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Hello fellas, how are you? how often do you surf the internet and social media? I am sure that most of you like spending time to check social media and surfing the internet. Today, we are discussing some words and phrases related to internet and social media. Here they are.


1. To unplug
It means to disconnect and to relax by disengaging ourselves from activities that use internet connection.

E.g.: “Sometimes you need to learn to unplug and just enjoy the peace and quiet at home.”

2. Hot-spot
It refers to a place in public area where there is a computer system with an access point or an internet connection.

E.g.: “The airport was bright and spacious, with large shopping area and Wi-Fi hot-spot lounge.”

3. To multitask
To multitask means to do many things at the same time. 

E.g.: “An interpreter needs a quick, agile mind to multitask, because she or he needs to simultaneously listen to a concept or idea in one language, understand and process it, and translate it to another language.”

4. Down-time
It refers to the time when a computer is not working properly and cannot be used. This could also mean the time somebody needs to relax and recuperate after a hard work.

E.g.: “Once we are done with all the renovation, I am ready for some major down-time.”

5. Pulled to the internet
It means working hard using the internet or being dependent to the internet.

E.g.: “I wish I could do that but I am so pulled to the internet. I manage my own business and I can hardly spend a day without sending emails or checking my website.”

6. To pull the plug
When you pull the plug of something, it means that it no longer has a power source and will switch off.

E.g.: “I am considering just pulling the plug on the whole thing. I have been so busy with my work and I have not had time to be creative or even relax.”

7. Be on the same wavelength
It refers to the same things that have the same origins but can also be used for casual acquaintances. It has the same meaning as being in tune with somebody.

E.g.: “What makes the problem worse is that Howard and Tina are not on the same wavelength about how to deal with it.”

8. No filter
It is usually used to refer to a picture, which is of original quality and has not been edited or modified. The term is also used to refer to an uncensored conversation, usually between friends.

E.g.: “Miranda is my best friend. Sometimes when we are chatting, we can talk with no filter and we laugh at each other.”

9. On fleek
Something is on fleek if it looks perfect and on point.

E.g.: “Did you see what Jason was wearing today? His look is on fleek!”

10. To win the internet
The phrase is usually used as a reaction given by someone who either really likes or really dislikes your post.

E.g.: “This picture wins the internet today. Everything else is dummy.”

That’s all for today, fellas. Hopefully today’s session is useful for you. See you tomorrow!

Compiled and written by @2013happyy for @englishtipsforyou on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

#EngVocab: Suffix “-phil”

In today’s session, we’re going to cover #EngVocab: suffix “-phil.” Suffix “-phil” is derived from Greek –philos that means love. Suffix ‘-phil’ is used in two ways: ‘phile’ and ‘philia.’

When suffix ‘-phile’ is added at the end of  a word, the word means a ‘person who loves.’ When suffix ‘-philia’ is added at the end of a word, the word means ‘love for … .’

Let’s take a look at some words ending with suffix ‘phile.’
1. Anglophile. Meaning: A person who is fond of or greatly admires England or Britain.
2. Bibliophile. Meaning: A person who collects or has a great love of books.
3. Astrophile. Meaning: A lover of the stars; a person who is interested in astronomy as an amateur or non-expert.
4. Cinephile. Meaning: A person who is fond of the cinema; a film enthusiast.
5. Xenophile. Meaning: An individual who is attracted to foreign peoples, manners, or cultures.
6. Russophile. Meaning: A person who is friendly toward Russia or fond of Russia and Russian things, especially someone who is sympathetic to the political system and customs of the former Soviet Union.
7. Francophile. Meaning: A person who is fond of or greatly admires France or the French.
8. Videophile. Meaning: An enthusiast for or devotee of video recordings or video technology.
9. Technophile. Meaning: A person who is enthusiastic about new technology.
10. Pluviophile. Meaning: A lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.
11. Logophile. Meaning: A lover of words.
12. Discophile. Meaning: An enthusiast for or collector of gramophone records.

Which one describes you?

Compiled and written by @kusumawicitraa for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, May 5, 2017

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#EngVocab: ‘poisonous’ vs. ‘venomous’

Hi, fellas! In this post, we cover the difference between poisonous and venomous.

My pet died after being bitten by a poisonous snake.
Do you spot an incorrect word choice in the previous sentence?

Many of us think that the use of poisonous and venomous is interchangeable when in fact it is not. Let’s take a look at each definition.

