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#EngQuote: Quote from Indonesian National Heroes

Happy National Education Day, fellas! Let us all take a moment to be thankful for the quality of education that has brought us to where we are today.

Many Indonesian in the past did not quite have the privilege and access for good education like what we enjoy today, but that did not stop them to become intellectuals. Some even contributed to bring the end to the occupation in Indonesia. Therefore, I’d like to make today’s session a tribute to our national heroes by sharing their famous quotes that are related to education.

P.S.: I translated some of them from the original ones which are in Bahasa Indonesia, so feel free to correct the translation if it’s wrong.

“Learning without thinking is useless, but thinking without learning is very dangerous!” – Soekarno, first President of Indonesia.

Dr. Ir. H. Soekarno


“I’d volunteer to go to prison, as long as there are books, because with books I am free.” – Mohammad Hatta, first Vice-President of Indonesia.

Drs. H. Mohammad Hatta


“Only with education will we build our nation.” – Dewi Sartika, founder of the first school for women.

Dewi Sartika
Raden Dewi Sartika


“The purposes of education are to sharpen our wits, strengthen our will, and soften our senses.” – Tan Malaka, politician and activist.

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Tan Malaka


“Advancing in civilization requires advancing in both intelligence and character growth.” – Kartini, women’s rights activist.

Raden Adjeng Kartini


“Make a teacher out of everyone and a school out of every place.” – Ki Hajar Dewantara, first Minister of National Education of Indonesia and the national hero whose birthday we celebrate as National Education Day.

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Ki Hajar Dewantara


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 2 May, 2018.


#EngQuiz: Guess the English Indonesian Words!

Hey fellas :) How has your Saturday been? Getting ready for tomorrow’s Independence Day celebration? :D

In the spirit of Indonesia’s Independence Day, want to play a bit of #EngQuiz related to Indonesia? :)

Dear, it’s Independence :) “@rizkyalearner: Making effort to win a competition as participation to celebrate independent day hihi :3″

So, I am going to give you some questions and you have to guess the answers which are (hint!) English Indonesian words :) #EngQuiz

Are we ready? The quickest and right answers will get an RT :D annnnnd GO!



Q1. One bean, two bean, billion beans, stuck together, I am good for you, the world claims so. What’s my name?

Q2. I am a nursery rhyme in Indonesia, somehow related to an old woman. Who am I?

Q3. Dong, dong, dong….. That’s my similar sounding if someone hits me. It doesn’t hurt though because I am heavier. What am I?

Q4. I am sharp but I have no straight pose. I look like a wiggly line. I can be very sacred to most Indonesian traditions. I am a..

Q5. So, I am brown, usually. Lots of hairs. We are like human and we hope that human will appreciate us better. I am an….


PS: It’s English Indonesian so make sure you answer it in its English form :D You have 30 minutes to answer :D

@iamnadiiaa: this is confusing too much many things can be related to this Q” Hmm, try search it in http://englishtips4u.com  :)


Thank you for your answers, fellas!! Now I will be sharing the quickest and right ones :)



A1. From Q1 it’s name is “@aanggini: Tempe!”


A2. Wow, so no one really knows me? I am a “@febyanisaa: Cockatoo”. I am in this nursery rhyme :) “@kaiyeolpls: burung kakaktua hinggap di jendela nenek sudah tua giginya tinggal duaaa”


A3. Dong… dong… dong… I am “@febyanisaa: A gong”


A4. I am “@LasmaMikha: a Kris”. In English “keris” is written “kris”, this can be checked on most online dictionaries :). Re A4, and sometimes it has to be capital K so it’s “Kris”.


