Monthly Archives: November 2013

Happy Bear's-day!

Happy bear’s-day to you
Happy beers-day to you
Happy birthday my dear Bear
Happy bear’s-day to you…

— your cat, with ukulele, meowing… —

Technical English Writing

Finally… I finish something that I’ve started! ūüėÄ

To sum up, here are the summarized notes of the Technical English course that I got on my first year of PhD, focused only on the writing style.

  • part 1: about formal writing style and how to utilize a concordancer
  • part 2: all about articles!
  • part 3: all about choosing the right form and the pronoun one
  • part 4: extra information clauses, all about paraphrasing, and mistake detection

Note that the course covers much more than that, i.e. the effective writing strategy, how to do slides and presentations, and how to write things (we got assignments of writing bio-data statement, mini literature review, abstract and introduction).

One of the topics is about how to describe the goal of the paper. The main ‘techniques’ are:

The aim/goal/purpose/objective of this work/paper/investigation/study/article/research¬† ¬†is/was to …
This paper/work/article/study/investigation/research aims to (or less commonly seeks to, attempts to) …

However, one needs to be careful in using seeks to and attempts to. “Attempts to overcome”, “seeks to extend” are still appropriate, avoiding sounding arrogant and leaving the reader to decide whether the attempts are successful or not. Meanwhile,¬†“attempts to describe”, “tries to review”¬†will sound very insecure, since it is not so difficult to describe and review something and it should be done confidently.

More topics on writing structure and writing tips are better covered in the following links:

There you go… Wish you a happy writing! ūüôā

Especially for 28th cycle ICT PhD students in Trento who need to submit a qualifying exam (research proposal) paper on the beginning of next month. Let’s finish that, we can do it!! ūüėÄ

Technical English Course (part 4)

Previously… on Technical English course: part 1 Рformal writing style and utilizing a concordancer, part 2 Рall about articles, and lastly, part 3 Рall about choices and pronoun one.

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Technical English Course (part 3)

Previously… on Technical English course: part 1 Рformal writing style and utilizing a concordancer and part 2 Рall about articles.

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Technical English Course (part 2)

Oh, it has been a while since I wrote the first part.¬†I know, I have this tendency to start something then sometimes suddenly lose interest in continuing or finishing it ^^;. But no, I refuse to be like that anymore! *for the sake of the PhD study I’ve started :p*¬†That’s why I will continue to write on this topic until the end.

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Bahasa Ibu, Bahasa Indonesia

gambar diambil dari sini

Baru-baru ini saya membaca artikel yang ditulis dengan sangat apik, tentang kecenderungan masyarakat Indonesia masa kini yang mencampur-adukkan bahasa Indonesia dengan bahasa Inggris, supaya terdengar lebih cerdas dan modern. Jangan salah, walaupun saya jauh di sini, masih kok memantau berita gosip di Indonesia, dan rasanya miris banget mendengar gaya bicara si Vicky Prasetyo.

Lalu entah mengapa saya pun tertantang untuk menulis sepenuhnya dalam bahasa Indonesia, yang ternyata… susah ya bok ^^.¬†Apalagi akhir-akhir ini saya lebih sering menggunakan bahasa Inggris, terutama dalam kegiatan akademik dan interaksi sosial, plus sedikit bahasa Italia *dikiiit… banget! :D* di kehidupan sehari-hari. Jujur saja, untuk beberapa kata saya hampir menggunakan bahasa Inggris, dan terpaksa membuka Google translate untuk mencari padanannya dalan bahasa Indonesia, sebut saja: trend, intellect, fully, dsb. Beberapa kata dalam bahasa Inggris memang sudah terasimilasi dalam bahasa Indonesia jadi rasanya wajar saja ketika kita menggunakan kata tersebut, contohnya modern.

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Americat in New York

One continent down, only 3 more to go! Well, Antarcticat maybe can be crossed out from the list *too cold >.<* leaving Africat and Australia. But I stepped only on a very small tip of America, and of U.S. even, I will definitely come back another time.

I spent only two weeks (mainly) in New York. The first few days exploring NYC, then we flew to Buffalo for Niagara Falls and drove back to NYC. Too bad I don’t have Canada visa so I couldn’t see the falls from the Canadian side *which is said to be more beautiful*, but seeing the falls up front from the “Maid of the Mist” boat was already majestic ^^.¬†A picture paints a thousand words, so here you go… some pictures from the trip.

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