After a quite long time break, I finally can post new podcast again. Thank you for my sister, Vida Dwi Pringgani for helping me. For my fellow readers, happy listening! 🙂
Do you have a good story that will be good to be recorded? Let me know and let’s publish it!
It’s been a while since my last post. And since my recent focus is about making listening material, so I’m proudly present the new audio podcast for you, to practice your listening skill.
And for this May issue, I collaborate with my friends, Lilis and Syifa (thanks for them). Please check out our tracks below. And for the previous issues of the podcasts, please open up these links: https://myenglishcamp.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/we-are-having-fun-with-fables-what-about-you/ and https://myenglishcamp.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/we-are-still-having-fun-with-fables/. Or, visit my Soundcloud page here to see the complete list.
- The copyrighted image (cover) of “A Boy and A Bear” story was taken from here
- The copyrighted image (cover) of “The Spider and The Fly” story was taken from here
- The copyrighted image (cover) of “Fox and The Goat” story was taken from here
- The copyrighted image (cover) of “The Ant and The Grashopper” story was taken from here
- The copyrighted image (cover) of “The Hawk and The Hen” story was taken from here
- The copyright of the images belongs to their respective owner / creator / publisher.
After a very long time-consuming break, i finally could finish reading some excellent inspiring learning-languages books. And today, i’d like to share the excitement of reading one of those books to you 🙂
Well, the book i just finished to read was “Kuasai 20 Bahasa Populer Dunia” published by Panda Media. The content was mostly about “inroduction” to learn 20 foreign languages and was written to be suitable for most readers.
There are 10 “main” chapters and 1 “specific” chapter discussed in 226 pages. The first 10 chapters mostly talk about the benefits of learning new languages and the methods to learn foreign language, while the 1 specific chapter in the end of the book talks about 20 foreign languages you can start to learn.
The 20 foreign languages explained in this book are English, Chinese, Greek, Esperanto, Germany, Dutch, Russian, Malay, Persian, Turkish, Japanese, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, France, Hebrew, Hindi, Portuguese, Korean, and Romanian. Here in the last chapter, you can read about the history of a language, its relationship with another language, alphabet system, and also the culture of its origin country.
Why it’s important to learn foreign language?
This book explains that mastering one or more foreign languages bring a lot of proven benefits: stay healthy, access to new knowledge, carrier improvement, etc.
Read more about the benefits of learning foreign languages here.
What language(s) should I learn?
Learning a new language is always dilemmatic—especially out of school. I am learning Italian now, and there were many backgrounds that finally forced me to learn Italian than Japanese and Korean—yeah, I once wanted to learn Japanese. 🙂
And, to start learning new language(s) you will need a bunch of reasons/motivation: study abroad, travel around the globe, the similarity of target language with our own language or the ease of target language, etc. After you find your “most suitable” motivation, you need to start to find the perfect language for you to learn. And, this book will reveal what language(s) you should learn. Not only that, the easiest and the hardest languages to learn are also revealed.
What do I need to learn a new language?
Dictionary, comprehensive text book, vocabulary book, native speaker, course, and internet are only tools. Which one do you really need as your “ultimate weapon”? The book offers better and wiser method to accompany your first days of learning new language.
For me, it is a very light-to-read book that must be owned by whoever: students of high school, university students, teachers, and WHOEVER! Learning a language is fun and brings a lot of incredible benefits. And in the market, this book is one of good “starter packs” to know about secret of learning foreign languages that suitable for most readers.
Do you always find your students lack of motivation in improving their English? If you do, then you might want to stop giving them harder homework. Or stop teaching them using vocabulary cards. Or stop asking them to memorize 5 new words every day. Or stop forcing them to take a remedial test every time they failed in the previous test. Or stop all of your conventional teaching methods. You want to give them a space to relax and start to talk to them heart-to-heart.
Maybe, you also need to re-motivate your students and remind them about the importance of English. Do not only say that English is an important international language, because some language experts say that English is not the #1 anymore, but there are Chinese, French, Germany, or even Russians!
If you have a plan to re-motivate your students, you can use the following popular quotes about learning languages that I took randomly from many websites. Of course, they are adjustable to be delivered in your English class. They might be a short quote. But they have very deep meaning. Enjoy! Read more…
And the audio-podcast project goes on….
