Category Archives: reading

#EngTips: Mathematics word problems

In mathematics, the term “word problem” is often used to refer to any mathematical exercise which significant background information on the problem is presented as text rather than in mathematical notation.

Steps to solve word problems:

  1. Read the problem carefully, understand it.
  2. Underline the key words or the operation words and think about them.
  3. Do your working. Draw a picture if needed and write a number sentence for the problem, solve it.
  4. Carry the answer. Check your answer and communicate the solution, explain it.

Key words and catch phrases for word problems:

  1. Addition words: ‘add’, ‘altogether’, ‘both’, ‘in all’, ‘sum’, ‘total’, ‘combined’.
  2. Subtraction words: ‘difference’, ‘fewer’, ‘how many more’, ‘how much more’, ‘left’, ‘less’, ‘minus’, ‘need to’, ‘remains’, ‘subtract’, ‘-er’.
  3. Multiplication words: ‘times’, ‘every’, ‘at this rate’.
  4. Division words: ‘each’, ‘average’, ‘evenly’, ‘equal parts’, ‘distribute’, ‘separate’, ‘split’.

Why don’t you try some exercises.


  1. Elin has six more balls than Mei. Mei has nine balls. How many balls does Elin have?
  2. Jane has nine oranges and Sani has seven oranges. How many oranges do Jane and Sani have together?
  3. Ken’s apple weighs 100 grams, and Dan’s apple weighs 80 grams. How heavier is Ken’s apple?
  4. Kim buys 2 apples everyday. How many apples does she buy in a week?
  5. Ed reads 25 words per minute. At this rate, how many words does he read in one hour?
  6. Nick has 75 pencils and 15 boxes. How many pencils should he pack in each box so each box gets the same number of pencils?


  1. Fifteen.
  2. Sixteen.
  3. 20 grams.
  4. Fourteen.
  5. 1500.
  6. Five.

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, September 4, 2016



Things Your English Books Don’t Tell You (Fella’s Review)

Hello, fellas!

First of all, please allow us to thank you for supporting what we do, for tuning in to our daily sessions on Twitter, for checking out the topics posted on this site. As cliche as this might sound, @EnglishTips4u is nothing but one more account in the whole realm of Twitter and Internet if it is not for the support from every single of our beloved fellas.

As some of you might have known, with help from Redaksi Panda Media, we have published our first book in June 2014. The title is “Things Your English Books Don’t Tell You“.

We’d like to dedicate this post to show our appreciation to fellas who bought the book and told us what they thought about it. You have no idea how excited we were to receive and read all your thoughts. Below is a compilation of the feedback we received through out these two years.


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If you too have read our book, feel free to leave a comment in the comment box down below. You can also mention us on Twitter.


Haven’t got a copy of your own? You can find our book in bookstores such as Gramedia, Gunung Agung, Toga Mas and many others. Or to save the hassle of hunting our book, you can also buy it online from or

About our book




Title: Things Your English Books Don’t Tell You
Retail price: Rp. 63.000 (Indonesian Rupiah)
Format : Soft Cover
ISBN : 9797807339
ISBN13 : 9789797807337
Date of publication : June 2014
Intermediary language: Bahasa Indonesia
Publisher : PandaMedia
Number of pages : 336
Dimension : 190 mm x 130 mm
Weight : 0.30 kg


Siapa bilang kalau mau jago bahasa Inggris harus dimulai dengan belajar grammar dan tenses? Bahasa Inggris itu nggak melulu tentang grammar, kok, banyak hal-hal seru yang bisa dipelajari juga. Buku ini akan mengajakmu meningkatkan kemampuan bahasa Inggris dengan cara asyik dan menyenangkan.
Dikompilasi dari tweet akun @EnglishTips4U materi dalam buku ini sudah dikemas sehingga kamu gampang mengerti. Dan, sesuai judulnya, Things Yours English Books Don’t Tell You, ada banyak hal menarik yang tidak kamu temukan di buku pelajaran bahasa Inggris lainnya.

