Category: education

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 80 | Pronunciation for Speaking | Emphasis for Hedging

When hedging, emphasis can be used to imply agreement or disagreement — this is what I’ll be discussing in today’s podcast. Implied agreement Emphasis can be placed on the adverb or can. It is certainly true that …… Despite some criticism, it can be…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 79 | Speaking Skill | Obtaining Consensus

In a discussion, it is important to establish when the group reaches agreement. So, have we agree that… We all seem to be of the same opinion. Different approaches can be taken to get everyone’s view. These can be more or less structures. Should…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 78 | Grammar | Heading with be, can, could

When speaking in an academic context, it is common to avoid making strong statements. This enables the speaker to discuss different ideas without committing to any particular theory. Heading with Be When hedging with be, use adverbs to show the degree of certainty of…

Rich Dad Poor Dad | S5 – E27 | Lesson V | The CASHFLOW GAME

Just like a board game, the world is always providing us with instant feedback. We could learn a lot if we tuned in more. One day not long ago, I complained to my wife that the cleaners must have shrunk my pants. My wife…

Rich Dad Poor Dad | S5 – E26 | Lesson V | The Rich Invent Money

Once we leave school, most of us know that it is not so much a matter of college degrees or good grades that count. In the real world outside of academics, something more than just grades is required. I have heard it called many…

TOEFL iTP | Errors with Singular and Plural Nouns | Structure & Written Expression

Underlined nouns in the Written Expression section may be incorrect because they are plural but should be singular, or because they are singular but should be plural. Sometimes it is clear that a singular subject is incorrectly used because the verb is plural, or…

Rich Dad Poor Dad | S5 – E25 | Lesson IV | Financial IQ

I remind people that financial IQ is made up of knowledge from four broad areas of expertise: 1. Accounting – Accounting is financial literacy or the ability to read numbers. This is a vital skill if you want to build an empire. The more…

Rich Dad Poor Dad | S5 – E24 | Lesson IV | All Americans Work For The Government

Average Americans today work four to five months for the government just to cover their taxes. In my opinion, that is simply too long. The harder you work, the more you pay the government. That is why I believe that the idea of “take-from-the-rich”…

TOEFL iTP | Errors in Word Choice | Grammar | Wrong Choice of Make or Do

The verb to do is often used in place of to make, and to make in place of to do. In its basic sense, to make means to produce, to create, to construct, while to do means to perform, to act, to accomplish. These…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 76 | Listening | Listening for Speculation & Degree of Uncertainty

Academic speakers often consider possible outcomes, and indicate how certain they are about the issues discussed. To understand the perspective an an academic speaker more fully, listen for language used for: Speculation: might, may, could Degree of certainty: must, is obviously, almost certainly, possibly…