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#GrammarTrivia: Wish

Today we will learn about the way to use ‘wish’ in sentences.

‘Wish’ means a desire or hope for something to happen.

Here are some explanations on how to use ‘wish’ in sentences.
1. Situation: “My friend don’t come to the party.”

True sentence: “My friend isn’t here to keep me company.”

Wish: “I wish my friend was here to keep me company.”

‘Simple present –> simple past.’
2. Situation: “The school is on holiday.”

True sentence: “The school is starting next week.”

Wish: “I wish the school was starting this week.”

‘Present continuous –> past continuous.’
3. Situation: “My friend has become a mother.”

True sentence: “I haven’t seen my friend in the hospital.”

Wish: “I wish I had seen my friend in the hospital.”

‘Present perfect –> past perfect.’
4. Situation: “I had an argument with my brother.”

True sentence: “My brother didn’t agree with me.”

Wish: “I wish my brother had agreed with me.”

‘Simple past –> past perfect.’
5. Situation: “My friend’s sister is coming to town.”

Wish: “I wish I could see your little sister.”

6. Situation: “My classmates are late because of traffic.”

Wish: “I wish they would come sooner.”


Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, November 12, 2017.


#EngClass: Degree Words (2)

Today we will learn about some degree words.

We use degree words to explain the intensity of an action, adjective or another adverb.

You can check the first lesson here
Here’re some examples of degree words from positive to negative:

  1. Absolutely perfect!

E.g. “This suit is absolutely perfect for me!”

  1. Really excellent.

E.g. “The school’s teaching staff is really excellent.”

  1. Very good indeed.

E.g. “The food in the restaurant is very good indeed!”

  1. Very good.

E.g. “His skills in cooking is very good.”

  1. Good.

E.g. “When my nephew was only six, he was good at drawing.”

  1. Quite good.

E.g. “My teacher is quite good at teaching us.”

  1. Fairly good.

E.g. “The new variety show is fairly good.”

  1. Not very good.

E.g. “The interview I had was not very good.”

  1. Rather poor.

E.g. “Most of the land there is rather poor to cultivate.”

  1. Bad.

E.g. “I received bad treatment from him.”

  1. Very bad.

E.g. “I am having a very bad day.”

  1. Extremely bad.

E.g. “I don’t envy your journey in this extremely bad weather.”

  1. Utterly dreadful!

E.g. “The traffic is utterly dreadful!”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

#EngClass: Adverbs of Manner

Today we will learn about adverbs of manner.

Adverb of manner describes the way something happens.
Here’s a list of adverbs of manner:

  1. Well: in a good or satisfactory way.

E.g. “She responds well to the treatment.”
2. Awkwardly: in a worried or embarrased way.

E.g. “He awkwardly said he’s sorry.”
3. Carelessly: without care or concern; inattentively.

E.g. “She was fined for driving carelessly.”
4. Hard: with a great deal of effort.

E.g. “He’s been working hard all day.”
5. Deliberately: in a careful and unhurried way.

E.g. “She deliberately dressed down for the party.”

P.s.: Dress down = to dress informally. Dress up = to dress in smart or formal clothes. 
6. Late: not on time; after the expected time.

E.g. “She practically always late for school.”
7. Eagerly: emphasize a strong desire to do something.

E.g. “The sequel of that novel is eagerly anticipate by many readers.”
8. Fast: at high speed.

E.g. “That car was going fast.”
9. Fondly: with love.

E.g. “She looks fondly at the plants.”
10. Inquisitively: with curiousity.

E.g. “She wrinkled her brow inquisitively.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

#EngClass: Adverbs of Frequency

Today we will learn about adverbs of frequency.

Adverbs of frequency describe how frequent something occurs or things happen.

Here’s the list of adverbs of frequency from the most frequent to the less frequent.
1. Always: at all times.

E.g. “She always eats breakfast every morning.”
2. Usually: refers to what normally happens.

E.g. “There’s usually a lot of traffic at this time of day.”
3. Often: many times.

E.g. “How often should I take this medicine?”
4. Sometimes: at times, now and then.

E.g. “Sometimes words hurt more than swords.”
5. Occasionally: at infrequent or irregular intervals.

E.g. “She watches the kids for us occasionally.”
6. Seldom: not often, rarely.

E.g. “He seldom writes to us.”
7. Ever: at any time.

E.g. “Nobody has ever solved this problem.”
8. Never: at no time in the past and future.

E.g. “Never trust another what you can do yourself.”

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Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, September 17, 2017.

