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Advantage and Disadvantage of Dictation

Advantage and Disadvantage of Dictation

Advantage and Disadvantage of Dictation

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Advantage and Disadvantage of Dictation

 There are four skills to be expected when we learn English as our second language in Indonesia, they are listening skill, speaking, skill, reading skill and writing skill. To get that four skills, in the old technique is by using Dictation technique. For this, in this occasion we want to share the Advantage and Disadvantage of Dictation. (Also read : Lembar Kerja Siswa Kelas 7 tentang Introducing Oneself)

Disadvantages of Dictation

 As we know that dictation is one of the old techniques in language teaching learning activities. However, this technique has been recently neglected by the teachers. The reason is many experts claim that it is “too teacher centered, uncommunicative, boring and old fashioned”.

They think that dictations are:

  1. It might cause high effective filter especially for ‘frightened’ and ‘insecure’ learners.
  2. It does not require any talent or information on teacher.
  3. It is only the aural skills that are developed in dictations.
  4. It is uncommunicative, boring and old fashioned. (Also read other article at : Loving Mother Forever)

Advantages of Dictation

 The reason mentioned above maybe right, but Dictation actually has numerous advantages. The most common advantages of dictation are help students to diagnose and correct grammatical mistakes. Others advantages of dictation are: read more

Expression of Daily Activity

Expression of Daily Activity

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Expression of Daily Activity

 Every we have routines activity. These activities start from getting up in the morning up to going to our bed in the evening. These activities can be happened at home, at work, at school or other places. (also study : Expression of Hope or Wish and Its Response)

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 To improve our English, especially our speaking skill, we will share some Expression of Daily Activity. These activities consist of daily routines or our habits everywhere.

Below are some Expression of Daily Activity:

  • I get up.
  • She gets up.
  • I wake up.
  • I go to bathroom.
  • We go to the bathroom.
  • I take a shower.
  • I brush my teeth.
  • I get dressed.
  • I pray Subuh.
  • I have Prayer Subuh.
  • I put my make-up.
  • I read newspaper.
  • My mother washes the dishes.
  • I have breakfast.
  • He has breakfast.
  • I sweep the floor.
  • I mop the floor.
  • I leave home.
  • I go to school.
  • They go to school.
  • I go to school on foot.
  • I go to school by motorcycle.
  • I go to work by taxi.
  • I go to work.
  • You go to work.
  • I arrive at school.
  • I start studying at 7 o’clock.
  • I start work at 8 o’clock.
  • I finish studying at school.
  • I finish work.
  • I go home.
  • I arrive home.
  • I have lunch.
  • I take a nap.
  • I go to the mosque.
  • I have dinner.
  • I do my homework.
  • I go online.
  • I surf the internet.
  • I do my housework.
  • I watch television program.
  • I go to bed.
  • Our family go to bed.
  • read more

    Abunawas and Six Speaking Donkeys

    Abunawas and Six Speaking Donkeys

    Abunawas and Six Speaking Donkeys

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    Abunawas and Six Speaking Donkeys

     Once upon a time in Persia there was wise king named king Harun Al-Rasyid. He was very loved by all his people at his kingdom. Meanwhile in the village in the area of the kingdom there was a smart man named Abunawas. (also read : Mysterious Illness King Harun Al-Rasyid)

     One day, King Harun called Abunawas. He wanted to put another test Abunawas’ smartness. He assigned him to do impossible mission.

     “Abu, I want to have six speaking donkeys with beard. You have to find them and bring to me. I give you a week to find. If you cannot get the animals, I will punish you.” Said the king. 

     Abunawas was confused. He went home. He stayed home the whole day to think about the mission. He thought that for finding one speaking donkey was very impossible, moreover the king wanted six donkeys. He continued thinking to solve the way of doing the assignment and on the seventh day he went to the city square where he could meet a lot of people. (Also read other article at : Admire Mother for Her Love) read more

    Tips Speaking English Fluently

    Tips Speaking English Fluently

    Tips Speaking English Fluently

     In this session I want to give you some Tips Speaking English Fluently. If you want to speak fluently, there is nothing can help you better except you practice speaking with others. It doesn’t matter your vocabulary is lack, you can improve your ability in speaking just doing practicing in speaking. For supporting you to speak well, in this occasion we would like to share some Tips Speaking English Fluently. However, some tips below are just as support, and for making you are capable in speaking fluently depends on yourself. (also read : EXPRESSION AND RESPONSE OFFER)

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    Below are some Tips Speaking English Fluently:

    Tip one: Using “Yes or No” questions and answers.

