Sabtu, 17 Juli 2010

The Beatles: I Need You

You don’t realize how much I need you
Love you all the time and never leave you
Please come on back to me
I’m lonely as can be
I need you

John Lennon: Imagine

Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try.
No hell below us, above us only sky.
Imagine all the people livin’ for today, ya ha

Jumat, 16 Juli 2010

No Country No Religion

This beloved country is having so many problems, and so are other countries. Some problems arise in connection with greediness, some others with religion. What about if there were no possession and religion? Would it be the solution? Just imagine it. Pay attention to the song Imagine written and sang by John Lennon.

Only Healthy People Smoke

Only healthy people smoke. This statement isn’t against the warning printed on every box of cigarettes: “Smoking may cause cancer, heart attack, impotence, and harm pregnancy and embryo.”

The Wise Bear

In a village there lived two friends. One of them was a Carpenter and the other was a Tailor. They had a very peculiar habit of keeping the work pending for the next day. But they were not lazy. They simply thought that everything would be better if they left it for tomorrow.

The Mongoose and The Snake

The Hunter and his Dog were combing the jungle for rabbits. Suddenly they stopped, struck by a strange sight. A Mongoose and a Snake were engaged in a life and death struggle. The powerful reptile was furiously hissing and trying to bit the Mongoose. While the Mongoose was saving himself from the bite as well as counter-attacking the Snake with his claws.

The Horse and The Donkey

Long ago, there lived a Carter. He had a Horse and a Donkey in his stable. They lived and worked together. The Donkey and the Horse should have been good friends, but it was not so. The Horse was very proud.

The Clever Monkey

Two tom cats stole a king-size cake. But they fell out over the division of the spoils. "It's mine because I discovered It," argued one of the Cats. "But I actually picked it up. So I own the whole of it," answered the other.

The Foolish Monkey

Long ago the lion, king of the forest died leaving no heir to the crown. All the inhabitants of the forest gathered to choose a new king. The animals began arguing among themselves as to whose head the beautiful crown studded with diamonds would fit, instead of who was better suited to be the king.

The Fox And The Crow

In the forest there were several birds. A Crow among them thought himself to be the cleverest. In the same forest there was an Owl who also thought himself to be the cleverest. The clash was going on between the two.
At certain point, a little Sparrow mediated and said, "I have an idea. We will decide on some food that one of you normally eat. Now, who manages to get some in the shortest time will be declared the cleverest bird."

Kamis, 15 Juli 2010

Me, My Husband, and His Other Woman

Never crossed my mind that I would live such life. I hate soccer and I married a soccer journalist. What an irony. I must swallow the fact that all the income in my family comes from soccer, indeed.

The Beatles: Rain

If the rain comes,
they run and hide their heads,
they might as well be dead.
If the rain comes
If the rain comes

Not For Jazz

We have an old musical instrument. It is called a clavichord. It was made in Germany in 1681. Our clavichord is kept in the living-room. It has belonged to our family for a long time. The instrument was bought by my grandfather many years ago.

A Cold Welcome

On Wednesday evening, we went to the Town Hall. It was the last day of the year and a large crowd of people had gathered under the Town Hall clock. It would strike twelve in twenty minutes’ time. Fifteen minutes passed and then, at five to twelve, the clock stopped. The big minute hand did not move. We waited and waited, but nothing happened.

The Best And The Worst

Joe Sanders has the most beautiful garden in our town. Nearly everybody enters for ‘The Nicest Garden Competition’ each year, but Joe wins every time. Bill Frith’s garden is larger than Joe’s.

Hands Off the Ball or It Will Be Handball

Henry handball/
Dalam pertandingan sepak bola, tidak seorangpun pemain yang diperbolehkan menyentuh bola dengan tangannya, kecuali para penjaga gawang. Jika seorang pemain menyentuh bola dengan tangannya, sengaja atau tidak, dia akan mendapat hukuman karena telah melakukan ‘hand ball’.

Rock Never Dies

And, I will never stop listening to rock songs. Kata ‘never’ – yang artinya ‘tidak pernah’, berasal dari ‘not ever’ – memiliki variasi posisi dalam kalimat.

The Effect of the 'Porn Video' Affects His Life and Career

Pengaruh dari ‘video porno’ itu mempengaruhi hidup dan karirnya. Sesuatu yang tidak baik akan membawa pengaruh yang tidak baik juga. Kasus ‘video mesum’ - yang ramai dibicarakan akhir-akhir ini - seharusnya memberi suatu pelajaran bagi setiap orang: Apapun yang kita lakukan harus kita pertanggung-jawabkan di sini dan nanti. Inggrisnya: We should be responsible for whatever we do, good or bad, here and hereafter.

