Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Marwa of Egypt!

I’ve been wanting to get someone on from Egypt, and I finally have!  Introducing Marwa, someone who speaks three languages (two of the most difficult in the world) as she talks about wondrous Egypt, things to do, places to go, climate, and a few other things.  She was inspired to learn English by the TV. series — “Friends.” Podcast down below!

 

Things we discussed:

  • Introduction.
  • Guest speaker and learning German.
  • Reasons for why she enjoyed learning German.
  • Talked about learning the Arabic language.
  • Differences in Arabic dialect in Egypt, Tunisian, Moroccan and standard arabic.
  • How she developed her English.
  • American TV series.
  • How she developed her American accent.
  • Egypt in general.
  • How to travel in Egypt?
  • Weather in Egypt.
  • Egyptian sandstorms.
  • Shared her thoughts on English learning and English communication in Egypt compared to native speakers.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Vart of Armenia!

Today was a very special day.

My goal, as you all know, is to bring on every nationality on the planet.  I know there will be difficulties bringing on some of the African nations like Yemen, Rwanda and Sierra Leone, but it could be done.  The Saudi Arabias of the world, the Venezuela, and even the Guyana.  I will achieve this, and today was another step closer.

Vart, who’s from Armenia, came on to talk about the culture, food, past history, and the neighboring countries.  She also mentioned that the Armenian language is one of the hardest in the world.  So, here I am today presenting you with a relatively short, but mouth-watering podcast down below that you can listen to about a country that isn’t spoken about.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 43 – Grammar – Used To/Didn’t Use To

Used to and didn’t use to can sometimes be confusing, so I decided to make a short blog and podcast about it.

  1. I used to walk to school when I was younger.
  2. They didn’t use to go to the University of Wisconsin.

Rules: We used to talk about about habits in the past. 

Rules: After used to we use the infinitive (present simple).

I used to live in Las Vegas.  Now I live in Bangkok.  Complete the sentences with used to or didn’t use to.

  1. Arsenio _____________ speak Thai all the time.
  2. He _____________travel by bus to work.
  3. He _____________swim in the sea because there isn’t a sea in Las Vegas.
  4. He _____________ to see thousands of people on the Las Vegas Strip.
  5. Because his neighborhood was small, he ______________ know everybody who lived there.
  6. He _____________ wear warm clothes in December.

Task: Complete the sentences that are true for you.  Use used to or didn’t use to.

  1. I ______________ practice English everyday.
  2. I ______________ like drawing and painting.
  3. I ______________ have a mobile phone.
  4. I ______________ read books in English.
  5. I ______________ spend a lot of time at home.
  6. I ______________ spend a lot of time alone.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 42 – Grammar – Past Perfect Tense

Oh, past perfect is here! Do not fear: Arsenio is here!  Honestly, this is just like the present perfect — it’s just you have an action happening before another action.  Here’s the breakdown for you guys.

Look at the sentences.  Which actions happened first?

  1. John was angry at Tim because he had gotten to the theme park before him.
  2. When Stacy had finished talking, she went home.

Rules: We use the past perfect to talk about an activity in the past that happened before another activity in the past.

So, let’s break this down even more.

  1. I put my pyjamas on.
  2. He finished shopping.
  3. They finished their dinner.
  4. He got out of the pool.
  5. We finished the exam.
  6. I found my keys.
  • They left the restaurant.
  • I got into bed.
  • I opened the door.
  • He carried it home.
  • We gave it to the teacher.
  • He dried himself with a towel.

 

Rewrite the sentences in 3a as one sentence.  Put one verb in the past perfect and the other in the past simple. Use when or after.

  1. When I had put my pyjamas on, I got into bed.
  2. After he had finished shopping, he carried it home.

Now it’s your turn!

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Interviewee #15 – Moustafa Sano On Fitness, Learning Five Languages, & Fitting In

It was an afternoon when I received a few video messages in my Instagram inbox.  Here was a guy that I’ve never met before sending me videos.  I was a bit adamant in terms of opening those videos, but I’m glad I did because it ended up  being one of the most inspirational guys ever!

 

Get in touch with Moustafa Sano of Malaysia

– About fitting in, learning 5 languages and fitness.

 

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Things we discussed:

  • Rite of passage in our pre – teen years.
  • Different cultures, values and morals.
  • Understanding of other cultures are important.
  • People’s stories because people deserve to be listened to.
  • Different cultures have different ways of communication.
  • Pain turned to sports without realising it was self – expression to pain.
  • Self – image is important.
  • Need to have an empathy.
  • Fitness is important.
  • Don’t keep your pain inside you.
  • Pain is another key to success.
  • Racial tension or racism in Malaysia.
  • Learning Malay language (Bahasa) through playing football within his neighbourhood.
  • Languages are a way to bridge the gap between foreigners and locals.
  • Talking about personal development on “empathy”.
  • Benefits of reading – how you contextualise?
  • Personal development books that change your life and skills.
  • Pain is a good form of motivation.
  • Being proactive vs reactive.
  • Motivation comes from your morals and values and live life through your imagination.
  • The best way to learn a languages is by getting yourself outside — not by writing.
  • Learn about people’s languages.
  • Watching movies and listening to podcasts.
  • Learning different cultural – expressions through watching movies.
  • Talking about paradigm shifting of habits to growth.
  • Read more, talk more and train or challenge your brain to keep yourself fit in terms of spirituality.
  • The power of giving.
  • Believe in your words.
  • Life filled with fulfilment when you give people more.
  • The impact that you try to give to this world and the people.
  • The purpose of suffering and pain.

 

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