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24
Aug
08

Conversation With Japanese Men

Well, yesterday is my first conversation with a japanese man. Actually, not just one man, but two men. If I count the foreigner from Mexico then it means I have conversation with three foreigners I’ve never met before. How can I met them? I met them in a KIDS program in ITB, cooperative program between HMP (Himpunan Mahasiswa Planologi) and Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University. KIDS stands for Kyoto University Institution for Disaster Prevention School. I don’t want to explain about this KIDS now, I want to tell you the conversation I did with the Japanese during this two days program.

There are four foreigners in this KIDS group, three from Japan, and one from Mexico. One of the “three musketeers from Japan” is a professor, and the others are the students, including the mexican. The students’ name are Shinnosuke Choujin, Tsutsumiuchi Takahiro (his nickname is Cuci…weird for us, eh?), and Nelson Hernandez, the Mexican. Okay, I can recognize what Nelson says because he speaks clearly. Maybe it’s because he’s from Mexico?

At first, I know that it would be difficult to talk with japanese (I know it from my experience watching the japan’s anime, their english articulation is a mess…). Yeah, honestly I don’t want to talk in english with japanese people because it’s quite difficult to recognize their pronunciation, their articulation. So, I’d like to talk with them with Japanese language. Unfortunatelty I can’t speak japanese, so I had to speak with them in english. Then, when I hear Cuci speaks english…(the Indonesian response, originally from Surabaya)… “Damn! This is a disaster for me! I can’t recognize even just one word from him! Heeeelp!!” ……… That’s my first experience in direct conversation with Japanese…. Not good….

It’s Cuci, not Choujin. Choujin speaks english better than Cuci. He’s more fluent and quite clear in pronunciation. Although he’s better than Cuci, doesn’t mean I can speak with him fluently. There are still problem with his articulation, difficult to recognize what he said, and my vocabulary sucks, I can’t speak too much…. So we stuck in conversation…… “Damn…. is this my first experience in conversation with Japanese?” I said.

Anyway, it is still easier to talk with Japanese, compared with my experience in Singapore. There, they speak english compacted with their own accent, become “sing-lish”, singapore-english.

When I was in a gamestore…
Me: “Excuse me, can u tell me what kind of game is this?”
Merchant: “Aaaaa… dat is BLA BLA BLA…. Yu can CANG CING CONG with that… Yu want to buy it?”
Me: “What the…. what did he say before???”

See? It’s like they speak ENGLISH with their own language, but mixed with their own accent!

Haaaaa…… I thank God I’m an Indonesian… because I think we, Indonesian, can speak foreign languages clearly, although we still brought some dialect from our birthplace… Like my friend, he’s from Yogyakarta. He speaks english fluently, but with full-”medhok” dialect. It’s funny, but still he speaks clearly and I do understand what he said. Not just english I think, Japanase, Mandarin, Italian, French and German too. So, Indonesian people has many adventages in foreign language. We just don’t waste this adventage, right?

Nb: I thought that the professor speaks english fluently…. but the reality is… Choujin’s english is better then the professor…. really… this is really happened… why did this happen?

16
Dec
07

Video Game, Good or Bad For Children? (Part II)

Ten years ago, when I was 7 years old, I like to play video game. When I play video game (not a brutal and harsh game of course), I feel something in my brain, something that can improve my imagination. Yes, one more positive thing that children can get from video game, it can help their imagination. The reason is, with the children playing a game, they see fantasy world in that game. Due to the fantasy world in that game, children will be attracted to imagine their fantasy, too. They can be more creative than children that do not play video game. They have more source of fantasy for creativity to be spilled in many forms. Like I said before, children under 10 years old are in growing period, so does the brain, thus child’s fantasy is expanded. So, a full-fantasy-game can improve children’s skill of imagination. But, we should wary about another effect. Playing in very long time without parents control, can badly affect children’s brainpower. Games can confuse reality and fantasy, so the bad effect to children is they can’t clearly decide which is fantasy and which is reality. This is really dangerous for children. We can’t let our children drowned in their super imagination. This may happens, they consider this real world as fantasy world like in the game. This can disturb their thinking way, their intelligence, moreover in brain growing period. Like something happens in Canada, a 11 years old boy, lock himself in his room for many days, playing the same game, a game that really attract him very much. He only ate a little, until he found in critical condition. This is the bad effect from a big fantasy that given by that game.

