Aug. 18th, 2008

elana: (Default)
?
9:03 PM
hi!

Elana
9:04 PM
Hi, who's this?

?
9:05 PM
just a new friend who want to know you

Elana
9:05 PM
Oh, hello.

?
9:05 PM
hello
can you give me your real name and surname ?

Elana
9:07 PM
No.

?
9:07 PM
why?

Elana
9:07 PM
It's dangerous to give one's full name to strangers on the Internet.

?
9:10 PM
I don't think so , but I will give you my real name and surname:James Harrisson.

Elana
9:10 PM
Then why is your username "Mohamed Khaled"?

His username is mohamed.khaled1987 but his "full name" on Skype is listed as "?" so that's the name that appears in the conversation box.

?
9:12 PM
No ,It's just a joke :it's not my real name.

Elana
9:12 PM
What is the joke?

?
9:12 PM
The name "Mohamed Khaled".

Elana
9:13 PM
I don't understand why it is funny.

?
9:14 PM
I think that is funny for me to have many names.

Elana
9:14 PM
I think you're just lying about your name being James Harrisson.

?
9:16 PM
May be, but I think you're also lying about your name.Your real name is not Elana!

Elana
9:16 PM
Ha ha ha, why do you think that?

?
9:17 PM
It's a joke!

Elana
9:17 PM
Another joke of yours that I don't understand.

?
9:19 PM
That is not important.Can I ask you a question?

Elana
9:20 PM
Go ahead.

?
9:20 PM
Are you a man or a woman?!!!

Elana
9:20 PM
I'm a woman.

?
9:21 PM
I can't believe.

Elana
9:21 PM
Why is that?

?
9:25 PM
I don't know but that is not important. Please can I ask you another question?

Elana
9:25 PM
Go ahead.

?
9:26 PM
What is your nationality?

Elana
9:26 PM
Canadian.

?
9:27 PM
Ah!where do you live ?

Elana
9:27 PM
Toronto.

?
9:28 PM
Ah!it's a very good town.

Elana
9:28 PM
Yes. Where do you live?

?
9:29 PM
I live in Abou Dhabi .

Elana
9:29 PM
Ah, so your name is probably really Mohamed Khaled.

?
9:30 PM
No,No...please remember,it's just a joke.

Elana
9:30 PM
Why are you so ashamed of your name?

?
9:32 PM
Please I repeat for the last time ,it's just a joke!

Elana
9:32 PM
I'm not convinced, but okay.

?
9:33 PM
But why are you not convinced?

Elana
9:34 PM
1) Your username is more likely to be your real name; 2) you are from the UAE so it's more likely that you would have an Arabic name; 3) it doesn't sound like English is your first language so I wouldn't expect you to have an English name; 4) I've never seen it spelled "Harrisson", usually it is "Harrison"; 5) "James Harrisson" is exactly the kind of generic name that someone would use as a fake English-sounding name

?
9:37 PM
I didn't understand the third reason.Can you explain more?

Elana
9:38 PM
It sounds like you learned English as a second language. You don't speak English as if it is your mother tongue.

?
9:41 PM
Ok ,but can I ask you this question:what's your mother language?

Elana
9:41 PM
English.

?
9:42 PM
!!but I think that the official language of Canada is French!

Elana
9:42 PM
Canada is a bilingual country. We have two official languages: English and French.

?
9:43 PM
Your are very lucky ,so you can speak the both :English and French.

Elana
9:44 PM
My French is pretty bad.

?
9:44 PM
Why?!

Elana
9:44 PM
I learned it in school.

?
9:47 PM
So you use only English in your daily life.

Elana
9:48 PM
Mostly, yes.

?
9:50 PM
so do you speak the American or the British english.

Elana
9:50 PM
Canadian English is in between American and British English.

?
9:51 PM
Can you explain more?

Elana
9:51 PM
We spell certain things the British way, but our accents sound similar to American English, kind of Californian.

?
9:55 PM
Okay.Are you a student?

Elana
9:55 PM
No.

?
9:55 PM
But, what?

Elana
9:56 PM
I work.

?
9:57 PM
You work what?

Elana
9:57 PM
I work in a store.

?
9:58 PM
What is your age?

Elana
9:59 PM
24

?
10:00 PM
Are you sure that you are not lying.

Elana
10:00 PM
Yes.

