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#EngTrivia: English fun facts (6)

  1. ‘E’ is the most commonly used letter in the English language.
  2. The longest English word that can be spelled without repeating any letters is ‘uncopyrightable.’
  3. The following sentence contains 7 different spellings of the sound: He believed Caesar could see people seizing the sea.
  4. ‘Queueing’ is the only word with five consecutive vowels (five vowels in a row).
  5. Due to a printing error, there was a word in the English dictionary from 1932 to 1940 which did not have a meaning. The word was Dord and it became known as ‘ghost word.’

 

Compiled written by @EnglishTips4U for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 27 January, 2016

 

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#EngTrivia: English fun facts (5)

  1. The word ‘queue’ is pronounced the same way when the last 4 letters are removed. ‘Queue’ is pronounced (kyo͞o).
  2. There are more English words begin with the letter ‘S’ than with any other letter. Go check your dictionary, fellas!
  3. The word ‘mortgage’ comes from a French word that means ‘death contract.’ Mortgage = surat gadai
  4. ‘Time’ is the most commonly used noun in English.
  5. The shortest complete sentence in the English language is ‘go.’ So, let me say, “Go!”
  6. Phrases in English such as “long time no see,” “no go,” and “no can do” come from literal translation of Chinese phrases.
  7. The day after tomorrow is called ‘overmorrow.’ It’s rarely used nowadays tho.
  8. ‘Dreamt’ and its derivatives are the only common English words that end in ‘mt.’
  9. The word ‘idiot,’ ‘imbecile,’ and ‘moron’ were originally medical categories for intellectual disability.
  10. English words ‘I,’ ‘we,’ ‘two,’ and ‘three’ are among the most ancient, from thousands of years.

Compiled and written by @miss_qiak for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, July 24, 2016

 

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#EngQuiz: Prevalent English Grammar Mistakes

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“Mistake is the best teacher.”

Today we have a quiz for you. It’s an easy quiz though. You just need to spot the mistakes in 10 sentences. The number at the end of the sentences indicating the total mistakes in them. See this example:

I am students. (1) <- The number in the bracket shows that there’s one mistake.

Answer: I am a student.

See?? That’s easy. Now’s your turn. Good luck.

  1. The science class yesterday is bored. The teacher do not even discuss about a think for our final observation task. (5)
  2. The principal (kepsek) will be going to announce his long-service leaf tomorrow morning after the recess. (3)
  3. The pant I bought yesterday was more costlier than last year. (4)
  4. He rushed to the hospital after he is found unconsciousness at a museum. (4)
  5. I failed at Science and English last semester. (1)
  6. She is good in Math. (1)
  7. I found that room is empty; She will go by the time you get there. (3)
  8. Did you see my old fascinating metal Chinese black sword? I leave it here yesterday. (5)
  9. She was marry with a chairman company. (3)
  10. I leave at United States. (3)
  11. I will text you when I will arrive. (1)

 

Answers:

  1. The science class yesterday was boring. The teacher did not even discuss a thing for our final observation task.
  2. The principal is going to announce his long-service leave tomorrow morning after the recess.
  3. The pants I bought yesterday are costlier than those I bought last year.
  4. He was rushed to the hospital after he was found unconscious at the museum.
  5. I failed in Science and English last semester.
  6. She is good at Math.
  7. I found that the room was empty; She would have gone by the time you got there.
  8. Did you see my fascinating old black Chinese metal sword? I left it here yesterday.
  9. She was married to a company chairman.
  10. I live in the United States.
  11. I will text you when I arrive.

 

Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on Thursday, November 19, 2015

 

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#EngTalk: The Launderette Fun Facts

So.. let’s discuss something fun today :) Does anyone know the Mr Bean episode when he went to the launderette (doing laundry)?

If you haven’t you can watch it here:

@MHErSYA: yesss I know that part”

@9typo: He drunk a cup o detergent”

@berurinberurin: yes I know exactly that part.. :)”

@sehunajongin: yes i know xD”

Glad some of you know that Mr. Bean episode XD He actually drank a softener (pelembut). Ya, that part, jangan ditiru!

In Indonesia we know that laundry is a place where we can bring our clothes to be washed by someone. While somewhere like the UK, a launderette is still commonly used and we do the laundry by ourselves. Just like what Mr. Bean is doing in this episode.

