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Chat with students Ying-Lan from Taiwan, Roy from Switzerland, María Eugenia from Chile, Mackie from the USA , and teachers Brian, MAD Maggi, and Vance

May 23, 1999

  *** Welcome to Virtual School House Vance!

Vance: @64,64 !It's Vance

Maggi: Hi. I was in the auditorium with Aalan

Vance: oh, did he leave?

Maggi: yes, he was expecting an important call...

Maggi: he will try to come later again.

Ying-Lan: @64,64 !It's Ying-Lan

Ying-Lan: hi

Vance: Hi Ying Lan. We were waiting for you.

Maggi: Hi Ying?

Maggi: I have a question first...

Ying-Lan: How long have you been here?

Ying-Lan: question?

Maggi: I have friends in Australia...they are going to China.

Maggi: They want to learn Mandarin.

Maggi: Do you know of any online sites...?

Ying-Lan: Oh,,,any online sites?

Vance: Good idea. It would be useful to know Mandarin in China. Then you can claim you're a student.

Ying-Lan: What's kind of sites?

Maggi: a place to learn the language

Maggi: are there any?

Vance: As usual, I have a list.

Maggi: you do?!

Vance: Lemme look it up.

Ying-Lan: ^Studying Mandarin web site?

Maggi: yes

Ying-Lan: ^I am sorry, I don't know that.

Ying-Lan: ^There are a lot of web site in Chinese.

Maggi: I just told her I would ask and see if you knew of any sites.

Maggi: yes...but a site where you can learn the language.

Ying-Lan: ^Can you wait a second, let me check it by search site.

Maggi: ok

Vance: I seem to have a slowup on contacting geocities, second sunday in a row.

Vance: Meanwhile, on Netstat:

Maggi: bad time of the day maybe...

Vance: My machine is acting up. My other computer goes right to it.

Vance: Last week, NEITHER computer would reach Geocities.

Ying-Lan: What kind of web site do you need?

Ying-Lan: ^How to study mandarin?

Maggi: Her husband just wanted a site to learn Mandarin Chinese

Maggi: good question


Vance: try

Ying-Lan: ^I just sent one to you, mad

Vance: Here's one:

Vance: It's on the page whose url I gave you earlier (mine).

Ying-Lan: ^Have you got it? I hope it is helpful.

Vance: It's a course in Mandarin.

Maggi: Ok I have all of them pasted in...thanks guys...:-)

Vance: Now, about this song that Ying Lan wrote .. did you get it, Maggi?

Ying-Lan: So... Vance

Ying-Lan: ^Vance, I did not write the song...

Vance: It's GREAT! I love it.

Ying-Lan: ^It is a famous song in Taiwan.

Vance: Oh, is it your suggested theme song for us?

Maggi: song?

Ying-Lan: I only sent it to you Vance.

Vance: Shall I forward it to Maggi?

Maggi: :_) please...

Ying-Lan: ^please, what?

Ying-Lan: ^Do you want to listen it?

Ying-Lan: ^Do you think it is illegaly I send it to egroup without authorization?

Vance: I would like to listen. Have you got an mp3 or real audio file for it?

Vance: Hi Roy!

Maggi: Hi Roy!

Roy: hi

Ying-Lan: ^I don't know how to make it by real audio G2.

Ying-Lan: hi Roy

Roy: hi ying

Maggi: Where are you from Roy<>?

Roy: switzerland

Ying-Lan: ^"Open Up" is the theme song of "Nestlecafe" CF this year in Asia.

Maggi: Oh...Alan was here earlier and he was also from Switzerland.

Vance: Another from Switzerland. That's where Alan was from, right?

Roy: I'm his son

Maggi: he lives near the Italian border.

Vance: Oh, cool.

Maggi: OH..l.

Maggi: wow!

Maggi: HI'

Ying-Lan: ^Great! The singer of "Open Up", she went to college in Switzerland.

Vance: If Open up is used for advertising, it's probably alright to record it and send it out.

Maggi: I should get my son on here too!

Roy: that's will be nice

Ying-Lan: Really.