  • venomous: capable of putting poison or venom into another animal’s body usually by biting or stinging it,
  • poisonous: causing sickness or death by entering or touching the body : containing poison

See the difference?
A venomous creature causes death if it bites you. One example of venomous creature is King Cobra. Meanwhile, a poisonous creature causes harm or even death if you touch or eat it. Honeyvine Milkweed is poisonous. Of course Honeyvine Milkweed is not edible. If you’re lost in nature and you find this kind of plant, you shouldn’t eat this even if you’re dying of starving.

It’s easy to distinguish venomous and poisonous. Have you ever seen/read a headline saying “food venomous”? Absolutely NO. It would be food poisoning or poisonous food. It would never be venomous food. Is food able to bite you then it can cause death?

So to conclude my explanation, consider bite to distinguish venomous and poisonous. If you bite it and you die, it is poisonous. And if it bites you (you are bitten) and you die, it’s venomous.

I hope the explanation is clear. Remember word choice matters. :)


Compiled and written by @kusumawicitraa at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, March 24, 2017





#EngTrivia Shakespearean Words

Good evening, fellas! Have you got any plan for tonight? What about joining today’s #EngTrivia session? Stay tuned, fellas ;)

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”. Anybody knows whose quotation is that? #EngTrivia

Yes, it is a quotation from William Shakespeare. I’m pretty sure many of you have heard about who Shakespeare was. #EngTrivia

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. #EngTrivia

One of his most well-known work was a tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet. #EngTrivia

Today I would like to share about understanding some peculiar Shakespearean words. #EngTrivia

  1. THOU. It is used when “you” are the subject of the sentence #EngTrivia

Example: Thou art my friend. It simply means “you are my friend.” (You as a subject) #EngTrivia

  1. THEE. It is used when “you” are the object of the sentence. #EngTrivia

Example: I love thee. I give thee all my love. It simply means “I love you. I give you all my love.” (You as an object) #EngTrivia

  1. THY. It is used as a possessive form of you. It’s commonly used before a consonant sound word. (e.g. father, mother) #EngTrivia

Example:  Deny thy father and refuse thy name. It simply means “deny your father, refuse your name.” (father and name is started with a consonant) #EngTrivia

  1. THINE. It is used as a possessive form of you. It’s commonly used before a noun that begins with vowel/vowel sound. (e.g. our, hour) #EngTrivia

Example: Where is thine enemy? It simply means “where is your enemy?” (Enemy is started with a vowel) #EngTrivia

  1. ART. He also commonly wrote word “are” as “art”. So, a sentence started with “thou art” simply means “You are”. #EngTrivia
  2. AY.  It simply means “yes”. So, “Ay, My Lady” simply means “Yes, My Lady.” #EngTrivia

Well, it’s a wrap for tonight. How was it, fellas? I hope it has been useful for you. :)

compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4U on September 12th, 2015.


#EngVocab: Other ways to way “shocked”

Good evening, Fellas! What are you gonna do tonight? Have you gotten any plan? If you don’t, let’s join me on this session. Tonight, I’d like to share some other ways to say “shocked.” Stay tuned, fellas! #EngVocab

  1. Speechless. Meaning:It can be used when you can’t speak because of the surprise.
    • Example:
      • “She was speechless to hear her name announced as the winner.”
  1. Astonished. Meaning: It can be used when you are very surprised about something that you did not expect.
    • Example:
      • “I was astonished to find my name in her diary book.”
  1. Stunned. Meaning: It can be used when you are very shocked that you are unable to act normally.
    • Example:
      • “I was stunned when I caught you staring at me.”
  1. Flabbergasted. Meaning: It can be used when you’re extremely surprised (infomal). Since it is considered as informal word, I suggested you not to use it in any formal writing.
    • Example:
      • It flabbergasted me to see how many people attended this concert.”
  1. Staggered. Meaning: It can be used when you’re helpless with amazement.
    • Example:
      • “I was staggered to know how much money I’ve spent this holiday.”

It’s a wrap for tonight session. I hope it has been useful for you. Happy weekend, fellas! :D

Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, September 5, 2015.



#EngVocab: Independence Day

Happy Independence Day! #RI70
Happy Independence Day! #RI70

Hello fellas, Happy Independence Day! Today we’re celebrating the 70th year since our proclamation of Independence.

How did your celebration go? Did you get to watch the live broadcast of flag ceremony this morning?

The flag-raising ceremony in Istana Merdeka has always been a highlight for me. For some reasons, I always get goose bumps watching it.

Particularly the part when our President reads the Proclamation. It feels amazing how we transformed from occupied to independent state after a reading of one text.

