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KUASAI 20 BAHASA POPULER DUNIA

March 9, 2016 4 comments

kuasai 20 bahasa populer dunia

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.

What else?

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.

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MENERJEMAHKAN DUNIA: IF YOU ARE AN ENGLISH TEACHER, THIS IS A MUST-READ BOOK FOR YOU!

July 2, 2015 2 comments

buku menerjemahkan dunia

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…

WANNA DOWNLOAD STORIES IN AUDIO FORMAT FOR LISTENING PRACTICE?

May 10, 2015 4 comments

http://www.storynory.com/

It’s getting harder for me to steal a few hours in the middle of my recent activities, even only to write a short post for this blog. But I had promised myself that posting an article here is as important as my endless daily routines.

In this occasion, I just want to share you about a very nice site where you can take some benefits from.

Do you often need narrative texts to help you teach your students or just as an exercise for yourselves?

Do you often need an audio podcast to train your students or even just to train your listening capability?

If the answers are “YES”, then maybe you want to visit http://www.storynory.com/. There, you are not only able to read various English short stories, fables, and fairy tales by famous writers, but you can also listen to the audio format of the stories and download the audio for later use—free of charge!

Are you interested? Go to http://www.storynory.com/ now and have a nice day!

THINGS YOUR ENGLISH BOOKS DON’T TELL YOU

March 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Things Your English Books Don’t Tell You

For about a month ago, I bought a very interesting book entitled “Things Your English Books Don’t Tell You” from Buku Kita. The book contains a lot of information that can be rarely found in the common English text books (and also in the classroom).

The contents of the book were actually a compilation of tweets by @englishtips4u. But, although the book was “developed” from tweets on Twitter, it doesn’t literally mean that the book only contains short sentences as on Twitter. So, would you like to read further about the book? Here we go: Read more…

ARE YOU (STILL) WASTING YOUR TIME WATCHING FOREIGN LANGUAGE MOVIES TO TRAIN YOUR FLUENCY?

July 25, 2014 2 comments

Good English

It’s a new year term here in Indonesia (actually, it was started on last Monday and this week they are having 2 weeks of holiday before they come back to their class on August 4th). So, every student is in their new class today and their “level” of English will be one level higher, yeah!!! 🙂

Well, by the way, how many methods have you applied to boost your / your student’s English skills? And, which method you enjoy most? Pardon? Watching English movies? That’s awesome! I love it too. And really, watching English movies to boost our English skills is pretty helpful. I often get new sentences for particular condition, new expressions to express feelings, and even bad languages! But really, watching English movies always give me new experience and I am sure it works on you too. Am I right? Read more…

HOW TO IMPROVE ENGLISH WRITING SKILLS

May 30, 2014 2 comments

Writing is another skill that is needed by humans as one of means of communication. Some people believe that writing can even help us to deliver our ideas when speaking is impossible. So, why don’t you start writing now? Don’t worry about some difficulties you’ll face at the beginning. Try the following tips 😀

  1. Write in English every day. This is the most important tip to improve your writing skills in English. Start by thinking of a theme, for example, you could start writing a diary of something that happens to you every day, you can write a few lines of a story each day or you could write emails to your friends in English. This might be difficult at first but the more you continue, the easier it will become and you might even end up enjoying it!

  2. Ask someone to check your writing. If you’re studying at an English language school, you could ask your teacher to check your writing for you. Otherwise, why not ask a friend or relative who speaks English? I’m sure they’d be happy to help! You might even be able to do a writing language exchange – find an English person who is learning your language and write letters or emails to each other (you can write in English and they can write in your language). When you send a reply, you can also send their letter back to them with corrections and they can do the same for you!

  3. Improve your vocabulary. Having a wide range of vocabulary is very important when you’re writing in English. An excellent way to improve your vocabulary is to read as much as possible. If you read books, newspapers or magazines in English, you will learn many new words and common English idioms. Remember to write down the new words and expressions you read and their meanings so you can learn them.

  4. Use a dictionary. You might feel that using a dictionary when you write is ‘cheating’ but think again – it is actually a great way to improve your vocabulary and practice using words and phrases that you’ve heard but haven’t used before. Remember to ask someone to check your writing to make sure you have used the vocabulary correctly.

  5. Check your writing carefully. After you have written something in English, you should always read it again, either straight away or the next day. When you do this, you will probably see a few mistakes that you didn’t notice when you were writing it. Remember to check the spelling, grammar and vocabulary – have you used a particular word many times? Can you think of another way to say it?

  6. Write about different topics. If you write about the same thing every day, you could become very bored and you might end up using the same words and phrases over and over again! It is a good idea to find different topics to write about as this will help to widen your vocabulary and will be much more interesting for you. Writing about something you read in a newspaper or watched on TV is a good starting point.

  7. Do your homework. If you have classes at an English language school, your teacher probably gives you writing homework to do. It is really important that you do all your homework as your teacher knows your level of English and will be able to give you good advice on which parts of writing you need to improve most (e.g. vocabulary, spelling, grammar). This is extremely important if you are planning to take an English language exam.

  8. Write to your friends. Do you have friends who speak English (e.g. people you have met in your English classes)? If so, you should definitely practice your writing with them! There are many ways to do this – using social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.), sending emails, writing text messages, chatting on Skype etc. The best thing about writing to people who are also learning English is that you can correct each other’s mistakes!

  9. Write a blog. It doesn’t even matter if no one reads it, but writing a blog is a great way to practice writing in English. Set yourself a goal (e.g. upload one blog article a week) and start writing! The great thing about a blog is you can write about absolutely anything and there’s a chance that you might even help or entertain someone who reads it!

  10. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! It’s easy to decide not to do any English writing as you are worried that you will make lots of mistakes. However, the more you write and get your writing corrected, the fewer mistakes you will make!

Original source: 

http://www.bloomsbury-international.com/blog/2014/02/21/how-to-improve-english-writing-skills/

FOR YOU, WHO WANT TO BE A SUBTITLER, YOU CAN USE THESE SOFTWARE

September 10, 2013 Leave a comment

1. Create and Edit Movie Subtitle with Aegisub

Do you want to learn to make a subtitle for a movie  or want to edit a messy downloaded subtitle? Then you can use Aegisub. Aegisub is one of video player-integrated subtitling applications. The function of this video player is to preview your work. But, by its default Aegisub will only show you the video, without the audio. To make the audio can be played, you must load the audio manually through Audio – Open Audio from Video menu. This application can be installed on Windows, Mac, and UNIX as well. And for Windows, there is the portable version too.

The supported video formats are .mkv, .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .mov, .wmv, and .mp4 while the output file format is Advanced SubStation Alpha (.ass). When we are typing the subtitle, we can determine the specific format for the text such as bold, italic, and colored. For the timing synchronization, we can use the playback function that can be controlled by keyboard with ease.

Generally, we can use Aegisub easily. Just access File – New Subtitle menu to create new subtitle, or File – Open to open existing subtitle file in the directory. The next step is to insert the video you want to add the subtitle to, through Video – Open Video menu. Then, follow it by opening the audio through Audio – Open Audio from Video.

aegisub

Aegisub

Information:

Site: http://www.aegisub.org/

File size: 21 MB (Win), 39 MB (Mac), 4 MB (UNIX)

License type: Freeware

Price: –

System supported: Win XP/Vista/7/8, Mac, UNIX Read more…