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#EngVocab: Adjectives That Describe Personalities (2)

We know that English is very rich in expressions. We can describe anyone and anything with so many ways; idioms, phrases, and words amongst many others. We will discuss one of them.

Before you continue reading, you might want to check our previous article on this subject: #EngVocab: Adjectives That Describe Personalities.

Anhedonic = unable to feel happiness.
“In the ‘Winnie the Pooh,’ Eeyore is described as a depressed, anhedonic stuffed donkey.”

Agreeable = pleasant, enjoyable.
“She’s an agreeable companion. You won’t get bored.”

Assertive = self-assured, confident (without being aggressive).
“As a team leader, you should be more assertive.”

Bold = strong, brave, willing to take a risk.
“She’s so bold. She does not wait for anyone to introduce her to the CEO.”

Brooding = showing deep unhappiness.
“He’s always brooding; I don’t know what’s wrong with him.”

Childish = immature.
“She’s so childish that she always throws tantrums over small problems.”

Childlike = innocent, having good qualities associated with a child.
“Her laughter is childlike; it’s contagious.”

Chirpy = cheerful, lively.
“Quenzino is such a chirpy little fella. I wanna pinch his cheeks.”

A chirpy baby (Picture from WordPress).


Dark = mysterious.
“Whenever I forget to bring my driving license with me, the police always look like dark and intimidating figures.”

Dim = stupid (informal use) OR dim-witted = slow (in Bahasa Indonesia: lemot).
“Please don’t use sarcasm with him. He’s dim; he won’t get it.”

To make it easier to memorize them, try to use one of the words on the list on your daily conversations. Be careful with some words that have a negative connotation.

P.S.: The list will continue.


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 12 March, 2018.



#EngTalk: How to Start a Conversation

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Sometimes, we could feel nervous when we are about to start a conversation in English. The feeling of awkwardness of saying something in a foreign language, coupled with the concern about saying something wrong or grammatically incorrect, could be overwhelming.

However, the more you familiarise yourself with speaking in English, the more confident you could be. Therefore, always practice when you have a chance. You can start with everyday conversation with a friend or a colleague.

When passing a friend on a hallway at school or meeting somewhere else, we can say:
– How are you?
– Hey, what’s up?
– Hi, how is it going?

If it’s a colleague at work, a more formal interaction is expected. We can start with:
– How are you today?
– What have you been up to lately?
– How was your weekend? (if weekend has just passed) OR Have you got plans for the weekend? (if weekend is about to come).
– Have you heard of that news?

But what if we are in a situation when there is no one we are familiar with?
When you are in a party or a gathering, and there is no one there whom you know, you can always start a conversation and turn a stranger into an acquaintance.

Here are some sentences you could use to start a conversation with a stranger:
–  I don’t believe we have met. I’m Katie.
– What is it that you do for a living?
– Do you go to school near here?
– Do you live around here?
– This is such a great event. What do you think?

You can also start with complimenting a person’s appearance or performance. For example:
– I like your outfit. Where did you buy it?
– I couldn’t help but staring at your necklace. It’s beautiful.
– You gave an interesting speech. I’d like to know your thoughts about…

Making comments about someone’s physical appearance is fine if we are already good friends with him/her, but never point out what a stranger’s lacking as it is considered impolite. For example:
– You look uncomfortable in that clothes ×
– It seems like you have gained some weight ×


If you feel that you might require some helps getting into a conversation with strangers, bring a friend. After a while, you should be confident to do it on your own.


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 26 February 2018.


#GrammarTrivia: Confusing verbs

Hello, Fellas. We meet again. How are you today? This evening we are going to have a discussion about confusing verbs.

Who had felt dilemmatic about the using of ‘make’ and ‘do’ in a sentence? Because sometimes I did.

‘Make’ vs. ‘do’

After I read some references, it is said that we use ‘do’ to indicate an activity/action.


  • “Do your homework,”
  • “You should do your work,”
  • “It’s my schedule to do the laundry.”

Likewise, we can also use ‘do’ even if there is no physical object to be shown.

For illustration:

  • “I would do anything for you,”
  • “She didn’t do anything wrong,”
  • “I do nothing since this morning.”

