Note: I am still learning English, sorry if my English is bad. (You can correct me!)
It’s been a long time since I first wanted to write a blog in English. I tried to write in before but never published it. I think that’s about 4 years ago. Somehow, now I want to try again. I hope this time this post can be published. [Now, alhamdulillah, this post was published, yeah!] 😛
My reason for writing a blog in English is because I have many friends who like to write blogs in English. Sometimes when I read it I felt an envy. Why they can while I can’t. But I think envy in this matter is not a problem. That doesn’t matter as long as I don’t hate the person.
Talking about English, the most difficult thing is to find the right environment. For example, there are too many bullies when you want to learn to speak in English. It doesn’t matter if we want to maintain our mother tongue, but learning English doesn’t mean we don’t have nationalism.
And regarding the right environment, I feel fortunate to be able to work at the Gunung Palung National Park at this time. It all began since the circular letter of the head of Gunung Palung National Park, Mr. M. Ari Wibawanto (Ari), on April 26, 2019. It was written there that since 1 May 2019 all employees should speak English in the office.
Actually, since the regulation came into effect, only a few days the rule worked.
Hahaha.. (Oh no, I feel I’m one of the bullies!!) Yeah, one side it’s sad but one side it’s something very funny (if you are Indonesian, surely you understand what I mean about proverb “hangat-hangat tahi ayam” and what I feel). But everything changed after the Lebaran holiday ended.*
*The more explanation of this paragraph is in the comments. Hopefully there are no misunderstandings.
At that time Mr. Bambang Hari Trimarsito (Bambang) persuaded me to speak in English once again. And I was very happy to hear that. Then we agreed to make a small community in Sukadana who determined to speak English with each other. We would hold regular meetings once a week, where we would discuss in English. Alhamdulillah, when this post was written, we have carried out three regular meetings.
I think reading English is easier than writing, especially compared to listening and speaking. I often have difficulty speaking English with correct pronunciation. And it’s still hard for me to watch movies in English without subtitles at all. It’s easier for me to understand English-language movies if I use subtitles even though the subtitles used are English subtitles.
So at the end of the post, I hope that the English discussion in Sukadana’s office can run continuously (Āmīn yā Rabbal ‘ālamīn..). Because it is very rare that Gunung Palung National Park has employees who master English like Leo, so we can learn English from him. Thanks, Leo.
Thanks for reading! 😀
Written at 1st Region National Park Management Section Office of Sukadana, Gunung Palung National Park.
Early Friday Morning, June 28, 2019.