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#EngTips: Mathematics word problems

In mathematics, the term “word problem” is often used to refer to any mathematical exercise which significant background information on the problem is presented as text rather than in mathematical notation.

Steps to solve word problems:

  1. Read the problem carefully, understand it.
  2. Underline the key words or the operation words and think about them.
  3. Do your working. Draw a picture if needed and write a number sentence for the problem, solve it.
  4. Carry the answer. Check your answer and communicate the solution, explain it.

Key words and catch phrases for word problems:

  1. Addition words: ‘add’, ‘altogether’, ‘both’, ‘in all’, ‘sum’, ‘total’, ‘combined’.
  2. Subtraction words: ‘difference’, ‘fewer’, ‘how many more’, ‘how much more’, ‘left’, ‘less’, ‘minus’, ‘need to’, ‘remains’, ‘subtract’, ‘-er’.
  3. Multiplication words: ‘times’, ‘every’, ‘at this rate’.
  4. Division words: ‘each’, ‘average’, ‘evenly’, ‘equal parts’, ‘distribute’, ‘separate’, ‘split’.

Why don’t you try some exercises.


  1. Elin has six more balls than Mei. Mei has nine balls. How many balls does Elin have?
  2. Jane has nine oranges and Sani has seven oranges. How many oranges do Jane and Sani have together?
  3. Ken’s apple weighs 100 grams, and Dan’s apple weighs 80 grams. How heavier is Ken’s apple?
  4. Kim buys 2 apples everyday. How many apples does she buy in a week?
  5. Ed reads 25 words per minute. At this rate, how many words does he read in one hour?
  6. Nick has 75 pencils and 15 boxes. How many pencils should he pack in each box so each box gets the same number of pencils?


  1. Fifteen.
  2. Sixteen.
  3. 20 grams.
  4. Fourteen.
  5. 1500.
  6. Five.

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, September 4, 2016



#EngTrivia: English classics

During my time in college, I have read some of classic English literatures. In this post, I will share some of my favorites.

My most favorite book is 1984 by George Orwell. Written in 1948, he predicted what would happen in the future (negative utopia). My second favorite book is Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945). This book talks about the World War II in a unique way. Edgar Allan Poe’s works are also my favorite, especially The Black Cat and The Fall of The House of Usher.

There are still many books that extremely worth reading. Let me recommend some of them.

  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)
  • Gulliver’s Travel by Jonathan Swift (1726)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847)
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville (1851)
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1861)
  • Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)

So, from all of the books I recommend, what have you read? Or maybe you have other recommended books, fellas?

Compiled and written on Sunday, January 10, 2016


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#EngTrivia: English Language Philosophical Books

Hey fellas, I hope your Saturday is well :) I noticed that our nature has been to the extreme lately, let’s pray that it will pass soon…

So today I will share an #EngTrivia on philosophical books written in English, do you know what they are?

Philosophy is a set of ideas or the study about how to do something or how to live; also about knowledge, truth, nature of life.

Don’t worry, I won’t be discussing anything serious tonight :)

Lately I have been reading those and here I want to share my experience.

As I have mentioned during the 3rd Anniversary tweets, some, even most philosophical books were not originally written in English.

You can find the 3rd Anniversary tips on Reading here: http://ow.ly/tEAXI 

So automatically it is a translated book hence it was translated to the nearest meanings.

Most non-native speakers would have difficulties reading it, yet it turns out even native speakers also have difficulties.

Reading a philosophical book or even its extract is like reading a literature.

It’s like reading a poetry, or a Shakespeare text, even though it is using modern English language

Most of the time you won’t get what it’s written straight away, you have to break it down in order to understand it.

And from that, you would find out these thoughts/knowledge that you can apply towards your methodology of working, thinking, etc.

Or you could disagree with it completely.

Those who are planning to pursue studies abroad on theoretical, historical, philosophical studies, it seems this is one thing to expect of and you should be ready of :)

I am not discouraging instead I am encouraging you to do your best and be ready for what is ahead :)

Expect those long sentences, metaphors, the many comas and long paragraph. Remember, it was written in a different language.

Even in Indonesian language we tend to write longer, so when translated it tends to be longer than an English language sentence.

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on February 15, 2014

#EngEvent: @EnglishTips4U Admins Tips For You!

Hello, fellas! Did you know what day is today? It’s 2 January, I know.. But what do we celebrate on this day? A true fella would know! :D

Yes, it’s @EnglishTips4U‘s birthday! We are celebrating our 3rd anniversary today & would like to have a special session just for you! :D

Each of our admins from Monday to Sunday would like to share their personal tips on learning English. We hope they could be useful for you.

