With the increasing use of English in every field, English proficiency is a must-have skill. We in Indonesia, however, could find a lot of challenges when trying to learn English, some of them came from the misconceptions that we still believe to be true until now.
By changing our mindset about these misconceptions, we will be better prepared to embrace English learning or learning any other foreign languages as a part of our daily life.
What are those misconceptions?
English (or any foreign languages) is hard. I will never be good at it.
Trust me, fellas, I also had the same mindset when I first started learning English. It turned out that it was just in my mind. And so, I tried a variety of learning methods. One that helped me a lot was doing a lot of exercise and practice, whether it was reading, listening, or structure/grammar. Take your time while learning something new and be patient with yourself.
We can learn English better and faster with a native speaker. Not always true. Most native speakers learn English through language acquisition when they were young, which means they might not experience the difficulty of learning a new language at a later age. Native speakers can often follow English grammar patterns without knowing what that grammar pattern is, so they can use English well but might not be able to teach it.
I can never master the correct British/American/Australian accent.
Again, this is not always true, fellas. With practice, you can acquire the accent, but the more important thing is the correct pronunciation as well as your confidence in yourself to use English on a daily basis.
Grammar is the most important part of English learning.
The correct statement is all elements of English learning are equally important. Grammar at times can be the most intimidating part, but as you grow to love what you are learning and notice the pattern on which a grammar is used, you will find no difficulties using grammar.
Someone who speaks English is more intelligent than others. Proficiency in English does not equate intelligence, fellas. It’s true that by being proficient in English, the opportunity to learn new things will open widely. However, it will depend on the person whether he/she/they can use the opportunity and the resources well, including understanding the subject.
#Page364of365 Today is the last Monday this year and only less than 48 hours before we change the calendar. How excited are you for 2020, fellas?
I myself am looking into personal growth, doing more voluntary works or charitable activities, and learning some new skills, like sewing. What about you?
While making a list of things we are planning to do in 2020, let’s share some facts about the new year.
The year 2020 will start on a Wednesday and as it is a leap year, will have 366 days.
People all over the world mostly believe that 2019 is the last year of this decade (2010-2019), which means 2020 is the first year of the new decade. However, there are some who believe that the new decade starts in 2021. How is that? Because there are two ways to decide from when to when a decade lasts. The first way is by the same digit. For example, the 1990s started from 1990 and lasted until 1999. The second way is by starting a decade with the last digit ‘1.’ As there is no year ‘zero/0,’ we start counting the years from year 1. By this definition, the 2020 is the last year of the decade and the new decade will begin on 1 January 2021.
The Roman number of 2020 is MMXX.
The Gregorian year 1992 had the exact same calendar as the year 2020.
The Chinese year of Metal Rat will last from 25 January 2020 until 11 February 2021. Rat is the first animal on the Chinese zodiac list so the year of rat is believed to be a new beginning when people from all zodiac signs can prosper.
If you think 2019 was not up to your expectation and 2020 is not going to be any different, plan to try out new things or rediscover your love for old hobbies and idle skills. Who knows what will happen, right? Let’s welcome 2020 with a bang!
Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas,’ fellas? Have you ever wondered what it is and what it means?
‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ is a Christmas carol that dated back to 1780 when it was first used in England as a chant or a rhyme. It is believe to have a French origin.
It tells a story of accumulating gifts for twelve days since Christmas Day; each day the amount of gift increases from the day before.
The song goes like this (source: Google):
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me A partridge in a pear tree
On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me Two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree
On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me Three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Five gold rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Six geese a laying, five gold rings, four calling birds Three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me Seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five gold rings Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying Five gold rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Nine drummers drumming, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five gold rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Ten pipers piping
Nine drummers drumming, ten pipers piping Drumming, piping, drumming, piping Eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying Five gold rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me Eleven ladies dancing, ten pipers piping, nine drummers drumming Eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying Five gold rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Twelve Lords a leaping, eleven ladies dancing, ten pipers piping Nine, drummers drumming, eight maids a milking Seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying And five gold rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree, and a partridge in a pear tree
There are several variations and versions to this song but all tells a story of cumulative wealth or gifts. There are also similar verses in Scotland, Faroe Islands, and France. The exact origins and the meaning of the song are unknown, although many believe that it came from children’s memory and forfeit game. Each child in succession repeats the gifts of the day and forfeits or is given penalty for each mistake.
Fellas, are you a fresh graduate from a college or a university or do you want to take a professional work as early as after finishing high school? You must have been aware of job interviews.