Maggi: sure :-)

Ying-Lan: Do you speak English in College? Roy.

Roy: no

Roy: In my school I speak italian

Maggi: His father works in physiotherapy and needs it to read journals and other information

Roy: yes

Vance: How did you find us, Roy?

Roy: my father find you

Maggi: I know someone now that I can practice Italian with...:-)

Roy: I don't know how

Vance: Just curious.

Member 75: @64,64 !It's Member 75

Roy: yes

Maggi: he went to the efi site

Member 76: @64,64 !It's Member 76

Maggi: and followed the instructions and downloaded the Palace software.

Ying-Lan: hi

Vance: oh ...

Maggi: smart guy...

Roy: how many students comes here?

Maggi: I bet his son is just as Roy, why would you like to improve your English?

Maggi: sometimes a lot...

Roy: for my future!

Maggi: good boy...see he is smart!

Roy: I think english is important

Vance: You can visit our chat logs if you like. Usually we have 2 or 3 teachers here and 2 or 3 students.

Maggi: You are least for Europe at the moment.

Ying-Lan: ^You speak Italian in School?

Roy: yes

Roy: I learned english in england

Maggi: How long were you there for?

Ying-Lan: ^maggi, I just sent "Open Up" to you by email.

Roy: I was there for three months

Member 76: Hi Vance

Maggi: A good start Roy...

Ying-Lan: ^Roy, are you from Italy?

Maggi: Hi number 76<<!

Roy: no I'm from switzerland

Vance: Hi 76. Are you settling in?

Maggi: Roy...what class are you in?

Ying-Lan: But you said you speak italian in school, what kind of language do you speak with your family?

Vance: Where are you joining us from?

Maggi: Switzerland has 3 languages Ying...

Roy: I'm in the second year of secondary

Roy: secondary is right?

Member 76: Excuse Vance what did you say?

Maggi: which iws?

Maggi: secondary is right

Vance: I just wondered where you are from.

Roy: I'm 15 years old

Ying-Lan: ^I knew that... but I rememer they speak Germany, France

Roy: yes

Member 76: I'm from Chile

Maggi: so you are in the 9th class or so...

Ying-Lan: ^I knew that... but I rememer they speak Germany, Franch and.. The third one is Italian?

Vance: (The forth is Romansche? Am I right?)

Roy: yes

Maggi: German, French, Italian Ying

Vance: From Chile! Great country. I was there a couple of years back. I especially enjoyed Pucon.

Ying-Lan: ^What is the native language in Switzerland?

Maggi: Vance has been everywhere!

Maggi: There is not one native language Ying...

Ying-Lan: Sorry

Maggi: It depends where you live...

Member 76: Really? Pucon is wonderful I'm going almost all the summer near there

Maggi: right Roy?

Roy: the most important language is deutsch

Ying-Lan: ^Roy, you have to learn three language ....

Roy: yes that's right

Ying-Lan: ^Roy, you have to learn three languages ....

Maggi: but it is not the same German spoken in Germany...:-)

Vance: Very relaxing place ... have you been to the top of the volcano?

Roy: german sorry

Maggi: yes Ying...he has to learn 3 languages...

Ying-Lan: ^That's great!

Maggi: 4 actually when you consider English

Roy: yes

Ying-Lan: ^Do you think it is a kind of trouble to speak different languages?

Roy: no

Ying-Lan: Really?

Maggi: the more lanuages yop

Maggi: you know the easier it gets...

Member 76: No my family was on the "cavern"

Maggi: I would love to visit these places in South America.

Vance: cavern?

Member 76: Did you learn spanish?

Ying-Lan: Why? maggi

Roy: I speak also spanish

Vance: I was studying Spanish and speaking it some in Chile, but I don't know Spanish all that well.

Maggi: I did but in is not the same Spanish they speak in Sprain

Member 76: entrance in a side of the volcano

Maggi: Spain

Roy: yes

Maggi: do you have a problem between Spanish and Italian Roy?

Vance: I like going in caves, but I didn't know about the cavern.

Ying-Lan: ^I can not image why you can speak these language, Roy, you are only a teenage now.

