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#EngVocab: Suffix -Let

Suffix -let is one of many suffixes in English. It originated from Old French -elet, from Latin -āle, a neuter of adjective suffix -ālis, or from Latin -ellus, a diminutive suffix.

Adding suffix -let to a noun will create a diminutive form to the original word. For example, if we attach -let to book, we will have booklet, which means a little or a thinner book.

With an exception to bracelet, which is also a diminutive form of brace, different meanings apply to some jewelries or articles of clothing attached to our body. In such cases, attaching -let will refer to the part of our body on which the jewelries are usually worn. For example, an anklet is an ornament worn on the ankle.

There are three basic rules of using suffix -let. First, when used with an object, it generally indicates diminution in size. E.g.: Booklet, pamphlet, droplet, bracelet, etc.

When used with animals, it generally means young animals. E.g.: Piglet, froglet, deerlet, etc.

When used to refer to a human adult, it is generally depreciative. It denotes pettiness and conveys contempt. For example, princelet is used to refer to a prince who is lesser in rank or displays pettiness (narrow-mindedness).

There are over 200 words with suffix -let. Check your dictionaries often to familiarise yourself with them.


Compiled and written by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 10 April 2017.


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#EngTalk: Polite Small Talks

Some of us might prefer a deep, meaningful conversation over a small talk. However, upon meeting a new person, we are rarely in a situation where we could jump into a serious discussion. That is when need small talk.

If it is done correctly, small talk can be comfortable. The key is keeping the small talk casual, not bringing any discomfort, but is still good enough to connect two people. For example, we should go with topics that both persons like rather than dislike.

There are also several things to avoid when trying to connect to our interlocutor. We should avoid making fun of or commenting on our interlocutor’s physical appearance, as we cannot be sure if the interlocutor is comfortable to discuss about that.

Here is what we recommend to make our small talk more enjoyable but still courteous.

  1. Start with a friendly greeting and a smile.
    Smile is a universal language and it almost always earns us a positive feedback from our interlocutor.

  2. Use an approachable body language.
    We should keep our phone away for a while and look at the interlocutor. By doing so, we are giving signal to our interlocutor that we are paying attention.

  3. Avoid pointing out somebody’s lacking in something.
    Physical appearance, except for the good things, is rarely a pleasant topic. Try not to mention about somebody’s weight or age or mismatched clothes. Instead, compliment the person on something. Tell him that his hair looks great or his face is radiant.

  4. Find a common ground.
    Find a topic that both we and our interlocutor can relate to and that can possibly be extended to a longer conversation. For example, favourite sports, favourite TV shows, favourite teachers, etc. Who knows by the end of the conversation, we already recommend new TV shows to watch to each other?

  5. Tell something about ourselves, but not too much.
    We can start with something we like but we should also ask our interlocutor’s opinion. Remember, if the interlocutor feels like we never give him a chance to speak, he can easily get bored.

  6. Listen well.
    Not only will our interlocutor feel appreciated, listening well and paying attention can also help us find more common grounds, which means more topics to talk about.

  7. Mention about hanging out again.
    If you really enjoy talking to each other, express your interest to meet again. We can try saying, “We should talk more about this over coffee,” or something similar.

  8. Say goodbye nicely.
    Although small talk is often a pastime during a certain event, we should make our interlocutor feel important. Therefore, when we bid adieu, we should also express that we hope to hear from our interlocutor.

We can say:
“I’ll see you around.”
“I hope we can meet again soon.”
“It’s been a pleasure talking to you.”

All in all, our eloquence can always be improved by practicing more. As the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect.”

So never get tired of practicing, fellas. Try making small talks with your friends and teacher every day in English.


Compiled and written by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 3 April 2017.


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#EngTips: Nosy Questions and How to Answer Them

#EngQuote: Logan

After 17 years starring as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise, Hugh Jackman made quite an exit with Logan (2017). The film is said to be one of the best superhero movies of all time. We are surely going to miss Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, as much as we are wondering who will fill his shoes.

In the meantime, I would like to share some quotes from the movie.

Logan vs. Longan
Pic source: Onsizzle

“There was a time when a bad day was just a bad day.” – Logan.

“We got ourselves an X-Men fan. Maybe a quarter of it happened, and not like this. In the real world, people die!” – Logan.

“She’s like you… She’s very much like you.” – Charles Xavier.

“Charles, the world is not the same as it was. Mutants, they’re gone now.” – Logan.

“She is not my daughter, but I love her. You may not love her, but she is your daughter. Please, help her.” – Gabriela.

“There’s no living with a killing. There’s no going back from it. Right or wrong, it’s a brand that sticks.” – Laura.

“Don’t be what they’ve made you.” – Logan.

“Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.” – Logan.

“You don’t understand. Something bad happens to the people I care about.” – Logan.

“Laura does not need reminding of life’s impermanence.” – Charles Xavier.

“A soldier who will not fight is useless.” – Gabriela.

“This is what life looks like. A house. A safe place. People who love each other. You should take a moment.” – Charles Xavier.


