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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Telling Outdoor Direction

*Puisi Anak Negeri*

banyak kutemui disudut sudut negeri
foto foto abang penjual pentol yang memakai dasi 
juga mbok mbok penjual nasi yang menjanjikan perubahan pada negeri

apalah salah mereka?
mereka juga warga negara Indonesia tercinta?
yang berhak juga menikmati manisnya buah kemerdekaan

tapi mengapa?
mereka harus lemparkan bakul nasi jualan mereka?
mereka gadaikan rombong pentol mereka?
demi kenikmatan yang belum tentu mereka terima?

seandainya dinegeri ini tidak ada tikus tikus partai
tentu tidak ada rombong pentol yang harus tergadai
seandainya tidak ada pemimpin yang hanya bisa memberi mimpi
tentu mbok sumi masih tetap berjualan nasi

seandainya para pemimpin kita berjiwa pemberi
tentu bang romli penjual pentol tak akan berani bermimpi
seandainya pemimpin kita berjiwa pelindung
mbok sumi tentu akan dengan senang bersenandung
dan bukannya berdiri dengan dada membusung

wahai anak anak negeri
mari selamatkan kita punya negeri
sadarkan saudara kita dari mimpi
pilih pemimpin yang punya hati
yang bahkan rela mengorbankan nyawa mereka untuk negeri
bukan pemimpin hanya bisa berikan "LIMA RIBUAN TIGA BIJI"

Yani Abraham
Ahad, 16 Februari 2014 / 16:30 WIBS (Waktu Indonesia Bagian Sedah)

Used to Vs Be Used to

Used to yang kita gunakan disini bukanlah bentuk Kata Kerja 2 dari Use, melainkan satu kesatuan kata yang berarti "biasanya". Dalam Bahasa Inggris penggunaan kata tersebut banyak menghiasi percakapan. "Used to do" berbeda dengan "to be used to doing" dan "to get used to doing".

Used to do
Kita pakai "used to" untuk sesuatu yang terjadi secara reguler di masa yang lampau namun kejadiannya tidak lama.
I used to smoke a packet a day but I stopped two years ago.
(Saya biasanya merokok sebungkus per hari namun saya sudah berhenti 2 tahun yang lalu)
Tom used to greet us but when he became a boss, he has never done it anymore.
(Tom biasanya menyapa kami tetapi ketika dia menjadi seorang bos, dia tidak pernah menyapa kami lagi)
I used to drive to work.
(Dulu saya biasanya naik mobil ke tempat kerja)

To be used to doing
Untuk menjelaskan situasi atau kejadian yang biasa (menyatakan kebiasaan).
I'm used to studying English by myself.
(Saya sudah terbiasa belajar bahasa Inggris sendiri)
He is used to writing with his left hand.
(Dia sudah terbiasa menulis dengan tangan kirinya)
We have been used to living in this extreme weather.
(Kami sudah terbiasa hidup dalam cuaka yang ekstrim seperti ini)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The History of Ponorogo Land in Indonesia

Ponorogo Regency is located in Indonesia
Location in Indonesia
Coordinates: 7°52′10″S 111°27′46″E
ProvinceEast Java
CapitalPonorogo (city)

According to the Babad Ponorogo, Ponorogo was founded when Bathoro Katong conquered the Wengker region. This region had previously been controlled by Suryo Ngalam Wengker. Bathoro Katong originally settled in modern-day Pekalongan in what is now the village Setono in district Jenangan. Though faced with many obstacles, Raden Katong, Aji Selo, and Ki Ageng Mirah and his family continued to establish settlements in the region.
With the consent of all parties, Bathoro Katong established the Duchy Ponorogo on 11 August 1496. This date is celebrated as the anniversary of Ponorogo, and is corroborated by ancient objects, such as a pair of stone gilang located in front of the fifth gate of the Katong Batara tomb complex. The date is also mentioned in theHandbook of Oriental History. The aforementioned stone contains the meditated form of human image, trees, eagle and elephants (candrasengkala gilang memet), which represents the Saka year 1496 or 1418. Katong Bathoro graduation day is the day of the Duke of Roxburgh Duchy (Sunday (Pon), 1st Besar 1418 (Saka) meaning 11 August 1496 Masehi or 1 Dhulhijah 901 Hijriyah). During a seminar held during the Anniversary of the Ponorogo regency on 30 April 1996, the anniversary of Ponorogo was determined to fall on 11 August, this decision was approved by the Parliament of Ponorogo.