A5. Most got me right, but not quite on how you write it in English, I am an “@rossioktaviani: Orangutan” or orang-utan

Bornean orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus); Tanjung Puting National Park, South Kalimantan (K. Selatan), Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), Indonesia


Thank you so much fellas for your participation! :D More information on the words today, check https://englishtips4u.com/2014/05/12/engtrivia-english-indonesian/ … :D


@glendamutia: u have a good riddle guys :O” :D you should have joined too :)

@miaa_yeppow: hey.. it was pretty good, n I cant wait for 2morrow, may Indonesia become more better than last year:-)

@Miss_Qiak: Thanks. I didn’t know it is written so in English. ;) “@EnglishTips4U: A4. In English “keris” is written “kris”, … #EngQuiz

“@rossioktaviani: Nah! RT @EnglishTips4U: A4. In English “keris” is written “kris”, this can be checked on most online dictionaries :)”


English will always evolve and seems that global English absorbs Indonesian/Malay words as well, we know the latest is “sambal


Who would know if Indonesian English or English Indonesian would exist? Yet it doesn’t mean kicking out Bahasa Indonesia itself


Hope you will have a great day tomorrow on Indonesia’s Independence Day :)


Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on August 16, 2014


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#EngPic: Indonesian Events in England

Hi fellas :) I hope you had a good Saturday so far :D

Did you know that outside of Indonesia there are Indonesian cultural events going on?

And in England, it is no exception :D Here are some #EngPic that admin would like to share how our culture are shown in the English land :)

First up, guess who was in Trafalgar Square :D This square is a very iconic landmark in London, England


Year 2014 is the first time Indonesia get to share their culture in Trafalgar Square. Many countries have done the same, even yearly!

Trafalgar Square is dedicated to the Battle of Trafalgar hence Nelson’s column is in the middle as he led the battle.

Which you can see it standing behind the stage. From here you can also see Big Ben. “Hello Indonesia” is the name of the event.

Beside performances, there were Indonesian food and crafts being sold by Indonesian representatives from Indonesia and England.

Representatives & workshops all shared our uniqueness on unity and diversity. It was a colourful day in Trafalgar Square :)

I think the highlight would be the crowd “dangdutan” in the ending in front of the famous National Gallery :D


There are so many photos that could be shared but I think @londonfriend has the best photos for our #EngPic -> http://ow.ly/yhBme :D

Besides in Trafalgar Square, Nottingham University’s Indonesian Student Society held their yearly “Indofest” on site

While “Hello Indonesia” was by the Indonesian Embassy and Governmental institutes, “Indofest” was held by Indonesian students in UK

It has food and crafts being sold, performances, Indonesian games, sports, Batik workshop, and photo exhibition #EngPic

Surprisingly, as the #EngPic shows, not only kids get to play “balap karung”, the adults too :D


There were a lot of stands and people, you also can see the smoke of the satay grilling from here :)


See if you can guess what’s on the right pocket of the bag? :D I really miss it now :( it was sold for £1!


To be honest, these kind of events are bringing home closer to those who are far and it promotes Indonesia more and more :)

Just like what this #EngPic says :) Photo by @yantiyanto


And on that note, who wouldn’t resist a tipat cantok and cendol drink with ketan XD Photo by @yantiyanto


So that’s it for our #EngPic today :) I really hope you enjoyed the session :D

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on June 21, 2014

Photo sources: @daedonghae and @yantiyanto



#EngTalk: Indonesian English For the Election

Who is up for a short #EngTalk this evening? :)

We know in the past few years a lot of Indonesian singers used English words in their songs.

Of course not only in songs now, sometimes in Indonesian language conversation we would use few or a lot of English words.

Let that be a general conversation with someone, the news coverage, the chat show on television and so on…

Yep! But here I am referring to Indonesian songs that use several English words in their songs @adelm31: yes! one of them is mocca!

So recently I found this song on upcoming elections encouragement titled “Pemiyuk”.. Has anyone heard it?

The lyric of the song was written by Yosie from Project Pop and sang by Project Pop featuring other Indonesian singers&celebrities.

Yes you can say it like that hehe “@agnesjefri: ost. for celebrating the election..”

There is one part that goes like this:

Tar dulu.. tar dulu.. tar dulu (hah?)/Saya ga bisa buru-buru (lho..)

Bagaimana saya bisa tahu (hm..m) / Calon pemimpin yang bermutu (eeeh)

Men, plis deh men, aw come on men (hehe) /Mbok ya situ, jangan jadi cemen (hehehe)

Skarang jamannya udah keren (ho-oh) / Pake internet, google aja friend (yoi!)

(On this video you can skip to 1:20 for this bit)

But looking from the lyrics itself, what do you guys think of it?

