KangGURU Magazine for
2005 Kang Guru Radio English magazine is now available all over
Indonesia thanks to AusAID and the IALF.
KGRE-ites registered on the KGRE database will receive their personal
copies soon. If you are not on the KGRE database then just write
to KGRE, or send an email,
requesting the magazine. Include about 70 words of information about
yourself and do not forget to include your full name and address.
Letter from Kapt. Kangguru
Ogi, Darmika, Alwi
and I are all very excited at the moment. We are very excited about the four new pages
in our magazine: the Kang Guru Connection Club Page (KGCC), a Literature
and Story Page, a KGRE In The Classroom Page for teachers, and a
special page for our new mid-elementary level readers. KGRE will
also have special radio program segments for this new mid-elementary
level. These segments will be called Wow Wow Wizards. We are very interested in hearing your comments about all of these
new pages. I would like to thank all of you for helping us to decide
on the format of these new pages. You may also notice a few other
changes to the magazine and we hope you like those as well.
KGRE travels all over Indonesia presenting FREE workshops for English teachers, meeting students in high schools and universities, calling in on language clubs and radio stations and visiting AusAID and other Australian linked projects and activities. KGRE staff also meets interesting people for interviews and information exchanges and we plan to do a lot more of this during 2005. Maybe we will see YOU during one of these trips?
Competition Winners from the
December 2005 magazine
So, please enjoy this magazine
and all of the other services which KGRE has to offer you this year
- KGRE radio and interactive radio, the ever-expanding website,
the KGCC language club network and our helpful teacher services
and materials.The April magazine has lots of news in it including news from Aceh and
the relief efforts going on in that province since December 26th, 2004.
Other regular features are back such as Different Pond Different Fish, Idioms Inggris, Learning Tips, Indonesian and Australian Music plus a big favourite, Listeners' Letters.
Australia - Good Neighbour!
I would like to express my appreciation to the Royal Australian Air Force.
As I have seen on TV, they have been doing great things to help our government
to help the people of Aceh swept up by the tsunami. That's what we call
'Good Neighbours Make Good Friends'
Ambarawa - CENTRAL JAVA
Thanks for your lovely letter Andhika. All our thoughts
are with the people of Aceh and all the other areas devastated by the
tsunami. There is a lot of work to be done to rebuild the area affected.
Friends helping friends - people from countries all around the world are
helping in so many ways and great progress is being made.
Grateful KGRE Listener in Papua
I was very happy because I could get your address. KGRE, how beautiful
it is. Although we do not know each other, your face and myself. KGRE,
I was very interested about your program on my local RRI station every
Wednesday (FM 90 MHz) and Friday (Pro 2 FM) at 18.00 wit in Jayapura -
Papua. I always join and follow your programs. I really support and listen
to your radio program often. I will not give you something but just big
thanks very much and the Lord bless you forever.
Simon M. Yatipai
Jayapura - PAPUA
It is really wonderful to hear from a listener far
away in Papua! Thank you for the letter. KGRE would love to visit Papua
this year and if we are coming your way then we will let you know. Please
check the KGRE Travel Page on the website regularly so you know all KGRE's
Aussie Teachers in East Java
Hello, my name is Muhammad Nurhadi. I am a new English teacher at MTsN
Darul Ulum or Junior High School of Darul Ulum Foundation in Jombang,
East Java. I have been teaching English here for two semesters. I now
have two Australian teachers helping me, Mr Benjamin and Mrs Amber. I
heard about the KGRE magazine from them. I think that KGRE magazine is
a wonderful magazine which provides me some interesting information. It
adds to my reading material a lot.
Muhammad Nurhadi, S.Pd
Jombang - East Java
Thanks for the letter. I hope you joined the KGRE teacher
workshop in Jombang last March organised by Amber from ISELP and your
school - Darul Ulum. Read more about this AusAID activity on page 13
Problems with Grammar
By this letter I want to get KGRE magazine regularly. I
am very interested in it after reading it at my friend's house. I often
learn about your country from TV and your magazines. One day I want to
go there. That is my great dream. Because of that I must improve my English.
By the way, I have a problem in my English. Until now I don't understand
how to distinguish between complement and object. I hope you will help
me to solve my problem. I think that is all. Thank you for your answer
and good luck KGRE.
Hi Eka, thanks for the letter. The magazine is on the
way to you right now. I am sorry but it is not possible to answer grammar
questions here on this page. But if you have access to the internet why
not put your question on the Kang Guru Forum's Language Channel? You may
get the answer you are looking for from a fellow KGRE-ite. Best wishes
to you and I hope that one day your dream of going to Australia will come
Tune in to KGRE
I'm one of the English teachers at SMAN 3 Kota Manna Bengkulu Selatan
who is very interested to write this letter after reading the KGRE magazine
given by my friend and listening your program on the radio. To prepare
the students facing 'listening section' on the national final test (UAN),
I asked all my students, the third class in particular, to listen to your
program on the radio Mitra FM every Sunday at 11-12. I also gave them
tasks while listening and they enjoyed it. But I got the difficulties
to bring it in the classroom, for example when it is needed to re-listen.
Could you help, please.
Manna, South Bengkulu - BENGKULU
That's no problem. We are happy to help. Please send
us your teacher ID number and then we can send you our Reading Class Set
for this magazine in early May, okay? We can also send you copies of our
radio programs on cassette. Order soon!
Need Help Please!
How are you? I graduated from senior high school in 2000. This is the
first time I write a letter in English. I've never written in English
before until this one. I read your wonderful magazine for the first time
when I was on the bus and I saw a student who sat beside me. She was reading
your magazine and I thought it's really interesting and entertaining.
Oh ya KG, there are many children at my village who are interested in
studying English and they asked me to teach them. I really want to help
them but I have no materials to teach with. So I want to request a free
English book or magazine. Thanks for your attention.