Not so long after I posted some audio podcasts for listening exercise made by me and some friends, I got a lot of appreciations and supports from people around me. That was great, and personally, it was so “touching”. Moreover, Mr. Dewantoro Ratri, the author of “Menerjemahkan Dunia” decided to involve in my podcast-making project. He contributed his voice in the following mousedeer story. Thank you very much, Mr. Dewantoro 😀
Besides Mr. Dewantoro, I also got help from Mr. Khristianto from UMP (Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto). He asked his students to involve in my project and some of his students’ “selected” voice can be enjoyed both in my previous and today’s post. Thank you very much Mr. Kris. I am waiting your own voice too 😀
I had asked some friends to join in this project too. And some of them promised to send the podcasts soon. I do hope that they will send me the podcasts so I can post and present them to you, my beloved readers 😀
Hall of Fame
There is no exact word to describe my gratitude to the following people. I just want to say thank you very very very much 😀
|1.||Mr. Dewantoro Ratri, the author of “Menerjemahkan Dunia”||http://menerjemahkandunia.blogspot.com/|
|2.||Saidah, Sandra Wibowo, Risma Rahmatika, Novetia Kristin, Dika Muniatami, Eko Pamuji, Mutiara Kusuma Dewi, and Agustina Tri W. The students of Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP), under the supervision of my lecturer Mr. Khristianto||http://ump.ac.id/|
|3.||Friends who had promised to send their recorded voice in the near future|
Again, without you all, this small project would never run at all.
- The copyrighted image (cover) of “The Mousedeer, The Snake, and The Tiger” story was taken (digitally scanned) from the book authored by Mr. Dewantoro Ratri entitled “Menerjemahkan Dunia”.
- The copyrighted image (cover) of “The Vain Little Mouse” story was taken from here.
- The copyrighted image (cover) of “A boy and bear” story was taken from here and here.
- The copyrighted image (cover) of “The Fox and The Monkey” story was taken from here.
- The copyrighted image (cover) of “King of The Jungle and Little Mouse” story was taken from here and here.
- The copyrighted image (cover) of “The Greedy Dog” story was taken from here.
Menerjemahkan Dunia is a book authored by Mr. Dewantoro Ratri that tells us mostly about how to be a “good English teacher” based on his bulk teaching experiences. The book contains 202 pages with very “light” language, using informal daily conversation style (plus a lot of humor) so readers wouldn’t get bored reading it till the end.
The book tells us about the process of Mr. Dewantoro to be an English trainer—more than to be an ordinary English teacher. On his journey to succeed like nowadays, he met a lot of inspiring people and in his book, he shares all the stories.
The book is consisting of 7 main chapters with some sub-chapters each. Here in this post, I’d like to “expose” my 4 most favorite sub-chapters with a few of words. I hope you’ll buy the book and experience the amazing of Menerjemahkan Dunia. Read more…
Listening Materials Projects
Long time before I post about storynory I had a simple plan to create audio materials to help English learners around me to enhance their listening capability by recording common stories and then upload them here. So, they can listen (or download) the materials for practice and more people can also get the same benefits.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a good voice and good pronunciation to be recorded. So I asked for a help from some friends who concerned about English. Some of them were teachers, English enthusiasts, students, neighbor, friends from different towns, and ex-classmate. I sent a file contained some famous fables by Aesop and other writers. I asked all of my colleagues to record one or two stories while reading the story(ies). After that, they should send the recorded stories to me through e-mail. I said that I would accept any audio file formats (mp3, wav, ogg, etc.).
But I wasn’t luck. Only 3 people sent the recorded stories and the audio quality might not very good since they were recorded using different devices. But, it’s still OK for the beginning. Here are a few of our works:
The Goal of The Project
This “project” was intended to create positive content—a simple listening material—that will support English teaching-learning process, especially listening activities. But not only that, the recording process was also intended to improve our speaking capability. I do hope that by creating this simple audio podcasts, we will improve our pronunciation, reading skill, voice management skill, the skill on using technology to create learning medium, and finally can help listeners (learners) with their listening.
Hall of Fame
I address a big, big, big, and very big thank you to the following people for helping me on this project:
My pretty and cute sister, Puput Tri Widiastuti
|2.||Akbar and Wahyu Adi, the students of UMP (Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto), under supervision of my lecturer, Mr. Khristianto|
|3.||Friends who had promised to send their recorded voice in the near future|
Without you all, this small project would never run at all. Let’s keep making a crowd!
- The copyrighted image (cover) of “Babu and The Lion” story was taken from here
- The copyrighted image (cover) of “Goose That Laids Golden Egg” story was taken from here
- The copyrighted images (covers) of “King of The Jungle and A Little Mouse” story were taken from here and here
- The copyrighted image (cover) of “The Dog and The Wolf” story was taken from here
The copyright of the images belongs to their respective owner / creator / publisher.