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*** Welcome to The Virtual School House Vance!
Vance: @64,64 !It's Vance
Vance: ^Hey, where is everybody??
bubu: Hi Vance
Vance: Hello Bubu
Vance: You just woke me up.
bubu: I'll learn english
Vance: (just kidding)
Vance: Great, you came to learn English?
Vance: Have you been to the Palace before?
bubu: no , i'm first here
Vance: This is your first time here ... welcome.
Vance: I'm one of the teachers.
Vance: How did you know about the Palace?
bubu: I have read in an internet newspaper
Vance: That's interesting. What newspaper was that?
bubu: Internet Magazin in Hungary
Vance: That's interesting. Another student reported that there was an article in a magazine in Brazil.
Vance: Are you logging this chat?
bubu: sorry, i dont understand
Vance: ^You can keep a record of our conversation. Do you know how?
Vance: ^Pull down Options / Log Window
Vance: ^When "log window" is checked, you can see our conversation.
bubu: all right
Vance: So you've got the log window?
bubu: yes, i have
Vance: Good. Then you can save it later.
Vance: That's a good way to learn English, because you can go back and read what we said.
bubu: Are there other students here?
Vance: Also, if I correct you, then you can see the correct way to say things
Vance: I'm expecting other students
Vance: I'm supposed to meet a class here now.
Vance: You are welcome to join us.
Vance: Actually, the others are 20 minutes late.
Vance: Did you know about our class?
bubu: no i didnt
Vance: Have you visited our web site?
bubu: yes, i have
Vance: Did you see that one, or did you visit study.com
bubu: I have visited only study.com
Vance: OK. Do you have the url for this class in your log window?
bubu: yes, i do
Vance: If you want to visit our website, you can cut the url from the log window and paste it to your browser.
bubu: i can it
Vance: Do you mean you can do it now?
bubu: How can you correct me?
Vance: For example, you said "I can it". I don't understand. So I can correct that.
Vance: Did you mean: "I can do it." ??
Vance: Do you mean that you are looking at our website now?
Vance: Or do you mean you can do it later?
bubu: I think, you can write in the log window with red one what is correct
Vance: "with red one what is correct" ...
Vance: I don't understand that. No problem, I'm here to teach English.
Vance: Do you mean the color "red" or do you mean "read"?
bubu: I mean with a red pencil in the window to write
Vance: Sorry, I'm looking for a red pencil. I found a draw tool.
bubu: What can you do with it?
Vance: Oh well. I can't see how I can draw with the pencil. Did you find it?
Vance: I found a pencil under Options / Draw
Vance: Anyway, I think you are from Hungary?
bubu: @64,64 !It's bubu
bubu: i was disconnected
Vance: I saw you just came back. Are you in Hungary now?
Vance: I've traveled a little in Hungary.
Vance: Are you in Budapest?
bubu: Have you understand the people in Hungary?
Vance: Was I able to understand people in Hungary? Only when they spoke English!
Vance: But I enjoyed my travels there.
Vance: Great wine!
Vance: Nice jazz
bubu: I'm a little town, not in Budapest
Vance: Where are you?
bubu: In Zalaegerszeg
Vance: Is it near Germany?
Vance: Sorry, I meant Austria
bubu: Zalaegerszeg is near Austria
Vance: Near Gyor?
bubu: How long have you time to teach?
Vance: I'm supposed to stay here until 13:00 GMT. That's another hour.
Vance: It's easy to be here with one student. Usually there are 5 or 6.
Vance: More can come at any time.
bubu: Gyor is 100 km to our town
Vance: north? south? east? West?
bubu: Are you from Greece?
Vance: No, I'm an American. I live in Abu Dhabi.
Vance: I'm looking at a map on mapquest on my browser.
Vance: I'm trying to find Zalaegerszeg
bubu: I said a littlle town with 60.000 people
Vance: The map of Hungary on MapQuest is fairly detailed.
Vance: MapQuest is searching now.
Vance: It's found it!
Vance: Near Botfa?
bubu: Botfa is a little village with 800 people
Vance: There's a lake nearby, Fonyod.
Vance: Sorry, Fonjod is a town on the lake.
bubu: The lake is the Balaton
Vance: I think I've visited that Lake.
bubu: In the background i have found your site.
Vance: Good. I was hoping you would.
Vance: Now you can meet the other students.
Vance: We had our first class last week at this time.
bubu: How can speak the other students?
Vance: Do you have ICQ?
bubu: i mean english
Vance: The students are supposed to come here.
bubu: Idon't know what is ICQ
Vance: ICQ is a program that you download for free.
Vance: And you can see when other people who have it are on line.
Vance: So right now I can see that none of my students are online.
bubu: Can i download from your site?
