Jepang: Hidup Mahal, Mati pun Mahal
Sudah bukan rahasia kalau biaya hidup di Jepang mahal banget, sampai-sampai Jepang dinobatkan menjadi negara termahal didunia. Tapi masih banyak saja yang datang ke Jepang. Buat KoKiers Jepang, saya mau tanya, sampai kapan mau tinggal di Jepang? Sebelum memutuskan tinggal terus di Jepang atau kembali ke Indonesia, harus dipikirkan matang-matang. Kenapa?
Kali ini saya mau membahas tentang nasibnya orang mati di Jepang. Walaupun banyak orang Jepang yang mati bunuh diri, tapi jangan anggap mati itu murah di Jepang, mahall banget. Umumnya orang Jepang dimakamkan secara Budha, yaitu dengan dibakar, dan abunya akan dimasukkan ke dalam sebuah pot yang terbuat dari keramik. Tempat abu ini kemudian diletakkan di nisan kuburan bersama tempat abu anggota keluarganya yang telah meninggal sebelumnya. Selain terkait masalah keagamaan, cara ini juga dilakukan karena terbatasnya tanah yang dapat dijadikan lahan pemakaman di Jepang. Orang hidup saja berdesak-desakkan, apalagi orang yang sudah meninggal. Lanjutkan membaca “Jepang: Hidup Mahal, Mati pun Mahal”
Fenomena sosial di kalangan remaja Jepang
Jepang Merupakan negara maju terbesar di Asia. Tidak hanya maju secara ekonomi, tapi juga memiliki kemajuan di bidang teknologi, pendidikan, serta Informasi.
Namun disamping itu Jepang mengalami kemunduran di bidang sosial sebagai imbalan akan kemajuannya. Berbagai penyakit Psikologis menghantui masyaratat Jepang karena tingkat stress yang semakin tinggi. Bagi warga yang tidak bisa bertahan, mereka akan mengambil jalan pintas dengan mengahkiri hidupnya sendiri dengan anggapan semakin cepat mereka lepas dari tekanan. Selain itu Kemajuan juga mengubah cara bergaul di masyarakat. Penindasan oleh yang kuat terhadap yang lemah, serta pergaulan yang tanpa batas. Bagi korban penindasan, mereka akan menjadi orang yang pendiam tapi tetap terjun di masyarakat atau malah mengahkiri hidupnya. Selain itu juga terdapat orang yang ahkirnya menarik diri dari Pergaulan, orang2 tersebut dijuluki Hikikomori. Lanjutkan membaca “Fenomena sosial di kalangan remaja Jepang”
Using the Wrong Preposition
Most common collocation mistakes which usually Non-native English learners commit.
using the prepositions
Deprive of, not from:
Don’t say: Nelson Mandela was deprived from his freedom.
Say: Nelson Mandela was deprived of his freedom.
Die of an illness, not from an illness:
Don’t say: Many people have died from Malaria.
Say: Many people have died of Malaria.
NOTE: People die of illness, of hunger, of thirst, of or from wounds; from overwork, by violence, by the sword, by pestilence, in battle, for their country, for a cause, through neglect, on the scaffold, at the stake
Different from, not than:
Don’t say: My book is really different than yours.
Say: My book is really different from yours.
Disappointed by, about or at, not from:
A- by/at/ about:
Don’t say: Phillipa was disappointed from the low mark she got in test.
Say: Phillipa was disappointed by/about/at the low marks she got in the test.
B- with/ in:
Don’t say: Jane was disappointed from her son.
Say: Jane was disappointed with/in her son.
NOTE: Before a person we use with or in, before a thing we use at, about or by and before a gerund we use at: Keith is very disappointed at not winning the prize.
Divide into parts, not in parts:
Don’t say: I divided the cake in four parts.
Say: I divided the cake into four parts.
NOTE: A thing can be divided in half or in two: Paul divided the apple in half (or in two).
No doubt (n) of or about, not for:
Don’t say: I’ve no doubt for his ability.
Say: I’ve no doubt of/about his ability.
NOTE: Doubtful of: I’m doubtful of his ability to pass.
Dressed in, not with:
Don’t say: The woman was dressed with black.
Say: The woman was dressed with black.
NOTE: The woman was in black is also right.
Exception to, not of:
Don’t say: This is an exception of rules.
Say: this is an exception to rules.
NOTE: We say with the exception of: She like all her subjects with the exception of physics.
Exchange for, not by:
Don’t say: He exchanged his collection of match boxes by some foreign stamps.
Say: He exchanges his collection of matchboxes for some foreign stamps.
NOTE: In exchange for: He gave them his old car in exchange for a new one.
Fail in, not from:
Don’t say: he failed from maths last year.
Say: He failed in maths last year.
Full of, not with or from:
Don’t say: The jar was full with/from oil.
Say: The jar was full of oil.
NOTE: Fill takes with: jane filled the glass with water
Making an effort (Easy or Difficult)
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Published on Monday, May 18, 2009, 17:28 in Idioms category and has 0 Comments
Making an effort
Idiom: give something your all
Meaning: use your all energy and effort to do something
Example: I gave it my all, but only managed to came second in the race.
Idiom: go all out
Meaning: use a lot of energy and effort to do something
Example: Jack is going all out to win the contract- I hope he’ll succeed.
Idiom: go out of your way to do something
Meaning: try very hard to do something, usually something nice
Example: Maggie always goes out of her way to put new employees at their ease.
Idiom: pull your weight
Meaning: work as hard as other people in a group
Example: If Sarah pulled her weight, we would easily be able to complete the project on time.
Idiom: by hook or by crook
Meaning: using whatever methods are necessary
Example: Our football team is determined to win the championship, by hook or by crook.
Idiom: pull your finger out
Meaning: make more of an effort (very informal)
Example: If you don’t pull your finger out, you’ll get the sack.
Idiom: at a push
Meaning: probably possible, but it will be difficult
Example: I could finish the report by Wednesday- at a push, Tuesday.
Saying something is easy or difficult
How-was-the-test?How was your test?
It-was-child’s-play!Child’s play (extremely easy)
boy_2A piece of cake [extremely easy (informal)]
girlA doddle [extremely easy (informal)]
chinamanAs easy as falling off a log [extremely easy (informal)]
farm_girlAs easy as taking the candy from the baby (extremely easy)
It-was-heavy-going!Heavy-going (difficult and needed a lot of effort
Tongue twisters are words, phrases, or sentences which are difficult to articulate because of a succession of similar consonantal sounds.
These sentences are strongly recommended to those who have problem with their pronunciation.
Try to read sentences bellow loudly and as fast as possible. It seems to be rather funny but after a while you’ll see how your pronunciation and your speaking has improved.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Lanjutkan membaca “Common English Tongue Twisters”