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About ycancerina

I am a woman of 72 -- a happy mum and granny of 5 children (one passed away in 1968) and 4 grandsons, who wanna keep brain in an active way to avoid absent-minded disease or illness. Had been working for 23 years with Unicef, an International Organization in Jakarta. Had been abroad for several months on specific assignment from Unicef to assist with some tasks in administration and secretarial functions in Unicef Hanoi, Vietnam in 1983. On the way to Hanoi stayed a few weeks in Bangkok and Manila, the Philippines. Went to colledge for several years (without diploma) in Faculty of Law, University of Krisnadwipayana; some years attended an English Academy in Jakarta. (no diploma). Like learning something new about anything. I like to improve my English capability and skill. So I did on purpose to register on Wordpress and manage a blog entitled: Be With Me To Learn English. This blog is aimed at either beginners ( who has learned English at school) or people who wants to keep their brains always in a fresh memory about English. I used to give lessons to students from grades 5 up to 10 on a voluntarily basis; gave conversation short course to people who is going to be abroad. Last but not least: I am not a permanent English teacher. I like English and will alwlays go forward to improving it as long as I can manage to do it.

Conversation in Context (3 of 5)

Note: I did it on purpose —  giving you some conversations in context. Please read them several times and treat them as DRILLINGS. I hope all of you can imagine why the conversation entitled: A TALKATIVE OLD LADY. Check it out from the conversation below.


(The information office in a railway station. We can hear the sounds of trains coming and going and announcements over the loudspeakers).

OLD LADY: Good afternoon. I’d like some information about the trains, please.

CLERK: Yes, madam. Which train? Where are you going?

OLD LADY: To Bournemouth. You see, I have a sister there and…….

CLERK: So your question is “When’s the next train to Bournemouth?”. Is that right?

OLD LADY: Yes, that’s right. When’s the next train to Bournemouth, please?

CLERK: At half past four. That’s in about a minute.

OLD LADY: Thank you very much. Oh! Can I get something to eat on the train? I always have something to eat when I travel. I find that a cup of tea and a sandwich always help my nerves.

CLERK: Yes, madam. There’s a buffet car on the train.

OLE LADY: Oh, good! Er……how much does a cup of tea cost?

CLERK I’m not sure, madam. Eightpence, I think.

OLD LADY: Eightpence! Oh dear! Things are getting so expensive!

CLERK: Yes, madam. Your train’s going to leave in half a minute now..

OLD LADY: Thank you. Oh! Which platform does it leave from?

CLERK: Platform 13.

OLD LADY: Platform 13!! Oh, dear! I never travel on trains that leave from platform 13! 13’s an unlucky number. When’s the next train after the 4.30?



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Conversation in context (2 of 5)

I am sure that all of you are familiar with the using of  daily conversations for many occasions. For those who are not, the following examples might be useful for you:


  • You: Hello, is that 35819?
  • Voice: Yes.
  • You: May I speak to Mrs. Ibrahim, please?
  • Voice: Yes. Who’s speaking, please?
  • You: My name is ……………(say your name is Ali Rahman).
  • Voice: One moment please, Mr. Rahman

Dialling the wrong number:

  • You:lHello, is Mr. Woods there, please?
  • Voice: What number do you want:
  • You: 8759.
  • Voice: This is 8758.
  • You: I’m sorry. I dialled the wrong number.
Calling back:
  • Voice: Is that Modern Office Equipment?
  • You: Yes.
  • Voice: Could I speak to Mrss Jones, please
  • You: I’m sorry. She’s out. Could you call back at three thirty?
  • Voice: All right. Thank you.

Asking for someone:

  • A: Could/May I speak to Miss Cramer? OR: Is Miss Cramer there, please?
  • B: Yes, Just a moment, please/May I know who’s speaking, please?/Who shall I say is calling?
  • A: It’s Tony Hayes speaking/This is Tony Hayes.
  • B: A moment, please.
  • A: Thank you.


Please practise those daily conversation context and  ways to say it in your own examples.

———————-Bear in mind that PRACTISE MAKES PERFECT———————-

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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in English Lessons & Exercises


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Hereunder are ways to say it when you introducing people to a friend, others or finding out people’s names:


  • A: Tony, this Anne.
  • B: Hi, how are you?
  • C: Fine, thanks


  • A: This is a colleague of mine/one of my colleagues, Frank Hill.
  • B: How do you do?
  • C: Nice to meet you.

Or you can do it in another way like the following:

  • A: I’d like you to meet/This is, Mr. Jones.
  • B: How do you do, Mr. Jones? My name’s Jim Wilson.
  • C: Nice to meet you.

OR: this way:

  • A: Do you know/Have you met, Terry?
  • B: No, I don’t/No, I haven’t
  • A: Terry, this is Wendy.
  • C: Hi/Hello.


  • A: Excuse me. Are you Dick Hammond?
  • B: That’s right/No, I’m not/No, I’m Ted Thorp. And what did you say your name was?
  • A: I’m Graham Kennedy.


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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in English Lessons & Exercises


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Conversation in context (1 of 5)

I am going to shere with you something deal with daily conversation. Most of you must have known all about it, but some of you musn’t. That’s why hereunder I quote something that you might need for your imporving skill of English. Please practise using them with your friend(s).