The Origin of REOG Dance in Ponorogo-Indonesia

Reog is traditional dance from Ponorogo, a city in Indonesia. It is one of the proofs of the regional culture in Indonesia that still close with mystique matters. All of people always debate about history of reog Ponorogo, but two popular stories are about Ki Ageng Kutu revolt and battle between Pujangga anom and Singabarong.
Firstly, the story told that Ki Ageng Kutu (a royal servant in Bra Kertabumi period) angered with corrupt behavior of the king Majapahit Kingdom and the Chinese Kingdom’s powerful acquisition as the partner. He saw that the power of Majapahit Kingdom would be end. Then he leaved the king and built schools and he taught teenagers martial and spiritual arts with expectation that those teenagers would grow as the power of next Majapahit Kingdom. But he realized that his army is too small to beat the army of Majapahit Kingdom. And the last, the Ki Ageng Kutu sowed reog as the political message of him. The show reog is the way of Ki Ageng Kutu to develop the local movement. 
Another version of reog is told about a legendary battle between Pujangga anom, a minister from court of Ponorogo and Singabarong, guardian spirit of forest of Lodoyo. It was begun when King Kelana Sewandana (the King of Bantarangin Kingdom) dreamed meeting a beautiful princess, Dewi Singgolangit. He felt in love with her and ordered his governor to ask the hand of the princess. This proposal was accepted on the condition that the King should present an attraction which was still unknown at that time. Then the Pujangga anom stole 150 tigers from the forest, apparently to offer as a dowry payment for princess of Kediri, whom the king of Ponorogo wished to marry. It made Singobarong angry. Then King Kelana Sewandana could kill the power of King Singobarong who was pictured as a king with a tiger’s head bearing a wide-winged peacock. The victorious King Kelana Sewandono then went into procession to the palace of the princess, bearing the defeated Singobarong. The procession attracted great attention during the trip to the palace.

The Origin Of Kelud Mountain

According  to the legend, Mt. Kelud was formed by a betrayal of a princess called Dewi Kilisuci, to two powerful Kings named Mahesa Suro and Lembu Suro. At the moment, Dewi kilisuci, the daughter of King Jenggala Manik, who was famous for her beauty, was proposed by two kings. But, they are not human kind. Lembu Suro was a cow-headed creature and Mahesa Suro was a buffalo-headed creature.
To refuse the proposal, Dewi Kilisuci made a competition which is impossible to be followed by a common human being. It was creating two wheels on the top of Kelud mountain. As addition, one of the wheel had to smell fishy, and another one had to smell fragrant. Those to wheels had to be finished in one night.
Using their magical power, Lembu Sura and Mahesa Sura worked out the wheels. And finally, they could finish their job. But, Dewi Kilisuci still refused  the proposal. So, she asked for one more requirement. Both Lembu Sura and Mahesa Sura had to prove that the wheel were really smell fishy and fragrant. To prove that, they had to come into the wheel.
When both of the them came into the wheel, Dewi Kilisuci told her soldier to burry them with stone. Both Lembu Suro and Mahesa Sura couldn’t escape the trap and they died in the wheel which they made. But, before Lembu Suro died, he cursed that he would take revenge. Kediri town would be cursed into river, Blitar town would be dry-land, and Tulungagung town would be a great lake.
Because of this curse, up to now  Kelud people always present a sacrifice to neutralized the curse.

by: Yani Abaraham
East Java - Indonesia
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Thursday, February 13, 2014



"Everything At Once"
As sly as a fox, as strong as an _______
As fast as a hare, as brave as a ________
As free as a bird, as neat as a __________
As quiet as a ____________, as big as a house

All I wanna be, all I wanna be, oh
All I wanna be is ______________

As mean as a wolf, as sharp as a ________
As deep as a bite, as dark as the ________
As sweet as a song, as right as a _________
As long as a road, as ugly as a ________

As pretty as a picture hanging from a _________
Strong like a family, strong as I wanna be
Bright as day, as light as _______
As hard as nails, as grand as a ________

All I wanna be oh, all I wanna be, oh
All I wanna be is ____________
Everything at once
Everything at once, oh
Everything at once

As warm as the sun, as silly as _____
As cool as a tree, as scary as the ______
As hot as fire, cold as _____
Sweet as sugar and everything _______