Launderette is “an establishment with coin-operated washing machines and dryers for public use”

(Those who are going to study in the UK & going to live in a campus accommodation, you better be ready to go to the launderette :D)

Fun fact: Since I am in the UK and I do use the launderette to wash my clothes – sometimes I would explain to Indonesian friends that I do laundry like Mr. Bean :D

But there are more fun facts were found by doing laundry and here we can discuss more about it if you wish :)

  1. First up I would call “the sock(s) chronicles”

There are times when we finish our laundry we can’t find our sock’s pair

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As socks are smaller than any of the other clothing, there might be a chance that it was left out, slipped or fell when moved from the washing machine to the dryer.

So here are some jokes that I found about it

To those who are single (and there are lots of these)

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“Seeking soul mates”

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“Clean. Single. Looking for a mate.”

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  1. Somehow… there are jokes related to “wrinkles” or “wrinkly”

In launderettes you would find irons and ironing boards. So this one: iron vs wrinkle

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Dryer functions to dry our wet clothes straight away. So here is dryer vs wrinkle..and weight?

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  1. Since we do our own laundry, there are times (or most of the times) we got lazy, so this would be our schedule XD

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So what you do you guys think?

Did you not like it? Hehe “@Diah_didii: –__–“EnglishTips4U: 1. “Clean. Single. Looking for a mate”

That’s it for today fellas! Hope you had fun in this #EngTalk and have new jokes to share :)

And guess what I found in my launderette today..

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They should spell “iron” better next time :) … G’nite!

 

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on February 21, 2015

 

Source of pictures:

http://mashable.com/2013/10/10/socks-comic/

http://www.kappit.com/tag/laundry-puns/

http://www.stockpilingmoms.com/2012/10/pinterest-daily-pin-diy-kitchen-cabinet/

https://www.etsy.com/listing/173163035/clean-single-laundry-room-wall-art?ref=shop_home_active

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#EngTrivia: English fun facts (4)

  1. The word ‘Sheriff’ came from Shire Reeve. During early years of feudal rule in England, each shire had a reeve who was the law for that shire. When the term was brought to the United States it was shortened to Sheriff.
  2. ‘Blue Laws’, which regulate personal and public conduct on Sunday, got their name because they were originally printed on blue paper.
  3. In England and American colonies the year 1752 only had 354 days. In 1752, the type of calendar was changed, and 11 days were lost.
  4. The term ‘Mayday’ is used for signaling for help. It comes from the French term which is pronounced MayDay and it means ‘Help Me.’
  5. Clinophobia is the fear of beds.
  6. Number ‘4’ is the only number that has the same number of letters in its name as its meaning.
  7. The name ‘Hippopotamus’ comes from Greek for “River Horse.”
  8. Phrenology is the study of bumps on the head.
  9. Hagiology is the branch of literature dealing with the lives and legends of saints.
  10. Fortune cookies were actually invented in America on 1918 by Charles Jung.
  11. The month of July is named in honor of Julius Caesar.

 

Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U  on Thursday, September 12, 2013

 

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#EngPic: English Grammar Fail Pictures

Hi, fellas! How are you? :D

A grammatical error can change the meaning and leave a bad impression.

Today I want to share some pictures to show you why grammar is important! Let’s roll!

Comma is our language’s great organizer, our most familiar – and commonly misused – punctuation mark. :) Embedded image permalink

Their, they’re, there. Enough said.

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Again, it is our beloved comma! Hehehe… 

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Please double-check your grammar before being a grammar nazi.

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Ummm… A cannibal and a dog eater??

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A nice quote ruined by bad grammar.

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Again, double-check your grammar before making a tattoo.

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The difference between then and than is very important.

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Is this a secret grammar test?

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Could you smile after you read the message?

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There is no doubt that improving your understanding of grammar & punctuation is very useful. Good punctuation & grammar will make you look more professional and make your arguments more persuasive.

Hence, keep improving your English, fellas!

 

Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on July 26, 2013

#EngGame: The Poem Game!

Hello fellas.. How are you? How’s your end of April 2013? Hot enough? Do you want to play a poem #EngGame this evening? :D

Basically I am going to give you a sentence to start with and then…

Fellas have to continue it and had to rhyme with the last word of the previous sentence :) At some point it could be the admin

The best sentence picked will be the continuing sentences, we will stop at 10th sentence, how does that sound?

Great! The sentence you make can be as random as you can! But still makes sense and no rude words, please :) Let’s start!

