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#EngTrivia: English classics

During my time in college, I have read some of classic English literatures. In this post, I will share some of my favorites.

My most favorite book is 1984 by George Orwell. Written in 1948, he predicted what would happen in the future (negative utopia). My second favorite book is Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945). This book talks about the World War II in a unique way. Edgar Allan Poe’s works are also my favorite, especially The Black Cat and The Fall of The House of Usher.

There are still many books that extremely worth reading. Let me recommend some of them.

  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)
  • Gulliver’s Travel by Jonathan Swift (1726)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847)
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville (1851)
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1861)
  • Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)

So, from all of the books I recommend, what have you read? Or maybe you have other recommended books, fellas?

Compiled and written on Sunday, January 10, 2016


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#EngVocab: Love – Book Of Words (2)

So today is a short session of #EngVocab the word “Love”

Yet, its meaning that I will discuss here is not from an ordinary dictionary…

It is from the Book of Words by Ivon Brown :)



“English has softened this simple and inclusive word which covers all yearning from strongest passion to tenderest affection, and then wanders off to mean a game of cards or ’no score’ at lawn-tennis. It is sometimes claimed that the Tudor poets, who so enchantingly used it, pronounced it as north-country folk do still, luv. Either way, it does well.”

“To fall in love is a fair phrase, as simple as the actual process and as pleasant”


Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on May 31, 2014



#TYEBDTY can be found at…

Hello, fellas!

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#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: http://ow.ly/tEAXI 

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

#EngQuote: Quotes from Books to Read Before You Die

Hi, fellas!

Didn’t we say “read” many many times yesterday? Yes! Today I want to encourage you to read more books!

I’ll write down some quotes from great novels that I recommend you to read before you die. :D

“You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.” (Life of Pi)

“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.” (Life of Pi)

“Just because you’re taught that something’s right and everyone believes it’s right, it don’t make it right.” (Huckleberry Finn)

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” (Pride & Prejudice)

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.” (To Kill a Mockingbird)

“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.” (To Kill a Mockingbird)

“In his blue gardens men & girls came & went like moths among the whisperings & the champagne and the stars.” (The Great Gatsby)

“I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren.” (The Lord of the Rings)

“The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.” (The Lord of the Rings)

“I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.” (The Stranger)

“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” (Anna Karenina)

“Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece” (Lolita)

“It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing.” (The Sun Also Rises)

“You ought to dream. All our biggest businessmen have been dreamers.” (The Sun Also Rises)
Compiled by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on January 3, 2014

#EngVocab: From the “Book of Words” (1)

Happy Saturday fellas :) I hope your weekend has been okay so far :D


Today I am going to share something…..I am not sure how to say it…but I could say it’s fun :)

It is an #EngVocab session, but not quite just vocabularies with its straightforward meanings *hmmmmmm*

So I found a book called “Book of Words” by Ivon Brown which combines two of his books

“A Word in Your Ear” and “Just Another Word”

The book was published in 1944, sometime during the war.

Admin thinks this would be another fun way to learn your vocabularies in the English language :)

Today I will share three random words and its explanation according to Brown. Enjoy!


1. Cloud

“A common climatic word, but no longer commonly employed, in its old and beautiful usage, to mean hill. At the southern base of the Pennines, in Cheshire and Derbyshire, it still is so applied and there you may climb a Cloud. That sounds magical and lyrical, but, as a matter of fact, cloud is, in origin, the same as clod.”

“First a clod of rock, then a clod of air…but, with a stroke of genius or by accident, those designating clods of air started to use the far more gracious form cloud. And what an exquisite word it is, almost creating poetry with no more said!”

“Like far-off mountains turned into clouds – is not one of the best known lines in a very well-known play of Shakespeare, but it is certainly one of the loveliest, being most simply descriptive as well as musically perfect.”


2. Essential

“…a word which has been twisted away from its proper meaning. It should imply an article with essence, that is with genuine quality in it, and so substantial, important, full, pregnant. Now, of course, it is merely a synonym for necessary. It would be nice to hear again of an essential picture of poem.”


3. Behaviour (AmE Behavior)

“..used to signify good manners, even virtuous living. Now it has to be preceded by an adjective. When Defoe wrote of ‘aversion to behaviour’ he signified a dislike for proper conduct. We have kept the old sense in ‘Behave yourself’, but, when we ask ‘How did so-and-so behave?’ we are implying the possibility of a faulty bearing or conduct, which the eighteenth century would not easily have linked with the complimentary term behaviour. ‘To know behaviour’ was to be a gentleman, possibly such a Natural Gentleman as Joseph Watson, the centenarian game-keeper of Lyme.”


