it was great to receive word from you as I am new to this group......hope we
can get on line to chat....Martha
it was great to receive word from you as I am new to this group..
Vance: Ah, Martha is the mystery student then.
Ying-Lan: Hi Ying-Lan
I don't write some weeks because I'm preparing my vocations that will be start in this monday, so I will be without computer for two weeks and I need relax because I'm stressed and when I
Vance: Who wrote that?
Vance: Martha still?
Ying-Lan: ^ I back, I will continue to correspond with my friends.
So best regards,
Vance: Denilson seems like a cool guy.
Ying-Lan: ^I think so.
Ying-Lan: ^He write good English.
Ying-Lan: ^He writes Good English.
Vance: Do you think so? His English has a lot of mistakes, but he USES it, which is very important.
Vance: He is like you. He is not afraid to make mistakes.
Ying-Lan: ^I could not judge which one is wrong.
Vance: And he communicates well despite a few mistakes.
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, you are kidding.
Vance: Well, for example, he says, "I back". Can you find a mistake there.
Ying-Lan: ^I will come back.
Ying-Lan: ^I will be back next week.
Vance: Yeah, or I will be back, or I will write back. It doesn't matter. We get the ide
Vance: the idea ..
Vance: He has a web page and I offered to help him correct it. Have you seen it?
Ying-Lan: ^What do you do on Easter? Only painting egg and trying to let egg stands up.
Ying-Lan: ^I have been his web site. but only took a look at it,
Vance: Yesterday my wife and son painted eggs and before she went to bed my wife hid them so my son could look for them when he woke up.
Vance: He is too old to believe in the Easter bunny, but he likes to hunt for the eggs.
Ying-Lan: ^Is it a traditional game of Easter... to look for the colourful eggo.
Vance: Children believe that the "Easter bunny" comes and hides the eggs and leaves baskets full of goodies for the kids.
Vance: Do Christians do anything special in Taiwan at Easter?
Ying-Lan: ^I am not a Christian. I really do not know about the Easter.
Ying-Lan: ^I just knew it is a important hoilday for Western peopel .
Vance: Do people celebrate Christmas there? Like, in the stores?
Ying-Lan: ^We celeberate Christmas, but only for fun.
Vance: My family and I aren't religious, so we don't go to church, but a lot of people do that on Easter.
Vance: People in the UAE enjoy Christmas for fun too. It's a big shopping event, and we open gifts on Christmas morning. Do you do that?
gloria: @64,64 !It's gloria
Vance: Hi Gloria.
gloria: happy Easter for every one!
Ying-Lan: @64,64 !It's Ying-Lan
Vance: We were just talking about Easter. Did you celebrate Easter today Gloria?
Ying-Lan: ^The line was cut by my isp.
gloria: I was watching the Holy Mass live from Rome
Ying-Lan: ^People makes money from Christmas. There were a lot of advertismet of Department store during December.
Vance: Is Easter an important holiday in Paraguay?
Ying-Lan: ^Hi, Gloria.
Ying-Lan: ^What's going on?
gloria: well, since most people in here are catholic it surely is
Ying-Lan: ^I feel the line is busy now.
Vance: Yeah, what's going on in Paraguay?
Vance: Oh, Gloria, can I put what you wrote about the situation in Paraguay on your webheads web page?
gloria: everything seems normal after a hard week
Ying-Lan: ^It would be great.
gloria: yes sure
Vance: I thought I should ask first.
Ying-Lan: ^hard week? why is it a hard week?
gloria: thanks Vance!
Ying-Lan: ^Too hot to live?
Ying-Lan: ^We have no break at Easter in Taiwan. But Michaec said he has four days.
gloria: well Ying lang, there were a conflict around here the week before last week
Ying-Lan: ^Someone slammed something?
Ying-Lan: ^I am sorry for that.
Vance: The vice-president was assassinated, and the president had to leave the country
Ying-Lan: ^I have not read newspaper everyday.
Ying-Lan: ^Are you all right? gloria.
gloria: yes that was what happened
Ying-Lan: ^Will the conflict change your life?
Vance: Who is the new president?
gloria: I was worried for the entire week but now IŽm ok
Ying-Lan: ^Do you poll your president by people?
gloria: The president is Luis Gonzalez Macchi
Vance: Is he the one who had to leave?
Ying-Lan: ^Leave? refugee?
gloria: no, no he is the new one
Vance: Was the president who escaped elected? Was he popular with the people?
gloria: the other (who had to leave the country) is Raul Cubas Grau
Ying-Lan: ^Why should the failer leave?
Vance: You said in your email he had to face impeachment.
gloria: He was elected. Elections took place last may
Vance: And the new president, is he a military leader?
gloria: Yes, but before that he quit
gloria: no , none of those are militar, they are civilians
Vance: Do you mean he quit the military to become president?
Vance: Oh, do you mean that Cubas quit and then left?
gloria: he is now in Brazil
Vance: Did he quit because he was not a good president?
gloria: The conflict arised was because of him, because he was not a good president
Vance: So is this a good change?
