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*** Welcome to The Virtual School House Vance!
Vance: @64,64 !It's Vance
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Ying-Lan: @64,64 !It's Ying-Lan (She appears in a cartoon bunny avatar)
Vance: Hi, what's up, Doc?
Vance: That's what Bugs Bunny always says.
Vance: What's up, Doc? (Doc = Doctor)
Vance: Doc is a disrespectful way to address a doctor, which is why it's funny.
Vance: So, what's up?
Vance: I'm hoping we'll have a few more students tonight.
Ying-Lan: ^The House of Representatives impeached President Clinton Saturday.
ˇKˇKWhy is there no preposition-on before "Saturday"?
ˇK.setting the stage for only the second Senate trial in U.S. his
Ying-Lan: ^I want to ask you this question. "in U.S. history" Or "in the U.S. history"?
Vance: "on" is 'understood' - That means, it's there but invisible.
Ying-Lan: ^on is understood?
Vance: In U.S. history
Ying-Lan: ^They impeached President Clinton on Saturday.
Vance: Or, in the history of the U.S.
Ying-Lan: ^You said "in the U.S.A." not "In U.S.A."
Ying-Lan: ^In history of U.S.?
Vance: It's "the" USA
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, I am confused.
Vance: In the history of the USA
Vance: There's a pattern in English: the ... of ...
Ying-Lan: ^In the history of US = in the history of the U.S.A.
Vance: as in, the eye of the tiger, the year of the cat ..
Vance: The United States OF America
Vance: the ... of ...
Vance: Or, it could be the US - That means 'the United States'
Ying-Lan: ^Sorry, for your question you hope more students will stay here.
Ying-Lan: ^I have no idea about that.
Vance: Which United States? THE United States (we use THE for unique things)
Vance: I like to talk about grammar.
Ying-Lan: ^me too. I hate to do the grammar exercise.
Vance: Have you got grammar exercises to do?
Ying-Lan: ^I always be mad by these exercise.
Ying-Lan: ^I have to pass the test.
Vance: What are some more questions?
Vance: I'll help you with them.
Ying-Lan: ^I don't which one is correct.
Ying-Lan: ^I don't know which one is correct.
Vance: Which are you not sure of?
Ying-Lan: I don't understand your sentece.
Vance: A pattern is like the print on a cloth, something that repeats itself
Ying-Lan: ^I have to remeber it.
Ying-Lan: ^Have you heard about the "Function Grammar"?
Vance: Functional syllabus?
Vance: Notional functional?
Ying-Lan: sorry i'm on phone
Vance: In what context do you mean, "function grammar"? No problem (phone)
Ying-Lan: ^I heard "Function Grammar" from a teacher who is from Australia
Vance: How did he use the expression?
Ying-Lan: ^She said it is not necessary to remember those grammar rules... by Function Grammar.
Ying-Lan: ^I am curious what is the Function Grammar but I lost her email address.
Vance: Let's see if we can find "funtion grammar" on Altavista.
Ying-Lan: ^I asked Michaelc before. but he disagress some theory of the funtion grammar.
Vance: I'm not familiar with the theory. I thought I knew a lot about theories of grammar.
Ying-Lan: ^I just tried to read some article and thought about the grammer of the sentence.
Vance: That's a good thing to do.
Ying-Lan: ^Well, I like to watch HBO more than read books.
Ying-Lan: ^So I did not get any improvement for "Grammar Test".
Vance: You could learn grammar from HBO too.
Ying-Lan: ^I spent a lot time on Stock Market. I felt sad and almost lost myself.
Ying-Lan: ^That's why I still do not pass the Grammar Test.
Ying-Lan: ^I feel ashame.
Ying-Lan: ^Bad woman, I am not a girl again.
Vance: I think grammar comes from reading, from noticing patterns.
Ying-Lan: ^I wish I was a gril.
Vance: Woman, girl is relative.
Vance: I mean, to your parents you are a girl.
