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 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

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 _______________.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Additional Relative Clauses Exercise

Hello, everyone! As promised, here’s the second installment of the podcast/blog I did WAYYYY earlier today. I wanted to go more in-depth with clauses because I know a few of you may have not understood.

Extreme ironing is an unusual sport which was invented in 1997 by an Englishman whose name is Phil Shaw. He had to do ironing at home, but he preferred to go rock climbing. So he decided to combine the two things. Of course, ironing and climbing are two activities that don’t have a lot in common. but now people do it all over the world. When Phil was in New Zealand, he started an organization called Extreme Ironing International. Diving, skiing, skating, and parachuting are some of the other sports which people have combined with ironing. Underwater, in the air and on top of the mountains are just some of the strange places where people have done this sport. Ben Gibbons and John Roberts are two Englishmen whose adventure with extreme ironing became a short film, Extreme Ironing to Mount Everest.

Gateway

Second Task

Use the following relative pronouns to complete the sentences: who, which, whose, when, where, that

  1. The winner of the 100m dash in the olympics is the person ________ finishes first.
  2. A referee is the person ___________ job is the control the game.
  3. 2016 is the year ___________ Euro was played.
  4. A Tatami is the place __________ you do Judo.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 51 – Pronunciation/Speaking Skills – Content Words

“Content” words carry the most meaning in a sentence so receive more stress. They include questions words, nouns, most verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and negative auxiliary verbs (don’t, won’t, hasn’t, etc).

“Function” words give a sentence its grammatically correct form. They carry little meaning so are unstressed. They include articles, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, the verb be, and affirmative auxiliary verbs (do, can, did, etc).

Listen to the audio in the podcast down below to understand what words are stressed.

  1. Doctors can help people with phobias.
  2. Alice saw the little snake and screamed loudly.
  3. I am helping my friend with his fear of water.
  4. I didn’t know you were afraid of flying.
  5. Phobias are powerful but very treatable.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 50 – Developing Vocabulary – Phrasal Verbs Connected with Sports

We’re back with some more phrasal verbs! Because these particular blogs and podcasts are very popular, I love to debut them weekly. Here we go!

  1. She took up a new sport because she was bored during the winter.
  2. You should always warm up before going for a run so that you can reduce the chances of cramping.
  3. The Baltimore Ravens knocked Pittsburgh Steelers out of the playoffs in Week 17, so the Steelers won’t be participating in the postseason.
  4. Hey! Are you from around here? Want to join in?
  5. I gave in while playing Danny in ping-pong during college; it was impossible to beat him!
  6. They really want to win so they’re going to go for the two-point conversion.
  7. She’s really fit because she works out at the gym everyday.

Definitions

  1. Prepare for a sport or another activity by doing gentle exercises.
  2. Stop competing and accept you can’t win.
  3. Try very hard to win or get something.
  4. Start participating in an activity with other people who are already doing it.
  5. Start a sport or hobby.
  6. Do physical exercise.
  7. Eliminate somebody from a competition by beating them/make somebody unconscious.

Complete the sentences with the correct form of the phrasal verbs.

  1. I’m going to _______________ badminton. Tomorrow I’m going to buy a racket.
  2. Yesterday we played in the Final Four. We aren’t in the final because the other team _____________ us ______________.
  3. Why don’t you __________?
  4. She’s got the right conviction to become a champion. When she’s losing, she never ________________.
  5. It’ll be a hard race but she’s going to ______________ the championship.
  6. He pulled his hamstring because he didn’t _________________ before running.
  7. They’re really strong. They _________________in the gym, doing weightlifting.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Part III (Listening) Mini-Test

Welcome back to some live coaching, everyone! I’m Arsenio, as always, and I’m bringing to you today another mini-test — this time from Part III.

Now practice what you have learnt at the actual test speed

1.      What does the man want the woman to do?

(A) Visit some customers

(B) Send some packages

(C) Attend a meeting

(D) Give him some names

 

2.      What is the man’s problem?

(A) He cannot find the post office.