A: Hi, Tony.

B: Hi.

A: How’s everything with you?

B Fine, thanks.


A: Hi, Elizabeth.

B: Oh hello, Peter. How are you:

A: Fin, thanks. And you?

B: Good, thanks.

(3)  Terry speaks to one of his friends at the office:

Terry: Oh hi, Caroline.

Caroline: Hello, Terry. How;s everything?

Terry: Fine, thanks.

Caroline: How was your weekend, Terry?

Terry: It was super, thanks. I went to the beach.

Caroline: Lucky you!.

(4) At the office:

Terry: Good morning, Mrs. Williams.

Mrs. Williams: Good morning, Mr. Griffin. (Terry’s name is: Terry Griffin).

Terry: How are you this morning?

Mrs. Williams: Very well, thank you.

Terry: Did you have a nice weekend?

Mrs. Williams: Yes, thank you.

(5) At a restaurant:

Waiter: Good evening, sir.

Terry: Good evening. A table for two, please.

Waiter: Certainly, sir. Please come with me.

Terry: Thank you.

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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in English Lessons & Exercises


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Reading — Who is Sally Ride?

Sally Ride, America’s first spacewoman, doesn’t look very different from a lot of other American professional women. She is attractive, with curly brown hair, dark brown eyes, and a bright smile. She likes to dress simply: she wears comfortable but colourful clothes, like many people from California.

But in 1983 Sally Ride became America’s first woman astronaut. She was one of five astronauts on the space shuttle Challenger, which completed a successful six-day voyage in space in June 1983. What makes a woman want to go into space?

Sally Ride grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her father is a professor at Santa Monica College, and her mother is a housewife. At Westlake High School for Girls, she was both an excellent student and tennis player. Today she still looks like a sportswoman. She is 1.6 metres tall, weighs 52 kilos and is very fit. When she was still a student, she became a very successful tennis player. She thought about becoming a professional sportswoman. But she decided to continue with her studies at college, and later at university.

People who know her say she is intelligent and confident. She also thinks deeply about things. But she is not always serious. She is fun and enjoys humour, but she is in a hurry to get on to more important things.

At high school she became interested in science. At university she studies English and Physics. After completing her studies at Standord University, she worked as a reseacher. In 1977 she was one of 1,000 women and 7,000 men who applied for the astronaut training programme. She was 25. She was one of 35 women who were accepted to start the programme in 1978. As part of her training she learned to be a jet pilot and a flight engineer. She married during her training. Her husband, Hawley, is also an astronaut. They do not plan to have any children yet.

When NASA decided to put a woman into space, none of Sally’s friends were surprised that they chose Sally. She has always been a person who wanted to go further. So when the space shuttle Challenger carried her on her first mission into space, Sally did what she had often done before : she left the world behind.

The main thing we learn about Sally Ride from the passage is:

  1. People who enter space training programmes must be very intelligent.
  2. You can succeed with whatever you want as long as you work hard and know where you want to go.
  3. Only people who are different and very unusual can be astronauts.

Note: Sally Ride was born in May, 26, 1951.sally ride1

Source: BREAKTHROUGH (J.C.Richards M.N.Long, New Edition (1).

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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in English Lessons & Exercises


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COMPARISONS — Exercises (2).

Comparisons — Exercises (2).

Supply THAN, AS or FROM in each of the following sentences:

  1. The Empire State Building is taller …………………..the Statue of Liberty.
  2. California is farther from New York …………..Pennsylvania.
  3. His assignment is different ……………..mine.
  4. Louiie reads more quickly ……………… his sisters.
  5. No animal is so big ……………. King Kong.
  6. That report is less impressive ……………. the government’s.
  7. Sam wears the same shirt ……………. his teammates.
  8. Dave paints much more realistically …………… his professor.
  9. The twins have less money at the end of the month ………………. they have at the beginning.
  10. Her sports car is different ………………… Nancy’s.

(Please do your exercises before having a look at the answers listed below!!)


  1. than
  2. than
  3. from
  4. than
  5. as
  6. than
  7. as
  8. than
  9. than
  10. from
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


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COMPARISONS – Exercises (1)

Please do your exercise withoug having a look at the answers listed below:

Supply the correct form of the adjectives and adverbs in parentheses. Let AS  and THAN be your clues.  Add any other words that may be necessary.

  1. John and his friends left …………….(soon) as the professor had finished his lecture.
  2. His job is ………….(important) than his friend’s.
  3. He plays the guitar …………… (well) as  Andres Segovia.
  4. A new house is much ……. (expensive) than an older one.
  5. Last week was …………. (hot) as this week.
  6. Martha is …………… (talented) than her cousin.
  7. Bill’s descriptions are ………… (colorful) than his wife’s.
  8. Nobody is ………… (happy) than Maria Elena.
  9. The boys felt …………… (bad) than the girls about losing the game.
  10. A greyhound runs …………….. (fast) than a Chihuahu


  1. as soon.
  2. more important.
  3. as well
  4. more expensive
  5. as hot
  6. more talented
  7. more colorful
  8. happier
  9. worse
  10. faster

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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in English Lessons & Exercises


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