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#EngVocab: London skyscrapers

Did you know that City of London has unusual names for their buildings? Don’t worry this is what the short #EngVocab will be :)

  1. This one is called the cheesegrater.

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  1. This one is called the Gherkin.

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  1. This is known as the walkie talkie.

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So, London has a somewhat particular uniqueness in calling their skyscrapers. Unlike in New York where you would know its skyscrapers by its official name, e.g., Empire State Building. Londoners tend to call their skyscrapers, or even promote it, as everyday objects.

The Cheesegrater, The Gherkin and The Walkie Talkie – do they resemble the named objects? Can you see them in this magazine article’s photo?

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Or on this photo?

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So, here is The Leadenhall building and a real cheesegrater. They are looked a like, right?

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This is the 30 St Mary Axe Building and a real gherkin, do you think they are the same?

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This is 20 Fenchurch Street Building and a real walkie talkie. Is it a huge walkie talkie?

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Apparently they are called so as Londoners want their skyscrapers as part of the city – more of a sculpture rather than a building, but on the other side, it might just be kind of a “bragging.”

Either way, they are interesting #EngVocab to be used on these skyscrapers, quite funny as well. What do you think, fellas? That’s it for today’s #EngVocab, I hope you had fun learning it :)

Pictures’ source: Google images, own documentation

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on Thursday and Wednesday, March 28 and April 4, 2015.


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#EngTalk: King’s Cross Station

Hi fellas :) How was your Saturday been?

So I am in King’s Cross today, anyone know what this place is? :)

It’s in London, UK and a boy usually gets his train here to his magnificent school, do you know who he is?

@sandhykeyz: Train station. Platform 9 3/4 :D” yes! :D

@rzkika: Harry Potter :3″ Yes :)

@WildanKeribo: I guess it’s a very wonderful place in London.” It’s quite nice actually

As Harry Potter is such a phenomenon movie, do you think it inspired you?

@ttrzw: SANGAT SANGAT SANGAT IYA!”

@buh_berlaga: Potter is my favorite character”

“@ludvenny: of course!”

“@unrobotoc: yes, of course! I was growing up watching the series! I skipped class back then in high school just to watch the 6th movie!”

@FarasHasnaA: yess, i doo!!”

@fordcloud: No.”

@putriglorias: absolutely ! the books and the movies are both awesome :)”

So what has inspired you? Did it inspire you to learn English? #EngTalk

“@puputputreey: Destination: Hogwarts :D wohooo we r talking about harpot!”

@rmuttia: Yeaaah especially the-super-insane-yet-awesome-girl Luna Lovegood . Lovely”

@unrobotic: I love reading, but after I know Harry Potter, I love it more!”

@alinoet25: yes sure!! Potter!”

@NinaSandiah: yes,especially british accent from draco malfoy”

 

Let’s go back to the King’s Cross scenes in Harry Potter movies/books…

Can you try guess what these next phrases mean?

When Harry asked about the platform 9 3/4, the officer said, ” Nine and Three-Quarters? Think you’re being funny do ya?”

What is the officer saying?

@purmawel: Becanda,nih? Hehehe… :)))”

@SeptimusHanyeq: I guess he’s saying like ‘Are you kidding me?’ is that right?”

Yes the officer thought that Harry was kidding

@risyamaya: Yes, I learned friendship, bravery & cleverness from JK Rowling’s masterpiece. Oh, and also that sexy as hell British accent!”

@Inazz21: I like Prof. Snape’s love story ”

@buh_berlaga: I’m reading a chamber of secret now :)”

@Naruren: BIG YES ”

@heruka131: yes, the lil harry potter inspired me.”

 

If you have read Harry Potter in Bahasa Indonesia, do you remember what platform is written as?

“Peron”

 

Where is Platform 9 3/4 located? Anyone remember?

And what did Harry has to do in order to get to Platform 9 3/4?

@iechamay: the wall between platforms 9 and 10”

@GYUEYEZ: run straight to the platform wall :D”

@ttrzw: break through the wall, right?”

Not quite breaking it, more like go through the wall @ttrzw

@iechamay: walk straight at the wall between platforms 9 n 10”

 

Do you remember what Harry and Ron has to take to go to Hogwarts in Chamber of Secrets?

@purmawel: Ron’s car, ford anglia”

@iechamay: a car, and it can fly”

 

Do you remember what it almost hit when they drove the flying car?

No one remembers in the beginning of their flying car journey that they almost hit this clock?

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@tiyantiyanti: here we go :) ” the tourist destination for 9 3/4 used to look like this one shared

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Now it looks like this, and has a long queue…

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You can pretend that you are going to Hogwarts :D
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The real platform 9 and 10 are behind these ticket barriers

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So there you go! I hope Harry Potter continues to inspire you learning English, you have done well for this #EngTalk :)

@nae_neng: the thing that ‘forced’ me the most to learn English was ‘globalization’. ;) How I can live without language!”