Lagi Lagi Lagi

Bagaimana mengatakan kata ‘lagi’ dalam bahasa Inggris? Kesulitan pembelajar pemula bahasa Inggris - ketika hendak mengalihbasakan bahasa Inggris ke dalam bahasa Indonesia - adalah kenyataan bahwa sebuah kata dalam bahasa Indonesia memiliki padanan beberapa kata dalam bahasa Inggris. Misalnya, ketika hendak mengatakan ‘lagi’, ada beberapa kata atau ungkapan yang jika di-Indonesia-kan memiliki makna ‘lagi’.

Sunshine on the Seaside

In front porch, sitting in an armchair
eager to know why you still care
not any glass of whiskey or beer
but a cup of your love coffee, dear.

Interested and Interesting

1. She is an interesting girl. I am interested in her.
2. Studying English so seriously is boring.
3. I am annoyed. His behavior is annoying.
4. Our trip to Jogja last month was very exciting.

I Am Interested in Interesting Topics

Saya tertarik pada topic-topik yang menarik. Beberapa kata sifat dalam bahasa Inggris menggunakan akhiran –ed atau –ing. Kata-kata sifat dengan akhiran –ed mengandung makna di atau ter. Interested, misalnya, berarti ditarik atau tertarik. Sedangkan kata-kata sifat yang berakhiran –ing mengandung arti me. Jadi, interesting berarti menarik.

Febbie Gets Angry When

someone puts a link on her profile. Dan, saya bisa mengerti mengapa Febbie menjadi marah ketika seseorang meletakkan sebuah link di profil atau lapak postingannya. Febbie sedang membahas tentang perlakuan ‘kejam’ pria terhadap wanita, dan tiba-tiba saja seseorang menuliskan, “kunjungi, beri komentar, dan beri nilai postingan ini blablabla.” Menjengkelkan, memang.

It Takes Two To Tango

English, like all languages all over the world, has proverbs. One of the proverbs says, “It takes two to tango.’ It means that performing tango dancing needs two persons, usually a man and a woman. When you dance ‘dangdut’ or other dancing, you can do it by yourself. You don’t need any body else to join you dancing, but tango dancing is something different.

Rabu, 14 Juli 2010

Empuss and Princes Ira Like Cats

Kata ‘like’ merupakan salah satu kata yang mempunyai berbagai variasi. Dan, kata ini juga sering ‘disalah-gunakan’ oleh pembelajar bahasa Inggris (khususnya pemula). Untuk sedikit menambah wawasan, kita membahas kata ini walaupun serba sedikit. Postingan ini masih berhubungan dengan Bahasa Inggris itu Gampang.

Winda Married A Football Journalist

Beberapa kata dalam bahasa Inggris membingungkan. Salah satu kata tersebut adalah ‘married’. Untuk melengkapi Bahasa Inggris itu Gampang, kita membahas kata ‘married’ yang sering ditanyakan oleh pembelajar bahasa Inggris.

Indolish Songs, How Are You?

Why do you love me? is one of Koes Plus’ Indolish songs. This legendary group band has also an English album entitled Another Song for You.

What You Say Is What You Get

In computer field, there is a term WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). It indicates that when you have designed an image on your computer and you print it, you will get the printed image precisely like the one you see on the monitor. It needs, of course, a lot of conditions. One of them is that the printer should support it. However, the term is related to html (Sorry, this article is not about computer itself.)

Talents, Effort, and Success

Some people are lucky to have certain talents, they are born talented. People with talent of language will easily learn languages. On the other hand, people with talent of music will easily be able to sing a new song, or will master how to play musical instruments better and faster than the ones with no talent of it. Whatever your talent is, you must develop and sharpen it. Talents should be developed and sharpened.

In and Out

BBC News
Learning process is not only inside the classroom but also outside. In the classroom, students widen their view by paying attention to the lessons and sharpen their skills by practicing. The more they pay attention to the lessons given by the lecturers, the more they will widen their view and knowledge. The more they practice their skills the more they will be skillful.

Not For Boss

There are two kinds of leadership: a leader and a boss. A leader leads his sub-ordinates to execute their duties so that the organization reaches its goal or target. It is not a must that a leader is an intelligent person, but he must know what people have to do.