Meanwhile, ‘make’ is used when someone is creating/building/performing something. It is usually something that you can see/touch (physical object).


  • “I am making cheesecake,”
  • “Please, don’t make him cry.”
  • “Smartphone makes us communicating with someone easily.”

‘Say’ vs. ‘tell.’

According to Cambridge dictionary, ‘say’ focuses on the words in someone speech. For illustrations,

  • “He said,I want to buy apples.’

On the other hand, ‘say’ also acts as a reporting verb.


  • “He said he wanted to buy apples.”

Meanwhile ‘tell’ is used to report the message of the speech or to instruct someone.


  • “He told me that he wanted to buy apples,”
  • “Tell him to buy apples.”

‘Shall’ vs. ‘will.’

In simple future tense, we traditionally use ‘shallafter the first person pronoun (I and we) while ‘you,’ ‘they,’ ‘she,’ ‘he,’ and ‘it’ are followed by ‘will.’

For instances:

  • “We shall go to supermarket to buy some vegetables and meat,”
  • “You will get a good grade if you study harder.”

However, when we want to emphasis something the rules are reversed. The first pronouns are followed by ‘will,’ while ‘shall’ is placed after the second and the third pronouns.


  • “I will not forgive you,”
  • “She shall read the textbooks as her thesis refrences.”



Compiled and written by @mettaa_ for @EnglishTips4u on Thursday, August 31, 2017

#EngTips: Ending conversations (revisit)

There are some reasons that make people end a conversation. They might have another work to do or they have reached a conclusion of a discussion. In a certain condition, they don’t know how to continue a conversation with someone.

Excuse yourself in a discussion would seem like a trivial matter, but apparently there are rules to demonstrate it appropriately.

No matter how you dislike the topic or even the person you talk to, you need to give them a positive impression. It is necessary, especially when you are in a business or other formal conversation. You can give her/him a smile and tell your gratitude for her/his companion. You may start it by saying:

  • “It was really nice meeting/talking to you..”
  • “I’m so glad meeting/talking to you..”
  • “I would love to continue this chat, but..”

If you really have something to do, you may give them a reason on why you need to leave. However, if you are not willing to state it for the sake of privacy, you may say:

  • “…. I need/have to do something,” or “… I have works to be done.”
  • “… I need to go somewhere.”

On the other hand, you can use the previous phrases to finish a conversation, that makes you uncomfortable politely.

Finally, say goodbye to your company. If you want to continue your discussion in another time, you can also tell her/him your wish to meet again



Compiled and written by @mettaa_ for @EnglishTips4u on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

#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

Meeting relatives is fun, but also has its downsides. For example, frequently asked nosy questions. Yes, “Where’s your girlfriend/boyfriend?”, “Have you graduated yet?”, and so on. Sometimes it gets really annoying, doesn’t it?

How do you usually respond to these questions? Below are a few tips that might prove useful.

1. Answer with another question.

This one is a rather aggressive approach in answering the questions. It may be impolite to some people, so be careful.

If you’re asked by a cousin or relative of the same age, you can use this method. Don’t forget to add laughter or a smile to make it less threatening.

2. Comment on the question rather than answering.

“That’s a good question.” sounds like you’re answering a question regarding your presentation. But it works most of the time, because the people who ask you these questions mostly just making small talk.

Or you could simply say “Let’s just hope for the best.” and add a meaningful smile at the end of your statement.

3. Pass the answer to said question to another person. (my personal favorite)

Almost every time someone drops an annoying question, I directed the question to anyone around me.

  • Q: When are you going to get married?

  • A: Just ask Mom. She’s my decision maker.

Another form of this method is to direct the question to someone that isn’t even there. For example, direct it to your boyfriend or girlfriend or anyone that isn’t related to you but might influence your decision.

4. Pretend you don’t understand the question.

Act puzzled. Act dumb. Or at least ask the questioner to repeat the question. As I said before, most people aren’t that curious with your life. They are just making small talk. But if they insist, they will be baffled by your inability to respond to their question. They will get tired eventually.

5. Answer honestly, if you want to.

This is probably the best approach if you want to convert the small talk into something more serious. If you have the honest answer and are not tired of answering the question, just answer the question.

