Month: January 2019

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 58 – Grammar – Present and Modal Passives

Boy! We’re getting to the end of this season, and it’s been such a LONGGGGGG series. Honestly, I don’t like stopping for long because then I would lose my listeners. Consistency is everything….and constantly pumping out content is even more important. So, let’s get…

Coaching Session: Episode 008 – Do You Lack Tactfulness?

Lack of tactfulness Carelessness in the tone of voice often speaking in antagonistic tones that often offend. Speaking out of turn when silence would be more appropriate. Interrupting others who are speaking. Overworking the personal pronoun. Asking impertinent questions generally to impress others. Injecting…

Stephen Covey’s Speed of Trust: Season 4 – Episode 18 – Core III – Capabilities Part II

So, this is a follow-up of what I’ve already written and talked about on my previous blog post. Let’s look at some of the people I’ve come across. You could be the individual who has enormous capabilities, but be lacking in integrity, intent, or…

Business English: Case Study – Gen Y Smartphone Addicts

This is something I just LOVE talking about. Yes, this is about 8 months too early, but Business English is the next aspect of English that I’ll be getting into. When I speak about business, in any form, it’s when I feel most alive….

Stephen Covey’s Speed of Trust: Season 4 – Episode 17 – Core III – Capabilities

We’re on core III now, and it’s one of the most important cores out there. The first dimension of competence is capabilities — the talents, skills, knowledge, capacities, and abilities we have that enable us to perform with excellence. Remember the tree metaphor? Capabilities…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 57 – Pronunciation – Stress in Words with Suffixes (Part II)

Hello, everyone! We’re back with some great stuff this morning, and I’m even more excited to go back over stressing in words with suffixes. -sion/-tion disCUSsion polLUTion -cious/tious deLIcious ficTItious -fic/-tic/-mic speCIfic athLEtic -cial fiNANcial comMERcial -ity aBILity comMODity Repeat the words out loud,…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: IELTS Speaking III with Nattagan

I loved bringing one of my ex-students on. I first started teaching her at a not-going-to-mention-place (lol) just north of Bangkok, but because she was so driven, I stayed in touch with her and decided to bring her on for some IELTS Speaking! Here…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Nathan on IELTS Writing Tasks, Mistakes, Solutions

This is the beginning of a new series! I love bringing teachers, consultants and students on to do live coaching, or teachers who can give tips about test preparation courses or anything English in general. Today we’re talking about IELTS and Nathan, who’s living…

Wheel of Life: January 2019 Edition – The Calm Before Freedom

Boy, for a moment, I was scared as hell. After a huge scare at a job where a woman no longer wanted me to buy lunch, I overanalyzed the situation and scampered off without using their Grab taxi service, it taking 2-hours to get…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 57 – Vocabulary Skill – Using Descriptive Adjectives

You can make what you say more interesting by not relying on the same adjectives all the time. Try to use more descriptive language. For example, instead of saying a room is very dirty, you could say it’s grimy or filthy. We have an…

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