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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?

FREE VOCAB TRAINING SOFTWARE

April 2, 2011 1 comment

Do you still have problem with memorizing vocabularies?

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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.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

November 4, 2010 1 comment

To learn to speak a foreign language well, a student must not be afraid of making mistakes. Language is for communication, the mistakes are a secondary consideration. While you are communicating, you will realize your mistakes. You can use these mistakes to improve your communicative skills. The way you say something may be different from what a native speaker says. Here is an example, a Spanish student may say “I do it” to mean he is going to do something in the near future. While communicating with a native speaker, the student will hear “I’ll do it”, and so correct his mistake. The student who doesn’t speak will probably not notice the difference, this student will never speak good English.

Correct grammar isn’t as important as communication. Remember, you must be brave to make mistakes first. Because your mistakes will be a tool for learning. By knowing your mistakes, you will get correction and your English will be better. Someday, you will know that you get betterment. So, now, if you ask your friend “What are you doing?” then he / she answers “I cook” to mean he / she is cooking (“I’m cooking”), would you understand with what he / she means? If so, means that the communication is running successfully. The same case also happen in the articles on this blog. If you notice well, the articles on this blog, grammatically are not perfect yet. But, as far as you understand, this blog has successfully “influence” you. So, once again, please remember:

  1. It doesn’t matter for you to say “I do it” to mean “I will do it”.
  2. It doesn’t matter for you to say “I cook” to mean “I’m cooking”.
  3. It doesn’t matter for you to say “I visit my grandfather last week” to mean “I visited my grandfather last week”.
  4. It doesn’t matter for you to say “I finish my homework” to mean “I have finished my homework”.
  5. etc.

(Adapted freely from 1st edition of ENGLISH IS FUN by David L. Larcom).

SHOW YOUR OWN ENGLISH

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Many countries around the world speak English as mother tongue. The others use English has the language of government, education, trade, tourism, entertainment, broadcasting, etc. There are so many variations about grammar, structure, spelling, and also pronunciation. But, they are not a big problem as long as the English still can be understood by other English speakers. Really, you’ll find the differences among American English speaker, British English speaker, Australian English speaker, etc. But, the style of your English is yours, whether you’ll use American, British, Australian, Singaporean English, or other English style.

Your style will show your culture too. Like in Australia, to say “How are you?”, the people of Australia pronounce it as sound “Hawaya”, not like we usually pronounce normally. So, although foreigners speak English everyday and every time, not all of them speak “correctly”. Most of foreigners from different countries have different style, idiom, expressions, etc.

So, let’s take a conclusion that it doesn’t matter to “mix” your English with your own styles in order to make you more comfortable in speaking English. But, don’t too excessive. Because in communication, English and or other languages also should be understood by the interlocutor. A language isn’t only yours. English is also not only belongs to the English, but also belongs to world English speaking community around the world.

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)

EXPERIENCING NEW WAY OF LEARNING ENGLISH

September 28, 2010 2 comments

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