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Listening Audio and Transcript: Hope, Expectation for New Indonesian Leader

image jokowi inaugurationListening practices with audio and transcript. Title: Hope, Expectation for New Indonesian Leader. Type: News, Story. The files (audio mp3 and word doc/pdf) are intended to be used as additional materials for English listening class for Indonesian students, grade: senior high / vocational schools. Upload by http://www.soehaarrr.com (October 2014), source: voanews.com.


Indonesia has a new president. Joko Widodo was sworn in as president on Monday at the national parliament building in Jakarta. Leaders of Australia, Malaysia and Singapore attended the swearing-in ceremony. So did America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State John Kerry.

By the middle of the day, thousands of people had gathered on Jakarta’s main streets to welcome the new leader and celebrate his swearing-in. Celebrations included a parade, a rock music show and the release of paper lanterns into the night sky.

Joko Widodo does not have ties to the Indonesian political establishment. His election is being celebrated as a turning point in the world’s third-largest democracy. The former businessman had become a highly popular politician. He is Indonesia’s seventh president. There are huge expectations for the new president. His election has created a sense of hope and change in Indonesia. But President Widodo will face difficult issues. Aleksius Jemadu is a professor at Pelita Harapan University in Indonesia.

He says “I think his biggest challenge is going to be how to defend his policies and how to get the support of members of parliament, especially those that are on the other side of the political spectrum.”

Mr. Widodo won the presidential election with 53 percent of the vote nationwide. But he does not control a majority in Indonesia’s parliament.

Recently, parliament voted to cancel direct elections for local government leaders. The vote has fueled fears that the president’s opponents could block his programs and refuse to approve money to carry out his proposals.

US Secretary of State John Kerry talks with President Joko Widodo at his inauguration Oct. 20, 2014

Economic growth in Indonesia is the lowest it has been in five years. That is partly because of reduced demand for oil and other commodities. The new president is hoping for a growth rate of seven percent. He has promised to improve transportation and other infrastructure and carry out delayed reforms. …

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Listening Audio and Transcript: “The Sleeping Beauty”

image_ the sleeping beautyDownload: Listening Audio (mp.3) and Transcript (word). Genre: Narrative. Title: The Sleeping Beauty.

Excerpts of the transcript:

Once upon a time there was a king and queen who for a very long time had no children, and when at length a little daughter was born to them they were so pleased that they gave a christening feast to which they invited a number of fairies. But, unfortunately, they left out one rather cross old fairy, and she was so angry that she said the princess should die when she reached the age of sixteen, by pricking her hand with a spindle. All the other fairies present, except one, had already given the princess their beautiful gifts, and this last one said she could not prevent part of the wicked wish coming true; but her gift should be that the princess should not really die, but only fall into a deep sleep, which should last for a hundred years, and at the end of that time she should be awakened by a king’s son …

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English Material: “How about” vs “What about”

image what about vs how aboutEnglish Teaching Material: “How about” vs “What about”.

Use “How about?” to give suggestion (Gunakan “how about” untuk menyatakan/ memberikan saran).
“How about?” can be followed by verb-ing or by a pronoun and verb1.
• How about going to the cinema?
• How about we rent a DVD?

A: I’ve got the day off from work tomorrow. What should we do?
B: How about going to the cinema?
A: I don’t really feel like going out.
B: How about we just rent a DVD and watch it at home?
A: That sounds good.

“What about?” is often used when someone is asking for an opinion to a choice (“What about” sering digunakan ketika seseorang meminta pendapat atas suatu pilihan)
• What about the green one? That looks pretty on you.

We can also use “What about?” to mention an objection (Kita juga bisa menggunakan “what about” untuk menyatakan alasan karena merasa keberatan atau tidak setuju)

A: Let’s spend the weekend in the city.
B: But what about my piano lesson on Saturday?
A: That’s no problem, just talk to the teacher and reschedule it.

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Pembahasan dan Kunci Jawaban UN SMA 2013 – Bahasa Inggris

Download: Pembahasan dan kunci jawaban soal Bahasa Inggris Ujian Nasional  SMA/MA 2013, meliputi Listening Section dan Reading Section. Jenis file: pdf. Sumber file: pak-anang.blogspot.com.