Kab. Dompu - NTB
Your letter is so good. I cannot believe you have never
written an English letter before! We are happy to send you the magazine
during 2005-2007. I hope you will show it to your friends too. Do you
know about teaching materials from KGRE? We hope you do and if not, check
out our website.
I want firstly introduce myself to you. My name is Van Van. I'm studying
in SMAK Petra Surabaya. Last October I joined a study group of 4 students
visiting Sydney for a study tour. It was a pleasant opportunity for me
to visit kangguru country. I enjoyed my homestay there with my generous
Australian family. Unfortunately I feel that Australian English is more
difficult than American English although I had English lessons regularly
at school and even took English course after school hours. However I still
failed to hear and accept the Australian slang. As a guidance in listening
your radio program every week and to improve my English skill please send
me regularly your KG magazine.
Surabaya - EAST JAVA
Thanks for your letter Van Van. It is difficult getting
used to hearing native speakers talking in an English speaking country,
isn't it? We hope that our radio program can help our listeners get used
to the Australian way of speaking. If you have access to the internet
try and look at the Kang Guru Forum on the website. Kang Guru readers
and listeners often have discussions on this site about slang. It's a
good place to post your questions and hopefully get quick replies. If
you can Van, please post up some of the slang terms you heard in Australia
so others can learn about them too. Thanks so much. Your name and address
is now on our list and you will be getting the magazine throughout 2005
Here are some interesting idioms with the names of fruit.
They were suggested by Greg Gibbons of AusAID's ASEAN
Australia Development Cooperation Program.
To be as cool
as a cucumber means to be calm at a time of danger, upset or
difficulty. We usually use it when someone is calm but we expect
they should be feeling stress. Greg says, "My brother almost
had a motorbike accident in Jakarta yesterday. A bus drove right
in front of him. But he was as cool as a cucumber. He didn't
panic. He quickly moved out of the way. I don't think I would be
as relaxed if that happened to me".
Greg's second idiom is life is a bowl of cherries.
If we say life is a bowl of cherries we mean that our life is pretty
good and that we are very happy with what is going on in our lives.
"I have a great job here in Bali. My children
are happy at school and when I really think about it - life is a
bowl of cherries actually. I couldn't be happier really".
Our next idiom is peanuts or to cost peanuts.
We use this when we want to say that something was very cheap to buy.
are nice, they look very expensive", said Jack. "Not at all.
I got them in a sale so they were peanuts",
Another one is drives me bananas. This idiom can
be used when we want to say that someone or something is making us confused,
making us 'go crazy' or even making us a little angry.
"The old man comes to my house every day. Sometimes
five or six times a day asking for something. Sometimes he asks for
sugar or tea or rice or fruit. I never get a rest as he's at the house
all the time - he drives me bananas actually".
You can also use nuts - kacang - instead of bananas.
Here is a present continuous tense version of the idiom for you.
"If he doesn't stop coming around all the time I will have to tell
him to stop. He is driving me nuts".
to be as cool as a cucumber - tenang sekali, to cost peanuts - murah sekali
life is a bowl of cherries - kehidupan yang menyenangkan
driving me bananas or driving me nuts - membuat orang frustasi/jengkel/kesal
atau sedikit marah
Greg can speak many languages including Swedish, Norwegian, French, German,
Indonesian and Danish. He gave KGRE some basic tips recently and maybe these
tips can help you too.
Learn some basic
words and phrases as soon as you can. These are key words to get you started.
"hello", "thank you", "yes", "no",
and "how much?". Learn to say "what is the word for ...?",
or "how do you
Whenever you meet a foreigner or an English speaker
you can ask them for a little help. People will be happy to talk to you
and help you. If you ask someone for a word and then you quickly forget
it, don't worry! Ask them to repeat the word until you have got it right.
Keep asking and soon you will remember.
Learn to count up to a million.
When you learn new words such as numbers and the basic
words and phrases above, try and use them immediately.
Don't be afraid and don't wait till you think you know
them perfectly. Just practise and have fun.
Use every opportunity to practise your new language.
Ask anyone you know who speaks a little English (such as your friends
and workmates) to speak with you only in English.
Wattles are the most widespread of all
Australian plants. They are everywhere. Wattles belong to the genus
Acacia, in the Mimosa family. There are over 600 different species
distributed throughout Australia. Wattle trees can have shapes varying
from low, spreading shrubs to large, upright trees. The flowers
range in colour from cream, pale yellow to deep orange. One species
is featured on the Australian coat-of-arms.
These wonderful and quite unusual plants are native (asli) to the south-west of Western Australia. The colour and shape
varies according to species and growing conditions. They flower
between September to December - from spring to summer. Velvety tubular
flowers grow on upright stems. They are excellent as cut flowers
used for decoration as they stay fresh and alive for many weeks.
They are also terrific as dried flowers. The Red and Green Kangaroo
Paw is the floral emblem of Western Australia.
This beautiful flower was first discovered by the explorer William
Dampier in 1688. It is an annual - it flowers once a year. It is
found mostly in the dry inland of Central Australia and further
south to northern South Australia. It grows quickly after rain.
It is a slow-growing, creeping plant that grows along the ground.
The flowers stand upright up to 30cm tall. The large flower can
be various shades of red, with a base of deep red to purple to black.
It was adopted as the floral emblem of South Australia on 23 November
1961. Remember Deli from the December 2004 magazine? Sturt's Desert
Pea is her favorite Australian wildflower.
Boabs can only be found within the far northern Kimberley region
of Western Australia. The tree is found within rocky areas and has
a very distinctive look. It has a very thick trunk. Root-like branches
sprout out from the top of the tree. The real roots are underground.
Boabs are relatively short in comparison to other trees found around
Australia. They can grow to about 20 meters high. It is their thickness
that is so unique. The boab tree's nut is often used by local artists
for decorating and painting and is a popular souvenir. One special
boab near the town of Derby is called The Prison Tree (bottom right).