Don’t forget: if you like these tips, feel free to retweet them anytime. Your friends and followers will be grateful you do! :D

The first skill you need to master in English is listening. Having a hard time with it? Check out tips from @waitatiri, our Wednesday admin.

1. Listen to English songs. Try to understand the lyrics just by listening to them first before Googling the lyrics. ~@waitatiri

2. Watch English movies! You may use subtitles to help you, but don’t depend on them. Or even better, use no subtitles! ~@waitatiri

3. You can also download free listening practice MP3s available on the internet. Most of them are taken from news programs. ~@waitatiri

4. While listening, it’s okay not to know all of the spoken words as long as you get the main idea of what the speaker says. ~@waitatiri

5. Last but not least, make it fun! Learn in a way that you think is the most fun for you. You know yourself best, fellas. :) ~@waitatiri

Do you stutter as you try to speak in English? Well, don’t! Here are some tips worth checking by @NenoNeno, our Monday admin. :)

1. One thing for sure when I started learning to speak English was: I was not afraid of making mistakes. I said what I wanted to! ~@NenoNeno

2. Even when I didn’t have anyone to talk to, I talked to myself, anytime & anywhere it was possible. And I wasn’t embarrassed. ~@NenoNeno

3. At first, aim for fluency rather than accuracy. Use facial expression, body language, & things around you to express yourself. ~@NenoNeno

4. Another important key to successful mastery in speaking: exposure to spoken English. So do listen a lot (music, movies, etc.)! ~@NenoNeno

5. Make sure the exposure is not just ‘any’ spoken English, but the ‘natural’ form of English. For example: from native speakers. ~@NenoNeno

6. We learn by imitation. It’s true, esp. in speaking. After listening, time to practice what you hear, with no fear. Good luck! ~@NenoNeno

Reading in English. Isn’t that suppose to be not that hard? Not all the time tho. Here are the tips by @daedonghae, our Saturday admin. :)

1. Did you know that a lot of philosophical English language readings were also translated from other languages? ~@daedonghae

2. Like Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault have their books originally written in French. ~@daedonghae

3. So sometimes not all philosophical books can be understood straight away. ~@daedonghae

4. No wonder philosophical theory based courses in English language requires band 7 overall in IELTS! ~@daedonghae

5. The tips to read such text? Make sure you skim and scan, note down what you don’t understand and what you think of it. ~@daedonghae

Next! Tips on writing skills from our Sunday admin, @fabfebby. Like writing your statuses in English? These tips are for you! :)

1. Want to write something in English but afraid of the mistakes that you’ll make? Don’t be, fellas. Just write it first. ~@fabfebby

2. When you’re done with your writing, try to reread it, so you can find the mistakes, like misspelling or error on the grammar. ~@fabfebby

3. If you hesitate on what you write, Google it. Or ask someone with experience in English but don’t be lazy to search it first. ~@fabfebby

4. Use new vocabulary that you’ve got to make your writing look cooler. That way also makes you easier to memorize them. ~@fabfebby

5. Keep on practicing. Do it often to improve your skill on writing. Just write it in your blog/tumblr, diary, notes or anything. ~@fabfebby

“But how can I master all those skills when I don’t have enough vocab?” Check out these tips by @Miss_Qiak, our Tuesday admin. :)

1. Everybody knows that vocabulary building is VERY important. Using limited collection of words and phrases is boring. ~@miss_qiak

2. There are so many new words and phrases to learn and try out. Start from your own interest. I started from romance novels. ~@miss_qiak

3. New words and phrases can be found everywhere, from books, magz, songs, movies, the Internet, even by eavesdropping others. ~@miss_qiak

4. DON’T memorize new words and phrases! Search out what they mean and imagine how you’d use them in practice. ~@miss_qiak

5. If you can’t recall words and phrases, explain them in your own words. And once you recall them, you’d remember them better. ~@miss_qiak

Frustrated with grammar? No worries. Check the tips by @Patipatigulipat, our Friday admin. Pst: it doesn’t include memorizing any formulas!

