Pronunciation Course Debut on Facebook, YouTube, Early Access Patreon Badge!

For the first time ever, I’ve taken my courses off UDEMY and now they’ll be debuting on my Facebook page! I’m so excited to bring you up to 30 videos over the next 30 days, leading to the debut of Phase IV and V on podia (stay tuned). I made these pronunciation courses initially for those of you who have difficulty with pronunciation in general. This is a comprehensive course that will require you to send your home to me, check your speech profile, your pronunciation levels, etc. Because UDEMY’s marketplace isn’t very good, I decided to focus on my real demographic, which is obviously my ESL Podcast, FB page, YouTube, etc. So, here’s the introduction to what you’ll be learning today! For the next 30 days, tune in at the same time. Also, make sure you check my blog for the template debut and coursework on a consistent basis.

If you want access to all the audio forms now, go to my Patreon! All links are down below!


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Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 5 | Daily Routine – Hot-Desking

Welcome to another Business English podcast! Just want to tell everyone first that I’m SO GRATEFUL that you guys are loving these podcast. The plays are up 25% compared to my general English podcasts, so I’m glad you guys are loving it!

In today’s episode, we’re going to be talking about what your routines are, whether you’re a student or if you have a job/business. Also, we’re going to introduce the controversial topic of hot-desking, an office space (desk) that is shared between a number of people throughout the day. Do you share your personal space (at work or school) with other people? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Tune in!


IELTS | Developing Speaking | Impromptu Topics

You read it right! In today’s podcast/live video, we’re going to be discussing how you can quickly think on your feet. I was having a discussion with a nurse recently and she has constant pauses and hesitations. This could be for a number of reasons, but the goal here is to rewire how you think. I don’t have difficulty with answering topics because there are associations/feelings with each word. For instance, if you say deforestation, I quickly think of either the fires raging in Brazil or the deforestation that takes place, quietly, in the north of Thailand. So, with that being said, here are some topics that you can write on index cards and play the game with your friends to start boosting your response rate.

  • Challenging experience
  • Learning English
  • Future studies
  • Benefits and drawbacks to international aid organizations
  • You’ve been doing a long time
  • Disadvantages for online auction sites
  • A family you take after most…
  • Your childhood neighbors
  • Why do you go on holiday?
  • Working with children in orphanage
  • What do you dislike about science?
  • New technology effect on future employment
  • Extreme diets
  • Online learning
  • Business leaders
  • Climate change
  • endangered species
  • Refugee crisis
  • The future of cinema

Put the above bullet points on index cards and play it with friends!

TOEFL iBT | Part 4 Question | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Biological Clocks

With his wife cheering him on in the background, here’s the final question and the last of this series.  Biological clocks, a part 4 question with a lot of detail, was given to him and it, as you would expect, was a bit difficult.  It’s all about separating information though and note-taking, so in the beginning, you can expect to have some resistance. But as you may have heard in the coaching sessions with one of my Peruvian students, it could be manageable and built up over the course of 5 hours — literally.


TOEFL iBT | Part 2 Question | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Free Shuttle Service

Welcome back to the Part II of the coaching segment with one of my students. So, in this podcast, you’re going to hear that my student had difficulty hearing it at the beginning. Although you will be able to hear and take notes on the free shuttle service recording, why couldn’t he? Again, it’s another case of the “I didn’t take notes because I wasn’t able to separate information accordingly.” It’s completely fine, but it could be problematic come test day because you get only one chance.  This was just a tester from the beginning of my coaching with him, so he has gotten far better.  But in the beginning, it was hard for him to take notes on particular lectures. 

The Good

  • Great opening
  • Two reasons…..
  • Chronological order

The Need for Improvement….in the podcast….

Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6 | Sales | Three Accents, Sales, Customers, & Targets

BOOM! A fully loaded podcast we have here! In today’s episode, we’re going to listen to Robert Harrison, head of Marvel Property Solutions; Lisa Catto, who works for The Back Office; Motivational Speaker Phil Berg of BNI UK & Ireland; and Wiktor Kostrzewski, author of quite a few books — talk about idioms, managing customer expectations, and sales targets.

Also, you’ll hear Lisa and Roberty speak about Lead Generation Magnets and which ones they prefer.  Phil Berg will give some profound advice in regards to “time-wasters” and story-telling Wiktor about being caught in the wrong position. Get ready!

By the way, hoping to bring on Lisa and Robert at some points, so stay tuned!

Update: Lisa Catto has responded and it looks like a podcast may brew — or at least, some selling tips!


TOEFL iBT | Part 1 Question | Speaking | Spending vs. Saving

Months ago I had a client from Palestine who was looking to pass the TOEFL iBT, and because he would freak out so much, he would lose his thought, become discouraged and stop taking notes (as you’ll hear in the next few podcasts).

In this speaking question, he got only 15 second to prepare. Here’s how he did.

  • Thesis
  • Stance
  • Plan to buy a car
  • Save money for his wife
  • Buy a house

He had structure overall and backed up his thesis in terms of supporting details. However, it could’ve been better if he had said “invest” instead of “save.” Because if he saves money only to spend it on a car and house, that’s not really saving, right? But investing in future ownership is different. So it’s a little difficult to say which is better. Also, his grammatical errors were a bit of a problem…and that might make him stumble over his words, cause hesitation and lose his thought.


IELTS Live Coaching | Speaking | Sourabh of India | Speaking Parts II & III

WOOHOO! Sourabh has been a great help in terms of joining my podcast. I’m excited to introduce this to you today because, in this half-hour snippet, I give Sourabh valuable feedback. Now, he’s been on my developing speaking podcast before with one of my favorite Tibetan students, so this isn’t the first time. The interesting part about this is making it a mock environment, meaning doing it in front of a live audience, and the nervousness had set in. So this is great for students to take part in. Enjoy!


TOEFL iBT: Complete the Summary Question | Patreon Sneak Peek

The “Complete The Summary” question is one of the two question types that are different from the usual multiple choice questions we’ve dealt with, so far. This question type requires you to choose three correct answers, not just one. It is also important to know that in this question, sometimes there are more than three correct answers, but you need to choose the THREE answer choices that express the most important ideas in the passage. 

This question type is normally the last question you’ll answer per reading passage.

Let me get this straight. Even though an answer choice is found and expresses an idea in the passage, it is incorrect because it does not express the most important idea?

Yes! That’s exactly right!

So what you need to do is determine if the answer choice is a main idea vs a detail or displaying wrong information.

  1. If an answer choice is a main idea, the answer choice restates the main idea of a paragraph or multiple paragraphs. That’s a good choice. In TOEFL reading passages, the main idea of a paragraph is usually found in the first two sentences of the paragraph. The remaining sentences are most likely supporting details. However, sometimes the first two sentences can be vague, so in this case, you’ll need to continue reading the next couple sentences to understand the main idea.
  2. If the answer choice is a detail, it’ll restate a minor point mentioned in a paragraph. Even though it is correct information, it’s not a good choice.
  3. If the answer choice describes content that is not found in the reading or is wrong according to the reading, then of course, eliminate it.

If you want to read the rest of the document, tune into my Patreon Badge (TOEFL iBT) down below or inquire about it today!


TOEFL iBT | Patreon Special | Speaking Question 4 | Canyons | What Notes to Take

Welcome back to another TOEFL iBT speaking question, everyone! Today we’re going to be discussing speaking question 4 and for good reason. Earlier I was coaching one of my students and we had come across a very difficult segment. There were three reasons, along with an extensive opening introduction, and she was at a loss of where to go about taking notes. I told her that she wouldn’t be able to take ALL THE NOTES, so her goal would be to do this instead….which is down below in the video and podcast.