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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.
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Tips for learning English

August 25, 2014 Leave a comment

For sure, we might have heard a lot of motivation words about how to learn English effectively. Maybe we hear it everyday. But, how many of them have been working for you?
Just to remind you, that learning English is only need the following simple habits written by my friend. Read it full here: http://antriparto.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/tips-for-learning-english/

EXPRESSION OF APPOLOGIZING

June 12, 2014 Leave a comment

We say sorry when we do something wrong, when we have upset someone, when we want to sympathize with someone, when we are about to disturb someone and even when someone else disturbs us! Have you ever stepped on someone’s foot and the other person says sorry before you? I suppose they feel sorry that their foot was in your way!

So what is the best way to apologize in English?

There are many different ways to say sorry in English depending on the situation, who you are apologizing to and how you are feeling. You may have already learnt this vocabulary in your English classes; however, I have listed 10 common expressions to say you’re sorry below:

Sorry.

This is a very common, simple apology and there are many situations we can use it in. For example:

  • When we bump into someone on the street (“Sorry!”)
  • When we want to get someone’s attention (e.g. to go past them on a train. “Sorry, excuse me”)
  • When we are sympathizing with someone (e.g. “I’m sorry to hear that”)
  • When we know we have done something wrong (e.g. “Sorry I’m late”)

This is a weak apology so don’t use it if you have done something very wrong – it won’t sound strong enough!

I’m so / very / extremely / terribly sorry.

This is similar to “sorry” but adding an extra word makes the meaning stronger. For example:

  • “I’m so sorry I didn’t come to your party yesterday.”
  • “I can’t believe I forgot the tickets. I’m terribly sorry!”

How careless of me!

This phrase is used when we criticize ourselves for making a mistake. For example: “I just broke a glass, how careless of me! I’ll buy you a new one.”

I shouldn’t have…

We use this when we realize that we have done something that we shouldn’t have done and now we regret it. For example: “I shouldn’t have shouted at you last night. I didn’t mean what I said.”

It’s all my fault.

We use this phrase when we want to take responsibility for something. For example: “It’s all my fault we missed the train. I should have woken up earlier.”

Please don’t be mad at me.

This is quite an informal phrase, which we use when we’ve done something wrong and we don’t want the other person to be angry with us. For example: “Please don’t be mad at me but I have to cancel our plans this weekend.”

I hope you can forgive me / Please forgive me.

We use this to ask forgiveness from someone when we do something to upset them. For example: “I acted awfully last night and I know I embarrassed you. I hope you can forgive me.”

I cannot say/express how sorry I am.

This is a very strong way of saying sorry. We use this when we know we have done something very wrong and we cannot find the right words to apologize. For example: “I cannot express how sorry I am for telling James your secret. I had no idea he would break up with you.”

I apologize for… / I’d like to apologize for…

This is a more formal way of saying sorry. You usually hear it in formal/business situations or emails. For example: “I apologize for the delay in replying to your email.”

Please accept my (sincere) apologies.

This is a very formal way of apologizing, especially when the word ‘sincere’ is included. It is usually used in formal letters. For example: “Please accept my sincere apologies for the mistake. We will refund the money to your account immediately.”

Being polite and knowing how to apologize are important in all languages and cultures. After all, everyone makes mistakes! Hopefully now you will know how to say sorry in any situation…

Source: http://bloomsburyinternational.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/how-to-apologise-in-english/ with small adaptation (words deletion and addition, and also style change)

(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.

RE-ACTIVATING PRINTER SPOOLER IN WINDOWS 7

April 10, 2012 2 comments

It’s been months, I have no post in this blog. All were because of endless works in my small business, and I do confused about what to post recently. But today, I will post about “Procedure Text”. This was because I have just experienced a good thing to share. So here is the story…..

Yesterday morning I tried to install Canon IP2770 printer in my friend’s computer. It was so strange because the printer driver couldn’t be installed as usual. The PC just said that the printer spooler was stopped. Then I checked the running services through “msconfig” command. I really found that printer spooler could not be enabled through “msconfig” command, so I walked to system services to activate the printer spooler manually. Here are the steps:

  1. Press Windows button, then choose Control Panel.
    Search for Administrative Tools and then click it to open tools list in Windows Explorer.
  2. Double click Services to open services list that running in your computer.
  3. Search for Printer Spooler and see it, whether it’s running or not. If it is stopped, just right click the Printer Spooler and choose Start. Later, to make the Printer Spooler keep running, just right click the Printer Spooler and choose Properties. Change the Startup Type into Automatic.

It is easy, isn’t it? Remember, do this only if you cannot install printer driver and the PC said that the Printer Spooler is stopped. When the Printer Spooler is disabled, you will be both unable to install printer and or print any document from your existing printer.

Screenshots for the steps in re-activating Printer Spooler:

 

 

 

ENGLISH MATERIALS FOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (Part 3)

October 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Part 3 (Expression of Curiosity)

Let’s continue our 2 previous parts (expression of possibility and expression of regrets). And today, we will talk about “Curiosity”, a feel that happen when we really want to know about something. Usually “curiosity” happens when we see something strange or something new. Let’s describe it as follow:

Situation 1

Sarah : “I’m so curious about the new student.”

Farhan : “Yeah, me too. Let’s wait for her. She loves coming to the library during the break.”

Situation 2

Khadis : “You look so happy. I’m interested to know what happen to you.”

Sarah : “Sure, Dad. I got the highest score for math again.”

Khadis : “Really? So, congratulation.”

Situation 3

Sarah : “Why are you staring me like that?”

Farhan : “I wonder why you could be smarter than me.”

Sarah : “Because I’m your sister, hehe..…”

Have you already understood, then?

ENGLISH MATERIALS FOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (Part 2)

September 28, 2011 4 comments

Part 2 (Expression of Regrets)

Continuing the first part, today I will try to talk about “regrets”. Have you ever feel regret? When did you feel it? Of course, when you did an “accidental” mistake, you would feel regret and then say sorry that you didn’t mean that.

Well, then how and what phrase / sentences we should use to express regret? Some phrases and samples below will show you about this material:

  1. I’m regret of doing …..
  2. I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean that.
  3. I do apologize.
  4. Much to my regret. I had to …..

Sample in daily conversation:

At home

Khadis : “Sarah, did you break the vase?”

Sarah : “Yes, Dad. I broke it this morning. I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean that.

Khadis : “It’s OK. Just be careful when you play in the living room.”

At school

Sarah : “Farhan, I do apologize that I couldn’t come to your birthday party yesterday.”

Farhan : “No problem. I know you were so busy in your boarding house.”

Sarah : “Yeah, I got so much paper to finish.”

Farhan : “It’s alright.”

The words “It’s OK” and “No problem” are the samples of responding to someone who express his / her regret about something.

So, is it quite simple for you?

Actually, expression of regret is used when you did something nasty, naughty, embarrassing, and other unintentionally acts and then you feel uneasy, and you say sorry. Expression of regret is just the same as expression of asking and giving apologizes. But “regret” has deeper meaning than ordinary “sorry”.