Tuesday, September 26, 2006

He says my English doesn’t flow well

…yes he’s damn right. Thanks a lot to Billy Mac for his time reviewing my blog.


Choppy Seas.

I have to say this blog's a tough one...It's written by a young lady originally from Indonesia and English is admitably her second language so the writing doesn't flow well in my opinion. Having said that it's amazing to me that people can learn another language and attempt to write in that language and succeed in it. The blog is OK otherwise...just not one of my favorites because of the flow factor.


Let me tell you a little secret. I registered this blog on February 2004 and it was written in Bahasa Indonesia, mixed with English a bit. However, due to some circumstances and my procrastination on blogging, I decided to remove all postings and been hiatus for quite long; some time in early 2005.

Later on May 2006, I started blogging again, until now on. The sole reason was merely to improve my English. No kidding or bluffing around. FYI, I’ve been learning English throughout formal education since primary 3 and it was last on my first year in university. It was terrible; I really need guidance and media to help my English out of stagnancy. Why, what’s so great about mastering English? Well I may not able to give you good answer for that question, but in my personal opinion; English is a universal language to communicate with others worldwide and to get more knowledge.

And yet I found blog is a good media to make a start. Guess what; one of my friends once used her liberty to correct my posting by e-mail that regarded to grammar, vocabularies, and chosen of words, pronoun inconsistency, and some other technical faults. It was like having line-keepers out there! LOL.

I hope my explanation above will answer my blog visitors’ questions about why I use English on (almost) all of my postings. Some of them claimed that they didn’t understand English thus they were too lazy to read my posting. I don’t mind at all and somehow it makes me realize that learning something new is really hard and tough.

Billy Mac’s comments have told me that I still have to make a lot of works to fix my English-story-flow. I’m far away from perfection. Nevertheless, learning by doing is what I’ve been working on. If I may quote from Marsha’s blog description; “learning still in progress.”

Last but not least, I’m really thankful to A. Fatih Syuhud for awarding me Blogger Indonesia of the Week (53) and Wimar Witoelar for his flash review on my posting “National Library: Revealed!”. I mean it.

Feedbacks from you are also very welcome ;)

31 comments:

  1. memang mao jadi sukses itu banyak tantangan

    keep up the good work sis!

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  2. I hate to say that I agree with the dude, but don't worry - when I said you're improving the other day, that's one of the improvement you're making. Keep writing!

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  3. There is only one way that leads to improvement: be ready to be a laughing stock - literally. Sometimes being reminded (not harassed/taunted) of our past mistakes is a good motivator to do better than what we have done before.

    Dev, although reading your blog may be a bother for some of your friends, you are doing a great service to them! You've got them thinking too :))

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  4. ya memang bener, mao sukses itu banyak tantangan, yang penting maju terusssssss :)

    most of my friends in indo who are not well-rehearsed in English also refused to read my English postings, so there we go - it says more about them rather than us, doesnt it?

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  5. @andrew: yea2.. thanks bro!

    @d: yes, for sure! Thanks for your support ;)

    @mukuge: I've read something like this; don't be afraid of doing mistakes. We don't know what is wrong until we do mistakes. Sometimes I have tough time to understand your posting too, but I promise I won't stop to learn more :)

    @b: ya people do have rights to choose what they like. Keep posting in bi-lingual language, Bel! Hihihi..

    @adrian: tengkyu yah...

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  6. wew....banyak tantangan....hidup memang selalu begitu kok..
    mereka bilang itu kerjaan.. tapi merupakan suatu tantangan bagi kita yg harus diselesaikan..

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  7. Hey, jangan berkecil hati dengan komentar seperti itu. We are all learning towards the better. Don't let such comments to discourage you from writing in English.

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  8. Ah, bagus gini kok Inggrisnya. Standarnya dia aja kali yang ketinggian. Lagian ini kan blog, bukan artikel resmi yang di-proofread berkali-kali ama editor.

    Tetap semangat!

    Eh, tumben cuma 5 huruf.

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  9. namanya juga blog, kan boleh2 aja bwt sarana mengembangkan kemampuan nulis:)
    wuiiih tetep semangat yah!

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  10. Remember, In the practice of improvement, one's enemy is the best teacher.

    So keep going!

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  11. I can only speak one language and sometimes not very well, so I have a great amount of respect for you. I think it is great that you are using a blog as paractice and to express yourself at the same time. I hope you didn't take my review the wrong way. Good luck with all you do!
    Best wishes,
    Billy Mac

    p.s. if this double posts I am sorry...computer is acting up

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  12. Hello Devy, how're you doing?
    I think your English is very good, considering that you're only 20 ;-)
    You still have time to make your English perfect. You'll find english very useful in workplace.

