TOEFL iTP Course Debut!

It’s set! For all my TOEFL iTPers out there, the Structure & Written Expression Course dates have been set!

On June 1st, the Structure course will debut, featuring EVERY single lesson needed to pass the TOEFL iTP: parallel structures, adjective clauses, noun phrases, XYZ, passive verbs, comparatives, etc. 

July 1st is the Written Expression course debut.  If you’re subscribed to my email marketing, you will get snippets and pre-launch deals between now and then. The course is priced at $50 per course (because it will have between 3-10 hours worth of content), or the bundle will be $80.  They will be quite extensive with lots of work within it (and available on my Podia).

However, you could possibly get them at a 50% discount if you’re on my email marketing list (thearseniobuckshow.com) as a pre-launch deal. So, in saying that, here’s the podcast, follow my IG and stay tuned!

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Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 7: Episode 3 | LinkedIn & Social Media

We’re back! Has connecting with people on LinkedIn ever presented new business opportunities? On LinkedIn, it’s a hit-or-miss market. Last year, I was supposed to start a new short stories series with a voice coach from Jordan, but after being stood up a couple times with zero communication, it failed.

However, did that make me put my guard up and never communicate with people anymore? No.

This year, I’ve connected with the phenomenal Lisa Catto, who appeared in a book I was reading. A wonderful Business English language teacher and solopreneur from Canada, and an international school teacher from Jordan….all through Linkedin, and just recently, I’ve connected with business coaches from Brazil, Turkey, and Chile.

Social media and LinkedIn could be either positive or negative — and it solely depends on the end-user.

Today’s Business English podcast is about that! Early Access ($5 a month) gets you all scheduled podcasts and $30 gets you templates, podcasts, webinars, and 1-hour of business English coaching!

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Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 36 | Success & Change: Macro Achievement

Have you ever started something that you didn’t know would be very beneficial to humanity? I have — and it’s this podcast. When I started it just over 3 years ago, I had no idea that it would be the number 1 TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS podcast across all big platforms. I found a niche market, provided a service, and now I have an amazingly growing community.

In today’s podcast, we’ll be discussing just that, and big achievements throughout our lives.

{Patreon Special} Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 7: Episode 2 | How Important is Networking?

From a perspective of a teacher, it really all depends. I networked within a company and landed some massive opportunities 5 years ago, but I was confined just to that company. When I began networking, presenting at different companies, and became the number 1 trainer in regards to Business English in Bangkok, Thailand, that’s when I got follows and job opportunities from people I had never met before.

From a podcasting perspective, back in 2019, that’s the last year whereas I networked with over 80 entrepreneurs, having just a mere 4 on my friend’s list today (lol). But the amazing insights I got throughout the course of those two years were phenomenal.

How important is networking in your company? In today’s podcast, we’re going to hear from a Belgian, Norwegian and Spaniard.

Available on the Business English Podcast Badge and Early Access Badge!

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TOEFL iTP | Reading | Federal Express

We’re back with another intermediate reading! In this podcast/video, I’ll be breaking down the Federal Express. I’m excited about the amazing TOEFL iTP Course that will debut soon! Stay tuned and make sure you sign up to my email list!

TOEFL iTP Pre-Sale course is available, too, for 50% off (priced at $27 for the Structure which will debut June 1st). You can buy it today and wait for the launch at the beginning of next month! 15 full lessons and 3-4 micro lessons for each one! Course is Here

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Federal Express is a company that specializes in rapid overnight delivery of high-priority packages. The first company of its type, Federal Express was founded by the youthful Fred Smith in 1971, when he was only 28 years old. Smith had actually developed the idea for the rapid delivery service in a term paper for an economics class when he was a student at Yale University. the term paper reputedly received a less-than-stellar grade because of the infeasibility of the project that smith had outlined. The model that Smith proposed had never been tried; it was a model that was efficient to operate but at the same time was very difficult to institute.