Job interviews are amongst the first steps that must be taken before you start corporate life. Multinational companies specifically conduct the interviews in English. Could you share some stories of your first job interviews? Mention us.
“My first job interview was fun! Other candidates graduated from Perth and Californian campus, but the company picked me from Kalibata campus”.
“I went for job interview for bpo job. Interviewer asked me to speak 5 minutes English. I spoke 30 seconds in proper English. It was Amazing experinced until I missed my bus“.
You must also have been aware that nowadays job interviews are not done face to face only. Companies can conduct the interviews through video calls or Skype.
But if you must meet the company’s HRD person or the user, dressing politely and making a good first impression will make you go a long way.
If you are applying for a job in creative industry, never forget to prepare your portfolio and creative experiences. They could help convincing the company to hire you.
A job in creative industry might vary from being a copywriter, a web content writer, a photographer, an illustrator, to a graphic designer.
As for formal sector, prepare your most updated CV that mentions your relevant past experiences. Formal sector jobs refer to an administrative staff, a financial staff, a customer service, a teller, a manager, and so on.
After the interview is over, make sure you have given the company your contactable phone number and email address.
That’s all for today, fellas. Good luck for your next job interview!
Hello fellas, how are you today? Fellas, on April 17, 2019, we in Indonesia hold a general election to determine the future members of House of Representative and the future president and vice president. Therefore, today, we are going to discuss vocabularies related to election.
An election is a formal group decision-making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office. There are several vocabularies that we often hear or read in regards to election terms. Here they are:
1. Campaign Means the things a candidate does to get elected (shaking hands, giving oration, etc.). E.g.: “He took a campaign tour of West Java last week.”
2. Debate Means to argue for or against something. E.g.: “The topic of tonight’s presidential debate is national defense and security.”
3. Candidate Means the person who is running in an election. E.g.: “The Indonesia presidential election in 2019 has two pair of candidates.”
4. Politics Means the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area. E.g.: “I told her I was going into politics.”
5. Voter Means the individual who is voting in an election. E.g.: “Now the voters will decide.”
6. Ballot paper Means a piece of paper or a small ball used in a secret voting. E.g.: “Each person will get a ballot which should be kept confidential.”
7. Supporter Means the individual who supports a candidate during an election. E.g.: “All supporters in this campaign are so excited to meet the candidate.”
8. Political party Means a group of people with similar political goals and opinions whose main purpose is to get candidates elected to public office. E.g.: “Most of political parties in this election are optimistic about their candidates being elected.”
9. Democracy Means a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
E.g.: “Indonesia is one of the countries that adapts democracy as its system of government.”
10. Government Means the governing body of a nation, state, or community. E.g.: “The first MRT in our city was planned by the previous government.”
Hello fellas, how was your day? We meet again in Wednesday session with @Englishtips4u and today we will discuss astrology or also known as horoscope. Do you believe in horoscope? Most of the time, someone checks his or her horoscope out of pure fun. When we open a magazine or a newspaper and we see the horoscope monthly update, we can sometimes read or overlook it.
For those who read it, they do it to search any signs about fortune or lucky happenings in life, for fun. As we are all aware, there are 12 known zodiac signs that are compatible with our birthdays. Can you mention all 12 of them? Yes, they are Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius.
Do you think the article makes sense? Or does anything happen to us is purely coincidental, regardless of our star sign? Share your thoughts and tweet us. Have you read this article? I find some opinion about millennials and the zodiac sign.
What we must avoid, however, is judging someone based on their zodiac sign. Someone who was born under the sign Libra could say, “It’s not my fault that I’m bad on decision making. I’m a Libra.
The article also mentioned a girl with Leo horoscope, who felt that she didn’t quite relate to her zodiac sign. She said that she would not define herself as someone who liked to be on the spotlight, although she did feel that she was a sociable and a creative type.
Continuing with the businesswoman on the article who was a Libra. She identified strongly with her zodiac sign and believed that she was a ‘typical Libran. The last one was a young girl from London, an Aries, who believed that she found herself always attracted to Aquarius guys, based on the horoscope.
However, as what we mentioned previously, we should avoid prejudice based on zodiac sign. Someone’s characteristics and personality are unique, which means we cannot really be sure that someone is behaving or doing a certain action because of his or her sign.
Similarly, we should not be discouraged either if our zodiac update says that there is something unfortunate to happen to us. It is good to stay optimistic, keep an open mind, and be careful at the same time.
