"Derita'' sudah menjadi hal biasa bagi para tenaga kerja Indonesia (TKI) yang mengadu nasib di negeri Arab. Mereka memilih jalan sebagai TKI demi menafkahi keluarga di Tanah Air.
Sayangnya, langkah mereka itu menghasilkan penderitaan ketika mereka
harus hidup di bawah kolong jembatan beton selama bertahun-tahun. Kisah
TKI yang mengalami tindakan kekerasan ataupun pelecahan seksual sudah
menjadi cerita bersambung yang terus berulang tanpa ada tindakan dan
penyelesaian. Kalau sudah begini, upah kerja yang tidak seberapa
besarnya menjadi tidak setimpal dengan penderitaan yang harus mereka
Untuk melepas penderitaan berkepanjangan yang dialami oleh para TKI,
akhirnya pemerintah melalui Badan Nasional Penempatan dan Perlindungan
Tenaga Kerja Indonesia (BNP2TKI) mengirim KM Labobar Pelni ke Jeddah,
Tugas BNP2TKI adalah membawa pulang para WNI dan TKI yang tinggal
lebih lama dari izin visa (overstay) serta para TKI yang bermasalah.
Saat KM Labobar bersandar di Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok, petugas
BNP2TKI mendata ada 2.163 orang TKI dewasa dan 93 balita yang diangkut
oleh kapal tersebut. TKI dewasa tersebut terdiri dari 31 orang laki-laki
dan 2.132 orang perempuan, termasuk 123 orang di antaranya sedang dalam
Sungguh menyedihkan nasib para pahlawan devisa ini. Banyak di
antara mereka berucap, mereka bertekad tidak akan menjejakkan kaki
kembali ke jazirah Arab. Mereka pun berharap pemerintah lebih memikirkan
nasib orang kecil seperti mereka dengan menyediakan lapangan pekerjaan
yang layak di Tanah Air.
Setelah kembali di Tanah Air, semoga penderitaan TKI tidak berlanjut.
Senin, 13 Januari 2014
Interjection is a big name for a little word. Interjections are short exclamations like Oh!, Um or Ah!They have no real grammatical value but we use them quite often, usually more in speaking than in writing. When interjections are inserted into a sentence, they have no grammatical connection to the sentence. An interjection is sometimes followed by an exclamation mark (!) when written.
The table below shows some interjections with examples.
|ah||expressing pleasure||"Ah, that feels good."|
|expressing realization||"Ah, now I understand."|
|expressing resignation||"Ah well, it can't be heped."|
|expressing surprise||"Ah! I've won!"|
|alas||expressing grief or pity||"Alas, she's dead now."|
|dear||expressing pity||"Oh dear! Does it hurt?"|
|expressing surprise||"Dear me! That's a surprise!"|
|eh||asking for repetition||"It's hot today." "Eh?" "I said it's hot today."|
|expressing enquiry||"What do you think of that, eh?"|
|expressing surprise||"Eh! Really?"|
|inviting agreement||"Let's go, eh?"|
|er||expressing hesitation||"Lima is the capital of...er...Peru."|
|hello, hullo||expressing greeting||"Hello John. How are you today?"|
|expressing surprise||"Hello! My car's gone!"|
|hey||calling attention||"Hey! look at that!"|
|expressing surprise, joy etc||"Hey! What a good idea!"|
|hi||expressing greeting||"Hi! What's new?"|
|hmm||expressing hesitation, doubt or disagreement||"Hmm. I'm not so sure."|
|oh, o||expressing surprise||"Oh! You're here!"|
|expressing pain||"Oh! I've got a toothache."|
|expressing pleading||"Oh, please say 'yes'!"|
|ouch||expressing pain||"Ouch! That hurts!"|
|uh||expressing hesitation||"Uh...I don't know the answer to that."|
|uh-huh||expressing agreement||"Shall we go?" "Uh-huh."|
|um, umm||expressing hesitation||"85 divided by 5 is...um...17."|
|well||expressing surprise||"Well I never!"|
|introducing a remark||"Well, what did he say?"|
Minggu, 12 Januari 2014
There are a number of words in the English language that are used primarily to make questions; these words are ‘question words’, sometimes known as ‘WH question words’ owing to the fact that all of them contain the letters ‘w’ and ‘h’. Here are the question words and their functions:
‘What’ is used when asking for information about something, as in
What did you do last evening?
What would you like for dinner?
What did you say when you were caught?
‘When’ is used when asking for time, as in
When do you arrive?
When is the show?
When did that happen?
‘Where’ is used when asking for place, as in
Where do we go now?
Where have you kept the book?
Where do you go for your tuitions?
‘Who’ is used when asking for identity of person or persons, as in
Who is that?
Who wrote Moby Dick?
Who called earlier?
Note: For the differences between ‘who’ and ‘whom’ (a variation of the former), see the article.
‘Whose’ is used when asking about possession, as in
Whose car is this?
Whose place are you staying at?
Whose are these shoes?
‘Which’ is used when asking about choice, as in
Which flavour of ice cream would you like?
Which route do you think we should take?
Which of the two is better?
‘Why’ is used when asking for reasons, as in
Why would you say something like that?
Why does the food smell bad?
Why did you not go for work today?
‘How’ is used when asking about manner or quality/condition, as in
How did you do that?
How was the movie?
How is life?
The followings are simple suggestions that English students should do to improve their English
1. Study English regularly. The first step is listening. We must listen to English words, sentences or pronunciation. The second step is trying to know how they are written. When we have known then the third step is reading. We need to read the words or sentences a few times until our English pronunciation is really correct. If we can read well then the fourth step is writing. Try to write the sentences or words in correct spelling.
2. When we study an english we listen, speak or read, and write. The most important thing that we need to master English fast is thinking in English. Surround yourself with English including your mind. In other words, THINK in ENGLISH. It seems weird but you need to do that. Some people say that the indicator for this is when you sleep and dream in English. The next morning when you wake up, try to remember whether last night you dreamed in English.
3. Practice English with anybody. You can practice speaking English with friends, teachers, neighbors, co-workers.
4. Don't forget to spend time reading English short stories, novel or books.
5. If you are serious with your learning. Maybe you can begin write in English. If you are not sure about the spelling of certain English words, look them up in your dictionary.
Learning English cannot be accomplished in just one night. It needs patient and perseverance. When you learn English regularly, day by day, your English will be better.
regularly: secara teratur
correct spelling: ejaan yang benar
surround yourself: kelilingilah dirimu
certain English words: kata-kata bahasa Inggris tertentu
Gabungan beberapa kata yg berfungsi sebagai kata benda yg mengandung satu kesatuan arti.
2.noun+verb (a handshake,a wage-freeze,a lifeguard)
3.noun+gerund (data processing,handwriting,houseke
4.noun+prepositional phrase (a brother in law,stock in trade,)
5.noun+of+noun (a piece of meat,an army of soldiers,a type of metal