Here are some words and phrases in American English related to cell phones: 1. to pick up = mengangkat, menjawab telepon 2. to hang up on (somebody) = menutup telepon dengan kasar, saat lawan bicara belum selesai berbicara 3. to call (somebody) back = menelepon kembali 4. to break up = suara terputus-putus 5. dead… Read More Cell Phone Vocabulary
In Asian cuisines, there are many food that are wrapped in banana leaves. They are either steamed or grilled. In the western countries, they use aluminum foil to wrap the food before steaming or grilling it. So what do we call a steamed fish wrapped in a banana leaf in English? It’s called a fish parcel.… Read More How do you say it in English?
A traffic jam often happens when traffic is heavy. Here are a few ways to describe the traffic jam: 1. I got stuck in traffic. 2. I got stuck in a traffic jam. 3. I was caught in traffic. 4. I was caught in the middle of a traffic jam. 5. I was caught… Read More Traffic Jam
I’ve heard many English learners say “I’m fine” every time someone asks how they’re doing. Guess what? Native English speakers don’t actually say that when someone asks them “How are you?” Unfortunately, replying to “How are you?” with “I’m fine” can still be found in many English textbooks. Here are how native English speakers… Read More Speaking Tip: Don’t say “I’m fine”
You have a lot of native English speaking friends? That’s great! Do you often ask them to correct your English every time you speak with them? If the answer is yes, then you should stop it. Did I tell you that it’s considered rude to nitpik? Native English speakers hate to nitpick, and they hate… Read More Stop Asking Native English Speakers to Correct Your English
Examples: 1. We had to wait for 1 1/2 hour. = We had to wait for one and a half hours. (or: an hour and a half) Note that after “one and a half”, the noun is plural: one and a half kilos one and a half kilometers one and a half pounds one and a… Read More How to Read and Write Fractions in English
Get over yourself is often said to someone acting in a snobbish or superior or overly self-involved manner; it simply means jangan ge-er (gede rasa) in bahasa Indonesia. Here are some English phrases related to ge-er: – Get over yourself! = Jangan ge-er deh! – I’m blushing. = Gue jadi ge-er nih. – I don’t want… Read More Oh, get over yourself!
I’ve seen many English language learners write “Thanks God it’s Friday!” Sorry guys, it’s wrong. You can either say “Thank God it’s Friday!” or “Thanks to God it’s Friday!”, but never “Thanks God it’s Friday!” Thanks to God is a shortened version of thanks be to God. In this article I’ll show you how to use… Read More Common Mistake: Thank God or Thanks God
I’ve had a lot of Indonesians ask me the English for pulsa telepon. They thought the English for pulsa is pulse and refill for isi ulang pulsa. That is wrong. So, in this lesson I’m going to show you some English phrases related to pulsa telepon. – I’m running out of credit on my phone.… Read More English Phrases Related to Pulsa Telepon
A lot of English language learners find themselves shy and feel uncomfortable when speaking English, especially when they speak to foreigners, but they’re not shy when speaking in their own language. They fear that they might make a fool of themselves. What if they don’t understand me? What if I forget everything I want… Read More How to get rid of shyness while speaking English