Ying-Lan: ^For foreigner, Grammar is weird.
Ying-Lan: ^Is it easy for you to learn Grammar and Spelling?
Ying-Lan: ^Wait, Would you mind to tell me again? Which one is correct.
Vance: In another language? Very difficult.
Vance: Which one what?
Ying-Lan: The House of Representatives impeached President Clinton Saturday.
Vance: either is correct.
Vance: "On" Saturday is most correct.
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, Do you think why we speak different Languages in the world.
Vance: Do I wonder why? Hmmm ... interesting question ... I guess because people were once isolated.
Ying-Lan: ^We are humen. We have to eat, sleep.... to do same thing but to speak different languages.
Ying-Lan: ^We speak different lauguages with different cultures.
Vance: Maybe we speak the same language, it just comes out differently in dfferent places.
Vance: People are basically the same with the same desires and pains.
Ying-Lan: ^" it just comes out differently in dfferent places."
Vance: I mean, we want to say the same thing, we just say it in different ways.
Ying-Lan: ^Desire makes people destroyed themselves and also makes improvement of the social.
Vance: of the social condition?
Ying-Lan: ^"The different ways" is a kind of punishment for students.
Vance: Once I was crossing from Bulgaria to Turkey. The border policeman asked me something in Bulgarian.
Vance: I replied, "Istanbul", because I knew what he would be asking.
Vance: He was shocked. He thought I spoke Bulgarian and was trying to sneak out of the country.
Ying-Lan: ^On other hand, "The differnt ways" help some people to make money.
Vance: This was when there was a high fence at the Bulgarian border.
Ying-Lan: ^The policeman asked you what
Vance: That's true. I make money teaching people different ways to communicate what they already know how to say.
Ying-Lan: ^"Why do people speak different languages?
Vance: The policeman asked me "Where are you going" in Bulgarian. I couldn't understand him but I knew what he was asking.
Ying-Lan: ^The same thing has two side way.
Ying-Lan: ^You knew what he said... just you are traveling.
Ying-Lan: ^you were travelling.
Vance: I had crossed many borders. At each border, the policeman always asks, "Where are you going?"
Vance: But this policeman thought I was Bulgarian trying to exit the country on a fake American passport.
Vance: I was just traveling, for fun.
Ying-Lan: ^When I traveled the Scandinavia, nobody want to check my passport.
Vance: Where did you enter Europe?
Vance: At what airport?
Ying-Lan: ^First I was in Amerstand and to STockholm
Vance: Didn't they check your passport in Amsterdam?
Ying-Lan: ^I went to Stockhom via Amsterdam.
Vance: Did you go by train or plane?
Ying-Lan: ^NO, I just stayed at airport. By plane.
Vance: I think I flew to London and on to Copenhagen once, and they didn't check my passport in Copenhagen.
Ying-Lan: ^Only one time. when I arrived in Helski.. the police did not check the passenger except me.
Vance: I guess you were the only one who looked "foreign".
Ying-Lan: ^I am Chinese, My appearance is different from Finland...
Ying-Lan: ^I hopr to be Scandianavia again.
Ying-Lan: ^Ten years later.
Ying-Lan: ^It is not so easy to travel again.
Vance: Ten years from now?
Vance: Have you ever traveled in mainland China?
Ying-Lan: ^Not yet.
Ying-Lan: ^I only went to overseas twice.
Vance: Where was the other place?
Ying-Lan: ^Vancouver, Canada
Vance: And now you're hoping to go back to Vancouver?
Ying-Lan: ^I hope so.
Ying-Lan: ^That's why I bought stock ... I hope to gain a lot of money to suuport myself to live in Vancouver.
Vance: I like Vancouver. It's a pleasant place. I like jogging around the park, the ferries, the skiing near town.
Ying-Lan: ^Now, it is dream.
Ying-Lan: ^It is very beautiful.
Vance: What percentage of your annual salary did you lose?
Ying-Lan: ^one year.
Ying-Lan: ^It is very seorious.