6. Just smile (and wave).

Smile. Smile. Smile. And then probably divert the question into another subject. It’s just like The Penguins of Madagascar: Just smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave.

Drop a comment if you have more tips to add.


Compiled and written by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, July 8, 2016




#USSlang: American slang (19)

  1. Pad. Meaning: a place to live.
    • Example:
      • “I need to find a new pad. Could you accompany me when I’m searching for it, Steve?”
  2. Peanuts. Meaning: a very small amount of money or no money at all.
    • Example:
      • “Julia won’t do the task for peanuts.”
  3. Pop for (something). Meaning: buy.
    • Example:
      • “It’s David’s turn to pop for popcorn.”
  4. Quarterback. Meaning: lead.
    • Example:
      • “I think Jeff is the right person to quarterback today’s meeting.”
  5. Rack. Meaning: bed.
    • Example:
      • “If you want to look good on your wedding day, you must hit the rack now, Patty.”
  6. Racket Meaning: noise.
    • Example:
      • “Javier can’t sleep last night because there was a lot of racket in his house.”
  7. Rag. Meaning: newspaper.
    • Example:
      • “Jane’s article is posted on the rag today. Have you read it?”
  8. Split. Meaning: leave.
    • Example:
      • “Could you please tell your sister that I’ll split the city tomorrow morning, Dave?”
  9. Trash. Meaning: destroy.
    • Example:
      • “Juliet’s brother trashed her room.”
  10. Upbeat. Meaning: positive.
    • Example:
      • “Jason always has an upbeat mind.”

Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U  on Sunday, May 5, 2013

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#EngConvo: Singlish

So today I am going to share about #Singlish #EngConvo

Based on the interview with @della_angelina and Zhen Min, they came up with conversation about food

Of course, food is irresistible to the South East Asian societies :)

So here are two conversations I would like to share

Note: Sentences in brackets (…) are the English translations of the previous Singlish sentence


The 1st one is a conversation between ZM and D about D’s favourite eating place:


ZM: Where is your favourite makan place?

(Where is your favourite eating place?)

D: That time my friend bring me to Dover, to chicken rice place. It is damn good, and super cheap. 2 dollars only.

(That time my friend brought me to Dover, to this chicken rice place. It is very good and very cheap. Only 2 dollars)


The 2nd one is a conversation between a food stall seller and a buyer:


Seller (S): What you want?

(What would you like?)

Buyer (B): I don’t know lhe, I want nasi lemak, and I want es bandung

(I don’t know, I want nasi lemak, and I want es bandung)

S: I only sell nasi lemak if you want es bandung you go that stall, lha

(I only sell nasi lemak. If you want es bandung you should go to that stall)

B: Alamak

(Oh my God/Okay fine)

S: You want nasi lemak with chilli?

(Do you want chilli on your nasi lemak?)

B: Little bit.

S: Take away or eat here?

B: Eat here.

S: Okay, 3.50

(Okay, 3.50 dollars)

B: I give you 15, can or not?

(Is it okay to pay with 15 dollars?)

S: No lha, got no change, you have 50 cent?

(No, I have no change, you have 50 cents?)

B: Nevermind lah, I will go drink stall first and come back, okay?

(Nevermind, I will go to the drink stall first and then come back here)

S: Okay.


So, what do you think?


Hope you had fun reading the Singlish conversations :) and hope this #EngConvo is useful :D

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on Devember 20, 2014



Thank you again to @della_angelina Zhen Min and Mithun for your contribution to the #Singlish sessions

#EngTrivia: Singlish

Some of us might have heard the word Singlish, Singaporean English. Throughout our Twitter sessions, fellas would ask about it occasionally. So in this post, we will some trivia about it based on an interview with colleagues currently living and previously lived in Singapore plus other sources.

Singapore was under the British colonial for 146 years (1819-1965). In the 1950s, those who worked as civil servants or for the government had to speak English. Schools which are available were Chinese schools and English schools.

With English language around them, it was then picked up by non-English speakers, creating another kind of ‘language’. This then becomes Singlish, a “creole language” (constructed from a simplified language). Therefore the present Singlish comes from the general population itself, the Singaporeans.

