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Is Everyone Too Shy to Speak Spanish With Each Other?

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There seems to be a reluctance from people to actually put their feet in the water and actually start using what little they have learnt by talking to each other.
I have bought a microphone in order to visit the chat room. Not necessarily to speak Spanish with Spanish people but just to practice speaking and listening Spanish. Alas there is never anyone there.
The text chat is predominantly in English and is impossible to keep up with general conversation while trying to think and type what little you know in Spanish and you end up just joining in in English for the chat rather than the learning..
I have met a couple of native Spanish speakers though and record bits of English onto an MP3 file with a transcript to help them and they have promised to return the favour, which is great.
But surely some of us would like to do this with other beginners, no?
So if anyone has recording capabilities and wants to transfer audio files with transcript or translation please contact me or lets get a group together to go to the video chat room and have fun using the language we crave to speak.
You can always contact me direct at harrytrow@blueyonder.co.uk

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updated DIC 11, 2008
posted by harry

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Hola mi compadres - Ahora mi casa es su casa!!! Porfavor, usar Tokbox.

updated DIC 11, 2008
posted by carol-daniels
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gerry said:

Wow Harry, never knew you felt this way amigo...you should've said something, I would've accommodated you to a certain extent. Next time speak up and ask to practice with someone and then pay attention to that person only in chat and ignore the rest, otherwise you will get lost as you already know. Mark your paisan does it all the time and he's a monkey and we help him out...so, imagine you a smart, witty, handsome human asking for help, you would get a lot further smile So dive in, the water is fine! cya, me P.S. Ya no llores LOL

Yo estoy con Gerry, y lo pongo directamente en español, para practicar. jeje

No podemos "reservar" el chat, pero sí podemos hablar con quien haga falta en español, o incluso ir al chat de al lado para solo hablar en español. Y lo dije antessmile

updated DIC 6, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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gerry said:

Wow Harry, never knew you felt this way amigo...you should've said something, I would've accommodated you to a certain extent. Next time speak up and ask to practice with someone and then pay attention to that person only in chat and ignore the rest, otherwise you will get lost as you already know. Mark your paisan does it all the time and he's a monkey and we help him out...so, imagine you a smart, witty, handsome human asking for help, you would get a lot further smile So dive in, the water is fine! cya, me P.S. Ya no llores LOL

Yo estoy con Gerry, y lo pongo directamente en español, para practicar. jeje

No podemos "reservar" el chat, pero sí podemos hablar con quien haga falta en español, o incluso ir al chat de al lado para solo hablar en español. Y lo dije antessmile

updated DIC 5, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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Wow Harry, never knew you felt this way amigo...you should've said something, I would've accommodated you to a certain extent. Next time speak up and ask to practice with someone and then pay attention to that person only in chat and ignore the rest, otherwise you will get lost as you already know. Mark your paisan does it all the time and he's a monkey and we help him out...so, imagine you a smart, witty, handsome human asking for help, you would get a lot further smile So dive in, the water is fine! cya, me P.S. Ya no llores LOL

updated DIC 5, 2008
posted by gerry
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Hey Harry, how are you doing today. It is 8:30 AM here in Rhode Island USA. I met you by accident yesterday November 4 in the chat room. It was sooo cool, I have never seen this before. I look forward to meeting you there again and practicing spanish verbally. When is a good time for you, normally? I have been there today and just missed two other members. I am sure we will eventually set up some kind of schedule. I am still learning to navigate around this site. I will not be around today at 1PM, I have errands to run, but perhaps another time or day? Also how do you change your key board for spanish characters. Normally it is easy, but I have not been able to do it on this site.

updated DIC 5, 2008
posted by RonRB
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La Podenquera said:

If I wasn't greyhaired already I will surely get it now. Now I have this problem again. I can't get in. My mic is totally dead.
I have had similar problems. The proceedure that I suggested earlier (especially rebooting the computer) worked for me at the time. However, When I went back to the chat room later, the microphone was dead. Since I had done nothing in the interim to change the system, I'm inclined to suspect that the "tokbox" software is "flakey". It's possible that it's necessary to reboot the computer just before attempting the enter the chat room but that certainly should not be necessary.

updated DIC 4, 2008
posted by samdie
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lol well done la podenquera

La Podenquera said:

That was a BAD excuse Steve : PThe only one who had a webcamera was vikingo and the only thing he showed us was his ceiling : D

steve said:

Is Everyone Too Shy to Speak Spanish With Each Other'No, just too cheap to buy a webcam. Maybe Santa will surprise me.

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updated DIC 4, 2008
posted by harry
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aYou dont need a camers just a mike and it will cost you £4 at asda england so am sure wherever you are you can find the equivalent

updated DIC 4, 2008
posted by harry
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Is Everyone Too Shy to Speak Spanish With Each Other'

No, just too cheap to buy a webcam. Maybe Santa will surprise me.

updated DIC 4, 2008
posted by The-Steve
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It was great fun, nice to hear you guys smile The software itself leaves something to be desired, though. I've found the same as samdie I guess. To completely leave the chat you'll have to quit your browser "and then some". Quite interesting how I could still hear you (and be heard) outside of the page. And I'm still not sure how to turn off my camera. But overall, great initiative.

updated DIC 4, 2008
posted by Vikingo
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La Podenquera said:

I have done this several times but it doesnt seem to help. I have ckecked my mic now on my computor so I will give it one more try.
If your microphone is a USB device, I'd suggest the following (based on problems that I experienced).
With the microphone connected:
1) Close down your browser and then restart it. Log into the site and go to the chat area.
2) Shut down and then restart your computer (if #1 doesn't work), start the browser, etc.

In the chatroom window (upper 2/3, roughly) (which may need to be activated by clicking o the "arrowish" icon)
there's a moving-bars graph to indicate the volume of the sound. This should move when you make noises (even if you're the only person present).

updated DIC 4, 2008
posted by samdie
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well everything went well for our first go .
In the end both la podequera y vikingo managed to get in and the chat was good with a bit of spanish and a bit of english yippee

updated DIC 4, 2008
posted by harry
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After you click on "Video Chat", it will take a little bit to load the "tokbox." Then it will ask you, "Allow cdn.tokbox.com to access your camera and microphone'" Check "allow" and then click close. Make sure your microphone is on. grin

La Podenquera said:

Do I need to sign in''?

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updated DIC 4, 2008
posted by Natasha
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If you have a microfone plugged in and you go to the video room it will aske you when entering for permission to access you microphone and then you off

updated DIC 4, 2008
posted by harry
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6-7 pacific time is 2-3 am here in UK and sweden is an hour later
Are you really up at 2 am for homework Carol. cos thats 10 am here.

updated DIC 4, 2008
posted by harry
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