So, what do you think fellas? He is a bit poetic on the way he described the words, isn’t he?

@hesthy_chan: idiom ya min? Or meaning dr aspek mana? Oxford.? Cambridge? <- Sepertinya ini bukan idiom dan bukan aspek arti kamus dari Oxford/Cambridge. Namun lebih ke pengertian lain daripada kata-kata ini, karena Brown menulisnya berdasarkan referensi sastra lainnya @hesthy_chan

@ulfahru: oooohhhh…. and what an exquisite word it is!!! almost creating poetry with no more said!!! XD~ (quote @EnglishTips4U )

@meccistimecca: Ya. He made me different view of the words that I used to know “ordinary.” <- Thank you @ammarhsg :) well stay tuned for more #EngVocab in the future :D

I hope this #EngVocab session has been fun for you :) Have a great weekend!

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on April 19, 2014

#EngPic: “The Pronouns”

Greetings fellas :D Saturday is here and I hope it has not been a bad day for you all :)

Look at this #EngPic. Now tell me, what is it? What do you see? Is it a poem? Game? I am sorry, it’s abit blurry


Is it from a book? What kind of book would it be? Who is it for? When was it made?

Share your thoughts, comments, reponses with the hashtag

Yes it’s “@AubreyPlaysBass: a story”, any other guesses?

Yes it is something to do with it “@ncitraaaaaa: the pronoun’s?”

Sadly, no… “@Ernieee1203: idk, shakespeare?”

How so? “@daraamentari: seems like tarot book?”

You can say it like that.. “@AubreyPlaysBass: a folk story? Legend?”

Yes they do :) “@outer_space24: seems they bold some pronouns like I and they. Its not really clear tho”

So the book is a…

A fun grammar book for children called The Infant’s Grammar made in 1824

As this is taken from one of David Crystal’s book, I am going to quote several things he said

He stated colourful guides such as this one were popular when formal teaching of English has been established in the end

Of 18th century. Those guidance books which have rhymes, poetry, games, puns, “playful methods of exposition” seemed to be sought after. Dictionaries, spelling guides and other grammar books are selling well too at the time

So this kind of book would be used to help children understand it better and has no intention to replace any school learning books

This book seems to make the grammar groups as group of people coming to a certain gathering

Moreover the subtitle of the book is “or a Pic-nic Party of the Parts of Speech”

So what do fellas think? Are there such books existing nowadays?

It seems they were formed in such way indeed “@OKTindriani: it’s like a pieces of story i think :o”

Well of course the modern English is not as complicated as then, but such grammar books might be useful to anyone

Well I hope you enjoy the #EngPic session today :)

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on November 23, 2013


Evolving English by David Crystal

#EngTalk: National Book Day

Hi, fellas! Do you realize that May 17, 2013 is National Book Day? Happy National Book Day everyone!

By the way, as well all may know, lack of interest in reading is a common problem in Indonesia. Many said that our culture is a culture that doesn’t encourage people to read, because it’s an oral culture.

Have you heard that some bookstores have closed due to people’s lack of interest in reading. Maybe it’s because some of them don’t have time to go to a bookstore and search for a book.

So, today I’m going to give you some useful websites that contain book reviews for your reference!

  1.  brainpickings.org. This site is curated by Maria Popova, a well-known writer.  This website reviews all good books that will inspire you. You can find any genres: art, design, science, technology, history, etc.
  2. flavorwire.com.  This website reviews not only books, but also art, music, and art events. However, it has a particular category for Book. Definitely cool website every bookworm should bookmark.
  3. goodreads.com. Unlike brainpicking and flavorwire, the books in this website are reviewed by readers. Here you can find honest comments about a book from your friends or unknown readers. You can also join Goodreads Indonesia group to meet other Indonesian bookworms. The more the merrier. Right?

Or, if it is more convenient for you to buy an e-book, here are some websites for you!

  1. calibre.com. This is a free application to convert files to other format. Very handy.
  2. papataka.com. This website provides foreign and Indonesian e-books!

Last, I’m sure all of you agree that the cover of a book affects your decision to buy it.

  1. bookcoverarchive.com archives book covers to inspire illustrators & to appreciate the creator.


Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on May 17, 2013


#EngTalk: World Book and Copyright Day

#EngTalk: World Book and Copyright Day

Mooooorning! Wew almost the end of April! Hope you have a great day fellas!!!