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 20 March 2017


#EngKnowledge: Written Laughter from All Around the World

Nowadays, we do online interaction as much as offline. Tech innovators and providers always try their best to come up with the freshest ideas and inventions to make our online interaction just as lively as the offline one.

The introduction of emoji in early 1990s undoubtedly forever changed our way of exchanging messages online. With a single icon, we can describe exactly what we feel or how we react to something our friends said. For example, we use the emoji ‘face with tears of joy’ to react to something so funny that got us laughing in tears.


Face with tears of joy

‘Face with tears of joy’ emojis (Source: Wikipedia)


However, there are also those, like me, who prefer to type our laughter instead. For this purpose, we usually type LOL (Laughing Out Loud), LMAO (Laughing My A** Off), or simply hahahahahahaha.

‘Hahahahahahahahaha’ is considered as the most basic written laughter that everybody from anywhere can understand. Now, here are some that are not that simple.


Italy – Ah ah ah ah ah
Italian seem to think ‘ah ah ah ah ah’ as the phonetic way of writing laughter.

Chinese (Mandarin): 哈哈 or 呵呵
Laughter is written 笑声 and pronounced xiào shēng, but Mandarin native speaker also relies on onomatopoeia for laughter: 哈哈, pronounced hā hā, and 呵呵, pronounced he he. Similarly, xixi, 嘻嘻, suggests giggling and is usually used when somebody is trying to be cute.

Japanese: www
Not to be confused with World Wide Web, www in Japanese laughter came from Kanji character 笑 for ‘laugh’ which is pronounced as warai. Warai was quickly shortened as ‘w’ in chatroom and internet forums. Nowadays, Japanese type ‘w’ to indicate laughter, or ‘wwwwwwwww’ if it’s something really funny.

Korean: kkkkk or kekekekeke
The written form kkkkk or kekekekeke comes from ㅋㅋㅋ, short for 크크크, or keu keu keu, the Korean equivalent of hahaha.

Thai: 55555
In Thai, the number 5 is pronounced ‘ha,’ so instead of saying ‘hahahahaha,’ Thai speakers will sometimes write ‘55555.’

Spanish: jajaja and Greek: xaxaxa
In Spanish, ‘j’ is pronounced like ‘h’ in English, therefore ‘jajaja’ is an analog to ‘hahaha.’ Same goes to ‘x’ in Greek, which is pronounced like ‘h’ in English.

Hebrew: חחח/ההה or khkhkhkhkhkhkhkhkh
The letter ‘ח’ is pronounced ‘kh.’ Some sources also render it as ‘xaxaxa.’

Brazilian Portuguese: huehuehue
This is Brazilian onomatopoeia for laughter.

Portuguese: rsrsrs, hashuashuashuashua, rá!, and kkkkk
‘Rsrsrs’ seems to me like somebody laughing through his teeth, while hashuashuashuashua seems more complicated as the position of letter h and u and s and a are in such distance on the keypad. Rá! sounds like Ha! and I think kkkkk is similar to Korean’s kkkkk.

French: hahaha, héhéhé, hihihi, hohoho, or MDR
French uses onomatopoeic laughter variations much like those in English, as well as the universal ‘LOL’ to indicate laugher. The French equivalent of LOL is MDR, which stands for ‘mort de rire’ or ‘dying of laughter.’

Indonesian: wkwkwkwkwkwkwk or wakakakakakaka
Also an onomatopoeia, this is how most Indonesian laugh online. We also use hahaha, LOL, xixixixi, hehehe, buakakakakakakak, or bahahahahhahahak.



Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, 16 March 2017.

#BusEng: Basic etiquette in writing business letters or emails (revisit)

As a person or a professional, we are often required to represent ourselves well. When it comes to building communication, be it an oral or a written one, what we say and the manner of saying it play an important role in whether our intention is well received by the interlocutor.

Talking about written communication, sometimes we have only one chance to make the impression that we are a competent and reliable person/professional to work with. Therefore, every time we write a business letter or an email, proper written language, grammar use, and etiquette must always be kept in mind.

1. Start with respective letterhead and filling ‘to’, ‘cc’, and ‘bcc’

An official letter from a body or an institution usually already has a default letterhead. If we are an applicant, the format is simpler but not less important.

To Cc Bcc

To: the person who will take immediate action or give immediate response to your email.

CC: the person who should be kept in the loop because his role is also related to the email’s content.

BCC: the person who should be aware of the email being sent, but not having direct responsibility to the email. The person put on BCC does not see his name anywhere in the recipient box, nor will he see the other recipients who are also put on BCC.

2. The importance of subject

Professionals receive dozens up to hundreds of emails daily, and it is possible that they scroll down their email account overlooking our email. That is why we need to make our subject relevant and related to the email’s content, so the recipient can see what we want to say just by reading the subject. Keeping the subject line properly and effectively written is also necessary. Try to maintain its length to around 5 to 10 words and use proper capital letters.

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3. Body text must not be empty

Sole email attachments without an elaborated body text are often considered rude. Body text is the main content of a business letters or an email, so it should never be left empty.

