Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 102 | Vocabulary Preview for Reading | Negatives & Positives

We’re going to switch gears and go to tourism for a couple of segments. What I have below is positives, and your goal is to match them with their negatives. Following that, I have some questions to discuss before the big reading!

  1. slam
  2. disregard
  3. poorer
  4. troubled
  5. detrimental
  6. decay
  7. hostile
  8. ruin
  • growth
  • enhance
  • praise
  • advantageous
  • unconcerned
  • pay attention to
  • better off
  • friendly

Tourism companies should do more to keep their customers happy. Do you agree?

Can tourism create a number of problems for countries which rely on it?


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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 116 – Vocabulary + Speaking – Metaphors – Happiness and Sadness

This is a super interesting podcast and one that’s very highly sought after because people loved it. Nonetheless, tune into ways you can use metaphors of happiness and sadness, as well as the speaking task in my podcast down below.

Complete the metaphors with these words: air, cloud, lift, moon, seventh, up, world

  1. Things are looking _________.
  2. This will __________ your spirits.
  3. I’ve been walking/floating on__________ since I got the news.
  4. She’s over the __________.
  5. They’re on top of the ________/on__________nine/in__________heaven.

These expressions describe sadness.

  1. She’s feeling blue.
  2. Things are looking gloomy/bleak.
  3. I’ve been feeling a bit down/low recently.
  4. My heart sank when I found out.
  5. It cast a shadow over the meal.
  6. She’s in low spirits.
  7. I’m feeling down in the dumps today.


The Biggest Thing Most Podcasters Do Wrong? 21 Questions

There’s one individual, who’s extremely tactful (and won’t name), who boasts his earnings, mentors, people making money, millionaires, blah blah blah. I don’t really care about that….I care about how are you pushing humanity forward. Entrepreneurs, as egotistical as they are, are shoulder shrugs and just a shade of what they could really be. Some entrepreneurs are philosophers, others are just people trying to make money to cover up their insecurities by buying garbage that they don’t need.

Some podcasters are simply that….podcasters. They’re not really into the personal development realm, nor do they know much about it. They’re just based on 21 questions.

  • What was holding you back from becoming an entrepreneur?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
  • What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success?

These are questions that they ask. I got it, they’ve been doing it since 2010-2012, but how is that going to help the listener?

What’s holding you back as an entrepreneur is often the same reply — “other people’s opinions.”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Who cares? As a listener, how about “what’s the best piece of advice that you can give the listeners?”

What’s a personal habit that contributes to success? How about just having a conversation that loopholes into morning/nightly routines?

What is one thing you’re FIRED UP about today? See, these are 21 questions….get the drift? Something that could be formulating, kind of like synergy, could be completely lost when you ask a question that doesn’t relate to what was being said before. It’s like listening to Oprah, Ellen, or any host from T.V. They’re not really hearing you…they’re just asking a bunch of random questions, like TV show hosts do, and crack some jokes (like Ellen) in the process.


Over the last year or so, I stopped listening to most podcasts because I feel I get NOTHING out of them. An incredible host that I still listen to today is Pat Flynn. He’s extremely candid, laid back and almost has a personal/storytelling feel to it…all on top of getting some valuable tools out of a lot of his interviewees. Yes, he’s an entrepreneur. No, he doesn’t know much at all about personal development, but he helps his listeners.

Authenticity is being raw. Being real. David Mauro, who’s an author and speaker who scaled Everest (and the 6 other highest peaks on every individual continent), told a story. Such a riveting one — at that. This one acted as a disruptor and related to not only me, but so many of us out there. I took him on a journey…because I’m excellent at digging into the core of an individual. This is called being authentic.

Another Problem — Interruptions

This could be the biggest annoyance. Let me give you an example, having Tony Robbins and Gary Vee on AskGaryVee was super cringe. They constantly interrupted each other and talked over one another. Anytime you interrupt someone, you lack tact. Period. When you lack tact, you fit in with the billions of other men who also lack tact, and then your podcast becomes unbearable to listen to.