That’s all for today, fellas! Thank you so much for joining today’s session. See you tomorrow!
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.
Hi, Fellas, happy weekend! How are you doing during this week? Have you sensed holiday atmosphere in the air? Speaking of holiday, in this season I would like to share some information about the origin of thanksgiving
When you hear the word “thanksgiving,” what does suddenly come to your mind? Is it turkey? Or autumn? Family gathering? Do you know when was Thanksgiving celebrated for the first time? And where was it?
It is said that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in North America, 1621. The tradition itself had been brought by English Pilgrims that came to Massachusetts. Some history stated it was acknowledged when The Pilgrims shared meals with the native, Wampanoag Indians, as a celebration of good harvest.
However, a historian named Michael Gannon stated that the culture had been existed around fifty years before. On September 1565, there were some colonists in St. Augustine, Florida, shared the Thanksgiving banquet to the natives. Despite of the original start of Thanksgiving, an information from History.com stated that for more than two centuries since 1621, Thanksgiving was celebrated in a different time by the colonist and Americans. And in some moments, Thanksgiving was celebrated for different purpose, too. As Illustrations, during American Revolution, Thanksgiving even celebrated more than one day a year.
After that, in 1789, George Washington hold Thanksgiving to celebrate America’s independence and to express gratitude of successful American ratification. Finally, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that Thanksgiving should be celebrated each year on final Thursday of November as a national event in America. However, the celebration was revised on the fourth Thursday of November by Franklin Roosevelt due to induce retail sale during Great Depression during 1930s. Ultimately, I think that nowadays’ Thanksgiving day is celebrated according to Roosevelt basis. source:
Fellas, do you know why Americans use honor instead of honour, color instead of colour and center instead of centre? The spelling stems from the work of one of the most influential figures in the development of American English, Noah Webster.
Noah Webster Jr. was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, on October 16, 1758. His father, Noah Webster Sr., was a descendant of John Webster, the Connecticut Governor. His mother, Mercy Steele Webster, was a descendant of William Bradford, the Plymouth County Governor.
Despite being well known for his work in the field of language, Webster studied at Yale Law School. His study began in 1774. Due to serving in the American Revolution, he was graduated four years later. Having been unable to find a work as a lawyer, he finally taught in a school in Goshen, New York.
While teaching, he was dissatisfied inasmuch as texts for children did not reflect the American culture. He said, “Let us then seize the present moment, and establish a national language, as well as a national government”. His first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, was published in 1806. Webster argued that Americans should simplify their spelling by matching letters more closely with phonemes. He expected to standardize American English for Americans spelled, pronounced and used English words differently.
Webster’s most famous masterpiece, An American Dictionary of the English Language, was published in two volumes in 1828 and contained 70,000 entries. It took 18 years to complete the dictionary. In order to know the origin of words, he learned 26 languages, including Old English, German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic and Sanskrit. It sold more copies than any English book, except the Bible. Later, George and Charles Merriam purchased the right to publish the dictionary and it became what we know today as the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Hi, hello, fellas! How was your Eid al-Fitr holiday? Eid Mubarak for all of you who celebrated it.
While we are still in the festivities, I’d like to share some words related to Eid al-Fitr tradition in Indonesia.
Mudik (Ina) = Homecoming trip (Eng)
A trip to our hometown that we usually do at the end of Ramadan.
Bermaaf-maafan (Ina) = forgiving one another (Eng)
It is believed that we should celebrate Eid al-Fitr with a clean mind, body, and soul, and forgiving one another is one way to achieve it.
Kemacetan panjang (Ina) = traffic congestion (Eng)
It is not exactly a tradition, but traffic congestion happens almost every year during homecoming. Luckily, the traffic and road condition have improved a lot this year.
Silaturahmi (Ina) = amity, tight friendship (Eng)
Refers to a close bond between two human beings who might or might not be related by blood.
Halalbihalal (Ina) = Gathering to ask for forgiveness (Eng)
An occasion when family or close friends gather to catch up with each other and ask/give forgiveness.
Ketupat (Ina) = Steamed rice cake wrapped in diamond-shaped palm leaves (Eng)
Similarly, we also have lontong (Ina) = steamed rice cake wrapped in banana leaves (Eng). Phew, quite a mouthful, isn’t it?
Opor ayam (Ina) = chicken braised in coconut milk (Eng)
One of the most popular dishes served during Eid al-Fitr celebration.