@aditapuasandy: King’s Cross station, only wizard know how to get into this platform. even spidey couldn’t make it”

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@renggasanti: lagi ngobrolin novel favorit–>Harry Potter”

See you in King’s Cross :D

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Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on March 7, 2015

Pictures: admin documentation

#EngVocab: Little picture story on time

It’s just about to be midnight in Jakarta, while the spring sun still shines in London…

 

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Everyone seem to enjoy their afternoon in the park…

 

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Oh, but is it afternoon? It’s 6.20 pm? I guess this is evening already…

You start to stop to look at the time by spring here, let alone the summer… the night seems far.

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Yet, the time for the cherry blossoms won’t be for LONG they say…

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As spring is still here, there is time to cherish it

Hope you like that little picture story, fellas – see if you can pick up different #EngVocab related to “time.” :)

Photos: admin documentation

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, April 18, 2015.


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#EngPic: London Transport (2)

Those who have looked up or know about London, it has a real famous Routemaster’s Red Bus

Or known as the red double decker bus that has stairs on the back

The real Routemaster Red Bus has been discontinued since 10 years ago due to its engines

 

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Since then, the famous you-can-jump-in-from-the-back bus hardly seen on the roads of London

These ones existed instead, along the previous Routemaster ones if they are still around

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Yet, hope comes back when a new version and I guess much friendlier engines were produced

They look like this one, interesting isn’t it?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Routemaster

 

In this new Routemaster bus we can go in through three doors, one on the front, the middle and the back as it has two sets of stairs

Unlike the ordinary ones it has only one sets of stairs and you can only come in through the front

Note: London never misses a person not paying their use of transport, you have to show a valid ticket to travel

But lately admin has been spotting this one, and look what it says :D

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Apparently it is to celebrate the Year of the Bus – 2014 :)

I hope you all have enjoyed the session!

 

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on May 24, 2014

 

 

 

 

#EngPic: London Transport (1)

So it is Saturday evening, anyone up for a little #EngPic session? :)

Has anyone heard of the train network in London such as the Underground? Or the red bus? The routemaster?

I could not agree more “@septiaanrml: I knew! They said train network in London is so confusing”

Well all of the transports in London is called Transport for London or abbreviated to TfL.

These are the many tube/train lines that existed in London also description on some symbols:

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This is what the map looks like https://www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/standard-tube-map.pdf and it is quite complicated as @septiaanrml said before. Here is a preview:

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So in this map, you can see the different lines’ colours being used to show which train line passes where.

In a station you would find one of these, can you guess what it is?

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@pitrooy: that should be station too :))” yes it is :) this would the symbol for an Overground Station..

@wibybiw: Underground!!!! ” not quite! It is for the overground, a red circle would be for the underground :)

Yep, this is the complete right answer :D “@sofyanlich: The sign of no smoking, the sign of way out and the name of its station”

@IsJustYoga1: i want it!!” You want the map? :)

In every station you would find one of these to make sure you get off on the right station :)

You will always find one of these too, what do you think it is?

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In London we travel using a card named Oyster so this is a reminder to how to use it :)

So there you go our #EngPic session for today! I hope you had fun! Sorry for the delay that occurred

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on February 22, 2014

#EngTalk #EngVocab: China Town Places Descriptions

Hi there fellas, how’s your Saturday? It’s so gloomy in London now… how’s Indonesia? I bet it’s much warmer :)

So I am in China Town and it has all these shops and restaurants.

But what I am particularly interested is the descriptions under the restaurant names.

Try answer what these next words or phrases mean :)

QUESTIONS

Q1. Oriental Groceries

Q2. Chinese Restaurant

Q3. (Under a restaurant it stated) Japanese spices

Q4. Authentic foods from Indonesia

Q5. Modern Oriental Dining

What do you think each of them means? Just guess it with your own language in English of course hehehe :)

 

 

I am gonna post some answers now… I don’t think everyone of them is answered yet but will go it through soon

ANSWERS

A1. “@alyamaudina: Asian market” <- It can be said as a market but it is more on a shop form. So in here most likely you will find your needs on Asian vegetables, spices and more.

A2. “@nguyendieu283: A place where you can get and eat some chinese dishes”

A3. “@fathurrohmenn: using spices from Japan maybe?” <- Yep :)

A4. “@Gcalvaristhy: foods that are originally made from Indonesia or firstly found in Indonesia ;)”

A5. “@Gcalvaristhy : a modern setting or placement of interior but still it’s in chinese restaurant perhaps :D ” <- Hmm it is not necessarily only Chinese I think, for sure it has dishes from Asia as it stated itself to be “Oriental” :)

Okay I will end the session here :) Thank you for your participation!

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on October 19, 2013