Body text


Always start with greetings
If we know the name of the recipient, it is preferable to address with ‘Dear Mr’ or ‘Dear Mrs.’ If we don’t, we can start with ‘Dear esteemed customer’, ‘Dear valued partner’, etc.

If this is the first correspondence, introduction is important
If this is the first time we are sending the letter to that particular recipient, we need to mention our name and a brief introduction of who we are.

End the emails with ‘thank you’
No matter how bad we feel at the time of writing the email, we still need to thank the reader for his attention and his immediate action to take care of the issue. The ‘thank you’ part will also make the recipient feels more respected and appreciated. What is also necessary is adding a sentence to indicate whether we require the recipient’s immediate response. The following examples can be added:
“I am looking forward to hearing back from you.”
“Your immediate response is very much appreciated.”
“I hope to hear back from you.”


4. Attachments

Attachment is not a replacement to the body text, even though it often comes in a more elaborated version. To make sure the recipient is aware of the attachment, we can mention in the body text by saying:
“Attached is the copy of my purchase order for your reference.”
“Please have a look into the attachment for more details.”
“I also attached with this email my CV and recommendation letter from previous company.”

Most email hosting services limit their attachment size to maximum 5 or 10 megabytes. If the attachment of our email exceeds that size, we can use a file-sharing platform and then copy-paste the download link in to our email.


5. What else to avoid

The business letter or email that we write should represent our level of professionalism. Therefore, the following needs to be avoided.
– The use of internet abbreviation, such as LOL, ASAP, OFC, TTYL, etc.
– Non-professional font, such as the one that looks like it is coming from comic book or horror movie.
– Emoticons. Yes, emoticons are meant to make written communication seems more friendly, but we can save it for messengers.
– One or two liners, such as ‘Yes, fine’ or ‘OK’. Even though we may have discussed the topic previously via phone call or face to face discussion, the email should always come with a recapitulation of that discussion.


Compiled and written by @alicesaraswati for  on Monday, March 13, 2017




#EngTips: IELTS vs. TOEFL (2)

If we are not an English native speaker but we are planning to study or work abroad, in some stage of the application, we will need to also attach our IELTS or TOEFL score to our application. Both tests aim to assess our English proficiency and make sure that we are able to communicate well in English.

What are IELTS and TOEFL?

International English Language Test System (IELTS) is an English language test that is used for educational, immigration and occupational purposes, and is accepted by over 9,000 institutions across 130 countries worldwide. Jointly administered by the British Council, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and IDP Education Australia, IELTS uses British English, and is more likely to be favoured by UK and institutions in Commonwealth nations such as New Zealand and Australia. Depending on the entry requirements of the program, we might need to take either the Academic or General Training IELTS exam.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) tests our ability to communicate in English in specifically academic, university and classroom-based settings. It is accepted by over 8,500 institutions across 130 countries, including the UK, USA and Australia, as well as all of the world’s top 100 universities. TOEFL is administered by US-based organization, the Education Testing Service, and so is conducted in American English. This test is more likely to be favoured by American institutions.

Similarities between IELTS and TOEFL

Both test our four main language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. IELTSn Indonesia is similar to other countries, and so is TOEFL, that is why the scoring system is consistent all over the world.

Both tests also cost within the same price range, USD 150 – USD 250 per test per person.

Differences between IELTS and TOEFL

1. Scoring system

IELTS band score ranges from 1 to 9. The score report is valid for two years. We will generally aim to 6.5 to 7 to be considered as a ‘competent’ to ‘good’ user of English language.

TOEFL scores come in two versions. TOEFL Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) is more progressive, but test administration in some countries still uses the Paper Based Test (PBT). iBT score ranges from 0 to 120, while PBT ranges from 310 to 677.

The following spreadsheet shows the link between IELTS and TOEFL iBT score.

IELTS & TOEFL scoring system

2. Reading module

The IELTS test has a wide range of question types, while TOEFL test is multiple choices only. IELTS reading test lasts 60 minutes. Reading in TOEFL takes approximately 60 to 80 minutes.

3. Listening module

The IELTS listening test is 30 minutes, while TOEFL is 60 minutes. IELTS has a range of different questions including sentence completion, matching headings, and True, False or Not Given. The TOEFL test is multiple choices only.

We will also hear a range of different accents from English speaking countries such as Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the USA, Canada and Australia on the IELTS test whereas the TOEFL test will always be standard American English.

4. Speaking module

IELTS speaking test consists of 3 sections and its total duration is 15 minutes. In the test, we will have a face-to-face conversation with native English speaker.

In TOEFL speaking test, based on more recently used iBT, we will be talking to the computer. For those who don’t really have time to conduct IELTS, because it’s usually conducted during office hours, taking TOEFL iBT might be more suitable. The test will last for 20 minutes.

5. Writing module

IELTS has two different types of writing test: writing for Academic Training and General Training. Academic is suitable for those hoping to attend university, while General Training is mostly used for immigration purposes.

