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#EngTips: How To Be Productive

Here are some tips on to be more productive I’ve collected for you to try. Grab your notes, fellas!

1. Write it down.
Grab your pen and paper! Every task should be written down to free your mind from trying to remember them.

2. Distance yourself from any distraction.
Turn off your phone, disconnect the internet, and give yourself time to focus on work.

3. Do the hardest task first!
Finish the most overwhelming task first so you can enjoy the rest of the day finishing other tasks.

4. Give the Pomodoro Technique a try!
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in 1990s. It is named after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student. Here’s the step-by-step of the method:

  1. Pick a task and break it down to some smaller ones if possible.
  2. Set your timer for 25 minutes.
  3. Work on the task until your timer rings, then put a check on your list.
  4. Take a five-minute break. Get up and move your body to keep you fresh.
  5. Repeat the the step! You can take a longer break after finishing 4 Pomodoros.

Here’s an infographic about it:

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May these tips be helpful to y’all procrastinator out there!

 

Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, August 13, 2016

 

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#EngTips: How to improve your English listening skills

This article is dedicated to one of our fellas, @randwiu, and to every one of you who wants to improve your listening skills. As every tip should be, you will need basic knowledge and comprehension in English. So pay attention to your teachers/lecturers in class.

  1. Listen to not only one English audio source.
    • If you like songs, you should also try listening to news, English speaking YouTube channels, or movies.
    • Note: Be careful when learning from pop cultures. They usually use slangs and are grammatically incorrect.
    • To avoid this kind of mistake, always refer to English textbooks or dictionaries when in doubt.
    • ”or google by typing “what does blablabla mean” on the engine” – @anissafebr <~ This one is extremely helpful in emergency situation.
  2.  Try not to use subtitles or closed caption when you’re watching videos.
    • My personal trick is trying to understand TV shows without subtitles, and then re-watch it with subtitles.
    • It takes a little more time, but that way you could see whether your comprehension is correct or incorrect.
  3. Speak it out!
    • Understanding how it sounds is not enough; you must practice to pronounce it yourself.
    • You could use a partner or do it in groups or at least do it by yourself in front of the mirror.
  4. Listen to accents.
    • Every accent is unique. Listening to different kinds of accent can help you understand English better.
  5. Practice with native speakers and non-native speakers.
    • This tip has the same principal with the one before. Listening to various English pronunciations helps a lot.
    • I once went to the airport just so I can talk to foreigners. It was a thrilling experience, really.
  6. Listen, listen, and listen.
    • Repeated and continuous practices are always the best way to do it. Don’t give up too easily.
    • It could be tiring, or it could be very fun. It depends on your motivation.
  7. Set high targets but don’t push yourself too hard.
    • You could start easy (listen to songs and then read the lyrics), and then move to movies or news or something more formal.

Alright, fellas! That’s all I can share for now. Do you have more tips to share? If you do, feel free to leave it in the comment box below.

 

Compiled and written by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, April 8, 2016

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#EngTips: How to memorize better

The topic we’ll talk about in this article is one of the most basic skills everyone needs to master. It is good memorization. So embrace yourselves!

  1. Be interested in what you’re learning.
    • Our mind would easily record something that interested us, such as song lyrics or the name of your crush. So, first thing first, you have to find a way to become interested in anything you’re learning.
  2. Chunk the information and correlate it with what you already know.
    • Our mind would retain smaller bits better than large information. Therefore, it is better to study bits by bits every day than cramming all you need to memorize all at once.
  3. Create a mental memory tree.
    • Make a big branch of the main information, then leaves and twigs contain labels and details that are personally meaningful to you in some way. This will help you to remember and recall the memory easier.
  4. Write and say out the items to be memorized over and over and over.
    • Consciously writing then saying it out loud are, in effect, teaching yourself what you are trying to learn. By repeating information, you train your brain to remember that information automatically.
  5. When reading paragraphs, summarize each in the margin.
    • Therefore, you have to think about what you have read, recycle it, and teach it to yourself again. Then you can just re-read your summary instead of reading the whole paragraph next time.
  6. Take breaks.
    • Take breaks between study sessions. Allow yourself to breathe and relax without thinking about what you have learned. Recall the information after breaks, then you can figure out what you know well and what you might need to work on some more.

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Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, February 20, 2016

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#EngTips: What to prepare for a job interview

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Some of you, by now, might have done some preps to resign from your job and hope to start a new venture next year. Well, we have discussed some strategies to resign from a job – you may see them here #EngTips: How to resign. This time, we’d like to prepare you for a job interview. Here are some tips that we have compiled for you.

