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#EngKnowledge: World Environment Day 2020

Hello everyone, how are you doing? It’s been raining a lot here in Bali, Indonesia, despite we have entered dry season. By the way, did you know that 5 June is celebrated every year as World Environment Day?

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World Environment Day (WED) is observed every year on 5 June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth.

UN designates 5 June as World Environment Day in 1972 and two years later (1974), WED is celebrated for the first time under the slogan “Only One Earth.” During 1974-1983, WED was celebrated 10 times but only in three countries (USA, Canada, and Bangladesh).

World Environment Day 2020 is focusing on biodiversity and will be hosted in Colombia in partnership with Germany. The theme of World Environment Day 2020 is “Celebrate Biodiversity.” Videos highlighting the biodiversity and environmental achievements of different regions of Colombia will be featured throughout the day, including images and drone footage of strategic ecosystems. We can join the conversation online with the hashtag #ForNature.

Air pollution, overpopulation, deforestation, and climate crisis have been some of the major factors that affect our environment. By actively participating to decrease the impact of any factors above, we might have hope for a better environment. Humans are not the only species on this planet and our actions have significant impact on the existence of other species. Furthermore, studies show deforestation and loss of wildlife cause increases in infectious diseases, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

We have only one Earth and we live on this world together, fellas. Let’s let nature be nature and do our parts to help reduce the negative impact of climate crisis. Stay safe everywhere you are.


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, 5 June 2020.



#EngKnowledge: Eid al-Fitr 2020

Hi, hello, everyone, how was your Eid holiday?

I’ll admit that to me it felt different as we have been in self-quarantine for a while that I lost count of what day it is. Do you also experience the same? Share your story!

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Eid al-Fitr is an important holiday for Muslims worldwide. In Indonesia, it is usually marked by 7-10 days of holiday to accommodate those who do homecoming trip. We didn’t see the hustle and bustle this year as much as the previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is also marked with visiting the houses of our close friends and relatives to ask and give forgiveness for our wrongs, which is usually ended with dining together. The signature dishes are ketupat (rice cake wrapped in coconut leaf), opor ayam (braised chicken soup), and rendang. What about in your countries?

Aside of that, we also provide assorted cakes and cookies, such as nastar (pineapple tart), putri salju (literally snow princess), and kaasstengels (soft cheese sticks), accompanied with cold juice to the guests. Given the pandemic, most of us might skip all these traditions and some might not get the chance to meet our families.

Stay strong, fellas. Sometimes we need to make a sacrifice to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 25 May 2020.


#EngTips: Eid al-Fitr During COVID19 Pandemic

A big holiday is coming in less than a week for us in Indonesia, but sadly, it’s most likely that this year’s Eid al-Fitr will be very different than the previous years. Regardless, it’s a difficult situation for all of us so we need to work together to help flatten the curve.

What can we do on this year’s Eid? Here’s what we recommend.

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  1. Save the funds for emergency.
    I think we can put less priority on new clothing or lavish celebrations in favour of emergency funds and donation to those who are in need.
    Do you agree, fellas?

  2. Stay in the city.
    I understand that the situation is very different from one person to another but if you still can stay in the city where you’ve been living, consider not doing the homecoming trip until we get the situation under control. This is to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus to our family and relatives in our hometown.

  3. Minimise movement and keep physical distance.
    The Eid prayer is an important part of the Eid holiday. If the local government considers it safe to do so, still maintain your distance from other people. Keeping a safe distance between two people could reduce the risk of getting infected by the virus.

  4. Make use of the technology.
    Make use of our smartphones to contact our loved ones by, perhaps, having a virtual celebration. It is very important to stay connected as well as checking up on each other.

Those are the tips that we can share, fellas. Happy holiday and stay safe!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 18 May 2020.


#EngKnowledge: The History of Scientific English

In this era, world science is probably still dominated by the use of English. It can be seen from a large number of research papers written in English to reach a global audience. However, English had not been the lingua franca for European intellectuals prior to the 1600s. They, including Isaac Newton, published their works in Latin.

