Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC Reading – Part II – Speed Reading

Welcome back, everyone! This is a continuation of what I did last week on my TOEIC video.  Because it gained a lot of subs, traction, and love, I decided to continue what’s hot.  So, here’s the second part of the video I did last week!

I’m posting last weeks’ blog down below so you can see the chart and answer the questions I have at the bottom.

A. The main focus of the chart/table/form

B. Details of how information in the chart/table/form is meant to be used.

C. Information about who the text is from or intended for.

D. Extra details that indicate changes/differences to information in the chart/table/form

E. Background information that relates to the chart/table/form or the people who use it.

F. Details/facts/numbers/dates/names

 

**I’ve put the answers next to the numbers for you guys to understand how it works!

 

1) C

From: johnsmith@gmail.com

To: arseniobuck@icloud.com

Date: October 27th

Subject: November Visit

 

2) A

Dear Arsenio,

 

After my visit last month, I would like to talk about some of the different approaches for improving sales that were discussed at last year’s sales conference.  I would appreciate it if you would set aside the whole day on the 25th of November.

 

(3) B

so that I can meet with you and your sales team.  I am including, in the attachment, the most recent sales figures from last year for you and your team to review before we meet.

See you next month.

 

John

 

4) F Sales of Cars

5)  D                                    Jan-Mar                     April-June              July-August

Toyota                             1521                              655                            *232

Mitsubishi                       756                               943                            1100

Honda                             1873                              800                             422

6) E  * model discontinued in December

 

Questions

 

  1. What does the chart show?

A) The number of vehicles sold by one manufacturer

B) Sales figures for four years.

 

     2. Who sent this email?

A) John Smith

B) Arsenio Buck

 

3. Which model sold the greatest number overall?

A) Honda

B) Mitsubishi

 

     4. Which was the most successful period for sales of the Toyota?

A) July-August

B) January-March

 

     5. What will happen in December?

A) There was a sales conference.

B) The Toyota model was discontinued.

 

 6. How many Mitsubishi’s were sold in December?

A) 465

B) 1100

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 7 – Grammar – Gerunds and Infinitives Part III (Intermediate)

I’m bringing to you some more difficult gerunds and infinitives! The revision is never enough until mastery comes.  Here we go with some more rules and a difficult passage for you all to do.

Gerund Rules

  • As the subject/object of a sentence.
  • With go to talk about physical activities.
  • After prepositions.
  • After verbs of liking or disliking (except when the verb goes with would, would like, would prefer)
  • After certain verbs like admit, avoid, consider, involve, risk, suggest

 

Infinitive Rules

  • To explain why somebody does something.
  • Immediately after adjectives.
  • After too, enough, the first, the last
  • After certain verbs like agree, appear, arrange, ask, decide, expect, forget, help, learn, manage, need, promise, try, want.

Passage

It’s amazing thinking/to think how much T.V. we watch everyday at home.  The problem is that watching/to watch TV can quickly become boring, repetitive, and lead to insanity.  It’s important using/to use a variety of different tools, resources and other things keeping/to keep your brain ageless.  What do I mean by that? For instance, instead of watching/to watch TV, here are some other things that might work for you.

1.

Leaving/To leave your home and disrupting your body’s biochemistry would work.  Research indicates that doing/to do the same thing over and over will become a habit, which is extremely difficult to undo.  Another idea would be getting/to get a book that will help you with what you’re trying achieving/to achieve in life, like personal development books.

2.

Another thing technique is commuting/to commute time.  Almost ten percent of our lives are spent/spending commuting in the mornings and evenings after work.  Helping/To help with that downtime, put on a podcast so increase your English learning capabilities, such as tuning/to tune into Arsenio’s ESL Podcast. Another thing you can do is join groups online that will help you with your personal goals.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 4 – Speaking Skill – Offering Advice and Suggestions

Use some of these phrases below when offering advice to others.  Some are followed by the -ing form of the verb.

  • I suggest going to Siam Paragon.
  • How about getting a new dog to take care of?
  • I’d recommend reading Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist.

Others are followed by an infinitive.

One idea is to volunteer at a daycare center.

It might be a good idea to eat things that will help you emotionally everyday.

Task: Correct mistakes in these sentences.

  1. One idea is to eating more junk food.
  2. I’d recommend to eat more apples.
  3. How about to buy more vegetables in outdoor markets?
  4. It might be a good idea for improve yourself.
  5. I suggest have a healthy snack before going to work.
  6. One way is get a pet.

Task 2: Complete the dialogues with suitable advice.

  1. I really need to find a better place to live.

I suggest __________________________________________________.

2. I don’t know what subject to major in.

How about ________________________________________________.

3. It’s very difficult for me to sleep.

It might be a good idea to ________________________________________.