The Sum Up

Being real and talking about personal things that relate to your topic is the best way. I look at a lot of podcasters and they’re terrified to reveal the REAL them. Most podcasters try speaking about personal development, but in fact, they don’t know a goddamn thing about it. What they learn is what the hosts talk about. Some hosts are extremely boring and condescending, like the ones who have interviewed David Goggins.

You need to be unique. If you fit in with mediocrity, you’ll be just that. Please, don’t adopt what anyone else does and be like the rest because no one likes answering 21 questions. Some of my favorite podcasts I’ve taken off my phone because I really get nothing out of it. AUDIOBOOKS is where I learn a ton from, so listening to Rich Dad Poor Dad over and over is better than any podcast I’ve ever listened to, period.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: TOEIC – Episode 015 – Part 3 Listening – Conversations

For those of you who watched my Facebook live, here are the questions I promised you. For those of you who will watch my YouTube down below, here are the questions — OF COURSE!

Let’s get into this.

  1. How long has the man been at his current job?

a. One year

b. Two years

c. Six years

d. Seven years

2. What are the man’s future plans?

a. To continue his education

b. To open his own business

c. To move to a new city

d. To change careers

3. What does the man say about the company?

a. He has learned a lot while working there.

b. He plans to continue working there.

c. He wants to work for the company in a different city.

d. He hopes to become a manager in the company.

4. Where are the speakers?

a. At a bus stop

b. At an auto repair shop

c. At a taxi stand

d. At a parking garage

5. What is the man concerned about?

a. The way to get home.

b. The traffic on the road.

c. The cost of transportation.

d. The time to fix the problem.

6. What does the woman suggest?

a. Going to another shop

b. Using a taxi

c. Waiting a few hours

d. Buying a new car.

Introducing My Patreon: Silver Badge (ESL Learners) Sneak Peek #1

Boy, this has been a long-waited launch. Since the beginning of my podcast, which I’ll post at the bottom of the page, I always asked myself how can I give more and monetize? After listening to various opinions of people who have ALREADY BEEN THERE, I finally created a four-tier badge system on Patreon to deliver more tools and great things to my ESL learners!

For those of you who have been on my blogs as of late, some of you love viewing my ESL podcasts, but you probably want more. I’ve had a number of people ask me about additional material, moreover want to give me remuneration for me helping them. I’ve been very bashful about it all, but then finally without shoving down the faces of all of you — I’ve come up with a system that can accelerate your English learning even more.

The Silver Badge – $10 a month

This is the first of 4-5 tiers that I’ll be launching, and today is just the introduction. The silver badge is going to be priced at $10 a month and will require me to do much more work on three other podcasts for those who are looking for more material, videos, hints, tips and guides.

Sneak Peek #1 – Choosing Extended Material

What do I mean by that? Well, every Friday and on my Facebook page, I will put a poll of the podcasts for the upcoming week. On the poll will be groups of podcasts that I will cluster together and ask you, “which podcasts would you like me to feature on the Silver Badge this week?” You can vote, and if you want to switch a podcast over and put another on in the “no” category, you can. It all depends what you guys want for the week, so remember that.

I will make content for three podcasts per week.

Next Peek – Worksheets/PDF’s

That’s right. I want to add an additional worksheet to each debut so you guys have something you can practice, look over, and handy throughout your commute or additional material in general.

On my blogs, I normally write a couple of things, but not too much or additional material. On my patreon, which I will have links of on every blog starting next Friday, will have everything.

So, today is the official pre-launch!

One-Year Anniversary! Arsenio’s ESL Podcast!

I was consulting an ex-colleague and he told me, “your personal development podcast doesn’t have information, and it’s hard for people to go down the list and find information.”

“If you do an English language podcast, learn from that.”