But, isn’t Singlish a slang?

The answer is.. well, some might say, but it’s actually not.

It is a constructed language based on English itself, different Chinese dialects and Malay (Bahasa Melayu). Singlish is a creole language from those different languages. Apparently Singlish is similar to Malaysian English.

Complicated? Not really. Singlish seems simple and unique. Yet apparently the government is complaining saying it lacks identity, it is an on-going argument.

Note: The information below was gathered through online interview with colleagues currently living and previously lived in Singapore.

Question: As those who uses/used Singlish, what do you think of it as a user?

Della, from Indonesia, stated that she can express herself very well in Singlish. To her, Singlish allows her to express more and has become one of her fluent ‘language.’

Zhen Min, from Singapore, stated she can express herself faster in Singlish. She would speak it to friends and colleagues or use it for casual writing. She would use it as affectation of language.

“I would change (to Singlish) if I am stressing on something” – Zhen Min, Singapore

Mithun, from India, stated he initially could not understand Singlish but then realises how amazing it is as a language itself. Singlish uses very little words to express more or the same.

“For example the word ‘can’. I don’t have to say the full sentence,I can just use it for almost anything and it makes sense” – Mithun, India


Question: So, what is Singlish like?

kinda hard to understand what they are talking about… :/ – @mu_afi

My friend supposed me S’porean ’cause my Singlish – @dyanaamalia

To those who are not familiar with Singlish, the language might sounds new and pretty hard to understand. However, to those who are familiar with Singlish and use it in daily conversation, especially to Singaporeans, the language comes naturally to them… just like how we use bahasa Indonesia in here Indonesia.




Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, July 26, 2014


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#EngTips: Receiving Suggestions – Part 2

Hey hey, fellas! Let’s continue yesterday’s #EngTips discussion on how to respond to suggestions.

We’ve talked about how to make suggestions  & how to accept them. Following up the two, in today’s #EngTips, we’ll talk about how to refuse suggestions.

I don’t know about you, fellas, but I always find it harder to say ‘No’. Mmm… Or should I say, I find it hard to say ‘No’ without offending others. Perhaps you can consider the following expression when you need to refuse suggestions:…

1. Let’s not. – Ayo jangan kita lakukan.
A: Let’s go on a date.
B: Let’s not.

2. I’d rather not. – Aku lebih memilih untuk tidak begitu.
A: I think you should go out with me.
B: I’d rather not.

3. I don’t feel like it. – Aku tidak merasa ingin lakukan itu.
A: How about a trip to the salon?
B: I don’t feel like it.

4. I dislike + noun/V-ing … – Aku tidak suka…
A: Don’t you think it’s a good idea to stroll the park?
B: I dislike any kind of workout.

5. I don’t particularly like + noun/V-ing… – Aku tidak suka…
A: You should give it a try.
B: I don’t particularly like adventures.

6. I’m afraid I can’t + V1… – Sayang sekali aku tidak bisa…
A: You could wait a while.
B: I’m afraid I can’t (wait).

7. What an awful / bad idea! – Itu ide yang buruk!
A: Why don’t you call him?
B: What a bad idea!

One last tip before we end today’s session, it never hurts to thank others for their attention and suggestions.
It might sound or feel less offensive if we first thank that person and then say ‘no’, perhaps followed by some sort of excuse.
Imagine how hurt you would feel if somebody just say ‘No’ to your offer or suggestion. That would sound rude, wouldn’t it?

So, that’s all for today, fellas! For more useful tips, head to: #EngTips

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on August 1, 2014

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#EngTips: Making Suggestions
#EngTips: Receiving Suggestions – Part 1
#EngTips: Receiving Suggestions – Part 2

#EngTips: Receiving apologies

In this article, I’ll share some expressions you can use when someone apologize to you.

So, when was the last time someone apologize to you? How did you respond to it?