4. I want to improve my diet.

I’d recommend ___________________________________________.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 3 – Discussion Questions/Critical Thinking

As promised, I wanted to implement some more developing thinking for my ESL learners around the globe (and for my native English speakers who aren’t asked these questions at school).

Nourishment is the topic today.  It means the things that we need to stay alive, healthy and grow strong.

What are some of the best ways to find physical and mental nourishment?

Freewriting – 15 minutes

In the beginning of my entrepreneurial journey, I started meditating before going to work everyday.  It was a money affirmation by Bob Proctor.  I would do it in stillness, laying down with the blinds open.  This would really relax me, my spirit, and all the outside noise that would’ve been going on at the time.  So, this is called meditation/visualization.

Physical nourishment involves me doing strength, core, power, and conditioning training every morning.  After I’m done working out, I feel that I can conquer anything.  David Goggins says, “do the things that suck,” but that “suck” can become a passion.

What are some brain foods that you eat? Do you eat blueberries? Chocolate? Fish? Pasta?

What are some of the differences you feel when you consume brain food compared to when you don’t?

If I eat anything high in sodium, fat, carbs, or fast-food in general (primarily in the afternoon), I feel very lethargic, tired and fatigue.  I often get drowsy, too.  However, if I eat good fat like avocado, blueberries, nuts, or things high in B vitamins, I’m often awake.

What do you feed yourself emotionally? How does it make you feel?

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 2 – Grammar – Modals of Advice

We’re back at some more Modal Verbs and today I want to talk about how often we use these specific ones in terms of telling or advising people to do or not to do something.  Different modal verbs express how strongly you feel something should or shouldn’t be done.

Form

Could

Could: This is most often used to make suggestions and emails.

Subject + could + base form                         A: You could eat blueberries and nuts.                                                                                            B: Could you please send me the article?

 

Should

Should: These are considered stronger/imperative.  You use these when you think actions are necessary.

Subject + should/have to + base form     

Example: You should eat a breakfast complete with brain foods.

Must/have 

Must: is also very strong.  It is often used when there is a negative consequence.  You use it when stating facts.

Subject + must + base form

Example: You must implement stillness into your day to relax your mind and body, or else you will get sick.

 

Task: Choose a modal verb from above that best completes the sentences.

  1. Everyone _____________ find a career they love to do; rather than finding just a job to get by.
  2. You ______________ download my podcast and subscribe to practice your English on a daily basis.
  3. Everyone ______________ use proper etiquette; but not everyone does.
  4. You _________________ implement cardio/conditioning into all of your workouts.
  5. The doctor said that you __________________ be aware of what you eat, or else you’ll get fat.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 (Intermediate) – Episode 1 – Pronunciation – Initial Voiceless & Voiced Consonants

Welcome to the first episode of season 3, everyone! This is the intermediate level, so if I speak too fast, I do advise you to go back a level (season 2) so you can practice.  I’m excited to bring you some more in-depth pronunciation exercises that will allow you to become a more understandable NON-nes speaker.  So, here it is.  It’s time to listen to some pairs of voiceless and voiced words, then you will take an interactive exercise and post your answers to my facebook page.

Let’s begin with a nice exercise.

Voiceless                           Voiced

path                                      bath

time                                      dime

came                                     game

few                                        view

 

Task

Listen to the word pairs in my podcast and write down the correct one I said on my Facebook page.  First I will enunciate each one to show you how voiceless and voiced words are pronounced.  After that, you can number them 1-10 on the Facebook page and write down the word you hear.   Here are the word pairs.

park/bark

push/bush

tear/dear

town/down

card/guard

cold/gold

fan/van

fine/vine

chain/jane

choke/joke

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Review of Season II & Highlights!

I told everyone I would make a blog/newsletter, highlighting the memorable journey that was commenced on June the 20th.  Here it is! Here are some highlights of some of the top podcasts, international guest speakers, and more!

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This was one of the top podcasts of the season.  Articles, which are often confused, can be even more confusing if you don’t know how to use “a” and “the.”  So, here’s the podcast down below for you guys to listen to!

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International Guest Speaker – Philippines

Val, who’s a Filipino living in Cebu, was kind enough to join me for the biggest podcast play in season 1.  She’s an international school teacher with an American accent, something that’s very interesting (and she learned by mimicking everything a foreigner said).  It was sad to finish the podcast early because of loud noises in the hotel, but here’s a nice little feature of that episode in the link down below.

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International Guest Speaker – Indonesia

One of my favorites! This singer, who I found on soundcloud, has a gorgeous voice and is doing great things in life.  Mashye, who lives in Jakarta, joined me on a podcast late at night (and I’m emphasizing that because my energy is quite low).  Here’s the link!

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Different Uses of Get

This was another ground-breaker for ESL students, having problems using get in collocation form.

 

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Noun Suffixes

Prefixes and suffixes can change the meaning of any base form.  It could make it a noun, adjective, or even a negative.  Here’s a podcast and a blog on just that.

