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*** Welcome to The Virtual School House Vance!
Vance: @64,64 !It's Vance
Vance: ^Hello students. If you come early I'm probably away from my computer. I'll be back at 11:30 GMTsharp. I'll see what you say in my chat log.
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*** Welcome to The Virtual School House Vance!
Vance: @64,64 !It's Vance
Brazil: @64,64 !It's Brazil
Vance: hi. I've got Gosia on icq
Brazil: Who is Gosia ??
Vance: Gosia is another student. Are you on icq now?
Brazil: Is the class finishing ??
Brazil: yes I am
Ying-Lan: @64,64 !It's Ying-Lan
Brazil: Hi Ying.
Brazil: We are in ICQ .. Wanna Join us ??
Ying-Lan: What did you mean "We are in ICQ"?
Brazil: We are chatting in ICQ.. Vance, Gosia and I...
Brazil: Gosia is having trouble with the palace
Vance: Oh hi Ying Lan.
Ying-Lan: Ask Vance to invite me to chat.
Vance: We're chatting to Gosia ... OK
Ying-Lan: He know how to do.
Ying-Lan: hi, Vance
Brazil: Hi Gosia
We're in ICQ for a while solving Gosia's problem. When we return to the Palace ...
Gosia: Woo I've made it
Brazil: So... What was the problem ??
Gosia: Hi everybody
Vance: We made it.
Ying-Lan: Where do we stay?
Ying-Lan: she is gone
Brazil: Where did she go ?/
Vance: bad connection
Vance: I'll look on ICQ
Brazil: She is not there
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, did you taught David how to enter Palace last night?
Vance: I thought David already knew how to enter the Palace.
Brazil: ying, my dream is see this room full of students...
Brazil: It will be exciting...
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, Did you teach David how to enter the Palace yesterday? How could you do to the log box by ICQ?
Vance: I don't see Gosia anywhere
Brazil: I sent her an icq message....
Brazil: Ying do you know that if you click on zzzzz box in icq chat it is going to minized and then everytime a person writes something it's going to open it automatically ??!!
Ying-Lan: I am stupid at computer.
Vance: I didn't know that
Brazil: It`s great... Try it now...
Vance: Keep talking .. I'll be right back ..
Ying-Lan: what is that?
Brazil: Click on the Zzzzz box and i will show you
Ying-Lan: Tell me a gain. Where is the zzzzzz box?
Brazil: in the left hand side.. at the top...
Brazil: It's an yellow balloon..
Gosia: I;ve just get to The Place and I have to leave you
Vance: Gosia, so soon
Ying-Lan: I press it but it iz minizum button.
Brazil: it's not necessary to leave her Gosia... Just minimize this windows
Vance: At least now you know how to come here
Gosia: I have an appointment but next time I will stay all time
Vance: Can you come on Tuesday?
Ying-Lan: I saw it opened auto. why?
Brazil: Did you see how it worked Ying ??
Gosia: Yes I will be on next Sunday so bye and have a nice week
Ying-Lan: I am not sure.
Vance: OK, next sunday ...
Brazil: click on zzz again...
Vance: Whew ... hectic!
Ying-Lan: Gosia, why do she leave quickly?
Vance: I was in the Palace at 10:30 GMT and she came then
Vance: But I got disconnected and didn't find her.
Vance: So she's been trying to find us, and finally got in
Vance: So what are you guys figuring out about ICQ?
Ying-Lan: When is it the
Ying-Lan: ^What time is it in GMT?
Vance: I've got it, you put it to sleep. Bahia, say something on ICQ
Brazil: I know lots of things about icq
Ying-Lan: ^What time is it in GMT now?
Vance: In GMT I think it's 12:45
Vance: My ICQ is still asleep
Vance: Excellent trickBahia.
Brazil: CTRL + G makes a sound in ICQ too
Ying-Lan: ^I came here late,?
Vance: That's OK Yin-Lan.
Vance: Sorry, Ying-Lan
Brazil: Me either Ying.. I had problems with electricity here.