This ancient and very large boab tree has a diameter of 14 metres.
It is very significant to Aboriginal people as well as being a very
interesting botanical specimen. The tree is believed to be around
1,500 years old. It is registered as an Aboriginal site. This remarkable
boab tree was used by the early police patrols as an overnight lock-up
or prison. This boab tree is hollow with a hole cut in one side
to create a doorway. Criminals were put into this room inside the
tree. The Prison Tree dates as far back as the 1890s.
Australia is a multicultural society made up of people
from all around the world. Today the Australian population is made up
of many different cultures, religions and lifestyles. During the past
200 years, hundreds of thousands of people haved moved to Australia from
Europe and Asia. However indigenous Australians, the native people of
the continent of Australia, have been living there for thousands of years.
They too had their different cultural groups, and still do. There is no
single indigenous culture, but a mixture of contemporary and traditional
thoughts, ways and practices. Many years ago these indigenous Australians
lived a hunter and gatherer life. The men hunted large animals
such as kangaroos, emus and turtles and the women and children hunted
smaller animals and collected fruits, berries and other plants. On the
coast people caught fish and collected many types of shellfish including
mussels and oysters. Every part of the animal and plant was eaten or used
to make things such as clothing, baskets, tools and weapons. Just as in
the past, indigenous Australians now live throughout Australia. This includes
cities, towns, coastal, rural and country areas, plus the outback. When
Kevin visited Australia last year he met with several indigenous Australians.
One was Dean, a Park Ranger in the Kakadu National Park and the other
young man was Aaron, an aboriginal artist from Daly Waters.
|Dean is very interested in aboriginal
traditional art. As a part of his job, he gives information to visitors
about rock art in the park. Dean explains that these drawings are
an important part of the educational process for young indigenous
children, even today. As Dean explained to KGRE, the drawings on the
walls of caves provided information to other indigenous groups wandering
around the outback. They also provided a special type of education,
especially for the children. Pictures and diagrams are very important
in education. Even in Indonesian classrooms now, pictures and drawings
are very important. As people traveled around the countryside and
stayed in particular areas they painted what they found or saw there.
They painted on rock walls for their children. It was like story telling
for the children and for the future. Wallabies, kangaroos,
emus, and crocodiles were drawn. These drawings were, and still are,
of vital importance to the indigenous people.
Aaron lives in the
Merrepen community near Daly Waters in the Northern Territory, 250
kilometers south-west of Darwin. He is 22 years old and his mother
is a full blood aboriginal. He is the Assistant Manager at the Merrepen
Arts Centre - an art centre well known for indigenous art. The centre
has been operating for 17 years. Seven to eight thousand people
visit the centre each year. There is an Annual Art Festival which
lasts for several days. It includes concerts and other artistic
Aaron explained to KGRE why he is so interested in indigenous art, "That's just a natural thing because it's been passed on
from one generation to another. It started with my great grandmother
who's still alive and she passed it on to her daughters then she
passed it around to her grandchildren and now she has passed it
on to us, her great grandchildren".
The money from the sale of the art works goes back into the community.
Thirty percent goes to the centre to cover materials but 70% goes back
to the artist. Most of the art works are done at home. There are about
10 artists who work with the centre and about 60 to 70 people who actually
paint within the community. At the moment Aaron is studying at the Charles
Sturt University in Darwin. He is doing an associate degree in Arts and
hopes to be manager of the Arts Centre one day in the future.
Australia has many interesting animals. In each magazine this year KGRE
will tell you about one of these unique Australian animals. The first
animal is the Tasmanian Devil. Have you heard of this animal before? It
only lives on the Australian island state of Tasmania. Here are two questions
to think about as you read.
1. When does the Tasmanian Devil
2. What does the Tasmanian Devil eat?
||The Tasmanian Devil is a marsupial like
the kangaroo. This means the mother has a pocket or a pouch where
she carries her babies. The Tasmanian Devil is mostly black but sometimes
it has some white fur on its chest. It has short legs and a long tail.
It looks a little like a very small bear. The largest male can be
about 30 centimetres high and can weigh up to 12 kilograms. That's
about the same size as a small dog. But the females are usually smaller.
The Tasmanian Devil is a nocturnal animal. That means it likes the
night time. It sleeps in the day and gets up at night to look for
food to eat. In the daytime it will sleep under a fallen tree or in
The Tasmanian Devil was given this name by the first
European people who went to Tasmania. They called it a devil because they
were afraid of it. They were afraid because it makes a terrible sound
and because it is horrible to watch it eat. The Tasmanian Devil has a
strong mouth and very sharp teeth. It eats a lot of meat. It will eat
small animals like rabbits, birds and reptiles such as lizards. It will
even eat dead cows and sheep if it can find any. The Tasmanian Devil sounds
like a very scary animal indeed.
AusAID in Indonesia
Development Cooperation Program
Greg Gibbons is the Project Director
and Program Director of ASEAN
Australia Development Cooperation Program. ASEAN is the Association
of Southeast Asian Nations. The ten members of ASEAN are Brunei Darussalam,
Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar,
the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The aims of ASEAN are
the integration and increasing competitiveness of its member countries
in the world market. It is quite similar to the European Union, for example.
The ASEAN Australia Development Cooperation
Program is a A$45 million dollar project distributing money to all member
countries of ASEAN. It is managed by a company called ACIL Australia.
Most of this money, A$37 million, goes to two major projects. The first
is the Program Stream Project, which started in 2002. The other is the
Regional Partnership Scheme Program, which started in 2003. Both projects
will continue until 2008. These two projects provide money to a lot of
smaller projects. These projects cover a range of areas from agriculture
to electronics, from commerce to fish and fisheries, customs, standards,
forestry, skills development and counter terrorism. There are 10 projects
up to three years long costing between A$1-2 million and there are 17
smaller projects of A$500,000 lasting up to two years.
Greg can explained this with an example, "...
I think a good example is in the fruits and vegetables projects under
the Program Stream where one of the aims is to develop ASEAN Good Agriculture
Practice, or GAP. A GAP would be an all ASEAN standard for fruits and
vegetables. The advantages of this to Indonesia would be that when Indonesia
wishes to export fruits and vegetables to anywhere in the world it would
be under an agricultural standard that is common for 519 million people,
so would include all of the countries. And so ASEAN as an exporting block
would have advantages and Indonesia would partake of those benefits. ...
in this world today the European Union has got a European Union GAP. America
has got an American GAP. So big groups of countries and big exporters
have a GAP and this project is actually about developing one for ASEAN
and that is certainly helping Indonesia". To learn more about
these and other AusAID projects have a look at the KGRE website AusAID
Rehabilitation Fund (BRF)
The Bali Bombings of 2002 have had an
incredibly negative affect on Bali, the Balinese people and business.
It was only during the last few months of 2004 that the numbers of tourists
visiting Bali began to increase again. Many people had already lost their
jobs because of the drop in tourist numbers. For example, there had been
less people buying handicrafts or using taxis. Many others who worked
in industries that depend on tourism could not earn enough money to live
In March 2003 AusAID started the Bali
Rehabilitation Fund (BRF) as part of the Australian Government
Community Development and Civil Society Strengthening Scheme (ACCESS).
The BRF is a fund of A$1.5 million used to improve the opportunities for
earning a living for those Balinese and other Indonesians who were badly
affected by the bombings and the reduction of tourism. The main tourist
area of Kuta was not the only area that suffered. The bomb had a terrible
affect on the lives of people all over the island. Donna Holden, Manager
of the BRF explains why, "... over the years in Bali many families
sold their land to get the money to send their children to tourism college.
These children then got jobs in the tourism industry in Kuta. The families
then relied on the money their children sent home. Many, many people lost
their jobs in the tourism industry after the bomb and returned to their
villages. These families then had no way to earn money."
The purpose of the BRF is to provide grants of money to
local partners who can then help people who lost their jobs and income.
Many of the projects organised by the local partners involve projects
to retrain people in new jobs and give them new skills. Then they are
better able to earn money that is not dependant on the tourism industry.
These local partners include local Non Government Organisations (NGOs),
community based organisations, government organisations and local communities
themselves. Donna explains, "... personally we do not implement our
projects. We help local NGOs design projects, then we provide funding
for the projects and we offer technical assistance during the project."
One example of a very successful BRF project is a pig-raising project
in the Jembrana district of west Bali. Women and children in Bali tend
to have a traditional role of looking after livestock, especially pigs.
|| BRF worked with a local micro credit
organisation called Dian Bhuana Lestari Foundation (DINARI) who developed
a pig farming system suited to the needs of this local community.
The women borrow 1 million rupiah from the micro credit fund, at a
very low rate of interest. With this money the women can buy three
small pigs and enough food for the pigs for six months. They receive
veterinary care for the pigs and training in pig-raising. At the end
of six months the women have paid back the loan in full, they have
received an income during the six months and they have also made a
profit. They can then use this profit to buy more pigs or they can
spend it if they need to. They can then get another loan from the
fund and start again. Three hundred people in this area have benefited
from this project.
The BRF has also provided money for eight vocational training
projects. One of these projects was a traineeship in non-toxic pest management.
Four young men and one young woman participated in this project; the first
of it's kind in Bali. The four month apprenticeship was developed by Yayasan
Gelombang Udara Segar (GUS). The funding from BRF enabled GUS to develop
training resources in non-toxic pest control, management and marketing,
and provision of tools and wages for the trainees. Since completing the
traineeship four of the trainees have received support from BRF and have
now set up their own pest management business. They are also planning
to start training ten more people in this type of pest control. The fifth
trainee now works as a contractor to GUS. This project has in effect created
a new industry and many new jobs.
|Kadek Baktiyasa is a 25-year-old member
of the new Independent Young Farmers group in the Bedugul region of
Bali. This project was set up to train young people in the cultivation
of organic strawberries. These young farmers have received training
in taking care of crops without using pesticides and have learned
how to produce their own fertiliser. Most vegetable crops in this
area can be harvested only four times a year. After the bomb many
farmers were unable to sell their produce. The new strawberry crops
are ready for picking every month, providing the new farmers with
a steady income that is not so dependent on tourism.
Donna Holden is the Bali Rehabilitation Fund Coordinator. She is from
Sydney but she has been living in Indonesia for seven years. She is
also a consultant to AusAID as Recovery and Livelihoods Specialist
for Aceh. Before coming to manage the BRF she was Country Director
for Save the Children UK in Indonesia. She was also National HIV/AIDS
Policy Adviser to the Coordinating Ministry for Poverty Alleviation
and People's Welfare (Menko Kesra) - also an AusAID project.
Strawberry and Donna
photographs courtesy of Jason Brown
Friends Helping Friends
||The Australian Ambassador to Indonesia,
Mr. David Ritchie, spoke to Kang Guru in mid January 2005. He had
these things to say about Australia's involvement in Aceh and how
ordinary Australians felt about the tsunami.
"Within hours of the tsunami having taken place,
the Indonesian government immediately asked for foreign help and countries
like Australia were more than happy to respond to that. The Australian
government has announced the contribution of 1 billion Australian dollars
to assist the people of Aceh to rebuild their lives and to rebuild their
schools and their hospitals and so forth. That obviously has been welcomed
by the Indonesian government from the President down. The President told
the Prime Minister personally when they met in Jakarta a week after the
Tsunami that he would never forget the Australia's help for Indonesia
in its hour of need. The Australian Prime Minister, Mr John Howard, declared
a day of national mourning for the victims of the tsunami (Sunday, January
16th). Millions of Australians observed a
minute of silence at that time. Our flags flew at half mast to show our
solidarity with the people of Indonesia and the people who suffered through
this terrible tragedy".
Since December 26th last year there have been many sad
and terrible stories from Aceh, and even more recently from Nias, Simeulue
and the Banyak islands. It is estimated that well over 150,000 people
died in Aceh, the worst affected area in all of Asia. The people, cities
and communities of Aceh will continue to be affected for many years to
come. People the world over have been extremely willing to help the people
of Aceh to rebuild their lives and towns. The donations pouring in from
around the world, and from within Indonesia, have been truly wonderful.
Rebuilding will be an ongoing task for years to come. Many schools and
their students have been badly affected as well. To try and help, in just
a small way, KGRE sent 500 ‘student packs’ to students living
on the islands off the west coast of Sumatra in mid January, 2005. Their
swift delivery was made possible through the work of AusAID in conjunction
with Sumatran Safaris based in Padang.
|| In February, the IALF, in cooperation
with KGRE, sent 2,000 packs of school supplies to students affected
by the tsunami in Lhokseumawe, Aceh. Zainul Abidin Kazhi, an enthusiastic
user of Kang Guru services, who lives in Lhokseumawe, assisted the
IALF with distribution of the packages. These packages included KGRE
exercise books, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, coloured pencils,
pencil cases, erasers, rulers, Tippex and Kang Guru magazines. Zainul
spent three days distributing the packages to thirteen primary and
junior secondary schools in both the state and Islamic school systems
in the Lhokseumawe area. IALF and KGRE are very appreciative of the
efforts made by Zainul in ensuring that the school supplies reached
students in need. KGRE intends to fulfil earlier plans to provide
Teacher Workshops in Aceh, in conjunction with the IALF and LAPIS
(see below) in the near future.
Schools English Language Project (ISELP)
||Australian teachers are becoming a familiar
sight in many parts of East Java. Several of those teachers attended
the KGRE Teacher Workshop in Lamongan last February. Prue Price and
John Rollings are from Australia.
They are now working with teachers at Pesantren Qomarrudin
in Bungurasih - Gresik, East Java and at Pesantren Annuqayah in Guluk-Guluk,
Madura respectively. Along with other Australian teachers based in places
such as Malang, Paciran, Jombang, Genteng and Paiton, they will be assisting
to train local teachers in their everyday classroom situations. This new
and exciting project comes from Australian Volunteers International (AVI)
and AusAID. It is called ISELP - Islamic Schools English Language Project.
Read more about these teachers and their schools on the KGRE website Travel
Exchange Program from AII
Tubagus Erif Faturrahman went to Australia in October 2004. He was a participant
in the Muslim Leader Exchange Program sponsored by the Australia Indonesia
Institute (AII). Bagus was born in Banten in 1974 and is now the Head
of International Relations in HMI or the Islamic Students Association
based in Jakarta. Why did he join this exchange program? Bagus was concerned
that Australians and Indonesian stereotype each other. This basically
means that they have ideas about each other that are not necessarily true.
Some of his ideas about Australia were quickly dispelled when he visited
Australia. Bagus told KGRE in January 2005 that he was quite surprised
what he found out about Aussies.
".... they are very good. Frankly speaking we are very surprised
about their lives, about multicultural Australia. There was bad news in
Indonesia that Moslem people in Australia are discriminated against by
the government, by the people in Australia".
||Bagus soon found out that this was not
correct. Bagus spent a lot of time talking with Aussies including
Australian Muslims. Many of the Muslims he met were Indonesians.They
talked about religious life in Indonesia and then compared Muslim
life in Indonesia and Australia. They told him that wearing traditional
dress such as a jilbab is not a problem for the women. Halal food
is freely available in most areas. Universities have mosques and prayer
areas. The truth, according to Bagus, is that Australian life is very
good and Muslims in Australia are fully accepted. Bagus and his three
colleagues met with many student groups in Australian universities.
The students asked many questions. Australian students wanted to know
what Indonesian people thought about Australia. Bagus responded honestly
and said that one third of Indonesian people have some stereotyped
ideas about Australia because they don't really know much about how
Australians live. Often they just know the negative news that they
read in newspapers or see on television. Bagus says that is the same
for Australians too. Some Australians don't know the full story about
Indonesia because they often do not get the correct or full story.
Indo links in West Sumatra - amazing!
On KGRE's recent visit to West Sumatra, Kevin was amazed at the number
of people and activities he encountered that had direct connections to
Australia and to AusAID activities in Indonesia.
||Kevin's first surprise was meeting Sri
and Afrizal, and their three children Puti, Arif and little Aini in
Solok. They had just returned from three years in Australia. Sri and
Afrizal are Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) alumni. Sri studied
Educational Administration in Perth while Afrizal studied Civil Engineering
specialising in ground water salinity. Their young children went to
Australian schools. Sri and her husband helped to organise the recent
KGRE Teacher Workshop in Sijunjung in conjunction with SMKN 1 Sijunjung.
Kevin also met Alhafiz
Saputra who works at DINAS Kesehatan in Solok Regency
In Padang Kevin met Wulan Fauzanna and Diah Tjahaya Iman who both
lecture at Andalas University. They are involved in the university's
Australian Studies Centre. Wulan is an AIYEP alumni and has just been
awarded an Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) for 2005. Diah
was an ADS participant from 1998 - 2001.
|At the Batang Arau Hotel in Padang Kevin
met Chris, the hotel's manager. She is an Aussie lady who is working
very hard in conjunction with AusAID, SurfAid and Sumatran Safaris
to help victims of the tsunami on the islands to the north west of
Padang. Besides tons and tons of food, building materials, equipment
and supplies, these hard working groups also delivered five hundred
KGRE student packages to schools and students on those islands.
