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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.

WE ARE HAVING FUN WITH FABLES. WHAT ABOUT YOU?

June 27, 2015 Leave a comment

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:

1.

Puput

My pretty and cute sister, Puput Tri Widiastuti

http://puputtriwidiastuti.blogspot.com/
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!

Disclaimer

  1. The copyrighted image (cover) of “Babu and The Lion” story was taken from here
  2. The copyrighted image (cover) of “Goose That Laids Golden Egg” story was taken from here
  3. The copyrighted images (covers) of “King of The Jungle and A Little Mouse” story were taken from here and here
  4. 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.

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!

(MORE) GOOD SITES TO LEARN ENGLISH

December 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Many useful English sites, which are providing English materials, are growing on the internet every day. Some of them are managed by government bureau, while the rest are by teachers, volunteers, or even by “hobbyists”. You might have known some of popular sites such as ego4u.com, speaking24.com, britishcouncil.com, and other good sites I reviewed here. We can download podcasts, e-books, printable materials, etc. from thousands of sites and blogs. Besides that, we can also practice and examine our English capability (especially speaking and writing) through hundreds of channels.

And now, since the various social media grow up and a lot of people are accessing them every time, there are more channels to practice our English such as through ESL group on Facebook or Google+. There, people are making interactive dialog, sharing ideas, or planning a hangout. Some people are using formal English on the forum, while the others may use “free” English. Both of them are good to improve our communication skills and knowledge about how people out there own a way to use their English. Obviously, slang and abbreviation are used quite often on daily conversation although they are not always being taught at school.

  1. Two Minutes English. On my post about creating environment to start speaking English, there was a visitor left a link to Two Minutes English. There were so many downloadable English videos there, which we can use to learn and to practice daily conversations. On Two Minutes English Facebook fans page we can interact with many people there and learn English at the same time. I do really recommend you to visit the site and join the group.
  2. http://english-the-easy-way.com/. Recently, I found a unique English site that makes me think it would be good to share to you here. The site name was http://english-the-easy-way.com/, a very simple site in interface. As its name, this site provides easy English materials. This site also provides light materials that are described in short paragraphs so it wouldn’t be annoying and boring to read, although the sentences are not quite well formatted and there is no illustration there. Some materials are covered by this site are grammar, writing skills, academic writing, punctuation, speaking, proofreading and editing, reading, job hunting, vocabulary, and confusing English. If you love the site, then you can share it to your friends by clicking on social media buttons provided.
  3. http://englishclub.com/. Another good site I found was http://englishclub.com/. There I found a lot of contents that should be useful for both English learners and teachers. Not only materials, but also quizzes, videos, and games. If you are running an English club at school, you could get inspiration to run it from this site. One of my favorite parts of this site is the vocabulary section, especially where I could learn the differences between confusing words such as rise and raise.
  4. http://jakarta.usembassy.gov/. Do you live somewhere in Indonesia? The US embassy in Jakarta also has a good site for both teachers and students. There, we can find downloadable teacher and student resources besides a lot of information about visa and other references about living and studying in America.

So, are you interested to join one of those channels above to improve your English skills? And if you have some recommendations about a page, group, or site that might be helpful for English learners, please share it here.

LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH WITH NATIVE SPEAKERS

January 18, 2013 Leave a comment

two minutes english

Having another new business has forced me to stay so far from this blog for weeks. But of course, I can’t let you all, my precious readers, feel disappointed. When you visit this blog again, you must be hoping that there is a fresh article, right? Just like me, if I visit my favorite blog while the contents are the same as I visited before, I would be disappointed.

Well, while I’m having a spare time I’d like to post about Speaking. Speaking, as a part of communication, sometimes is a hard thing to do, especially speaking a foreign language. And English, as a non-mother-tongue here in Indonesia, is still categorized as a language with a particular difficulty level. Actually, not only English. Learning a foreign language (whether it’s Arabic, Spanish, Japanese, etc.) has its own challenge. Luckily, not like any other languages, English is still “the easiest” language to learn. Because there are so many sites providing tutorials, audio podcast, and even video materials.

Weeks ago, my visitor named Nikitha Roy commented in my blog and left a link to http://www.youtube.com/twominenglish. I followed the link and found a great video collection to help beginners to speak in English. I do appreciate to Nikitha Roy for leaving the link. It is so helpful, even for me.

Watching a-few-minutes-in-duration videos from http://www.youtube.com/twominenglish has opened my mind that learning English is getting easier. We only need to download the video and burn it or play it directly to our students. It will be a great experience for our students because they can watch and repeat after the native speakers. We can also encourage the students to download the videos so that they can do a practice at home.

Learning English through a video is not something new here, of course. Most teachers only do it rarely. In fact, a video as a learning tool has stronger effect than reading textbook or listen to an audio podcast. Through video, students can watch the native speaker’s expression too.

LEARNING LANGUAGES IN 50LANGUAGES.COM

August 26, 2012 4 comments

While I am finishing my (voluntary) translation job, I will post one more article. Still about translation, a new world that I am trying to involve in. Days ago, I got job notification from translatorscafe.com that notified me about a proofreading job in 50languages.com. Although my proposal to do that job wasn’t accepted, but I got a chance to visit one more good site that I could review and share it to you here.

Learning Foreign Languages

50languages.com is a site where you can learn all languages freely. You are free to download hundreds audio materials to support you learning any languages, from the very basic verbs and sentences used in daily conversation. When you visit it, you will be directed to a page where you can choose your country first by clicking your country’s map. After you click the map of your country, you will be brought to a page where you can choose languages you want to learn. Your browser or download manager will start download a compressed file contains hundreds audio materials of your chosen language. No more to say, just visit it and enjoy learning every language that you are interested in. Cheers!