Ying-Lan: When you start this class?
Vance: You too, Bahia
Brazil: yes, me too
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, you told me "... one hour from now"....
Vance: Do you often have electrical problems there?
Vance: Well, that was at 2:30 my time, and now it's after 4:30
Brazil: nope.. But the electricity company has cutting down some branchs of the tress in my neighborhood.
Vance: It doesn't matter, we all made it
Brazil: of the trees
Vance: So your electricity was out?
Brazil: since 6:30 am...
Vance: Is this a day off for both ofyou?
Ying-Lan: ^It is 8:55 p.m. in Taiwan now. The class begun at 7.50 in Taiwan. it is right?
Brazil: it's 10:51 am now...on a Sunday... You are using daylight saving time here..
Vance: Yes, the class was supposed to begin at 7:30
Brazil: it began today..
Brazil: at at 9:30 my time right Vance..
Brazil: and at...
Ying-Lan: ^I was here at that time. There is no body in.
Ying-Lan: ^there was no body in.
Vance: I had to give a seminar earlier, so I was 5 min late
Vance: I connected the Palace and went to the seminar
Brazil: You give lots of seminar right Vance ??
Vance: I left a note saying I would be back
Vance: But when I got back it was disconnected
Vance: This was just a seminar for some of the teachers
Ying-Lan: ^Let me tell you something, I appreciat your help and your great web site. It is amazing.
Brazil: yes, I agree with you Ying..
Vance: Did you see Ying-Lan's web page Bahia?
Brazil: yes.. I did yesterday...
Vance: I like the picture with the reindeer.
Brazil: me too...
Ying-Lan: ^He read these articles before. He is my classmate in Vera's class.
Vance: Good. I told you I left a note for Vera.
Brazil: I try to be in all the classes here at the palace..
Vance: That's good. Do you feel it helps you?
Vance: You must, or you wouldn't come.
Ying-Lan: ^How do you say the words or sentence at the bottom of the screen when we watch the movie?
Brazil: Of course... I have a friend in Canada that we talk on microphone so it is helping me a lot too..
Vance: Good. I was trying to figure that one out, Bahia.
Vance: When you talk on microphone, do you use PowWow?
Brazil: i have 2 movies in English that the captions are in English too.
Brazil: Nope. I use iphone...
Vance: Is that closed-caption movies, Bahia?
Brazil: yes Vance...
Ying-Lan: ^Is it correct? Caption is a head line.... but the words is explanation...
Ying-Lan: and translation.
Vance: Yes, both are correct.
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, you answer me?
Vance: A caption is the few words next to a picture in a magazine, for example.
Ying-Lan: ^And then?
Vance: It means a few words to explain something detailed.
Brazil: What I mean ying is that I have 2 movies (The Rose Purple of Cairo and Mississipi Burning) that I have listen their English and see what they are talking on the screen too.. Understand now ?
Ying-Lan: ^Yes, I do.
Vance: Yeah, closed-caption is movies or tv where the text of the sound appears.
Ying-Lan: ^Closed - caption
Vance: Originally I think it was for deaf people, but obviously language learners can use it.
Brazil: that`s right Vance... Primarily closed-caption were created on Tv to help death people. But now lots of English students are using it..
Vance: It's the law in the USA that tv's sold there have to have the closed-caption decoder
Ying-Lan: ^Have you seen a movie called "Antonia's Line"?
Vance: deaf people
Brazil: LOL.. Vance we wrote the same thing...LOL
Vance: Antonia's line? I never heard of it.
Vance: What's Antonia's line about ?
Ying-Lan: ^Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Film in 1996. I love the movies. But I don't know how to describe it.
Ying-Lan: ^By the way, Chinese movie always have the closed-capatio... not only for deaf.
Brazil: Why Ying ??
Ying-Lan: ^it is hard for me to watch the movie without the closed-caption.
Brazil: Why ??? You mean English movies or Chinese ones ?/
Ying-Lan: ^Do you feel strange? Chinese movie with the Chines closed-cation.