Both types have total duration 1 hour. In the Academic paper, we will be required to write a short essay based on a given graph, chart, map or cycle diagram. In the General Training paper, we will be asked to write a letter and a short essay on a particular topic.

TOEFL writing test consists of two tasks. The total duration is 50 minutes. In the first task, we need to read a text and then listen to a 2-minute lecture on the same topic. We must then write a short response to a specific question on that topic. The second task is a longer discursive essay on a particular issue, similar to a university style academic essay.

Which test to take?

Normally, the institutions we are applying to would specify which test to take. If they can accept either, the following table can be your consideration.

I like talking to people one-on-one. I prefer talking to a computer.
I like to write by hand. I am better at typing than handwriting.
I can understand a variety of English-speaking accents. I find American accents easy to listen to.
I find it difficult to concentrate for long periods of time. I can concentrate for long periods of time.
I prefer shorter tests. I can easily follow a lecture and take notes.
I prefer different types of questions. I like multiple choice questions.


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, March 6, 2017

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#EngGame: Christmas Vocabulary

Hello hey ho, fellas! How are you guys doing?

I don’t know about you. But I was surprised when I realized that Christmas is just around the corner. And New Year is in 2 weeks time! So, to welcome the fast approaching Christmas, how about an #EngGame on Christmas related vocab for today? Who’s in? *hands up*

Here’s what you have to do: Fill in the blanks to form a word which matched the description. Pick letters listed in each poster. #EngGame

1. C _ _ _ _ : A song of praise or joy, especially for Christmas.

2. W _ _ _ _ _ : A ring or circlet of freshly cut or dried flowers, boughs, or leaves worn on the head, placed on a memorial, or hung as a decoration.

3. R _ _ _ _ _ _ _ : A large animal with antlers on both male and female.

4. P_________ : A plant native to Mexico and Central America, having variously lobed leaves and brilliant scarlet, pink, or white petallike bracts.

5. M _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ : A plant which symbolizes vivacity, since it remained green while other plants were bare during winter.

6. S _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ : One of the small crystals, flakes, or masses in which snow falls.

7. P _ _ _ _ _ _ : Something presented, a gift.

8. S _____ : A vehicle mounted or runners for use on show or ice, having one or more seats and usually drawn by a horse.

9. B _ _ _ _ : A cup-shaped musical instrument which emits a metallic tone when struck.

10. O _ _ _ _ _ _ _ : Something that decorates or adorns; an embellishment.


Compiled and written by @miss_qiak for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, December 19, 2016.

#EngQuiz: Phrasal Verbs with ‘Live’ and Explanation

Hello, good evening, everyone!! How are you today?

You might have read the previous tweets that said we were going to have an #EngQuiz today. It’s really simple, read last week’s topic here … as our #EngQuiz will be related to it.

I’m going to tweet several sentence and you need to fill in the blanks with the correct phrasal verbs. Are you ready?

  1. I _____ the post office. I can reach it by walking.
    a. Live by
    b. Live at
    c. Live in
  1. Having ______ the battleground in WWII, he really doesn’t wish to see any more wars.
    a. Lived on
    b. Lived with
    c. Lived through
  1. I’ve always seen him as a talented writer and he _____ to my expectation.
    a. Lives off
    b. Lives up
    c. Lives out
  1. Practice makes perfect, words to _______
    a. Live on
    b. Live by
    c. Live for
  2. I hope he could ______ the epic, loud belch he made in this morning’s meeting.
    a. Live down
    b. Live through
    c. Live with
  3. Let’s ________!! Turn the music louder!
    a. Live it on
    b. Live it up
    c. Live it out
  4. He resigned from his father’s company because he doesn’t want to _______ the family’s assets.
    a. Live on
    b. Live for
    c. Live off
  5. He’s ______ the moment when he finally could deliver a speech in front of the President.
    a. Lived for
    b. Lived by
    c. Lived up
  6. Determined to lose weight, he’s been ______ fruits and vegetables for two weeks.
    a. Living up
    b. Living off
    c. Living on
  7. As a part-time nanny, I don’t need to ______ my boss’ house.
    a. Live on
    b. Live in
    c. Live by



1. a. Live by.
‘To live by’ here means ‘to live near somewhere’. The sentence refers to living near the post office because the person in the sentence can reach it by walking. Therefore, we need to find the synonym to ‘to live near’ in the answer.

2. c. Lived through
War usually came with grave consequences and bad experiences, so the phrasal verb ‘lived through’ is most suitable to complete this sentence.

3. b. Lives up
The person in the sentence was referring to someone else whose writing skill he admired. To express this, ‘lives up’ is most suitable.

4. b. Live by
In addition to the meaning in question 1, ‘to live by’ can also mean ‘to survive by using or doing something in particular’, which in this sentence is having the value ‘practice makes perfect’.

5. a. Live down
The person in this sentence wished that the other person could contain the embarrassment of belching in a meeting. ‘To contain the embarrassment’ is synonymous with ‘to live down’.

6. b. Live it up
This sentence is an imperative, asking the others to make the event livelier. ‘To live it up’ is most suitable for it.