I was quite surprised how Yosie has done the lyrics, but I must admit Yosie and Project Pop never fail me to laugh :D

Menurut admin pemakaian istilah-istilahnya sangat gaul di lagu ini, kembali ke pembahasan Indonesian-English yang terus berkembang, berevolusi, sepertinya Indonesian-English akan bahkan sudah menjadi bahasa keseharian beberapa orang.

Menurut fellas bagaimana? Fellas boleh jawab pakai bahasa Indonesia dan Inggris :)

“@pyj2690: Hmm…. i don’t think, but its so funny song hihihi Iya gaul banget ampe bingung englishnya gmn? Haha” <- Hmmmm…interesting point… @pyj2690

Fellas yang lain bagaimana? Kalau bisa jawab pakai bahasa Inggris ya :) That’s the whole point of #EngTalk :)

What do you think of this lyric? Admin thinks this lyric would encourage voting, do you think the same?

Or, what do you think of Indonesian-English in general? Do you think it is a good or bad thing?

@fiamaulana: It’s so easy to find people who speak both Indonesian & English. Society, TV, Socmed take a big part to make this happened.

I could not agree more with you @fiamaulana, do you think it’s a good thing or a bad thing?

@fiamaulana: t goes good when people know where to speak.. It goes bad when people start forgetting their own languages.

I don’t think they’re “a joke of useless words”, it’s just a way of putting it in the context of Indonesian-English @agnesjefri#EngTalk

@onlydiash: as long as ‘combining indo-english words’ is not used too much, that wudnt be annoying. But as indonesian people, we hav.. …to be proud of our nat language. Better to use fully indo language or fully eng language than mix them both.. but it doesnt matter that lyrics is such a funny joke for me lol

@ShadoRWZ: well.. indonesian-english could help us communicate in both language (if used correctly) , so.why not? aku sih yes.

What kind of writing?@FajarNugrohoDA: not only in speaking but also in writing.”

@megagalee: its still ok though if it used with a full sentence, not a ‘campur2’ just like our celeb use to use it.

What about in the context of “encouraging voting”? Would Bahasa Indonesia Baku work@megagalee? Fellas?

@megagalee: language is about context n communication purpose,if people that u talk to undrstnd one of the language,why need to mix them?

What about, let’s say, Singlish (Singaporean English), what do you think of it @megagalee and fellas?

@Maulissakk: i can’t choose. Everything has a good side and a bad one.

@PutriAbilla: Bad thing, seriuosly. Terlihat maksa dan lucu jadinya minnnn..

Knowing elections are coming, do fellas rather hear the candidates speak in Indonesian, Indonesian-English, English, or all?

Ehm… I don’t understand what you are saying here.. @lestarihai

@adibalubis: Good! Why not? It’s one way to speak english well” Re: Indonesian-English good or bad?

@bieberbarries: i think that’s not that bad as long as people dont use it too much because sometime its kinda annoying

@sudirrr:I sometime use it when talking to friends who could speak english. But the way celebs use it.. It’s awful, really

@NajihatulFitri: its good for practice to increase ur english as long as not *lebay* like cinta laura lol

@FajarNugrohoDA: Just like when I text someone or post my status in socmed, sometimes I use English & Bahasa. e.g: “Jangan lupa, text me ya!”

@widyaast: It’s becoming a habit to meRT @EnglishTips4U: what do you think of Indonesian-English in general? Do you think it is a good or bad thing?

@zahradr: @onlydiash agree but sometime u jst can’t help it that some words slip from ur mouth in diff language when u’re talkin

Do you mean Indonesian Idol? Hehehe@schecterazhar: Indonesian, because it’s not INDONEISAN IDOL”

@megagalee: min, I think u want to rise up the ‘labil ekonomi’ issue again, lol” Is that Vicky Prasetyo case?

@beebe1D: I rather the candidates speak in Indonesian, so people can understand what they talk about easily.

@Zakir_Drivhya: Not bad for entertaining. But, sometime when I heard indo-english mix make me creeps :3

@rgta0726: Indonesian.Because the candidates will speak to all indonesian people who need to understand what the candidates’ says

@salsahilaksmi: it’s ok as long as we know how to use grammar properly. People get lost with”keep smile” instead of keep smiling

THAT IS SO TRUEEE @salsabillaksmi!!!!! It has been driving all @EnglishTIps4U admins crazyyyyyyy!!!!

