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I joined a seminar on Developing Lesson Plan for EYL at UPI. I should be arriving at 8 in the morning to re-register, but I came very late. I managed to come at around 9.15 in the morning.  When I arrived the 1st speaker was explaining ‘thing’ that I could not understand at the beginning. Then I tried to catch what she is being explained, I took a note on what written on the board. Then I could see then, the participants were supported to do a little survey someone who

–          Plans in the shower

–          Always design a lesson plan before teaching

–          Can mention elements of a lesson plan

–          Can explain the difference between objectives and indicators

–          Can sequence child-friendly activities

All the points written above, in my point of view related to the characteristics of developing instructional design. I put a hope that the seminar would support my quest on lesson planning.

The seminar itself was dedicated for pre-school and preliminary level English teachers. My coming was because the topic catch my eye. Minutes by minutes I joined the seminar in a bit impatient way. My mind went to my chapter one of my thesis. It discuses on giving background why I research lesson planning under genre-based approach. And my coming to Bandung was actually to submit my chapter one. When the break time came, it was at 12, I run to FPBS building to see my supervisor after being informed by her assistance that she was in that building.

I waited. Then I saw my supervisor walking and talking with others. I could not say anything as I knew that she was very busy. I heard that she was having ISO monitoring and assessment. It seemed to me that there would be no chance for me to submit my chapter one. The clock showed it was 13.20. I run back to Language building where I was joining the seminar there. Then I took my lunch box. I saw every participant was eating. Then the second session started. The second speaker did not make me enthusiastic. Sometimes she made fatal mistake that decrease my point of view for her as an expert on young learners. Lay person like me could do such a thing; the difference was that she got a place and moment. I just sighed; my mind went back to my thesis. I began cursed myself, I blamed my unluckiness. Others were doing their first seminar and dreaming about graduation by this August. My position was very worse, my thesis is in chapter one.

Then a text vibrated my gadget. I read that someone from the place where I was looking for a job asked whether he could call me. I replied yes.

He actually had called me four days before. He asked me what days that I could spend to teach in the school where he posts as the curriculum designer. I offered Monday, Friday and Saturday. He said that he was doing teaching table and would put my name on it. As the effect of this, I thought I had a right to dream about standing in front of students who were labeled international standard school.

It was around three in the afternoon, he called me. He informed me that he cancelled and erased my name as a teacher in the international standard school. He mentioned that other had filled the post. The information was in contradictory with what he said before. He said that the school needs at least two teachers to teach 48 hours. He spoke that if I joined it would be the great help for the school. After he told the main point, he added that he wanted my help on the students’ diary. But o knew very well that what he said after the main point was nothing but icebreaking. Even I had a bad impression on him. I concluded that he was nice to me as he needed me and he did jerk thing when he considered himself had a chance to do so, even it is to a person that he called friend.

I felt like he stabbed me from the back. Why he gave a sudden change. The decision was too weird to me. This hurt me much. I had accepted many pains this week. This completed the pain. I cursed my self again, even worse now.

(At the same time, my heart says that perhaps ‘the man who I belief’ who stands beside him that stabbed me, not him directly. Then I suspected both did this me in purpose. Actually, my plan to join international standard school is with a hope that I can give better nuance in this school. I had made enough research on these kind of schools, and got a vivid picture how to teach in this kind of class)

Then the seminar was over, I hurriedly run to FPBS building to see my supervisor, who knows that she had a minute for me to take a glance on my chapter one.

She was there, busy. When she was walking outside, my eye just followed every step she made, and then she would returned to her room when I stopped her and asked her if she had time for me. She said no she is in the middle of ISO program. I forgot what I had mentioned, but she agreed to wait for my hands opening the research questions part. She murmured that she needed to read before she decided what to change in my research questions. What she did for me, at least gave me a relief. I told myself if at least she remembered that I was doing my thesis, perhaps she would also remember that I was one of her students!

Bad Week

It is my first visit to my supervisor after three weeks I did not see her.  Three weeks ago she said thing that made my life change and at the same time like falling into endless cliff. It has been almost five months she is supervising my thesis. I visited her regularly to have my writing checked. It seems like she agrees with the topic I am studying, and I continue writing almost finish.

Yet, three weeks ago she said, ‘change your topic, focus on lesson planning’. I could only say yes. I believe what she said is final. Then, I went home and confused.

I got very ill since then, but I try to read and read and buy some books what I think has connection with the new topic. I found many discrepancies on my self. The books I bought some of them have nothing to do with the topic, and at the same time, I did not have any financial power to buy other books. It is like a very perfect day to blame my destiny.

Even though it was very hard, I started writing chapter one-the introduction. The chapter sound very weird to me, but I must submit it or I loose all my chance to be found serious by my supervisor.

Then, I sat in the chair waiting for the supervisor to come. It was eight in the morning. I met another student; he is from class-c. I asked him whether he would do the similar thing as I did. He replied no, but he would have ‘seminar phase one’. Oh gosh, this is too painful. If the supervisor did not turn down my thesis and ask me to write from zero, I would be in his position, waiting for the seminar. The worse, I get penalized to pay the six million school-fees as my writing has not noted joining seminar by this 15 July. I got very angry to myself; it was my stupidity that makes me lost six millions.

Back again to my visit, I wait and wait and wait. My friend who will have seminar was called and did his seminar, but I still wait. My supervisor did not want to see me; she said she had no time to supervise me. I returned home at six in the afternoon and got nothing but sick in the heart. This is unfair.

I almost forgot, before I went home, around five in the afternoon, I met two junior high school English’s teachers. They said ‘you are here, we are here too because we got scholarship to continue my study here for three semester to get our master degree. We were supported by preliminary directorate and now we are on ‘study status’ and we are free from teaching. We were given ‘shortened program’ to get our master degree, so how’s your study?’

The statement above made me see nothing but black. I worked very hard to get my master degree and pay every cent of it from my own pocket and got no help. But they talked about pursuing master degree with all those laugh as if laughing my unfortunate study-life and mock my ‘writing from zero’. I know, they get an easy way to get their degree and then finish their study very soon as the program said so. I could say nothing but smile to their long statement. What a life. I study very hard every day, and get nothing, but they get a very luxurious facility and does nothing just sit down and then the degree comes to them. This is unfair (again).

The next day, I went to school to have my papers signed by my principal. This happens because the directorate of Jakarta turned down my proposal to fulfill my credit rating and get my 4.b leveled. While I am waiting for the principal who is talking with guests, my friends said lightly ‘you know, Mr. X, Mrs. Y, and Mr. Z has just got their promotion of 4.b, they asked for Mrs. T help’s to do so, and paid Mrs. T six millions to get their 4.b. I guess you must also do the same thing, you had proposed you 4.b for a year but no answer and news’. Again this strikes my heart very ugly. I worked very hard using ‘clean way’ and fail, but my friends did nothing ‘using bribery’ and succeed. This is very unfair and sucked.

Anyway, my principal signed the papers. He asked ‘what is this about?’ I said plainly ‘my proposal for 4.b’. Then, I went home as quickly as I can; this is too much; I can’t stand this anymore.


It could have happened.
It had to happen.
It happened earlier. Later.
Nearer. Farther off.
It happened, but not to you.

You were saved because you were the first.

You were saved because you were the last.

Alone. With others.

On the right. The left.

Because it was raining. Because of the shade.

Because the day was sunny.

You were in luck — there was a forest.

You were in luck — there were no trees.

You were in luck — a rake, a hook, a beam, a brake,

a jamb, a turn, a quarter-inch, an instant . . .

So you’re here? Still dizzy from
another dodge, close

shave, reprieve?

One hole in the net and you slipped through?

I couldn’t be more shocked or


how your heart pounds inside me


Mengenal GBA = Genre Based Approach tidak dapat dengan mudah dilakukan. Sebelum tahu persis siapa atau mungkin apa itu GBA, kita harus kenal TEKS terlebih dahulu. Kenapa alasan ini diajukan? Jawabannya karena pendekatan GBA diarahkan bukan pada kata-kata atau kalimat atau sekumpulan kata-kata, melainkan pada semantic unit. Sebuah semantic unit tidak ditentukan oleh panjang atau pendeknya, melainkan oleh wholeness atau kesempurnaan secara makna. Sebagai contoh, kata STOP merupakan sebuah teks, walaupun hanya terdiri dari satu kata saja. Ketika seseorang berhenti di depan lampu lalu lintas karena melihat lampu berwarna merah dan diterjemahkan berhenti atau stop maka stop dalam konteks ini adalah sebuah teks. Sebaliknya, jika kata STOP diambil dari sebuah tulisan tesis misalnya, dia bukanlah teks. Selain tidak jelas apa maknanya juga tidak tahu konteks field (apa) dan tenor (untuk siapa) kata STOP tersebut ditujukan. To sum up, text refers to words or sentences woven together to create a single whole (Christie and Misson, 1998: 8 dikutip Emilia, 2011: 4).

Sebuah teks tidak berdiri sendiri, dia selalu mempunyai konteks. Kon (con) artinya penyerta; konteks bisa diartikan sesuatu yang menyertai teks. Ada tiga elemen yang menyertai teks, pertama field, kedua tenor, dan ketiga mode. Berbicara field artinya kita sedang melihat teks memiliki topik yang dibicarakanya, sedangkan tenor mengacu pada teks memiliki arah untuk siapa teks dibuat dan dengan cara apa menyampaikannya, lisan ataukah tulisan, itulah yang disebut mode. Sebuah teks didalamnya memiliki apa yang dikupasnya, kepada siapa teks tersebut ditujukan dan dengan cara apa kupasan itu disampaikan.

Teks yang baik mempunyai unsur koherensi dan kohesi. Koherensi terdiri dari dua macam. Pertama koherensi situasional yakni ketika teks itu dibaca (jika bentuknya tulisan) atau didengar (jika bentuknya lisan) pembaca (pendengar) mampu mengenali field, tenor dan mode yang digunakannya. Kedua koherensi generik, yakni teks dapat dikenali jenisnya misalnya prosedur, recount, deskriptif atau jenis teks lainnya.

Ketika teks memiliki ‘semantic tie’ maka teks tersebut memiliki kohesi. Alat kohesi untuk teks diantaranya konjungsi yang mampu membuat hubungan antar kalimat menjadi jelas.

Dalam menyampaikan sebuah teks, intertekstualitas akan terlibat. Makna istilah intertektualitas adalah setiap teks berkait kepada teks lainnya. Ketika seseorang berbicara tentang sebuah sepeda, maka dengan sendirinya baik dirinya sendiri sebagai pembicara ataupun lawan bicaranya telah mengenal sebelumnya dengan konsep sepeda. Seorang ahli Jurnal, Moon, menyebutkan bahwa learning is relating prior knowledge to new learning material. Ini menunjukkan bahwa ada kaitan atau interteks antar apa yang kita miliki sekarang dengan yang telah kita miliki sebelumnya.

Pertanyaannya apa hubungan TEKS dengan GBA?

Jawaban untuk pertanyaan ini tidak dapat disampaikan dengan singkat. Pertama kita harus menengok ke belakang dari mana GBA berasal dan mengapa berkembang biak di Indonesia. Kedua, kita harus mengetahui konsep GBA itu sendiri sehingga kita dapat mengenal secara utuh jatidiri GBA sehingga diadopsi dalam kurikulum nasional Indonesia.

SFL merupakan singkatan dari Systemic Functional Linguistic berupa cara pendekatan terhadap grammar dengan melihat dari sudut pragmatik atau bagaimana bahasa digunakan. Dasar bagaimana bahasa digunakan menjadi titik tolak pengajaran berbasis Genre. Dalam kehidupan nyata, manusia tidak serta merta bisa menulis karena kemampuan menulis tidak ‘given’ atau sudah terkuasai dengan sendirinya tanpa dipelajari seperti kemampuan berbicara pada anak-anak. Kemampuan menulis harus dibimbing atau diberi intervene pada saat proses menulis itu terjadi. Pendekatan mengajar menulis, berkembang marak dengan menerapkan pendekatan proses. Pendekatan ini dikritik oleh teoriman GBA dengan alasan diatas yakni kemampuan menulis tidak given.

Genre Based Approach atau Pendekatan Berbasis Genre (jenis teks) merupakan pengajaran yang memberikan bekal pengalaman belajar kepada siswa tentang berbagai jenis teks sehingga mereka mengenal beragam teks untuk memudahkan mereka di kemudian hari seperti misalnya ketika berhadapan dengan teks pada saat perkuliahan terjadi. GBA pertema berkembang di Australia. Halliday memperkenal Linguistik Fungsional Sistemik dan menjadi ilham bagi berkembanganya GBA.

Seperti halnya pendekatan pengajaran yang lain, GBA memiliki keterkaitan dengan pendekatan-pendekatan pengajaran yang telah dipergunakan sebelumnya. Sebagai contoh Contextual Teaching and Learning (CTL). Beberapa prinsip CTL digunakan pula pada GBA dengan istilah yang berbeda. Prinsip Inquiry Learning, berpikir kritis, kemampuan siswa bertanya, prinsip constructivism, learning community, modeling, penilaian otentik dan refleksi terwadahi pada empat langkah pengajaran GBA.

  1. Building Knowledge of Field (BkoF)

Tahap ini diberikan untuk membangun pengetahuan atau latar belakang pengetahuan siswa mengenai topik yang akan ditulisnya (Freez, 2002; Gibbons, 2002, 2009, dikutip Emilia 2011: 33)

Langkah-langkah pengajaran yang dapat dilakukan diantaranya:

Diumpakan materi yang akan diajarkan adalah teks Discussion

Pertemuan 1

–          Berikan siswa tajuk rencana yang diambil dari koran berbahasa Indonesia. Kegiatan ini membantu siswa untuk bisa mengenal apa opini penulis dan bagaimana stance penulis terhadap sebuah isu

–          Berikan siswa ‘editorial’ berbahasa Inggris misalnya dari The Jakarta Post

–          Ajak siswa untuk bisa melihat kesamaan bentukan antara kedua koran tersebut

–          Tulis jurnal untuk refleksi

Pertemuan 2

–          Gali pemahaman siswa mengenai apakah mereka pernah melakukan diskusi, apakah berhasil?

–          Berikan siswa sebuah teks yang mengadung isu dilihat dari dua sudut pandang berbeda, misalnya “Is X-Ray Examination Necessary?”

–          Guru bersama siswa membuat ringkasan

–          Siswa mencatat ekspresi penting seperti: 60% people agree…. however, not all people agree with …., as the result of controversy, many people….

–          Siswa menerima student worksheet berisi pertanyaan yang berisi pemahaman tentang isi teks

–          Siswa menulis jurnal.

Pertemuan 3

–          Tayangkan pertanyaan “Food Miles: Advantage or Disadvantage?”

–          Siswa diminta menyampaikan secara lisan pendapat mereka mengenai “trade’ dan ‘global warming’ sebagai pengantar berpikir kritis untuk mendiskusikan masalah Food Miles

–          Berikan komentar-komentar yang telah dikumpulkan atas Food Miles yang diberikan dan dikoleksikan sebelumnya

–          Siswa membahas untung ruginya melakukan atau berpatisipasi dalam kegiatan Food Miles

–          Siswa menulis jurnal.



  1. Modeling

Pertemuan 4

Secara eksplisit guru menerangkan stuktur generik dan fitur-fitur linguistik teks berbentuk discussion. Buatlah tabel analisis teks agar siswa dengan mudah mengkaji struktur generik dan lexicogramtikal setiap kalimat. Selain itu disampaikan pula tujuan komunikatif teks dilihat dari social purpose.

Ditutup dengan siswa mengkaji sendiri teks yang telah disediakan dan menulis pada jurnal.


  1. Joint Construction of text (JCot)

Pertemuan 5

Pertemuan ini ditujukan untuk melihat rangkaian recursive pada sebuah proses menulis. Guru menjadi scriber. Tulis pada papan tulis sebuah isu Should I Social Network or Not? Minta siswa untuk menyampaikan topik dan guru menuliskannya pada papan tulis. Ajak siswa untuk berani menyampaikan sebuah argumen positif bersosial networking. Lakukan kegiatan seperti ini sampai teks discussion lengkap. Setelah teks lengkap, perlihatkan bahwa teks yang dibuat bersama-sama ini belum bagus. Lakukan revisi teks. Tunjukkan bagaimana ada kalimat yang dibuang, diganti, grammarnya diperbaiki, alat kohesi ditambahkan dan seterusnya.

Setelah itu edit dan tutup dengan proofreading. Kegiatan ini lebih efektif dan efisien ketimbang meminta siswa untuk mengkonstruksi teks bersama temannya (Emilia, 2011)

Sebelum kelas berakhir, siswa menulis jurnal.


  1. Independent Construction of Text (ICot)

Siswa diberi ‘ideas card’ siswa dipersilakan untuk memilih isu yang hendak mereka kembangkan menjadi sebuah teks. Mereka diharapkan menunjukkan pemahaman dan  kepiawaian dalam menulis teks discussion setelah mengikuti serangkaian kegiatan di atas.

Kegiatan ditutup dengan menulis jurnal.

Ketidakberhasilan mengajar bahasa Inggris yang selama ini dialami beberapa guru (penulis contoh realnya), salah satunya disebabkan karena belum kenal baik siapa dan apa GBA, guru sudah serta merta mengajar dan ‘mengaku’ jika mengajarnya menggunakan pendekatan berbasis genre.

Semenjak 2006 penulis berSK untuk mengajar SMA dan telah mendengar istilah GBA serta ada bisik-bisik HARUS mengajar bahasa Inggris dengan GBA. Tapi pada kenyataannya tidak mengaplikasikan GBA, karena tidak tahu juga tidak paham harus kemana mencari informasi tentang GBA.

History of Translation

Chapter 2. Translation theory before the twentieth century


The ‘word-for-word’ (literal) vs. ‘sense-for sense’ (free) debate

The vitalization of the vernacular: Luther and the German Bible

Key notions of ‘fidelity’, ;spirit’; and ‘truth’

The influence of Dryden and the triad of metaphrase, paraphrase, imitation

Attempts at a more systematic prescriptive approach from Dolet and Tytler

Schleiermacher: a separate language of translation and respect for the foreign

The vagueness of the terms used to describe translation


2.1  ‘Word-for-word’ or ‘sense-for-sense?’

In Roman times, word-for-word was exactly what it said. Cicero disparaged (criticize), and also Horace who is famous with his Ars Poetica. St Jerome disparaged word for word approach because it produces an absurd translation, cloaking the sense of the original. On the other hand, sense for sense, allowed the sense or content of the ST to be translated.

2.2    Martin Luther

The preoccupation of the Roman Catholic Church was for the ‘correct’ established meaning of the Bible to be transmitted. Any translation diverging(different) from the accepted interpretation was likely to be deemed heretical and be censured or banned. Non literal or non-accepted translation came to be seen and be used as a weapon against the church.

MARTIN LUTHER influenced translation into East Middle German of New Testament (1522)

2.3   Faithfulness, spirit and truth

FLORA AMOS, sees the theory of translation in her “Early Theory of Translation” as by no means a record of easily distinguishable, orderly progression” . Amos notes that early translator often differed considerably in the meaning they gave to terms such as faithfulness, accuracy and the word ‘translation’ itself.

LOUIS KELLY looks in detail at the history of translation theory, starting with the teaching of the writers of Antiquity and tracing the history of inextricably tangled term FIDELITY (the faithful interpreter avoid word-for-word. SPIRIT (creative energy or inspiration), TRUTH (having the sense of content)


2.4    Early attempts at systemic translation theory: Dryden, Dolet and Tytler

à Free approach to translation by English poet and translator  JOHN DRYDEN

(1) METAPHRASE: word-for-word and line-by-line translation, which correspond to literal translation;

(2) PARAPHRASE:  translation with latitude (freedom), where the author is kept in view by the translator, so as never to be lost, but his words are not so strictly followed by his sense; this involves changing whole phrases and more or less corresponds to faithful or sense-for-sense translation.

(3) IMITATION: forsaking (leave) both word and sense; this correspond to Cowley’s very free translation and is more or less adapatation.

ETIENNE DOLET, set out 5 principles in order of importance

(1)  the translator (tt) must perfectly understand the sense and material of the original author, although he should feel free to clarify obscurities (not known/not clear)

(2)  tt should have a perfect knowledge of both Sl and TL

(3)  tt should avoid word-for-word renderings

(4)  tt should avoid Latinate and unusual form

(5)  tt should assemble and liaise word eloquently (clear) to avoid clumsiness (awkward)

TYTLER à Three general laws/rules

(1)   the translation should give a complete transcript of the ideas of the original work

(2)    the style and manner of writing should be the same character with that of the original

(3)   The translation should have all the ease (move) of the original composition

1st law of Tytler = 1,2 principles of Dolet à tt have a perfect knowledge

2nd of Tytler= 5 Doletà identifying true character= correct taste

2.5   Scleiermacher and the valorization of the foreign

FRIEDRICH SCHLEIEMACHER (German theologian & translation, 1813) known as modern Protestant theology & modern HERMENEUTICS (= a Romantic approach to interpretation based not on absolute truth but on the individual’s inner feeling and understanding)

Types of translator working:

(1) DOLMETSHER: who translates commercial texts

(2) UBERSTZER: who works on scholarly & artistic texts


Chapter 3  Equivalence and equivalent effect

The problem of equivalence in meaning discussed by Jacobson (1959) and central to translation studies for two decades

Nida’s adaptation of transformational grammar model, and ‘scientific’ methods to analyze meaning in his work on Bible translating

Nida’s concepts of formal equivalence and dynamic equivalence and the principle of equivalent effect: focus on the receptor

Newmark semantic and communicative translation


3.1 Roman Jacobson: the nature of linguistic meaning and equivalence


Jakobson follows the relation set out by SAUSSURE (SIGNIFIER = the spoken and written signal; SIGNIFIED= the concept signified(mean)). Signifier & signified form the linguistic sign, but that sign is arbitrary or unmotivated (Saussure: 1916). Jakobson consider the problem of equivalence of meaning between words in different languages. à there is ordinarily no full equivalence between code-units”

3.2 Nida and ‘the science of translating”

EUGINE NIDA (1964) describes various ‘scientific approach to meaning’, he tries to translate Bible by incorporating linguistics borrowing approach from CHOMSKY semantic and pragmatics’ work on syntactic structure which formed the theory GENERATIVE-TRANSFORMATIONAL GRAMMAR (Chomsky, 1957).

3.2.1 The nature of meaning: advances in semantics and pragmatics

Meaning is broken into LINGUISTIC MEANING (borrowing elements of Chomsky’s model) REFERENTIAL MEANING (the denotative dictionary meaning) EMOTIVE MEANING (connotative meaning). Techniques to determine inferential and emotive meaning focus on analyzing the structure of words and differentiating similar words in related lexical fields. These include

(1) HIERARCHICAL STRUCTURING (differentiates series of words according ti their level, for example superordinate ANIMAL and its hyponyms GOAT, DOG, COW) and

(2) COMPONENTIAL ANALYSIS (seek to identify and discriminate specific feature of a range of related words, for example grandmother, mother, cousin)

(3) SEMANTIC STRUCTURE ANALYSIS (separates out visually the different meanings of spirit- demon, angels-  according to their characteristics-non human, good)

3.2.2 the influence of Chomsky

Chomsky generative-transformational structure model analyses sentences into a series of related levels governed by rules.

(1)  DEEP STRUCTURE, phase structure rules generate and underlying which is

(2) Transformed by transformational rules relating one underlying structure to another (eg. Active to passive) to produce

(3) A final SURFACE STRUCTURE, which itself is subject to phonological and morphemic rules.

The basic structure is KERNEL SENTENCE which is simple, declarative, require the minimum of transformation. So kernels ‘are the basic structural elements out of which language builds its elaborate surface structures’ taken from ST surface structure.

3.2.3 Formal and dynamic equivalence and the principle of equivalent effect

Nida discarded the old term ‘literal, free and faithful translation. He introduce

(1) FORMAL EQUIVALENCE, focuses on the message itself in both form and content

(2) DYNAMIC EQUIVALENCE the relationship between receptor and message should be substantially the same as that which existed between the original receptors and the message. The success of translation depends on achieving equivalent response, it should cover four basic elements of translation, which are

(1) Making sense

(2) Conveying the spirit and manner of the original

(3) Having a natural and easy form of expression

(4) Producing a similar response

3.3 Newmark: semantic and communicative translation

(1) COMMUNICATIVE TRANSLATION attempts to produce its readers an effect as possible to that obtained on the readers if the original. (=Nida’s dynamic equivalence) ‘craft’

(2) SEMANTIC TRANSLATION attempts to render, as closely as the semantic and syntactic structures of the second language allow; the exact contextual meaning of the original. (= Nida’s formal equivalence) ‘art’

3.4 Koller: Korrespondenz and Aquivalenz

Nida’s move towards scientific translation influence Germany. Important works on equivalence was carried out by WERNER KOLLER (1979) he differentiate 5 different type of equivalence:

(1) DENOTATIVE EQUIVALENCE is related to equivalence of the extralinguistic content of a text. or ‘content invariance’

(2) CONNOTATIVE EQUIVALENCE is related to lexical choices esp. between near-synonym or ‘stylistic equivalence

(3) TEXT-NORMATIVE EQUIVALENCE is related to text types à links to Katharina Reiss

(4) PRAGMATIC EQUIVALENCE or ‘communicative equivalence’, is oriented toward the receiver of the text or massage

(5) FORMAL EQUIVALENCE  is related to form and aesthetics of the text, or ‘expressive equivalence

Chestermen (1989) equivalence is obviously a central concept in translation theory.

Chapter 4  The Translation Shift Approach

Translation shifts= small linguistic change occurring in translation of ST to TT

Vinay and Dalbernet (1958): classical taxonomy of linguistic changes in translation

Catford (1965) term translation ‘shift’ in his linguistic approach to translation

Theoretical work by Chezh scholar Levy, Popovic, Miko (1960-1970s) who adopt stylistic and aesthetic parameters of language

Most detail model of translation shift: van Leuven-Zwart’s, an attempt to match shift to discourse and narratological function

The problem of the subjectivity of the invariant that it used to compare ST and TT

4.1 Vinay and Dalbernet’s model

Vinay and Dalbernet carried out a comparative stylistic analysis of French and English. Using the strategies DIRECT TRANSLATION and OBLIQUE TRANSLATION


(1) BORROWING; THE SL word is transferred directly ti the TL

(2) CALQUE; special borrowing, SL expression or structure is transferred in a literal translation

(3) LITERAL TRANSLATION; word-for-word


(4) TRANSPOSITION; the change of one part of speech for another without changing the sense

(5) MODULATION; change semantics and point of view of the SL

(6) EQUIVALENCE; translating idiom and proverbs

(7) ADAPTATION; a changing cultural reference when a situation in the source culture does not exist in the target culture.


(1) SERVITUDE; refer to obligatory transposition and modulation due ti a difference between the two language system

(2) OPTION; refers to non-obligatory changes that are due to the translator’s own style and preferences

Five steps for the translator to follow in moving from ST to TT

(1) Identify the unit of translation

(2) Examine the SL text, evaluating the descriptive, affective and intellectual; content of the units

(3) Reconstruct the metalinguistic context of the message

(4) Evaluate the stylistic effects

(5) Produce and revise the TT

4.2 Catford and translation ‘shifts’

Catford follows the Firthian and Hallidayan linguistic model, which analyses language as communication, operating functionally context and on a range of different level (phonology, graphology, grammar, lexis) and ranks (sentence, group, word, morpheme). Catford makes an important distinction between formal and textual equivalence, which was later developed by Koller.

(1) FORMAL CORRESPONDENT I is any TL category (unit, class, element of structure etc.) which can be said to occupy, as nearly as possible, the ‘same’ place in the ‘economy’ of the TL as the given SL category occupies in the SL.

(2) TEXTUAL EQUIVALENT is any TL text or portion of the text which is observed on a particular occasion … to be the equivalent of a given SL text or portion of a text.

The shift according to Catford

(1) A LEVEL SHIFT would be something which is expressed by grammar in one language and lexis in another


(a)  STRUCTURAL SHIFTS; shift in grammatical structure (from active to passive)

(b)  CLASS SHIFTS; comprise shifts from one part of speech to another (from adjective into adverb) p.61

(c)  UNIT SHIFTS/ RANK SHIFTS; the translation equivalent to the TL as at the rank of to the SL.

(d)  INTRA-SYSTEM SHIFTS; this shifts take place when the SL and TL process approximately corresponding systems but where the translation involves selection of a non-corresponding term in the TL system

4.3 Czeh writing on translation shifts p. 62

CHECHOLOSVAKIA introduces a LITERARY ASPECT, of that the EXPRESSIVE FUNCTION or style of a text. LEVY looks closely at the surface structure of the ST and TT, with particular to poetry translation, and sees literary translation as both reproductive and a creative labour with the goal of equivalent aesthetic effect. He sees the real-world of translation work as being ‘pragmatic’.


4.4 Van Leuven-Zwart’s comparative-descriptive model of translation shift

Kitty van Leuven-Zwart from Amsterdam attempts to systematize comparison and to build in a discourse framework above sentence level. The model is ‘intended for the description of integral translations of fictional texts; and comprises:

(1) COMPARATIVE MODEL involves a detailed of ST and TT and a classifications of all the microstructural shifts (within sentences, clauses and phrases). The methods as follow

–    Passage is divided into ‘comprehensible textual unit called TRANSEMES (she sat up quickly)

–    ARCHITRANSEME  invariant core sense of the ST transeme (to sit up)

–    A comparison is then made of each separate transeme with the architranseme and the relationship between the two transemes in established

Main categories of van Zwart’s comparative model p.64




(2) DESCRIPTIVE MODEL is a macrostructural model, designed for the analysis of translated literature. it attempts to interweave the concepts of ‘discourse level (the linguistic expression of the fictional world) and ‘story level’ (the narration of the text, including narrational point of view) with the three linguistic metafunctions (interpersonal, ideational and textual).


Chapter 5  Functional Theories of translation

Functional theories from Germany in the 1970-1980s mark a move away from static linguistic typologies

Reiss stresses equivalence at text level, linking language functions to text types and translation strategy

Holz-Manttari’s theory of translational action: a communicative process involving a series of players

Vermeer’s skopos theory of translation strategy depending on purpose of TT is expanded in Reiss and Vermeer

Nord’s translation-oriented text analysis: a functional approach with more attention to ST

5.1 Text Type-Katharina Reiss

KATHARINA REISS builds in the concept of equivalence but views the text rather than word or sentence as the level at which communication is achieved and at which equivalence must be bought.  The text types

(1) INFORMATIVE à plain communication of facts: information, knowledge, opinions (report, lecture)

(2) EXPRESSIVE à creative composition (poem) p.74

(3) OPERATIVE à including behavioral responses; the aims of the appellative function is to appeal to or persuade the reader/receiver (advertisement)

(4) AUDIOMEDIAL texts, such as films and visual and spoken advertisement

5.2 Translational Action – Holz Mantaari

Holz mantaari takes up concepts from communication theory and action theory with the aim of providing and guidelines applicable to a wide range of professional translation situations.

Interlingual translation is described as ‘translational action from a source text’ and as a communicative process involving a series of roles and players:

(1) THE INITIATOR, the company/individual who needs the translation

(2) THE COMISSIONER, the individual who contact the translator

(3) THE ST PRODUCER, the individual within the company

(4) THE TT PRODUCER, the translator

(5) THE TT USER, the person who uses the TT

(6) THE TT RECEIVER, the final recipient of the TT

Relevant features are described according to the age-old split of CONTENT (factual information and communicative strategy) and FORM (terminology and cohesive elements)

5.3 Skopos Theory –Hans J. van Vermeer

Skopos is the Greek word for ‘aim’ or ‘purpose’. the basic underlying ‘rules’ of the theory

(1) The translatum (TT) is determined by its skopos

(2) A TT is an offer information in a target culture and TL concerning an offer information in a source culture and SL

(3) A TT does not initiate an offer information in a clearly reversible way

(4) A TT must be internally coherent

(5) A TT must be coherent with the ST

(6) The five rules above stand in hierarchical order, with the skopos rule predominating (the most important)

5.4  Translation-oriented text analysis – Christine Nord

CHRISTINE NORD (1988) presents a more detailed functional model incorporating elements of text analysis which examines text organization at or above sentence level. These are known as

(1)   DOCUMENTARY TRANSLATION, serves as a document of a source culture communication between the author and the ST recipient

(2)   INSTRUMENTAL TRANSLATION serves as an independent message-transmitting instrument an a new communicative action in the target culture, and is intended to fulfill its communicative purpose without the recipient being conscious of reading or hearing a text

Chapter 6  Discourse and register analysis approach

In the 1990s discourse analyses came to prominence in translation studies. Text analysis normally concentrates on describing in the way in which texts are organized (sentence, structure, cohesion); discourse analysis looks at the way language communicates meaning and social and power relation.

6.1 the Hallidayan model of language and discourse

HALLIDAY’s model discourse analysis is based on SYSTEMIC FUNCTIONAL GRAMMAR, is geared to the study of language as communication, seeing meaning in the writer’s linguistic choices and systematically relating these choices to a wider sociocultural framework. The systemic framework comprises three elements FIELD (ideational meaning), TENOR (interpersonal meaning), MODE (thematic and information structure, cohesion) p.91

6.2 House’s model of translation quality assessment

JULIANE HOUSE introduces the model of systematic comparison of the textual ‘profile of the ST and TT. The register analysis of both ST and TT according to their realization through LIXICAL, SYNTACTIC, and TEXTUAL MEANs refer to:

(1) THEME-DYNAMIC, thematic structure and cohesion

(2) CLAUSAL LINKAGE, additive (and, in addition) adversative (but)

(3) ICONIC LINKAGE, parallelism of structure

The translation can be categorized as:

(1) OVERT TRANSLATION, is a TT does not purport (do) to be an original

(2) COVERT TRANSLATION,  is a translation which enjoys the status of an original source text in the target culture.

6.3 Baker’s text and pragmatic level analysis: a course book for translation

MONA BAKER (1992) looks at equivalence at a series of levels: a word, above-word, grammar, thematic structure, cohesion and pragmatic level.

6.4 Hatim and Mason: the semiotic level of context and discourse

BASIL HATIM & IAN MASON (1997) both pay extra attention to the realization in translation of ideational and interpersonal function and incorporate into their model a semiotic level of discourse.

 6.5 Criticism of discourse and register analysis approaches to translation

Discourse analysis model have become extremely popular among many linguistics-oriented translation theorist of a text. however, the Hallidayan model has been attacked by:

(1) Fish (1981), cause to struggle to cope with the variety of interpretation of literature

(2) Gutt (1991) raises question whether it is possible to recover authorial intention of ST function from register analysis

Chapter 7 System theories

Linguistics broadened out from static models in the 1960s to an approach which incorporates first skopos theory + register + discourse analysis, relating language its sociocultural function. In the 1970s another reaction to the static perspective models was POLYSYSTEM THEORY which show translated literature as a system operating in the larger social, literary and historical system. This was important move, since translated literature had up to that point mostly been dismissed as a derivative, second-rate form. polysystem theory fed into developments in the descriptive translation studies a branch of translation studies that aim in identifying norms and laws of translation.

7.1 Polysystem theory

Polysystem theory developed by Israeli scholar ITAMAR EVEN-ZOHAR borrowing ideas from Russian Formalists of the 1920s, who had worked on literary historiography. A literary work is part of a system and defined as ‘ a SYSTEM of functions of the literary order which are continual relationship with other orders’. Even-Zohar emphasis that translated literature operates a system:

(1) In the way the TL selects works for translation

(2) In the way translation norms, behavior and policies are influenced by other co-system.

The POLYSYSTEM is concerned as a hetereogeneous, hierarchized conglomerate (or system) of system which interact to bring about on going, dynamic process of evolution within the polysystem as a whole (Shuttleworth &Cowie 1997).

7.2 Toury and descriptive translation study

GIDEON TOURY focused on developing a general theory of translation. Toury proposes a methodology for the branch of descriptive translation study (DTS). Systematic DTS incorporate a description of the product and the wider role of the sociocultural sysyem:

(1) Situate the text within the culture system, looking at its significance or acceptability

(2) Compare the ST and the TT for shifts, identifying relationship between ‘coupled part’ of ST and TT segments, and attempting generalization about the underlying concept of translation

(3) Draw implications for decision-making in future translating

The aim of Toury’s case is to distinguish trends of translation behacior, to make generalizations regarding the decision-making process of the translator and then to ‘reconstruct’ the norms that have been in operation in the translation and make hypothesis that can be tested by future descriptive studies. The NORM = the translation of general value or ideas shared by a community-as to what is right or wrong, adequate or inadequate-into performance instruction appropriate for and applicable to particular situations. P.113

The LAW OF GROWING STANDARDIZATION = in translation, textual relation obtaining the original are often modified, sometimes ignored, in favor of habitual options offered by a target repertoire.

The LAW OF INTERFERENCE = ST linguistic features of TT as ‘ a kind of default’. Interference refer to ST linguistic features mainly lexical and syntactical patterning being copied in the TT.

7.3 Chesterman’s translation norms

ANDREW CHESTERMAN (1997) states that all norms ‘exert a prescriptive pressure’. The norms covers

(1) PRODUCT or EXPECTANCY NORM are established by the expectancies of readers of a translation (of a given type) concerning what a translation (of this type) should be like

–    Expectancy norms allow evaluative judgments about translation since readers have a notion of what  is appropriate or acceptable

–    Expectancy norms are sometimes ‘validated by norm-authority of some kind for example teacher, literary critic and publisher’s reader can confirm the prevalent norm by encouraging translation that confirm with that norm.

(2) PROFESSIONAL NORM ‘regulate process of the translation itself”

(a)  THE ACCOUNTABILITY NORM, ETHICAL norm dealing with professional standards of integrity and thoroughness

(b)  THE COMMUNICATION NORM, SOCIAL norm, the translator, the communication ‘expert’ works to ensure maximum communication between the parties

(c)  THE ‘REALTION’ NORM, LINGUISTIC norm which deals with the relation between ST and TT.

7.4 Other models of descriptive translation studies:

Lambert and van Gorp and the Manipulation School divided scheme

(1) PRELIMINARY DATA, information on the title page, metatext and the general strategy (whether translation is partial or complete)

(2) MACRO-LEVEL, the division of text, titles and presentation of the chapters, the internal narrative structure and any overt authorial comment.

(3) MICRO-LEVEL, the identification of shifts on different linguistic levels, include lexical level, grammatical pattern, narrative, point of view and modality

(4) SYSTEMIC CONTEXT, micro- and macro-levels, text and theory are compared and norms identified.

Chapter 8 Varieties of cultural studies

SUSAN BASSNETT and ANDRE LEFEVERE go beyond language and focus on the interaction between translation and culture, on the way in which culture impacts and constrains translation and on the larger issue of context, history and convention à collection fo essay Translation. History and culture (1990)

8.1 Translation as rewriting

ANDRE LEFEVERE worked in comparative literature departments in Belgium and then in USA. He focuses particularly on the examination of a ‘very concrete factors’ that systematically govern the reception. Acceptance or rejection of literary texts; that is ‘issues such as power, ideology, institution and manipulation.’

Lefevere describes literary system in which translation functions as being controlled by:


(2) PATRONAGE (support) OUTSIDE THE LITERARY SYSTEM, these are powers (persons, institutions) that can further hinder the reading, writing and rewriting of literature







8.2 Translation and gender

SHERRY SIMON (1996) approaches translation from gender-studies angle. à sees a language of sexism in translation studies, with its images of dominance, fidelity, faithfulness and betrayal. TRANSLATION PROJECT = for feminist translation, fidelity is to be directed toward neither the author nor the reader, but toward writing project-a project in which both writer and translator participate.

8.3 Postcolonial theory

Simon links gender and cultural studies to the developments in POSTCOLONIALISM.

Chapter 9 Translation the foreign: the (in)visibility of translation

Venuti notably the ‘invisibility of translation and the translator in Anglo American culture and the ‘domesticating and ‘foreignizing translation strategies which are available to the translator. Berman’s ‘negative analytic’ attacking the homogenization of the translation of literary prose.

9.1 Venuti: the cultural and political agenda of translation

INVISIBILITY: the translator’s situation and activity in contemporary Anglo-American culture, thus creating an illusion of transparency, (b) by the way the translated texts are typically read in the target culture p146

A translated text, whether prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction, is judged acceptable by most publishers, reviewers and readers when it reads fluently, when the absence of any linguistics or stylistic peculiarities makes it seems transparent, giving the appearance that it reflects the foreign writer’s personality or intention or the essential meaning of the foreign text-the appearance in other words, that the translation is not in fact a translation, but the ‘original’. (Venuti: 1995)

DOMESTICATION: ethnocentric reduction of the foreign text to target language cultural values. This entails translating in a transparent fluent, ‘invisible’ style in order to minimize the foreignness of the TT.

FOREIGNIZATION: entails choosing a foreign text and developing a translation method along lines which are excluded by dominant cultural values in the target language à the translator leaves the writer alone, as much as possible and moves the reader towards the writer. The foreignizing method non-fluent also term RESISTANCY or estranging translation style designed to make visible the presence of the translator by highlighting the foreign identity of the ST and protecting it from the ideological dominance of the target culture.

9.2 Antoine Berman: negative analytic of translat

L1 influences L2

I went to school very late today.  Two students had not followed Performance Test yet because one of them was sick (I heard possessed-!?) and almost collapsed of being exhausted joining a series of test ((cinematography), art, religion, and sport)). I felt a bit uneasy as they behaved as if they wanted to avoid the test. I asked them to state the time to have the test as soon as possible; they replied ‘we do not know’… what kind of answer it is! I asked similar questions three times and they kept saying they did not know when. Actually they are at the school at the very moment.

I sat on my desk when I found out that somebody had made my desk dirty with liquid sugar. Sticky and drove me crazy. Irresponsible people are everywhere. Then I found out another irresponsible people wrote on the announcement whiteboard asking for collecting data-paper as certified teacher. You know, I did the similar thing less than a month ago. My question is ‘WHERE THOSE DATA GO? This time the data made in triple bundles that consist of copied this and that. A teacher got mad and asked to no one “why the government asks for this data again, I had just given this. Did they lost the previous one?” I said nothing, no one tried to satisfy him.

A man passed by he said,’ this time the data will go to Secondary Directorate of Education, that’s why this data is not included salary-paper”. We thought the data given last year, and the year before, and before, and before…. had become enough source of data.   A lady in pink said,’…. I get bored of collecting similar data, it seems to me like ‘the government burdens us with this and that just to make them pay our salary’.

Back to my business, the students who are doing the test look idea-dead. I asked them to put their mobile phone on the table so that they do not open google and find the answer for the test. Or doing translation from Bahasa Indonesia to English using google translation service. They are asked to write one of these topics: School Uniform, Mobile Phone, Fuel Price Hike. The first student wrote like this:

School uniform High School Cianjur

Scholl uniform is something very penting which must use all student. Because it is salah satu syarat for so student in school and not only that school uniform also sebagai cerminan positive terhadap all people. This time in Cianjur many more model school uniform, example school uniform in high school 2 Cianjur which have aturan difficult antara ladies and boy students.

 This time school uniform must memakai jilbab for ladies student and my opininion that very good because it can menutup aurat. But it also can make ladies student feel canggung terhadap aturan itu because many from they non Islamic. But for me it make happy because ot make we muslimah and looking beautiful. So for all high school in Cinajur must memakai jilbab for ladies student agar looking Islamic and beautiful.

The second wrote:


Handphone is communication modern this time. Handphone after di berbagai kalangan from start menengnah ke bawah sampai kalangan atas, not only that hand phone also have function salah satunya for mempererat silaturahmi. Hand phone is alat modern make all people feel froud, because hand phone it. this time the children after memakai hand phone for looking ketinggalan zaman.

 My opinion hand phone very penting this time, because can many people to success example business, etc, hand phone cant make people clever form year’s by year’s hand phone semakin maju and canggih for all people must have hand phone because it will easy we for communication. minimal hand phone not mahal.

Those two text represent the framework of L1-Bahasa Indonesia. Let’s see the analyze below:

Handphone is communication modern this time (handphone adalah komunikasi modern pada saat ini). Handphone after di berbagai kalangan from start menengnah ke bawah sampai kalangan atas (handphone telah ada di berbagai kalangan dari mula menengah sampai kalangan atas), not only that hand phone also have function salah satunya for mempererat silaturahmi (tidak hanya itu handphone juga memiliki fungsi salah satunya untuk mempererat tali silaturahmi). Hand phone is alat modern make all people feel froud (handphone adalah alat moderen yang membuat seseorang merasa bangga), because hand phone it (karena handphone itu). this time the children after memakai hand phone for looking ketinggalan zaman (saat ini anak-anak telah memakai handphone untuk mencari agar tidak ketinggalan zaman).




Comprehensive test is one of the tests that I must face to pass post graduate program. The test covers all the materials given during the lecturing time in three semesters. The materials tested are categorized into four major category i.e. 1) English as Foreign Language (relates to teaching methodology, curriculum design and language testing), 2) statistics (covers statistics in conducting quantitative research in education area), 3) Qualitative research and 4) Linguistics (consists of grammar, language in use and systemic functional grammar).

The test is carried out in a day. Each subject is given two hours to finish. The first is Statistics test. This is given as the first test as everyone will agree that statistics relates to counting, calculating, formulas, and other scary rejecting null hypothesis – using t table, degree of freedom and many other terms that cause us as students feel stress.  There two part in this test. The first part is related to our understanding on quantitative research. We must get familiar with the terms relates to research such as ‘validity, internal/external validity, variable, control variable, scale and many more.

The second part of statistics test relates to our understanding and how to apply the statistical formula based on the problem given. We must fully understand basic calculation of finding mean, mode, median, range, standard deviation and also z score. Further, the problem is getting tougher, we must be able to formulate null hypothesis and test the null hypothesis at the level of significance of 1% or 5%.

Everyone tried their best. To my surprised, one of my friend complained “how can I finish all these six problems, doing the four had made me lost all my precious time!!” he sighed. I said, ‘didn’t you read? We may pick TWO out of FOUR problems given, and we must answer the first the two questions, so we did only four, not six.” He almost fell subconsciously; he regretted for he missed reading the instruction and did not able to answer the first two questions.

In stressful condition like this, even the brightest person made mistake. I myself worked very-very hard to answer the second part. I chose number three and four.  Number three, it asked the basic calculation on statistics, whereas number four demanded one way annova. I did not know for sure whether my answers were right, I just answered as good as I could.

The second subject is Linguistics. It is not always easy to talk about grammar especially when you are asked to uninstall what you had known with new belief about grammar.  Take an example, people around the globe believe that there at least 16 basic form of tenses. The major form is present tense, past tense, future tense and progressive tense. However, in my post graduate, to my surprise, it is said that there are only two tense: present and past period. Imagining the difficulties of grammar part, I feel so weak; I forget what I had learned on grammar in my semester 1. The problem doubles, semester two, ‘language in use’ was also another difficult subject. Some new terms relates to this subject such as deixis, gricerian theory, maxim, politeness, speech act, presupposition, implicature and many other difficult terms. The problem becomes perfect when semester three, we learned about systemic functional grammar (SFG) that see language as text started from clause not from the word.  SFG also offers troubles to us, its new terms again burden us. The terms such as mood, transitivity, tenor, theme, rheme, tenor, field, genre.

The questions are around those materials that causes the students think hard to find the answer. Analyzing clause from its form and function and then from its Mood, transitivity and theme/rheme causes severe headache. Meanwhile asking us cohesive device used in the text also squeezes our brain. And, describing implicature from a conversation is not an easy task to do. I heard one of my friends explained the transitivity using agent-carrier, meanwhile I understood it as actor-process material- goal. My fried said,’ this cannot be ‘goal’, as nothing change by ‘process: material”. I bet you do not understand what I wrote here. To understand what I wrote you must read Systemic functional grammar from Halliday or Eggins. All the terms such as agent-actor- behaver- proces: material, verbal and many others are coined in their book. I could not argue with my friend, even though I disagree with him as ‘carrier’ usually appears in passive sentence, but I was also in doubt whether my understanding is right.

The third test is EFL methodology. The questions are five, but it needed more than four pages of folio paper to answer them. I did not understand how to answer question that related to eclective teaching. The second ambiguous question was that ‘suggest an evaluation program”, I did know how to respond to it. Did it mean summative test to evaluate students after a certain program finished, or curriculum cycles started from goal and ended with evaluation as a cycle to evaluate a program given in an institutional level. I remember my reading on Language testing book, it said that ‘the instruction/question must be clear’. I said to myself this is the unclear question that causes me to write without any confidence.

The last test is Qualitative Research.  The questions were 30!! It divided into 3 parts. Each part had 10 questions, and of course it dried my head. Some terms I did not know. I did not blame myself, I just reflect, if my lecturer was the person who made these questions I would not find any difficulty to answer these 30 questions. I was given a lecturer who had high believe on his students, he declared that he did not need to explain anything as students can learn by themselves.  The effect of this, we never study, we never meet our lecturer, and we did nothing for a semester. I understand qualitative research based on my readings.

The test is a kind of unforgettable moment for me. The reason is because it causes everyone forget the time, forget to eat, forget anything, just thinking how to answer the problem given. I could feel my right hand very numb as too much writing is done.  I never thought that I would have this kind of test. I thought mid and final test are enough. Maybe comprehensive test is a test that differentiate post and under graduate.


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