Here are some expressions you can use to accept an apology:

  1. Don’t worry about it. Arti: Jangan risau soal itu.
  2. Forget about it. Arti: Lupakan hal itu.
  3. Don’t mention it. Arti: Jangan ungkit hal itu.
  4. It’s not important. Arti: Itu tidak penting.
  5. It doesn’t matter. Arti: Itu tidak penting/bermasalah.
  6. It happens. Arti: Itu biasa terjadi.
  7. No problem. Arti: Tidak ada masalah.
  8. It’s all right. Arti: Semua baik-baik saja.
  9. It’s ok. Arti: Tidak apa-apa.
  10. I don’t mind. Arti: Aku tidak keberatan.
  11. Let’s forget about it. Arti: Ayo kita lupakan hal itu.
  12. We’ll say no more about it. Arti: Kita tidak akan bicarakan hal itu lagi.
  13. We’ll consider the matter closed. Arti: Kita anggap hal ini tuntas.

One wise friend said, “There’s no shame nor cowardice in an apology. The best apology is not expressed in words, but in action.”

That same friend also said,

“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.”

And that’s a wrap! I hope you like this article and find the discussion useful, fellas. :)

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, July 10, 2014

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#EngTips: Making apologies

How often do you apologize for something? How do you usually express your apology? In this post we will share some expressions you can use in an apology.

The most common expression used to express an apology is ‘I’m sorry,’ but do you know that ‘to apologize’ is not the same as ‘to be sorry?’

  • To apologize is to admit your mistake, that you are at fault.
  • To be sorry only expresses regret, when something you prefer not to happen, happened.

To express an apology, you can consider the following options:

  1. ‘I do apologize for…’
    • Example: “I do apologize for breaking the window.”
    • Arti: “Aku minta maaf sebab telah memecahkan kaca jendela.”
  2. ‘I must apologize for…’
    • Example: “I must apologize for ruining your pretty dress.”
    • Arti: “Aku minta maaf telah merusak bajumu yang cantik.”
  3. ‘I’d like to apologize for…’
    • Example: “I’d like to apologize for coming in late.”
    • Arti: “Aku mau minta maaf sebab telah datang terlambat.”
  4. ‘I shouldn’t have…’
    • Example: “I shouldn’t have lied to you.”
    • Arti: “Aku seharusnya tidak berbohong padamu.”
  5. ‘It’s all my fault.’
    • Example: “I shouldn’t have left you alone. It’s all my fault.”
    • Arti: “Seharusnya tidak kutinggalkan kamu sendirian. Ini semua salahku.”
  6. ‘Please forgive me for…’
    • Example: “Please forgive me for dumping you.”
    • Arti: “Kumohon maafkan aku sebab telah mencampakkanmu.”
  7. ‘I’m terribly sorry for…’
    • Example: “I’m terribly sorry for being a jerk.”
    • Arti: “Aku sangat menyesal/minta maaf sebab menjadi seorang bajingan.”
  8. ‘Please accept my apologies for…’
    • Example: “Please accept my apologies for making you mad.”
    • Arti: “Terimalah permintaan maafku sebab telah membuatmu marah.”


Someone once told me,

“There’s no shame nor cowardice in an apology. And the best apology is not in words, but in action.”


And that’s a wrap. I hope you like this post and find the discussion useful, fellas.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, July 3, 2014


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#IOTW: Idioms related to education

Hello fellas:) Today we’re going to talk about…. Education! We’re going to talk about idioms related to it. Let’s start!

  1. Learn something off by heart. Meaning: to learn something in such a way that you can say it from memory.
    • Example:
      • “Danya learnt everything in the book off by heart.”
  2. Three Rs. Meaning: used to refer to the basic areas of education: reading, writing and arithmetic.
    • Example:
      • “Some people could easily leave school without even mastering the basic three Rs.”
  3. With flying colors. Meaning: to do something very successfully.
    • Example:
      • “Della hopes that she could pass all her exams with flying colors.”
  4. Bookworm. Meaning: someone who reads a lot.
    • Example:
      • “Is Nina a bookworm?”
  5. Copycat. Meaning: someone who does or says exactly the same as someone else.
    • Example:
      • “Don’t be a copycat. Do them with your own way.”

That’s all I can share for today, fellas. Do you often use those idioms?

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.



#EngConvo: Family Dinner

Hello hello, fellas! How many of you wishes to improve your English conversation?

Today, fellas, we are having an interactive conversation session #EngConvo :D All you have to do is to continue the dialogue of the last tweet. 