Brazil: yes it;s so strange...
Ying-Lan: ^We think it is normal.
Ying-Lan: ^Maybe Chinese actor don't speak good Chinese... it is a joke.
Vance: That's interesting.
Brazil: Do you know any jokes about blond girls ??
Vance: Why is that? Is it because of dialects in Chinese?
Brazil: brb my daughter is crying...
Ying-Lan: ^When I visited Vancouber in 1996 I went to movie ..... Frustrated... I cound not understand what it is.
Vance: I think it's very difficult to understand films and radio in a foreign language.
Vance: Do you have to attend to your daughter, Bahia?
Brazil: I am back...
Brazil: She is a 2 year old girl with a temper.... got it ?
Vance: Yeah, my kids are pretty big. One is grown and living in California.
Ying-Lan: ^I really do not understand why the Chinese Movie with the Chinese closed-caption. We speak the same langue now. Chinese could speak Chinese and their dialect.
Vance: The other is 13 and living with us.
Brazil: my older boy is only 6... I am 26 years old.. And a girl is to due for January
Ying-Lan: ^Brazil, you got marriage early.
Vance: Starting a big family!
Brazil: yes,, with 18 years old..
Brazil: But I will quit it...
Vance: When you were 18, that's early.
Brazil: yes,, She was pregnant
Ying-Lan: ^You just were a child when you were 18 years old.
Brazil: yes, but she lost the baby after we got married...
Ying-Lan: ^You are great.
Vance: I got married when I was almost 30!
Brazil: I love to tease her saying: I should have waited more... got it ??
Ying-Lan: ^I am single. I am 35 years old.
Vance: So you've had 3 kids since then?
Brazil: We both laughed a lot...
Brazil: my third one is going to be born in January
Brazil: do you have kids ying ?
Ying-Lan: ^You are happy.... with your family.
Vance: By single, I think Ying means she never got married ... right?
Brazil: Yes, very very very happy..
Ying-Lan: ^I have no idea about the kid.
Ying-Lan: ^I never find my soul mate...LOL
Vance: Better late than never!
Brazil: But you will find him Ying.
Ying-Lan: ^It is very hard me... Because I always afraid of the future.
Brazil: I love my wife and family and if I got divorced I would never marry again...LOL
Vance: Me too. I love being married and having kids.
Ying-Lan: ^Don't say anything about "DIVORCE". please.
Brazil: ok ying,,,
Ying-Lan: ^you will hurt your wife.
Ying-Lan: Forget the word.
Brazil: She says the same thing to tease me ying...
Vance: Sounds like a healthy relationship.
Brazil: yes, we are...
Brazil: we play a lot with each other.....
Vance: You must, 3 kids ...
Ying-Lan: ^When she was a child, she got marriage with you... I went to juniou college when I was 18... but your wife had to care of your family. She is great.
Brazil: Brazilian people are very very outgoing and talkative
Brazil: She is 4 years older than me... But if she finds out I am saying that she will kill me.. LOL
Vance: Speaking of family, I'm going to have to go ..
Brazil: I love to tell her that she raped me...
Ying-Lan: ^The class will be close?
Brazil: Thanks for spending your precious time with us Vance...
Vance: ... on the other hand, this is starting to get interesting ...
Vance: No, you can stay.
Brazil: yes, it is...
Vance: I'm at work, working late
Brazil: do you like jokes Ying...
Ying-Lan: Do you think I can write more for my web site?
Vance: It's after 5 now
Brazil: i want to post some links there Vance.. can i??
Vance: Sure, of course. Ying, you are the model for the other students.
Ying-Lan: ^hi, Vance, I plan to write.;... about the Norcope
Vance: Sure, Ying - did you see Bahia's picture at the web site?
Brazil: what is Norcope ??
Ying-Lan: not yet.
Vance: The Norcope??
Ying-Lan: ^The small village of Norway
Brazil: i want to post some pictures of Brazil too...
Ying-Lan: ^I just ask my friend to scan some pictures.
