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Thursday 28 November 2013

Learning linguistics, learning to be wise

The previous meeting of our two subject of Theoretical Linguistics migh be the most memorable classes ever along our 5th week of the vacation. Our beloved lecturer explained us about some linguistic levels: sounds/phone, phoneme, syllable, morpheme, word, phrase, clause, and sentece. Till then we came to the subfield of linguistics and semiotics called: pragmatics.

So, besides concern on syntax and semantics factor when we communicate, we also need to notice and pay our attention to the pragmatics. What is pragmatics? It's the study of the ways in which context contributes to meaning. Simply, we can call it as the social context.

Learning pragmatics, we are also going to learn about being a wise one. Why? Sure, because to understand certain context of a communication, we must use our feel, we must be sensitive before uttering what we'd like to share to other people. 

Thursday 14 November 2013


Nyaris tepat setahun yang lalu saya menulis tentang Lubang Berjalan, dan sampai hari ini lubang-lubang tersebut tampaknya bukan lagi sekedar berjalan, melainkan sudah 'pandai' berlari. A year has left, and still nothing changed :)

Yang berubah adalah perasaan orang-orang yang rutin melewati jalanan tersebut, diikuti dengan dukungan beribu warga yang ikut prihatin dan merasa perlu untuk melakukan sesuatu dengan kondisi infrastruktur Kalbar yang dari tahun ke tahun seperti dianaktirikan.

Saturday 9 November 2013

More than just a neck pillow

تهدوا تحابوا

"Exchange gift for it will increase your love towards one another". (HR. Bukhari)

One of many ways to strengthen ukhuwwah, as stated clearly in hadits above, is by giving present to our brother/sister(s) in this dien, Islam. I've proven myself about how the theory works, that the feeling called affection getting nicer inside me after practicing it. Giving present to each other, even with no need to wait special events like birthday or anniversary, is way more than special than those special days :)