(Monday Reflection) : Si je rencontrais M.Paxman

11782173-hello-speech-bubblesI was surprised when someone shared in his facebook a news from Standard.co.uk and found an interesting, but at the same time irritating news. The news itself described about Jeremy Paxman, a former Newsnight presenter and now the quizmaster on University Challenge, who attacked French in the Financial Times. He described that French is “useless” and all their achievements are “long past”.

He also described that English is “the language of science, technology, travel, entertainment and sport” as well as the “only language that you must have. I believed his statement had arisen angers among worldwide Francophone, particularly in France where it just celebrated the 400th years of William Shakespeare’s death.

When I read this, for the erstwhile I had to think over. Is it correct or not? Then afterwards I tried to conclude until I decided to write this. Well, in this point of view, Mr Paxman’s freedom of speech is guaranteed, but then when he used the rights for attacking others, anyone also has right to counter his attack. In the article, he also blamed and mocked the middle classes about their relation to French. Between English and French cultural battles should be one winner. I was very sad to hear that. For this point, I am  totally opposed to the attack Mr Paxman launched. This is totally true that nowadays in our increasingly globalized world, English is one of the main languages you should mastered. Since the colonial era, English has been spread up as world language and spoken widely by various countries in all continents (even maybe the antartics if possible). In my own country itself, English has already been taught even since we’re still in nursery. Some parents also speak English to their children in additional to their various mother tongues, even though the children tend to speak more English than others. English is one of job requirements in almost every national or multinational companies and even English signs can be found anywhere in Indonesia, until you think that you’re in New York, London, or Singapore (hehehe) and not all of us can understand it.

English has been inseparable part of our daily lives. We watch Hollywood movies, maybe CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and so on et cetera. All products should be in English  along with other languages. I admit as I also write my blog in English and my intention is for worldwide, whatever the results…liked or disliked, who cares about it. As far as I can express my feeling in responsible ways, why not? I used to be English teacher during most part of my career and now I am computer teacher who instruct the students in English as well. Kids are encouraged to speak English so that they have improved proficiency in it with their own language and Mandarin (it happened in my workplace). Being multilingual is beautiful and I agree it. As far as they do not forget their own mother tongue.

If I met Mr. Paxman, maybe I will asks some questions while having English tea, choco croissant and baked cassava.
1. How many languages do you speak besides English?
2. Do you know or speak French?
3. Why do you attack French?
4. What will you do if you’re in a village where its people do not understand every single word of English?

And he must reply it, or I will switch my language to others…maybe French, Esperanto or Bahasa..hahahaa.

Attacking others’ culture and language is actually similar to attacking one’s privacy. English and French’s relationship is like a couple, on and off…in some time, French is the most used and important language, and nowadays particularly after World War II, English is a must for everyone. All has got its time, maybe one day English will be replaced by other strong languages. English and French influence each other, from all aspects and even up to now in culinary terms, French is still prevalent and in French itself can be found English influences, even though in Canadian French has more puritanism and Anglicism at the same time. Maybe you should avoid French-influenced words in your speech, Mr. Paxman. Then, that’s the point in my plain English.

Surprisingly, around more than 30% of English words are derived from French and more words taken from various world’s languages even including batik. It’s chic, right?  It’s a kind of language arrogance Mr. Paxman express. He might be proud of English, but he expressed it in unacceptable and disrespectful manners though he said about the reality. Every languages has got its own uniqueness and many people learn languages with various motivations. Learning English for good job opportunities or studies, but when you study in Francophone, Hispanophone, Lusophone, Russophone, Arabophone, or other countries who do not declare English as their official language, you should also try to learn local ones. That’s fun for knowing other languages besides English. May some people feel English is enough for them, but its better they know one or more languages. Being bilingual or polyglot is fun.

Unfortunately, language can be extinct. Many people feel their language is useless and switch to more prestigious or useful language. Once you lose your mother tongue means you lose your own cultural identity as according to a verb language shows nations. Exaggerating is not nice and increase antipathy expressions even can be ostracized in the world’s interaction. In my personal opinion, knowing English only is not enough for being world’s citizen. I love English, but also other languages and deeper in my mother tongues.