@ArienDewiR: I agree with “encouraging voting”. It’s like marketing strategy to get people’s attention, so they will interest more

@IzazakiaPutra: there must be balance between both languages. we can’t lose our identity neither we can’t lose recognition of inter. eyes

@NaoCenQ: hat’s call code mixing and code switching. Hahaha sociolinguistics :)” Re: why need to mix them? by @megagalee

@NajihatulFitri: fully indonesian ! Because people not at all could understand english.. how people now all about the candidates

@ArieDewiR: Bahasa Baku would still work. It depends on how the composer make the catchy song and lyrics, whatever the language is

@agnesjefri: speak english when campaign doesn’t mean not loving a nation,the problem are the whole indonesian understood?

@RestutieA: @rgta0726 but most of them are speaking by the two languages in order to show Indonesian people how smart is they are. :D

@syavirarizkha: honestly, sometimes I accidentally speak indonesian-english if I forget a word which is called in bahasa, but not too much :/

@LeeFirly: use English while doing campaign is good to encourage young people to participate

@sudirrr: Bahasa Indonesia yang baik dan benar or bahasa daerah is way better, because most people understand those two

@oliviachrista: for a song I’d rather not mix Indo-English, better just choose 1 of them. But if it use for a daily conversation, it’s OK.

:) “@salsabillaksmi: haha that’s a nice of you to say it. I made a conclusion based on what I’ve seen recently :)”

@lintangw: IMO i’d rather hear our legislative/president candidates speak in proper Indonesian languange or should I say bahasa baku because they are intelectual people. using mixed Indonesian-English will make them look like a fool and also not all indonesian people understand english very well. so, yeah I prefer the using of Bahasa Indonesia yg Baik & Benar

@onlydiash: @zahradr it comes frm habit, most of “bahasa gaul” r indo-eng mixed words, we heard it frm someone then tries to say it ryt?

@nvi2111: lang kan arbitrary.. :D

@salsahilaksmi: Indonesian but they must be able to speak Eng fluently to socialize with everyone around the world when they’re elected

@onlydiash: @salsabillaksmi agree w/ u, ppl these days wud follow up familiar eng words without knowing if its wrong in grammatical side

@deborauhl: sometimes i speak indonesian-english soalnya sering lupa what is that word mean apalagi kalau ujian vocab, kesel sendiri-_-

@dutawira: in Indonesia, the people speaking Indonesian-English sometimes have no ability to speak the proper Bahasa and English as well

So it seems Indonesian-English has been a habit to some, but I don’t think it’s any wrong either

As @nvi2111 said, “Language kan arbitrary”, it is indeed, it evolves and so on… yet so of course it is best to know when and where to use it.

@FOL_MALDINI: Intinya gunakan aja bahasa yang pas buat orang2 sekitar ato lawan bicara..di mana hrs mgghnakan english or bahasa.ato bhs ibu

I hope you have enjoyed this #EngTalk as much as I do :)

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on March 15, 2014

#EngTrivia: English Indonesian?

Maybe Wikipedia isn’t the official encyclopedia or the most trusted site academically, but interestingly… Have you ever stumbled upon this part of Wikipedia?

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When you click on the link the explanation is as follows:

“The following is a partial list of English words of Indonesian origin; they are English language loanwords (kata serapan) that can be found in Indonesian, but many of them were borrowed directly from Malay during the British colonial period.”

How interesting, isn’t it? Previously, we have had some discussions on English words absorbing words from other languages. After knowing English language for so many years, I was never sure that some of these are from Indonesian/Malay language.

