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Virsona — Create A Historical “Talking Bot”

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Virsona is a very new site that lets you re-create and interact with historical figures. I think it’s a brilliant idea.

Users decide on a historical or fictional figure, and program a “talking bot” that visitors can chat with using text. The site is still in the experimental stage, and the bots that were available were very limited in their ability to communicate. However, if and when the site develops and more people participate, this part of the site would certainly be accessible to English Language Learners.

Creating your own talking bot would take a student’s learning to an entirely different level.   The process seems fairly complicated now, but if they simplify it a bit it seems to me that high-level Intermediate and Advanced English Language Learners would be able to do it.

This is certainly a site to keep one’s eye on in the coming months.

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