(B) He has to buy a present.

(C) He does not know the woman’s address.

(D) He is late for a meeting.

 

3.      What does the woman request?

(A) A list of addresses

(B) The time of a delivery

(C) The location of a meeting

(D) A map of the city

 

4.      What does the woman want?

(A) To share a ride

(B) To go shopping

(C) To borrow Eric’s car

(D) To look at new cars

 

5.      What is the woman’s problem?

(A) She has missed the bus.

(B) Her car is broken.

(C) She is late for work.

(D) She does not know the area well.

 

6.      What will the man do?

(A) Visit the woman’s company

(B) Show the woman to the bus stop

(C) Repair the woman’s car

(D) Drive the woman to the central office

 

7.      What does the man suggest the woman should do?

(A) Visit the theatre

(B) Move her vehicle

(C) Lock her car

(D) Enter the building

 

8.      What does the woman ask?

(A) Directions to a city park

(B) Assistance reading a sign

(C) Information about a theatre

(D) The location of available parking

 

9.      Why was the sign not visible?

(A) It was around a corner.

(B) It has fallen over.

(C) It was hidden by a tree.

(D) It was behind a van.

 

10.    What is the problem with the man’s watch?

(A) It needs a new battery

(B) The glass is broken

(C) It does not keep time correctly

(D) It is expensive to repair

 

11.    What will cause a delay?

(A) There is a problem with the battery.

(B) A strap must be ordered.

(C) New watches have not yet arrived.

(D) The watch must be sent out of town.

 

12.    When will the watch finally be ready?

(A) On Monday

(B) On Tuesday

(C) On Wednesday

(D) On Thursday

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Listening Part IV – Mini-Test

Now practice what you have learnt at actual test speed with question 1- 12.

1.      Where is the announcement taking place?

(A) In a college classroom.

(B) At a company board meeting.

(C) At a computer conference.

(D) In a department store.

 

2.      What is the main purpose of the announcement?

(A) To summarize sales volumes.

(B) To suggest areas for research.

(C) To advertise a product.

(D) To outline a business plan.

 

3.      What is suggested about the EL401 standard desktop computer?

(A) It has become less popular.

(B) It has risen in price.

(C) It is popular with college students.

(D) It is exceptionally reliable

 

4.      According to the announcement, why should discarded items be put          in bags?

(A) To keep city streets clean

(B) To reduce waste collection costs

(C) To make materials safe to handle

(D) To avoid attracting hungry animals

 

5.      On what day are leaves and grass collected?

(A) On Tuesday

(B) On Wednesday

(C) On Thursday

(D) On Friday

 

6.      By what time should bags be placed outside?

(A) By 7.00

(B) By 7.30

(C) By 8.00

(D) By 8.30

 

7.      Who most likely is making this announcement?

(A) An automobile salesperson

(B) A police officer

(C) A weather reporter

(D) An insurance company representative

 

8.      According to the announcement, what should drivers do in poor                weather conditions?

(A) Adjust their driving to road conditions

(B) Listen to the weather report

(C) Plan the shortest possible route

(D) Pull into the side of the road

 

9.      When are listeners invited an Auto and Marine agent?

(A) When roads are blocked

(B) When safety tips are unclear

(C) When a vehicle needs maintenance

(D) When a mobile telephone is not working

 

10.    What is the purpose of this announcement?

(A) To announce some important computer improvements

(B) To apologize for some incorrect information

(C) To explain the cause of a computer system failure

(D) To describe how to send company e-mail

 

11.    What has caused a problem?

(A) The installation of computer games

(B) The opening of an infected file

(C) The failure to install company software

(D) The sharing of computer passwords

 

12.    What are computer users reminded to do?

(A) Keep a record of all passwords

(B) Open attachments only from familiar senders

(C) Install a better security system

(D) Purchase new computers

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