Roy: no I speak spanish only when I am in Mexico

Member 76: How long did you stay in Pucon?

Maggi: It it easier for him Ying...

Ying-Lan: ^I have been studying English for over 15 years. I still can not speak good Engilsh....

Roy: but my german is not good

Vance: 5 days, enough to climb the mountain, go rafting, and visit the baths.

Maggi: I met a boy once who was only 6 and spoke 5 languages fluently.

Roy: wow

Ying-Lan: Talent

Maggi: Spoke them...with other children

Ying-Lan: WooooW

Maggi: no children want to communicate to play...

Maggi: is very motivating

Maggi: it is not talent...necessity..

Maggi: I learned German because I wanted to talk to people.

Ying-Lan: ^Last week, I watched TV show... it was a Japanese Tv progam.. There was a French who spoke good Japanese.... I was so scare that.

Maggi: Why scared Ying?

Vance: scared of that?

Maggi: a Frenchman or a woman?

Ying-Lan: ^I have studied Jpanese when I was in juiour College. But I can not speak Japnaese eventhoug I studied it hard.

Maggi: you never had anyone to practice with

Ying-Lan: ^I have studied Jpanese when I was in juiour College. But I could not speak Japnaese eventhoug I studied it hard.

Maggi: you never NEEDED to speak Japaese..

Ying-Lan: ^My grand mother speak Japanese.

Member 76: Hi again what happen?

Maggi: did you try to practice with her?

Vance: You need to have a NEED to be motivated to study a language.

Ying-Lan: Yes, I did.

Vance: to learn it, I mean.

Vance: What happened? Did you leave?

Ying-Lan: ^But I only asked her to do my homework.

Maggi: wonder...:-)

mackie: @64,64 !It's mackie

Maggi: Hi Mackie

Vance: Hello Mackie.

mackie: hi all...

Member 78: @64,64 !It's Member 78

Ying-Lan: I was lazy.. he

Maggi: lazy won't aq language learn...:-)

Vance: We've got people here from Taiwan, Abu Dhabi, Switzerland, Germany, and Chile. Where are you from Mackie.

Vance: Chile just returned.

mackie: I guess I'm the oddball.....from USA.......

Member 78: Yes I had a problem with the connection

Ying-Lan: Thanks maggi.

Vance: That often happens. Oh well, on again, off again.

Ying-Lan: ^Good advice.

Maggi: no problem...Vance and I are Americans...

Member 78: I'm here

Vance: And you are ... ?

mackie: so do people really come here for language lessons?

Maggi: they sure do!!!!

mackie: :*just curious*

mackie: great

Vance: Well, Mackie, we're part of a larger class that meets in email and on the web and here.

Ying-Lan: so

Maggi: yes it iss great! :-)

Vance: Do you know our url?

brian-r: @64,64 !It's brian-r

mackie: I was just surfing throught the directory of palaces and thought I'd peek in.

Ying-Lan: May I have your name Member 78? Do you want me call you 78?

Vance: Here's our url:

Maggi: Hi brain!

mackie: but what I really need is to learn french.. anyone know any french language sites?

Vance: Hi Brian. Welcome back

Maggi: oops...Brian

Member 78: My name is María Eugenia (something happen that my name doesn't appear)

Vance: I happen to have some French sites listed at

mackie: thanks.....

brian-r: Hello everybody. Why can't we all have an avatar like Vance's?

Member 78: Do you know how can I change the name?

Vance: You can also go to Active Worlds and visit the French chat areas there.

Ying-Lan: @64,64 !It's Ying-Lan

Maggi: Vance can tell you how to do that Brian.

mackie: thanks again, nice to meet you and by-bye

Vance: I think there's an explanation of how to put your picture on your avatar at our Webheads site. I'll look for it.

Ying-Lan: Brian...

Vance: Au revoir

mackie: merci

Vance: a bientot

Ying-Lan: my pic

Member 78: Maggie where are you from?

Ying-Lan: Sorry, I was off line by my ISP

Maggi: Germany..

Maggi: I live in Germany but am not German.

Member 78: Which is your nationality?

Maggi: My passport says I am American.

