Arsenio’s ESL Pronunciation Course: Introduction to Phase III!

Grateful! The third course will be launched within a week, and for all my YouTube family, if you’re interested in 2 hours of exclusive content and a follow-up of the previous two courses, let’s get into it! When I launch the course (or when it’s launched) I’ll be back to tell you guys where you can find the link. In the meantime, check out the content of my other two courses down below.

Pronunciation Course Phase II: https://www.udemy.com/share/102wQS/

Pronunciation Course Phase 1: https://www.udemy.com/course/arsenios-american-esl-pronunciation-phase-1/?referralCode=8C3941AAFB58102377C4

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Pronunciation Course Part III!

Course Content

You will learn:

  • Common stress patterns in words with more than one syllable.
  • How to make a syllable sound stressed in English.
  • Where to stress words with common suffixes.
  • The pronunciation of longer, multisyllable words, especially academic, scientific, and technical terms.
  • More about vowel sounds in stressed and unstressed syllables.
  • Basic rhythm patterns in phrases and sentences.
  • The kinds of words that are generally stressed.
  • The kinds of words that are generally stressed.

Learning outcomes:

  • Word stress in compound nouns.
  • Word stress in numbers.
  • Word stress in two-syllable verbs.
  • Word stress in two-syllable noun-verb pairs.
  • Word stress in Two-Word verbs.
  • Stress in abbreviations.
  • Know how to enunciate suffixes beginning with –i.
  • Suffixes –graphy and –logy
  • French suffixes
  • Initial stressed words in sentences.
  • Unstressed words in sentences.
  • Reducing structure words.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 59 – Pronunciation – Correcting Information

We’re back with some more pronunciation and today we’re going over the correction of information. I’m going to use the word “actually, “which is a softener. It’s useful when you are correcting a previous statement. If you introduce your response with actually, you will sound more polite.

Here are some sentences you can complete with friends.

  1. Mark Twain wrote the book The Lord of the Rings.
  2. Mt. Fuji is in Thailand.
  3. Australia is the biggest country in the world.
  4. The mini-mart is over there.
  5. Kyoto is the capital of Japan.
  6. Lunch is at twelve thirty.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Vocabulary – Personality Adjectives

Wow! I accidentally scheduled this for two months out. Apologies!

Ahhh, personality adjectives! Who loves describing people, or trying to describe people, but they don’t have the adjectives at hand to do so? Referring back to the google dictionary that completely mistranslates the point you’re trying to get across? Rest assured! I’m here to give you some personality adjectives!

First, trying thinking of the possible opposites of these words: clever, friendly, hard-working, patient, polite, quiet, reliable, serious, tidy.

Do you think you would like this person in the text?

Henry is one of my best friends, but we’re quite different. He’s usually quite shy and reserved. When you go out with him to a party, he doesn’t usually talk to many people, especially if he’s never met them before. He’s a very sensitive and tactful person. He does his best not to hurt anyone’s feelings. In that sense, he’s quite mature. He’s really gifted and talented, too. He can play three instruments really well. But because he’s so modest and down-to-earth, only his good friends know just how talented he is. His favorite type of music is classical, but he’s quite broad-minded, musically speaking. He’ll listen to any type of music as long as it’s good. I don’t want to give the idea that Henry is perfect though. He can be very insecure at times, especially when he starts worrying about how he’s going to do in exams. And he can also be a bit bad-tempered, getting angry for no good reason. He’s still a great friend though.

Gateway B2

Match the following words with the ones in bold above: big-headed (two words), good-natured/easygoing, immature, narrow-minded, outgoing (2 words), self-confident, tactless (2 words).

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 62 – Vocabulary – Adjective Suffixes

We’re back with some more suffixes! Hope you guys like this one, but it’s a bit difficult, so brace yourself!