Rendang (Ina) = rendang (Eng)
This widely popular dish has been recognized by its own name, even when we are speaking English. We can also refer to it as meat simmered in spices and coconut milk.
Hi, fellas, how was your Monday? I was shook when I realized that we are halfway through 2018.
Does anyone recognize the word ‘shook’ that I used on the previous sentence? Have you ever read it before?
@catheramirez: ‘Surprise,’ ‘I can’t believe it.’
Q: @nadirantsy: Does shook have the same meaning with shocked? Same context? A:Yes, but I think we should limit ‘shook’ to a relaxed, playful context. We don’t use it to express our sadness when hearing a bad news, for example.
‘Shook’ is one of the popular internet terms that we are going to discuss tonight. As languages are ever-evolving, these internet terms are actual English words whose meanings have changed over the years.
Here are some popular internet terms that are still used as of mid-2018:
Bamboozled From the verb ‘to bamboozle’ (informal). It means to fool or cheat someone. It also means to confuse or perplex.
E.g.: “I’m bamboozled by the amount of retweets to my Twitter post.”
Boi/boye A cute way to spell ‘boy.’ Usually used to a male dog.
E.g.: “Oh, you’re such a good boiiiiii…”
Burn A reaction we gave when somebody has just been talked back to.
A: “Without the ugly in this world, there would be nothing beautiful.”
B: “Thank you for your sacrifice.”
Canceled ‘To cancel’ used to describe that an event would not take place OR a force negated another, but nowadays, netizen use ‘canceled’ to describe a dismissed or rejected person or idea.
E.g.: “If you don’t like my doggos, you will be canceled.”
Cringe and cringey ‘To cringe’ is to experience an inward shiver upon seeing or hearing something embarrassing. ‘Cringey’ is used as an adjective to describe something that causes somebody to cringe.
E.g.: “I cringed so hard when I watched her lip-synced performance. It was so cringey.”
Deceased It was used to politely say that someone has passed away, but now, it is used to describe that something is really cool or awesome or funny that it takes our lives away.
E.g.: “OMG, my brother bought me tickets to a Rich Brian’s concert! I’m deceased!”
Doggo Basically, it’s a cute way to say ‘dog.’
E.g.: “I just saw a super adorable, squishy, fluffy doggo.” insert crying face emojis
Extra Something is ‘extra’ if it is done in an exaggerated, over-the-top way.
E.g.: “Rihanna’s outfit at the 2018’s Met Gala is so extra.”
Epic comeback It used to describe a spectacular return of an artist, most of the time musicians, after a long hiatus. Now, it also means a witty (sometimes harsh) response to an insult.
A: “You’re so fat Thanos will have to snap his fingers twice.”
B: “Yeah, I’m fat, but you’re ugly. At least I can go on a diet.
Feels All emotions mixed up: sadness, joy, envy, love, etc.
E.g.: “TVXQ’s comeback gave me all the feels.”
HMU Stands for ‘hit me up,’ which means ‘contact me.’
E.g.: “HMU the next time you visit the city.”
Humblebrag The act of bragging while appearing humble; the art of false modesty.
E.g.: “Who knew that constant vacations and holidays could be this exhausting?”
Lit It used to describe the state of being drunk, but it is now used to express that something is exceptionally good.
E.g.: “The latest Arctic Monkey’s album was so lit it set my headphones on fire.”
A noob is a person who is inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity, especially computing or the use of the Internet. It came from the word ‘newbie.’ However, ‘newbie’ has a more positive connotation while ‘noob’ is intended as an insult.
A: “Hey guys, I’m kinda new here.“
B: “LOL, noob.”
Overproud A reaction we gave when our nation or something originated from our nation is being talked about in a positive way.
A: “Did you know that an instant noodle brand from Indonesia was marketed worldwide?”
B: “Are you being overproud right now?”
Pwned A gaming-style spelling of ‘owned,’ meaning being defeated badly.
E.g.: “Oh, snap, I was just pwned!”
Salty Upset, angry, or bitter, after being made fun of or embarrassed. It can also be used to say that someone is mad.
E.g.: “Gosh, stop being so salty! You broke up with him; now it’s time to move on!”
Savage Being ‘savage’ is saying or doing something harsh without a regard to the consequences.
A: “You’re so fat Thanos will have to snap his fingers twice.”
B: “Yeah, I’m fat, but you’re ugly. At least I can go on a diet.”
C: “Oooh, that was savage!”