Vance: So, your plans are set back by one year or more.
Ying-Lan: ^I felt sad not for myself just for my aunt.
Vance: Did your aunt lose money too?
Ying-Lan: ^She asked me to bought stock for her. You know I was very lucky last year (1997)
Vance: Did you gain money the year before?
Ying-Lan: ^I sold my stocks before the Asia Ciris.
Ying-Lan: ^I am faild this year... Everything is wrong.
Ying-Lan: ^I can not face my aunt.
Ying-Lan: ^That's my fault,,, Why did I want to tell her about my investment?
Ying-Lan: ^I am painful... all the day.
Vance: Wait, that's her fault if she invested her money.
Vance: You aren't responsible for how she invests her money. She must understand it's a gamble.
Ying-Lan: ^But I should deny her...
Vance: deny her?
Ying-Lan: ^I lost myself... I though I am more lucky than her and I could help her.
Ying-Lan: ^I should say "No" to her, I did not think "Everything will change in 1998"
Vance: You mean, you should have denied her ..
Vance: You should have said ... (makes it past)
Ying-Lan: ^I should have rejected her.
Vance: Well, she shouldn't have asked you.
Ying-Lan: ^I knew...
Ying-Lan: ^My mother said that's my weakness.
Vance: In our culture, people are more responsible for themselves.
Ying-Lan: ^I always want to hlep other people if I could do. Sometimes I only got pain and hurt myself.
Vance: I mean, if I took advice from my brother and lost, I can't blame him.
Ying-Lan: ^Now, I understand I can not promise somthing for another people.
Ying-Lan: ^I can not promise something beyond my ability.
Ying-Lan: ^ I have to confess I was wrong.
Vance: But how could you promise. There is no such thing as promises on the stock market. Everyone knows that.
Ying-Lan: ^that's my fault.
Ying-Lan: ^I was stupid.
Ying-Lan: ^No more clever.
Maggi: @64,64 !It's Maggi
Ying-Lan: hi maggi
Maggi: Hi all!
Ying-Lan: Nice to meet you.
Vance: Hi MAD. I was expecting a whole LOT of students, but at least Ying-Lan is here.
Maggi: Nice to see you...meet is used only for the first time...
Ying-Lan: ^Snow covers your land
Maggi: Parts of it...but it should snow tomorrow...
Ying-Lan: ^Nice to see you.
Maggi: I hope not...
Maggi: ...I am flying to Holland
Vance: Right now?
Ying-Lan: ^Really... to take your Christmas vacation?
Maggi: No, tomorrow :-)
Maggi: No, actually to meet someone...:-)
Ying-Lan: ^For work..
Vance: Who are you meeting?
Maggi: a man...
Vance: A mystery man?
Vance: The ultimate blind date?
Ying-Lan: ^We are curious..
Maggi: only a mystery in that we have not met in the flesh...
Ying-Lan: in the flesh
Vance: But you have perhaps met in cyberspace?
Maggi: funny, that is what we thought too!
Maggi: but a blind date means you know nothing about the person beforehand...
Vance: I think by "in the flesh" she means "in person" (let's hope)
Maggi: Oh yes, we met online and know each other pretty well now.
Maggi: hehehe...yes in person Vance...
Vance: Did you meet him here at the Palace, or via EFI?
Ying-Lan: ^Maggi, are you in your vacation?
Ying-Lan: ^You have not to work tomorrow?
Maggi: No, I have class all morning tomorrow Ying...I met him in ICQ...
* Vance * on vacation
* Vance * I was having trouble whispering
Vance: So, we don't know him, then.
Ying-Lan: ^But you said you will fly to Holland to meet him tomorrow
Maggi: An Englishman in fact...works for the UN in Den Haag...
Vance: But cool, you have a cyber-date in Holland tomorrow.
Vance: Which avatar will you wear
Ying-Lan: ^It is not necessary to wear avator by ICQ>
Maggi: No, tomorrow I have a "real" date and wish I could wear an avator...