One of Australia's latest music groups is called NORTH. Their first single
'Glory of Love' is currently being played on all major radio stations
in Indonesia. They are Asia's newest and most exciting musical act. They
are four young Australian guys from Melbourne. 'Glory of Love' is the
first track from North's first self-titled album. Of the 12 tracks, 10
are written by North.
|The Aussie lads say that they don't really
mind being called a boy band because that's what they essentially
are. North is a band of boys that sing and dance. Each of them contribute
in their own ways to the band. Scott is the graphic designer, Beau
the image consultant and choreographer, Alf the producer, and Thanh
is the vocal trainer. North writes their own songs, produce their
music, choreograph their dancing and style their 'look'. The members
of the band feel that if the Beatles were here today they would also
be called a 'boyband'.
For Asia, the second North album will include a lot of
very new material as well as remixes and reworked songs from the debut
album released 8 months ago.
"We can assure all our fantastic fans in Asia that the new album
will be very fresh and that some of the older material will sound very,
very different. As a group, we have taken a big step forward with almost
every aspect of our act ... you will certainly hear it in the music and
Steve Irwin was born in Victoria in February 1962. His father, Bob Irwin
was very keen on reptiles. He moved his family to Queensland in 1970 to
start a small reptile park. This family business grew into the Australia
Zoo. In 1991 Steve's parents stopped working and Steve started managing
the zoo. Since Steve took over management of the Zoo in 1991 it has grown
|Steve had an unusual childhood living
in the Zoo. He grew up with animals of all kinds, taking part in the
animals daily feeding, care and maintenance. His parents gave him
a 3.6 meter long python for his 6th birthday. Steve had to go out and catch fish and rats to feed to his
crocodiles and snakes. When Steve was young his father taught him
everything about reptiles. When Steve was nine years old his father
taught him to jump in and catch crocodiles in the rivers of North
Queensland at night.
Steve and his father are very proud that every
crocodile in their zoo was either caught by their own hands or was born
and raised in their zoo. When he was a young man Steve's father volunteered
for the Queensland Government's East Coast Crocodile Management program.
The purpose of this program is to preserve crocodiles in the wild. However,
if there are any crocodiles that may be a danger to humans, livestock
(farm animals) or dogs, the crocodile will be removed from the area. These
crocodiles may be put in crocodile farms or zoos, relocated to other areas
where they will not be a danger, or in some circumstances they may be
When Steve was old enough he also volunteered for the same project. It
was a difficult life, as he had to live on his own near the creeks, rivers
and mangroves of this area. The area is full of dangerous wildlife, there
are lots of mosquitoes, it is very difficult to get around and it can
be very hot. Steve was alone and had to catch huge crocodiles without
any help. Steve was fantastic at this job and is quite famous because
he caught a record amount of crocodiles during this time. In 1990 an old
friend of Steve's came to film a television advertisement at the zoo.
Steve and his friend John Stainton came up with an idea and decided to
film a program together. In 1992 they made the first ever 'Crocodile Hunter'.
It was a huge success. So far, Steve has made over 70 episodes of 'The
Crocodile Hunter', 53 episodes of 'Croc Files', 43 episodes of 'Croc Diaries'.
And he has a new series coming out later this year called 'The New Breed
Vets'. A huge five hundred million viewers worldwide have seen his programs.
Their most recent project was March 2005 opening of a large new area
for tigers at the zoo. Australia Zoo now has three Sumatran tigers, Juma,
Singha and Ranu.
The KGRE Connection Club (KGCC) network
is rather amazing. There are so many wonderful members for one thing.
Secondly they do the most amazing activities together. At the moment there
are about 60 active clubs in the network. Maybe you don't know, but KGCCs
can be found practically all over Indonesia. To the far south-east there
is the Kupang based Fan's English Club. To the far north-east the Medan
English Club is always surprising. There are also wonderful clubs in Bengkalis,
Matauli, Bengkulu, Lubuk Linggau and Labuhan Batu. Java has many clubs
as does Sulawesi and Bali. There may not be KGCCs in every province yet
but before too much longer there just might be.
To read about all of the KGCCs just look
at the KGRE website - Connection Club pages. Feel free to read website
copies of THE POUCH bulletins too and they will really keep you up to
date with what is going on. Some of the recent Clubs of the month have
been the English Conversation Circle Meeting Club from Makassar, the English
Society Club based at RRI Semarang, the Student English Activity at the
University Muhammadiyah, Yogyakarta plus the Gazebo English Study Club
in Trenggalek, East Java.
In December last year Kevin visited clubs in Makassar. Thirty members
from the five KG Connection Clubs in Makassar met Kevin at the Istana
Laut Seafood restaurant for dinner. It was a good opportunity to meet
with members of these clubs and to inform them of the latest news
from KGRE. Twenty two clubs members attended - Best Forum #3, PEMCC
#21, ECC # 34, Benteng # 39 and MAKES # 49. The members enjoyed receiving
the latest KG magazines 'hot off the press'. It was an informal night.
Members asked many questions about club membership, activities and
the plans for KGRE for the next few years. Plans for a second Makassar
based KGRE Get Together for mid-2005 were initiated and hopefully
that will go ahead next year.
In January Kevin visited Sumatra and his first club visit was with
the Medan English Club at LP3I. Members of other KGCCs clubs in Medan,
plus a few students, spent time with Kevin listening, asking questions
and playing games. Ogi had prepared 10 KGRE Prize Packages as give-away
prizes. They were popular indeed and 'competition was hot'. Thanks
to Pak Saptari Wibowo again. He certainly is a 'mover and shaker'.
Some of the participants actively contributed to the afternoon's events
including Samsahril, Sri Wulan Widyastuti and Pak Didit. Pak Suparman
from LP3I welcomed us all to his centre. He and LP3I are great supporters
of KGCCs in Medan and we thank him for that.
KGCC # 025 - Al Ya'lu organised a mini-teacher seminar in Malang.
