Business English: Case Study – Gen Y Smartphone Addicts

This is something I just LOVE talking about. Yes, this is about 8 months too early, but Business English is the next aspect of English that I’ll be getting into. When I speak about business, in any form, it’s when I feel most alive. So, yesterday I found something super interesting in a book and wanted to share this article with you guys.

‘Gen Y’ or Generation Y refers to young people between 18 and 30 years old. Cisco publishes annual report on technology use in the world — the Cisco World Technology Report. Part of this report looks at how Gen Y people use their smartphones in 18 different countries. Many Gen Y people are smartphone addicts.

These are the points of being a smartphone addict…..

– You check for emails, texts, or social media updates every 30 minutes.

– You look at your smartphone as part of your early morning routine. You gets up — then check your smartphone and get dressed — then check your smartphone and eat breakfast — then check your smartphone.

– You take your smartphone to bed.

– You don’t leave your smartphone behind when you go into the bathroom.

– You send text messages while driving.

– You regularly use smartphone apps in your daily life.

– Does the smartphone addict enjoy life? Perhaps not — two out of five users say they feel anxious without a smartphone to check.


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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 57 – Pronunciation – Stress in Words with Suffixes (Part II)

Hello, everyone! We’re back with some great stuff this morning, and I’m even more excited to go back over stressing in words with suffixes.

-sion/-tion disCUSsion polLUTion
-cious/tious deLIcious ficTItious
-fic/-tic/-mic speCIfic athLEtic
-cial fiNANcial comMERcial
-ity aBILity comMODity

Repeat the words out loud, go to my facebook page, post the word and tell me which syllable is stressed!

  1. Academic
  2. Suspicious
  3. Necessity
  4. Artificial
  5. Protection
  6. Characteristic
  7. Consumption
  8. Superstitious
  9. Condensation

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: IELTS Speaking III with Nattagan

I loved bringing one of my ex-students on. I first started teaching her at a not-going-to-mention-place (lol) just north of Bangkok, but because she was so driven, I stayed in touch with her and decided to bring her on for some IELTS Speaking! Here are some things we covered and questions — plus show notes!


  • What’s the climate like in your country?
  • What effects will the climate have in the future?
  • Has the climate changed in the last 10 years?

Things we discussed:

  • Nattagan’s introduction.
  • Sharing the guest’s experience about IELTS examination. How did she improve herself in the IELTS speaking test?
  • How does she identify her weaknesses in her IELTS speaking?
  • How does she feel about the IELTS part 3 speaking test?
  • What accents were most difficult?
  • Debunking the myth that you can’t ask the Examiner to repeat the question.
  • What is the Thailand’s climate?
  • How has the climate changed over the years?
  • Feedback.
  • Three ways to protect the environment.
  • Feedback.
  • How would climate change people’s lives in the future? The host shared his tips on how to construct ideas and present those ideas.
  • How does climate change affect people how they eat?
  • Different ways to construct ideas for difficult IELTS speaking.
  • How does climate change affect people how they communicate? The host is sharing additional ideas on how climate change affect people how they communicate.
  • Addressing the host’s concerns about being unable to give 3 ideas.


Thank you for listening!


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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.

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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.


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: Season 3 – Episode 56 – Grammar – Non-Defining Relative Clauses

We’re back with non-defining relative clauses today! I hope you guys will enjoy this one as much as I have.

Read sentences a-f and answer the questions.

A. Michael Jordan, who was born in America, was an NBA player.

B. It needed to be a sport which would keep students alert.

C. The man who invented it was Travis.

D. In 2016, when Cleveland went to the NBA championship, the city had finally become champions, eclipsing GS in Game 7 to take home the hardware.

E. Naismith went to Berlin, where the games took place that year.

F. One of my friends live in Mongolia, which is really cold in the winter.


  1. Which sentences do you think are non-defining relative clauses — giving extra, non-essential information?
  2. Which clauses have commas, defining or non-defining relative clauses?
  3. Can we omit the relative pronouns in sentences with non-defining clauses?

We do not use that in non-defining relative clauses.

We always use commas in non-defining relative clauses.

We use non-defining relative clauses to give extra, non-essential information about the person, thing, place or time in the first half of the sentence. The commas work in a similar way to parentheses, showing that the information is not vital to the sentence.

Non defining clauses are not so common in conversation and can seem formal.


Complete the sentences with non-defining relative clauses and the information given.

  1. Golf balls, which are usually white, have a special surface so that they can travel further.
  2. Earl, ___________________________,failed his first driving test. (my friend)
  3. Andy Murray, _______________________________, has won the title. (brother Jamie also plays tennis)
  4. In 2011, __________________________, the final was in England. (Barcelona won the Champions League)
  5. San Pedro Sula, __________________________, is in the Honduras. (the Hondurans national team plays soccer)
  6. Zara Philips, __________________________, won a gold medal for horse-riding. (her grandmother is Queen Elizabeth II)

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: IELTS Speaking Part I – Television

Where do you usually watch TV programmes/shows? Why or why not?

What’s your favorite TV programme/show? Why?

Are there any programmes/shows you don’t like watching? Why/why not?

Do you think you will watch more TV or fewer TV programmes/shows in the future? Why/why not?

Welcome back to another IELTS Speaking Part, everyone! Today are some breakdowns of what to expect and this is from the IELTS Cambridge 13 book.

So, where do you usually watch TV programmes/shows?

The question word is where that’s what’s being asked. It’s very important to understand the -wh question. So, normally someone would watch this in the comfortability of their home. Tell the examiner WHERE and follow up with the “why.”