After those all negative and positive effects of video game, I can take a conclusion. Video game is good for children, as they are controlled by parents. Yes, parents must control their children. They must know how long their children play video game, even they can limit their children’s playing time. It’s better. I have more suggestion for parents. Do not put video game consoles or computer in children’s bedrooms, because we can’t see what our children do. Don’t forget to check the age game ratings and descriptors on the game box. Use other content sources and reviews to help you choose a game, and avoid the killing-machine games, brutal fighting-adventure games. Explain to your children why you object to certain games. It’s good for children if their homework and tasks be done before play a game, and try to play and enjoy a game with your child. Don’t forget to talk about the content of the games. Ask your child what’s going on in the game. Finally, encourage your children to play with friends, or other activities away from the video game. This conclusion and all suggestions are just my argument. Back to ourselves, if we have children, we don’t want our children “broken” by many technological things, especially video game. We always want to keep our children, and we want the best for our children, right? Just always remember, video game is safe for children as long as our children are under our supervision.

16
Dec
07

Video Game, Good or Bad For Children? (Part I)

That sentence usually comes out from parents that apprehensive about their child. They worried their children will be negatively affected with things named “video game”. Yes, video game can badly affected children between 6 – 17 years old. Especially children under 10 years old, they can easily affected with the violence in video game. In the past 30 years, video games have had a major impact on how people spend their time. Parents afraid if video game takes most of their children’s time. They afraid video game makes children lazy, do not want to study, do not want to play outside, so they only have few friends and their school grade falling. A recent report showed that 45% of heavy video game players and nearly a third of passionate gamers are in the 6 to 17 years old age group. According to this, it is clear that children under 10 years old are easily affected with video game. Behind all those things, video game has many positive sides for children, because it can introduces children to computer and technology, some games provide practice in problem solving and logic, and video game can help children’s imagination.

Today in globalization era, we must master many technological things, especially computer, because nowadays many things can be done by computer (Personal Computer – PC). If we mastered the computer, so our children must master it too, at least know and try it before mastering the computer. One of the way to attract children is by giving them some interesting games. If the children attracted and want to try the computer, I mean the game, it means we have introduced them to computer and technology. The fact is, introducing children to computer by attract them with game can be an effective way to start introducing children to technological things. Let’s think about it. After our children try the computer, try the game we offered (educating game of course), our children must be interested with the computer itself. So the children will be anxious to find out more about the computer. It is clear that video game can introduces children to computer and technology. But, parents should wary about this thing. Over dependence on video game could make social isolation, as they are often played alone. Parents must wary if their children become addicted to stand alone in front of computer playing a game or something, and hardly ever playing outside with their friends, because this means their children are beginning to be isolated from outside world. This is logical, if we were wrong in supervising them, the children will be out of our control, play constantly, all the time, and they can be very addicted even obsessed with the game they played. According to the research did in United States, from 5000 respondents aged 11 – 17 years old, about 2000 of them said that playing game alone is more interesting. From another study in England, they found that 2 % of children aged 7 – 10 years old in England like to play alone in front of their computer. This research and study prove that playing alone is enjoyed by teenagers and children under 10 years old. This is dangerous for their social life, because in their age, it is time to get and find friends, many friends for their life and happiness. These all happen unless they like to bring their friend to play together. Remember, computer game can be played together, for two people, three people, and many more.

For many years many parents did not believe that video game can help growth process of children. They thought video game can’t gives positive effect for children. They think video games make them lazy and make them difficult to study. That’s an old-fashioned thinking. Why don’t they imagine how if there are some games that can help children’s education? Yes, in reality, there are some kind of games that provide practice in problem solving and logic. The example is like a chess or tetris. This is a game, right? Video game to be exact, right? It is clear, it can train children’s brain to solve problem and to use their logical thinking. There are more games that can helpful for This is good for them, because in age 6 – 10 years old children are in their growing period. Because in growing period child’s brain is easy to develop, to grow, and easy to be trained and to be formed. Let’s think about it. If we can provide practice for our children’s brain from the beginning, why not? Why we always blame video games in children’s brain annoyance? Let’s accept this reality, that some kind of video games can bring children logical training and problem solving. To tell the truth, unfortunately, it is difficult to find game developer that produce educating game. Many games offer an arena of weapons, killings, kicking, stabbing, and shooting. Ironically, these kinds of games are popular among teenagers. Whereas we know the bad effect that they can get from these kinds of games. They can be forced to imitate all scenes and actions in these games. The worst risk is it can make physical injury, even dead. We all know in Indonesia, in the end of 2006 and early 2007, because of the “Smack Down fever”, many children imitate actions in that game, like slamming, smashing, slapping, and kicking. The victims are so many, many injured victims, even dead. This is ironic, when children under 10 years old must have good education, good supervising, their way of thinking annoyed with brutal games like that because parents’ neglectfulness.




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