?
10:02 PM
Seeing that you work,so you are married?

Elana
10:02 PM
No.

?
10:02 PM
Why?

Elana
10:02 PM
No good reason.

?
10:03 PM
What do you mean ?

Elana
10:03 PM
I just haven't gotten married. I don't have a reason. It just hasn't happened.

?
10:07 PM
But do you have a plan for the marriage in the next years.

Elana
10:07 PM
No.

?
10:08 PM
Why?Do you hate men?

Elana
10:08 PM
Not at all. I'm just not in a relationship right now.

?
10:12 PM
But I think that is very easy to make relationships in the west especially in Canada.

Elana
10:12 PM
Maybe so, but it is not easy to turn that relationship into a marriage.

?
10:15 PM
Why?Can you give me please the reasons?

Elana
10:15 PM
It's complicated, and it is different for everyone.

?
10:16 PM
Can you give me please your point of view?

Elana
10:17 PM
My point of view on what?

?
10:18 PM
Your point of view on how it is not easy to turn a simple relationship into a marriage.

Elana
10:18 PM
My point of view is that it is different for everyone.

?
10:19 PM
Can you explain more?

Elana
10:19 PM
No.

?
10:21 PM
Why?

Elana
10:21 PM
I don't really understand what you want me to explain.

?
10:31 PM
I want to know why do you consider that is very difficult to turn a relationship into a marriage?(I can deduct from this discussion on Skype that you have knowed some difficulties in making durable relationships with the other men . )

Elana
10:32 PM
Not at all. In Canada, I am considered very young. It would be shocking for me to be married at this age.

?
10:33 PM
Ah!it's a new information.What is the marriage's age in Canada?

Elana
10:34 PM
Anyone can be married at any age, but university students usually wait to get married until they have started their careers.

?
10:37 PM
So what is the mean age of starting career in Canada ?

Elana
10:37 PM
It depends on a lot of things.

?
10:38 PM
I want to know the MEAN AGE !

Elana
10:38 PM
Then look it up! I don't know.

?
10:40 PM
Okay.Can I ask you a question ?

Elana
10:40 PM
Go ahead. No need to ask permission.

?
10:43 PM
Well ,what time is it now in Toronto?

Elana
10:43 PM
10:43 PM. You needed to ask permission to ask me that?

?
10:46 PM
So, you are going to sleep?

Elana
10:47 PM
At some point, yes.

?
10:48 PM
Do you give me the name of store in which you work?

Elana
10:48 PM
No.

?
10:49 PM
Why?

Elana
10:49 PM
I don't want you to be able to stalk me.

?
10:52 PM
What are your hobbies?

Elana
10:52 PM
I don't consider anything to be a hobby

?
10:53 PM
Why?

Elana
10:53 PM
Because I don't really know what a "hobby" is

?
10:58 PM
In other terms ,do want to read books,to go to the cinema or to practice a special sport ....?

Elana
10:59 PM
I love books and movies, I don't play sports though. I like video games.

?
10:59 PM
So do you Play Station 3?

Elana
11:00 PM
Yes.

?
11:01 PM
Which kinds of games do you play(do want action games,adventure games...)?

Elana
11:03 PM
I like action games and adventure games both.

?
11:05 PM
Please,is Elana your real name?

Elana
11:07 PM
Yes.

?
11:09 PM
Why have you taken much time to answer to this simple question?

Elana
11:09 PM
Did I? I'm talking to someone else at the same time.

?
11:10 PM
Is he your friend ?

Elana
11:10 PM
Yes.

?
11:11 PM
From which country he is?

Elana
11:11 PM
Canada.

?
11:12 PM
Where does he live?

Elana
11:12 PM
St. John's.

?
11:13 PM
What!!!

Elana
11:13 PM
Excuse me?

?
11:13 PM
Can you explain more?

Elana
11:13 PM
It's a city.

?
11:15 PM
Are you talking to a man or to a woman?

Elana
11:15 PM
A man.

?
11:16 PM
Is he your colleague in the work.

Elana
11:17 PM
No, he lives in St. John's. That is very very far away from Toronto.

?
11:18 PM
So,he is your boyfriend?

Elana
11:18 PM
No.

?
11:19 PM
So ,what is the relationship between you and him ?

Elana
11:19 PM
We're friends.

?
11:21 PM
When will you start the work ?