As old as time, as straight as a _______
As royal as a queen, as buzzed as a ______
Stealth as a tiger, smooth as a ________
Pure as a melody, pure as I wanna be

All I wanna be oh, all I wanna be, oh
All I wanna be is ___________
Everything at once

Ox                         tooth                     fixture                  fun                         line                         bear
Night                     play                       sea                      bee                        word                     whale
Ice                         glider                     mouse                 everything              toad                       nice
Melody                  wrong

maherzaen liric for listening practice

God will (insya alloh)
By Maher zein

Every time you __________(1) like you cannot go on
You feel so lost and that you’re so alone
all you ___________(2) is night and darkness all around
You feel so helpless you can’t see which way to go

Don’t ____________(3) and never lose hope
Cause Alloh is always by your side

(Reff 1)
Insya Alloh, Insya Alloh
Insya Alloh, you’ll ___________(4) your way
Insya Alloh, Insya Alloh
Insya Alloh, you’ll _____________(4) your way

Every time you ______________(5) one more _______________(6)
You feel you can’t ______________(7) and that it’s way too late
You’re so ____________(8) wrong decision you have made
_______________(9) your mind and your heart is full of shame

But don’t _____________(3) and never lose hope
Cause Alloh is always by your side

(Reff 1)
Insya Alloh, Insya Alloh
Insya Alloh, you’ll ___________(4) your way
Insya Alloh, Insya Alloh
Insya Alloh, you’ll ___________(4) your way

Turn to Alloh He’s never far away
Put your ____________(10) in Him, _____________(11) your hand and pray
O ya Alloh, _______________(12) my steps don’t let me go ___________(13)
You’re the only one who can ___________(14) me the way
____________(14) me the way, ____________(14) me the way, _____________(14) me the way

Insya Alloh, Insya Alloh

These lyrics are not available for printing.

Insya Alloh, we’ll find our way………………….

Lost                     feel                                        despair                                 find                        raise
Lose                    see                                         commit                                 repent                   guide
Mistake               haunt                                      confused                               trust                      ashtray

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

5 Speaking Rules you need to know!

This rule might sound strange to many ESL students, but it is one of the most important rules. If you want to pass examinations, then study grammar. However, if you want to become fluent in English, then you should try to learn English without studying the grammar. 

Studying grammar will only slow you down and confuse you. You will think about the rules when creating sentences instead of naturally saying a sentence like a native. Remember that only a small fraction of English speakers know more than 20% of all the grammar rules. Many ESL students know more grammar than native speakers. I can confidently say this with experience. I am a native English speaker, majored in English Literature, and have been teaching English for more than 10 years. However, many of my students know more details about English grammar than I do. I can easily look up the definition and apply it, but I don't know it off the top of my head. 

I often ask my native English friends some grammar questions, and only a few of them know the correct answer. However, they are fluent in English and can read, speak, listen, and communicate effectively. 

Do you want to be able to recite the definition of a causative verb, or do you want to be able to speak English fluently? 

2. Learn and study phrases

Many students learn vocabulary and try to put many words together to create a proper sentence. It amazes me how many words some of my students know, but they cannot create a proper sentence. The reason is because they didn't study phrases. When children learn a language, they learn both words and phrases together. Likewise, you need to study and learn phrases. 

If you know 1000 words, you might not be able to say one correct sentence. But if you know 1 phrase, you can make hundreds of correct sentences. If you know 100 phrases, you will be surprised at how many correct sentences you will be able to say. Finally, when you know only a 1000 phrases, you will be almost a fluent English speaker. 

The English Speaking Basics section is a great example of making numerous sentences with a single phrase. So don't spend hours and hours learning many different words. Use that time to study phrases instead and you will be closer to English fluency. 

Don't translate 

When you want to create an English sentence, do not translate the words from your Mother tongue. The order of words is probably completely different and you will be both slow and incorrect by doing this. Instead, learn phrases and sentences so you don't have to think about the words you are saying. It should be automatic. 

Another problem with translating is that you will be trying to incorporate grammar rules that you have learned. Translating and thinking about the grammar to create English sentences is incorrect and should be avoided. 