Following our last #EngConvo, our topic today is: Family dinner. Shall we start then, fellas? The story starts as you got home from school. 

Fella: Mom, I’m home.
Mom: Oh, fella. How was your day at school? Fella: I got excellent result in an english test. ~ @ pertiwifitri
Mom: That’s great! Get ready for dinner. Dad will be home any minute.
Fella: really? I will tell dad about my result. He’ll proud of me. ~
Mom: Come out after shower. I’ve made your favorite rujak.
Fella: Oh thank you so much, mom, for the rujak. It’s delicious and I love it. ~

Dad: Mom said your school is having a bazaar next week.
Fella: It is, dad. Everyone could come to the bazaar. Would you like to come there? ~
Dad: Sure. What will you be doing in the bazaar?
Fella: I won’t tell you, dad. It’s a surprise. If you want to know, you have to come next week. :D ~
Dad: We will. What is the bazaar for?
Fella: It’s for celebrate school anniversary. And we’ll donate all of the money for Kelud eruption victims. ~
Dad: That’s a good cause. I’m sure it’ll be a great hit.
Mom: When is the bazaar?
Fella: Next week, mom. I’ve told you, right? On Saturday. ~
Mom: Ah, yes. We’ll definitely be there. :)

And that’s the end of today’s #EngConvo fellas. 

Thank you for participating. :D
That’s all for today, fellas. Have a good rest. XOXO

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on February 18, 2014

#EngConvo: Morning Conversation With Mom

Hello hello, fellas! How was your day? I can’t believe it rained so hard just not too long ago, but only cool breeze remains now.

So, fellas! We’ve heard so many times how difficult it is for you to start speaking English. Today, we’ll start something which hopefully will help you with that. This new session is called #EngConvo where all you need is fingers to type with, imagination to think with and mouth to read out loud what you read and write. Today’s #EngConvo will be on a scenario which we encounter every single day.

Imagine it is morning, your mom’s waking you up and nagging to get you ready for school. Check out the scenario and continue the line…

Mum: Knock knock knock! Fella, wake up! You’re going to be late.

Fella (@doraadorii): This is Sunday mom! It means no school today.

Mom: Who are you joking with? It’s Tuesday and the school bus is almost here. Wake up! Didn’t you say you have a math test this morning?

Fella (@lyrsafira): No, mom. We had it yesterday.

Mom: Really? So how did it go?

Fella (@andyrizkita): I got perfect score mom. The test was easy. As your promise give me the chocolate mom.

Mom: I’ll give it to you later, after school. Your dad asked whether you want more pocket money.

Fella (@rizkyalearner): No, mom. I still have enough money. Some chocolate from you would be enough.

Mom: Ya. Ya. What’s with you and chocolate? Have you got everything ready for school? Don’t you think you’re forgetting something?

Fella (@RIRIfebi): No, I don’t. I have got everything ready for school. Can you take me for school?

Mom: I would love to. Too bad somebody stole our bike last night.

Fella (@yumnafa): That’s not it…I actually broke it on my way home yesterday, so I hid it behind garbage pile.

Mom: No wonder you acted suspiciously. Now, get going. I can hear the bus driver honking anxiously outside. Study well & be good.

Fella: *continue the story*

@ChristinaJeje Yes mam pray for me, I hope I succeed and be blissful mama<3

@oshiebimantara you betcha Mom! I wont be home until I get straight A’s and make you proud!

@SherlyArtanti hmm, okay mom I will , wait wait there’s something wrong with my legs. They can’t move :D

@Electroboyzz OK mom! Anyway, I want to eat beef steak for dinner, could you cook it for me? I love you mom… *Kiss*

And that marks the end of our first #EngConvo, fellas. Thanks a lot for your participation. I hope you had fun with the story. :D

I don’t know about you, fellas, but I sure had fun reading all your replies on twitter. Have a look at them yourselves. Search “@EnglishTips4U” :D

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on January 7, 2014

#EngTips: Useful English conversation phrases and words (6)

1) Bring it/bring it on.

Biasanya digunakan untuk menantang atau berkompetisi atau sama dengan mengatakan, “Let’s do it!” (Ayo lakukan!). Dengan kata lain frasa tersebut berarti melakukan sesuatu dengan baik.