     Start with simple conversation by using “yes or no” type questions and answers until you find something that is interesting to both you and your conversation partner. Then continue the conversation using “open-ended” questions that encourage your partner to talk more.

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    For example:

    A: Do you live in Sidoarjo?

    B: No.

    A: So, Do you live in Surabaya?

    B: Yes.

    A: Are you happy living in Surabaya? read more

    Reservation Check-in and Check-out the Hotel

    Reservation Check-in and Check-out the Hotel

    Reservation Check-in and Check-out the Hotel

     After sharing about Expression of Conversation at Hotel, now we want to share Reservation Check-in and Check-out the Hotel.  This post is implementing of Expression of Conversation at Hotel and being shown in three dialogues, they are Making Reservation, Checking-In and Checking-out the hotel.

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    Here is the dialogue about Reservation Check-in and Check-out the Hotel:

    Making Reservation

    Receptionist: Good afternoon. Welcome to The Bumi Hyat Hotel.

    Guest: Hi, good afternoon. I’d like to make a reservation for the fourth weekend in July. Do you have any vacancies?

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    Receptionist: Yes sir, we have several rooms available for that particular weekend. And what is the exact date of your arrival?

    Guest: The 29th.

    Receptionist: How long will you be staying?

    Guest: I’ll be staying for two nights.

    Receptionist: How many people is the reservation for?

    Guest: There will be two of us.

    Receptionist: And would you like a room with twin beds or a double bed?

    Guest: A double bed, please.

    Receptionist: Great. And would you prefer to have a room with a view of the ocean?

    Guest: If that type of room is available, I would love to have an ocean view. What’s the rate for the room? read more

    Expression of Conversation at Hotel

    Expression of Conversation at Hotel

    Expression of Conversation at Hotel

     Everywhere we are, we need to communicate, in the airport, bus station, bank, hotel or other place. For this in this occasion we want to share some Expression of Conversation at Hotel. This topic will be divided into three sub topic, they are common expression used by guest, expression used by hotel receptionist and example in conversation. (also read : Expression of Conversation at Restaurant)

    Below is the topic of Expression of Conversation at Hotel:

    Common expression used by guest

    There are many expressions usually used by guests of a hotel, some of them are:

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    I’d like a room for ….

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    I’d like to make a reservation for ….

    I’ve got a reservation.

    I’ll be staying for ….

    Certainly. Here it is.

    Checking in

    Checking out.

    Common expression used by hotel receptionist

    And there are also many expressions usually used by hotel receptionist of a hotel, some of them are:

    May I help you?

    Do you have a reservation?

    we have several rooms available

    How long will you be staying?

    Please fill your name in this register

    We need you to fill in this form please

    May I see your ID, please, Mr. …? read more

    Expression of Belief and Disbelief

    Expression of Belief and Disbelief

     Expression of Belief and Disbelief. After sharing about Expression of praise and some other expressions in the previous post, now I want to share about another expression related to speaking area. In this case I want discuss about Expression of Belief and Disbelief.

     Expression of Belief and Disbelief is used when we want to give belief or disbelief response of someone’s statement or idea.

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     There are some expressions related to Belief and Disbelief. Below is the explanation about the Expression of Belief and Disbelief:

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    Expression of Belief :

    • Do you think he is honest ?
    • Do you believe she is guilty?
    • How can you believe that ?
    • Do you believe in yourself ?
    • What do you believe in ?
    • Believe me
    • I swear
    • Trust me
    • You have my word on that
    • Don’t you trust me?
    • Have faith in me
    • Do you believe it?
    • Wouldn’t you believe it?
    • Can you imagine that?
    • Don’t believe it, do you?
    • Don’t you think it’s odd that…?
    • Do you expect me to believe it?

    Respond :

    • I believe that …
    • I believe you
    • I trust you
    • I have complete faith in you

    Expression of Disbelief:

    • You won’t belief this but ..
    • Do you know what?
    • This may surprise you, but…
    • I’ve got news for you. ……
    • Do you believe it?
    • Wouldn’t you believe it?
    • Can you imagine that?


    • Really? I find that hard to believe.
    • Are you joking?
    • I can’t see that.
    • I don’t believe it.
    • Are you serious?
    • You must be joking/kidding.
    • Oh, no! That’s not true!
    • You don’t say!
    • Seeing is believing.
    • You are kidding
    • That can’t be
    • That’s incredible
    • Nonsense
    • I don’t believe you
    • Baloney
    • You are full of it
    • I don’t trust you
    • I have no faith in you
    • You are kidding me right?
    • No, I don’t believe it!
    • That’s unbelievable!
    • That can’t be.

    Examples of dialogue

    Dialogue 1

    Two days ago, Basori met Rahmat met at the stall. He talked about his experience of going to Trans Studio last holiday.