3. Reading and Listening is NOT enough. Practice Speaking what you hear!

Reading, listening, and speaking are the most important aspects of any language. The same is true for English. However, speaking is the only requirement to be fluent. It is normal for babies and children to learn speaking first, become fluent, then start reading, then writing. So the natural order is listening, speaking, reading, then writing. 

First Problem
Isn't it strange that schools across the world teach reading first, then writing, then listening, and finally speaking? Although it is different, the main reason is because when you learn a second language, you need to read material to understand and learn it. So even though the natural order is listening, speaking, reading, then writing, the order for ESL students is reading, listening, speaking, then writing. 

Second Problem
The reason many people can read and listen is because that's all they practice. But in order to speak English fluently, you need to practice speaking. Don't stop at the listening portion, and when you study, don't just listen. Speak out loud the material you are listening to and practice what you hear. Practice speaking out loud until your mouth and brain can do it without any effort. By doing so, you will be able to speak English fluently. 

4. Submerge yourself

Being able to speak a language is not related to how smart you are. Anyone can learn how to speak any language. This is a proven fact by everyone in the world. Everyone can speak at least one language. Whether you are intelligent, or lacking some brain power, you are able to speak one language. 

This was achieved by being around that language at all times. In your country, you hear and speak your language constantly. You will notice that many people who are good English speakers are the ones who studied in an English speaking school. They can speak English not because they went to an English speaking school, but because they had an environment where they can be around English speaking people constantly. 

There are also some people who study abroad and learn very little. That is because they went to an English speaking school, but found friends from their own country and didn't practice English. 

You don't have to go anywhere to become a fluent English speaker. You only need to surround yourself with English. You can do this by making rules with your existing friends that you will only speak English. You can also carry around an iPod and constantly listen to English sentences. As you can see, you can achieve results by changing what your surroundings are. Submerge yourself in English and you will learn several times faster. 

TalkEnglish Offline Version is now ready for download. In this package, you can utilize over 8000 audio files to completely surround yourself in English. There are over 13.5 hours of audio files that are not available in the web form. All conversations and all sentences are included, so even if you don't have many English speaking friends, you can constantly surround yourself in English using your MP3 player. This package is available at the English Download page. Take advantage of this opportunity and start learning English faster. Click on the link or go tohttp://www.talkenglish.com/english-download.aspx

Vocabulary Exercise About Job

Please, click the following address to get the vocabulary exercise about job.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Some experts have identified five key elements in effective storytelling.

Whether it's a novel, a movie script, part of a sales presentation or a public-speaking engagement, all well-told stories share specific elements that help make them compelling to the target audience. While numerous details must come together in effective storytelling, experts suggest there are five key elements of storytelling.
Other People Are Reading
How to Tell Stories
Keys to Storytelling

In their book "The Elements of Persuasion: Use Storytelling to Pitch Better, Sell Faster and Win More Business," authors Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman outline five elements of storytelling. According to the authors, a story is "a fact wrapped in an emotion that compels us to take an action that transforms our world." With this definition in mind, they identify five key elements: passion, protagonist, antagonist, awareness and transformation. The first element, passion, involves ensuring that the readers/listeners form enough of an emotional connection to the story that they care about what happens.
Anagonist and Protagonist

Every well-told story must have a hero, or protagonist, who overcomes the antagonist that opposes him. This is true in almost every work of fiction, whether it's a novel or a movie. The protagonist of "Star Wars," for example, is Luke Skywalker; Darth Vader serves as antagonist. An antagonist need not be a villain, however, or even a character; depending on the story, an antagonist could be a social situation such as lack of education or poverty that must be overcome in order for the protagonist to achieve his goals.
Awareness and Transformation

The final two elements are awareness and transformation. At a pivotal point in the story, the protagonist needs to experience an epiphany, what Oprah Winfrey calls an "aha moment." This revelatory experience will be a turning point in the story, causing the protagonist to undergo a fundamental change or take decisive action that changes the course of the plot. This will ultimately result in transformation that will cause the protagonist's situation to be significantly different than it was at the beginning of the story.
Another View

In her online article "The Elements of Good Storytelling," Kimberly Appelcline outlines five different elements of effective storytelling: setting, character, plot, back story and detail. According to Appelcline, these five elements are necessary in any good story, and are the "five main tools of the storyteller's trade." Each of these five elements is comprised of several steps the storyteller must take. For example, the plot should begin with a set-up of the story, followed by a build-up of plot details and conclude with a pay-off in which the storyline is resolved.