Smith achieved efficiency in his model by designing a system that was separate from the passenger system and could, therefore, focus on how to deliver packages most efficiently. His strategy was to own his own planes so that he could create his own schedules and to ship all packages through the hub city of Memphis, a set-up that resembles the spokes on the wheel of a bicycle. With this combination of his own planes and hub set-up, he could get packages anywhere in the United States overnight.

What made Smith’s idea difficult to institute was the fact that the entire system had to be created before the company could begin operations. He needed a fleet of aircraft to collect packages from airports every night and deliver them to Memphis, where they were immediately sorted and flown out to their new destinations; he needed a fleet of trucks to deliver packages to and from the various airports; he needed facilities and trained staff all in place to handle the operation. Smith had a $4 million inheritance from his father, and he managed to raise an additional $91 million dollars from venture capitalists to get the company operating.

When Federal Express began service in 1973 in 25 cities, the company was not an immediate success, but success did come within a relatively short period of time. The company lost $29 million in the first 26 months of operations. However, the tide was to turn relatively quickly. By late 1976, Federal Express was carrying an average of 19,000 packages per night and had made a profit of $3.6 million.

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  1. The most appropriate title for this passage is
  • The problems and Frustrations of a Business Student
  • The Importance of Business Studies
  • The Capitalization of Federal Express
  • The Implementation of a Success Business

2. The word “developed” in line 3 could best be replaced by

  • come up with
  • come about
  • come across
  • come into

3. What is stated in the passage about Smith’s term paper?

  • Smith submitted through a delivery service.
  • It was written by a student of Smith’s.
  • Its grade was mediocre
  • The professor thought it had great potential.

4. What was a key idea of Smith’s?

  • That he should focus on passenger service
  • That package delivery should be separate from passenger service
  • That packages could be delivered on other companies’ planes
  • That passenger service had to be efficient

5. A “hub city” in line 11 is

  • a large city with small cities as destinations
  • a city that is the final destination for many routes
  • a city where many bicycles routes begin
  • a centralized city with destinations emanating from it

6. It can be inferred from the passage that Smith selected Memphis as his hub city because it

  • was near the middle of the country
  • had a large number of passenger aircraft
  • already had a large package delivery service
  • was a favorite passenger airport

7. The pronoun “they” in line 16 refers to

  • aircraft
  • packages
  • airports
  • destinations

8. It is NOT mentioned in the passage that, in order to set up his company, Smith needed

  • airplanes
  • trucks
  • personnel
  • faculty

9. How long did it take Federal Express to become profitable?

  • two months
  • one year
  • three years
  • six years

10. Which paragraph explain WHAT made Smith’s model effective?

  • the first paragraph
  • second
  • third
  • fourth

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TOEIC | Part VI | Future Tenses | Tactic Practice

We’re back! Because a lot of my students answered my IG stories yesterday, I wanted to do a little bit more. The mini-test will be the next podcast/video, but today, I will break down a letter for you.

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Dear Mr. Blackburn,

I am writing about the position in the accounting department that we spoke about last month. As you know, I ________ to work for a year before returning to school to finish my master’s course.

1. a) was planned

b) had been planning

c) will plan

d) had been planned

Since we spoke, my situation has changed. I am now _______ to start my course this coming September, which means that unfortunately, I will have to refuse your offer of a job for the coming year.

2. a) intend

b) intended

c) have intended

d) intending

I hope this will not cause you any inconvenience. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the past two years. Without your help, I would not _______ able to gain such valuable experience in accounting.

3. a) be

b) been

c) have been

d) being

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IELTS | Listening | Diagram | IELTS Trainer: Old Water-mill

We’re back with another super special! Today I’ll be describing to you, in words, what I’m seeing. Then, you’ll be able to see how I’m able to follow the conversation because of it. This is going to be very useful for those of you who have difficulty with diagrams. So let’s get into it!

