It’s not so long ago that science fiction movies showed such an outrageously modern instrument as a video phone. I remember thinking how cool it would be to see the person that you were talking to, especially if you didn’t know them. How brilliant to put a face to the name. Then a company called Amstrad (famous for being founded by Alan Sugar, the monster in the first TV version of “The Apprentice”- “You’re fired”) in the UK introduced a video phone using an internet connection, and 3G mobile phones introduced a fairly poor quality version.
But now, completely free of charge to anyone with a PC, webcam and broadband internet connection, we can have video calls with similarly equipped friends anywhere in the world. Yes, it’s Skype, and it’s revolutionised communications. When I have a little free time between lessons at my English conversation school 英会話 Smith’s School of English, Kawanishi スミス英会話川西校 I can have video conversations (free of charge) with friends and relatives in England or South Africa. Seeing the person I’m talking to adds so much to the experience. I also use Skype to chat with teachers at other Smith’s schools and it’s excellent for transferring large files.
We really are living in the future. WHAT NEXT???