#EngGame: Talking about people

Rule of the game: please type the number of the question with your answer. There will be 10-15 questions. The topic is: People.

  1. Is the following sentence right or wrong? “This is Andy. He’s my elderly brother.”
  2. What do we call a person who works for someone else?
    • A) an employer
    • B) an employee
  3. She’s a very witty person. She’s …
    • A) clever with words
    • B) good with her hands
    • C) fit and strong
  4. Which of the following sentences is correct?
    • A) “She’s a very effective secretary.”
    • B) “She’s a very efficient secretary.”
  5. What do we call a person who causes damage and is noisy and violent in public places?
    • A) a hermit
    • B) a victim
    • C) a hooligan
  6. Which person is the ‘odd one out’?
    • A) widow
    • B) mother-in-law
    • C) uncle
    • D) fiancee
  7. Andrea is very stubborn. What is the synonym for ‘stubborn’?
    • A) strict
    • B) big-headed
    • C) obstinate
  8. Which person enjoys talking about other people’s private lives?
    • A) a neighbor
    • B) a gossip
    • C) an acquaintance
  9. Which of these adjectives have positive meanings?
    • affectionate,
    • bossy,
    • cheerful,
    • generous,
    • greedy,
    • mean,
    • reliable,
    • vain
  10. Which of the following is my brother’s son?
    • A) my nephew
    • B) my brother-in-law
    • C) my niece

ANSWER KEY:

  1. wrong. The right word should be “elder” as in “elder brother”.
  2. an employee. An employer is a person who gives you a job.
  3. A) clever with words.
  4. B) She’s a very efficient secretary.
  5. C) a hooligan.
  6. C) uncle. All others are female.
  7. C) obstinate.
  8. B) a gossip.
  9. Positive adjectives: affectionate, cheerful, generous, reliable.
  10. A) my nephew.

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#EngTrivia: Verbs to describe animal sound

Apakah kalian tahu bagaimana suara hewan disebut dalam bahasa Inggris? Seperti halnya dalam bahasa Indonesia kita punya kambing yang mengembik atau kucing yang mengeong, berikut beberapa verb atau kata kerja yang digunakan untuk mendeskripsikan suara hewan (penulisan nama hewan dalam bentuk plural).

  1. Bats (kelelawar) = screech.
  2. Bears (beruang) = growl (suaranya berbunyi “Grrr”).
  3. Bees (lebah) = hum, buzz.
  4. Birds (burung) = chirrup, chirp, twitter, tweet, sing.
  5. Cats (kucing) = mew, purr, meow, hiss.
  6. Chickens (ayam) = cluck.
  7. Cows (sapi) = moo.
  8. Crickets (jangkrik) = chirp, creak.
  9. Dogs (anjing) = bark, woof.
  10. Dolphins (lumba-lumba) = click.
  11. Doves (merpati) = coo.
  12. Ducks (bebek) = quack.
  13. Elephants (gajah) = trumpet.
  14. Flies (lalat) = buzz, hum.
  15. Goats (kambing) = bleat, baa.
  16. Horses (kuda) = clop, neigh, snort, whinny.
  17. Lions (singa) = roar, growl.
  18. Mice (tikus) = squeak, squeal.
  19. Monkeys (monyet) = chatter, gibber, whoop.
  20. Mosquitoes (nyamuk) = whine.
  21. Owls (burung hantu) = hoot, scream, screech, shriek.
  22. Pigs (babi) = oink, snort, grunt, squeal.
  23. Rabbits (kelinci) = squeak, drum.
  24. Sharks (hiu) = hom hom.
  25. Turkey (kalkun) = gobble.

Nah, jadi paham kan kenapa namanya dan kenapa lambangnya burung? Hehehe…

 

Compiled and written by  for  on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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#IOTW: Idioms of The Week (2)

Before we start, please bear in mind: learn idioms by memorizing the phrases/expressions as a whole, not word by word.

Let’s start!

  1. Every now and again/every now and then/every once in a while. Arti: sekali-kali.
    • Example:
      • “I swim every once in a while.”
  2. Put out. Arti: memadamkan/ mematikan.
    • Example:
      • “The rain has put out the fire.”
  3. Hit the hay/hit the sack. Arti: pergi tidur.
    • Example:
      • “It’s already late. Let’s hit the sack.”
  4. Like crazy/like mad. Arti: mati-matian.
    • Example:
      • “I miss you like crazy.”
  5. Go to pieces. Arti: hati jadi remuk redam.
    • Example:
      • “Did you know? I went to pieces when you left.”
  6. Pain in the ass. Arti: orang yang menjengkelkan.
    • Example:
      • “He’s such a pain in the ass, no one likes him.”
  7. Make it snappy. Arti: cepat-cepat.
    • Example:
      • Make it snappy! We don’t have much time.”
  8. Out of touch. Arti: tidak lagi berhubungan.
    • Example:
      • “I never meet her again now. She’s out of touch.”
  9. Get set. Arti: bersiap-siap.
    • Example:
      • “Are you ready? Get set… Go!”
  10. Smash hit. Arti: berhasil sekali.
    • Example:
      • “The new Brad Pitt’s movie is a smash hit.”