#EngTrivia: English Language Philosophical Books

Hey fellas, I hope your Saturday is well :) I noticed that our nature has been to the extreme lately, let’s pray that it will pass soon…

So today I will share an #EngTrivia on philosophical books written in English, do you know what they are?

Philosophy is a set of ideas or the study about how to do something or how to live; also about knowledge, truth, nature of life.

Don’t worry, I won’t be discussing anything serious tonight :)

Lately I have been reading those and here I want to share my experience.

As I have mentioned during the 3rd Anniversary tweets, some, even most philosophical books were not originally written in English.

You can find the 3rd Anniversary tips on Reading here: 

So automatically it is a translated book hence it was translated to the nearest meanings.

Most non-native speakers would have difficulties reading it, yet it turns out even native speakers also have difficulties.

Reading a philosophical book or even its extract is like reading a literature.

It’s like reading a poetry, or a Shakespeare text, even though it is using modern English language

Most of the time you won’t get what it’s written straight away, you have to break it down in order to understand it.

And from that, you would find out these thoughts/knowledge that you can apply towards your methodology of working, thinking, etc.

Or you could disagree with it completely.

Those who are planning to pursue studies abroad on theoretical, historical, philosophical studies, it seems this is one thing to expect of and you should be ready of :)

I am not discouraging instead I am encouraging you to do your best and be ready for what is ahead :)

Expect those long sentences, metaphors, the many comas and long paragraph. Remember, it was written in a different language.

Even in Indonesian language we tend to write longer, so when translated it tends to be longer than an English language sentence.

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on February 15, 2014

#EngTips: How to Enlarge Vocabulary and Reading Skill

Hi, fellas! We’ve received many questions regarding how to enlarge vocabulary and reading skill.  And maybe some of us have a question also, is it necessary to learn through dictionaries and read many English books?

Today, I will share some tips I’m using to learn English. It works for me, and maybe for some of you.

  • First, don’t try to enlarge vocabulary through dictionaries, but read as many books as possible instead.
  • The more you read, the more you will extend your vocabulary and develop your reading skill.
  • Choose books or articles that are interesting to you and encouraging you to read on and on.
  • Make sure the books are at your level, or only a little bit above your level. So it’s not too difficult, but not too easy.
  • Mark new words you’ve encountered in context. Then you’ll see how the words are used.
  • After that, you can imagine yourself use those words in other sentences or situations.
  • When you come across new words, don’t immediately search those words on your dictionary. Guess it.
  • This is a very good chance that you will be able to guess their meaning.
  • After that, you can validate the meaning on your dictionary. Use dictionary as a back-up to see if your guess was right.

That’s it for this session. We’ll continue giving tips on another session, fellas!


Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on November 23, 2012


Apa kamu seorang guru bahasa Inggris? Atau sedang belajar dan memantapkan reading skills? Coba kunjungi website ini

Untuk yang mengajar, biasanya sering kesulitan mencari artikel bahasa Inggris sebagai bahan. Di ada banyak artikel menarik.

Artikel-artikel yang tidak begitu panjang memudahkan yang ingin meningkatkan reading skills. Tersedia dalam berbagai macam topik atau kategori.

Kamu juga bisa mengirim artikel bahasa Inggris buatanmu sendiri dan diterbitkan di dengan beberapa persyaratan.

Di halaman “Article Writing” kamu bisa membaca petunjuk cara penulisan artikel, seperti bagaimana menulis paragraf dan jenis-jenis kalimat.

Selain itu, kamu juga bisa belajar reading sambil menonton videonya di halaman “Reading & Video Lesson”. Ada pertanyaan dan kunci jawaban.

Ingat, rajin membaca itu banyak manfaatnya.

  1. Menambah kosakata.
  2. Membiasakan diri dengan tulisan bahasa Inggris.
  3. Membantu writing skills.

Follow English Articles di Twitter untuk mendapatkan update dari mereka > @EnglishArticles.

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on January 28, 2012