1. Read a lot: fiction, nonfiction, biography, history, magazines, newspapers, online articles. Anything. ~@Patipatigulipat

2. Force yourself to write full words and sentences every time you tweet or comment on something. ~@Patipatigulipat

3. Proofread anything that you write, including your daily journal or short stories. It will help you to be more careful. ~@Patipatigulipat

4. Use Google whenever you are not sure about your writing. ~@Patipatigulipat

5. Remember a quote by Dr. Seuss: “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”

Last but not least, if you’re brushing up your pronunciation, these tips from @me_firdauz, our Thursday admin, should not be missed! :)

1. Pronunciation is an essential part in speaking. Correct pronunciation = easier for people to understand your speaking. ~@me_firdauz

2. Then how to practice your pronunciation? The key is listen and repeat. ~@me_firdauz

3. Listen to a listening material and make sure you have the tape-script as your reference. ~@me_firdauz

4. Remember, English word spellings are different from their pronunciation. ~@me_firdauz

5. This is important! –> Practice every word you hear from the recording, and do it as frequently as possible. ~@me_firdauz

6. Never feel bored to practice, since it takes process, and practice makes perfect! ~@me_firdauz

So how were the tips, fellas?

Hope you will always find our tweets helpful and valuable. Have any suggestion? Feel free to mention us. :)

If you want to know more about the people behind the tweets you read on this account, feel free to visit our page https://englishtips4u.com/about-us/ :)

And.. That’s a wrap! Once again, Happy 3rd Anniversary, @EnglishTips4U!

See you all fellas again tomorrow. Good night! :)


Administrated by @me_firdauz

Compiled by @NenoNeno

Written by @NenoNeno @me_firdauz  @Miss_Qiak @Patipatigulipat @daedonghae @waitatiri @fabfebby

For January 2, 2014

#EngQuotes: World No Tobacco Day

Hi, fellas! Happy World No Tobacco Day! Let’s use the moment to reduce your smoking habit!

To show our support, we will give you some quotes related to stop smoking! Enjoy!

  1. “Tobacco kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.” ~ Brooke Shield
  2. “The True Face of Tobacco Is disease, death and horror- not the glamour and sophistication the pushers in the tobacco industry try to portray.”  ~ David Byrne
  3. “I’m more proud of quitting smoking than of anything else I’ve done in my life, including winning an Oscar.” ~ Christine Lahti
  4. “Habit is stronger than reason.” ~ George Sanayana
  5. “There are no crowds out there demanding to see smoking scenes in movies.” ~ Joe Eszterhas 
  6. “Smoking is hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, and dangerous to the lungs.” ~ King James I
  7. “I think the reason kids get into drugs and smoking is they don’t have anything to do.”~ Richard Thompson
  8. “Smoking helps you lose weight – one lung at a time!” ~ Alfred E. Neuman
  9. “The best way to stop smoking is to just stop – no ifs, ands or butts.” ~ Edith Zittler
  10. “Fortunately, there’s more than one way to quit smoking. . . the catch is you must choose wisely to become smoke-free.” ~ Arthur A. Hawkins II

Enjoy your day, fellas! Let’s try to stop smoking today, tomorrow, and forever! 


Compiled by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on May 31, 2013

#EngTips: How to Enlarge Vocabulary and Reading Skill

Hi, fellas! We’ve received many questions regarding how to enlarge vocabulary and reading skill.  And maybe some of us have a question also, is it necessary to learn through dictionaries and read many English books?

Today, I will share some tips I’m using to learn English. It works for me, and maybe for some of you.

  • First, don’t try to enlarge vocabulary through dictionaries, but read as many books as possible instead.
  • The more you read, the more you will extend your vocabulary and develop your reading skill.
  • Choose books or articles that are interesting to you and encouraging you to read on and on.
  • Make sure the books are at your level, or only a little bit above your level. So it’s not too difficult, but not too easy.
  • Mark new words you’ve encountered in context. Then you’ll see how the words are used.
  • After that, you can imagine yourself use those words in other sentences or situations.
  • When you come across new words, don’t immediately search those words on your dictionary. Guess it.
  • This is a very good chance that you will be able to guess their meaning.
  • After that, you can validate the meaning on your dictionary. Use dictionary as a back-up to see if your guess was right.

That’s it for this session. We’ll continue giving tips on another session, fellas!


Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on November 23, 2012

#folktale and #EngQuiz: “The tiger and the baby”

We’d like to introduce a new article on EnglishTips4u.com. We call the program “Learning English through Indonesian Folktales” and this is brought to you by and .

Do you know what folktale is? Do you like folktale? Yes, folktale means ‘cerita rakyat.’ Many folktales have been made into popular movies (esp. by Disney) such as Aladdin (Iraq), Mulan (China), Hansel and Gretel (Germany), etc.

