Minggu, 31 Juli 2011

Protected Turtle

Once upon a time there were two brothers, Demon and Tukan who lived in a village in Flores. Demon was the older brother of Tukan.

One day they quarreled over a bamboo cup of palm wine. Demon chased Tukan away from home. Tukan gave in to his older brother and decided to leave home for good.

He started his journey crossing over many villages. He finally arrived at the beach. He wanted to leave the island before being noticed by anyone. Knowing that there was no ship or even a canoe that could take him anywhere far from the island, he cried at the top of his voice. Hearing the touching cry, a turtle came closer and closer. The turtle finally reached him and asked why he cried. Tukan told the turtle all about his misery. The turtle then offered him help to take him to the most beautiful island that was full of fruits and food.

They started crossing the sea. Tukan sat on the turtle`s shoulders. It was not easy to cross the sea with thunder, storms, and rain. Sometimes Tukan was very frightened, but the lively turtle assured him that everything would be alright. After travelling for months they finally arrived at the most beautiful island. Tukan felt very happy and thought that his life would be far better than in the past at home. Tukan was deeply obliged to the turtle and swore that he and his offspring would never eat any kind of turtle meat.

One day one of Tukan`s great grand children, Paji, happened to see a turtle cast ashore. He then killed and cooked it for his lunch. Just before he finished his lunch, it rained suddenly and heavily and destroyed his house. Paji came to realize that the turtle was angry as he had already broken the vow spelt out by his great grandfather: not to kill turtles. He also realized that mother nature was angry with him. He then prayed hard asking the turtle and nature to cool down. He told his children and grand children not to kill any more turtles but instead to save their lives.

New Paradise in Sanata Dharma

This is the biggest rectangle-shaped space in Campus I of Sanata Dharma with green grass and some beautiful fairly tall green trees in it. The green grass is just like a golf field from afarehereas the beautiful tall green trees bring you back somewhere right in the forest you may have been. The greenish grass and trees give you some fresh air. Some colorful birds perching and singing up high in the trees really attract and catch your eyes to say hello to them. Unconsciously you get very close to nature and become one with it like Adam and Eve in Paradise a long time back.

The size is approximately 30mx40m. It is located in front of an old building with a garage and in the west of a four-floored building. It is fenced permanently with a brick wall in the south and iron bars in the west, facing a main road and post office.

To reach this place you may go by gate either from the west or the north. After you park you motorcycle either under the shelter or in front of the buildings, you will very soon reach the place. You will find the green grass cut veryneatly. Besides that you will find many beautiful big trees. The leaves are so green, not only because of sufficient water under their big strong roots, but also because the soil is very fertile.

When you slowly go around the green space you can differentiate one tree from the others. You can evenname them one by one. It is very easy to find their names. They are the almond tree: ketapang (3), acacia: akasia (1), bayan tree: beringin (5), christmas tree: pohon natal (4), nephelium tree: rambutan (1), coconut tree: pohon kelapa (2), jack fruit tree: nangka (2), mango: mangga (4). There is a very special tree with some writing on the trunk: gnetum-gnemon (in Latin) or Mlinjo (in Jawa). Actually there are 13 of this kind of tree. Some of the trees, like the coconut, mlinjo, and nephelium stand along side the iron-barred fence. They are bearing fruits. This attracts most of the birds to perch in them.

If you go further to the brick-walled fence you will find a pile of garbage in front of a store room and a garbage tank made of iron lying at one end of the garbage. It is rather unpleasant scenery. Anyway, the beautiful songs sung by the assorted birds soon attract your eyes to the other fence with its beatuiful small garden along side the iron-barred fence. The garden has a flower bed. There are three garden lamps standing firmly in the middle and the edge of the garden. There is also a line of paving stones right in the middle of the flower bed. At one end of the flower bed you will find a big frog-statue warmly smiling at you as long as you are facing him.

When you get exhausted by doing assignments from lecturers or reading too many books you borrow from the library, please don`t forget to pop in that paradise. The fresh air may give you some inspiration in memorising new English words in your list, and the beautiful wavy birds songs may teach you how to read the words in a proper English wavy pronounciation.


