Hi Friends, we have a new category of stories for you to learn English. It’s wayang. Why wayang? Well, wayang is Indonesian traditional shadow puppet. The word wayang itself is derived from Javanese word for shadow. Wayang teaches us values and norms. The characters in wayang represent the constant fight between good versus evil. The good news about wayang is that UNESCO awarded Indonesia and recognized wayang as a cultural heritage. Therefore we all should preserve it. And now, we will start our lesson in learning English through stories by discussing the birth of Semar and Togog. Who are they? Well, they are important characters in all wayang stories. Let’s read the story now, Friends.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Mount Bromo is an active volcano in East Java, Indonesia. The mountain is so famous and it is one of tourist attractions. The word “Bromo“ originated from Sanskrit/ Ancient Java of “Brahma”, one of the main gods of Hinduism. Mount Bromo is not the highest mountain in Java, however its beauty will not disappoint anyone who visit it. The volcano sits in the area called the “Sea of Sand”, it’s a protected nature reserve since 1919. The local people are called Tengger and they annually hold ceremony named Yadnya Kasada Ceremony. They provide offerings and throw sacrifices into the volcano to please the gods. How did the ceremony start and why are they called Tengger? Well, you will find the information in this interesting Indonesian Folktale. Have fun!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Do you know Gajah Mada? Sure you do... He was a well known Chief Commander of Majapahit Kingdom. He was a great Chief. Under his command, Majapahit ruled the region. Most kingdoms were occupied by Majapahit. However there was one kingdom in Java that had not been ruled by Majapahit. The kingdom was Sunda Kingdom. Gajah Mada was so curious to conquer Sunda Kingdom. One day he had a great opportunity to rule Sunda Kingdom. However something happened and his plan did not work out. Not only his plan to occupy Sunda Kingdom failed, but he also lost his position as Chief Commander! How did this happen? Read this interesting folktale from West Java.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Another interesting Indonesian folktale from Riau. Have fun :)
Once upon a time there lived an old man. His name was Mr. Garam. Well, actually it was not his real name. The man sold salt to earn a living and that was why people called him Mr. Garam. Garam means salt.
Mr. Garam lived with his wife. They lived happily. His wife always helped him. Every morning, Mr. Garam brought some salt and sold it in the market. Everybody knew him. He was famous for his generosity. He was not rich but he was always willing to help others.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Have you ever seen a story telling competition for children? It's a fun activity, right? It's so good to see how children perform and do their best to win the trophies.
Though the aim of the competition is to give awards to the winners, the competition itself has great values.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Can children learn English through stories? Yes, they can. Stories are not only fun, but they are also valuable as educational method. Children can learn English best when they are at ease, and children are at ease when they are listening or reading a story.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Storytelling has some benefits and experts have already proved that this simple activity has some advantages not only to children but also to adults (parents and teachers). Storytelling is beneficial to the development of emotional, cognitive, and social development, particularly in language development.
Storytelling is effective in strengthening the parent-child relationship. The best moment for parents to have quality time in communication and exchanging ideas is during parents having this storytelling. If it is done regularly, parents can build emotional closeness to their children. How about teachers? They can also make good use of storytelling as a means to build better communications to their children.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Lokon, Klabat, Soputan and Manado Tua are mountains in North Sulawesi. Did you know that Lokon Mountain erupted this year? Well, there is an interesting story about those four volcanoes. People once said that Lokon Mountain together with Soputan Mountain were the “stairs” to the heaven. Yes, we could go to the heaven and meet the gods and the goddesses by climbing those two mountains. However something happened and people could no longer visit the heaven. Unlike Lokon and Soputan Mountains, Klabat and Manado Tua were the “newly born” mountains. How did the story go? Well, read this Indonesian Folktale to find out.
A long time ago in North Sulawesi, people lived happily and peacefully. They were happy because they had fertile land and enough water for their daily lives. Their place was also safe. They all were really grateful to the gods and the goddesses. To show their appreciation to humans, gods and goddesses allowed humans to go to the heaven to meet them.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Hi, today we’re going to read an Indonesian Folktale from West Sulawesi. The title is “Samba Paria and the King”. This folktale taught us that we should always pray to God and believe that God will always help us. Do you want to know the complete story? Read on!
Once upon a time, there was a kingdom in West Sulawesi. The king was mean. He was a cruel man. He asked his people to pay high taxes. He would be very angry when his people refused to pay taxes. He would send them to jail!