Topic: Drop These Types of Business Partners

Some people are just so ignorant.

My intuition nudged at me a few months ago about a guy who made a ridiculous comment through a text message. So, I blocked him, but after going to a business where we have mutual business partners, he was there. I decided to unblock him and give him a chance — but after I caught him in a couple of lies and he tried throwing me under the bus by throwing a long-term business partnership in flames….I backed off.

Then there was an ignorant comment such as, “oh, I guess it didn’t feel good making less than ________ baht this month.”

First, never talk about a black man’s money.

Two, why would you even make a jaw-dropping, head-scratching ridiculous remark like that?

Three, Hold this BLOCK.

In this podcast, I talk about NEVER IGNORING THE INTUITION. If someone makes a comment straight off the back and something tells you “I don’t like this person,” that voice is your intuition and you should listen to it.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 123 | Discussion Point | Expanse – Cairo’s Overpopulation Problem

We have some wonderful discussion points and an audio about Cairo potentially getting a new capital. Here are some discussion questions and questions to discuss after listening to the podcast down below.

  • Do you think building the new city will solve the problem of overpopulation in Cairo? Why/why not?
  • What impact do you think moving the administrative and financial centers will have on both the new city and the city of Cairo? Why?
  • Do you think citizens will see the new city as an attractive place to move to? Why or why not?

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ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 122 | PRONUNCIATION FOR SPEAKING | PROMINENCE IN QUESTIONS

Key words such as nouns and main verbs are usually stressed in English. In direct question with a question word, this question word is stressed, along with other key words. Yes / no questions tend to use rising intonation at the end to show it as a question.

What did you buy? Did it cost a lot?

Polite indirect questions tend to be longer and have reduced stressed on the question heads. Weak forms of the words link together and sounds are left out.

Could you tell me how you decided?

Listen for the key words within the reduced forms of these longer questions.

  1. Listen and read the questions. Identify the key stressed words.
  1. Can you tell me if you bought anything unplanned?
  2. I wonder if I could ask you a few questions?
  3. Can you tell me why you decided to come shopping today?
  4. Can you tell us how these biases can be avoided?
  5. To follow up on that, would you mind telling me how much money you spent on this trip?
  6. So on the basis of what you just said, if i understood correctly, you don’t have a specific budget when you go out shopping….is that right?
  7. Could you please explain what choices you made in terms of actual stores, and what were the determining factors in those choices….

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Wheel of Life: March 2020 Edition – Quarantine

We’re back with another Wheel of Life edition! Big special shout out to the people who have read this for years already, and this is a deep special because this was the life-changing moment I needed.

Who would’ve ever thought that quarantine would be great. Losing my job for about 6 weeks ended up being the pusher for me to transform my subconscious mind. But before I get into that, in brief, here are the categories to rate yourself in:

  • Personal development
  • Physical environment
  • Health
  • Wealth
  • Career
  • Family & friends
  • Fun & hobbies
  • Romantic Relationships

In this blog, I should finally discuss the transformation and leave the podcast down below for you to listen to the other categories. Be sure to share your scores!

Personal Development

Mira Butler had come forth in an idea and we acted on it. She wanted to create a UDEMY course, but even before that, we were having long, hilarious chats about a variety of things until we finally said “let’s do this.” I went through her personal transformation course, and everything that had hindered me in the past finally dispersed. The level of consciousness, the gratitude, and the unbelievable opportunities that are coming into my life is because I no longer have a hindrance. Are you ready for this podcast? Let’s do it!

Can Facebook & Google top Zoom? NOT!

I’ll try making this as unbiased as possible.

Because the COVID pandemic, tutors in Thailand have profited massively from it. Meanwhile, language centers have completely dithered and fallen apart because they were romantically in love with the past. In saying that, zoom’s profit, around the world, has skyrocketed 1,300 percent because from the schools in America, to every other country in the world….zoom is a MASSIVE HIT.

It took a pandemic to boost the stock to unforeseen heights…and that wasn’t overnight. This was a 9-year making.

Then Mark, the man we are still unsure about the entire Cambridge Analytica and how he helped Trump win the election, has launched his own platform. He’s trying to sway people from zoom and for them to come on Facebook messengers live video with over 50 participants, but we all know how bad Facebook calls and videos are.

When it comes to chat applications in general, they honestly don’t do well. Viber is probably the best when it comes to making phone calls, but anytime I’m on Facebook or Line, the voice fades and video continuously freezes.