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#EngTips: giving examples

Ada beberapa cara/ frase yang bisa kamu gunakan ketika ingin memberi contoh dalam Bahasa Inggris.

  1. for example“. Contoh penggunaan: “There are many interesting places in Bali. For example, Ubud as an international village.”
  2. for instance“. Contoh penggunaan: “There are many interesting places in Bali. Ubud, for instance, is an international village.”
  3. e.g.” (exempli gratia). Contoh penggunaan: “There are many interesting places in Bali, e.g., Ubud as an international village.
  4. such as“. Contoh penggunaan:
  • There are many interesting places in Bali, such as Ubud and Kuta.”
  • Such places as Ubud and Kuta are interesting.
  • Some places, such as Ubud and Kuta, are interesting.”
  • Places such as Ubud and Kuta are interesting.”

Written by @ on June 28, 2011

#TOEFL: Vocabulary exercise

Guys, ayo belajar vocabulary untuk persiapan TOEFL. Berikut ini beberapa kalimat dengan kata-kata yang ada di dalam tanda kurung. Pilih jawaban yang merupakan sinonim dari kata-kata di dalam  tersebut. Let’s start!

1. A rich kid was (abducted) yesterday. 
Rescued
Kidnapped
Killed
Betrayed 
2. What is the use of such a (barren) discussion. 
Arable
Verdant
Unfruitful
Fertile
3. The major (catalyst) in the English-language explosion was war. 
Stimulus
Catalog 
Castle
Catacomb
4. The actress’ (debut) on the stage was a success. 
First public performance
Acting 
Farewell party
Deceit
5. The vivacious little girl is like an (elf)
Apparition
Hobgoblin
Demon
Fairy
6. So much of life is merely a (farce)
Tragedy
Comedy
Mockery
Drama 
7. The fish in the dish was (garnished) with slices of lemon. 
Decorated
Diminished
Garnered
Garbled
8. She used to (harass) her husband by her continual demands for fine attire.
Entreat
Plead
Ask
Annoy; plague
9. The armistice brought an (immense) relief to the people.
Little
Unworthy
Enormous
Temporary
10. Don’t (joggle) me while I am writing.  
Haul
Hurl
Jerk
Shake slightly
11. The teacher gave the naughty boy a rap over the (knuckles)
Knells
Knockouts
Havoc
Joints around fingers
12. His (latent) talent was discovered by accident. 
Patent
Dynamic
Operative
Dormant
13. Do you believe that human nature is (malevolent)
Benevolent
Benign
Kind
Vicious
14. Inwara stuttering is the worst form of (nemesis). 
Reward
Just punishment
Meekness
Mystique
15. The patient was (obsessed) by the fear of operation.  
Detached
observed
Unconcerned
Preoccupied

 

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#EngTips: “What is she/he like?” vs “What does she/he look like?”

DYK? What is the difference between the question (1) “What is she/he like?” and (2) “What does she/he look like?

(1) “What is she/he like?” digunakan untuk menanyakan deskripsi umum tentang seseorang, apakah itu ciri fisik atau karakter.

  • Contoh deskripsi fisik: “She’s very thin and beautiful.
  • Contoh deskripsi karakter: “She’s very friendly and outgoing.

Sementara pertanyaan (2) “What does she/he look like?” digunakan untuk menanyakan tentang ciri fisik seseorang saja. Contoh jawaban: “He’s tall.

Written by @EnglishTips4U on June 26, 2011

#EngTips: thanking people

Sudahkah kamu berterima kasih pada orang-orang yang sudah berbuat baik padamu? Here’s how to thank people in English.

Ucapan terima kasih yang paling umum digunakan adalah  “Thank you.atauThank you very much.Pada situasi informal biasanya cukup dengan “Thanks.atauThanks a lot.

Kita juga bisa menggunakan ucapan terima kasih yang lebih panjang jika hal/barang yang diberikan lebih berharga atau agar terdengar lebih sopan.

Contoh:

  • That’s very kind of you.“;
  • Thank you so much!
  • I’m very grateful.

