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(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.

LEARNING SPOKEN ENGLISH IN THE HALF OF THE TIME

November 1, 2013 2 comments

The article below was summarized and was adjusted (especially for non-English speaking readers) from LEARNING SPOKEN ENGLISH book by Lynn Lundquist that can be downloaded / ordered from www.FreeEnglishNow.com. The PDF version of this book where I make this summarize from, was downloaded from www.filecrop.com. But please note that I give you no warranty if the that PDF version is the legal one since there was another mark showing that the PDF version was re-compiled.

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Introduction: speak first, then grammar

We may often ask to the other people or even ask to ourselves, “why have we studied English in school so long time without learning to speak fluently?”

The answer of the question is because our teacher have tried to train our mind with written exercises without retraining our tongue at the same time. And this big problem is occurred almost everywhere, in the non-English speaking countries with non-English native speaker as the teacher. Written exercises and grammar-based instruction are everything, while in fact, this type of learning has hindered English learning by segregating individual areas of study. Grammar-based English training has not only isolated proprioceptive training areas so that it prevents simultaneous skill development, it has replaced it with visual memory training by using written assignments. The result for the student is that, gaining English fluency requires far more study time, pronunciation is often faulty, and grammar becomes more difficult to learn. Read more…

POSSESSIVE EXPRESSIONS

June 15, 2013 Leave a comment

After I posted some continuous posts about translation, I think that it is a good time to come back down to earth by posting a lighter article here.

As I could see in my blog stats, people landed here to look for “easy English” or “basic English” such as English for Junior High School or English for Senior High School, some expressions, and fun English activities. So now, I am going to post an article that must be suitable for both junior and senior high school students’ English learners: POSSESSIVE EXPRESSIONS. If you are waiting for or looking for such this article, then congratulation, you do find it right here. Read more…

LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH WITH NATIVE SPEAKERS

January 18, 2013 Leave a comment

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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!

 

 

 

ENGLISH MATERIAL FOR JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND GENERAL CONVERSATION FOR NOVICE

November 9, 2011 5 comments

After wrote and posted continuous material for Senior High School students, especially 3rd grade (year XII), today I post some materials for junior high students grade 1 (year VII). These materials also can be used for teaching/learning novices in other education institutes such as LPK that focus on daily conversation. To make it easy to understand (for students in Indonesia), I wrote it in Bahasa Indonesia.

Note: Before this, I used the materials to teach three people who would fly to Hongkong and Australia for working as TKI a year ago.

Download full material here.