  • Dear Biology test, bring it on! (Dear ujian Biologi, aku tidak takut!)

2) Fly.

Kata ‘fly’ ini artinya bukan “terbang” tapi keren, hebat, atau mengagumkan. Ada yang tahu lagu The Offspring berjudul Pretty Fly For A White Guy?


  • It’s a fly piece of dress she’s wearing. (Gaun yang dia kenakan keren.)

3) Let me get this straight.

Kita mengatakannya ketika ingin mengklarifikasi perkataan orang lain, biasanya dengan mengulangi perkataannya.


  • Let me get this straight. So you left your mobile on the bus? (Coba aku luruskan. Jadi hapemu tertinggal di dalam bis?)

4) Hold your horses.

Klausa di atas merupakan idiom yang memiliki arti sama dengan “hold on” atau “be patient” yang artinya tunggu dulu atau sabar.


  • Hold your horses. Sooner or later, she will come back to you. (Tunggulah. Cepat atau lembat dia akan kembali padamu.)

5) Down with that.

Jika kita mengatakan, contohnya, “I’m down with that.” artinya kita setuju dengan perkataan atau perbuatan seseorang.


  • A: Ah, I love this movie so much! (Aku sangat suka sekali film ini!)

  • B: I’m down with that. (Aku setuju.)

6) Up to something/up to no good.

Kedua klausa di atas berarti merencanakan sesuatu secara rahasia, biasanya sesuatu yang buruk (up to no good).


  • She has never been this nice. She’s up to something. (Dia tidak pernah sebaik ini. Sepertinya dia merencanakan sesuatu.)

7) You have my word.

Kita mengatakan ini ketika kita berjanji pada seseorang. Sama artinya dengan “I promise.” (Aku berjanji.)

“a.k.a pegang omonganku.” – 


  • A: Will you help me? (Bisakah kamu membantuku?)

  • B: You have my word. (Iya, aku berjanji)

8) Do/did/done your homework.

Kita menggunakan ungkapan ini untuk menunjukkan seseorang melakukan pekerjaannya dengan baik.


  • You’ve done your homework. You deserve a promotion. (Kamu bekerja dengan baik. Kamu layak mendapatkan promosi.)

9) Make it up to you.

Kita mengatakan ini pada seseorang dengan tujuan mengganti sesuatu yang hilang atau sebagai kompensasi atas ketidaknyamanan yang kita buat.


  • I’m sorry I can’t go with you, but I’ll make it up to you. (Maaf aku tidak bisa pergi denganmu, tapi aku akan menebusnya.)

10) Pumped about (something).

Frasa di atas memiliki arti bersemangat, gembira, heboh akan sesuatu. Biasanya sesuatu yang akan datang atau dinanti-nanti.

“Artinya sama dengan ‘so stoked about.'” – 


  • I am so pumped about tonight’s show! (Aku sangat bersemangat menanti pertunjukan malam ini!)

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, January 9, 2012.



#EngTips: Useful English conversation phrases and words (5)

1) “Can I have a sec?” Artinya: “Bisa bicara sebentar?”

Kita gunakan ketika ingin menyita waktu seseorang dan ingin membicarakan sesuatu dengannya.


  • A: Excuse me, Sir. Can I have a sec? (Permisi, Pak. Bisa bicara sebentar?)

  • B: Sure. Come on in. (Tentu. Masuk saja.)

2) Bring (something) to the table. Artinya: berkontribusi atau memberikan sesuatu yang bermanfaat bagi orang lain atau suatu hal.


  • So what will you bring to the table for our next project? (Jadi apa yang akan kau lakukan untuk proyek kita selanjutnya?)

3) Jibber jabber. Artinya: omong kosong atau omongan yang tidak masuk akal, membingungkan, atau tidak ada ujung pangkalnya.


  • What you said sounded like jibber-jabber to me. (Apa yang kamu katakan terdengar seperti omong kosong bagiku.)

4) Flunk. Artinya: kita gagal melakukan sesuatu, biasanya berhubungan dengan mata pelajaran atau mata kuliah.