#EngClass: Using ‘So That’ (Expressing Purpose)

Today we will learn how to use ‘so that’ to express purpose.
You can learn about expressing purpose here:
We use ‘so that’ to express purpose.

We often use it with modal verbs (can, would, will, etc.).

‘So that’ is often used instead of ‘in order to.’

We usually use so that with can/could and will/would.
So that + can


“I’m going to do my work now so that I can go home early.”
So that + could


“She moved back in with her father so that she could look after him.”
So that + will


“We arrive at the theatre early so that we will have time to eat before the show.”
So that + would


“They wrote the notice in big letter so that it would stick out.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, September 3, 2017.

#EngClass: Indirect (Reporting) Speech (2)

Today we will learn more about reported speech.
You can review the first lesson here 

Reported speech is also called indirect speech, used to report something someone said.

  1. Simple present –> simple past


Quoted speech: He said, “I work every day.”

Reported speech: “He said (that) he worked every day.”
2. Present progressive –> past progressive


Quoted speech: He said, “I am working.”

Reported speech: “He said (that) he was working.”
3. Present perfect –> past perfect


Quoted speech: He said, “I have worked.”

Reported speech: “He said (that) he had worked.”
4. Simple past –> past perfect


Quoted speech: He said, ” I worked.”

Reported speech: “He said (that) he had worked.”
5. Past progressive –> past perfect progressive


Quoted speech: He said, ” I was working.”

Reported speech: “He said (that) he had been working.”
6. Past perfect –> past perfect


Quoted speech: He said, “I had worked.”

Reported speech: “He said (that) he had worked.”
7. Simple future


Quoted speech: He said, ” I will work.”

Reported speech: “He said (that) he would work.”
8. Be going to


Quoted speech: He said, ” I am going to work.”

Reported speech: “He said (that) he was going to work.”
9. Modal auxiliary


Quoted speech: He said, ” I can work.”

Reported speech: “He said (that) he could work.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

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 Common Mistakes

1. Which one is correct? Listen something or listen to something? The right one is listen to something. Why? Because when LISTEN is followed by a direct object, we have to use the preposition ‘to’? It should be ‘listen to something’ NOT ‘listen something’. e.g. Pete never LISTENS TO what his teachers say.

2. Lunch time or lunchtime? Apparently some of you have guessed it wrong. It should be ‘lunchtime’ NOT ‘lunch time’. Remember that lunchtime is written as one word. Lunchtime: the time in the middle of day when most people eat a meal. e.g. What are you doing at lunchtime?

3. Please note that NEVER usually goes directly before the main verb UNLESS if the main verb is am/is/was or were, then NEVER goes after it.He NEVER buys me a meal or He is NEVER here before 8 pm. Do you see the difference between both sentences?

4. If you want to describe how regularly something is repeated, which one you should use? Everyday or every day? Everyday means ordinary. e.g. The everyday lives of ordinary people in Jakarta.  If you want to describe how regularly something is repeated, you’ve to use ‘every day’. e.g. I drink a glass of milk every day Remember that everyday is an adjective and is usually used before a noun.

5. Last, is this sentence correct? My brother really likes heavy metal but i hate it. Please keep it in your mind that ‘I’ is always written with a capital ‘I’. Don’t write ‘I’ with small letter (i). e.g. My brother really likes heavy metal but I hate it NOT My brother really likes heavy metal but i hate it.

That’s a wrap, fellas. Have a great day!

Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U  on February 21, 2013

#IOTW: Idioms with the word “Line” (part 2)

Right, let’s just begin today’s session. Part 2 of last Sunday’s, idioms with “line”!

  1. Fall in line. Meaning: to conform; to adjust (menyesuaikan diri).


  • “When in a foreign country, you should try to fall in line with the local culture.”
  1. Go down the line. Meaning: mendatangi satu per satu.


  • “He went down the line, asking each person he met where the post office is.”
  1. Hard lines. Meaning: something you say to express sympathy. Only in Britain and Australia.


  • A: I failed my history exam.

  • B: Hard lines.

  1. Hold the line. Meaning: not exceeding limit; not reduce or increase anything.


  • “We are holding the line for our personal spending at this difficult time.”
  1. In line with. Meaning: similar to something.


  • “Her grade this semester is in line with what was expected.”
  1. In the line of duty. Meaning: as part of one’s duty, or happened during one’s duty.


  • “As a public relations staff, meeting lots of different people is my line of duty.”
  1. Lay some sweet lines on someone. Meaning: to speak kindly to someone (dibaik-baikin).