The Cost of Success

Every one wants to be successful, but not many who are willing to pay the cost. Every success needs certain cost. There is, I’m sure, no instant success. ‘No Pain No Gain’ ensures the point.
When someone wants to be able to ride a bicycle, for instance, he must practice riding it again and again. After failing many times, he will get the result: skillful in riding bicycle. This effort - practice - is what so called the cost.

Best Critics

People don’t like to be criticized but to criticize. They often feel offended when someone criticizes them. Criticism, actually, is the best and free guardian for us. Nobody is perfect. So, everybody needs to get criticism to make him closer to perfection. People often say that they need ‘constructive‘ criticism not ‘destructive‘ one.


A customer entered a bank to withdraw some money from his account. When the teller gave him the money, he simply put it into his pocket. At home, he counted the money and he was surprised. The money was much more than he intended to take. He thought that the bank teller had miscounted. The next day, he came back to the bank and told the teller the problem.

Turning Stone to Bread

Jesus fed more than 5000 people
Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie wrote the famous song “We are the World”. The song has this part: Send them your heart / so they’ll know that someone cares / and their lives will be stronger and free / As God has shown us by turning stone to bread / so we all must lend a helping hand. It is possible that Mr. Jackson and Mr. Ritchie got the inspiration for this part of the song from the following story.

Eva Polio An Amazing Lady

Eva is a beautiful girl, but she has got a handicap. Her left leg is much smaller than the other one. She’s got what people call ‘polio’. Some years ago, when she was in Senior High School, she studied English at our English course NSC Surabaya. Her classroom was on the third floor. With a great effort, I think, she stepped the stairs to reach the class.

I Hate Football

I hate football not because it isn’t interesting. It is. I hate it because of the crazy supporters who are often out of control and start riots, it doesn’t matter whether their favorite teams win or lose.

Yes Ketes Ketes

Muhammad Taher, states in The Best Method to Learn English that to learn how to speak English well we have to live in English speaking countries or to ‘create’ an English speaking community. I absolutely agree. However, it is easier to say than to do.
As a result of the failure of English learning at formal schools (sorry to say this) there have been a lot of English courses established. More and more students learn English there. Unfortunately, when they are home, they don’t have English speaking community. Their families don’t speak English.

Curse on the Nation?

As he took pleasure in cursing, so let it come on him; and as he had no delight in blessing, let it be far from him. (Psalm 109:17). A curse may come to the head of a person who takes pleasure in cursing others. If someone likes cursing other people while they don’t deserve it, the curse may go back to him.

Please Send Me A Card

Postcards always spoil my holidays. Last summer, I went to Italy. I visited museums and sat in public gardens. A friendly waiter taught me a few words of Italian. Then he lent me a book. I read a few lines, but I did not understand a word.

No Wrong Number

Mr James Scott has a garage in Silbury and now he has just bought another garage in Pinhurst. Pinhurst is only five miles from Silbury, but Mr Scott cannot get a telephone for his new garage, so he has just bought twelve pigeons.

An Exciting Trip

I have just received a letter from my bother, Tim. He is in Australia. He has been there for six months. Tim is an engineer. He is working for a big firm and he has already visited a great number of different places in Australia.

Selasa, 13 Juli 2010

Too Late

The plane was late and detectives were waiting at the airport all morning. They were expecting a valuable parcel of diamonds from South Africa. A few hours earlier, someone had told the police that thieves would try to steal the diamonds.

Percy Buttons

I have just moved to a house in Bridge Street. Yesterday, a beggar knocked at my door. He asked me for a meal and a glass of beer. In return for this, the beggar stood on his head and sang songs. I gave him a meal. He ate the food and drank the beer. Then he put a piece of cheese in his pocket and went away.

The Beatles: P.S. I Love You

As I write this letter, send my love to you
Remember that I’ll always be in love with you
Treasure these few words till we’re together
Keep all my love forever
PS I love you, you, you, you

The Beatles: I Saw Her Standing There

One,.. two, ..three, .. four
Well she was just seventeen
You know what I mean
And the way she looked
was way beyond compare

The Beatles: Yesterday

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they are here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday

The Beatles: I Don't Want To Spoil The Party

*) I don’t want to spoil the party so I’ll go
I would hate my disappointment to show
There’s nothing for me here so I will disappear
If she turns up while I’m gone please let me know

The Beatles: Something

Something in the way she moves
attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me
I don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

The Beatles: Please Please Me

Last night I said these words to my girl
I know you never even try, girl
Come on, come on
Come on, come on
Please please me, oh yeah
like I please you.