He has got his rights, and also Francophone’s reactions.

Be proud of your language
Promote your language
Learn another language
Respect other languages
You respect, we will do

Apprendre français est bon et fun! Parler français est aussi grand plaisir. Français et Anglais sont les deux grand puissant langues dans le monde. Maintenant, plus personnes peut être en train d’apprendre Anglais que français, mais ce sera mieux que vous n’en moquez. Vous avez les droit de la liberté d’expression, mais utilise le élégamment. Pour liberté, egalité, fraternité.

I almost forget my French, but after reading the statement, it motivates me for learning French more than before. Merci M. Paxman.

One source is from here

Photo credit is from here

Tangerang, 25 April 2016




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(Weekly Photo Challenge) : Abstract Swirl

Recently I am so lazy for blogging, I don’t know why. Maybe I need new energy for fulfilling my drained ideas. This is for weekly photo challenge…special and swirly


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(Weekly Photo Challenge) : It’s an unartistic dinnertime!

The messy dinnertime
Without photographic sense of art
No angle stressing
Only a lil’ editing for lights.
This photo is my dinner last night. I made cashew nut and mushroom curry  with the simple recipes. I just simply modified as I had Madras curry powder in the kitchen. Just add some sliced carrot, a palm of mushroom (local one), a palm of soaked cashew nut, curry powder, chili, onion, garlic, coconut milk, some ginger, fresh tomato, clove and water. That’s so simple. I ate it with rice and surely yummy!

I love curry and all about spicy foods!

Special for this week’s challenge




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(Weekly Photo Challenge) :I believe the children are the future

I believe the children are the future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside

I love this ‘The Greatest Love of All’ lyrics. Future may and should be prepared, let the children choose and try anything positive for building their characters. All including learning their traditional heritages in the middle of cultural invasion from the dominant one.

Location : Bandung, West Java
Date : 26 & 27 March 2016
Photographer : myself


Tangerang, 9 April 2016


Bambang Priantono


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(Snapshot of The Day) : Cheese…!!! (Wait!)

Say cheese…
But wait! where’s the smile, meh?
Smiley mask and photobomber made the day

Date : 27 March 2016
Location : Dago, Bandung, West Java




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(Weekly Photo Challenge) : Landscape (Between Tangerang-Malang)

Break from posting about Trilanda Kongreso for a moment.

These are pictures related to this week’s challenge, landscape. Between Tangerang and Malang. The Tangerang one was taken an hour ago after mid-semester report and SLC (Student Led Conference) in my school. I took the Cisadane river from the 5th floor and it’s amazing, though the river is brown.

While  from Malang one, I took them last year when I returned home and spent my time with my family. It was taken on the roof of Brawijaya Museum and surely, my favourite spot….Alun-Alun Tugu.

Enjoy it!


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Trilanda Kongreso de Esperanto Story (Part 2-Seminar and Entertainment Night)


Let me continue my previous story. After praying Juma (25 March…Good Friday), along the rain, we still continued our activities. The next was seminars about various themes. If I wasn’t mistaken, I attended seminar about Esperanto development in the 21st century, which was presented by several Esperantist masters from Australia and South Korea. The most memorable one was Sinjoro Lee Jungkee of South Korea along other panelists as well as Fraulino Ilia from Indonesia who presented about Esperanto movement in Indonesia. All presentations were surely in Esperanto. Not in English, right? as Esperanto was designed as a neutral connecting language for all nations, religions, mother tongues and cultures. From what I got from the seminar, why Esperanto was still hard to be accepted as part of unified language, such factors were its grammar and vocabularies were too ‘European’ and many people still unfamiliar with this language. Esperanto for me is an idealistic language, intended to be communication barrier breaker tools for everyone, as Mr Zamenhoff’s first aid..as universala lingvon (universal language). And I knew from this seminar, Esperanto particularly in Indonesia will be developed better than before.

