Monthly Archives: August 2010

A speech given by Ir. Soekarno regarding with the dignity of Indonesia

A speech given by Ir. Soekarno regarding with the dignity of Indonesia (click below to listen):

Soekarno’s Speech mp3 (Pidato Bung Karno/1964)


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An English speech given by Ir. Soekarno at the Asian-African Conference, 1955

Free download: English Speech. Title: An Opening/Address Speech by the President of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno, at the Asian – African Conference (Bandung, 17th – 24th April, 1955). File: pdf.  Date of speech: 17th April, 1955. Source: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia (sous la dir.). ‘Asia-Africa speak from Bandung’. Djakarta: 1955, p. 19-29. Re-upload by: har.


An Opening/Address Speech by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno, at the Asian – African Conference (Bandung, 17th – 24th April, 1955)

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen, Sisters and Brothers.

It is my great honour and privilege on this historic day to bid you welcome to Indonesia. On behalf of the people and government of Indonesia – your hosts – I beg your understanding and forbearance if some circumstances in our country do not meet your expectation. We have, I assure you, done our best to make your stay amongst us memorable for both our guests and your hosts. We hope that the warmth of our welcome will compensate for whatever material shortcomings there may be.

As I survey this hall and the distinguished guests gathered here, my heart is filled with emotion. This is the first intercontinental conference of coloured peoples in the history of mankind! I am proud that my country is your host. I am happy that you were able to accept the invitations extended by the Five Sponsoring Countries. But also I cannot restrain feelings of sadness when I recall the tribulations through which many of our peoples have so recently passed, tribulations which have exacted a heavy toll in life, in material things, and in the things of the spirit.

I recognise that we are gathered here today as a result of sacrifices. Sacrifices made by our forefathers and by the people of our own and younger generations. For me, this hall is filled not only by the leaders of the nations of Asia and Africa; it also contains within its walls the undying, the indomitable, the invincible spirit of those who went before us. Their struggle and sacrifice paved the way for this meeting of the highest representatives of independent and sovereign nations from two of the biggest continents of the globe.

It is a new departure in the history of the world that leaders of Asian and African peoples can meet together in their own countries to discuss and deliberate upon matters of common concern. Only a few decades ago it was frequently necessary to travel to other countries and even other continents before the spokesmen of our peoples could confer.

I recall in this connection the Conference of the “League Against Imperialism and Colonialism” which was held in Brussels almost thirty years ago. At that Conference many distinguished Delegates who are present here today met each other and found new strength in their fight for independence.

But that was a meeting place thousands of miles away, amidst foreign people, in a foreign country, in a foreign continent. It was not assembled there by choice, but by necessity.

Today the contrast is great. Our nations and countries are colonies no more. Now we are free, sovereign and independent. We are again masters in our own house. We do not need to go to other continents to confer.

Already there have been important meetings of Asian States in Asia itself.

If we look for the forerunner of this our great gathering, we must look to Colombo, capital of independent Çri Lanka, and to the Conference of the five Prime Ministers which was held there in 1954. And the Bogor Conference in December 1954 showed that the road ahead was clear for Asian-African solidarity, and the Conference to which I have the honour of welcoming you today is the realisation of that solidarity.

Indeed, I am proud that my country is your host.

But my thoughts are not wholly of the honour which is Indonesia’s today. No. My mind is for a part darkened by other considerations.

You have not gathered together in a world of peace and unity and cooperation. Great chasms yawn between nations and groups of nations. Our unhappy world is torn and tortured, and the peoples of all countries walk in fear lest, through no fault of theirs, the dogs of war are unchained once again.

And if in spite of all that the peoples may do, this should happen. What then? What of our newly-recovered independence then? What of our children and our parents ?

The burden of the delegates to this Conference is not a light one, for I know that these questions – which are questions of the life or death of humanity itself – must be on your minds, as they are on mine. And the nations of Asia and Africa cannot, even if they wish to, avoid their part in finding solutions to these problems….

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Happy Birthday, Indonesia!!

65th Anniversary of the Independence of Indonesia

Happy Birthday, Indonesia!!

My dear motherland
My beloved homeland

Lamun huwus kalah nusantara isun amukti palapa
Sekali layar terkembang; pantang biduk surut ke pantai
Jayalah Indonesiaku; Jayalah Ibu Pertiwiku

Long Live Indonesia!!