Shady and throwing shade Shady = suspicious
Throwing shade = talking bad about something or someone, without naming (but the audience knows anyway).
E.g.: “I think her last Instagram post was a shade thrown to me. I don’t know why she’s so shady.”
Shook Originally, the word has a more serious connotation, as it means ’emotionally or physically disturbed.’ Nowadays, netizen use it as a playful way to say ‘surprised.’
E.g.: “She broke up with him? I’m shook!”
Stoked It means being excited or euphoric.
E.g.: “When they told me I was on the team, I was stoked.”
Tea A gossip or personal information belonging to someone else. The phrase ‘spill the tea’ is used the same way as ‘spill the bean’ is used, that is ‘to reveal an information that is supposed to be a secret.
E.g.: “The tea is exceptionally good today.”
Woke Supposedly has the same meaning as ‘awaken,’ which is being enlightened, always in the know of everything that is happening in the world, more than anyone else.
E.g.: “I never consume any products coming from animals anymore. I guess I can say I’m woke.”
As what we always suggest, avoid using slang or internet terms in a formal interaction. If you befriend your employer or boss on social media, for example, both of you are still expected to converse formally. Any school assignments, essays, job applications, letter of recommendations, or business emails should be free from these terms either.
@kaonashily: instantly I feel ‘gaul’ knowing these ‘nowadays’ words.
@babygraace: I think salty isn’t just used when someone is being made fun or embarrassed. E.g.: omg some people that watch my car vlogs literally get salty at me because I don’t put both my hands on the wheel!
Q: @sakurayujin: What about ‘shooketh?’ A: Even more surprised than ‘shook.’
People who were born from 1981 to 1997 are often being referred to as millennial generation or simply ‘millennials.’ This age group is also the one who prides itself as 90s kids, as the people who belong to it spent their childhood and teenage era in the 90s.
Now, most millennials have grown up to the productive age when they start working as professionals. Fast-thinking, self-assured, and a high adaptability to technology are often considered as millennial workers’ strengths.
Sadly, millennials often get labelled as disloyal, quickly jumping from one job to the next, having high expectation, and having a great deal of entitlement. Millennials also tend to get bored easily. If they feel they are stuck, they will find a way to be unstuck, which makes them seem difficult to deal with. These traits make millennials easily misunderstood by their coworkers and employers who are from older generation.
So, how can millennials solve this? I’d like to share several old-school career rules that millennials can apply to their professional life.
Even when we’re working in the same workplace, people come from varied backgrounds. This means that we need to explain ourselves from time to time. So, there shouldn’t be ‘I thought you already knew’ or ‘Nobody told me that.’
Be on time.
By being on time (or early, if possible) we show people that we respect their schedule and we take them seriously. Besides, a delay often leads to other delays. If we don’t finish a task in a timely manner, it is very likely that the other tasks are delayed. In a fast-paced working environment, things can easily get out of hand.
Eyes on the details.
Be it on the way we dress, the way we write our emails with proper and acceptable manners in business relationship, or the way we refrain ourselves from checking our phones during important meetings, pay attention to small details. Again, we want to show our partners that working with them is important to us.
Never underestimate any tasks.
“I didn’t spend 5 years in the university only to work on Excel spreadsheets,” was my thought on the first day of my first job. Do you also have a similar experience, fellas? Well, no matter how much we dislike trivial assignments, they are actually necessary to learn the workflow at the workplace. If we can handle trivia, we can always ask for more responsibilities to our supervisor.
Give time for a change to happen.
Oftentimes, we as millennials want to see some changes to immediately happen once we utter the ideas. A new coworker to share our workloads with, a promotion, a more challenging position, or anything similar. What we should realize is that our supervisor or employer makes a decision that concerns many other people. Therefore, they might take some time before making up their mind.
That’s all I can share, fellas. Let us as millennials be a good example for our generation, while also being an agent of change to the workforce.
Happy National Education Day, fellas! Let us all take a moment to be thankful for the quality of education that has brought us to where we are today.
Many Indonesian in the past did not quite have the privilege and access for good education like what we enjoy today, but that did not stop them to become intellectuals. Some even contributed to bring the end to the occupation in Indonesia. Therefore, I’d like to make today’s session a tribute to our national heroes by sharing their famous quotes that are related to education.
P.S.: I translated some of them from the original ones which are in Bahasa Indonesia, so feel free to correct the translation if it’s wrong.
“Learning without thinking is useless, but thinking without learning is very dangerous!” – Soekarno, first President of Indonesia.