Before the interview

  1. Sleep well to have a fresh mind in the morning.
  2. Get a haircut, shave (for men), or have some hair treatment (for women). They will add up a bit of your confidence.
  3. Clean your shoes, and iron your clothes, make sure they are wrinkle-free.
  4. Plan your trip. Go on google map to find the location and allocate enough time to travel. Don’t be late!
  5. Read carefully the desired qualifications and peruse thoroughly your CV to know how well you fit the position.
  6. Manage your CV; the succinct the better.
  7. Organize your files. Have a folder to bundle them all. Don’t include the files which are irrelevant.
  8. Get to know the company by researching its profile and culture. The culture will also determine how you should dress in the interview.
  9. Plan the answers for the most common questions. Some of the questions are:
    • “Tell me about yourself.”
    • “Talk me through your CV.”
    • “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
    • “Why are you looking for a new venture?”
    • “What are you doing at the current company and what have you achieved?”

During the interview

There are some important things that you need to do:

  1. Be confident. Draw your smile from the doorstep, greet the interviewer, and have a firm (not strong) handshake. Sit when you are welcome.
  2. Listen to the questions attentively and show enthusiasm.
  3. When asked, provide detail answers. Don’t forget to supply examples.
  4. Clearly state your interest and plan for the future.
  5. Think how you may contribute to the company advancement.
  6. Watch your diction. Use polite and formal language.

After the interview

You may send an email of gratitude to the company for having you for the interview.

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Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on Thursday, December 17, 2015

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#BusEng: How to write a formal email for job application

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In this post, we are going to have a discussion on how to write email for job application. So, for those who are seeking for a job, this post might be helpful for you. Technically, a formal email should consist of at least one head, one body, and one tail; just like a crocodile. In terms of language style, some rules govern (but not always) a formal email are as follow.

  1. always use advanced vocabulary e.g ‘to enquire’ instead of ‘to ask,’ ‘to obtain’ instead of ‘to get,’ and ‘to supply’ than ‘to give.’ Don’t use colloquial expressions (bahasa sehari-hari). Expose yourself with synonymous words in English. Thesaurus might help enrich your vocabulary. Check http://www.thesaurus.com for synonymous words and always check their usages in advanced dictionaries.
  2. avoid composing simple sentences; try to use complex sentences instead. Some formal sentence or paragraph linkers you could use are ‘therefore,’ ‘furthermore,’ ‘consequently,’ ‘in addition,’ and ‘finally.’
  3. don’t use imperatives. Remember, you beg a job. LOL. A trick you may consider to avoid imperatives is by using passive voice. e.g instead of saying “you may contact me..,” you can say “I can be contacted..” or simply say “I am available to..”
  4. use full verbs; don’t abbreviate e.g “I would like to…” instead of “I’d like to…”

 

Enough with the discussion on language style. Now, we move on to discuss how to begin a formal email.

  1. begin your email with a proper address. If you don’t know the addressee, use “Dear Sir or Madam,.” Should you know the name, supply a title and only print the surname. e.g the full name is Wisnu Pradana, then you write “Dear Mr Pradana,”
  2. 1st paragraph should convey your intention of writing the email. Some opening sentences you may use are: “I am writing this email to..” or “I am writing in response to your advertisement on..”
  3. 2nd, 3rd, etc. paragraphs are supposed to be the body of your email. Communicate and provide elaboration on your expertise, skills, qualifications, and relevant achievements and experiences. Peruse the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Don’t forget to supply reasons on why the company should hire you. Hint, elaborate how your expertise fulfil the requirements and how you may help for the company advancement in the future.
  4. last paragraph is the place for your final remarks, availability for interview, and statement of attached documents. Some sentences you may use are “I am available at anytime to further discuss about…” or “I am looking forward to touching base with you very soon.”
  5. formal ending. You may type “Yours faithfully,” or “Yours sincerely,” or “Yours truly,” or “Sincerely yours.” Dot forget to give some space for your full name below the formal ending.

Before you hit ‘send,’ overlook your email and make sure that the email address and the subject are correct.

 

Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on Thursday, October 1, 2015

 

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#EngTips: How to master English

We have gotten loads of questions on how to master English. In this article, I will share some tips which hopefully would be useful for you.

