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!

Advertisements

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…

WHY YOU SHOULD LEARN AND IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH, AND HOW TO DO IT

February 9, 2015 Leave a comment

Good English

When I was looking for an idea to create a February blog post, I found my friend’s article entitled “Want a job abroad? Improve your language and communication skills!”. It was a very nice post. Although the orientation of the article was about improving language skills for computer programming projects, but I’m sure that it also works for other fields of jobs.

So there, my friend, Gabor, explained that to get better job, or even job abroad, we need to master at least English. Of course, other languages are also important, but in some places you can get by knowing only English. So, besides improving your working skills, if you would like to work in another country, you also need to improve your communication skills (at least) in English. Read more…

LANGUAGE EXCHANGE, WHY NOT?

January 18, 2015 Leave a comment

my language exchange

How a language learning process will bring us into success is definitely depends on so many factors: our discipline, media that we use, supporting environment, and of course, practices. I have read so many articles and books related to “learning English”. Why people should use flashcard, why people should use audio podcasts, why people should read aloud along the reading practice, and so on. But, I recently found a site with a very good idea: language exchange!

We often hear about “practicing with native speaker” method. We go online, sign in for a “about language” chat, find new friends from other country, and so on. It’s really helpful. But usually (or sometimes), an ordinary practice with native speaker only give benefit for one side—the language learner. Of course, for the natives, it’s still worth to build a friendship while helping other people to learn their language. But I found a very interesting concept on http://mylanguageexchange.com/ where we can find one or more partners to assist us in learning a language, while we will teach them back our language in the case of they need to learn our language too.

Of course, language exchange method is not something new. But in http://mylanguageexchange.com/ I found a real concept of language exchange: I speak Indonesian and I want to learn English. You, an English (native) speaker, want to learn Indonesian. We build a friendship and we exchange language lesson. http://mylanguageexchange.com/ might be not the only site with this concept, but of course, we can use this site as one of mediums to gain higher level of learning a language.

http://mylanguageexchange.com/ offers free membership where you can use all features but you can only “say hi” to the people that you want to learn from. Or you can pay US$ 6/month to say hi and send e-mail in unlimited number. By “upgrading” your membership, you can start the conversation with anyone on the board, especially sending e-mail. For the pricing policy, please refer to this page: http://www.mylanguageexchange.com/FAQMembers.asp.

Through http://mylanguageexchange.com/ we can search and filter other members based on the age, gender, native language, language they want to learn or practice, origin, and even the conversation method they want to use (e-mail, text chat, voice chat, or live exchange in person).

BLOG SURVEY

December 16, 2014 2 comments
Categories: Common Article Tags:

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.

WHY DO EDUCATORS NEED TO BLOG

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

blogging

Blogging is not something fresh today. Many people do blogging on many platforms everyday to record their life, share opinion, show themselves, and even make a full-time income just with a blog. Many people (and myself) are believe that blogging is not only a good way to learn and practice a language, but it also give us a nice platform for converting our language skills into something more and more.

Blogging is an activity to write something (or many things) into an internet canal. It just the same as writing in an ordinary book, and it just the same as publishing a printed book, but it’s different—we publish our writing virtually for much more people, wide-range of readers, crossing state line, and so it will influence much more people.

And because of those characters of blogging above, I do believe that blogging is not only about “writing theory”, a hobby in a spare time, or an activity to find out another kind of “happiness”. Out of that reasons, blogging is surely can help our education field—and many aspects of general life, of course. Don’t you see that nowadays, people teach other people on how to edit a photo, people show how to create a handicraft for kindergarten students, people post an article about how to fix our home printer or PC, etc.?

Now, one question: who did write all those interesting things on the internet? Are they a teacher? Pharmacist? Basket ball player? Farmer? Technicians?

The answer is: all people. All people now are blogging to share their knowledge and interest, to help other people to find out a problem solving, and of course, it may influence on other people’s life. Read more…