Which of these words are noun and adjectives: Aristocracy, aristocratic, care, careful, careless, comfort, comfortable, fame, famous, luck, lucky, science, scientific, terrible, terror, uncomfortable.

Turn these words into adjectives and write them in a columns that look like this on a sheet of paper: Artist, danger, enjoy, help, hunger, mystery, nature, office, sense, use

-y -ic: artistic -able -ible
-ful -less -al -ous

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Vocabulary – Work Conditions & Responsibilities

Welcome to the specials, people! I told you that I would be unleashing a tirade of podcasts/blogs this weekend because I’m a bit backlogged, and so let’s kick it off with some vocabulary and a nice excerpt from one of my favorite books about jobs in general.

You don’t need special qualifications to do my job, except for a driving licence. I deal with the public. I’m responsible for getting them where they want to go. It’s a stressful job because of the traffic and because my passengers are often in a hurry. I work outdoors, but because I’m inside my car I work in quite good conditions. I’m self-employed, not an employee in a company. I don’t earn an enormous salary.

Who am I?

I work in dangerous conditions. One day I’d just like to work indoors in an office and do paperwork, or maybe even manual work. I’m not very well paid considering the amount of work I do. It’s a skilled job because you need special training to do it. For example, you need to learn to control a big crowd of people. But really, it’s experience that teaches you to deal with criminals.

Who am I?

I would like some of you to create your own paragraphs with some of the vocabulary down below.

  • Architect
  • Bank manager
  • Construction worker
  • Head teacher
  • Office worker
  • Personal assistant
  • Physiotherapist
  • School caretaker
  • Software engineer
  • Vet

Working Life

  1. You have flexible working hours.
  2. You sometimes work during the day and sometimes at night.
  3. You work extra hours.
  4. You spend a long time working.
  5. You don’t work all day.

a. Work long hours

b. Do shift work

c. Work from nine to five

d. Work full-time

e. Be on flexitime

f. Work part-time

g. work overtime

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 in Aktobe, Kazakhstan, has gone over some tips on how to improve your writing.

International Guest Speaker Nathan from Kazakhstan

  • Entrepreneur

Things we discussed:

  • Brief introduction given by Nathan to the listeners.
  • Kazakhstan’s winter
  • The basic of IELTS writing. What are some of the problems that students encounter in IELTS?
  • What are the basics of IELTS writing?
  • How much will it affect the IELTS scores for minor mistakes?
  • The marking scheme for IELTS writing. What is Nathan’s advice for IELTS students for their writing?
  • Discuss about the length of an IELTS writing task and formats.
  • Problem with the way students are approaching the IELTS writing questions.
  • How to jumpstart IELTS writing?
  • Reading and writing skills complement each other.

Thank you for listening!

 

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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 immediate and clear image in our minds. Instead of just a cold day, perhaps it’s chilly, bitter, or freezing?

Add these words to the correct columns.

Words: awful, delighted, enchanting, gigantic, gorgeous, huge, joyful, sizzling, steaming, terrible

beautiful hot big happy bad
lovely scorching massive cheerful unpleasant
striking blistering enormous thrilled dreadful
stunning stifling immense ecstatic horrible

TOEIC Reading: Agendas and Letters + YouTube

Welcome back to another TOEIC, everyone! So the target today is to go over this on the YouTube down below. So, what you can do is of course figure out what the answers are first and then watch my YouTube video, or you can go straight to the YouTube. The choice is yours.

Question 10 -12 refer to the following agenda and letter.

Walken Student Empowerment Conference

Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 10

2.00 P.M.    Open Registration – Walken University Park

3.30 P.M.    Welcome and Introduction by Dean Alison Murret – Griffen Hall

4.15 P.M.    First speaker: Harry Lothian – St. Exupery Auditorium

                  Chair of Economics, Senior Student Advisor

                  “Transition from lecture hall to boardroom”

5.00 P.M.    Main speaker: horst Van Buren – St. Exupery Auditorium

                  Chairman of Alliance Department Stores

                  “Making your way in the real world – struggles and successes”

6.00 P.M.    Reception with Horst Van Burren – Vimy Atrium

7.00 P.M.    Dinner at the Brownsville Inn

 

Dear Mr. Van Buren,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the very interesting and motivational talk at our conference last Thursday. I am sure the students found it particularly inspirational as they prepare to make their way in the working world.