There were several reasons to write science in Latin. The first one was about its audience. Latin was deemed more suitable for international scholars. On the other hand, English was only able to reach a more local audience.

Scholars also continued writing in Latin due to a concern for secrecy. To put preliminary ideas into the public domain could jeopardize them. This concern about intellectual property rights showed the humanist idea of the individual, rational scientist inventing and discovering through private intellectual work, as well as the nexus of science and commercial exploitation.

The third factor which hindered the use of English in science was its linguistic inadequacy. English did not have sufficient necessary technical vocabulary. Likewise, its grammar was unable to represent the world in an objective and impersonal way, and to discuss the relations.

Ultimately, several members of the Royal Society were interested in language and involved in various linguistic projects. They encouraged science to be published in English and a suitable writing style to be developed. Many of the society’s members also wrote their monographs in English, one of whom was Robert Hooke after conducting his experiments with microscopes in Micrographia (January 1665). Two months after the publication of Micrographia, Philosophical Transactions, world’s longest-running scientific journal, was introduced.

The development of scientific English thus saw a formative period in the seventeenth century. Nevertheless, German was the most prominent European language of science in the 1700s. By the end of the 18th century 401 German scientific journals had been inaugurated as opposed to 96 in France and 50 in England. The substantial lexical growth of scientific English occurred in the 1800s as the industrial revolution required new technical vocabulary. Furthermore, new, specialized, professional societies were formed to encourage and publish in the new areas of study.

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The Secret History of the Scientific Journal,

Compiled and written by @fathrahman for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, December 24, 2018

#EngEvent: @EnglishTips4U Admins Tips For You!

Hello, fellas! Did you know what day is today? It’s 2 January, I know.. But what do we celebrate on this day? A true fella would know! :D

Yes, it’s @EnglishTips4U‘s birthday! We are celebrating our 3rd anniversary today & would like to have a special session just for you! :D

Each of our admins from Monday to Sunday would like to share their personal tips on learning English. We hope they could be useful for you.

Don’t forget: if you like these tips, feel free to retweet them anytime. Your friends and followers will be grateful you do! :D

The first skill you need to master in English is listening. Having a hard time with it? Check out tips from @waitatiri, our Wednesday admin.

1. Listen to English songs. Try to understand the lyrics just by listening to them first before Googling the lyrics. ~@waitatiri

2. Watch English movies! You may use subtitles to help you, but don’t depend on them. Or even better, use no subtitles! ~@waitatiri

3. You can also download free listening practice MP3s available on the internet. Most of them are taken from news programs. ~@waitatiri

4. While listening, it’s okay not to know all of the spoken words as long as you get the main idea of what the speaker says. ~@waitatiri

5. Last but not least, make it fun! Learn in a way that you think is the most fun for you. You know yourself best, fellas. :) ~@waitatiri

Do you stutter as you try to speak in English? Well, don’t! Here are some tips worth checking by @NenoNeno, our Monday admin. :)

1. One thing for sure when I started learning to speak English was: I was not afraid of making mistakes. I said what I wanted to! ~@NenoNeno

2. Even when I didn’t have anyone to talk to, I talked to myself, anytime & anywhere it was possible. And I wasn’t embarrassed. ~@NenoNeno

3. At first, aim for fluency rather than accuracy. Use facial expression, body language, & things around you to express yourself. ~@NenoNeno

4. Another important key to successful mastery in speaking: exposure to spoken English. So do listen a lot (music, movies, etc.)! ~@NenoNeno

5. Make sure the exposure is not just ‘any’ spoken English, but the ‘natural’ form of English. For example: from native speakers. ~@NenoNeno

6. We learn by imitation. It’s true, esp. in speaking. After listening, time to practice what you hear, with no fear. Good luck! ~@NenoNeno

