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KUASAI 20 BAHASA POPULER DUNIA

March 9, 2016 4 comments

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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.

WE ARE STILL HAVING FUN WITH FABLES

August 3, 2015 Leave a comment

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/

https://plus.google.com/+KhristiantoHakeem/posts

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.

Disclaimer

  1. 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”.
  2. The copyrighted image (cover) of “The Vain Little Mouse” story was taken from here.
  3. The copyrighted image (cover) of “A boy and bear” story was taken from here and here.
  4. The copyrighted image (cover) of “The Fox and The Monkey” story was taken from here.
  5. The copyrighted image (cover) of “King of The Jungle and Little Mouse” story was taken from here and here.
  6. The copyrighted image (cover) of “The Greedy Dog” story was taken from here.

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

July 2, 2015 2 comments

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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…

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…

HOW TO USE “I.E.” AND “E.G.” CORRECTLY

October 9, 2014 Leave a comment

It sometimes hard (and also confusing) to decide whether to use i.e. or e.g. in writing, because they seems to be the same. But, through this article, I will reveal the “secret” about how to use i.e. and e.g. correctly and effectively. Most of the “original” sentences/theories can be found here: here and here.

What to know about i.e. and e.g.

  • e.is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase “id est” meaning “that is” while  e.g. is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase “exempli gratia” meaning “for example”.
  • Use e. when you want to give further explanation for something.
    Example: After work I’ll walk over to the Thunderdome, i.e., the new sports arena a few blocks away.
  • Use g. when you want to give a few examples but not a complete list.
    Example: I love drinking holiday-related beverages, e.g., hot chocolate, apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes.

How to Remember the Difference Between I.e. and E.g.

But by now, I’m sure you know that I’m not going to ask you to remember Latin. I’m going to give you a memory trick. So here’s how I remember the difference. Forget about i.e. standing for “that is” or whatever it really means in Latin. From now on, i.e., which starts with i, means “in other words,” and e.g., which starts with e, means “for example.” I = in other words. E= example.

A few listeners have also written in to say that they remember the difference between i.e. and e.g. by imagining that i.e. means “in essence,” and e.g. sounds like “egg sample,” and those are good memory tricks too.

So now that you have a few tricks for remembering what the abbreviations mean, let’s think about how to use them in a sentence.

E.g. means “for example,” so you use it to introduce an example: I like card games, e.g., bridge and crazy eights. Because I used e.g., you know that I have provided a list of examples of card games that I like. It’s not a finite list of all card games I like; it’s just a few examples.

On the other hand, i.e. means “in other words,” so you use it to introduce a further clarification: I like to play cards, i.e., bridge and crazy eights. Because I used i.e., which introduces a clarification, you know that these are the only card games that I enjoy.

Here are two more examples:

Squiggly loves watching old cartoons (e.g., DuckTales and Tugboat Mickey). The words following e.g. are examples, so you know that these are just some of the old cartoons that Squiggly enjoys.

Squiggly loves watching Donald Duck’s nephews (i.e., Huey, Dewey, and Louie). The words following i.e. provide clarification: they tell you the names of Donald Duck’s three nephews.

An important point is that if I’ve failed, and you’re still confused about when to use each abbreviation, you can always just write out the words “for example” or “in other words.” There’s no rule that says you have to use the abbreviations.

Dos and Don’ts

Don’t italicize i.e. and e.g.; even though they are abbreviations for Latin words, they’ve been used for so long that they’re considered a standard part of the English language. Also, remember that they are abbreviations, so there is always a period after each letter.

Also, I always put a comma after i.e. and e.g. I’ve noticed that my spell checker always freaks out and wants me to remove the comma, but five out of six style guides recommend the comma. Seriously. I got so engrossed in the question of whether a comma is required after i.e. and e.g. that I made a  table for the website summarizing the opinions of six different style guides.

EXPRESSION OF APPOLOGIZING

June 12, 2014 Leave a comment

We say sorry when we do something wrong, when we have upset someone, when we want to sympathize with someone, when we are about to disturb someone and even when someone else disturbs us! Have you ever stepped on someone’s foot and the other person says sorry before you? I suppose they feel sorry that their foot was in your way!

So what is the best way to apologize in English?

There are many different ways to say sorry in English depending on the situation, who you are apologizing to and how you are feeling. You may have already learnt this vocabulary in your English classes; however, I have listed 10 common expressions to say you’re sorry below:

Sorry.

This is a very common, simple apology and there are many situations we can use it in. For example:

  • When we bump into someone on the street (“Sorry!”)
  • When we want to get someone’s attention (e.g. to go past them on a train. “Sorry, excuse me”)
  • When we are sympathizing with someone (e.g. “I’m sorry to hear that”)
  • When we know we have done something wrong (e.g. “Sorry I’m late”)

This is a weak apology so don’t use it if you have done something very wrong – it won’t sound strong enough!

I’m so / very / extremely / terribly sorry.

This is similar to “sorry” but adding an extra word makes the meaning stronger. For example:

  • “I’m so sorry I didn’t come to your party yesterday.”
  • “I can’t believe I forgot the tickets. I’m terribly sorry!”

How careless of me!

This phrase is used when we criticize ourselves for making a mistake. For example: “I just broke a glass, how careless of me! I’ll buy you a new one.”

I shouldn’t have…

We use this when we realize that we have done something that we shouldn’t have done and now we regret it. For example: “I shouldn’t have shouted at you last night. I didn’t mean what I said.”

It’s all my fault.

We use this phrase when we want to take responsibility for something. For example: “It’s all my fault we missed the train. I should have woken up earlier.”

Please don’t be mad at me.

This is quite an informal phrase, which we use when we’ve done something wrong and we don’t want the other person to be angry with us. For example: “Please don’t be mad at me but I have to cancel our plans this weekend.”

I hope you can forgive me / Please forgive me.

We use this to ask forgiveness from someone when we do something to upset them. For example: “I acted awfully last night and I know I embarrassed you. I hope you can forgive me.”

I cannot say/express how sorry I am.

This is a very strong way of saying sorry. We use this when we know we have done something very wrong and we cannot find the right words to apologize. For example: “I cannot express how sorry I am for telling James your secret. I had no idea he would break up with you.”

I apologize for… / I’d like to apologize for…

This is a more formal way of saying sorry. You usually hear it in formal/business situations or emails. For example: “I apologize for the delay in replying to your email.”

Please accept my (sincere) apologies.

This is a very formal way of apologizing, especially when the word ‘sincere’ is included. It is usually used in formal letters. For example: “Please accept my sincere apologies for the mistake. We will refund the money to your account immediately.”

Being polite and knowing how to apologize are important in all languages and cultures. After all, everyone makes mistakes! Hopefully now you will know how to say sorry in any situation…

Source: http://bloomsburyinternational.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/how-to-apologise-in-english/ with small adaptation (words deletion and addition, and also style change)

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/