Here’s our top 10 list which we quite often hear or seen around us all the time:

  1. Orangutan. From: orang hutan.
    • Everyone knows this endangered and cutest species, it is our duty to protect it always.
  2. Satay. From: sate (Javanese).
    • A very popular ready meal choice overseas now, well at least in London.
  3. Tempeh. From: tempe.
    • A very popular choice for an overseas vegetarian friends nowdays. In London, tempeh is imported from Belgium or Netherlands.
  4. Cockatoo. From: burung kakatua.
    • Should I say kakak tua? “Burung kakak tuaaa…” It’s a children song from Indonesia.
  5. Tapir & Babirusa.
    • In Natural History Museum London you can easily find these. Just go to the mammals section.
  6. Paddy. From: padi (Indonesian) / pari (Javanese).
    • Example: “You won’t resist the views of these paddy fields.”
  7. Sarong. From: Sarung.
    • We would wear this clothing for praying, daily or traditional purposes
  8. Gong. From: part of the gamelan.
  9. Kris. From: keris.
    • So if Ms Word suggested you Kris instead of keris, it’s alright.
  10. Gutta-percha. From: getah perca.
    • It was used as insulation for telegraph cables in the 19th century.
  11. Okay, last one might sound random to you, but I recently just read it on a book about telegraph to television, so I thought it’s interesting. :)

For more words, also check out the following link:

Fellas’ contribution:

“and at first i thought orangutan was like tarzan or something similar haha.” – @CAROLLINACINDY

“Amok…from ‘amuk'” – @SescoSaragih

“o yea, running amok, that is pretty often used :) I don’t think sambal terasi is ever translated in English, although terasi is usually referred as shrimp paste” – @gregoriusA

“How about ‘boogie man’? Some says it was from Bugis sailors but I’m not sure if it’s from a reliable source.” – @animenur

“In Wikipedia it did say something like it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogeyman” – @EnglishTips4U

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, April 26, 2014


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#EngVocab: Indonesian Independence Day Games

Hey there fellas! Happy Independence Day!!! :D

Did you go to your school’s or workplace’s flag ceremony this morning? Did you join any competition? :)

Did you know that Indonesian all over the world celebrates Indonesian Independence Day as well?

Yes, usually our representative office such as General Consulate or Embassy would hold a flag ceremony in the morning..

Of course based on their local time, then there will be entertainment such as…

Performances of traditional dances, music, and most of all the never forgotten Independence Day games!

Ever wondered what these games are called in English? Well admin found some common ones around the web :)

Here is our special #EngVocab for today! Check it out!

Palm (or pole) climbing = panjat pinang –> usually two groups of four people climb a palm trunk, originally areca nut trunk (sometimes a pole instead) which had prizes hanged on its top usually clothing, electronic devices, cash and more. Of course it is not made easy, therefore the trunk has oil on it to make it slippery. Sometimes even water and mud are thrown to competitors.


Tug-of-war = tarik tambang –> involving two teams, one on each side of a rope. Both teams have to pull it until one team falls on the middle point settled. That middle point sometimes has mud prepared on it.


Sack race = balap karung –> each participant gets a sack (usually an old rice sack) and has to go inside it up to the hip. Then, they have to get their laps done by jumping with it like kangaroos.


Cracker eating = makan kerupuk ->  such a classic game for Indonesian Independence Day. Cracker or kerupuk has been known as one of Indonesian’s favourite food. The competition involves it being hanged high above on a plastic rope, then participant has to eat it without any hands help.

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Marble race = balap kelereng -> each participant gets a spoon and a marble will be placed on the spoon. This spoon has to be held by the teeth and mouth with no hands allowed to support it or held by only one hand.  Who finished their laps first, wins.


Bakiak racing = lomba bakiak -> bakiak is a traditional wooden sandals which had rubber straps on them with capacity for 2-3 people. This was used together by walking it to get to the finish line.


Inserting a pencil/nail into a bottle = masukkan pensil/paku ke botol -> one participant would get their waist wrapped with a plastic rope which one of its end has a nail or pencil hanging under their rare. This pencil/nail has to go in a glass bottle which is located just behind the participant. It takes a lot of patience to get this done.


That’s it for today fellas! I hope this #EngVocab has been useful :)

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http://www.thecheers.org/Entertainment/article_2468_Celebration-of-The-Independence-Day-LETS-HAVE-FUN.html Celebration of The Independence Day by Yeni Salma Barinti

http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/39590/Independence-Day-Games-2 Independence Day Games by Jakarta Travel Blog

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on August 17, 2013