My Esperanto is still dangerously baza, but by trying to speak it, either with Indonesians or other partoprenanto (participant) indirectly improved my own Esperanto. But yes, it took much time. And the fact I got from the seminar, in Korea after learning Esperanto, many Korean students find easier for learning English, as the grammar was simple and every words can be restructured into new word. That’s how Esperanto is also scientific! I love it! (though I won’t stop learning other languages).

Before seminar, I had encountered such funny persons in the congress…two of them were Richard Delamore of Australia whose work as music producer in Esperanto TV (al youtubo) and his pseudonym is evildea..grawww.. and another one was from Germany, Jonas Marx but under name Jonny M, a reggae singer and sang in Esperanto. I’d got special story about them, particularly one word….yeach later on, right? Hahahaha.

On performance night, all participants joined the live show. At the time and earlier, I applied for singing in Esperanto. The time was so hectic as I had no much time for memorize the lyrics…initially I sang only one song, but then the committee told me to add more, fine…I had two songs and all performed by an Italian Esperantis, Emanuele Rovere. (multan dankon…molte grazie Sinjoro). For the first song, Dankas mi la vivon, I was helped by my new friend from Jogjakarta and he was my roommate, as he was from art background and very good at playing guitar. We only had half an hour for exercise after dancing one, because I also helped Jakartan Esperantist for Betawian dance performance. Blitz exercise…only one shot preparation.

The art performance night was started around 7 pm. The first and longest performance was from Jonny M a.k.a Jonas Marx. He performed and sang 12 songs which all composed in Esperanto. Almost all of us, particularly the youngsters (me too…don’t forget!) participated in dancing, singing and in many occasions making fun.

This is the video…sorry, I share it from Richard’s

Well, the concert was so funny, crazy and I could release my stress there. I didn’t know when I could express myself in the last time. I forgot…but there, I could. Next was movie performance from Bandung Esperantists, and the setting was in Asia-Africa Museum. It’s good and showed all creativity of Esperantistos. Afterwards, continued to wayang performance from Bandung Esperantists as well. The story was about Sangkuriang but in Esperanto. The wayang performance was so wonderful, but I forgot to record it.

I was so nervous…


But finally, it’s my turn…I told the audience that I didn’t have time to memorize the lyrics, so I just sing it by sitting. You can see the unedited video here.

I knew my performance maybe not so good. But at least I could entertain anyone around me. Whatever the results, and I was proud of their supports. Multan dankon kara! Thanks also for Okky, my new friend who helped me performing dankas mi la vivon. While Esperantisto, I sang with karaoke which was given by Sinjoro Rovere directly. Thank you once more.

The next performance was comedy monologue….that’s so funny, though I needed time to understand what he said. His Esperanto was so clear and we got the message vividly. While sitting, standing and he was so expressive…hehehe.


Afterwards, it supposed to be our performance for Jali-Jali dance, but in the middle of our performance, the audio was went off…the computer was restarted by itself. We were little bit embarrassed for such hillarious moment and we had to wait until the computer fixed. Meanwhile other performances had to be started. The next was the silly comedy which we could throw them if it’s not funny. We’re given some rolled and smashed papers as balls and you see..that’s crazy one!

Then, after one more performance (poetry recitation and singing), that’s our turn! Jali-jali dance from Jakarta. We danced as far as we can…and so far all were fine, the audiences were happy until we forgot that the song had stopped. Crazy night! I love it…


After Sundanese traditional sing performance, harmonica and church-sounded singing by a Korean esperantist (as the way he sang reminded me to a catholic choir). All performances were so great! That’s why for being Esperantist I could be there among eight country’s esperantists. Having new friends, new experiences and new crazes made me relaxed. I performed twice and well, I didn’t know why it could happened. Hopefully it’s sign to have something better than before.

The show ended at 10 pm and all participants (mostly elders) returned to their rooms and slept well. We still had more plans for the next day.


To be continued

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