    Basori   :  I went to trans studio last weekend.

    Rahmat :  Really, who did you go with?

    Basori   : Only my girlfriend.

    Rahmat :  You’re kidding… your girlfriend went with you?  Did anyone else go?

    Basori   :  No, just the two of us.  We had a great time. Do you believe it? read more

    Asking and Expressing Capability

    Asking and Expressing Capability

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     Asking and Expressing Capability. Speaking is one aspect of language skills. For this I have shared some topics related to speaking guide. And now I want to share about asking and expressing capability. Below is the explanation.

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     An expression of capability is used for expressing of our ability to do something. There are three points of topic will be discussed. They are asking for capability, expressing capability and showing incapability.

    1. Asking for capability / ability
    • do you think you are capable of…..?
    • Do you think you’re able to . . . .?
    • Do you think you can , , , ,?
    • are you capability of . . . .?
    • are you capable to……?
    • are you able to
    • Are you capable of…?
    • Do you know how to…?
    • Do you know anything about…?
    • Do you have the experience to…?
    • can / could you ……?
    1. Expressing capability / ability
    • I think I can . . . .
    • Yes, I can
    • I thought I’m able to . . . . .
    • I think I’m capable enough.
    • I am capable of doing it
    • I’m able to……
    • I have the ability to do it
    • I’m good at . . . .
    • I can / could do it
    1. Showing incapability / inability
    • I’m not sure I’m capable of doing it
    • I’m not capable of doing it
    • I am not able to……
    • I don’t think I can’t do it.
    • I am not good at…
    • I have no idea how…
    • I have no experience of…
    • No, I don’t know how to…
    • I don’t know anything about…
    • I am not sure I know how to…
    • (I am afraid) I cannot cope (with)…
    • I would not know where to begin or start…
    • I don’t think I have experience or ability to…
    • Sorry, I can’t do it.
    • I’m incapable of doing it.
    • I don’t think i have ability
    • I’m not sure i can
    • I won’t be able to
    • I can’t / couldn’t do it

    Example in Dialogue read more

    How to be Confident in Speaking English

    How to Be Confident in Speaking

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     How to be Confident in Speaking English. Speaking is one way in improving someone’s English skill, but sometimes, if it can’t be said most of us, we find feeling ashamed to express our idea by speaking, especially for those who start studying English. For Indonesian, especially Javanese people tend to worry too much about other’s opinion. That’s what? For example, makes students keep their mouth shut, although their teacher always encourages to speak up. The students are afraid others would find that their English is bad; that their pronunciation is not really good; that their grammar is so awful, and so on, and so on. And in the way around, they are also afraid to be called arrogant or just showing off when they speak too much in the classroom.
     Here are suggestions from me to someone who start trying to speak English in order to be able to overcome the feeling of ashamed in speaking so that you do not feel embarrassed and self-confidence arises when you want to speak English: read more

    Expressing and Responding Sympathy

    Expressing and Responding Sympathy

     Expressing and Responding Sympathy. Have a nice meeting again to our beloved visitor, Great Friends.

     This is another article related to speaking after introducing someone’s self and asking for repetition.

     When we hear someone being sad or in tears, we usually express our sympathy to him/her. Sympathy expression is used to express our sympathy to his/her grief.

     There are many expressions to show our sympathy to other people.

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    Some of the examples are shown below.

    I am sorry to hear that.

    I know how your felling is.

    Be patient, It would be Ok soon.

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    I sympathize about the situation that happened

    What an terrible situation for you

    I cannot tell you how sorry I am

    I’m sad to hear that.

    I’m deeply sorry to hear about ….

    I feel sorry for you.

    That’s  too bad

    What a pity of you !

    Be patient, it would be better soon

    I take my sympathy to you

    I sympathize with your condition

    I know how is your feeling

    It would be OK soon.

    And below are some responses of sympathy.

    I do hope so.

    Thank you so much.

    I really appreciate your sympathy

    Thank you for your support.

    Thank you for your sympathy

    Thank you.

    That’s very kind of you.

    You’re right.

    It’s God will, I suppose

    It’s very kind of you

    I hope so

    I would be OK, thank you very much for your support

    Here is the example of dialogue using sympathy expression and its response.

    Taty  : Why do you look so sad Rina ?

    Rina  : I lost my wallet.

    Taty  : I am sorry to hear that.  How can you lost your wallet? When did it happen?

    Rina  : I don’t know exactly, But I think when I went to the market.

    Taty  : You should contact the police and make an announcement about losing wallet

    Rina  : Oke Amy, Thank you so much for your support. I will try it. read more