Elana
11:21 PM
Tuesday at noon.

?
11:24 PM
Have you studied at the university ?

Elana
11:24 PM
Yes.

?
11:25 PM
Can you give me its name?

Elana
11:26 PM
University of Toronto.

?
11:27 PM
Can you tell me what have you studied at the University of Toronto?

Elana
11:27 PM
Archaeology and philosophy.

?
11:29 PM
What!but what is the relationship between Archaeology and philosophy and your current work?

Elana
11:31 PM
No relation.

?
11:32 PM
So?!

Elana
11:32 PM
So?

?
11:32 PM
you are lying

Elana
11:32 PM
....About what?

?
11:33 PM
About your current work

Elana
11:33 PM
Why would I lie about that?

?
11:35 PM
you have said that there is no relation between Archaeology and philosophy and your current work

Elana
11:35 PM
It's true. I've had this job since high school. I'm working here for a year or so before I start graduate school.

?
11:35 PM
Can you explain more?

Elana
11:36 PM
What do you mean? That was a very simple story.

?
11:40 PM
What do you mean by high school and graduate school? because Canada's educational system is very complicated for me.

Elana
11:42 PM
High school = grades 9-12. Graduate school = a Master's degree (MA) or Ph.D. after getting a Bachelor's degree (B.A.) in undergrad of university (first four years of university). So it goes: kindergarten, elementary school (grade 1-6), middle school (grade 7-8), high school (grade 9-12), university (four years), graduate school (2 years Master's, 4 years Ph.D. doctorate)

?
11:44 PM
Thank you very much for all this information.

Elana
11:44 PM
You're welcome.

?
11:46 PM
Is the study in Canada difficult for someone like me?

Elana
11:46 PM
I don't know what "someone like you" is.

?
11:46 PM
"someone like you" =me

Elana
11:46 PM
Okay, but what is "someone like you".

?
11:47 PM
May be it is my soul!

Elana
11:47 PM
I don't know anything about your soul.

?
11:48 PM
That is not important.Is the study in Canada difficult for me ?

Elana
11:48 PM
How could I possibly know that?

?
11:49 PM
You can know this.

Elana
11:49 PM
No, I know nothing about your academic aptitude.

?
11:50 PM
Do you have any friend from Abou Dhabi ?

Elana
11:50 PM
No.

?
11:52 PM
Well,can you tell me if the study at the university is difficult for you?

Elana
11:53 PM
Parts are difficult, parts are less difficult.

?
11:53 PM
Can you explain more?

Elana
11:53 PM
Some classes are harder than others.

?
11:53 PM
The first or the last classes ?

Elana
11:54 PM
I don't understand what you mean.

?
11:54 PM
Are you a good student?

Elana
11:54 PM
Yes.

?
11:56 PM
Are you the first of your class?

Elana
11:56 PM
No.

?
11:57 PM
So,what is your rank ?

Elana
11:57 PM
They don't tell us our rank at my university.

?
11:58 PM
So ,they tell you what?

Elana
11:58 PM
They give us grades.

?
11:58 PM
So,what is your graduate ?

Elana
11:58 PM
What?

?
11:59 PM
So,what is your graduate ?

Elana
11:59 PM
What do you mean?

?
12:01 AM
I'm so sorry ,I have done a spelling mistake.So my question is :what is your grade?

Elana
12:01 AM
You don't get just one grade. You get a grade for every class.

?
12:02 AM
Can you give me all your grades.

Elana
12:02 AM
No.

?
12:02 AM
Just a one.

Elana
12:02 AM
No.

?
12:02 AM
please

Elana
12:02 AM
No.

?
12:03 AM
Why?

Elana
12:03 AM
Why do you want them?

?
12:04 AM
Just to take general idea about you?

Elana
12:04 AM
You don't even understand what the grades mean.

?
12:05 AM
May be

Elana
12:05 AM
It would be meaningless for you.

?
12:07 AM
So ,can you explain to me what does a grade mean ?

Elana
12:07 AM
It is far too complicated to explain quickly.

?
12:10 AM
so,what time is it now in Toronto?

At this point, Skype thankfully marks my response as "pending" and loses it to the ether. Ahhhh. This one wasn't so bad, I almost felt like I was helping him a little bit. Also, his pocket translator or whatnot made him take a long time to respond, so I was able to enjoy watching the women's triathlon.

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