  • I flunked the Math test. It has always been my weakness. (Aku gagal (dalam) ujian Matematika. Ini selalu menjadi kelemahanku.)

5) On it. Artinya: kita menyanggupi untuk melakukan sesuatu atau akan melakukannya segera.


  • A: Where is the monthly report? (Di mana laporan akhir bulannya?)

  • B: I’m on it. (Aku yang mengerjakannya.)

6) For all I care. Artinya: kamu sama sekali tidak peduli. Biasanya digunakan di akhir kalimat.


  • You can jump off that bridge for all I care. (Kamu bisa lompat dari atas jembatan itu, aku tidak peduli.)

7) An item. Artinya: dua orang yang dianggap berpasangan atau berpacaran.


  • Megan and Dan are an item now. (Megan sama Dan sekarang pacaran.)

8) Out of line. Artinya: kamu telah keluar batas atau bertindak atau bicara dengan tidak benar atau tidak pantas.


  • I’m sorry for what I did. I guess I went out of line. (Aku minta maaf atas apa yang aku lakukan. Sepertinya aku keterlaluan.)

9) Take five. Artinya: istirahat sejenak; sama artinya dengan “take a break.”


  • My head is overloaded. I’m gonna take five. (Kepalaku pusing. Aku mau istirahat sebentar.)

10) Shot. Artinya: kesempatan.

You got a shot” berarti “Kamu punya kesempatan.” “Give me a shot” artinya “Beri aku kesempatan.”


  • Do your best. This is your last shot. (Lakukan yang terbaik. Ini kesempatan terakhirmu.)

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, December 26, 2011.



#EngTips: Useful English conversation phrases (4)

1) “Over the top.

Jika seseorang atau sesuatu “over the top,” artinya mereka berlebihan sampai terlihat konyol atau tidak masuk akal. Dengan kata lain, lebay.


  • She has gone completely over the top with this small matter.

2) “Didn’t/don’t/doesn’t see that one coming

Kita mengatakan frasa ini jika kita sebelumnya tidak memperkirakan suatu hal akan terjadi.


  • So Drew is dating Dan? I didn’t see that one coming…

3) “Don’t/doesn’t buy it; not buying it

Kita gunakan frasa ini untuk mengatakan tidak percaya pada omong kosong atau kebohongan orang lain.


  • Andrew said he saw a ghost down on the hallway last night. I’m not buying it.

4) “I rest my case

Frasa ini digunakan setelah selesai menjelaskan segala argumentasi dan merasa tidak ingin berkata-kata lagi.


  • I still think smoking in public is bad because it is bad for others, no matter how much you love it. Now I rest my case.

5) “A little bird told me that..

Biasanya kita mengatakan frasa ini untuk memulai pembicaraan tentang suatu berita tanpa menyebutkan sumbernya


  • A little bird told me that you just won a lottery.

6) “A prick

Kata ini berkonotasi kasar, artinya adalah orang yang bodoh atau brengsek. Jangan sembarang menggunakan frasa ini, kecuali jik orang tersebut memang benar-benar menyebalkan.


  • What a prick. He drove me downtown and left me alone on the street!

7) “He/She’s a keeper.

Kita mengatakannya untuk mengacu pada seseorang yang layak dijadikan teman, kekasih, rekan kerja, dll.


  • Brad is such a good coworker. Everyone likes working with him. He’s a keeper.

8) “The jig is up.

Kita mengatakannya ketika kedok atau tipuan seseorang telah berakhir atau terungkap, maka kita tidak bisa tertipu lagi olehnya.


  • Come on, Mandy, the jig is up! We all know what you did to get an A in History Class.

9) “Ass kisser

Jika kalian bingung mencari Bahasa Inggris dari kata “penjilat”, kalian dapat menggunakan frasa ini. Ingat, kata “ass” tidak sepenuhnya sopan.


  • A: I can’t work with an ass kisser.

  • B: Maybe he’s just trying to keep his job.

10) “Ring a ding ding!

Ini adalah ekspresi yang digunakan untuk menyatakan kegembiraan atau antusiasme yang teramat sangat atau meluap-luap.


  • Oh, my goodness, here comes my new car! Ring a ding ding!

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, December 19, 2011.