So fellas, how was your day? Did you know that today is World Book and Copyright Day?

Since it is the world book day, let’s #EngTalk about it! There will be two questions that I want fellas to answer… ready?

Please answer each question with A1 for Q1 and A2 for Q2 also maximum 3 tweets for each answer. Dont forget the hashtag #EngTalk


Q1. Which English book made you want to learn or interested learning English language?

Q2. Pick one book that have helped you so much in learning English language and why?

For Q1 you can also state why the book made you learn English language =) Looking forward to your answers!


And per usual, interesting answers get an RT! =D

I will start sharing now :) Hope there will be more of them from all of you :D




@TCS_Murs: Snow white, that was the first English book i read when i was 3

@vinskatalita: Harry Potter 7 initiated it, but my first english book was Prince and The Pauper… :))

@ansharze: Harry Potter books. They make me want to study English more, so i can meet Hermione with proper English :p

@indahpmt: all English novels, because I can learn English by reading English novel but it doesn’t make me feel bored

@ranigabriella: The Five by Enid Blyton. This book tells the story of adventure and I like adventure.

@ellya_nissa:The Sleeping Beauty book that I got from my mom. It was my 1st english book that made me love and interest to eng

@mailsiregar: the dolphin stories i read that book when i was 5 in english vrsn..that was the bginning Y i wanna learn more english and then my father bought me a book “testing english as a second language by david harris” at 7. Those books made me more interest to learned english

@Miss_Qiak: the book that made me want to learn English was definitely NOT an english text book. It’s an English novel!

@didasnh: The Hunger Games since it was the very first english novel I’ve read

@ipeh_nk: Fairytale of Chimaera, my first English book when i was 7. but i learn english firstly by songs that sang by my mom

@dheamalik: the first english novel that i read was wuthering heights. it took me the whole week to finish the book.

@RafaelRafka: Sherlock Holmes. I like a kind of novel that is a mystery and some sort..

@salsabillaksmi: I read english children stories when I was in elementary. Good way to start learning english

@fransvrs: I guess it’s diary of a wimpy kid. The books is ridiculously funny that’s make me want to read more :-)

@gotchawitch: Battle Royale. it’s japanese novel, but I just got the translation >,< so yeah… but the real one that have made me interested in English is fanfictions! XD i remember years ago when i read them i had to open my dictionary

@ItsJasminn: I has a special date with a book named Tales of Terror and Mystery. Oh yeah, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is back! #EngTalk





@marshadizitha: dare to dream big by Merry Riana, besides motivating, the sentences easy to understand.

@ranigabriella: BBC Conversation. It’s easy to understand

@dyaeliza: Harry Potter,although it’s fairly difficult to understand, the great story made me curious and read until the end

@HausOfAyJee: i’d say Oxford dict has been a great help for me as it’s improved my english

@rakaarmstrong: English have a go!Because I was interested with animal’s name in english.And the book made it more interesting.

@mailsiregar: fable stories with the animal printed on that book lol :p like 3little pigs,mouse and lion,it was easy to learned. the othr book absolutely dictionary to increasing my vocab,not jst from book,but we can learn from eng music also

@febrianakusuma: not exactly a book, but I read a lot of short stories made by teens all over countries (mostly US). That helps a lot

@auliafath: biography book of justin bieber. I bought the book with english version,so I can learn tho,I use my brain to translate it.

@saddampernyata: for me it was Diary for a wimpy kid (Dog Days), its just like learning english in a fun way


@Nahdyaw: totally crushed from lizzie mcguire’s story my auntie gave it to me and i like it way much

@amaliajd: @EnglishTips4U I’d say nicholas sparks’ novels help me to learn english lately Enjoy to learn english with it’s interesting story

@lucasravaiani: good Readers (stage 1 to 6) with audio and a great dictionary like Longman. That’s the key!

@qqkkQK: The Alchemist by @paulocoelho the most inspiring novel I’ve ever read, also Pride and Prejudice


Wow so many books have inspired fellas that got them interested and learn English further :D

I really hope books will never be left behind and always inspire all of us =) do you agree?

@qqkkQK: So agree, Indeed

@savirraqaini: yep

@lilikNkh: Agree!! :’))

@sarraas: Agree~ If I have more time, I will spend my spare time with books Lol

That’s it for this evening’s #EngTalk fellas! Thank you for your participation!


Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on April 23, 2013