I’ve been loving English Language (EL), since primary school.
While other kids at my age watched cartoons, I watched Knight Rider instead. David Hasselhoff was attractive enough at that time, even for a primary schooler 😁
As far as I can remember, there were not many English language movie on TV’s at that time.
Aside from watching a good-looking man driving his highly advanced talking car, KITT, I really love paying attention to the dialogues and matching them with the subtitle provided. Didn’t know why but I thought understanding language other than our mother-tongue’s, especially English, was kind of cool.
I was so excited that each time I watched Knight Rider, I learned new words in English 😁
My love for EL and movies was growing until high school when I finally had the chance to join a General English course which lasted for 2 years. It was fun and exciting since we’re not only provided with local teachers but also native. I enjoyed my learning at the course much more than I enjoyed my school 😁 Maybe that’s the reason why I was a top scorer at the course but not in high school 😅
As soon as I finished my degree in Chemistry in 2007, I worked as a high school teacher in one of the International-Standard schools in Bogor. I taught Chemistry to high schoolers using English as a communication language. I love English, I love Chemistry, but too bad that I didn’t love teaching as much and vice versa. Maybe it wasn’t my thing hence it only lasted for a year.
Nevertheless, I should admit that teaching in English was quite an experience. Great one. My EL skill improved each and every day back then.
In 2009, I attended an academic ELTS preparation class as a part of the scholarship selection program, ended with an official academic IELTS test, both were for free. Having had that kind of opportunity to improve my English, I was so grateful.
Moving to Penang in 2011, has forced me to use English as a communication language since I knew nothing about Bahasa Melayu. Almost everyone speaks English but still there are places, such as traditional market, where you would be more appreciated by the local if you use Bahasa Melayu instead. Hence, as time went by, my English was kind of no-progressing since I finally managed to talk in Bahasa Melayu 😅
Fortunately, in 2014, not long after I finally decided to create a blog, never crossed my mind that I would consistently write posts in English until I read Mba Nita’s post in KEB faceboook group.
She wrote about this newly-formed English Club for bloggers in which all member would be given a weekly challenge namely English Friday – writing one blog post in English every Friday.
WOW! That was my first reaction reading Mba Nita’s post at that time.
In the next minutes, I was officially a member of the cool club 😎
If there was one thing I’ve learned from my journey in learning EL, language is a matter of practice.
To me, joining this club, and of course taking the weekly challenge, means practicing: Forcing myself to write in English as scheduled 😄 Having said that means watching more movies without subtitle, reading more English written blogs, and definitely more looking-up into the dictionary! 😅
Through BEC I have found my long-lost spirit of learning English 😊 I have been able to make contact with many people sharing the same interest and eagerness to learn this so-called international language – and new fellow bloggers, too 😊
In BEC we also have these four Grammar Nazis Mba Yoyen, Mba Mikan, Mba Eva and Mba Nana with outstanding English skills as our mentor, they would kindly proofread our writings each and every week – real time through Whatsapp. How cool is that? 😉
As for now, the founders Mba Nita, Mas Dani, Mas Ryan and two administrators Mas Andik and Mba Deva, said that there has been more than 100 members since the formation of this cool club last month. Wow! 😄
With the growing number of members, I hope BEC spreads more inspirations and spirit of learning EL together in a fun way 😊 Maybe one day BEC will have its own (offline) learning center? Who knows 😉
We’re on our 5th week of the English Friday challenge and it’s a special tribute to the club 😊 Thanks BEC 😊