Vance: No, but you can download it in the background.
Vance: The url is http://www.mirabilis.com/
Vance: It's a great program. You can send messages and chat.
Vance: A lot of the students have been in touch since last week.
Vance: They've emailed me, and left messages on ICQ.
Vance: I'm surprised that no one is here, especially as there were so many last week.
bubu: Is it a IRC program?
Vance: I don't use IRC, but I think it might be like that. Does IRC tell you when your "buddies" are online?
bubu: What means buddies?
Vance: Buddies are good friends.
Vance: In cyberspace, a buddie is someone you chat with.
Vance: what do you mean by "no" ??
bubu: IRC dont tell me the buddies
Vance: ICQ tells you when others are online and running ICQ. A lot of my students have it.
Vance: Are you interested in joining the class?
bubu: yes, i'm
Vance: Yes, I am. (we never contract I + am)
Vance: Sorry, I was lapsing into teacher mode.
Vance: If you want, I can list you as one of the students.
Vance: You'll notice that each student in the list has a web page.
Vance: I started the web page from what the student has told me about him or herself.
Vance: But I hope that students will develop their web pages.
Vance: EITHER: They can send me writings and pictures and I can correct them and put them on the web page
Vance: OR they can start their own web page somewhere else and I can link to it.
Vance: Are you interested in doing something like that?
bubu: yes, i am.
Vance: Great. Right now, one of the students has her own web page, but she doesn't want me to link to it yet.
Vance: She wants me to correct the English first.
Vance: I ask each student to start by sending me an introduction (about yourself)
bubu: The ICQ downloading is very slowly.
Vance: If you click on the students names you can see that some have just a sentence, and others have a paragraph or two.
Vance: That's great, you're downloading ICQ.
Vance: Do you still have my web page up? I think you can leave the ICQ page while the program is downloading.
Vance: Gosia wrote a nice introduction, but I don't know if she has ICQ or the Palace. She's from Poland.
Vance: Ying-Lan sent some interesting pictures. You might want to have a look at her web page.
Vance: Ying-Lan is taking an oil painting class on Tuesdays, so she can't meet us here today.
Vance: I've asked each student to send a picture, but so far I think I have only Ying-Lan's picture.
Vance: Bahia has a picture that he uses as an avatar when he comes to the Palace.
Vance: Am I writing too much English for you?
bubu: no problem, but i have searched Gosia in the background.
Vance: It looks like an interesting class. If you want to join you can leave us an email number and I'll add you to the list.
Vance: It looks like you'll have an ICQ number in a few minutes.
bubu: my email: email@example.com
Vance: Great. It's in my chat log. I'll add it to the class list now.
Vance: Is there anything else you'd like me to put on your web page? I can do all that in the background too.
Vance: If you want to tell me about yourself, I'll just cut the text from the chat log and paste it to the web page.
Vance: By that, I mean any kind of introduction.
bubu: i havent a web page.
Vance: Well, I'm going to make one linked to your name on webheads, like Gosia's.
Vance: Only you don't have to write as much as Gosia.
bubu: How can i make a web page for me?
Vance: Bahia has a nice model introduction - one sentence.
Vance: For each student, I just open a web page.
Vance: Then if you send me more information, anything you want to write, I can put it on the web page.
Vance: I'd like to have students read each other's pages and talk about them at the Palace.
Vance: Do you think that's a good way to learn English?
bubu: So can a student write and understand, but not speaking
Vance: Speaking is possible with something like PowWow, http://www.tribal.com/
bubu: What is it?
Vance: PowWow is another chat program that lets you speak and it sends sound synchronously over the internet, so you can converse.
Vance: I guess there's net2phone also. I haven't tried that one. Have you?
bubu: I haven't.
Vance: Well, these are ways you can use the Internet to speak.
bubu: I'll try it.
Vance: But I have a problem with these programs which I hope I can solve.
Vance: I'm at work right now. I work with computers in education.
Vance: At work, I'm behind a firewall which won't let me run chat programs.
Vance: I'm chatting with you on my laptop but it doesn't have a sound card.
Vance: There's another computer in the office that I can use however. I just thought of that one.
Vance: It has a dialup modem AND a sound card.
bubu: Do you need a microphone, too?
Vance: Yes. You speak into a microphone and the sound comes out the other end through the sound card.
bubu: all right.
bubu: I must go, thanks for the teaching.
Vance: OK, I'm just about to send up your web page. You can look for it linked to the webheads page.
Vance: It just says that we had a nice chat, and that you're from Zalaegerszeg .
Vance: You can send an introduction by email if you like.
bubu: See you again.
Vance: ok, I'll be here Sunday and next Tuesday.
Vance: same time
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