Always remember to keep the “why” in mind.

What’s your favorite tv program? Why?

For some of you this would be pretty difficult to answer, including myself. I’m not a man that wastes time away sitting in front of a screen. There’s much more to life than that.

However, it doesn’t matter. You will have to answer this question, and that’s when the imaginative side has to come in.

I have to think of a time when I used to watch a TV series, and this dates back to the beginning of 2013 (Hawaii Five-O). I would watch this TV drama series because I loved one of the actors, Grace. However, after a recent dispute regarding salaries, her and another colleague left the show and since then….I no longer watch it.

See, I think back in a point of reference and just use it in the present/present continuous.

Are there any programmes/shows you don’t like watching? Why/why not?

This is great. I would say “all” and give a very hot reason for it.

For some of you who don’t like drama, this is a great way to go about it. The feelings you would feel while watching people mistreat one another on a drama/reality TV show isn’t something you want to feel — because you simply have no control over it.

Do you think you will watch more TV or fewer TV programmes/shows in the future? Why/why not?

In the future, it may be all audio. We may become multi-tasking beings and we’ll never sit down and watch anything anymore. Just think about the future and think about responsibilities that you may have in the near future.

IELTS Reading: Reading Passage + YouTube

Welcome back to another IELTS Reading video, everyone! Here’s a downloadable microsoft word document for you guys, or you can just read the rest of the blog and do it yourself.

However, the key here is to watch my YouTube video at the bottom! Make sure you guys check it out and understand how matching and locating information questions work!

Downloadable PDF

2.1     Spend two minutes skim reading the passage below, so that you are familiar with the type of information it contains.

What is the main purpose of the passage?

  1. to describe the habitat and eating habits of one specific animal
  2. to explain the background to a proposed study into tropical animals
  3. to argue that scientists can learn a great deal from studying nature
  4. to give the findings of new research into an animals’s behaviour

How geckos cope with wet feet

  1. Geckos are remarkable little lizards, clinging to almost any dry surface, and Alyssa Stark, from the University of Akron, US, explains that they appear to be equally happy scampering through tropical rainforest canopies as they are in urban settings. A lot of gecko studies look at the very small adhesive structures on their toes to understand how the system works at the animals grip surfaces with microscopic hairs on the soles of their feet, which make close enough contact to be attracted to the surface by the minute forces between atoms.
  2. However, she and her colleagues Timothy Sullivan and Peter Niewiarowski were curious about how the lizards cope on surfaces in their natural habitat. Explaining that previous studies had focused on the reptiles clinging to artificial dry surfaces, Stark says ‘We know they are in tropical environments that probably have a lot of rain and geckos don’t suddenly fall out of the trees when it’s wet.’Yet, the animals do seem to have trouble getting a grip on smooth, wet, artificial surfaces, sliding down wet vertical glass after several steps. The team decided to find out how geckos with wet feet cope on both wet and dry surfaces.
  3. First, they had to find out how well their geckos clung onto glass with dry feet. Fitting a tiny harness around the lizard’s pelvis and gently lowering the animal onto a plate of smooth glass, Stark and Sullivan allowed the animal to become well attached before connecting the harness to a tiny motor and gently pulling the lizard until it came unstuck. The geckos hung on tenaciously, and only came unstuck at forces of around 20N – about 20 times their own body weight. “In my view, the gecko attachment system is over – designed’, says Stark.
  4. Next, the trio sprayed the glass plate with a midst of water and re-tested the lizards, but this time the animals had problems holding tight. The droplets were interfering with the lizards’ attachment mechanism, but it wasn’t clear how. And when the team immersed the geckos in a bath of room – temperature water with a smooth glass bottom, the animals were completely unable to anchor themselves to the smooth surface. ‘The toes are super – hydrophobic’, (i.e. water repellant) explains Stark, who could see a silvery bubble of air around their toes. But, they were unable to displace the water around their feet to make the tight contact that usually keeps geckos in place.
  5. Then the team tested the lizard’s adhesive forces on the dry surface when their feet had been soaking for 90 minutes, and found that the lizards could barley hold on, detaching when they were pulled with a force roughly equalling their own weight. ‘That might be the sliding behaviour that we see when the geckos climb vertically up misted glass’, says Stark. So, geckos climbing on wet surfaces with damp feet are constantly on the verge of slipping and Stark adds that when the soggy lizards were faced with the misted and immersed horizontal surfaces, they slipped as soon as the rig started pulling. Therefore geckos can walk on wet surfaces, as long as their feet are reasonably dry. However, as soon as their feet get wet, they are barely able to hang on it takes geckos to recover from a drenching.

2.2     Look at this task based on the Reading passage. For each question, underline the type of  information you need to scan for. The first two have been done for you.

Which paragraph contains the following information?

N.B You may use any letter more than once

Write the correct letter, A-E next to questions 1-7 below.

  1. visual evidence  of the gecko’s ability to resist water
  2. a question that is yet to be answered by the researchers
  3. the method used to calculate the gripping power of geckos
  4. the researcher’s opinion of the gecko’s gripping ability
  5. a mention pf the different environments where geckos can be found
  6. the contrast between Stark’s research and the work of other researchers
  7. the definition of a scientific term

2.3     It is important to fully understand what you are looking for in the passage. Answer these questions, based on Question1 in the task above.

1) Which of the following do you think  is ‘visual evidence?’

     A) something the researchers believe

     B) something the researchers have seen

     C) something the researchers have read about

2) Which of the following means the same as ‘ability to resist water?’

     A) soaks up water

     B) sinks in water

     C) stops water getting in    

3) Scan the passage to find ