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Academic English not only for Indonesians
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Success failure effort belief

These words – success, failure, effort, belief – take different forms and collocate strongly with other words.
Indonesian flag They’re also problematic for Indonesian scholars. Success has become sukses, effort is translated from upaya, and belief is subject to the same word form error as life (see note below).
Use a dictionary to complete the following text with suitable forms of these words. (more…)

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You could use ‘can’, or not!

This could be achieved using gravity to allow the water to flow from the higher to the lower level.

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Not everything is ‘convenient’

Physical shops are more convenient than online stores. Firstly, in physical shops customers are able to touch goods and try on clothes. Secondly, shopping in physical shops can be a social activity.

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Book or film?

Students, especially Indonesian students, often tell me that they would much rather watch a film than read a book. Reading is boring, they say.
I would like to invite you to think again about reading. (more…)

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Is it worth it?

This post comes with a fun challenge. Continue reading or jump straight to the challenge! (more…)

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Were you able to bargain for IELTS?

Budi tried to teach himself IELTS but made no progress. Then he discovered GuruEAP and last Saturday he could achieve band 7.0.

Ok,ok.. I made this one up. It may look like shameless self-promotion, but it’s a problem I often see in student writing. (more…)

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Costumer customers?!

Apple stores had more costumers than any other store during the period.

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Consumptive consumers?!

Advertising tends to make people more consumptive.

Once upon a time consumption meant ‘wasting away’, but in the context of tuberculosis, not shopping. Of course these days consumption is still a kind of wasting, but not as life-threatening! (more…)

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Earning money vs. earning dollars

Just like their male counterparts, many Australian women earn money 2,000 dollars per month.

If a ‘unit’ can correspond to more than one different noun, then you need to specify your noun: (more…)

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As we know, fixed expressions rock!

As we know that, last year the government removed English from the elementary school curriculum.

English, even academic English, is full of ‘fixed expressions’ – phrases that (more…)