Brandy Loyalty?

Like Apple, Facebook has their fans. Although they’ve misconstrued algorithms and they’re forcing you to buy ads to have a more significant reach, the tides have completely changed on both Facebook and Instagram. Before, Instagram hashtags were fantastic at bringing newcomers onboard. I’m talking circa 2018. Now, it’s impossible to get anyone from hashtags because now that Facebook owns Instagram, that mentality has spilled over to IG, too. My highest video reach always involves younger women being interviewed with me. In videos that I have a strong message — forget about it.

So will Facebook enthusiasts make a drastic change from the zoom platform to stick with their guns at Facebook? Or will someone like myself, who’s been using zoom for over a year, make a change because it’s free?

Google Hangouts = Bottom of the barrell

As I was sitting at my desk listening to a group of 5 students give their presentation with the program director of Waterloo University, the audio was in and out. I can count a handful of times where it just didn’t work, and that was a frustrating experience. However, google is FREE. So anytime you use something for FREE, don’t expect it to be its full 100%. Zoom, which has an astronomically better platform than any other videos service, especially social media, is a paid one — 40 minutes of group chat is all you get. When it comes to schools, however, they are upgraded for free — which is a cool perk.

But going back to google, the features just aren’t there. You can’t use audio from your computer, whiteboard material, file sharing, etc. Some people would say “you can,” but it’s not like zoom.

The last time I used google was when I had to give a 20-minute presentation to a group of employees from a company here in BKK. When I first joined the room, the audio was gone. I couldn’t hear a damn thing…so I had to restart my Mac and sure enough — it began working. Just imagine if it was a live interview and google did that to me? So much for getting a job! That’s unreliability at its finest, and because Google likes to depict places in the world as being bad (Africa — off topic, but true)….I would NEVER use their platform as a reliable service.

Conclusion

Mark loves competition, but his product is faulty. Facebook pages and algorithms have taken a significant hit, and because of it, someone who has a group of 800,000 people would only get 1000 video likes because notifications don’t pop up for the other 99%. Facebook has intentionally orchestrated this, and if they’re not in it for the best interest of the end user, I would NEVER support a new service…especially someone that they rollout just to make a quick buck.

Google almost lost me a potential job because their platform is shambolic…and I think that’s all that needs to be said.

TOEFL iTP | Listening | Part A | Finding the Main Idea of Q & A

Woohoo! We’re back with some TOEFL iTP listening! It’s been a very long time since I’ve done this, but now that I’ve figured stuff out on zoom and how to record audios without interruption, I wanted to give you guys a Main Idea and Subject talk break down for once. In this episode (video and podcast down below), you’re going to hear me break down five questions and how to find the answers. So, if you guys have any questions, let me know. Here are the questions and you’ll have to listen/watch down below for the breakdowns. Enjoy!

1. A) Carla does not live very far away.

B) What Carla said was unjust.

C) He does not fear what anyone says.

D) Carla is fairly rude to others.

2. A) She thinks it’s an improvement.

B) The fir trees in it are better.

C) It resembles the last one.

D) It is the best the man has ever done.

3. A) He graduated last in his class.

B) He is the last person in his family to graduate.

C) He doesn’t believe he can improve gradually.

D) He has finally finished his studies.

4. A) He thought the dress was so chic.

B) He was surprised the dress was not expensive.

C) He would like to know what color dress it was.

D) The dress was not cheap.

5. A) Leave the car somewhere else.

B) Ignore the parking tickets.

C) Add more money to the meter.

D) Pay the parking attendant.

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TOEIC | Listening | Part 2 | QUESTION & rESPONSE | beCOMING fAMILIAR WITH oFFERS & rEQUESTS

Welcome back to the TOEIC blog, everyone! This is a recap of everything I talked about in my last podcast/video (down below). So let’s dive into some small snips.

1. Offers

Offers start with the would, could, can, may, or do you need.

  • Would you like some help?
  • Do you need anything from the store?
  • May I leave early?

2. Requests

These somewhat fall under the same modals, but the sentence structures are slightly different.

  • Could you tell me how to get to….
  • Would mind if I borrow your pen?
  • Could I borrow your phone to make a call?

3. Opinions

These are loaded with question words, so you need to listen with intent by hearing what’s being asked and listening for the closest answer.

  1. How was his presentation?
  • I don’t think we’ll find a lower one.
  • Good. He really is an amusing speaker.

Test Tactics/Tips

  • Social interaction, including offers, requests and opinions, is a common feature of Part 2.
  • Common distractors from this section include use of the same word/similar sounds or incorrect meaning.
  • Repeat each question and answer choice silently after you hear it. This will help you to remember and compare the meaning.

Listen for more in the podcast down below!

TOEIC Listening

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RICH DAD POOR DAD | S5 – E46 | LESSON VIII | 10 sTEPS TO dEVELOP yOUR pOWERS

Guys, welcome to the first two of the ten steps on how to developer your powers. These excerpts below are from Robert Kiyosaki’s book, so make sure you tune into the podcast at the end to hear me explain how you can do it.

1. Find a reason greater than reality: the power of spirit

If you ask most people if they would like to be rich or financially free, they would say yes. But then reality sets in. The road seems too long with too many hills to climb. It’s easier to just work for money and hand the excess over to your broker.

Rich Dad Poor Dad

I once met a young woman who had dreams of swimming for the U.S. Olympic team. The reality was that she had to get up every morning at four o’clock to swim for three hours before going to school. She did not party with her friends on Saturday night. She had to study and keep her grades up, just like everyone else.

When I asked her what fueled her super-human ambition and sacrifice, she simply said, “I do it for myself and the people I love. It’s love that gets me over the hurdles and sacrifices.”

A reason or a purpose is a combination of “wants” and “don’t wants.” When people ask me what my reason for wanting to be rich is, I tell them that it is a combination of deep emotional “wants” and “don’t wants.”

I will list a few: first, the “don’t wants,” for they create the “wants.”


I don’t want to work all my life. I don’t want what my parents aspired for, which was job security and a house in the suburbs. I don’t like being an employee. I hated that my dad always missed my football games because

Quote from Vientiane Embassy in Podcast Down Below

he was so busy working on his career. I hated it when my dad worked hard all his life and the government took most of what he worked for at his death. He could not even pass on what he worked so hard for when he died. The rich don’t do that. They work hard and pass it on to their children.

Now the “wants.” I want to be free to travel the world and live in the lifestyle I love. I want to be young when I do this. I want
to simply be free. I want control over my time and my life. I want money to work for me.

Those are my deep-seated emotional reasons. What are yours? Be greater than your reasons. I have lost money and been set back many times, but it was the deep emotional reasons that kept me standing up and going forward. I wanted to be free by age 40, but it took me until I was 47, with many learning experiences along the way.

As I said, I wish I could say it was easy. It wasn’t. But it wasn’t
that hard either. I’ve learned that, without a strong reason or purpose, anything in life is hard.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A STRONG REASON, THERE IS NO SENSE READING FURTHER. IT WILL SOUND LIKE TOO MUCH WORK.

2. Make daily choices: the power of choice

Choice is the main reason people want to live in a free country. We want the power to choose.

Financially, with every dollar we get in our hands, we hold the power to choose our future: to be rich, poor, or middle class. Our spending habits reflect who we are. Poor people simply have poor spending habits. The benefit I had as a boy was that I loved playing Monopoly constantly. Nobody told me Monopoly was only for kids, so I just kept playing the game as an adult. I also had a rich dad who pointed out to me the difference between an asset and a liability. So a long time ago, as a little boy, I chose to be rich, and I knew that
all I had to do was learn to acquire assets, real assets. My best friend, Mike, had an asset column handed to him, but he still had to choose.

Most people choose not to be rich. For 90 percent of the population, being rich is too much of a hassle. So they invent sayings that go: “I’m not interested in money.” “I’ll never be rich.” “I don’t have to worry.
I’m still young.” “When I make some money, then I’ll think about my future.” “My husband/wife handles the finances.” The problem with those statements is that they rob the person who chooses to think such thoughts of two things: One is time, which is your most precious asset. The second is learning. Having no money should not be an excuse to not learn. But that is a choice we all make daily: the choice of what we do with our time, our money, and what we put in our heads. That is

the power of choice. All of us have choice. I just choose to be rich, and I make that choice every day.

Invest first in education. In reality, the only real asset you have is your mind, the most powerful tool we have dominion over. Each of us has the choice of what we put in our brain once we’re old enough. You can watch TV, read golf magazines, or go to ceramics class or a class on financial planning. You choose. Most people simply buy investments rather than first investing in learning about investing.

A friend of mine recently had her apartment burglarized. The thieves took her electronics and left all the books. And we all have that same choice. 90 percent of the population buys TV sets, and only about 10 percent buy business books.

So what do I do? I go to seminars. I like it when they are at least two days long because I like to immerse myself in a subject. In 1973, I was watching this guy on TV who was advertising a three-day seminar on how to buy real estate for nothing down. I spent $385 and that course has made me at least $2 million, if not more. But more importantly, it bought me life. I don’t have to work for the rest of my life because of that one course. I go to at least two such courses every year.

I love CDs and audio books. The reason: I can easily review what I just heard. I was listening to an investor say something I completely disagreed with. Instead of becoming arrogant and critical, I simply listened to that five-minute stretch at least 20 times, maybe more. But suddenly, by keeping my mind open, I understood why he said what he said. It was like magic. I felt like I had a window into the mind of one of the greatest investors of our time. I gained tremendous insight into the vast resources of his education and experience.

The net result: I still have the old way I used to think, and I now
have a new way of looking at the same problem or situation. I have two ways to analyze a problem or trend, and that is priceless. Today, I often say, “How would Donald Trump do this, or Warren Buffett or George Soros?” The only way I can access their vast mental power is to be humble enough to read or listen to what they have to say. Arrogant or critical people are often people with low self-esteem who are afraid of taking risks. That’s because, if you learn something new, you are then required
to make mistakes in order to fully understand what you have learned.

If you have read this far, arrogance is not one of your problems. Arrogant people rarely read or listen to experts. Why should they? They are the center of the universe.

There are so many “intelligent” people who argue or defend when a new idea clashes with the way they think. In this case, their so-called intelligence combined with arrogance equals ignorance. Each of us knows people who are highly educated, or believe they are smart, but their balance sheet paints a different picture. A truly intelligent person welcomes new ideas, for new ideas can add to the synergy of other accumulated ideas. Listening is more important than talking. If that were not true, God would not have given us two ears and only one mouth. Too many people think with their mouth instead of listening in order to absorb new ideas and possibilities. They argue instead of asking questions.

I take a long view on my wealth. I do not subscribe to the get-rich-quick mentality most lottery players or casino gamblers have. I may go in and out of stocks, but I am long on education. If you want to fly an airplane, I advise taking lessons first. I am always shocked at people who buy stocks or real estate, but never invest in their greatest asset, their mind. Just because you bought a house or two does not make you an expert at real estate.

ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 120 | gRAMMAR | INVERTED conDITIONALS: unREAL pAST reVIEW

We’re back with a special review of something that I had already recovered in the previous season. There’s no harm in reviewing! So, with that being said, more emphasis can be placed on the result of unreal past conditionals using the following inverted construction; had + subject + (not) + past participle.

Had upbringing been taken into account, the importance given to genetics may have been lessened.

Had they not been raised in such an unstable environment, the twins may not have had such propensity for crime.

This can also be a useful structure for commenting on the results of someone else’s research;

The research suggests that had the group received a better education, they wouldn’t have gone on to exhibit criminal tendencies.

Use the prompts to write inverted conditional sentences.

  1. negative influence of her peers / might not develop criminal tendencies

I’d ague that _____________________________________________________________________.

2. Roberts not be labeled a criminal / he not go on to a life of crime

Lebert would argue that __________________________________________________________.

3. subjects raised in a more stable environment / they cause fewer problems at school.

It seems highly likely that _________________________________________________________.

4. they grow up in a more affluent area / far less likely to turn to crime.

This implies that __________________________________________________________________.

5. the study be conducted today / results may be different

Critics argue that __________________________________________________________________.

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ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 119 | CRITICAL THINKING | STRENGTHENING AN ARGUMENT

To strengthen an argument, it is necessary to add support from alternative sources. These will typically be quotations from experts or research into the topic. Finding multiple sources of studies to support the same main argument further strengthens the argument. For example; Various studies have also found a correlation between intelligence and crime. Moffitt et al. found that men with a lower IQ went on to commit two or more crimes by the age of twenty. Denno (1994) also tested the intelligence of nearly 1,000 children at different points in their life and found a consistent negative correlation between IQ and criminal behavior.

There is not a strong correlation between low levels of intelligence and crime. In fact, many types of crime require significantly high levels of intelligence in order to commit the crime.

  1. Why is this not a particularly strong argument?
  2. What evidence would strengthen their argument?

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