Return to CALL resources page | esl_home index
Webheads: Main Page | Welcome | Students | Virtual Community | Online Class | Chat Logs
Next visit, start at

Chat with student Ying-Lan from Taiwan and teachers Michael C and Maggi

January 9, 2000

22:10:56 - Opening Log

Because the EFI Palace space is still down it took a while to find a room to meet. Michael and Maggi and Ying Lan eventually found each other.

MichaelC: There you are!

Maggi: well...there you are...:-)

MichaelC: I just told Ying to try and come here too.

Maggi: she said she doesn't have much time

MichaelC: So is she coming?

Maggi: take a load off my feet...

MichaelC: Your own private sofa eh?

Maggi: I don't know

Maggi: ah...thqt's more comfortwble

MichaelC: This is a pretty public space....maybe we can wait here a few minutes and then try and find somewhere more private...

Maggi: no one here anyway...more private...why Michael...

Maggi: no one here...more private...why Micahel..:-)

Maggi: there is an echo here

MichaelC: I was just talking to Ying....

Maggi: should we visit a fantaqsy room perhaps...

MichaelC: ....well other folks occasionally drop by here.

Maggi: so?

MichaelC: And my screen says there are 19 people here. I wonder where they are?

Maggi: hidden

Maggi: playing games or in the fantqsy rooms

Maggi: daffy needs to learn how to spell (Maggi's avatar for the session was Daffy Duck)

Maggi: Hi Ying

MichaelC: YL can't find us....hello Ying!

Ying-Lan: Finally, I find you!

Ying-Lan: Hi, micaelc and Maggi.

MichaelC: Ying - does Bora want to join us? (Bora is a former EFI student who is thinking about rejoining us.)

Maggi: is a man and doesn't give the best directions...:-)

Ying-Lan: Yes, she does.

MichaelC: LOL

Ying-Lan: Do you leave message to her?

MichaelC: Not yet. I'll find out......

Maggi: give the man time...:-)

Maggi: so goes it?

Ying-Lan: How goes it? It means how are you?

Ying-Lan: Bora is off line now.

Maggi: yes it does...

Maggi: see...guessed the meaning from context...

Ying-Lan: So so.... To be or not to be is a question.

MichaelC: OK - I won't worry about Bora now.

Maggi: so how be you?

Ying-Lan: My mother go out to buy some stuff for my young brother's wedding.

Maggi: what is a wedding like in Taiwan?

MichaelC: A wedding? A big occasion?

Ying-Lan: My father are playing Ma-John with his friends. We have not eaten dinner.

Maggi: I'm hungry too!

Ying-Lan: I will cook for him later.... I will leave here early tonight.

MichaelC: We spell it Mah-jong (I think) in English. So are you hungry Ying?!

Ying-Lan: Wedding?????

Ying-Lan: A little.

Ying-Lan: Michaelc , Do you play it? I am a Chinese, but I don't know how to play it.

MichaelC: You said your brother is getting married......

Ying-Lan: Yes, he does.

Maggi: Yes...Bettina and I read some interesting things about weddings and funerals in Taiwan.

Ying-Lan: Tell me more... what do you think about wedding in Taiwan?

Maggi: I know how to play is fun!

MichaelC: I don't play mah-jong Ying. But my brother and friends play it every week and they're not Chinese either!

Maggi: It is popular here too!

Ying-Lan: It is fun? It always guess each other....

Ying-Lan: guesses

Maggi: That's fun...:-)

MichaelC: So what do you know about Taiwanese weddings maggi? I know nothing!

Maggi: it is ok to give money

Maggi: instead of a present

Ying-Lan: No.... money is a part of Wedding...

Maggi: more practical

MichaelC: That is also true of Vietnamese weddings.

MichaelC: When is the wedding Ying?

Ying-Lan: Jun. 21, 2000

Maggi: is it true Ying that some funerals have a strip tease to please the spirits...?

Ying-Lan: strip tease?

MichaelC: Now that sounds interesting!

Maggi: Oh...a summer wedding!

Ying-Lan: No. I spell wrong word.

Maggi: is alert now1

Ying-Lan: 2000/01/21

MichaelC: I'm pretending to be Felix!


Maggi: Lol

Ying-Lan: I don't understand the strip tease.

MichaelC: Maggie will explain:

Maggi: a truck pulls up with an organ and girls who dance

Maggi: they then take their clothes off

Ying-Lan: It is not true.

Ying-Lan: It is not always like that!

Maggi: It is in a book

MichaelC: Sounds weird for a funeral.

Maggi: the reason is to please the spirits

MichaelC: is it sometimes like that Ying?

Maggi: oh...not always...but it sometimes happens?

Ying-Lan: It is common fashion before 10 years ago... but I have not seen those dancer for a long time.

MichaelC: I see.

Maggi: ah

Ying-Lan: It was common fashion before 10 years ago... but I have not seen those dancer for a long time.

MichaelC: Maggie is old fashioned!

Maggi: LOL

Ying-Lan: And money is not all part of the weddings.

Maggi: good thing he didn't just say old...