1. As I take a cut down the steep road, I saw

(You can start continuing it fellas! Make sure it rhymes with the last word :))

2. @Rharrys: I’m looking for my cat for all I see is only a scarecrow 

(Now make a sentence that rhymes with “scarecrow”… oooooooo)

3. @13njet: I walked again and i found a good bow

(Admin continues 4th sentence)

4. Calm my dear and I’ll lead you, the bow seemed to talk to me

(Now continue the 4th sentence which rhymes with “me” :))

5. @ririrosyidah: don’t take it, or the sky will look so gloomy

(Continue it rhyming with “gloomy” fellas :) I’m going to pick fellas contribution for sentence 6 and 7, before I reveal the 8th)

6. @putrajakarta: moonlight reveals the true colour, it’s scary

7. @pottract: I’ve got to stop before I hurt my tummy

8. I said “NO!” to the bow and throw it to an approaching shadow

(9th sentence has to rhyme with “shadow” :))

9. @amalianadiene: i saw a unicorn passing through my window

(And the next one I think this suits 10 and the ending)

10. @peppyispeppy: enjoy your life and let it flow

So what do you think fellas? Hard? Weird? Confused? :D

@13njet: Li’l bit confused at first. Haha <- But you did good!! Everyone did good!! Was hard to choose actually :)

@anggastanadia: if you read all 10 sentences, it makes a weird story haha :p  <- That’s sort of the aim XD it’s a poem #EngGame after all :D

@putrajakarta: give us the theme so it’s gonna be easier… For example: love, friendship, death, etc < – Good idea! :D Thanks! Will note it!

:D -> @masyoza: that was fun :D

Really? Cool! -> @tionovita: my teacher always gives me the same quiz :)

Wow that’s cool! -> @tionovita: sure! :) at the pronunciation class’.

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on April 30, 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 :)

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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.

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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 (http://grammar.about.com/od/il/g/linguafrancaterm.htm). 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.

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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.

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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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rexKqvgPVuA

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?

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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

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Compiled and written by @daedonghae pn October 22, 2012

#EngTrivia: English fun facts (3)

  1. Perpindahan posisi ejaan atau pengucapan disebut ‘spoonerism,’ e.g., belly jeans – jelly beans, peas & carrots – keys & parrots.
  2. Kata ‘freelance’ berasal dari cerita tentang seorang ksatria yang menyewakan tombaknya secara bebas, bermakna tidak bekerja untuk satu orang tuan.
  3. Kata ‘therein’ dapat membentuk 10 kata lain tanpa menyusun kembali huruf-huruf penyusunnya, yaitu the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, I, herein.
  4. Kata kerja ‘sanction’ memiliki dua arti yang saling berlawanan makna yaitu menyetujui dan melarang.
  5. Kata kerja ‘cleave’ juga memiliki dua arti yang saling berlawanan makna yaitu melekatkan dan memisahkan.
  6. Simbol (#) disebut ‘octothorpe.’ Akan tetapi, pada tombol telepon tombol (#) sering disebut juga ‘pound key’ atau ‘hash key.’
  7. Simbol (~) yang banyak digunakan di URL (web address) disebut ’tilde.’
  8. ‘ZIP’ pada zip-code kependekan dari Zoning Improvement Plan.
  9. Titik yang berada di atas huruf ‘i’ disebut ‘tittle.’
  10. Klutz merupakan sebutan untuk orang yang bodoh dan lamban.
  11. ‘Two plus eleven’ dan ‘one plus twelve’ tidak hanya menghasilkan angka yang sama tetapi juga memiliki huruf penyusun yang sama.

 

Compiled and written by @ChatrineYK at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, March 8, 2012

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#EngTrivia: English fun facts (2)

  1. ‘Dreamt’ adalah satu-satunya kata dalam bahasa Inggris yang berakhiran ‘mt.’
  2. Simbol ‘#’ dalam bahasa Inggris disebut ‘octothorpe.’
  3. French kiss‘ disebut sebagai ‘English kiss‘ di Perancis.
  4. Satu-satunya kata dengan 15 huruf yang dapat ditulis tanpa mengulang satu kata pun adalah ‘uncopyrightable.’
  5. Konon kabarnya, kalimat ‘Sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick‘ merupakan kalimat yang paling susah diucapkan. Silakan dicoba.
  6. Kata ‘alphabet’ diambil dari dua kata pertama dalam alfabet yunani, yakni ‘alpha’ dan ‘beta.’
  7. Beberapa kata dalam bahasa Inggris yang hanya mempunyai makna jamak, yaitu ‘scissors,’ ‘binoculars,’ ‘tongs.’
  8. ‘Widow’ merupakan satu-satunya kata pengganti perempuan yang lebih pendek dari kata pengganti laki-lakinya (‘widower’)
  9. Huruf yang paling banyak digunakan dalam bahasa Inggris adalah ‘e’ dan yang paling jarang adalah ‘q.’
  10. Hanya 3 kata dalam bahasa Inggris yang berakhiran ‘-ceed,’ yakni ‘proceed,’ ‘exceed,’ dan ‘succeed.’

Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, December 31, 2011

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