Reading in English. Isn’t that suppose to be not that hard? Not all the time tho. Here are the tips by @daedonghae, our Saturday admin. :)

1. Did you know that a lot of philosophical English language readings were also translated from other languages? ~@daedonghae

2. Like Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault have their books originally written in French. ~@daedonghae

3. So sometimes not all philosophical books can be understood straight away. ~@daedonghae

4. No wonder philosophical theory based courses in English language requires band 7 overall in IELTS! ~@daedonghae

5. The tips to read such text? Make sure you skim and scan, note down what you don’t understand and what you think of it. ~@daedonghae

Next! Tips on writing skills from our Sunday admin, @fabfebby. Like writing your statuses in English? These tips are for you! :)

1. Want to write something in English but afraid of the mistakes that you’ll make? Don’t be, fellas. Just write it first. ~@fabfebby

2. When you’re done with your writing, try to reread it, so you can find the mistakes, like misspelling or error on the grammar. ~@fabfebby

3. If you hesitate on what you write, Google it. Or ask someone with experience in English but don’t be lazy to search it first. ~@fabfebby

4. Use new vocabulary that you’ve got to make your writing look cooler. That way also makes you easier to memorize them. ~@fabfebby

5. Keep on practicing. Do it often to improve your skill on writing. Just write it in your blog/tumblr, diary, notes or anything. ~@fabfebby

“But how can I master all those skills when I don’t have enough vocab?” Check out these tips by @Miss_Qiak, our Tuesday admin. :)

1. Everybody knows that vocabulary building is VERY important. Using limited collection of words and phrases is boring. ~@miss_qiak

2. There are so many new words and phrases to learn and try out. Start from your own interest. I started from romance novels. ~@miss_qiak

3. New words and phrases can be found everywhere, from books, magz, songs, movies, the Internet, even by eavesdropping others. ~@miss_qiak

4. DON’T memorize new words and phrases! Search out what they mean and imagine how you’d use them in practice. ~@miss_qiak

5. If you can’t recall words and phrases, explain them in your own words. And once you recall them, you’d remember them better. ~@miss_qiak

Frustrated with grammar? No worries. Check the tips by @Patipatigulipat, our Friday admin. Pst: it doesn’t include memorizing any formulas!

1. Read a lot: fiction, nonfiction, biography, history, magazines, newspapers, online articles. Anything. ~@Patipatigulipat

2. Force yourself to write full words and sentences every time you tweet or comment on something. ~@Patipatigulipat

3. Proofread anything that you write, including your daily journal or short stories. It will help you to be more careful. ~@Patipatigulipat

4. Use Google whenever you are not sure about your writing. ~@Patipatigulipat

5. Remember a quote by Dr. Seuss: “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”

Last but not least, if you’re brushing up your pronunciation, these tips from @me_firdauz, our Thursday admin, should not be missed! :)

1. Pronunciation is an essential part in speaking. Correct pronunciation = easier for people to understand your speaking. ~@me_firdauz

2. Then how to practice your pronunciation? The key is listen and repeat. ~@me_firdauz

3. Listen to a listening material and make sure you have the tape-script as your reference. ~@me_firdauz

4. Remember, English word spellings are different from their pronunciation. ~@me_firdauz

5. This is important! –> Practice every word you hear from the recording, and do it as frequently as possible. ~@me_firdauz

6. Never feel bored to practice, since it takes process, and practice makes perfect! ~@me_firdauz

So how were the tips, fellas?

Hope you will always find our tweets helpful and valuable. Have any suggestion? Feel free to mention us. :)

If you want to know more about the people behind the tweets you read on this account, feel free to visit our page :)

And.. That’s a wrap! Once again, Happy 3rd Anniversary, @EnglishTips4U!

