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100 % PERFECT GRAMMAR

April 11, 2011 4 comments

Some of us are often confuse and feel not confident when we must write in English. The most popular reason is about grammar. But now, by visiting www.grammarly.com we will be helped to construct perfect writing because this site will check the gaffes of our writing from the grammar side, punctuation, and style. Another feature of this site is the ability of checking the possibility of plagiarism. You only need to copy and paste your text into a space given. After a few minutes checking, this site will show you the statistic contains possibility of plagiarism, revision suggestion, style suggestion, spelling check, grammar, and punctuation.

 

Check Your Grammar

Check Your Grammar

The picture above was taken from www.grammarly.com on Sunday, March 29, 2011 when I tried to “test” one of my articles. The result could be seen as above. I got so many corrections in contextual spelling check, grammar, punctuation, style, and words choice. But globally, I got 75 points as my score and my article was original (contains no plagiarism).

If you are writing for a serious purpose (paper or web site / blog), you better try this site to improve your writing capability. Because this site also helps us by showing “where we should focus on” in writing.

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FREE VOCAB TRAINING SOFTWARE

April 2, 2011 1 comment

Do you still have problem with memorizing vocabularies?

vocabulary application

vocabulary application

Vocabularies as the main component of a foreign language are often so confusing to be memorized. Many techniques have been discovered to learn and memorize vocabularies quickly and simply. Some people may offer card-match technique or another method. But, if you still feel difficult to learn and memorize new vocabularies, you should try a software named VocabTest which will help you to memorize new vocabularies quickly and easily. Some features on this software are Multi-choice Test, Auto Progress, Daily Words, Random Wordlist, Lookup / Search, Word-Matching, and highlighting of error spelling.

With this software, you will learn a vocabulary, including the synonym, antonym, and the application on the sentences. To make it much more easier, you may build your own vocabulary list with your own sentences as the applied vocabulary on sentences.

A FUN WAY TO INTERACT WITH COMPUTER

March 26, 2011 3 comments

It’s been quite long time, I have no articles posted here. The main reason was my recent business that always consumes my time, so I couldn’t post any article here. Luckily, before I got so busy, I have prepared some articles so today when I have spare-time, I could post one more interesting article (I thought hehe…). Enjoy it!

Windows Speech Recognition

Windows Speech Recognition

Computer is very useful for our daily life and everyone knows it. But maybe not all people pay special attention to a very innovative and potential function in it: speech recognition. If you are running Windows 7, you will find a function named “Windows Speech Recognition”. It gives us chance to interact with the computer such as giving command to run / open a program, even writing and sending e-mail for us.

The basic concept of “Windows Speech Recognition” is making a real interaction between the computer and the user. User (we) can open a program or asking computer to do something for us.

The fun side of using this feature is that we can work with our computer while learning English, especially learning to practice “perfect” English. By using speech recognition function, we will learn how to use English correctly. Because the computer will only understands English with a perfect pronunciation. It is not a matter even we must speak clearly and correctly but we can’t. It just a fun way to practice and examine our English.

If we have a problem with Windows Speech Recognition, the computer will give some options about what should the computer do when it doesn’t understand what we say. For example, when we command the computer to type a sentence and it doesn’t spell the sentence correctly, Windows will give many option. When we say “clear” unclearly, the computer may hear and write “clean”. The only thing we should do is saying “undo” or “correct clean”. It’s a simple, Windows will show us many options such as: (1) layer, (2) player, (3) where, (4) clear. We need to choose “four” to correct the wrong word. The better we speak, the faster computer do something for us. Faster than writing or commanding with mouse pointer and or keyboard.

The ability of computer in listening and understanding our command is not only caused by our fluency and proficiency in English, but also complete configuration. When we do a complete configuration (following the step-by-step in configuring), the computer will become more sensitive to our voice.

To access “Windows Speech Recognition” function, you can do this: click on START menu. Choose ALL PROGRAMS, then ACCESSORIES. Choose EASE OF ACCESS, then WINDOWS SPEECH RECOGNITION. With its slogan, “Dictate text and control your computer by voice”, this feature is really fun and useful. Try it!

BY WRITING, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE?

February 24, 2011 2 comments

writing clip artBeing a writer is a “brave” and “elitist” choice. Because a choice to be writer means that we will work out of prevalence (kelaziman). By writing, we will always in a process to be smarter, more sensitive to the environment, and so on. So that why, writing is recognized as an activity that can engage all brain components and make our brain cells stay active (it prevent us from being senile). Because, when we want to write something, we also count, feel, read, discuss and make association, listen or observe something, and rebuild information. What a complete activity, isn’t it?

