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WHY DO EDUCATORS NEED TO BLOG

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

blogging

Blogging is not something fresh today. Many people do blogging on many platforms everyday to record their life, share opinion, show themselves, and even make a full-time income just with a blog. Many people (and myself) are believe that blogging is not only a good way to learn and practice a language, but it also give us a nice platform for converting our language skills into something more and more.

Blogging is an activity to write something (or many things) into an internet canal. It just the same as writing in an ordinary book, and it just the same as publishing a printed book, but it’s different—we publish our writing virtually for much more people, wide-range of readers, crossing state line, and so it will influence much more people.

And because of those characters of blogging above, I do believe that blogging is not only about “writing theory”, a hobby in a spare time, or an activity to find out another kind of “happiness”. Out of that reasons, blogging is surely can help our education field—and many aspects of general life, of course. Don’t you see that nowadays, people teach other people on how to edit a photo, people show how to create a handicraft for kindergarten students, people post an article about how to fix our home printer or PC, etc.?

Now, one question: who did write all those interesting things on the internet? Are they a teacher? Pharmacist? Basket ball player? Farmer? Technicians?

The answer is: all people. All people now are blogging to share their knowledge and interest, to help other people to find out a problem solving, and of course, it may influence on other people’s life. Read more…

THE RULES OF CAPITAL LETTER

December 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Unique FontsCapital letters are commonly known to be used in the first word of every sentence. But, besides that, capital letters are also used for the name of people, places, and many more. Here are the complete lists of the usage of capital letters.

Capitalize name of people (including his/her title)

Examples:

  1. Thomas Alfa Edison
  2. Mr. Bill Gates
  3. Professor Williams
  4. Dr. Joseph

Capitalize name of a country, name of areas (including streets, buildings), languages, political regions, specific geographical locations, organizations, and courses

Examples:

  1. Germany, French, Italy
  2. English, Chinese, Telugu
  3. Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, The Grand Opera House, Eiffel Tower
  4. Uluru National Park, Bogor Botanic Garden, Sahara Desert, Seine River, Java Island, Sunda Strait, Pacific Ocean, Mount Merapi
  5. First Avenue, Oak Street
  6. Southeast Asia, Middle East, Far East, Northern Territory
  7. United Nations, World Trade Organization, Red Cross, Python Programming Course,

Capitalize names of days, months, and holidays

Example:

  1. Sunday
  2. September
  3. Independence Day, Labor Day, New Year’s Day

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR TEXT READABILITY

August 16, 2013 Leave a comment

When we are writing English articles, essays, papers, stories, or any other English texts, we usually give a big attention to spelling and grammar. We try to be perfect on our writing. But, do you know that besides a text should have a perfect spelling and grammar it should be “readable” too?

There are some popular theories and tests about text readability. A readability test is important to measure how readable a text is. As we know, some texts are sometimes more suitable for university graduates while the others can be easily understood even by 7th graders!

Now, in this post I’d like to share some information about “Readability Indexes” that commonly used to test readability level of a text. You might be interested to know it, to re-check your texts, whether they are “easy to understand” or not.

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SAVE YOUR TIME AND INCREASE YOUR WRITING PRODUCTIVITY BY USING PHRASEEXPANDER

August 1, 2013 2 comments
PhraseExpander Main Windows

PhraseExpander Main Windows

Writing an article has never been easier before the era of auto-text software (some people call it as auto-complete or text expander software). But nowadays, people can write faster with auto-text applications which can reduce typing time. My last post was talking about PhraseExpress, a free and semi-pro auto-text application that would be very useful to help you in writing documents quickly. And today, I give you a review about PhraseExpander, a more professional auto-text application that will enhance your auto-texting experience.

PhraseExpander’s interface is looked like Ms. Office and it’s so easy to understand even for novices. It’s only consisting of 3 menus that will facilitate us to create and manage glossaries and phrases, and one Help menu. PhraseExpander actives in the system tray, but it only consumes low to moderate memory.

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WRITE FASTER WITH PHRASEEXPRESS

July 15, 2013 5 comments
PhraseExpress

PhraseExpress, an auto-text and clipboard management application

Have you ever met this condition: you write an article or essay on Ms. Word with a lot of same words or phrases that should be typed repeatedly? If so, then you need to try PhraseExpress, a program that can help us insert words or phrases that we use them often. There are 5 types of PhraseExpress that you can try: PhraseExpress Freeware (for personal use only), PhraseExpress Standard, PhraseExpress Professional, PhraseExpress Server, and PhraseExpress Portable. In short, PhraseExpress eliminates repetitive typing and sorts frequently used text snippets in personalized categories. PhraseExpress eliminates repetitive typing and manages frequently used text snippets in customizable categories. The unique text prediction feature watches out for repetitive text patterns and offers to auto-complete such phrases. Smart algorithms analyze and learn your writing patterns, and suggest the most relevant ways to complete phrases and sentences. (Source: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Clipboard/PhraseExpress.shtml). Read more…

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH FIREFOX ADD-ONS

July 1, 2013 Leave a comment

spell-checker add-ons

Mozilla Firefox is well known as a popular browser with thousands of add-ons that will make our internet surfing experience become secure, easy, and fun. We can find any add-ons: download managers, e-book readers, offline page readers, pop-up blockers, web inspectors, password managers, even translation and language learning tools! Here I will tell you some of language-related add-ons for Firefox that I have tried. But, since there are so many interesting add-ons in Mozilla’s database, I simply want to show you some of them. Read more…

HOW TO TRANSLATE APPLICATION USER INTERFACE USING POEDIT

April 4, 2013 2 comments

POedit

For weeks, I did a voluntary translation in my spare time for AVI ReComp, an application that its main function is “to merge” subtitle file into AVI video. I translated the interface of AVI ReComp into my mother tongue, Bahasa Indonesia, using POedit. POedit is a 5.35 MB CAT tools you can get from http://www.poedit.net/ that is used to translate the PO file. PO file is usually included in a freeware or open source application that the author/developer let the users to take a part in developing that application such as in localizing the software (interface, help file, and even the installation language). The PO file of AVI ReComp is (usually) located in C:\Program Files\AVI ReComp\Locale\template.po. Through POedit, those PO file then will be saved as MO file, which later should be returned to the installation directory so that the application then have a new language (the newly translated one). Read more…