See you all fellas again tomorrow. Good night! :)


Administrated by @me_firdauz

Compiled by @NenoNeno

Written by @NenoNeno @me_firdauz  @Miss_Qiak @Patipatigulipat @daedonghae @waitatiri @fabfebby

For January 2, 2014

EnglishTips4U #PhotoContest Winners

Any of you joined our 2nd Anniversary #PhotoContest ? We’ve received LOTS of photos from fellas. And here are the winners!

Category: PROFESSION (Programmer)
Name: Lindri Setyaningrum
City: Semarang, Indonesia
Location of Photo: ICT Center, Diponegoro University
Twitter: @lindri


Lindri gets:
1. IELTS Test Voucher from UTC (@IELTS_ID)
2. EF Course Voucher worth Rp 500,000 from English First (@EF_EnglishFirst)
3. TOEFL Book Voucher worth Rp 50,000 from Kesaint Blanc Publishing (@Kesaint_Blanc)
4. @EnglishTips4U merchandises: Mug, Calendar, T-Shirt, Pin.


Name: Reni Sartika
City: Batusangkar, Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Location of Photo: Rumah Gadang Pagaruyung, Minangkabau, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Twitter: @khadijahmodern


Reni gets:
1. IELTS Test Voucher from UTC (@IELTS_ID)
2. EF Course Voucher worth Rp 300,000 from English First (@EF_EnglishFirst)
3. TOEFL Book Voucher worth Rp 50,000 from Kesaint Blanc Publishing (@Kesaint_Blanc)
4. @EnglishTips4U merchandises: Mug, Calendar, T-Shirt, Pin.


Categories: FREE
Name: Widya Nur Fadhila
City: Solo, Indonesia
Location of Photo: Solo, Indonesia
Twitter: @widyanurf

PC3 Widya

Widya gets:
1. EF Course Voucher worth Rp 200,000 from English First (@EF_EnglishFirst)
2. TOEFL Book Voucher worth Rp 50,000 from Kesaint Blanc Publishing (@Kesaint_Blanc)
3. @EnglishTips4U merchandises: Mug, Calendar, T-Shirt, Pin.

10 Favorite Photos

Category: FREE
Name: Salma Amalia Sulthanah
City: Jakarta, Indonesia
Location of Photo: Salma’s Bedroon
Twitter : @salmaa03

10a Salma

Categories: FREE
Name: Aggy
City: Bandung, Indonesia
Location of Photo: ITB, Bandung
Twitter: @euromans

10b Aggy

Categories : PROFESSION (Teacher)
Name: Qori Sierra Apritta
City: Jakarta, Indonesia
Location of Photo: Multimedia Class Room, Vista International Program, PT. VIC Indonesia
Twitter: @sierrapritta

10c Sierra

Category: FREE
Name: Juanda
City: Tanjung Enim, SumSel
Location of Photo: GOR Bukit Asam
Twitter: @juju15dtb

10d Juanda

Category: PROFESSION (Coal Processing Supervisor)
Name: Suparyana
City: Berau, East Kalimantan, indonesia
Location of Photo: Mr. Suparyana’s office
Twitter: @suparyana_spy

10e Suparyana
Category: FREE
Name: Zah Ratul Haya
City: Cikarang
Location of Photo: Aya’s room
Twitter: @ayaa13

10f Ayaa

Categories : FREE
Name: Marina Deviana
City: Jakarta
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Twitter: @devimarina

10g devimarina

Categories : PROFESSION (Dentist)
Name: Fitriyantinie
City: Jakarta, Indonesia
Location of Photo: Family Dental Care (Jl. Tanah Pasir No. 6 Kompleks Remako, North Jakarta, Indonesia)
Twitter: @mynameis_nana

10h nana

Category: FREE (Vandalism)
Name: M. Iqbal Dinata
City: Jakarta, Indonesia
Location of Photo: My backyard
Twitter: @Kibaldinata

10i Iqbal

Categories : PROFESSION (Teacher)
Name: Megalia Anisaa Widya Kellana
City: Jakarta, Indonesia
Location of Photo: Pukeko Class New Zealand International School
Twitter: @MegDafiLee

10j megalia

Each of the 10 Favorite Photos winners gets:
1. EF Course Voucher worth Rp 200,000 from English First (@EF_EnglishFirst)
2. TOEFL Book Voucher worth Rp 50,000 from Kesaint Blanc Publishing (@Kesaint_Blanc)
3. @EnglishTips4U merchandises: Mug, Calendar, T-Shirt, Pin.