Flat corn is a typical snack that derives from East Flores. Some outsiders of East Flores think that the flat corn is harvested from its tree. To get the best crunchy flat corn it needs some subsequent steps to follow. The steps are: preparing the best dry corn, having medium fire to fry the corn until it gets half-done, and hitting each corn or two at once as quickly as possible.

People in villages are usually smarter in selecting the best quality row corn than people in town. If you want to get the best flat corn you should keep the traditional subsequent step that villagers do. You choose the best corn from your stock. You can see the quality from the peel. Now, you peel it. After that you remove all the hair on the beans. Then you lose all of the beans, safe them in a safe palmyra bowl.

Before frying the corn in a earthenware, you should get ready three medium stones to make stove. Put them in a triangular shape. After that you put some fire wood evenly between the stones, and then set the fire on. Place the earthenware on the triangular stones. Next, you put a handful of the dry corn beans into the earthenware. Start stirring them in the even fire with the prepared wooden stick. It might take you just 2-3 minutes to get them half-done.

Now, the hitting of the half-done corn is about to do. With one of your hands get the half-done corn four or five beans then hit them straightaway one by one or two on the big flat stone with a medium flat stone in the other of your hand. You should finish them as quickly as possible before the beans get over-cooked. Now, you have the flat corn. Save the flat corn in another palmyra bowl. If you are a right handed person, you get the corn from the earthenware with your left hand and you hit the corn with the right hand; and vice versa.

To get ready with the best quality of the dry corn, medium fire, and hitting all of the half-done corn beans in a very short time is the way to get the best crunchy flat corn. The quicker to finish the half-done corn is the better. You`ll enjoy the best quality crunchy flat corn as your snack in the morning or afternoon, by yourself or with others.

Senin, 04 Juli 2011


As a lingua franca – a shared language of communication used between people whose main languages are different - Englsih has been used in numerous dialects throughout the world for the last five centuries. In the past, Greek and Latin served as lingua franca. During the course of colonialism Latin, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, German, Russian and English were lingua francas especially in their colonies’ territories. Our chief question here is how English became the most well known lingua franca.

There are two main factors that make English a lingua franca. They are its internal and external qualities.

Internal quality: Structure and lexicon

Manfred Görlach, a linguist from Germany, says that structure and lexicon are important items in a language. The simpler the structure the more people like to use the language. Compared to Latin, for instance, English is much simpler. Latin has accusative, dative, genitive, feminine, masculine, or neuter, but English does not have such features. Moreover, the more vocabulary a language has the better the language. It means that the language is flexible with any other language. English is one of the most flexible languages and an easy language to understand. As it is a mix of so many languages in the world, every English user – non native – will easily get accustomed to English as he might find some similarity to his language. Besides that English is an up to date language. It can convey and explain modern people`s lives. In 1980s, English had 450.000 words. In 2007 there were 2000 new words added in the 7th Edition of Oxford Dictionary.

External quality: number of users, geographical diffusion, Political and Economic Power, Religion, Media communication in science and diplomacy, and globalization.

Number of the users

It is amazing to see how steadily English has evolved from very small ethnic groups: Angles and Saxons in the 5th century to the largest area of speaking. It is slowly but surely spreading to the whole world wide. At the end of the 16th century, there were approximately between 5 and 7 million people who spoke English in the world. 350 years later, there were more than 50 time million. Meanwhile there were another 100 million learning English as a foreign language. At the beginning of the 21st century, there are more than 300 million people who speak English as their first language. There are between 400 million – 1 billion people who use English as a second language. The British linguist, David Graddol has found that 2 billion people across the world are learning English. It is safe to say that more than 1 billion, maybe even 2 billion people are using English around the world.

Geographical diffusion

From the relatively small population of Angles and Saxons, English spread slowly but surely crossing Great Britain. A major step towards the lingua franca took place in 1607 when there was an establishment of the first permanent English-speaking colony in North America. Besides that the Acts of Union of 1707 had a great impact on expanding the English speaking area in Europe. The developing science and technology by the 19th century made British English more established than in the previous centuries. The well-established English was then brought to Africa, Asia and Oceania during colonialism.