Ying-Lan: ^"You wish to wear avator....."that mean you can not wear avator. Is it right?
Vance: I was only kidding Maggi. You can't really wear an avatar.
Vance: What if Maggi appeared in Holland with 3 eyes!!
Maggi: Well, I have some nice ones that I would like to wear!
Vance: Have you seen your acquaintance's picture?
Maggi: Well, the Dutch kiss 3 times...
Vance: That's a good start.
Maggi: Yes...we know what the other looks like.
Vance: Is he another teacher?
Vance: Oh, he works for the UN ...
Maggi: He is an investigator for the War Tribunal Court...
Maggi: He just came back from Croatia...
Vance: That's the court Clinton should be in right now, not the impeachment court.
Ying-Lan: ^Do you think it will be dangerous for making friend by internet?
Maggi: That depends Ying...
Maggi: Prorbably Vance...are you safe enough where you are?
Ying-Lan: ^To Depends what I am lucky or not?
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, are you all right in UAE
Maggi: Depends on distance too!
Vance: We're safe here, but the world is outraged.
Maggi: As they should be...
Vance: Well, makes you wonder why the US just didn't bomb the Serbs.
Vance: I was bringing the conversation back around to the War Crimes Tribunal.
Maggi: Well, someone needs to do something about Milosevic...while attention is diverted he is arresting people right and left
Vance: I think he's a lot more dangerous than Saddam Hussain, especially since he's unchecked.
Maggi: He seems to think he has a free rein in Kosovo...
Maggi: The guy is not so stupid either.
Ying-Lan: ^Vance , who is he? Clinton or Maggi's friend?
Maggi: No, Ying...the Serbian dictator.
Ying-Lan: ^War will start again?
Maggi: It looks close in Kosovo...
Ying-Lan: Europe has some problems now.
Maggi: Yes, it is a European problem...
Vance: I hate to leave an interesting discussion but my wife just called.
Ying-Lan: ^Germany will defence the peace of the Europe.
Maggi: Is Michael c
Vance: I haven't been in touch with Michael C. I saw him online earlier.
Ying-Lan: ^I can not find Michaelc by ICQ
Vance: Me neither.
Maggi: No...maybe he had a hot date...it is hot down there!!!!!!
Ying-Lan: It is summer in Australia
Vance: It's warm here too. I've got to pack up and go meet my wife. She has the car.
Ying-Lan: vance, will you come here next week.
Ying-Lan: ^It is Christmas vacation next week.
Vance: Of course. We work normally here. I mean, no Christmas break.
Vance: It's a muslim country. We're in Ramadhan now.
Ying-Lan: Poor Vance.
Ying-Lan: ^Do you eat at day time?
Vance: I don't mind. My son is here for the holidays. The one who lives in California.
Maggi: I think Vaqnce will live...the spirit lives on all year...
Vance: I sneak food from my desk drawer during work hourse.
Ying-Lan: I see.
Maggi: I would hate being only able to eat at night...
Ying-Lan: ^Say bve to Vance, his wife is waiting for him in Car.
Maggi: bye Vance
Vance: It's actually nice during Ramadhan. Work hours are shorter.
Ying-Lan: That's nice.
Vance: Stores are open till midnight.
Ying-Lan: Have a fun.
Vance: Everyone comes out at night. You can have meals in big tents.
Vance: It's pleasant.
Vance: Enjoy your meeting in Holland. That's exciting.
Maggi: stores open to midnight...
Maggi: wow...would never happen here...
Maggi: I will Vance...
Vance: Yeah, people sleep until evening, then the stores open up.
Maggi: give you the scoop next week
Vance: I'll look for you next week. See you then Y'L?
Maggi: This could be it...:-)
Vance: If it works for you, maybe Y-L should try it!!
Maggi: Maybe...it was just a fluke...
Maggi: a coincidence Ying...
Vance: bye, I've shut down every other computer. This is the last one ...
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