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					Hello. We’re Skype and we’ve got
something we would like to share with you.

What we’ve got is a simple bit of software we want to give you. It’ll let you make free calls to
your friends all over the world. And we don’t want any money for it. It’s free.

You could think of us as the big, free Internet telephony company. We prefer to think of
ourselves as a big group hug*, even a present. Yes… that’s it… we’re a present… but without
the ribbon.

Download Skype: Windows | Mac OS X | Linux | Pocket PC

Skype in a nutshell.

Our software’s quick and easy to get started with. Download, register, install, plug in your
headset, speakers or USB phone and start calling your friends. The calls have excellent sound
quality and are highly secure with end-to-end encryption. You don’t even need to configure
your firewall or router or any other networking gear. It just, you know… works.

Bridging the gap.

                     And it doesn’t just work on Windows, like some other software you may
                     know. Skype is also for Mac OS X, Linux and PDAs using Pocket PC,
                     with a native look and feel for each platform. Talking, sending instant
messages or even file transfers work between different platforms like a charm.

Calling regular phone numbers.

If there weren’t enough ways for you to contact your friends, we have a little thing called
SkypeOut. It lets you make calls to old-fashioned phone numbers all around the world.
Landlines, mobile phones... it works with almost all of them. SkypeOut is not free but it is
pretty cheap, actually. You can read more about SkypeOut if you wish.

Make sure you’re on the same page.




You know how Skype to Skype calls are free and work? Well, we’ve taken the same recipe
and applied it to file transfers. Since most things you want your friends to see tend to be rather
large, we made our file transfer work with all the file sizes your operating system can handle.



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For most people, that’s between 2 or 4 gigabytes. And remember, it works from Windows to
Mac to Linux and the other way around. No platform problems here.

Nobody’s listening in.

When it comes to talking, instant messaging or transferring files, we’ve gone to great lengths
to make it secure. Skype automatically encrypts everything before sending it through the
internet. Likewise, on arrival everything is decrypted on-the-spot and presented as crystal
clear speak, text or a file transfer nobody can intercept.

Yes, you heard it right.

        All the security in the world wouldn’t matter, though, if you couldn’t hear the other
        person. With Skype, you can. We’re working with the very best in the industry to
        provide a sound quality far superior to what you’re used to from ordinary telephones.
        If you will bear with* us for a moment here we’d like to share some technical stuff*
with you: with normal telephones you can only hear sounds from 300 Hz to 3 kHz. Not so
with Skype; We’re all over the spectrum, from the lowest hum* to the highest screech*. In
other words: ‘F’ and ‘S’ will sound like the two different letters they were meant to, and in the
end you will be able to have a much more natural conversation.

Getting the words out.

        That also goes for conferences. It’s completely secure for you and up to four others to
        get together to coordinate tactics in a game, make one of those important business
        decisions or simply have a chat, even if you’re all on different continents.

Needle. Haystack. Solution.

        Searching for those long-lost relatives or just somebody to have a quick chat with is
        also part of what Skype is all about. We have what we call a Global User Directory.
        It’s a giant phonebook of all the people who use Skype. You can use it to search for
        people you’d like to talk to, people who have the same birthday or people who just
happen to live in the same street as you.

Is anybody out there?

When you find somebody you know or even someone you would like to know, you add them
to your list of contacts. You can also write a little note to let them know who you are and why
you want to add them to your list. Handy, if your separated-at-birth-twin finds you on Skype.
When people are on your list, you can see if they are online, offline, busy... or perhaps out to
lunch.

When actual, spoken words fail you.

        Did we mention that you can also send instant messages with Skype? Well, you can.
        That’s nice for when you’re talking about a website and you want to send that really
        long address or if you’re writing a song maybe. Either way, you can send one of
        those little smiley faces along with your message. Smile to the world and the world
smiles back.


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1 Contacts & events

Your home base gives you a handy overview over your contacts and if they're online or not.
The little panels* tell you if you missed a call or received a voicemail.

2 Making a call

To call someone on Skype, just find that person in your Contact list, and click the big, green
button.

3 Talking

Calls to other people on Skype are crystal-clear — some people says it feels like the person is
right next to you! When you don’t feel like talking any more, just click the red button to hang
up.




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4 Conference call

Talking on Skype is more than just 1-on-1. You can make conference calls with up to four
other people, and you can all talk to each other at the same time.

5 Call regular phones

With Skype, you can call other people even if they don’t have a computer. It’s called
SkypeOut, and lets you call any phone number in the world at pretty low rates*.

6 File transfer

Need to send an important document to your colleague? Downloaded a cool picture from the
web that you want your friends to see? Just send it over with Skype file transfer. It’s secure
and encrypted like the rest of Skype, and handles files of any size.

7 Chat

You can type in addition to talking and you can invite up to 48 other friends to join in and
make it a group chat. Chat is great for sharing gossip or organizing your next party!




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EXERCISES

Give synonyms

gift =

in a few words =

to set up =

headphone =

safe =

equipment =

rather =

to manage =

in the same way =

to give =

to be patient =

to look for =

practical =

perhaps =

to put the phone down =

charge (2) =


Give antonyms

intricate 

to receive 

regular 

expensive 

to forget 



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to keep 

to succeed 

to weep 

to get (a call) 

far from 

to put the phone down 

high 


Phonetics

                 <i> = [i] or [ai]

      <i> = /ai/                 <i> = /i/


   1 open syllable          2. closed syllable

Chi/na                   chin
file                     to fill
fine                     fin
ice                      is
kite                     kit
life                     lift
mice (< mouse)           to miss
mile                     mill
nitrogen                 to knit
quite                    to quit
rime                     rim
site                     to sit
style                    still
tile                     till
time                     Tim
tiny                     tin
to bite                  to bid
to hide                  to hit
to like                  to lick
to ride                  rid (to get rid of)
to shine                 shin
to wipe                  whip
to write                 written
while                    will
white                    wit
wine                     to win




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Idiomatic expressions

to find a needle in a haystack = trouver une aiguille dans une meule de foin

        A bull in a china shop.

=>

        It’s raining cats and dogs.

=>

        To see stars.

=>

        To catch somebody red-handed.

=>

        To put your head in the lion’s den.

=>

        To throw money down the drain.

=>

        To change your colors.

=>

        When hell freezes over.

=>

        Mind your own business.

=>

        To kill two birds with one stone.

=>




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Abbreviations, acronyms, portmanteau words

OS     =

USB    =

PDA =

Hz     =

VoIP =

P2P    =


What is …

this peer-to-peer internet telephony network, founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis,
the creators of Kazaa. The network is provided by all combined users of the free desktop
software application. They can speak to other users for free, call traditional telephone
numbers for a fee, receive calls from traditional phones for a fee and receive voicemail
messages for a fee.

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