In a very special way, in late 18 century, English was brought to the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, some islands of the Caribbean, and the Anglophone population of Canada. In these areas English is the native language or mother tongue of most people. South Africa is regarded as a special case since English is used, in various dialects somehow, as its national language.

After colonialism all of the former British Empire formed a Commonwealth of countries. Most of the countries are in Africa. Some of the countries are in Asia like India, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines This is one strategy that has nurtured English as lingua franca among ethnics and language groups in those countries.

Some other countries see English as an important language for local purposes. It`s a prominent omen happening among the younger generations in Indonesia and other non-English speaking countries, that often use English to convey their demands clearly. Unlike the old generation, today`s younger generations in Scandinavian, for example, are leaving the various mother tongues and choosing to use English.

Political and Economic Power

The rapid growth and spreading of English all over the world as we see now would be impossible without these two powers: politic and economic. Politics and the economy, somehow, are “one”; both link to each other so closely. A rich country tends to be politically powerful, and vice versa.

When England stepped out to invade and conquer other countries, it became richer and richer and more powerful politically. When it was at its most powerful, it forced the inhabitants of the conquered countries to speak the King/Queens language. Those who refused to speak it were usually murdered. Nevertheless, on the other hand, many people were interested in learning English. The King/Queen’s language gave them a special pride, like being called educated. They in turn then passed in down to their children. It goes on until now.

Since English came to America in 1700-1800s, America's status increased higher than other people and the language became more important too. As the immigrants come from all over the Europe, Africa and Asia, English becomes lingua franca. Soon it became the main language not only in everyday use, but as a language of commerce, aviation and shipping.

Religion and Education Center

History proved that missionaries from any Church played a very important role in spreading English. They came along with either colonists or traders. Besides being spiritual directors, they also taught English at education centers they built. For sure they taught proper English grammatically. Local people became more and more interested in English. English language became widely used. We should keep in mind that church was the very first place where the embryo of science was born, brought up, and spread out to the world.

Media communication for science and entertainment

Most science and entertainment nowadays is written or communicated in English, including in non-English speaking countries. In Finland, for example, the number of dissertation written in English increases from 7.1% (1930-1949) to 95% in 1990-1997. In Indonesia, all the abstraction of thesis and dissertation must be written in English.

In 1981, 85% articles of biology, chemistry and physics were written in English 69% articles in Mathematics were written in English, 73% of articles in medical were written in English. 86,5% of one billion documents in website in 1999 were written in English; only 2.4% in French.

One of the most important things to consider in the twentieth century is that entertainment ion radio, television, in film, and the internet is mostly broadcast in English. A small Indonesian boy warrants great appreciation if he sings an English song. A PBI student of Sanata Dharma warrants big applause if he speaks English fluently in a play.


Good relationships at an international level is a need. Either globally, continentally, or any other interests, countries come together to build the relationship in certain board. For example UN, ASEAN, NATO, European Union, Council of Europe, Commonwealth, IGGI, G8, and so on. The main language used as lingua franca in the boards is English. English is in 85% of 12.500 international boards. All t diplomats and whosoever is connected to diplomatic affairs must master English.


Science and technology has made this world a much smaller place in the past few decades. This is a sign of globalization. In the olden times a missionary or trader took years to cross Europe for Asia by the ship. Now a student from Indonesia just needs hours to reach Oxford University in the USA by plane. To be able to reach a new place one must have English as the lingua franca or he will find his life going nowhere. Travel becomes so much easier, any happenings far out in other countries are understood easily just because of one well known language: English. In short, globalization has shrunk this world under English.


Everybody, willingly or not, must accept that English has become the main lingua franca language in the world. It evolved from very small communities, Angles and Saxons, in the 5th century to a global area of speaking. It is because of its internal and external qualities that we hardly see in other languages.

I guess, one day, this world will have one language, no matter how many various dialects, English will remain as the single language in the world.