My goal was to do only pronunciation (thank the universe I didn’t), but then I implemented everything into it. If I had started doing random things all over the place, my podcast/blogs would end up like EVERYONE else. So, I carefully considered exactly what my intent/purpose was. I decided to start at the elementary level and I’ve climbed the ladder, steadily to the upper-intermediate level.

It’s just been such an amazing journey because at this time I was listening and reading Gary Vee’s Crushing it. He talked about content creation, hashtags, podcasts, and a few other needs. I knew there was a need in the realm of English education. I saw YouTube videos and said to myself, “man, I got a WAYYYY better personality than these people,” and those were the top YouTube Subscriber accounts, too. I made it, and it worked out wonders. Doing collaborations and having people share with other individuals helped me, too. And now the rest is history.

Top 10 Countries

  • United States
  • Japan
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • France
  • Vietnam
  • China
  • Spain
  • Iran

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 12 – Developing Vocabulary – Word Formations/Noun Suffixes

More suffixes! They never get old, do they? Let’s get into this! I want you guys to decide what type of noun each of these words is and then put the suffixes in the correct column.

Words: accuracy, actor, coincidence, happiness, interaction, movement, participant, personality, psychologist, researcher.

Noun – abstract/concreteNoun – person
-cy = accuracypsychologist.

2. Add suffixes in the table to the words below. You can possible add more than one suffix.

  1. science
  2. argue
  3. describe
  4. intelligent
  5. sincere
  6. invent
  7. similar
  8. frequent
  9. speak
  10. lonely

3. Match the suffixes with the word. After that, think of at least one more word containing each suffix.

  1. free
  2. fail
  3. import
  4. safe
  5. friend

a. -ure

b -ance

c – dom

d -ship

e -ty


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 8 – Pronunciation – Can or Can’t?

Boy, I’ve gone through this on so many occasions over the last couple of weeks, so it’s time to finally understand Can and Can’t.

How do English speakers distinguish between can and can’t? Do they depend on the /t/ sound in Can’t? Unfortunately, the /t/ often blends into the next word in the phrase. English speakers rely primarily on rhythm patterns and the vowel sound.

I can’t trust him. (2 stressed words)

I can trust him (1 stressed word)

The negative word “can’t is stress; it has a long, clear /ae/ sound: /kaeng/

The structure word “can” is unstressed; it has the reduced schwa vowel sound: /kan/

Sometimes “can” sounds like there is no vowel sound: /kn/

Listen to my podcast down below. I will say one of the following sentences and you will pick the sentence I say out loud: a or b.

  1. I can hear you.
  2. I can’t hear you.
  3. I can meet you at the airport tomorrow.
  4. I can’t meet you at the airport tomorrow.
  5. I can go swimming tomorrow afternoon.
  6. I can’t go swimming tomorrow afternoon.
  7. He can see us today.
  8. He can’t see us today.
  9. I can drive home later.
  10. I can’t drive home later.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3: The ‘How To’ Guide – How To Start Conversations

So, a very interesting conversation came up last Sunday morning with a student in my Sunday class and she said, “teacher, how do I speak with foreigners?”

It’s one of the most difficult questions to answer, but in becoming a good conversationalist over the past decade, I know what people want to talk about: themselves!

That’s right.  The first thing someone wants to talk about is their personal life, where they’re from, or their passions.

The situation went like this. One of my students approached a man in line at a coffee shop and she told him where to stand.  After that, she kindly asked him where he was from.  Now, men can have preconceived notions, so the first thing she was afraid of was “what if he thinks I’m hitting on him?” Well, you would tell rather quickly.  If he’s interested, his body language can change.  There are so many different things that can be said and learned in conversing with foreigners, and it calls comes down to the learning experiences.

So, the guy, who she was talking to, said that he came to Thailand with his girlfriend.  My student should’ve immediately said, “oh, nice! Well enjoy your stay!” Just to avoid any friction.  Don’t pursue the conversation because in some cultures, that could be extremely offensive.

My conversation technique? Oh, it’s the best! And it’s ONLY in the podcast.