What terrific idea! KGRE was one of the presenters along with Ibu
Isnada from the Al Ya'lu kindergarten in Malang. Ibu Isnada spoke
about 'Teaching English to Young Learners'. Kevin spoke on the ways
to make the young learners classroom interesting and productive. Young
children from the school performed some songs and dance activities.
Daru, Irfan and Ita are committee members at the Student English Activity
(SEA-UMY) KGRE Connection Club # 32 in Yogyakarta. The club organised
the 3rd Yogyakarta Intervarsity Speech Competition (YIVCS) last February.
Nine contestants presented their speeches and the audience members
listened eagerly. The Grand Winner was Wini. She was calm, clear and
had planned her speech delivery very well. Thanks to the SEA-UMY club
for their organisation of the activity and it does take a lot of work
to make an event such as this a success. The next morning Kevin visited
the SEA-UMY club. The KGCC # 043 English Study Club in Mrican from
Yogyakarta also attended the meeting. There were about 40 club members
in attendance and we really had a good chat. There were a lot of questions
and some good discussion too. These two clubs will hopefully work
together in the coming months. Some things on their joint agenda may
be interactive radio, discussions and inter-club visits.
Kang Guru In
Every year KGRE travels around Indonesia meeting and assisting English
language teachers. So far in 2005 KGRE has met hundreds of teachers in
places as far apart as Sibolga, Banjarmasin, Balikpapan, Lamongan, Malang,
Madura, Jombang, Jakarta and Sijunjung in West Sumatra. KGRE Teacher Workshops
provide an excellent opportunity for teachers to find out more about the
services that KGRE has to offer, including teaching materials plus practical
suggestions and ideas. Feedback from these workshops has always been very
I am an English teacher at SMUK Tirta Marta BPK Penabur.
I came to the teachers' workshop held by Australian Education Centre (AEC),
IALF Jakarta and KGRE on the 12th of December 2004 at the Wisma Budi Building
in Jakarta. As you opened the workshop you asked, sort of jokingly, whether
the teachers attending were there to get a day off work, a free lunch
or the certificate, or were they there to hopefully get some practical
ideas and activities for their English classrooms. Your question made
me think. I am trying to be a good teacher and I really thank you for
the tips you gave to create a more productive English language classroom.
In the exciting four hours (interrupted by the free lunch time - ha ha),
you encouraged me to be a student too.
Eva Khaliska Hamdani
Response from Capt. KGRE
I want to thank you for your wonderful letter. I hope that
my comments that day didn't offend you. There are many, many hard working
teachers in Indonesia and I can tell that you are one of them. Sometimes
teachers can become demotivated, not only here in Indonesia but also in
Australia. I was very pleased with the reaction of that group of teachers
at IALF. It was not difficult at all for me as all participants tried
hard to get the most from the day's activities. I am also pleased to hear
that some of the tips I gave you have been helpful.
|I'm Rizavatmi who organised the English
Teaching Workshop in Matauli in January 2005. I'll tell you about
my experience applying your methods of teaching English. I observed
at that time the teachers were enthusiastic with your way of teaching.
So, in my classroom I applied the method with the Teacher Package
from Kang Guru. It was wonderful and helpful. The students enjoyed
learning English because I never said they were wrong. They found
the mistakes themselves from the sentence on the worksheet. They were
also happy when they could rearrange the jumbled words. I was not
tired to correct their paper. I just played the cassette and the student
listened and corrected their own answers.
Response from Capt. KGRE
Rizavatmi is a very active and dynamic teacher at SMA 1 Matauli Pandan.
Riza and her organising committee invited KGRE to present a Teacher Workshop
in Matauli Pandan, Sibolga. It took a few months to organise the event
but it took place on January 15th. Over 100 high school English teachers
attended. One of the teachers was Mislan from Mandailing, Natal. Riza
had read Mislan's letter to KGRE in the Listeners' Letters section of
the December 2004 KGRE magazine. Riza made the effort and contacted Mislan
to invite her to attend the Matauli workshop offering her accommodation
at the school as well. Thanks for your support and thoughtfulness Riza
from all of us here at KGRE. Mislan really enjoyed the workshop activities
and is now busily using KGRE materials in her busy, busy classroom.
Different Pond Different
He Left Forever
When I was in senior high school, I became acquainted with an Australian
man - a father of three children. This man was the foster father of one
of my classmates. This Aussie and I wrote letters and sometimes I sent
cassettes because he liked dangdut songs. One day, a mutual friends's
father had an accident and I wanted to let my Aussie friend know. I wrote
in my letter, "Her father left the family forever ...". My Aussie
friend was confused by this because he wrote back and asked why my friend's
father had left the family forever. I then explained that my friend's
father was dead because of the accident. Later I understood that we can
not translate Indonesian words 'meninggalkan keluarga untuk selama-lamanya' directly into English. Instead, we have to say 'passed away'. It is true
that in a different language, sometimes we must express the same ideas
with different words.
by Nur Fatimah
Berapa harga dalam celana?
An Australian man visited a supermarket in Indonesia. He had just started
learning Bahasa Indonesia, so he could not speak very fluently. He wanted
to buy some underwear so asked the shop-assistant in Indonesian, "Berapa
harga dalam celana? (How much for inside of the pants?)". This
guy thought that the Indonesian language had the same structure as English!
Of course the shop-assistant automatically laughed and the Australian
man had to ask him for clarification. Now he understands a little more
about the structure of Indonesian!
by Alfons Arsai
Baby or Bayi
As you know I have only been here in Indonesia for a couple of months.
I still haven't learned Bahasa Indonesia well. A few weeks ago my best
Indonesian friend introduced me to her sister who had just had a baby.