Vance: Is it a "change for the better"?
gloria: we hope so
gloria: I need more words to explain to you what happened in my country
Vance: Maybe you can do that and we can post it on your web page.
Ying-Lan: ^That's fine. gloria.
gloria: ok, IŽll try
Ying-Lan: ^gloria, check the yahoo news , maybe you could find the story what you want.
gloria: I will
Ying-Lan: ^It is a short way to know these vocabulary.
Vance: That's a good idea.
Ying-Lan: ^ Have you watched the "Ally Mcbeal" in USA or
Vance: I have read very little about Paraguay this past week. I did read that the president fled to Brazil. Most people are focused on the Kosovo crisis.
Ying-Lan: ^"Ally Mcbeal" is a TV program.
gloria: I know what is happening in Kosovo. It is hard to believe
gloria: Most media are focussed in Kosovo
Ying-Lan: I am here
Vance: That's a crazy situation. The Serbs are barbarians. I don't agree with dropping bombs on Belgrade, but I don't know what civilized nations can do to stop armies from killing innocent civilians.
Ying-Lan: ^Neither do I.
Ying-Lan: ^It's a complicated problem there.
Ying-Lan: ^History could not tell me the answer. It is weire.
Ying-Lan: ^It is weird.
gloria: Altough Paraguay is a little country, people in here think if we could do something...
gloria: europens nations and the US have to stop them
Ying-Lan: ^You could not image how mcch they hate each other.
Ying-Lan: ^Human sometimes is stupid.
Vance: But before, all through the Tito years, they were living peacefully together
Ying-Lan: ^It takes a long time...
Ying-Lan: ^I mean war.
Ying-Lan: ^War happened before hundred years ago.
Vance: Even Taiwan is sometimes threatened.
Ying-Lan: ^What does threaten mean?
Vance: If I say I will hit you, I threaten you.
Vance: It means I do something to make you think I am dangerous to you.
Ying-Lan: ^Some locak Taiwanese had been killed by policital ..
Ying-Lan: ^It happened about twenty years ago.
Vance: It's hard to find a place where you don't feel threatened.
Vance: Do you mean that 20 years ago there were political assassinations in Taiwan?
Ying-Lan: ^We have some social problem from the 228
Ying-Lan: ^maybe 40 years ago.
Vance: How about in Paraguay. Do you feel safe now?
Vance: What is the 228 YL?
Ying-Lan: ^My father told me his teacher and some neighbour had dissappeaed by unknow reasons when he was a student in elementary school. .
Ying-Lan: ^He hated my goverment (KMT) for a long time.
Vance: The KMT is still in power isn't it?
Ying-Lan: ^Until the PTT have grown up in Taiwan. .
Ying-Lan: ^The PTT is another big party now.
gloria: We have problems like every one, but Paraguay is still Known like a peaceful nation in south america
Vance: So do the PTT and KMT resolve disputes peacefully?
Ying-Lan: ^Sometimes.. they slams another one.
Vance: Paraguay was known as a country with a strong dictatership under Stroesser. Maybe strong dictatorships result in weak afteraffects, like in Yugoslavia after Tito.
Vance: And of course, Taiwan under the KMT dictatorship of Chang Kai Check. Is his son the president now?
Ying-Lan: ^People likes to be a good life.
gloria: We havenŽt faced situation like what happened recently in decades
Vance: It will be interesting to read your explanation of what happened.
Ying-Lan: ^His son was another President after him.
Ying-Lan: ^But He passed away ten years ago.
Ying-Lan: ^We elected our new presedient ....
gloria: I still think and also foreign people that had visited my country that we are pacific people
Vance: ten years ago ... do you know who is the leader in Taiwan, Gloria?
Ying-Lan: ^We are so proud of The democracy .
gloria: I dont know how comes the question..
Ying-Lan: ^Our President is Lee ... I am sorry I don't his English name.
Ying-Lan: ^He had been in USA for a long time.
Ying-Lan: ^He studied PHD in USA>
Vance: Well, because I don't know who is the leader of Taiwan, and before talking to you, I didn't know who was the leader of Paraguay. Is it just me, or you too?
Ying-Lan: ^So do I.
Vance: I think it's important to know what happens in other countries.
Vance: Our news services are so limited.
Vance: You have to dig to find out what's going on in other countries.
Ying-Lan: ^Internet ... always is waiting for you ...
gloria: Maybe internet is the answer
Ying-Lan: ^There are too much message on Line.
Vance: Yes. But Internet is not like TV. You don't just watch it. You have to find what you are looking for.
gloria: but also many informations come in english, then you have to learn english first
Ying-Lan: ^Gloria, you got the point. That't why we are here.
Ying-Lan: ^Real player?
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, is there any cable TV in UAE?
gloria: I have to leave now..
Vance: Yes, we get CNN, BBC TV, and Internet news of course.
Ying-Lan: ^That's fine.
Vance: So it was nice talking to you both.
gloria: Vance, I will send you an e-mail
Ying-Lan: ^me too
Vance: Good. bye.
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