Congratulations to all winners! And a big round of applause for all fellas who have submitted your photos. :D

We must say this is a very memorable anniversary celebration for all of us. Thank you for your participation, fellas!

Also, thank you  @EF_EnglishFirst (English First), @IELTS_ID (UTC), @kesaint_blanc (Kesaint Blanc Publishing) and @SUNEduGroup (SUN Education Group) for supporting the event :D

@EnglishTips4U #PhotoContest

@EnglishTips4U #PhotoContest Poster

@EnglishTips4U presents

2nd ANNIVERSARY #PhotoContest

Let’s celebrate learning!


  • Choose a category.
  • Send your testimonial photo (see example below) to or @EnglishTips4U (via TwitPic only) with #PhotoContest tag along with photo category, full name, city, location of photo, and Twitter account.
  • Photo must be creative, original, clear, in high resolution, and cannot be edited.
  • Testimony has to be in English, original, creative, clear and concise, and use good grammar.
  • You can send more than 1 photo.

@EnglishTips4U #PhotoContest example


  • Profession (take photo in your workplace or with background that is related to your work or profession)
  • Traveling (take photo in a tourist or traveling destination in Indonesia or other countries)
  • Free (take photo anywhere you like with whatever ideas and creativity you have!)


  • FREE IELTS Tests at UTC Testing Centre
  • English Course Vouchers from EF English First
  • TOEFL Book Vouchers from Kesaint Blanc
  • @EnglishTips4U Super Cool Merchandises


  • 3 (three) Winners, 1 (one) from each category (Profession, Traveling, Free)
  • 10 (ten) Best Photos from all categories (the 3 Best Photos from each category are not included)

SUBMISSION DATES: 1 January – 3 February 2013


All submissions will be posted on our Facebook Page! So make sure to like @EnglishTips4U on Facebook!

MORE INFO: or mention us on Twitter!

*@EnglishTips4U has the right to use and publish submitted photos on Twitter, website, and Facebook* 2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

#EngEvent: “Having Fun with English” Seminar for Eversities Program at President University @PRESUNIV

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The seminar took place as we were invited by The Committee of Eversities President University Major Association International Relations on Monday, 22nd October 2012. Sadly only one admin could come and give the talk when there should be seven of us hehe. We would like to thank you for those inviting us as guest speaker and welcomed us warmly during the event :)


After some speeches from the Vice Rector III and Head of Project, Johnathan Davy, Admin Vitri (@daedonghae), representing @EnglishTips4U, discussed about why English is important, a glimpse of Etifoyu history, how to have fun with English, a video showing, games also usual Q&As occurred.

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In general, any language is important in our lives as it is the one thing used to communicate yet English somehow became the most important one specifically internationally used. It became a universal language in our life for centuries now.


English language has become a Lingua Franca – A language or a mixture of languages used as a medium of communication by people whose native languages are different ( Therefore English language has mostly become a second language that needs to be learned moreover it becomes most of this world’s ‘second’ native language.

However, it is always not easy to learn any other language than your native language and that applies to anyone in the world.


Learning English can be in a serious way also a fun way. But, which one do you prefer? Do you rather learn English in a serious way or a fun way?

Well learning English in a fun way is one of the things that @EnglishTips4U have done so far. We also encouraged everyone, between admins and followers, to share and have fun with English language itself using Twitter portal and different categories of sessions.

