So everyone is familiar with the old time-y phone calls, right? Remember those? It’s when you push buttons to call people. When you do it you hear the voice of another person (get excited)! You may have forgotten a midst your texting, tweeting, facebooking and iphone messages that only iphone people can do. I don’t know why I’m hating on the iphone all of a sudden. Okay, I’ll stop being sarcastic…
I could talk on the phone for fucking ever. I don’t know why, but I loved phone calls man. Something about hearing your friend’s voice just really gives me the happy feels. It’s probably why I got so into using VoiceIP programs (ventrillo, mumble, teamspeak, axon…) because it made gaming even better. But the game changed when my friend Darren introduced me to Skype. Holy shit. Skype is like the holy grail for procrastinating, talkative people like me. I can be on skype talking with friends for hours. HOURS I SAY! My yapping mouth aside, video chatting has become something that I really enjoy. It’s also something I’ve taken advantage of since moving away from all my close friends. It also comes in handy for getting to know new friends I made (though drawing my guesses of what I think they look like based on their voice seems to be a lot more fun, lol, it’s called trolling kids!).
Turns out, I’m not the only one who enjoys video chatting. Starbucks is getting in on the action as well! If you live in Washington or Nevada, there’s a good chance you can video chat your Starbucks “drive thru” order. Doesn’t seem like a bad idea to entice consumers.
I don’t think its a secret now, but I’ve been in a bit of a melancholy mood. The thing that cheers me right up is receiving skype calls. One of my close girlfriends has been paying me some skype visits recently, and I thought this would be an opportune time to introduce her to you guys. (I said I’d draw her at the beginning of this month) This is my lovely Naty Cakes:
Generally, when I skype with someone, my room (video backdrop) is an embarrassing mess. Add to that an over zealous attitude, an inexplicable burst of energy, and sloppy appearance – and that’s what its like to video chat with me. Don’t judge me. It’s just that since I didn’t leave the house to talk to you, I validate my laziness by telling myself that its okay to not look presentable.
I also happen to communicate with my pen pal over skype as well. Seeing as how he lives in the Netherlands, and I ran out of money to send post cards on a regular basis (I’m a terrible pen pal at this point ), it just makes things easier. We end up being weridos…
But back to video chatting…
I recently read an article on CNN by Jennifer Bixler, entitled “Video chat may help language learning!” A study, led by Sarah Roseberry, yielded results that children learned languages better when having an interactive teacher than those who did not. This active learning proved to be very effective. THIS GOT MY OLD GEARS TURNING! What if…what if I utilize the fact that I know people who speak other languages…and force them to teach those languages to me over skype??? I’M A GENIUS.
Time to learn German.
I have been using Livemocha, which is a free language training site, to start learning German. It’s a lot of fun, it incorporates games and exercises that you can have graded by people who speak the language fluently. The site works off of a sort of points system, each lesson costs a certain number of points. So in order to continue taking the lessons, you have to buy it with the points you have. In order to refill your points you have to help grade other people’s work in your language. Thus, helping the Livemocha community helps you gain points for yourself. It’s a great concept and I really enjoy it. But, I have to do a lot of repetition to make the new vocabulary stick.
I also bought a German language CD that I can listen to in the car. It was on sale, and I’d never tried learning a language solely through audio before, I thought why not try it. The CD includes songs that are sung in both German and English, so I’m not totally lost – but I do have to admit that the German is sometimes very fast…so I miss things and have to replay the entire section/lesson all over again. Once again, repetition will probably make it stick with me.
BUT, I told Svemmy about how I was trying to learn German, and he helped me learn the numbers 1 through 10 in like… half an hour. Seriously, I’m not kidding. It was hella efficient this way too because he immediately corrected my pronunciation and everything. DING DING DING! We have a winner! Active learning and video chatting is, once again, the best!
Man, video chatting kicks ass.