In honor of this day, I would like to share some words related to Independence Day.

Proclamation (n) means public or official announcement dealing with a matter of great importance

E.g: The Proclamation of Independence on 17 Aug 1945 marked the day Indonesia officially attained the status of independent state.

Founding father (n) means an originator of an institution or a movement. E.g: Soekarno-Hatta are Indonesia’s founding fathers

Occupation (n) means the holding and control of an area by a foreign military force.

E.g: Although Indonesia’s Independence had been proclaimed in 1945, The Netherlands’ occupation of Indonesia only ended in 1949.

Commemorate (v) means to do something special in order to remember and honor (an important event or person from the past)

E.g: The flag-raising ceremony in Istana Negara takes place annually to commemorate the Proclamation of Independence

Establish (v) means to set up (an organization, system, or set of rules) on a firm or permanent basis

E.g: By the end of August 1945, Indonesia’s first-ever government had been established in Jakarta.

I think that’s all for today! Thank you for your attention. Do check  for more English materials. Cheerio!

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U

#EngVocab: Street types

Ever wonder what’s the difference between “street,” “avenue,” and “boulevard”? Most of them are translated to “jalan” in Indonesian. In English, they are all different, though they might be similar.

Let’s start with “road” and “street.” Both means “jalan” in the most general sense, but are they any different?

“Street” and “road” are synonymous. However, “street” also used to facilitate public interaction. There are streets which are used exclusively for pedestrians or city centres.

Meanwhile, “road” is exclusively used by cars/motors. It may also connect cities, while Streets are in the city.

Now let’s see what the others are!

Avenue. Meaning: long, straight route with trees/shrubs running along the side.


With that definition, then Jalan Sudirman is supposedly an avenue. So, Sudirman Avenue instead of Sudirman Street.

Alley. This one is quite obvious “gang” in Indonesian.


Then what’s the difference with “lane”? Lane is similar to “gang,” but cars can still go through it.


Lane also means “jalur.” It has different types, such as ‘express lane’ (“jalur cepat”).


Boulevard. Meaning: large road running through the city. Yes, Sudirman-Thamrin can also be considered a boulevard.


Highway. Meaning: “Jalan tol”. In British English is known as “motorway.”


Bypass. Meaning: some kind of highway that avoids area filled with  population or city/village. Semacam tol lingkar luar.


Intersection. Meaning: “persimpangan jalan.”


Intersection with four-way (“perempatan”) is also known as ‘crossroads’.

Intersection with three-way (“pertigaan”) is ‘T-junction’/’Y-junction’. Y-junction is also known as ‘fork’.


Cul-de-sac. Taken from the French word that means “jalan buntu”. Also known as dead-end.


Driveway/Drive. Meaning: smaller street with access to 1-2 properties. Seperti jalan di perumahan.


Now who lives in 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey, UK?


Compiled and written by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 11 January 2015.



#EngVocab: Other ways of saying ‘hold’

Tonight admin wants to share some #EngVocabs about the other ways of saying hold. Get ready, fellas :))

Hold means to take and keep something in your hand or arm.

  • Example:
    • “He was holding his girlfriend’s bag when we met yesterday.”
  1. Clasp. Meaning: to hold someone or something in your arms or hands.
    • Example:
      • “Mia clasped her nephew in her arms.”
  2. Grip. Meaning: to hold very tightly.
    • Example:
      • “My niece gripped my finger with her tiny hand.”
  3. Clutch. Meaning: to take hold of something tightly, usually in fear, worry or pain.
    • Example:
      • “Peter’s clutching the money to his chest, he feels like someone’s watching him.”
  4. Cling. Meaning: hold something and doesn’t want to let go.
    • Example:
      • “Ollie’s daughter is clinging to her new doll. She got it from her grandma.”
  5. Hang on. Meaning: to hold or continue holding onto something.
    • Examole:
      • “Hang on tight, this will be a bumpy ride. Michael is an amateur.”
  6. Cradle. Meaning: hold something or someone gently, especially by supporting them in your arms.
    • “Leo is cradling his puppy.”
  7. Grasp. Meaning: to quickly take something in your hands and hold it firmly.
    • Example:
      • “Pia suddenly grasped my hand. Her crush was there.”
  8. Grab. Meaning: to take hold of something or someone suddenly and roughly.
    • Example:
      • “A beggar grabbed Yessie’s handbag yesterday.”

That’s a wrap, fellas. Hope those #EngVocabs will be useful for you. Have a good rest. And wish tomorrow’d a great day for us!

Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

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