Soap-making: Listening practice 1 (explanation)

By | February 2, 2018

The following questions are based on the story of soap-making by Voice of America. You can download the mp3 file by clicking this link Soap-making. 1. The speaker is talking about … . A. home-made soap B. expensive soap C. rare soap ingredients D. lower-price soap E. essential oils 2. What is unique about this soap? A. It… Read More »

The State and Its Supporting Agencies

By | December 22, 2017

These are words and phrases related to the state of the Republic of Indonesia and its supoorting agencies. 1. Badan Inteligen Nasional (BIN): the National Intelligence Agency 2. Badan Kehutanan: Forestry Agency 3. Badan Kepegawaian Negara (BKN): the State Employee Affairs Agency 4. Badan Kepegawaian Daerah (BKD): the Regional Employee Affairs Agency 5. Badan Koordinasi Keluarga Berencana Nasional… Read More »

The Present Continuous Tense

By | February 2, 2018

The present continuous tense is also called the present progressive tense.  This tense is used to talk about: 1. things that are happening at the moment of speaking. This means something is happening exactly at the time when somebody is speaking about it. So, when you say,”My mother is frying a fish in the kitchen,” that means,the action… Read More »

Chicago: Listening Practice 1 (descriptive)

By | January 14, 2018

The following questions are based on the story of Chicago. Download the MP3 file by clicking this link: Chicago MP3 1. Chicago has the following nicknames, except: A. the Windy City B. the City of Broad Shoulders C. Player with Railroads D. Hog Butcher for the World E. Chicago fire 2. What is the speaker mainly talking about?… Read More »

The Borobudur Temple: Reading Practice 4 (descriptive)

By | December 22, 2017

Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple located in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, as well as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. Borobudur… Read More »

President Obama: Reading Practice 3 (descriptive)

By | December 22, 2017

The first feeling I got was of a casual familiarity. President Obama comes across somebody who could be your next door neighbor. He’s down to earth. But at the same time a bit guarded- it’s hard to explain. Maybe another way to put is that there are people who want to be your friend and then there are… Read More »

The Eiffel Tower: Reading Practice 2 (descriptive)

By | December 22, 2017

The Eiffel tower The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was initially criticized by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the… Read More »