7. c. Live off
The person in this sentence had resigned from his father’s company because he didn’t want to use the family asset to make a living. For this context, ‘to live off’ fits best.

8. a. Lived for
The sentence means the person had been looking forward to delivering a speech in front of the President. He’s lived for it.

9. c. Living on
The person in the sentence had been surviving on fruits and vegetables, something he needed to do to lose weight. ‘To live on’ means to survive on what one only has and needs, and it is most suitable for the sentence.

10. b. Live in
It is clearly expressed in the sentence that the person did not need to live inside the place where he/she went to work.

So, I have retweeted the correct answers! How many did you get correctly, fellas? Don’t be discouraged if you haven’t got the answers right. It’s all about brushing up our English in a fun way.

Thank you for joining today’s session; it’s been fun! I’ll see you again tomorrow! Have a good rest!! Bye!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 14 November, 2016.

#EngVocab: Phrasal verbs with ‘live’

Hello, hi, fellas! How are you today?

We have quite some requests about phrasal verbs. For a start, you can browse this topic here

Tonight, we are going to discuss some phrasal verbs with the word ‘live’ #EngVocab

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  1. We’ll start with ‘live by’, meaning to reside near something or to survive by using or doing something in particular.
    g.: I live by the sea. Manners maketh men, those are the words I live by. #EngVocab
  2. ‘Live down’ has a meaning to overcome shame or embarrassment caused by something.
    I don’t think I’ll ever live down the ignorant remarks I made this morning. #EngVocab
  3. ‘Live for’ means to have something or someone as the most important in one’s life.
    g.: I live for the moments where I can see my parents smile. #EngVocab
  4. ‘Live in’ has the meaning of to reside where one studies or works.
    g.: The office building has 10 spare rooms for those who want to live in, only half of them occupied. #EngVocab
  5. ‘Live it up’, meaning to have an exciting and enjoyable time.
    g. He lives it up by going out and partying every weekend.
  6. ‘Live off’ means to use someone or something to provide resources that one needs to survive.
    g.: He should not live off his family inheritance and learn to make it on his own. #EngVocab
  7. ‘Live on’ has similar meaning to ‘live off’, only in ‘live on’, we have just enough to provide what we need.
    g.: I lived on less than $200 a week when I got my first job. #EngVocab
  8. ‘Live out’ is the opposite of ‘live in’. It means not to reside where we go to work or study.
    g.: We have a lady helping us with the kitchen, but she lives out. #EngVocab
  9. Next, we have ‘live through’, which means to experience a difficult situation or event.
    g. My granddad lived through WWII. #EngVocab
  10. ‘Live together’ means an unmarried couple sharing a residence.
    g.: They lived together for a couple of years before getting married. #EngVocab
  11. ‘Live up to’ has the meaning of to be as good as something.
    g.: That football player lives up to his title as top scorer. #EngVocab
  12. The last one is ‘live with’. It has the same meaning as ‘live together’. #EngVocab


Thank you for having me. Check our site for more interesting topics. Have a good night! Bye!!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 7 November, 2016.

#EngPic: Halloween Memes

Hey yo, fellas! Happy Halloween!!

How was your Halloweekend? Did you get to wear any special costume, fellas? Tweet us with a pic!

On this special occasion, I’ll share some Halloween-related memes which have been taking over the Internet lately. #EngPic

How many Harley Quinns that you’ve seen? #EngPic #Halloween

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Old but gold #EngPic #Halloween



A legit question indeed… #EngPic #Halloween



#ThatMomentWhen witches discovered technology #EngPic #Halloween



Can’t be too careful #EngPic #Halloween



When pumpkins get a new look #EngPic #Halloween



Grumpy cat is grumpy #EngPic #Halloween



Let’s pumpkin-spice everything #EngPic #Halloween



Poor fella #EngPic #Halloween



That concludes today’s session, fellas! Hope you don’t get problems from too much candies or sweets. We do not own any of the images. All featured memes/pics are credited to the creators.

Check our website,, for more English learning materials! Have a good night, fellas! Bye!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 31 October, 2016


#WOTD: Clean, clear

Have you ever wondered if you’ve been using ‘clean’ and ‘clear’ correctly, fellas? Now, it has nothing to do with facial product with the same name.

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Talking about those two words will bring us to a wide and broad explanation. I would summarize it in this #WOTD post.


As adjectives

As an adjective, ‘clean’ means free from dirt, marks, or stains; morally uncontaminated, pure, innocent; free from unwanted substances.

On the other hand, ‘clear’ means obvious, visible, or easily understood.

Saying somebody’s face is clean means the face is spotless (no acne, no blemish, etc.). Saying it clear means the face is visible.

More examples, fellas.

  • I really love this town. The air is so clean. (The air is unpolluted in that town).
  • He keeps his place very clean. (His place is neat and spotless).
  • Am I making myself clear? (Am I understood/do you understand what I mean?)
  • It’s not clear yet who will be the head of the committee. (The head of the committee is not known/obvious yet).