  • Lay some sweet lines on your father, he might allow you to go to the mall this Saturday.”
  1. In/on the firing line. Meaning: in a situation that attracts criticism.


  • “The director found himself in the firing line for the remarks he made about the labor union.”
  1. Top of the line. Meaning: the very best of something.


  • “The speakers of the agricultural forum were all top of the line.”

Keep your questions coming, fellas!

Compiled and written by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 17 August 2014.



#StarFest by STIKS Tarakanita

Calling all collegian and high school students around Jabodetabek;

To build interest and pride in the young generation of cultural diversity in Indonesia, STIKS Tarakanita is holding

StarFest (STIKS Tarakanita Festival) 2014

with the theme:

“Cultural Diversity in Harmony”.

Competitions include:

  • Story telling;
  • Contemporary dance;
  • Rally photo;
  • Band; and
  • Intelligent debate.

Participate in the competitions and visit the festival.
Contact @Starfest_2014 for more info and register by April 30th, 2014.

Date: May 8th – 9th, 2014
Time: 16.00 – 21.00 WIB
Place: STIKS Tarakanita, Billy & Moon, Pondok Kelapa, East Jakarta.

Closing ceremony:
Date: May 10th, 2014
Time: 15.00 WIB – end
Place: STIKS Tarakanita, Aula Bintang Samudera, Pondok Kelapa, East Jakarta.
Entrance Fee: Rp 25.000

Featuring performances by:
Meltho PASTO n’ Students
Rayen Pono
And also:
Sweet Disaster
Rubi dan Rekan

*Registration fee:
– Story telling – Rp 75,000/pax;
– Contemporary dance – Rp 150,000/team;
– Rally photo – Rp 75,000/pax;
– Band – Rp 150,000/team;
– Intelligent debate – Rp 250,000/team.


#EngClass: Should Have vs Must Have

#EngClass time! Are you ready, fellas? Today, we’ll talk about something to do with Modals. Have any of you heard about Should and Must?

As a warm up, tell me what you know about Should and Must, fellas. What do they mean? How do you use them?

Here’s a quick recap.

Both Should and Must express obligations.

Should dipakai saat menyatakan keharusan yang disarankan.

  • Contoh: You should stay tuned to #EngClass (disarankan untuk mantengin #EngClass)

Must dipakai saat menyatakan keharusan yang tidak bisa ditawar, wajib, kudu, tidak boleh tidak.

  • Contoh:  You must stay tuned to #EngClass. Kalian harus mantengin. *awas kalau ada yang bolos/kabur*

Selain menyatakan keharusan, Should dan Must juga bisa dipakai untuk menyatakan kemungkinan atau keyakinan.


“It should be the delivery man”


“It must be the delivery man” .

Keduanya sama-sama menyatakan perkiraan dan keyakinan akan siapa yang mengetuk pintu. Hanya saja, “must” menunjukkan bahwa admin LEBIH yakin dan hampir pasti bahwa kurir pizza sudah sampai; ketimbang saat mengatakan “should”.

Want to know more modals? Visit #EngClass: Modal Auxiliary

Enough with the appetizers. Now, here comes the main course! :D Today, we will talk about “should have” and “must have“.

Meski ‘should’ & ‘must’ punya beberapa kemiripan. ‘Should have’ & ‘must have’ punya arti yang jauh berbeda.

Should have‘ berarti ‘seharusnya’, menunjukkan sesuatu yang seharusnya terjadi, tapi tidak jadi, dan diikuti dengan penyesalan.

  • Contoh: I should have bought fried rice from Bang Mamat. (Seharusnya admin beli nasi goreng Bang Mamat)
  • Maksud: Admin seharusnya beli nasi goreng. Nyesel deh tadi admin tidak beli nasi goreng. Akhirnya kelaperan karena lama menunggu kiriman pizza.

Must have‘ dipakai saat kita berasumsi dan yakin sesuatu terjadi. Menurut asumsi kita, sesuatu pasti telah terjadi.

  • Contoh: The operator must have forgotten to process my order. (Operator telponnya pasti kelupaan sama pesanan admin)
  • Maksud: Admin rasa operatornya lupa. Admin yakin operatornya lupa. Buktinya pizzanya tidak kunjung sampai.

Well, I hope you know the difference between ‘Should have’ and ‘Must have’ now :)

Mmm… have I told you that both ‘should have’ and ‘must have’ must be followed by Past Participle Verb (v3)? :D

Here’s another example of ‘should have’ & ‘must have’:

  • I shouldn’t have whined so much. It must have been hard to find the address.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on March 23, 2013

#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