But, have you ever imagined about “what is your real purpose” in writing if writing is your hobby? Or, did you decide about your main reason in the first time you write something? Is that to be a famous writer with a lot masterpieces and money? Or, maybe you have a “special mission” in deciding to be a writer? Read more…

EXPLANATION TEXT

December 9, 2010 1 comment

Explanation text in some way is similar to procedure text. Explanation passage often makes description about how something happens or why the thing occurs. While procedure text bring the instruction on how to make something happen completely. The following example of explanation text about how rain happen is best showing on what is explanation text, what is the purpose or social function of explanation text and how it differ from other text types. Explanation text often use technical terms related to the thing which is being explained. Explanation text is commonly compose in the mode of simple present tense. Here are the examples:

#1 How does Rain Happen?

Rain is the primary source of fresh water for most areas of the world, providing suitable conditions for diverse ecosystems, as well as water for hydroelectric power plants and crop irrigation.
The phenomenon of rain is actually a water circle. The concept of the water cycle involves the sun heating the Earth’s surface water and causing the surface water to evaporate. The water vapor rises into the Earth’s atmosphere. The water in the atmosphere cools and condenses into liquid droplets. The droplets grow until they are heavy and fall to the earth as precipitation which can be in the form of rain or snow.

#2 Tsunami

The term of “tsunami” comes from the Japanese which means harbor (“tsu”) and wave (“nami”). A tsunami is a series of waves generated when water in a lake or a sea is rapidly displaced on a massive scale.

A tsunami can be generated when the sea floor abruptly deforms and vertically displaces the overlying water. Such large vertical movements of the earth’s crust can occur at plate boundaries. Seductions of earthquakes are particularly effective in generating tsunami, and occur where denser oceanic plates slip under continental plates.

As the displaced water mass moves under the influence of gravity to regain its equilibrium, it radiates across the ocean like ripples on a pond.

Tsunami always brings great damage. Most of the damage is caused by the huge mass of water behind the initial wave front, as the height of the sea keeps rising fast and floods powerfully into the coastal area.

Source:
http://understandingtext.blogspot.com/

http://mypages.iit.edu/~smart/abduima/lesson2.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rain

BRAIN, MEMORY CAPACITY, AND MYTH ABOUT LEARNING

December 6, 2010 2 comments

brain capacitySometimes we’re trying really hard to learn something but we simply can’t. Our memory doesn’t want to obey us. However, sometimes we can memorize even unnecessary details. What is the reason for remembering the detailed picture of some events and forgetting about others?

Many factors influence the memory and the durability of collected information. First of all and the most needed is vigilance. That’s a state in which our brain is ready to acquire some news. In fact, concentration is also crucial. Some concentration disorders can prevent the news from reaching the long – term memory, practically stopping the process of memorizing. That’s why school lessons are not longer than 45 minutes – the scientists found out that our level of concentration lowers dramatically after about 30 minutes and further attempts to learn anything remain pointless. Read more…

COMBINING TWO SENTENCES WITH RELATIVE PRONOUN

November 29, 2010 8 comments

Several days ago my friends got a problem about “Relative Pronoun”. They were unable to combine 2 sentences and choose “who”, “that”, or “whom”. So, today I am going to explain you about how to combine 2 sentences using “Relative Pronoun”.

Basically, the formula of “Relative Pronoun” is so simple:

  1. Who + verb …………………………………………………………… (it’s for people)
  2. Whom + I / you / we /they ………………………………………. (it’s also for people)
  3. That or Which + verb or pronoun ……………………………… (it’s for both people and things). “Which” is also often followed by: “is / was” or “are / were” or “has / had”
  4. Where + I / you / we / they ………………………………………. (to refer a place)
  5. Whose + possession

Example:

  1. The woman who works in that drugstore is my girlfriend.
  2. I know a bookstore where you can buy your favorite book.
  3. The woman whose daughter is a doctor died yesterday.
  4. My uncle, whom you met the other day, has recently written a book on Indian Art.
  5. The book that I borrow from you was lost!

The examples above show us the implementation of the formula: when we have “who”, it will be followed by “verb” like what I have typed in bold words (example #1). When we have “whom”, it will be followed by pronoun (I, you, we, they, he, she). And so on …….

Now, how if you find a question on your test about combining two sentences using “Relative Pronoun”? You must choose and decide what word (whether: who, whom, whose, where) that should be used. As an example, I will use these sentences: You see the doctor in the room. The doctor is my father.

To combine those sentences, we need to extract them first. The way to extract the sentences is by deleting one of the same pronouns (in this case is “the doctor”). So, when we extract the sentences above, it will become:

Another example is: She is a bank teller. She helped us to open an account. To combine these sentences, we need to extract the same pronouns and use only one of them. The same pronoun is “She”. So, it will look like this:

One more example: This is a bank. The bank accepted my identification. The same pronoun here is “Bank”. So, the rest are: “This is a bank” and “Accepted my identification”. To combine these two sentences, we can use “That”. So, the final sentence will be: “This is the bank that accepted my identification”. (We may change “This is a bank” into “This is the bank” for conformity of context).