 

 

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Phrasal Verbs – Reading & Writing

Phrasal verbs are often confused with students who are learning English.  These phrasal verbs can also be confused with idioms.  There are phrasal verbs that are associated with a variety of different things, but in this episode, I decided to cover some that are associated with reading and writing.

 

These, along with a few others, helped a lot of students over the course of the season.  So, if you guys are interested in more videos, be sure to click the links below to get the podcast and follow me on social media for more updates!

 

Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7hdzplWx6xB8mhwDJYiP6f?si=5vUca3p2QGuWPZbhzCRwBw

Podcast on FM: https://player.fm/series/2288534

Podcast on TuneIn:  https://tunein.com/podcasts/Language-Learning-Podcasts/Arsenios-ESL-p1117391/

Podcast on ListenNote: https://www.listennotes.com/c/778cf3cfd2564ba5b01f693bfebc96de/arsenio-s-esl-podcast/

Podcast on CastBox: https://castbox.fm/channel/Arsenio’s-ESL-Podcast-id1251433?country=us

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Arseniobuck/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIzp4EdbJVMhhSnq_0u4ntA

Website: https://thearseniobuckshow.com/

Q & A: ArsenioBuck@icloud.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arsenio-buck-9692a6119/

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Kyara of Mexico!

This was one of the best conversations I’ve had in a long time.  Kyara, who’s from Mexico, talked about some funny things, shared some wonderful locations to travel, and talked about her English language learning wisdom.  Here’s the podcast and show notes!

International Guest Speaker Kyra from Mexico

 

Things we discussed:

  • Introduction of Fernanda.
  • Talked about Mexico City and Fernanda’s perspective of Mexico City.
  • What is your perspective about big cities like Mexico City?
  • What is the biggest city in Mexico?
  • Introduction about small places in Mexico.
  • Introduction of Aztecs and Mayan people and their cultures, customs and differences in Mexico.
  • Sharing about Mexican cuisine.
  • Sharing about accents and different accents.
  • How did Fernanda start learning English?
  • Immerse yourself in English instead of translating in Spanish.

 

Thank you for listening!

 

Thank you so much for joining me for this podcast. Please do write down some feedbacks and comments. Please do share this podcast to your social media.

 

Links:

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Final Episode – Grammar – Future Forms

And this is the end of Season 2! Season 2 debut June 20th of this year, and almost four months later, it’s making its end.  I will be posting a newsletter/blog about the most notable podcasts, most listened to, and my best takes from the season, so stay tuned for that! Nonetheless, Season 3 will make its debut this upcoming Monday (keeping the momentum and not stopping what I love to do.

Grammar

Future Forms

We can use both will and going to to talk about actions and events we think will happen in the future.  Add definitely for the 100%, most likely for the 75-90%, or probably for the 55-70% to express how sure you are that something will happen.

 

Affirmative

Subject + will + adverb + base form                   Ex: I will definitely go to Singapore                                                                                                                       next month.

Subject + am/is/are + adverb + going to          Ex: I am probably going to attend the                                                                                                   wedding ceremony tomorrow.

 

Negative

Subject + adverb + will not + base form           Ex: I definitely will not go to Egypt next                                                                                                                       month.

Subject + am/is/are + adverb + going to             Ex:  I am probably going to go to Bali                                                                                                             during New Years.

 

Asking questions

Will + Subject + base form                                     Ex: Will you attend her graduation?

Is/Are + subject + going to + base form               Ex: Are you going to attend her                                                                                                                           graduation?

Wh- + will + subject + base form                          Ex: When will your new job at Changi                                                                                                                Airport begin?

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS – Comparing Information

Yes! We’re getting into the bulk of it now.  It’s time to learn how to make comparisons.

When comparing information, especially on your Writing Task 1, it’s very important that you use a range of structures to make comparisons.  When you compare bar graphs, you can often fall below the 150 word mark because you’re lacking comparisons — kind of like when you do a map.  Here are some examples.

  • More males than females chose basketball over badminton. (more + noun + than)
  • Fewer females than males chose basketball. (fewer + noun + than)
  • The TV was more popular among males than females. (more/less + adjective + than)
  • The most popular form of communication was the internet. (the most/least + adjective)

These are four different variations (more coming on my webinar and in my book) that you can use to improve your writing.  Example, if you’re making between 2-5 comparisons, if you use four of these, that means you’ve used four different ranges in your writing — which is a huge plus.

Technique: You can also compare information by using as ………. as when numbers are very close, by using not as many ………..as. 

 

Task

Make comparative sentences based on the notes above.

Examples: females/males/pick/Facebook – More females than males pick Facebook as their main social network platform. 

a) males/females/choose/the skytrain

b) women/men/select/Facebook

c) the Internet/choose/males/females

d) females/males/pick/the radio

 

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