As verbs

If the words function as verbs, ‘to clean an object’ is to remove anything that makes the object dirty.

‘To clear an object’ means to remove anything that hinders it from being obvious or visible.


  • Clean the table (Wipe off the dirt from the table).
  • Clear the table (Remove any objects on the table to create more space).

‘To cleanse’ means to clean up something by/as if by washing.


  • This purification ceremony is held to cleanse our spiritual being.
  • Don’t forget to cleanse your face before bed.

That’s what I can share for now! Hope the explanation is clear enough.


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 24 October, 2016


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#EngVocab: Physical Exercise

Good evening, fellas! How are you?

Are you a fitness enthusiast, fellas? If so, tonight’s session is for you. We’re going to talk about words related to physical exercise.

  1. ‘Leg day’ is a day when we are training our leg muscles.
    Example sentence: “Never skip leg day, bro!” #EngVocab

    Never skip leg day.jpg

  2. ‘Abs’, shorts of abdominal muscles, are the muscles located between the ribs and the pelvis.
    Example sentence: “It’ll take years of training for me until I can show off my abs!” #EngVocab
  3. ‘Cardio (cardiovascular or cardiorespiratory exercise)’ refers to fat-burning workout designed to work the heart and lungs. Cardio can be done outdoor or indoor.
    Example sentence: “I prefer cycling in open air for my cardio than using treadmill.” #EngVocab
  4. ‘Aerobic exercise’ is another name for cardio. In Indonesia, it’s often mistaken as a form of exercise limited to gymnastics, while the term ‘aerobic exercise’ can also refer to medium to long distance running, cycling, swimming, etc.
    Example sentence: “Aerobic exercise can preserve your health. You’ll feel much better if you do it regularly.” #EngVocab
  5. ‘To spot’ is to assist someone with an exercise. The person doing it is called a ‘spotter’.
    Example sentence: “Can you spot me with the weights?” #EngVocab
  6. ‘Sore muscles’ is pain and stiffness felt for a while after an unaccustomed or strenuous exercise, also known as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).
    Example sentence: “My body is aching. All my muscles are sore.” #EngVocab
  7. ‘Ripped’, used to refer to someone who has low body fat that the muscle separation looks visible.
    Example sentence: “I’d love to cut some weights but I don’t want to look ripped either.” #EngVocab
  8. ‘Free weights’, typically refers to dumbbells and barbells.
    Example sentence: “Where to after cardio, free weights or bench?” #EngVocab

All right, fellas, it’s a wrap! Hopefully the session is useful for you, and if possible, inspires you to work out more.

Remember that we always appreciate any comments or suggestions. Just keep them coming, fellas! Write in Twitter or

Thank you for being with me!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 17 October, 2016.


#EngTrivia: Expressions in English and Their Indonesian Counterparts (2)

Hello, dear fellas! How are you?

Last week, we talked about expressions and their possible translations to Indonesian. If you missed it, check it out here:

Now, we’re going to continue with part 2. Are you ready?

  1. ‘It’s a fair cop!’, something we say if somebody caught us doing something wrong.
    Indonesian: ‘Yah, ketahuan, deh!’
    “You said you were on a diet! Why are you eating ice cream?” | “It’s a fair cop!” #EngTrivia
  2. ‘Way to go!’, expressing approval, pleasure, or excitement.
    Indonesian: ‘Selamat! Kamu hebat!’
    “Congratulations on your acting debut! Way to go!” #EngTrivia
  1. ‘I get the picture’, meaning we understand the situation.
    Indonesian: ‘Oh, aku ngerti maksudnya.’
    “You could not meet me, but you were going out with your friends? Oh, I get the picture!” #EngTrivia
  2. ‘Not on good/speaking terms’, meaning two parties are not on friendly situation or not speaking.
    Indonesian: ‘Lagi musuhan’.
    “You wouldn’t want to put Janet and John in the same team. They are currently not on speaking terms.” #EngTrivia
  3. ‘To come of age’. It means to reach adulthood.
    Indonesian: ‘Sudah cukup umur’.
    “You’ll get my permission to bring the car when you’ve come of age and had a license.” #EngTrivia
  4. ‘As it happens/just so happens’ is another way of saying ‘as a matter of fact’.
    Indonesian: ‘Sebenarnya…’
    “As it happens, I’ve booked the flight earlier. Just in case.” #EngTrivia
  5. ‘Come to think of it’, used when an idea or point occurs to someone while he’s speaking.
    Indonesian: ‘Kalau dipikir-pikir…’
    “We’ll need to work overtime. Come to think of it, we’ve taken overtime four days in a week now.” #EngTrivia
  1. ‘Oh, what a giveaway!’, said when we revealed something we should have not.
    Indonesian: ‘Aduh, keceplosan.’
    “I didn’t eat all the cakes, only four of five!” | “What? But you’re on a diet!” | “Oh, what a giveway!” #EngTrivia


There you go, fellas! Should you have any questions, comments, or ideas, let us know via mention or write them at Don’t forget to check the recap of this session later, as it will also be complete with examples. Thank you for being with me, fellas!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 10 October, 2016.