The baby was only a month old at the time. Her sister speaks very little
English so I really wanted to try out some Indonesian with her. I also
wanted to try and talk to her a little without having to ask her sister
to translate everything. When she arrived with the baby my friend introduced
us. I said hello and how are you in Bahasa Indonesia. That was fine and
she understood me well and I understood her reply. But then I pointed
to the new baby in her arms and I said, "Bagaimana babi yang baru
lahir?" My friend started laughing and her sister looked a bit
surprised. Then I realised I had said babi instead of bayi!
Oh dear! I think babi came into my mind because it is so similar
to baby in English. They both thought it was very funny but I was so embarrased
I almost cried.
By Rachel, KGRE's new ELT Media and Training Specialist.
So Many Idioms!
Lydia Kurniawan is a Senior Information Officer at the Australian education
Centre in Jakarta. Lydia studied in Australia herself and she told KGRE
how she found some Australian language strange at first ...
"The accent was strange for me when I first went to Australia
because here we are used to listening to and watching American movies.
But there the accents are all Australian accents. It was pretty difficult
to listen at first. You just have to get used to it by listening and watching
the television. And there were some idioms that I didn't understand, like
how they say thank you they say 'ta' and when they say toilet they say
A Keen KGRE
My name is Bowo Pranoto. I was born in Blitar on May 4th,
1966. I am an English teacher at SMPN 2 Banyuwangi. I graduated from Jember
University in 1988. I am also a teacher trainer and Managing Basic Education
facilitator in my area. I knew KGRE for the first time when Mr Kevin Dalton
presented a KGRE workshop in 2001 at the Asida Hotel, Batu - Malang. The
workshop was supported by the Education and Culture Department of East
Java province. I was so interested in KGRE program so I asked Capt. KGRE
some questions about the program and whether KGRE could be broadcasted
| A couple of months later I found a radio
station in my beloved town which was willing to broadcast KGRE. Now
KGRE is broadcast at Radio Suara Habibulloh and the manager of the
radio station asked me to be the presenter of this program. Being
a presenter for the first time was uncomfortable for me but I kept
trying to grow my confidence and never stop making myself better on
presenting KGRE. To tell you frankly I am very sad if there is no
one calling on my English interactive show. But I always invite listeners
to join the program by giving them challenging and interesting questions
closely related to the topics they just listened to on the regular
KGRE progam broadcast.. Then I invite the keenest listener to be a
guest announcer on the radio to accompany me to present the great
program. It is hard work but I really enjoy it and I do appreciate
KGRE program supporting the improvement of English language studies
in my beloved country, Indonesia.
Writing Competition for 2005
Would you like to win a trip to Bali for
you and a friend, just like last year's winner Eka and her sister, Syenja
did last year? All you have to do is enter the 2005 KGRE Writing Competition.
Here is the topic for this year's competition - What
I have learned about Australia from Kang Guru
Your essay should be between 200 and 300 words. Try and make your essay
interesting, entertaining and original. Even if you think your English
is not good enough you should have a go. It doesn't matter what level
of English you have. Your grammar and structure don't have to be perfect
to win this competition. Eka, the 2004 winner, said she never thought
her story was good enough to win, but it was. You can tell us about anything
you have learned about Australia from KGRE. Maybe it is something you
found out that was interesting, unusual or funny. So have a go and you could win a trip to Bali for you and a friend. The trip includes
staying in a big hotel and an airline flight courtesy of KGRE, AusAID
and IALF. Please send your essay to KGRE before the 31st of July 2005.
Spend some time thinking about what you are going to write. Get a piece
of paper and write down anything at all that comes into your head. Write
this down in English or Bahasa Indonesia.Remember there is a limit on
the number of words you can use. That means you can really only write
three or four paragraphs. Use your notes and plan what you will talk about
in each paragraph before you start writing. Try and be imaginative and
descriptive, but don't worry too much. Just give it a try!
of KGRE Writing Competition for 2004
of the 2004 KGRE Writing Competition was Eka Sulvianawati from Kendari,
Southeast Sulawesi. She felt very happy when she finally arrived
in Bali on the 6th December 2004. She was accompanied by her sister,
Syenja. This was their first trip ever to Bali. In fact, it was
their first trip outside Kendari and their first time on a plane.
Ogi arranged their itinerary so that they could do many
things and visit many places during their four days in Bali. Eka told
KGRE that she first knew about KGRE from her English teacher at SMUN 2
Kendari, Ibu Amelia Amas. She then sent a letter to KGRE and received
KGRE magazines regularly and listened to KGRE from RRI Kendari. While
for Syenja it was a different story. She had met Capt. KGRE when he visited
RRI Kendari in August 2003. She came to the station and found out more
about KGRE and became a regular reader and listener. Ogi took them on
tour to Kintamani, Istana Tampak Siring, Monkey Forest in Ubud, and shopping
at Sukawati arts market. They were thrilled with the beauty of Bali. They
took lots of photos and shopped a lot. They had a long list of people
who asked for souvenirs from their Bali trip. They also tried Balinese
food during lunch in Ubud although it was a bit hot (pedas) for
| Capt. KGRE met them in the KGRE office
but also took them to Starbucks Coffee in Kuta and treated them to
delicious chocolate cakes. Eka wrote in her letter, "Besides
the spectacular panorama and the exotic beaches, Bali also has the
beautiful mountain. In Starbucks Coffee we really enjoyed the delicious
cake and the soft drink. After meeting with Mr Kevin we went to Waterbom,
Paradise Centre, Art Market, Matahari Shopping Mall and finally back
to the hotel to pack our things into bags. Thursday was the sad moment
for us because we have to leave Bali. Holiday in Bali was unforgettable
experience. The great services and the comfortable hotel made it difficult
for us to leave Bali".
On the trip back to Kendari they had to stay overnight
in Makassar because there was no direct flight from Denpasar to Kendari.
And of course they didn't waste the opportunity to see Makassar. They
went around by becak - a great way to see the beachfront areas of the
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