MichaelC: Is your brother's wedding in january or June Yiong?

Maggi: June she sqid

Maggi: said

Maggi: where were you...21st

Ying-Lan: We give money to girl's family just to thanks for they raise the beauty gril to be grown up.

Ying-Lan: We give money to girl's family just to thanks for they raise the gril to be grown up.

Maggi: to thank them

MichaelC: Bora is back online. I'll talk to her for a minute.....

Maggi: thqt they raqised her well

Maggi: that they rqised her well

Maggi: raised

Maggi: my fingers don't work

MichaelC: Looks like Ying got booted....(she was offline for a short while)

Maggi: those people are too much into beaquty

Maggi: people like Ying who have so much to offer get left out

MichaelC: I'm into beauty....

Maggi:'re a man

Ying-Lan: Bride will be a member of bridegroom's family...

MichaelC: Oh that's right. I keep forgetting...we're superficial.

Ying-Lan: In Taiwan, most of Bride's family do not receive money ....

MichaelC: You look lovely up there Ying!

Maggi: look past the's just your biology...not superficial

Ying-Lan: But Bridegroom's family still give big red to bride's family to thank them.

Maggi: red?

MichaelC: Thanks maggi. You're SO understanding!

Maggi: or bed?

Ying-Lan: red letter...

Ying-Lan: We put money into red letter.


MichaelC: Red letter? Red envelope?

Maggi: oh yes...i READ AQBOUT THAT

Maggi: oops...

Maggi: my fingers are going bananas

Ying-Lan: Bora is on line... you may go to icq chat room to talk to her.

Maggi: red envelope

Ying-Lan: I have to go to cook for my Dad

Ying-Lan: See you later.

Maggi: ok...happy cooking

Maggi: can't he cook?

MichaelC: OK Ying. Bye. See you next week somewhere!

Maggi: hmm...

(an unknown visitor drops in)

ASSASIN: whats up doc

Maggi: carrots

ASSASIN: hahah

Maggi: that got rid of him

MichaelC: Are you still with us Ying?

Maggi: still there mc?

Maggi: yes he is

Maggi: Let your father feed himself Ying

Maggi: I am cruel...:-)

MichaelC: YL won't answer this Maggi!

Maggi: I do this with my sone but he learned how to cook and loves to bake...

MichaelC: brb....

Maggi: well...don't blame her actually

MichaelC: Don't go way.....

Maggi: ok

Maggi: Wonder if he is saving this...hmmm

Maggi: Vance would be happy

MichaelC: I am saving this. I was just talking to Bora again. Do you remember her?

Maggi: Yes I do

Maggi: So, I will watch my mouth then

Maggi: :-)

MichaelC: She is ready to return to the online world after having her baby.

MichaelC: Why watch your mouth?

Maggi: Needs a break from the diaqpers

Maggi: diapers...

Maggi: someone intelligent to talk to...

MichaelC: (we call 'em nappies)

Maggi: I know

MichaelC: What did you mean about watching your mouth?

Maggi: my mouth has a mind of it's own as you well know

Maggi: or do you?

MichaelC: So you're just referring to the usual problem!

Maggi: hmmm...that could be taken 2 ways

Maggi: I don't see it as q you?


MichaelC: No! Bora can'te get the Palace working so won't be here.

Maggi: can stop saving then

Maggi: now we cn get down to the nitty gritty

MichaelC: It's a beaustiful warm night here so I am going to have a champagne outside by the pool!

Maggi: LOL

(another unknown visitor drops in)

.§weet .§tuff: eh?

Maggi: oh...and not invite me?!

Maggi: :-(

MichaelC: Well if you were here...really here!


MichaelC: Of course. Funny how the passers-by don't stay long - thankfully!

Maggi: look at me and whoosh

MichaelC: LOL!

MichaelC: And again LOL!

Maggi: or my biting comments

Maggi: are you laughing at my looks...?

MichaelC: I think we're a tad too serios for the average Palacer!

Maggi: I resemble that you know

Maggi: probqbly

MichaelC: I'm laughing at your comment re outsiders coing in and seeign Daffy!

Maggi: but I have met some youngsters who could write a complete sentence

MichaelC: I know...there are some...

Maggi: but i AM daqffy

Maggi: daqffy

MichaelC: OK OK You are Daffy.

Maggi: daffy...why the q keeps getting in there

Maggi: my little finger is overworked

MichaelC: Time to go poolside (like Vance with his balcony beer)

Maggi: ok...what the hay...I have a pile of work to do

Maggi: and cook

MichaelC: Not me mate. Still on holidays.....

Maggi: among other thingws

MichaelC: I'll see you next week Maggi.

Maggi: how much longer/

MichaelC: Another 2 weeks.


Maggi: but enjoy it

Maggi: :-)

MichaelC: Feels fair to me. It's summer time here remember. Night Maggi.

Maggi: night...slaap lekker..

MichaelC: Daaaag!

23:02:57 - Closing Log

Use your browser's BACK button to return to a previous page

For comments, suggestions, or further information on this page, contact Vance Stevens, page webmaster.

Last updated: January 13, 2000