#EngTrivia: Expressions in English and Their Indonesian Counterparts

Hello, everyone! Good evening! How was your day so far?

On learning language, I feel like I have to understand what a word or phrase means before being able to use it. Do you also feel the same?

When watching a movie or listening to a song, sometimes there are English word that we cannot just completely translate to our mother language.

For example, I had to Google what ‘Kudos’ means to explain it to my cousin when she heard in a movie and she thought it was ‘kiddos’.

So, tonight’s session will be on certain phrases or expressions in English and what they mean, as well as their Indonesian counterparts.

  1. Let’s start with ‘kudos’ that I mentioned earlier. It’s another way of saying ‘You’re great!’
    In Indonesian, it’s ‘Wah, hebat!’
    “Mom, I just won the spelling bee!” | “Kudos, kiddo!” #EngTrivia
  2. ‘Ditto’, meaning ‘I agree with you’.
    Indonesian: ‘Baru mau bilang gitu’.
    “I think we need more people in our studying group.” | “Ditto.” #EngTrivia
  3. ‘Not so/too fast’, used to stop what somebody’s doing, to slow down somebody when speaking or making a move, or to tell somebody not to be too eager to do something.
    Indonesian: ‘Eh, entar dulu!’
    “Dad, I’m hanging out with my friends.” | “Not so fast. Did you finish your homework?” #EngTrivia
  4. ‘I’m a sucker for…’ means ‘I really like…’
    Indonesian: ‘Aku suka banget…’
    “I’m a sucker for sci-fi movies, the likes of Star Wars, Avatar, Interstellar, and so on.” #EngTrivia
  5. ‘That’s putting me off’ is another way to say ‘That makes me lose my interest.’
    Indonesian: ‘Jadi ilfeel’.
    “The way this candidate talks about war really puts me off.” #EngTrivia
  6. ‘Doing something for sports’ means doing it only for amusement.
    Indonesian: ‘Ya, seneng aja gitu’.
    “Be careful with that teacher. He likes giving impromptu tests for sports.” #EngTrivia
  7. ‘Touché!’, meaning ‘You’ve got a point!’
    Indonesian: ‘Nah, itu!’
    “Just because he stutters, doesn’t mean we should not listen to what he has to say.” | “Touché!” #EngTrivia
  8. ‘Send one’s regards’, meaning ‘send someone’s greetings to somebody else’.
    Indonesian: ‘Titip salam.’
    “The Lannisters send their regards.” #EngTrivia


Alright, fellas, those are some English expressions with their Indonesian counterparts. Any questions or comments, just tweet us.

Please remember, fellas, using the expressions I just tweeted doesn’t mean what you’ve been using is incorrect. The expressions help to add some ‘spices’ to your daily conversations.

Thank you for being with me, fellas! Today’s #EngTrivia is a wrap! Check out our site for other interesting topics.


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 3 October, 2016. 

#FixIt 26 September, 2016

Good evening, everyone!! Has it been raining cats and dogs at your place?

Some provinces of Indonesia have been having heavy rain and storm. I hope wherever you are, you will be safe and sound.

Today, let’s do something we haven’t done for quite a while. On your request, I’ll check your Twitter bio and #FixIt!

It is going to be for bios written in English :) #FixIt

Mention us and use the tag #FixIt. Send in your requests, fellas!

Okay, we have a few requests already. I think I will mention you individually, fellas :) #FixIt

Thank you for having joined us in today’s #FixIt. If you have any questions, tweet us or write at


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 26 September, 2016. 

#EngTalk: Twitter More Than 140 Characters

Good evening, everyone! How was your Monday?

Do you sometimes feel that your enjoyment of tweeting is restricted by the 140 character limit, fellas?

The 140-character limit was adopted from that of good ol’ Short Messaging Service (SMS). You might remember our first phones back in the days: we could type up to 160 characters before the message was split.

Twitter founder, Jack Dorsey, told the LA Times back in 2009 that Twitter took 20 characters for usernames and the rest 140 for the tweet. Combined, it would make 160 characters, a normal SMS length. That’s where the Twitter we know came from.

sarah ‏@SarahKrtka
Ah i see
English Tips for You @EnglishTips4U
The 140-character limit was adopted from that of good ol’ Short Messaging Service (SMS).

True, and this is going to be our topic for today’s #EngTalk.
Robi Andriyani @razz_robi
@EnglishTips4U I do. But I’ve heard that Twitter’s character limit is going to be upgraded. is that so?

Rumour has it that Twitter has been considering improving the character limit. Some even said that it could lead to doing away with the constraint altogether. Some other said that it would be 10,000-character limit.

Changes are slowly happening in some forms such as usernames and media (pic, video, gif, etc.) attached to a tweet will no longer count as characters.

We can also quote and retweet our old Tweets. You can find out more here:

Now, do you think the changes already accommodate our needs to tweet longer sentences, fellas? Or do you think we need more? If you have any comments, ideas, or thoughts, mention us and use the tag #EngTalk.