Listening Material: “Mary Lyon, A Leader in Women’s Education in the 19th Century”

Free Download: English Listening Material, audio and script. Topic: Inspiring Woman. Title: Mary Lyon, 1797-1849: A Leader in Women’s Education in the 19th Century. Kind/Type: Story, Narrative, Biography. Audio: Mp3 (7Mb). Script: pdf. Key words: education, inspiring woman, history. Source: Voice of America: Re-uploaded and edited by har; intended for the English learners in Indonesia (SMP/MTs/SMA/MA/SMK students); used for educational purposes only.  ©

Har’s reviews: For Indonesian learners/students of English, this audio is very good to use for listening practices. It was taken from native speakers of English with American accents/styles.


Mary Lyon, 1797-1849: A Leader in Women’s Education in the 19th Century


FAITH LAPIDUS: Welcome to People in America in VOA Special English. Every week at this time, we tell the story of someone important in the history of the United States.  Today, Steve Ember and Shirley Griffith tell about Mary Lyon.  She was a leader in women’s education in the nineteenth century.


STEVE EMBER: During the nineteenth century, women’s education was not considered important in the United States.  Supporters of advanced education for women faced many problems.

States did require each town to provide a school for children, but teachers often were poorly prepared.  Most young women were not able to continue on with their education in private schools.

If they did, they often were not taught much except the French language, how to sew clothing, and music.

Mary Lyon felt that women’s education was extremely important.  Through her lifelong work for education she became one of the most famous women in nineteenth century America.  She believed that women were teachers both in the home and in the classroom.

And, she believed that efforts to better educate young women also served God.  If women were better educated, she felt, they could teach in local schools throughout the United States and in foreign countries.


SHIRLEY GRIFFITH: Mary Lyon was born in Buckland, Massachusetts, in seventeen ninety-seven.  Her father died when she was five years old.  For Mary, hard work was a way of life.  But she later remembered with great pleasure her childhood years in the home where she was born.

This is how she described what she could see from that house on a hill:

“The far-off mountains in all their grandeur, and the deep valleys, and widely extended plains, and more than all, that little village below, containing only a very few white houses, but more than those young eyes had ever seen.”

STEVE EMBER: At the age of four, Mary began walking to the nearest school several kilometers away.  Later, she began spending three months at a time with friends and relatives so she could attend other area schools.  She helped clean and cook to pay for her stay………….

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Perayaan HUT RI ke-65 di SMPN 1 Tikung

Dalam rangka Perayaan HUT RI ke-65 Tahun 2010 di kecamatan Tikung Kabupaten Lamongan, SMPN 1 Tikung aktif berpartisipasi memeriahkannya dengan cara mengikuti beberapa kegiatan dan perlombaan. Beberapa di antaranya yaitu Lomba Gerak Jalan, MTQ, Sepeda Hias, Yak & Yuk Lamongan dan Jalan Sehat.

Berikut beberapa foto kegiatan siswa-siswi SMPN 1 Tikung berkaitan Peringatan HUT RI ke-65 Tahun 2010 (silahkan klik pada foto untuk memperbesar gambar):

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Musings: Messages from our Friend

Download the following messages (power point file/ppt) and share to your friends. For teachers in Indonesia, you can use them as teaching materials. After downloading, open the files using power point – slide show.


When you got up this morning,  I observed you, and I hoped you would talk to me. No matter if they were only few words, asking my opinion or just giving thanks for something that happened to you yesterday. But I noticed that you were very busy looking for the appropriate clothes to wear and to go to work.

I continued hoping, while you were doing things in a hurry.

I knew that there were still some minutes for you to stop for a moment and tell me “Hello!”. But you were too much busy.

This is why I lighted the sky for you. I filled it with colors and beautiful songs of birds to see if you would hear me.

But you did not notice this.

I observed you while going to work and I waited patiently the whole day. With all your activities I suppose you were too much busy to tell me something. While you were coming back I noticed your tiredness and I wanted to shower upon you some water to take away your stress.

I wanted to make you a favor so that you would think of me. But you got angry and offended my name. I really wished you would talk to me… there was still enough time…

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Pengumuman Hasil USM STAN 2010

Pengumuman Hasil USM STAN Tahun akademik 2010/2011. Pengumuman ini merupakan hasil dari seleksi Ujian Saringan Masuk (USM) STAN yang dilaksanakan pada tgl 20 Juni 2010, tes kesehatan dan kebugaran tgl 27-29 Juli 2010 serta hasil rapat panitia tgl 2 Agustus 2010. Silahkan download (file pdf) berikut:

pengumuman hasil usm stan 2010

daftar nama lulus usm stan 2010


An Opening Speech by Master of Ceremonies in English Meeting

Free download: A simple Opening Speech by Master of  Ceremonies (MC) in English Meeting. File: Pdf.  Previews: This  English speech script consists of expressions and utterances occasionally used in handling elementary English speaking/meeting. Grade: for Indonesian students (SMP/MTs/SMA/MA/SMK). Script by Har.



Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.

Good morning everybody…

First of all, let us praise to the Almighty Allah SWT, because of His Blessing we are able to come here, to join this English meeting club.

Secondly, may peace be upon our prophet, Muhammad SAW, who has guided us into the right ways of life.

Ladies and Gentlemen;

We, the committee of this English meeting club, would like to say many thanks to all of you who have come here to join, participate and share together in improving our English ability. Without your contribution, it is impossible for us to run this activity. We hope this English meeting will give an advantage for us in developing our language competence, especially speaking skill.

Brothers and Sisters;

Before we run this English meeting, as the host (MC), personally I would like to say I’m so sorry if there are mistakes or inconveniences in my utterances during handling all program or sessions in this meeting.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Brothers and Sisters;

This English meeting contains 4 sessions (programs).

The first one is “self-introduction”. This session will present 3 participants (new members). I will invite them one by one to stand here, in front of you, to make self introductions. After introducing their selves, they must be ready to answer any questions or comments from all the audiences. Of course, the audiences should not ask about their privacy.  And remember, don’t be afraid of making mistakes in your speaking. Don’t worry about your grammar or rules of English structures. The most important thing in this session is that we start to speak English; we encourage ourselves to be confident in speaking.

The second session is “Discussion”. I will divide all of you into 5 groups. Each group consists of 4 or 5 members. To-day topic is “How to improve our English”. We will choose one of the groups randomly to be the presenter. The other groups can be affirmative or opposite groups…

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Listening Material: “Natural Disasters”

Free Download: English Listening Material, audio and script. Title: Natural Disasters. Kind/Type: Report, Descriptive, Story. Audio: Mp3 (4.3Mb). Script: doc file. Key words: earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, droughts, typhoons, hurricanes. Source: Re-uploaded and edited by har; intended for the English learners in Indonesia (SMP/MTs/SMA/MA/SMK students); used for educational purposes only.  ©The British


Natural disasters
by John Russell

Natural disasters take many different forms and can happen without warning. Earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, drought, typhoons and hurricanes are all natural disasters.

The earthquake of 26 December 2004 resulted in one of the worst natural disasters in living memory. It was a massive underwater quake and occurred in the Indian Ocean. This caused a huge tidal-wave (a tsunami) to cross the Indian Ocean. It destroyed coastlines, communities and brought death and destruction to many people. Thousands of people were killed as the wave travelled miles across the ocean to distant beaches. Whole families were swept out to sea or drowned as the sea invaded the land. The survivors need fresh water, food and shelter as well as medical help. People from all over the world are giving lots of money so that towns and villages can be rebuilt.

Why do earthquakes happen?

The surface of the earth has not always looked as it does today; it is moving continuously (although very slowly) and has done so for billions of years. This is one cause of earthquakes, when one section the earth (tectonic plate) collides with another. Scientists can predict where (but not when) this might happen and the area between plates is called fault line. On one fault line in Kobe, Japan in 1923 over 200,000 people were killed.

However, earthquakes do not always happen on fault lines, which is why they are so dangerous and unpredictable

Where do volcanoes happen?

Volcanoes happen where the earth’s crust is thin – lava, dust and gases burst out (erupt) from beneath the earth. They can rise into a massive cone shape – like a mountain and erupt, or they can be so violent that they just explode directly from the earth with no warning. There are 1511 ‘active’ volcanoes in the world. This means that they may still be dangerous. In 1985 the massive Colombian volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupted. The lava melted a glacier and sent tones of mud down the town of Armero below. Twenty thousand people died.

Can we predict earthquakes and volcanoes?

Natural disasters like volcanoes are often unpredictable. We regularly do not know when they might happen, or even where they will happen. In the future, scientists may be able to watch and predict events before they happen. This could save many lives. In South America, scientists predicted the eruption of Popocatépetl. Tens of thousands of people were safely moved just before the biggest eruption of the volcano for a thousand years. No one was hurt.

What is the difference between a Hurricane and a Tornado?

Hurricanes are extremely strong storms and often happen in the Caribbean. They cause high winds, huge waves, and heavy flooding and can be hundreds of miles across. In 1998, Hurricane Gilbert produced 160 mile an hour winds. It killed 318 people, and destroyed much of Jamaica. Tornadoes or ‘twisters’ are very strong spinning winds. They can move objects as big as a car and can blow buildings down. These are very common in West Africa and certain areas of the USA… [full script, please download below].

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