TOEFL iTP | Reading | Ben Franklin & Thomas Paine

Welcome back to another TOEFL iTP segment! Because my videos on YouTube are now taking off and link clicks are coming through to my blog, I decided that I’m going to start posting more content on here for you guys. So, today’s segment is on literature, Ben Franklin!

TOEFL iTP Pre-Sale course is available, too, for 50% off (priced at $27 for the Structure which will debut June 1st). You can buy today and wait for the launch at the beginning of next month! 15 full lessons and 3-4 micro lessons for each one! Course is Here

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Whereas literature in the first half of the eighteenth century in America had been largely religious and moral in tone, by the latter half of the century the revolutionary fervor that was coming in life in the colonies began to be reflected in the literature of the time, which in turn served to further influence the population. Although not all writers of this period supported the Revolution, the two best-known and most influential writers, Ben Franklin and Thomas Paine, were both strongly supportive of that cause.

Ben Franklin first attained popular success through his writings in his brother’s newspaper, the New-England Courant. In these articles he used a simple style of language and commonsense argumentation to defend the point of view of the farmer and the Leather Apron man. He continued with the same commonsense practicality and appeal to the common man with his work on Poor Richard’s Almanac from 1733 until 1759. Firmly established in his popular acceptance by the people, Franklin wrote a variety of extremely effective articles and pamphlets about the colonists’ revolutionary cause against England.

Thomas Paine was an Englishman working as a magazine editor in Philadelphia at the time of the Revolution. His pamphlet Common Sense, which appeared in 1776, was a force in encouraging the colonists to declare their independence from England. Then throughout the long and desperate war years he published a series of Crisis papers (from 1776 until 1783) to encourage the colonists to continue on with the struggle. The effectiveness of his writing was probably due to his emotional yet oversimplified depiction of the cause of the colonists against England as a classic struggle of good and evil.

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  1. The paragraph preceding this passage most likely discusses
  • how literature influences the population
  • religious and moral literature
  • literature supporting the cause of the American Revolution
  • what made Thomas Paine’s literature successful

2. The word “fervor” in line 2 is closest in meaning to

  • war
  • anxiety
  • spirit
  • action

3. The word “time” in line 3 could best be replaced by

  • hour
  • period
  • appointment
  • duration

4. It is implied in the passage that

  • some writers in the American colonies supported England during the Revolution
  • Franklin and Paine were the only writers to influence the Revolution
  • because Thomas Pain was an Englishman, he supported England against the colonies
  • authors who supported England did not remain in the colonies during the Revolution

5. The pronoun “he” in line 8 refers to

  • Thomas Paine
  • Ben Franklin
  • Ben Franklin’s brother
  • Poor Richard

6. The word “desperate” in line 16 could best be replaced by

  • unending
  • hopeless
  • strategic
  • combative

7. Where in the passage does the author describe Thomas Paine’s style of writing?

  • Lines 4-6
  • Lines 8-9
  • Lines 14-15
  • Lines 18-20

8. The purpose of the passage is to

  • discuss American literature in the first half of the eighteenth century
  • give biographical data on two American writers
  • explain which authors supported the Revolution
  • describe the literary influence during revolutionary America

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Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 34 | Positive & Negative Feedback: Workplace Scenario

Back in 2017, I had a boss that attacked me in more ways than one, threatening me by saying, “if you want to continue working here, we need to have a conversation.”

I had shivers go down my back, and at that exact time, I quit.

First, NEVER be disrespected by anyone who threatens you in that way. Second, the ridiculous conversation we had was all about his feelings and nothing about concrete facts.  I went on to quit and it was the GREATEST decision I ever made.

In today’s podcast, we’re going to listen to a workplace scenario situation and dissect if it was a good conversation or not, as well as other pointers that will help you in all your relationships.

{Patreon Special} TOEFL iBT | 1 on 1 Coaching | Listening: Lecture | Seasonal Migration

BOOM! I’ve been coaching a student from one of the biggest companies here in Thailand, and there was a segment within the 2-hour session that I knew would be very vital for a lot of you out there. So, here’s Seasonal Migration!

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