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  13. Devi, I think you're doing very well, and with more practice your English will be excellent. I think Mr. Billy Mac was being a bit patronising in his comments.

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  14. Wow... what an achievment u've made through u're Blog!

    Meanwhile, i don't have much improvement rite now... especially the gut to write in English.

    About the flow that Billy Mac said i think it's normal for a people who used English as a second language. It's hard to make a flow with our secondary language especially compared with the English Authors like J.K Rowland or Dan Brown

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  15. @indrapr: I don't and I won't. Thanks for your support ya :)

    @dodol surodol: *bingung namanya kok dodol? hihihi* iya bener, bukan artikel resmi kan editornya ya saya sendiri hehehe..

    @billy: no, not at all. In fact, I'm glad to hear such comments. I need reviews from both compliments and critiques to fix my mistakes. Thanks.

    @decent man: I'm good, thanks. How're you doing? Btw my name is Devi, not Devy :p oh well I'm cool with that ;)

    @thallasa_mikra: thanks for your compliment.

    @avante: thanks dude! I'll keep working on it anyways. :D

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  16. hehe.. selamat untuk pencapaian loe dev.. gue setuju2 aja loe nulis pakai inggris, latihan untuk menguasai salah satu bahasa universal, kalau nggak terlalu malas, mungkin gue juga mau untuk coba2 :p
    sedikit kritik baik untuk motivasi, lagian, gue nggak menemukan kesulitan untuk mengartikan tulisan elo, pemilihan tulisan loe juga selalu menarik kok :)

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  17. You have an attractive blog. Nicely done. Shows you put some serious effort into making this place interesting. English may be a global language, but being good at it alone doesn't make a person eloquent. Prometheus feels you are a great blogger. Billy Mac isn't President of the Blog Federation. He does tend to get his cranium stuck up his derriere from time to time. You just ignore him and keep up the good work.

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  18. @hengky: makasih ya heng :)

    @prometheus: LOL. Thanks a lot for your wise comments yet a very great support to me :) I really appreciate it.

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  19. god job devi! i think your english is good, moreover you don't major in english subject, keep going. i too, am learning by doing :)
    btw, i've changed my url, hope you'll drop by. thx :)

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  20. Welcome back to blogosphere Kristee ;)

    I've visited and changed your URL in mine.

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  21. flow factor ? hey, most things have flow factors in them. unlike him, i do enjoy them. to err is human.

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  22. ur english is outstandingly good especially when compared to most indonesians out there.. and you have the courage to actually put it into practice.. well done for you and i hope you'd keep it up!! Great piece of work..

    Bubbyezz.. and I wish you the best for your upcoming (is it??) exams...!!!

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  23. hi devi, regarding answering your question, hihi, so sorry, but unfortunately I'm not her, we've got common name but absolutely different luck LOL. tell marsha then hihi.
    again, take it for granted, since we are learning English as a second-language. neither we are native speakers nor living in a native country, but hey, you've made a great achievement! keep going! *hugs*

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  24. Hi Devi, no word of a lie, your English is better than most of my trainees, and they have been speaking it all their lives. It shocks me to see some of the writing that gets passed to me. I blame it on a generation of kids growing up with spell-checkers on their computers and text-message slang!

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  25. Thanks for all supports guys. I'm really flattered. I'll learn hard to achieve the best of me. :)

    @steve: LOL. Well it's very useful to have spell-checkers on MS Words you know, even somehow it makes us lazy to learn what is wrong.

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  26. Your blog is well presented and your English not that back, I have seen worse written by people who are native to the language. The main things is that it can be read and understood.

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  27. awesome english! and nice try..

    im using english as my 2nd language 2. a lot of critiques really improve it!

    check them out sometimes

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  28. No offense girl!

    i think your english is okay and the story here is boring and nothing excited at all!

    I try to understand what write and story in your blog but some words is weird, nuff said!

    i'm not a hater,
    everybody entitled to their opinion and thats my opinon!

    oh yea keep learning k!

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  29. No offense girl!

    i think your english is okay and the story here is boring and nothing excited at all!

    I try to understand what write and story in your blog but some words is weird, nuff said!

    i'm not a hater,
    everybody entitled to their opinion and thats my opinon!

    oh yea keep learning k!

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  30. don't care about other people opinion lah!

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