October 2, 2013 at 12:35 am
I <3 talking on the phone, too! I can talk forever, hehe. Video chatting sounds like a great idea, especially in a drive thru! <3 Learning a new language would actually be attainable for people, especially in the US where not many people are bilingual. =)
October 2, 2013 at 12:38 am
I can count to ten in four languages now, so I feel like a language wizard!!
October 2, 2013 at 12:51 am
Woo hoo! That’s awesome!! Keep it up, girl! =)
October 2, 2013 at 12:54 am
>:D NO ONE CAN STOP ME!
October 2, 2013 at 11:27 am
Ah yes Axon, that’s what me, Steve, Ramon, and recently Misael started using to co-op in video games. Our teamwork was shit before, but now we can tell each other over voice chat how shit our teamwork is! Other than that we just bullshit around on chat haha. I think I looked at livemocha once when I was linked to it on some thread I was reading, but the enthusiasm just wasn’t there. Maybe I’ll try to learn something, but learning new words is annoying I have enough of that in my courses at the moment. Except math that just seems to stay the same way aside from new terms just being old ones re-branded. Okay I’m rambling..holy shit I have ice cream in the fridge!
October 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm
Yeah, Axon is cool, I like that you can customize a lot of the audio. Not a lot of voiceIPs do that. There’s nothing quite like destroying baddies with well timed attacks thanks to voice IPs. Not a lot of people I know use it though, I think in my lifetime I’ve spent more hours on ventrillo/teamspeak. Although some of the guilds used Skype as well – but my computer doesn’t really like it when I have lots of programs open that use so many resources.
You should DEFINITELY TRY LIVEMOCHA! DOOOO ITTT! What language do you want to learn?
I hear you on the extra memorization that comes with language learning, all I do is memorize things in nursing school. But if you are able to converse with someone who speaks the language you’re interested in, it makes things a whole lot more interesting/exciting, imo.
Y U NO SHARE ICE CREAM?
October 2, 2013 at 11:53 am
awww Naty! I loved to video chat until my computer went into shutdown mode.
October 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm
Yeah, my computer is not the best for video chatting either, but if I only have skype up it usually pulls through. LOL! Although I’m not sure what shutdown mode means…is it dead?
October 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm
I need to change the screen because I can’t see anything anymore, it is complete darkness
October 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm
OMG! Is it something that can be fixed by getting a new monitor? Black Friday is coming up, so you could probably get a great deal on onnnnne!!!
October 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm
Maybe? I am looking for a cable so I can connect it to my tv but I might need to buy a wireless keyboard and mouse too. Might as well buy a whole new laptop
October 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm
I wish you luck on your computer missions. I envy the fact that you can decide to buy a new laptop LOL! Oh God, it hurts so much to be so broke.
October 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm
The laptop I have is from 2008 and it just can’t handle the world anymore, unfortunately.
October 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm
D: My desktop is from 2008, I just replace little parts of it ,bit by bit…but I don’t think the mother board is relevant in today’s world anymore. If you get a new laptop I hope it doesn’t come with Windows 8. I promised Naty I would write a blog post about our mutual hatred for that operating system :l It’s just terrible.
October 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm
I never try video chat but I love skype because I can use it talk to my friend in the US (while I’m in Thailand). I love that I can talk to her for 2 hours without paying anything as we talk via the internet.
October 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm
That’s probably the best part about skype – FREE. Actually, the quality is also fantastic…most of the time. I recently tested out google hangouts and the quality was just horrendous. I was trying to chat with someone who was literally in another room of the apartment I live in. So, I’ll always chose skype over any other video chatting program.
That’s cool that you have a friend in the US! Do you guys exchange letters? I do that with my penpal lol…when we aren’t annoying each other on skype.
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October 28, 2013 at 6:41 am
Video chatting is the bees knees! I’m learning right now with a company called BRIC Language Systems, it’s got a live teacher and interactive software. Pretty cool. But I think you’ve beat me with your 4 languages that you’re able to count to ten, I’m only at three :'(
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