Sometimes abbreviated to the word “etifoyu”, @EnglishTips4U is a non-profit English learning portal and Twitter based also the first in Indonesia. It was created by Retno Sofyaniek (@NenoNeno), an English Teacher currently living in Denpasar, Bali. Our motto is “We help you learn English better, faster, and for free!” administrated by seven admins in Denpasar, Bali and Jakarta. Our purpose to help our followers which we call them ‘fellas’ learning English Language in a much simpler, effective and quicker way by kultwit or twitter lecturing through interactions.

Here are some fellas’ testimonials shared about us shown in the seminar:

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It seems that we have reached our purpose and we’re really thankful that fellas like what we do. And yes even admin also wish schools taught us like this. But who knows in the future, and of course most likely not our generation now or maybe our generation English can be taught in a fun way instead of serious way. @EnglishTips4U always wants to encourage sharing because we and admin personally think sharing and discussion is always the best way in learning especially in this era where in twitter you just gather whoever you are, no matter where you from, it’s the globalisation era after all.

Some other ways to learn English in a fun way could be these options. Mind you, even though we are all adults, we have to beware of foul languages. Just be careful in using it. In Indonesia itself, people use it very often but admin is not sure if they do even understand what the meaning is. Admin is sure they wouldn’t care, but it is important to know when and where to use it.


After a slide show of this, admin showed a video that a fella shared in one of our sessions which is called “History of English in 10 minutes” of how English have evolved until now – youtube link:

A number of activities occurred after the video and break. Firstly, audiences or participants had to answer these two big questions:

 1) Why do you think English is important for you?

2) How do you make English fun as part of your own learning?


Above: two people came up to answer the two questions, the miming game 

Below: the questioners in the Q&A section

Two people were brave to come up and state their answers. Here are some answers that you have shared (sorry we couldn’t fit all in, there were so many but we thank you for your participation :) ):

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Next activity was the Q&A session where audiences get to ask admin. Here’s the summary:

Q1. From Devi: “I’m scared no one understands my accent, what should I do?”

Answer: Admin would suggest to just be yourself, be confident about it as no one has ever had same accents after all.

Q2. From Anggun: “Will there be Indonesian English or IndoEnglish knowing from the video it stated there are singlish, chinese english etc?”

Answer:  It’s possible and I have talked it during one of our #EngTalk sessions which came up with some interesting ideas about it.

Q3. From Isti: “What’s the best way to teach English to children? As I struggled and have tried books.”

Answer: I suggest point at something and tell them what it is. I’m sorry I didn’t answer it really clearly but I just remembered that the name of this kind of teaching is a visual way kind of teaching. When they hold something tell them the name of the item then it is more likely they would remember.

Q4. From Bill: “If we speak English some people would go ‘sok banget pake b.inggris’”

Answer: I was never in that kind of situation but what you can do is explain and if still ignored then ignore it and let it be. I would add here that, people shouldn’t be jealous of what language we are using. Language is universal and there are hundreds or even thousands of languages in this world. Would you stop a bule from speaking Indonesian? I bet you’re proud to hear them speaking our language right? Well maybe a bit worrying too, but that’s just someone jealous of you probably if they dare to state such thing and you shouldn’t be down about it.

Q5. From Irfin- “Why pick learning english?”

Answer: It is because of my background moving around with my family but later on I liked it and I thought it’s the easiest second language to learn compared to other second languages that are ‘demanding’ these days.

The last part of the interaction was a mime game. As no one wants to volunteer, the MC picked one of her juniors to participate :) You can see the on the compilation picture above, on the right upper side, that he was really funny :) In here you get to mime a sentence of what they think of the seminar and the rest of the audience had to answer it.

@EnglishTips4U would like to thank the committee, the university and the participants once again for inviting us and letting us being the guest speaker :) It is such an honour! Also we would like to thank you Yanti @yantiyanto for helping documenting and as guest admin throughout event :D We hope to see you all again :D


Compiled and written by @daedonghae pn October 22, 2012