Thank you also for the generous award donation that you made and for agreeing to present the grand price during the reception after your talk.

I am sure I speak for the rest of the faculty and the student council when I say we would be honored if you would consider speaking at future conferences.

With sincerest appreciation and best wishes.

Yours,

Alison Murrett

Alison Murrett

10.     For whom was the conference probably intended?

         (A) High school students applying for university

         (B) Students who will soon graduate from university

         (C) Former university students who are now working

         (D) Company workers taking university night school courses

11.     What is suggested about Mr Van Burren?

         (A) He has spoken at the university before.

         (B) He is a teacher of economics.

         (C) He attended Walken University as a student.

         (D) He has given some money to the university.

12.     In the letter, the word ‘rest’ in paragraph 3, line 1 is closest in meaning to

         (A) relaxation

         (B) gathering

         (C) remainder

         (D) excess

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEFL Idioms Part V

Welcome back, everyone! I’m bringing to you today another special — TOEFL IDIOMS! I haven’t done this in some time, but here’s the next round!

Cut
corners
To do
something badly or to savesome time
The architect cut corners on the bridge’s construction, which is why it eventually collapsed.
Cut
someone
some
slack
To go easy on
someone.
I heard Rachel’s dad is sick, so we should
cut her some slack on this group project.
Feeling
blue
Feeling sad or depressed. Erika’s been feeling blue every since her
boyfriend broke up with her.
Finding needle in ahaystack Virtually
impossible to
find.
These days, finding a job that doesn’t
require experience is like trying to find aneedle in a haystack.
Get some
shut eye
Sleep. I have a big exam tomorrow, so I need toget some shut eye.
Go the
extra
mile
Put in extra
effort.
Kelsey has the highest grades in our class since she always goes the extra mile with homework assignments.
Hang in
there
Be patient. I know it’s hard waiting for the exam
results, but you just need to hang in
there.
Hard up Lack money. Ellie knew I was hard up, so she paid for
my coffee.

 

 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 53 – Vocabulary Skills – Suffixes -ful & -less

Welcome back to another ESL podcast! I’m back with some more vocabulary today, and of course, your favorite type of skill….

SUFFIXES!

Two common suffixes you can add to words to make adjectives are -ful and -less. The suffix -ful means “full of” (fearful = full of fear, cheerful = full of cheer) and -less means “without” (fearless = without fear). For some words, either suffix can be added. For others, you can use on suffix but not the other.

-ful -ful and -less -less
successful painful/painless priceless
beautiful hopeful/hopeless sleepless
stressful thoughtful/thoughtless jobless
  useful/useless homeless

Task

Look at these word roots. which can take -ful and which can take -less? Which can take either? Make a diagram like the one above.

Words: harm, truth, power, point, beauty, care, help, worth

-ful -ful and less -less

2. Match the root word and correct suffix -ful or -less to complete these sentences.

Words: stress, home, fear, harm, wonder, point, success, power

  1. It’s _____________ to have come here. I’m so glad you invited me to come to this speaking engagement.
  2. A phobia is more than merely being _______________of something, like heights.
  3. You probably fear failure because it may be ____________ to your image.
  4. You feel ____________ when you’re in situations that you cannot control.
  5. Traveling can be very _____________ for a lot of us.
  6. After a lot of hard work, he was ___________in finally establishing himself as the CEO of the company.
  7. Her friends tried to reason with her, but it was _____________. She wouldn’t listen.
  8. In America, 1 million government workers are fearful that they may become _______________.