Do you know that you can learn English through , esp. by reading it? Do you wish someday Indonesian folktales will be famous? We can learn English and Indonesia’s cultural heritage at the same time. It’s fun!

We’ll start with a story from ‘s web, then there will be an  at the end. The  we will be sharing is called “The Tiger and The Baby”. Anyone ever heard about this folktale before? Well, let’s just start.

The Tiger and The Baby

On one beautiful day, a farmer and his wife finished working in their rice field when they saw a tiger cub on the way home. At first they were afraid. They thought the mother was near. But soon they saw a dead tigress near the cub.

“What should we do?” asked the wife. The farmer insisted to ignore the cub. Apparently it followed them home.

“Don’t follow us! Go back to the jungle!” said the farmer to the cub.

“He just lost his mother, he is lonely. Why don’t we keep him?” asked the wife.

When the farmer agreed to his wife’s wish, the cub looked happy. After a while, he grew bigger and stronger.. The tiger was obedient to the farmer and his wife. His task was to guard the house every time they went to the rice field.

Time went by.. The wife got pregnant and finally they had a cute baby son. Now the tiger’s duty was to guard the baby.

One day, when the farmer and his wife was working at the rice field, the tiger came to them, full of blood.

“Hey, what’s the matter with you?” asked the farmer. The tiger acted strange, as if tried to say something.

The wife suddenly remembered their baby and screamed, “Your mouth is full of blood. Oh my God! Did you eat my baby?”

The farmer was so furious. “You are really ungrateful! We have taken care of you since you were small!” He then grabbed a knife, stabbed the tiger. The tiger died instantly. They rushed home. When they arrived, the door was open.

They went to the bedroom and felt very surprised.. The baby was safe! He was sleeping soundly.

“Honey, look!” The wife pointed under the cradle. There was a big dead snake. Blood was all over its body.

“Oh no.. I’ve made a terrible mistake. The tiger did not eat our baby. He saved the baby from the snake!” said the farmer. The farmer regretted his wrongdoing. He killed an innocent animal. Not just any animal, but a loyal pet. But it was too late..

People knew about this incident. They later named the village “Penyalahan”. “penyalahan” means “wrong guess”.

That’s the end of our . How do you feel about it? FYI, Penyalahan is a village in Jatinegara, Tegal. Anybody’s from Tegal?


  1. Have you noticed that the uses past tenses to tell the story? Do you know why?
  2. “The farmer and his wife saw a cub on the way home.” What is a “cub”?
  3. Can you give examples of sentences using Simple Past Tense and Past Continuous Tense in the ?
  4. In the sentence “When the farmer agreed to his wife’s wish, the cub looked happy.”, which word is “linking verb”?
  5. In the , find the word that has the same meaning as unthankful or unappreciative.
  6. “The wife pointed under the cradle.” What is a “cradle”?
  7. [“The cub is lonely,” said the wife.] Within the quotation marks [“…”] is “direct speech”. What tense does it use?
  8. “The farmer insisted to ignore the cub.” What does the word “insist” mean?
  9. “Open the window!” is an example of an imperative. Can you give an example from the ?
  10. Last but not least.. What do you think the moral of the story is?

Leave your answers in the comment box below and don’t forget to number them.

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, April 21, 2012

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Apa kamu seorang guru bahasa Inggris? Atau sedang belajar dan memantapkan reading skills? Coba kunjungi website ini

Untuk yang mengajar, biasanya sering kesulitan mencari artikel bahasa Inggris sebagai bahan. Di ada banyak artikel menarik.

Artikel-artikel yang tidak begitu panjang memudahkan yang ingin meningkatkan reading skills. Tersedia dalam berbagai macam topik atau kategori.

Kamu juga bisa mengirim artikel bahasa Inggris buatanmu sendiri dan diterbitkan di dengan beberapa persyaratan.

Di halaman “Article Writing” kamu bisa membaca petunjuk cara penulisan artikel, seperti bagaimana menulis paragraf dan jenis-jenis kalimat.

Selain itu, kamu juga bisa belajar reading sambil menonton videonya di halaman “Reading & Video Lesson”. Ada pertanyaan dan kunci jawaban.

Ingat, rajin membaca itu banyak manfaatnya.

  1. Menambah kosakata.
  2. Membiasakan diri dengan tulisan bahasa Inggris.
  3. Membantu writing skills.

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Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on January 28, 2012