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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/

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…

ENGLISH APPLICATION LETTER

January 30, 2011 2 comments

For about 3 weeks ago, my friend asked me the sample of application letter. Then, I became inspired to write an example here. As we know, application letter is a kind of “surat penjualan” which through this, we try to “sell” our knowledge, our experiences, our skills, our services, and our personality. Here are the examples (hope it will be useful for you):

#1 (application letter based on an advertisement)

142, Jalan Kalimantan

Bandung

21th January, 2011

Box 5555

The Indonesian Observer

Jakarta

 

Dear Sir,

With reference to your advertisement for an efficient secretary, I wish to apply this job.

After graduated from secretary academy, I began to work as a secretary in a firm of exporter for whom I worked for two years. Unfortunately they have to stop their activities and I have, therefore, to look for a new job.

I am very good in shorthand and typewriting. For the last six months I worked part-time in an Account Office and have a fair knowledge of book-keeping.

I shall be 25 years of age by the end of this month.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Sinta Miranti

 

#2 (application letter based on information from someone)

142, Jalan Kalimantan

Bandung

21th January, 2011

Box 5555

The Indonesian Observer

Jakarta

 

Dear Sir,

One of the public relation staff, Mr. Tarigan, has told me that you have inquired whether he can recommend one of the students for the post of assistant secretary in your firm. As I shall be leaving the course at the end of this month, he has suggested that I should apply for this position.

I have just completed a 6 months course and enclosed the certificate which I obtained. As you will see I have a speed of 120 words in shorthand and 60 in typing. I know, the principle of accountancy and I am familiar with all types of business correspondence.

In addition I attended the classes in German and French and have a good knowledge of both. I am sure you will not regret to take me as an assistant secretary in your firm because the course I have been joining provides the best preparation for a business career.

I am 21 years of age and live with my parents in this city. I was educated at Senior State High School which I left with the high school certificate.

I should be grateful if you would give me an opportunity for interview.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Sinta Miranti

 

#3 (application letter that we create based on ourselves’ initiative)

142, Jalan Kalimantan

Bandung

21th January, 2011

Box 5555

The Indonesian Observer

Jakarta

 

Dear Sir,

I am talking courage to write to you to inquire whether there is a vacancy in your firm which I might usefully fill.

I have studied management at the faculty of economics which I left in August with a first class honor degree. Last year our faculty arranged a visit to your factory and we were shown over the various departments of it and I was really surprised and decided to work with you if you could hire me.

I fully realize that it is unusual to apply for a position in this way but it is just possible that in a big concern like yours there might be a job where my qualifications could be useful.

If my application interested you, I should be happy to work for a trial period of 3 moths at a nominal salary. I am 23 years of age and an Indonesian nationality.

I hope you will give me the chance of an interview and I want to assure you that I would do my very best.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Sinta Miranti

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…

ANDA TAKUT? ANDA BODOH!

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment

afraidOnly four words, but it’s stimulating enough our emotion, isn’t it? Yes! We feel that people uncertain with our capability. They despise us! But, stay calm guys! Don’t need to be angry because actually it’s only a motivating sentence. You must rise up to prove that you’re not afraid, you’re not stupid. Except you’re true a fainthearted person. So you’ll response nothing.

I got this word from my English club (Siaga Yudha English Conversation Club, Batam). Usually, we use it before the class begin, after the class finish, and every my leader invites one of us to speak in front of the class. Therefore, there isn’t reason to be shy or say “not yet”. Finding out reasons means that we’ll hear “Anda Takut??” and we’ll be embarrassed because we’ll hear “Anda Bodoh!!” then.

I think it’s right. I’m joining an English club for 2 year here. If I’m still afraid and not motivated to try it means I get 2 years futile effort.

English is about quantity not quality. The fluency of speaking depends on our frequency to practice our English. If we often practice our English, in the end, we’ll reach quality. Remember, English is spoken.

I like this slogan because now I’m encouraged to speak more in front of my friends although they always laugh on me. I get confidence from it. Until I write this article I don’t know how many mistake I’ve done, but I think this is just my process. It’s part of my improvement. My interlocutor is my teachers.

In addition, what about you? Do you still afraid practicing your English? If so, don’t expect that you’ll be fluent in English!

Sent by: Susliana (Batam island)

STARTING AND HANDLING AN ENGLISH CLUB

October 28, 2010 2 comments

SMA N 1 BukatejaEnglish club or English forum or English community (whatever the name) is a good place for learning English outside of the class. Especially as a place to apply knowledge about English that have been received in the classroom. So, the activities should not like a formal class, but should be fun, relax, and give a chance to the members to use their English. Wherever the English club exist (school, college, university, workplace) actually has the same concept: as a place to use English, not just study English. So, in deciding to start an English club, you should find some other people who are interested in starting an English club and they won’t be shy to practice if they asked to use their English. After that, you can talk about the things you’d like to do together. Means the activities. Maybe you will make a discussion, debates, hold a special event for education day or your school’s anniversary, etc. But, please note that you must consider about the place and frequency of your meetings before you have activities.

The next consideration will be about the committee and membership. Should your club have a leader, secretary, treasurer, etc? Or will you share your responsibility? Should the members pay a weekly fee? And so on… Then, in handling an English club, the meetings should not like a formal class where you find teacher and students. The committee (if the club has committee) should not seem like a teacher. So, the committee must make the meetings just like a discussion group. Every activity done together and all rules obeyed together too. Some activities that suggested to be done in an English club:

  1. Discussing a hot topic from magazine / newspaper
  2. Debates
  3. Interactive games
  4. Joining English radio program in your town (if available)

I LEARN NEW THING: FALLING INTONATION

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Is this soup good!

How a difficult test was!

Didn’t that speech inspire one!

What do you think about the sentences above? Are they a question, or whether I was wrong in placing punctuation mark?

The same question was in my mind too. It happened when I listen to TOEFL exercise and I found some questions that actually “not a real question” but an exclamation. Yeah, that is TOEFL. We have to conclude the sentences spoken by the cassette. And I was trapped when I listened to the cassette: I thought the sentences type was question, but it was an exclamation, so I was unable to answer some questions. Oh my god!

Exclamation, although it has the similar structure with question, but of course it has several differences. They are the punctuation mark and the intonation. In a question, we use question mark and the intonation is “rising”. And in an exclamation, we use interjection mark and the intonation is “moving down” or I call it a “falling intonation”. Hem, it was a something I’ve never learnt before (I guess, hahahaha…).

The second new thing I learnt from TOEFL exercise was idioms. I almost never learnt about idioms before. My teachers did not teach any idioms and daily slang. Only some formal expressions. Maybe, this thing has made me unable to practice perfect English. So, if you are an English teacher, please make it sure that you add idioms and slang in your material in teaching process so that your students can use their English well, not only a default/formal English. In fact, idioms and slang are needed for a good communication too. Because we cannot make a communication only with a formal English. Daily English is more often to be practiced. And in the daily English, sometimes we “avoid” what we have learnt in the classroom.