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What a Wonderful World
By louis armstrong

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you.

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Betapa dunia indah

Aku melihat pepohonan hijau, mawar merah juga
Aku melihat mereka mekar untuk aku dan kamu
Dan aku berpikir sendiri betapa dunia indah.

Aku melihat langit biru dan awan putih
Memberkati hari cerah, malam suci gelap
Dan saya berpikir sendiri betapa dunia indah.

Warna-warna pelangi begitu cantik di langit
Apakah juga pada wajah orang-orang lewat
aku melihat teman-teman berjabat tangan mengatakan bagaimana kabarmu
Mereka benar-benar mengatakan aku mencintaimu.

Aku mendengar bayi menangis, aku menyaksikan mereka tumbuh
Mereka akan belajar jauh lebih banyak dari yang aku tidak pernah tahu
Dan aku berpikir sendiri betapa dunia indah
Ya, aku berpikir sendiri betapa dunia indah.

Top business group meets to set course of economy
Mustaqim Adamrah, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Mon, 12/22/2008 11:07 AM Headlines

The nation’s most powerful business lobby group, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), used its national meeting on Sunday to set out recommendations for the government’s economic program in 2009.
While there is no serious indication yet that Kadin’s support for the government is waning, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is unlikely to take any suggestions from the group lightly, especially ahead of next year’s election.
Kadin, perceived by many as the “Kadin Party”, played a crucial role in supporting Yudhoyono in the 2004 presidential election after the incumbent president Megawati Soekarnoputri was deemed “unfriendly” to the group.
During the meeting, attended by Yudhoyono and top economic ministers, Kadin chairman Mohamad Suleman Hidayat set out nine recommendations for the government for next year, designed particularly to limit the impact of the global economic downturn.
Among the recommendations are tax cuts, acceleration in the construction of infrastructure and aggressive fiscal expansion.
“There are a lot of things the government should work at next year. Protection for domestic businesses is necessary to cope with the global economic slowdown,” said Hidayat, who will extend his term as Kadin chairman for another four years.
But it was not all one-sided, with Acting Coordinating Minister for the Economy Sri Mulyani Indrawati scolding her critics in Kadin, saying the lobby group asked too much from the government.
“Kadin should not complain all the time. They will miss some opportunities. In all this time, Kadin has said too much but listened too little,” Mulyani said in her characteristically light tone.
“Sometimes what Kadin is asking is a bit confusing. They are requesting facilities similar to those of advanced economies which are currently being hit hard by the crisis. They should not worry so much.”
During the meeting, the government pledged to expedite numerous infrastructure projects next year to help maintain economic growth and avoid massive unemployment.
According to Mulyani, the central government will finish channeling Rp 24 trillion (US$2.2 billion) in infrastructure funds to the regions to help maintain their growth.
The government also plans to spend a total of Rp 72 trillion on numerous infrastructure-related projects to be carried out by the central government.
The sum includes Rp 25.8 trillion from the Public Works Ministry, Rp 12.6 trillion from the Transportation Ministry, Rp 4.5 trillion from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Rp 3.5 trillion from the Trade Ministry, Rp 2.8 trillion from the Finance Ministry and Rp 2.2 trillion from the Religious Affairs Ministry.
The Public Works Ministry opened 2009 projects to public tender even before lawmakers had approved its budget.
During the meeting Yudhoyono repeated his call for businesses not to be too quick to dismiss workers as it would increase the country’s already high level of unemployment.
“Businesses should not be too hasty to decide to lay off their workers before consulting with the central government, or with regional administrations,” he said.
There are officially around 9.3 million unemployed people in Indonesia. As the country has no social security policy, the jobless figure could actually be as high as 40 million.

Economics terminology

Commerce : perniagaan / perdagangan
Industry : industri
economic ministers : kementrian ekonomi
economic downturn : naik turunnya perekonomian
tax cut : Potongan pajak
fiscal expansion : perluasan fiscal / pajak
domestic businesses : bisnis domestic
advanced economies : ekonomi lanjutan
infrastructure : infrastruktur
Finance Ministry : mentri keuangan

For example sentences:

1. I write this letter for you (Active)
This letter be written for you (Passive)

2. I take that book (Active)
That book is taken by me (Passive)

3. I help my father (Active)
My Father is helped by me (Passive)

4. He borrows the book every Sunday (Active)
The book is borrowed by him every Sunday (Passive)

5. Mery’s father promised her a prize (Active)
Mery was promised a prize by her father (Passive)

6. Anna is writing the letters (Active)
The letters are being written by Anna (Pasive)

7. Miss Lia is teaching the students (Active)
The students are being taught by Miss Lia (Pasive)

8. I was doing the homework when I came (Active)
The homework was being done by him when I came (Passive)

9. My Father was painting the wall (Active)
The wall was being painting by my father (Passive)

10. Somebody has dropped a wallet on the road (Active)
A wallet has been dropped by somebody on the road (Passive)

For example sentences:

1. Anna can swim
2. I should study hard
3. You must know your obligation
4. It would be better to study English
5. Adi could have gone to school
6. Sari should have finished her homework
7. He could have angry with me
8. I can write well
9. I will be right here waiting for you
10. I will always love you

For example sentences:

1. He is a lazy boy, isn’t he?
2. The book is hers, isn’t it?
3. It is black, isn’t it?
4. She is not your sister, is she?
5. He didn’t come to the meeting, did he?
6. The key is in the car, isn’t it?
7. Lia didn’t give the money, did she?
8. She is too young for your wife, isn’t she?
9. They were in their office yesterday, weren’t they?
10. You are a student, aren’t you?

For example sentences:

1. I went to USA last week
2. She studied English last month
3. They bought a new house two months ago
4. You called me yesterday
5. I went to school yesterday
6. I didn’t go to Jakarta last week
7. She didn’t study English last year
8. When did they buy a new house?
9. Why did you call me yesterday?
10. I know what you did last summer

For example sentences:

1. I have written English lesson for 30 minutes
2. You have read my lesson since 2 PM
3. I have cleaned the floor
4. He has drunk milk
5. You have just broken the glass
6. She has not gone
7. I have gone for one hour
8. He has come from Jakarta
9. Have you done your homework?
10. Have you ever seen the rainbow?

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