Vance: I've been to Nordcap, to see the midnight sun.
Brazil: can we post whatever we want here Vance ??
Ying-Lan: ^It will take a long time to write.
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, you are lucky... I went there late, I did not see the midnigh sun.
Brazil: Vance whatever i ask you to post there, i want you first to correct the English ok?
Vance: To post pictures and things that take up space, it's better if you start your own web sites.
Vance: I can tell you how
Brazil: i would love it...
Vance: This is because at Geocities, you get 11 megabytes of free space
Brazil: i am completly lost to do my own hp..
Vance: I've used about 9 meg
Vance: So I have only 2 more.
Vance: But anyone can start a web page at geocities and get 11 meg.
Ying-Lan: ^May mine is too big.
Vance: If you can use Microsoft word you can make your own web page.
Ying-Lan: How to post them?
* Brazil * How do you know that a blond girl used the computer ??
Vance: You just register with Geocities to start one.
* Vance * beats me, how?
dodo: @64,64 !It's dodo
Vance: Dodo! Hi.
Ying-Lan: who is dodo
* Brazil * You see the white out on screen.. LOL
Brazil: Hi dodo
dodo: new student
Vance: Hi new student. We're talking about starting our own web pages at Geocities.
dodo: hi everybody
Vance: I'll tell you what. I'm planning to do this for my son
Vance: So I'll write down the steps and post them on the web site.
Ying-Lan: Yes. you are right.
Brazil: to register i know how to, but after that i dont know what do i do to start compostion my hp
Brazil: ok.. Vance..
Vance: Sorry Dodo, just finishing a conversation.
Brazil: It will help us a lot..
Ying-Lan: Michaelc will arrive later.
Ying-Lan: ^Michael will arrive later... This is his class on Sunday.
dodo: it's my first time coming here
Vance: Are you Michael's student, Dodo?
dodo: i don't know
Vance: Or are you just dropping by?
Ying-Lan: ^Where are from?
dodo: i want to join
Ying-Lan: ^hi dodo
Vance: OK, have you had a look at http://www.study.com?
Ying-Lan: ^Where are you from?
dodo: i am from china
Ying-Lan: ^China mainlane?
Vance: I'm from the USA, living in Abu Dhabi.
Ying-Lan: ^China mainland?
Vance: Where on the mainland?
Ying-Lan: ^Nice to meet you. I am from Taiwan.
dodo: guangdong, southern china
dodo: nice to meet you!
Vance: "Brazil" is from ... (can you guess?)
Ying-Lan: ^Put "^" before your sentence, It will keep your ballon for a long time.
Vance: ^True, but most of us are using the chat log. Do you know how to do that?
dodo: no , would you tell me?
MAD: @64,64 !It's MAD
Vance: Options / Log Window
MAD: Hi...who is dodo?
Vance: Dodo is from China, Guangdong.
Vance: He's a new student.
dodo: hi, mad
Vance: Dodo, do you have a log window on now?
Ying-Lan: ^Opne /Option/ and mark toolbox , you can see the tool box window at your lefe hand. Click the log you will see our converaton record.
Ying-Lan: left hand
Ying-Lan: hi, mad
Brazil: But where do I save the log ??
MAD: Michael is late!
Vance: I usually just copy it to the buffer and paste it to a word document
Ying-Lan: ^Dodo, May I have your email address. I can sent you the userguide.
dodo: ^that's great
Brazil: and you Ying.. How do you save the log at the palace ?
Ying-Lan: Tell you now.
Vance: Dodo, do you have the log? I want to give you a url.
dodo: ^my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Ying-Lan: ^Open you micro words... and open the log ... copy them
MAD: Hi dodo...do you know that a dodo is an extinct bird?
dodo: ^yes, i know
Brazil: What is Tippex ??
dodo: ^but i like dodo bird
MAD: I like it too!
dodo: ^what's micro word?
Vance: Dodo, here is the url for my class: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/4631/
Vance: I've got to go in a minute.
MAD: Tippex is that white stuff used for old-fashioned typewriters
Vance: microsoft word?