“I’d volunteer to go to prison, as long as there are books, because with books I am free.” – Mohammad Hatta, first Vice-President of Indonesia.
“Only with education will we build our nation.” – Dewi Sartika, founder of the first school for women.
“The purposes of education are to sharpen our wits, strengthen our will, and soften our senses.” – Tan Malaka, politician and activist.
“Advancing in civilization requires advancing in both intelligence and character growth.” – Kartini, women’s rights activist.
“Make a teacher out of everyone and a school out of every place.” – Ki Hajar Dewantara, first Minister of National Education of Indonesia and the national hero whose birthday we celebrate as National Education Day.
Hola, Fellas! What a beautiful day, isn’t it? Well, it must be because we are going to have a long weekend. For those who are going to celebrate Chinese New Year tomorrow, I hope you’ll have a wonderful family reunion tonight. Speaking of Chinese New Year, this evening I am going to share some information about Chinese New Year tradition.
Traditionally, when Chinese New Year is coming most people will clean their house. It is believed that cleaning the house will sweep away the bad luck. Celebrating a new year means welcoming a new beginning. Thus, removing all of the matters of the past would give a space for a new hope, prosperity, and fortune. That is why cleaning the house on Chinese New Year is prohibited.
Besides cleaning the house, some people will have a new hair cutting, buy some new outfits and other stuffs as a completion of the new start. After cleaning the house, Chinese will have a Chinese New Year eve dinner with their family, which is today. It is similar to having a family reunion in Thanksgiving, Christmas eve, as well as (if I’m not mistaken) Eid Mubarak eve. This is the most important event of Chinese New Year celebration because it would be a moment for a family to be rebound and share happiness.
Some sources states that dumpling is the most important food in this family dinner, especially in northern China. Its pocket like shape is believed will bring wealth, harmony and happiness to those who eat it. The various fillings of the dumplings will related to the fortune that awaits you in the next year.
The next thing I am going to talk about is generally the main focus of Chinese New Year, the red packet! (hong bao in Chinese). it is publicly known that a red packet contains a certain sum of money. The red packet is traditionally given from married couple to their parents and younger relatives. This is a symbol of blessing and the red color of the envelope is a symbol of happiness.
Lastly, in the following days Chinese usually go to temple and pray before visiting their another family member and relatives. That was a general tradition of Chinese New Year. People may have a similar yet a quite different one because it might be adjusted to another local tradition.
Well, I may have to call it a night. Happy Chinese New year for those who celebrate it. Have a joyful moment with your family and enjoy your special dinner.
This special day is also intended to commemorate Ki Hadjar Dewantara. He is a proud national figure for education in Indonesia and also the mastermind of Indonesia education founding philosophy, “Tut wuri handayani.”
Indonesian people certainly familiar with “Tut wuri handayani.” Do you still remember what it is?
Tut wuri handayani is one of philosophy in education initiated by Ki Hadjar Dewantara. It is generally followed by two other ideas, “Ing ngarsa sung tulada” and “Ing madya mangun karso.“ Generally, “Tut wuri handayani” means empowering form behind.
It was proposed by Ki Hadjar Dewantara as an ideal concept for education in Indonesia. Ki Hadjar Dewantara aspire that a good education system leads people fulfill both the spiritual and intellectual aspects. In addition, he stated that the aim of education is self-control because when a person can control his/herself, then she/he knows how to behave. In other words, besides technical skills, teachers should have a good personality, spirit and mentality.
He also emphasized that teachers should be an education facilitator and a figure. “Tut wuri handayani” had been demonstrated by Ki Hadjar Dewantara in his well-known institute, “Taman Siswa,” before eventually became our main education ideology. Thus, the ministry of education decided to use it as one of the elements of their logo.
There is an academic article described that “Tut wuri handayani” is implemented in among teaching system. It consists of three elements, e.g., ‘asih,’ ‘asah,’ and ‘asuh,’ which cover all Ki Hadjar Dewantara’s education concept. Naturally, this system lets the students exploring and learning their interest subject while the teachers act as a supporter/advisor. We can take the process of writing a thesis as a suitable example.
In order to write an academic paper we need to do a research, such as laboratory research, a survey or literature research. After that, we need to analyze the results. Furthermore, we certainly will discuss it with our academic supervisor, especially when we are dealing with some difficulties. The research and analyzing process illustrate the term of exploring and learning, while consulting illustrates the teacher’s supports.
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’ 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.