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English Material: Relative Pronouns; that, who, whose, to whom, of which

image relative pronounsDownload: English materials; topic: relative pronouns, e.g. that, who, whom, whose, which, to whom, of which, from which. File: pdf. The explanation of the materials uses Bahasa Indonesia. This file is intended to be used by Indonesian students as the preparation for taking English tests, such as national exam and University entrance tests.
Here is the excerpt of the file.
Inilah kutipan file-nya:

  • Ringkasan: Relative Pronouns adalah kata ganti yang digunakan untuk menghubungkan dua klausa/kalimat. Misalnya: that, who, whom, whose, which.
  • Bahasan Materi:
  • Relative Pronouns Tunggal / Satu Kata; misalkan: that, who, whom, whose, which.
  • Relative Pronouns Kombinasi/Gabungan; misalkan: to whom, for whom, of which.
  • Latihan Soal dan Pembahasan.

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Pembahasan dan Kunci Jawaban UN SMK 2013 – Bahasa Inggris

image soal un smk 2013 pembahasan ingDownload: Pembahasan dan kunci jawaban soal Bahasa Inggris Ujian Nasional SMK 2013, meliputi Listening Section dan Reading Section. Jenis file: pdf. Upload by ©2014 soehaarrr.com.

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Berikut ini beberapa cuplikan dari file Pembahasan:


1. D. They are practising musical instruments.

4. B. That’s a good idea.

16. PEMBAHASAN: Penanda atau ciri-ciri >> ada kata than (daripada), merupakan penanda Comparative Degree (tingkat perbandingan “lebih”), maka perbandingan kata sifat sebelum than menyatakan tingkat lebih, yang seharusnya ialah “worse” (lebih buruk), bukan the worst (paling buruk).
JAWAB: D. the worst (seharusnya worse).
28. PERTANYAAN: Kata yang digarisbawahi (officially) memiliki arti yang dekat/sama dengan ….
PEMBAHASAN: Officially = Formally (secara resmi/formal).
JAWAB: B. formally.

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Exam Preparation: Notice, Warning and Caution Texts

National Exam preparation exercises. Grade: SMP/MTs. Title/Topic: Notice, Warning and Caution Texts. (Latihan-latihan soal persiapan Ujian Nasional. Jenjang: SMP/MTs. Judul/Topik: Teks Notice, Warning dan Caution).

image caution do not leave___

1. What does the caution above mean?

A. The management forbids you to leave your vehicle.
B. You are prohibited to leave valuables in your vehicle.
C. Your vehicle is valuable for the management.
D. Valuable things will be damage in your vehicle.

INDIKATOR: Menentukan gambaran umum teks fungsional pendek berbentuk “Caution”.
PEMBAHASAN: Teks Caution di atas berbunyi: “Do not leave valuables in your vehicle” (Jangan meninggalkan barang-barang berharga di kendaraan Anda). Dengan demikian, maksud dari Caution di atas adalah Pilihan B: Anda dilarang meninggalkan barang-barang berharga di dalam kendaraan Anda (You are prohibited to leave valuables in your vehicle).


image caution harmful algae___

2. What does the caution above mean?

A. We must be careful because harmful algae grow in this water.
B. Swimming in this water may harm the algae that grow in it.
C. The algae cannot cause serious harm to the animal.
D. Harmful algae does not grow well in this water.

INDIKATOR: Menentukan gambaran umum teks fungsional pendek berbentuk “Caution”.
PEMBAHASAN: Teks Caution di atas berbunyi: “Harmful algae may be present in this water. Contact may cause serious harm to human and animal” (Ganggang yang berbahaya ada di dalam air ini. Bersentuhan/kontak dengan ganggang tersebut bisa menyebabkan luka yang serius terhadap manusia dan hewan). Dengan demikian, maksud dari Caution di atas adalah kita harus berhati-hati karena ada ganggang yang tumbuh di dalam air tersebut (We must be careful because harmful algae grow in this water).