Member 78: How long have you been living in Germany?

Maggi: 21 years

Ying-Lan: ^She is busy to wear these different icon.

Maggi: just pushing a button

Vance: Brian, if you'll email me I'll dig up the explanation on how to get your own pic in your avatar.

Ying-Lan: Just use the photo shop... copy and paste.

Maggi: I can't remember how to do it Brain...

Maggi: Alzheimers...LOL

Vance: It's got to be about 60 by 60 pixels and, it's coming back to me ...

Maggi: oh oh...look it comers...:-)

Maggi: comes!!!!

Ying-Lan: What comes?

Vance: It's in the briefcase. Open that, click new, and ... how do you import?

Ying-Lan: Why do you keep silence?

Ying-Lan: Only want to learn how to make your icon?

Vance: Maybe save the picture in the buffer (from your previous application) and paste it to New in the briefcase?

Maggi: yeh...something with paste Vance...

Vance: You could try that. I'll dig up the instructions and put them on my web page.

Roy: there's a friend that want to know how to go in the palace

Vance: Instructions for getting to the palace (here) are at

Ying-Lan: Roy, you are a good helper now.

Roy: thanks

Ying-Lan: The snoopy is cute.

Ying-Lan: I remember I just used the photoshop to make my icon.

Maggi: I like Snoopy.

Maggi: why is everyone else so queit?

Maggi: quiet?

Vance: I'm wrapping up at work. I'll be leaving shortly. We're having people over for dinner.

Maggi: what are you having to eat Vance?

Roy: I was giving the address for the palace to a friend

Vance: Will he be joining us now?

Roy: I think

Ying-Lan: Brian-r, Would you mind telling something about yourself?

Maggi: yes, Brian?

Ying-Lan: ^I have known you are a British. But which part are you from?

brian-r: I'm trying to help my daughter with her homework, so I can't give you all my attention.

Vance: multitask, Brian

Ying-Lan: ^homework?

Maggi: ok...I think he said north of London last time Ying.

Maggi: I think it is great when men can is good for them#

brian-r: That's right, N of London

Ying-Lan: But you are also on line to watch us.

Ying-Lan: ^You are a Engilsh, too.

Maggi: an Englishman

Maggi: or he is English

Maggi: your friend there yet?

Ying-Lan: What's difference?

Roy: yes

Vance: Brian is teaching another EFI class and he's joining us to see how to do it too.

Roy: he is in Italy

Maggi: One is the word used for the people of a country...

Vance: Dave W gave Brian about 200 students to start out with.

Ying-Lan: ^200?

Maggi: eee...

Roy: I'm speaking with him on a chat

Vance: yup

Maggi: he tried to give me 500

Ying-Lan: ^That's a big group.

Vance: So you negotiated it down to 200. Good going, Brian.

Maggi: which chat Royß

Maggi: did he offer you 500 hundred too Brian?

brian-r: Sorry guys, I have to go for a swim! Bye for now.

Roy: is the microsoft gaming zone chat

Vance: OK, Brian. See you around.

Maggi: we will never know...have fun...

Maggi: bye Brian

Ying-Lan: bye

Vance: Listen, I've got to run too. You guys stay on. Does someone want to keep the log from here?

Maggi: well...that is not a place I would go to Roy...

Maggi: ...but my son maybe...:-)

Roy: yes I think

Ying-Lan: It is time to say bye, I think.

Maggi: sheesh...I always get left with this...

Maggi: Ok...let's all just go then :-)

Ying-Lan: Vance, you could get the chat log.

Vance: I'm getting it up to here.

Maggi: yes Vance...

Ying-Lan: ^I can not get the whole one.

Maggi: :-)

Vance: No problem. I save them periodically, so I end up with the whole thing.

Ying-Lan: ^I don't know why... it always is cut...

Vance: It only buffers maybe 256 k.

Ying-Lan: all yeah

Maggi: ok...then I fly the coup toop!

Vance: oh yeah

Vance: ok, Roy, I hope we see you next Sunday.

Maggi: or his father and him both!

Roy: ok!

Vance: I'm outta here ...

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