The Borobudur Temple: Reading Practice 4 (descriptive)

By | November 27, 2014

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 | November 26, 2014

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 | November 24, 2014

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 »

The Governmental Hierarchy and State Institutions

By | November 24, 2014

These are words and phrases related to the Indonesian Government and State Institutions. 1. Bupati: Regent 2. Camat: District chief/head 3. Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (DPR): The House of Representatives 4. Dewan Perwakilan Daerah (DPD): House of Regional Representatives 5. Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah (DPRD): Regional Legislative Councils 6. Gubernur: Governor 7. Kabupaten: Regency 8. Kecamatan: Distric 9. Kelurahan:… Read More »


By | November 23, 2014

These are words and phrases related to elections. 1. Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum (Bawaslu): The Elections Monitoring Agency 2. Bilik suara: Polling booth 3. Kelompok Penyelenggara Pemungutan Suara (KPPS): Polling Station Working Committee 4. Kertas suara: Ballot papers 5. Ketua KPPS: Polling Station Working Committee head 6. Ketua Komisi Pemilihan Umum: The General Elections Commission Chairman 7. Koalisi… Read More »

Political Parties

By | November 23, 2014

These are words and phrases related to Indonesia’s political parties. 1. Dewan Pertimbangan Partai: Party Advisory Board 2. Dewan Pimpinan Cabang (DPC): Branch Executive Board 3. Dewan Pimpinan Pusat (DPP): Central Executive Board 4. Dewan Pimpinan Wilayah (DPW): Regional Executive Board 5. Partai Amanat Nasional (PAN): The National Mandate Party 6. Partai Bulan Bintang: The Crescent and Star… Read More »

The City of Chicago: Reading Practice 1 (descriptive)

By | November 23, 2014

The following is a text describing Chicago. Read it carefully, and then answer the questions that follow. Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States after New York City and Los Angeles. With 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in both the U.S. state of Illinois and the American Midwest. Its metropolitan area,… Read More »