  1. Do not learn only from books.
    We need text books as sources of knowledge. However, practice and interactions are also critical. Try to have interaction with Native English speakers. If there are not any where you live, you can find online friends or someone with whom you can practice. You can join forums or mailing lists of your interest e.g. craft & DIY forums.
  2. Do not learn only grammar.
    You need to learn grammar, but knowing the rules does not mean you know how to use them. If you do not understand a particular grammar rule, do not get stressed out trying to figure it out. Understanding might come after hearing and using the language. Listening and speaking are also parts of learning process.
  3. Do not be shy!
    One of the major reasons why people do not improve their spoken English is because they are too shy to speak. Maybe they are worried about making mistakes or sometimes they are just naturally shy people. Don’t worry! Be brave! People will know you are not a native English speaker, so they will not expect you to get everything 100% right. It is better to try and to make mistakes, than not to try at all.
  4. Do not try to be perfect.
    Even English speakers make mistakes sometimes!
  5. Do not worry about having a perfect accent.
    As long as your pronunciation is good enough for people to understand you, then do not worry if you cannot pronounce all the sounds correctly. There are lots of videos on the internet that can help you. Most of online dictionaries are now equipped with recording of pronunciation of words. For example: open the following link http://bit.ly/P9WJei and click the speaker icon(s) next to the word “Collection.”
  6. Do not spend a long time trying to remember a particular word.
    If you cannot remember the word, think of a different way to say it. For example, “poke” means stick a finger and press someone’s arm, “duplicate” means make two of the same thing.
  7. DO take responsibility for your learning; how much and how fast you learn is directly related to your sense of responsibility.
    Good materials, great schools, excellent teachers and living in an English speaking environment is not enough. It is not what you have, but what you do with what you have that matters. Want to improve? Be active in the learning process!
  8. DO be patient with yourself; everyone learns at a different pace and has different challenges.
    Do not get frustrated. Take a deep breath and accept that you will improve in time. Learning is a process, it is not magic!
  9. Mistakes are a natural part of learning anything; the more you make, the more opportunities you have to learn.
    Practice may not make you perfect, but it will make you better. Perfection comes after lots of practice!
  10. Listen to as much English as you can, preferably spoken by native English speakers.
  11. Use new vocabulary as soon as you can.
    Making your vocabulary ‘active’ is a very important part of improving your speaking.
  12. Communicate in English with different people.
    Everyone speaks in a slightly different way. So talking with people who have different accents and different styles of speaking will help you.
  13. If you have a good friend who speaks English then ask them to correct you sometimes. The more you use the correct version of English, the more you will start to know what ‘feels’ right.
  14. Join a conversation class, any kind of English speaking club or society (a group of people who meet to converse in English).
  15. Ask people to repeat something if you don’t understand them.
    You could ask them to say something in a different way, or slower. If you are not sure if you heard them correctly, repeat information back to them. It’s better to check than to get it wrong.

Extra tips and inspiring mentions from fellas:

Always have printed dictionaries, offline mobile applications or online dictionaries ready for use :)

“Do you know that @CambridgeWords and @OxfordWords‘ online dictionaries are complete and totally FREE? :) http://dictionary.cambridge.org/
http://oxforddictionaries.com/” – @NenoNeno

“Since I entered English Literature program, my class made an English day program. And it continues until now.” – @nakamuralia

“Watching channel news asia and NHK world to improve my listening skill, and also indonesia now n talk indo on metro tv :)” – @CahyoRidho1

“My job always related with our supplier in many countries,so I always contact them everyday using English via email but sometimes I ask to my boss how to reply those email :D but thanks for your tips that you had gave to me,it’s open my mind.” – @sembadra09

“I used to have many online foreigner friends using chatrooms, but in short time I got confused to reply using english. keke poor me, and I have a dictionary books to reply them, coz my poor vocabulary stock :P I use this way for improve my vocabulary and trying to be brave to ask foreigner even just by text and lack of grammar.” – @anie_1225

“Watching dvd with eng subtitle will also help. I never take any course before, maybe my grammar is sucks, but I will never stop to learn.” – @ShannazNN

“I’ve been learning English for years but I feel like my English is still bad. It’s probably because I rarely practice it. I’m only good at writing, but when it comes to speak in English I get confused sometimes. So the most important thing in learning new language is that you need to practice it by speaking the language you’re learning. Joining such language exchange website also helps me to improve my English skill. This is one of my ways to learn it :)” –  @ameliindaa

Gee… this turns out to be a mighty long article, aye? Nevertheless, I hope the tips are useful and would give you courage to learn & improve.

You know what, fellas? Maybe you can start by practicing your English with your loved ones and friends right away. Thanks for reading and keep on practicing!

 

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, October 27, 2012

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