MAD: Hi Vance!
dodo: wait a moment please, vance, i'll write it down
Vance: Hi MAD
Vance: I'm just wrapping up a class
Vance: It finished an hour ago ... sort of
MAD: Ah...you have the slot before Michael...?
Vance: I always have too much fun in these classes so I end up staying a long time.
dodo: ^are you a teacher?
MAD: I know...I do the same...
Vance: Yeah, I get the students in the mood, and then Michael comes on ...
MAD: Yes, dodo I am.
Brazil: Vance did you like the joke ?/
Vance: About the whiteout? I was wondering what that stuff was on my screen.
MAD: Hey...get your kicks where you can Vance...
dodo: nice to meet you
Vance: MAD and I are teachers, Dodo
Michael C: @64,64 !It's Michael C
MAD: Nice to meet you too Dodo...
Vance: And now ... HEEEERRRSSSSS MICHAEL!
MAD: Hi Michael...what took you so long!
dodo: hi, michael , iam a new student
Michael C: My God it's busy!
Michael C: Hello everyone!
Brazil: Hi Michael
Michael C: Wecome Dodo.
dodo: thank you
Vance: Hi. If you want to know what went on before you got here ...
Michael C: Yes please Vance...
MAD: Vance has prepped then and then will promptly leave...:-)
Vance: I've started posting the logs on my web page for the students who didn't make it
Brazil: Hi Michael
Michael C: Good idea.
Vance: Anybody object to that?
MAD: Not me!
dodo: no, i don't know how
Ying-Lan: hi everyone
Michael C: Did I miss anything else?
Brazil: Mad, give the rabbit avatar...
MAD: This one?
Michael C: Settle down MAD.
Ying-Lan: ^dodo, Could you mind to open your mail box... I just sent you the user guide.
dodo: hi, mad, it's very interesting
dodo: thanks very much,
Brazil: thanks Mad
MAD: Sorry Michael...
Brazil: Ying.. Send it to me too pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
MAD: welcome Felix...
Michael C: I don't beleve this. lasr week there was NO ONE here!
MAD: Well, maybe it was an off week Michael...
Brazil: i was here Michael....
Ying-Lan: I am sleeping sun.
Ying-Lan: vance, are you here?
Vance: It's too much for me. I've got go. I'm still at work aaaarrrggggh
Michael C: Well apart from swapping avatars I suggest we try some new IDIOMS. Any objections? (Yes - Brazil. I remember you came late.)
Brazil: Mad where are the rest of the ears ??/
Ying-Lan: see you
Brazil: i would love to talk about idioms...
Brazil: yes MAd... See my avatar it;s not complete
MAD: ok...I'm all ears is one.
Michael C: ^ 1) OK. So let's not *beat around the bush*!
Ying-Lan: you eye is stable.
dodo: what does it mean
Ying-Lan: "Bean around the brush"
Ying-Lan: ^"Beat around the brush"
Vance: Anyone else want a beer?
Michael C: Anyone like to guess what it means? (Not MAD or Vance!) Beat around the bush.
MAD: Hmmm, a beer would be nice...
Brazil: the beat around the bush means to avoid answering a question...
MAD: Thanks Vance...
Brazil: Thanks... It's so hot here...
Michael C: That's pretty clsoe Brazil....
Michael C: If I say "stop beating around the bush" I am asking someone to get to the point.
MAD: my lips are sealed...
Ying-Lan: ^I have no idea... I think about a light punishment.
Vance: Guys, I/ve gotta run. Bye everyone.
MAD: with foam...
Michael C: Bye Vance.
MAD: bye Vance!!
Ying-Lan: ^To get to the point" Bye Vance. See you next sunday?
Vance: OK, I'm just grabbing a copy of the log ...
Michael C: ^If someone is beating around the bush they are not getting to the point.
Ying-Lan: ^What does "To get the point" mean?
dodo: oh, i see
Vance: whew, long log .. bye
Michael C: ^get to the point is probably another idiom!
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