Yusup Permana D ‏@permanadiku  19 Sep
No, I think 140 character is more than enough to say what I wanna say. If want more, just post on blog wkwk


sarah ‏@dramasranter  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U 10.000 is too much. Would there be someone who wants to read such a looooonnngg tweet? Heheh

marsbren–, ‏@melenguh  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U for me. Yassss!!! Hehehe.

Nada ‏@despasya  19 Sep
Wow- what-


Desi Purnamasari ‏@desikly  19 Sep
I don’t think that it’s a good idea.


coco ‏@mhdafff  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U i wud strongly agree for the attachment to not be counted as char but i personally think the limit shud just stay at 140.

sarah ‏@dramasranter  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U what we need the most: ‘edit’ button.

Ardiansyah ‏@arditaher  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U 140 characters are OK, but please don’t count any links/pics

Robi Andriyani ‏@razz_robi  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U the 140-character limit is supremely OK. Having more than 140 characters?? It’s so-called ‘blog’, not Twitter’ #EngTalk

Tami hidayatullah ‏@frankenSHIT_  19 Sep
10.000 character is too much, i think later twitter is weird with long advertising and spamming like facebook


For me, the 140 character limit is what makes Twitter as it is, but adding a hundred more wouldn’t hurt #EngTalk
Yusup Permana D @permanadiku
How abot you admin?


We are talking about Twitter being more than 140 characters, fellas. Tweet us what you think with the hashtag #EngTalk

coco ‏@mhdafff  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U I couldn’t bare myself up reading lengthy ‘essay’ whenever im on twitter srsly that wud be irritating #EngTalk

@SingleAstronaut  19 Sep
Yes, but I love it with only 140 characters, unlike Facebook.

Sentta S Ariesta  ‏@nthatia  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U not at all. I enjoy 140 characters, that’s the excitement of tweeting.

Razif Mahmud‏@mrazifmahmud
@EnglishTips4U 140 force me to be precise, short and sweet. But sometimes 140 just drive me crazy

fijar ‏@fijarhajianto  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U IMO, Twitter will be weird if characters more than 140 and twitter is not being twitter no more. Twitter is simple #EngTalk

Yusup Permana D ‏@permanadiku  19 Sep
We can show our feelings just for 3 words, 8 letter with 3 space, like “I Love You” no need more than 140 wkwk

Ryan Andisky Asrul ‏@RyanAndisky  19 Sep
@EnglishTips4U it’s not necessary to add the character limit.


From most of your comments, it seems like Twitter should stay with 140 characters, but surely there’s still a lot of rooms for improvement.

Thank you for joining today’s #EngTalk, fellas. It really means a lot to us *hugs*

Visit also  for other interesting English learning materials. Good night, fellas! Bye!!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 19 September, 2016.

#EngKnowledge: Eid al-Adha around the World

Evening, fellas! How are you?

Today is the celebration of Eid al-Adha. Eid Mubarak to our Moslem fellas all over the world.

Happy Eid.jpg


It’s good to hear that you had a good day. Tonight, we’re going to share how Eid al-Adha is celebrated around the world. #EngKnowledge

In Indonesia, the Eid prayer in the morning is followed by sharing meats from the sacrifice to the less fortunate. In some neighborhood, we even gather to cook the meat and have a feast later on that day. #EngKnowledge

Our friends in China might see a celebration that lasts up to four days. Apart from exchanging food and gifts, people also gather to recite the Quran. #EngKnowledge

In Pakistan, nearly ten million animals are sacrificed during the Eid al-Adha. These animals get special treatment: they’re bathed and prettified with flower garlands before the sacrifice begins. #EngKnowledge

Eid al-Adha can be considered as the biggest holiday in Saudi Arabia. Slightly different with other countries, animals commonly sacrificed here are camels. #EngKnowledge

The length of public holidays in Bangladesh in regards of Eid al-Adha is usually six days. Turkey, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and Kuwait normally have nine-day holiday, while Saudi Arabia has twelve days. #EngKnowledge

In some European countries, we need to see that the animal killing is done in a humane way. Some countries are also strict about the slaughtering not to be done in public areas. #EngKnowledge

If you have different tradition or customs on celebrating Eid al-Adha in your place, share with us, fellas!

At the end of the day, Eid al-Adha teaches us about the importance of sharing and selflessness. May you have a blessed holiday.

Check  for other interesting English materials. Thank you for being with me. Good night, fellas! Bye!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 12 September, 2016.

#WOTD: On a par with

‘On a par with’ is often written as ‘on par with’, without ‘a.’ But, both writing styles have the same meaning: equals to or similar to someone or something.

Now, let’s see how the phrase is used in sentences. Example:

  • The hospitality of this home-stay is on a par with a hotel’s.
  • I think women should be on a par with men in having the same opportunities and gaining appreciation in one’s workplace.

Additional example from a fella on Twitter:

We are on a par with others in front of God. – @fijarhajianto


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 5 September, 2016


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