Here's an example of how we correct emails that we receive and how that helps students correct common mistakes before they become bad habits. It also helps them begin to 'think in Indonesian', rather than 'thinking in English'. It's also super useful for us to collect such 'mistakes' so that we can show others, thus avoiding problems in advance.

The audio player will stay in view as you scroll down following the text. Press 'Ctrl' for 'pause/play' and you can also use the 'slider' to 'slow down' the audio in order to help you catch what is being said. This was a 'first try' recording the process with Pak Keban and unfortunately his voice is rather soft. We've fixed that 'technical problem' now. :)



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Email corrections    

Sample Material :


  

original:
Saya orang Amerika sudah tinggal di Indonesia selama 9 bulan. Sudah belajar dengan Pimsleur dan belajar senderi secara percap sama temanku and kolegaku. Saya cari film Indonesia dengan cata-cata di bahwa (subtitles). Secara itu terbaik untuk belajar saya. Bisa Anda bantu? Saya udah tahu kira-kira 500-1000 vocabulary.


corrected:
Saya orang Amerika, sudah tinggal di Indonesia selama 9 bulan. Sudah belajar dengan Pimsleur dan belajar sendiri bercakap-cakap sama temanku and kolegaku. Saya cari film Indonesia dengan kata-kata di bawah (subtitles). Itu cara terbaik untuk saya belajar. Bisa Anda bantu? Saya sudah tahu kira-kira 500-1000 kata.

bahwa : that (conjunction)
bawa : (membawa) bring
(di) bawah : under, below; downstairs

secara : in a … manner ; on a …. scale ; as (if)
secara umum : in general
cara : method, manner, style


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original:
Makasih banyak untuk email cepat. Juga, gak bisa buka pre-intermediate, or intermediate. Yang berdua bilang "unable to expand zip into downloads (error 2-no such file or directory)" ketika saya choba download. Saya pakai mesin Apple, ngomong2.


corrected:
Makasih banyak untuk email kamu yang saya terima dengan cepat.
( Makasih banyak, cepat balas email saya. )
Juga, gak bisa buka pre-intermediate, atau intermediate. Dua-duanya bilang "unable to expand zip into downloads (error 2-no such file or directory)" ketika saya coba download. Ngomong2, saya pakai mesin Apple.