Tuesday, 26 September 2017

A Wooden Bridge In My Instagram

September 26, 2017 1 Comments

This picture was taken some weeks ago. Actually it was taken last year or the year before. I like this instagram post due to the picture itself and to the story behind it.

I used to take a ride with my husband and kids with motorbike. We loved to explore our neighbouring villages. One of them is Seprahu Village where my husband spent some of his time when he was younger there to plant and crop melon.

The moment I took the photo was when the village had just relieved from a pain called landslide and flood. That wooden bridge was there for a purpose actually: to take over the function of the ruined bridge that was hit by the flood. So, the wooden bridge was a semi-permanent one. When the ruined bridge is fixed, the wooden bridge will be meet its end.

The day we went there, I took several photos and videos. And I chose this photo to be displayed in my instagram. What do you think of the photo? Does it look beautiful? Or perhaps you can see the sadness behind it?

By the way, are we friends yet in instagram? Mine is www.instagram.com/diahdwiarti if you'd like to know.

This is the 16th blogging collaboration with Annisa Nurjannah
This bi-weekly theme is: My Instagram
Read Annisa's post: My Instagram Feed

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Kids Activity: Word Scramble

September 23, 2017 0 Comments
Dear parents and teachers,

Learning word spelling is important for kids as they will have to learn many things in their life in the future. Playing with word scramble is a great way to do!

After the first guest post from Education.com: Three Legged Compound Word, here is another one which includes great activity you can play with your kids or students.

If you are interested in guest posting, please feel free to contact me via email: diah.d.arti@gmail.com.

Happy reading!

Word Scramble

Do you want to find a great way to help your kids get on board with the a new school year? Try out this new word scramble and find more spelling resources from Education.com.

Monday, 11 September 2017

English Is Not My Mother Tongue, Why Bother Learning It?

September 11, 2017 2 Comments

Yes, English is not my mother tongue. English actually is not a language I master.

But, why I insist writing in English?

It's simple. I want to be a good example for my children.

I understand and speak two languages, both of them are my mother tongue.

They are Javanese and Indonesian. I learnt Javanese first then Indonesian.


It's an alien in my language world. But, I fell in love with it ever since I knew it although I keep making mistakes in using it.

English Is Not My Mother Tongue, So Making Mistakes Is Understandable

Please, laugh at me. I write this article with a strong feeling that I may be making mistakes.

English was not my major at college. I don't understand about preposition, grammar and many more things.

All I know is I feel that what I write sounds English. Haha...

Who can guarantee that anyway?

No one. And if I made mistakes than it will be alright. Why?

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I read a good article about mistakes people make when learning English.

The article told us that it's common to make mistakes in using English for non-native because every mother language has its own style.

And you know what? Each mother language produces specific mistakes.

For example I'm an Indonesian speaker. I probably make mistakes in English that rarely be found in mistakes of Arabic speaker make. That's natural.

So, it's OK to make mistakes. But, OK is not an excuse.

If English Is Not My Mother Tongue, What Should I Do To Reduce Mistakes?

Well, it's not easy to get away from mistakes unless we try to.

I will not give any advice here as I myself still making mistakes. But, I do find some fun ways to reduce making it.

Watch English TV Program

With or without subtitle is fine.

I was once a subtitle hater but then I realized that it can give me a lot of help.

Subtitle helps us to understand spesific words or new words.

I don't mind watching subtitled program now as long as I open my ears wide.

I usually take some time to adjust my hearings and feelings. When I get the feeling, I can enjoy the show.

I like to watch 'technical' TV programs such as cooking and home building.

For me, those programs are easier to follow as the topics are definitely clear.

Open My Ears and Eyes Wide

As I mentioned above, I open my ears wide to understand what the speakers say.

Not only that.

I will focus on the speakers lips so I can understand better.

Funny, huh? Yes, but it works for me.

Speak Out Loud

To whom?

To myself, sometimes.  😅😅😅

While watching TV program I usually interact with the show.

I laugh, give comment and show expressions when there is something happened inside that flat thing.

By doing that, I act like I'm part of it and it helps me a lot to understand and practise English at the same time.

I don't take notes because it didn't work for me.

Did it work for you?

Well, at the end, I just want to tell you that after taking those efforts to practise and avoiding mistakes, my English is still 'Indonesian English'.

However, I don't feel I have to stop. I know I'm far from good but I will keep trying.

I hope my kids will be inspired and be a better English speakers and writers than I do.

This is the 15th blogging collaboration with Annisa Nurjannah
This bi-weekly theme is Learning English
Read Annisa's post Learning English