Dalam surat formal, terutama mengucapkan terima kasih kepada orang yang tidak kita kenal, kita menggunakan bentuk formal seperti contoh ini:

  • We appreciate your help… atau
  • We very much appreciate your help… atau
  • I’m (very) grateful to you for kindly helping us…

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#EngVocab: floors of a building

DYK? Di Inggris, lantai 1 sebuah gedung disebut ‘ground floor‘, lantai 2 disebut ‘first floor‘, lantai 3 disebut ‘second floor‘, dst.

Sementara di Amerika Serikat, lantai 1 sebuah gedung disebut ‘first floor‘, lantai 2 disebut ‘second floor‘, lantai 3 disebut ‘third floor’, dst.

Di Inggris maupun di Amerika Serikat, lantai paling atas sebuah gedung disebut ‘top floor‘.

Written by on June 24, 2011

#EngTips: ending conversations

Saat pertama kali bertemu seseorang, penting untuk mengakhiri pembicaraan dengan baik dan sopan. Untuk itu, berikut beberapa kalimat yang berguna.

It was nice to see you.” atau “It was nice meeting you.” Arti: Senang bertemu dengan Anda.

I hope we meet again soon.” Arti: Semoga kita segera bertemu kembali.

Let’s keep in touch.” Arti: Mari kita tetap berhubungan.

See you at school/ office/ … (name of place).” Arti: Sampai bertemu di sekolah/ kantor/ … (nama tempat).

See you later.” Arti: Sampai jumpa.

Written by on June 24, 2011

#GrammarTrivia: adjectives ending in “-ly”

DYK? Akhiran -ly biasanya digunakan pada kebanyakan adverb of manner.

  • Contoh pada adverb of manner: “They live happily.”

Namun akhiran -ly juga ditemukan pada kata sifat atau adjective.

  • Contoh: “She is friendly.” Ada banyak contoh adjective berakhiran dengan ‘-ly‘, seperti: lovely, silly, ugly, deadly, kindly, manly, melancholy, etc. Baca contoh lainnya beserta artinya di sini: http://t.co/iwhMM7I

Written by @ on June 24, 2011

#EngVocab: ‘A journey,’ ‘a trip,’ ‘a tour’

Do you know Apa perbedaan antara ‘a journey’, ‘a trip’, dan ‘a tour’?

A journeyadalah ketika kamu pergi dari satu tempat ke tempat lain, seperti dari tempat A ke B.

Contoh:

  • “My journey to work is always frustrating!”

A trip’ adalah ketika kamu pergi ke suatu tempat dengan singkat lalu kembali lagi.

Contoh:

  • “How was your business trip to Medan?”

‘A touradalah ketika kamu mengunjungi banyak tempat di dalam kota atau negara atau wilayah yang sama.

Contoh:

  • “The band will have a tour of Asia.”

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#EngTips: How to make and use flash cards

Adakah di antara kalian yang mempunyai adik kecil yang sedang belajar Bahasa Inggris dan memiliki kesulitan belajar kosakata baru? Kami punya beberapa tips yang dapat dipraktikan untuk mempermudah proses mereka belajar.

Dunia anak-anak (TK-SD) tidak jauh dari dunia bermain. Tak mengherankan jika metode belajar yang efektif untuk mereka belajar adalah dengan menyisipkan banyak unsur permainan.

Salah satu cara belajar vocabulary paling mudah dan efektif untuk anak-anak adalah dengan menggunakan flash cards atau kartu bergambar. Biasanya flash cards bisa dibeli di toko buku. Satu set katu tersebut berisi puluhan kartu dengan tema yang sama. Misalnya fruits, vegetables, foods, dll

Selain dengan membeli, flash cards bisa kita buat sendiri dengan cara:

  1. Tentukan satu tema.
  2. Buat list hal atau benda yang masuk dalam tema tersebut.
  3. Browse gambar di internet atau Google.
  4. Print gambar tersebut dan untuk mengirit kertas, kita bisa mencetak beberapa gambar pada satu lembar kertas saja.
  5. Alangkah baiknya flash cards yang kita buat hanya berupa gambar atau tanpa disertakan tulisan. Kartu tulisan sebaiknya dibuat terpisah.

Nah, flash cards sudah jadi. Bagaimana cara menggunakannya?

Cara sederhana untuk menghapalkan kata-kata adalah dengan menunjukkan kartu pada adik kita satu per satu dan minta ia mengucapkan (jika fokus pada speaking) atau menuliskan (jika fokus pada writing) hal atau benda yang ada di kartu.

Ulangi terus hingga ia bisa mengingat nama hal atau benda yang ada di kartu tersebut. Ada banyak game yang bisa dilakukan dengan menggunakan flash cards dan bisa diihat di sini link berikut ini: 

Oh iya, flash cards juga dapat diunduh dari internet dan digunakan oleh orang dewasa sebagai media untuk belajar. Selamat mencoba!

Compiled and written by  for @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, June 23, 2011

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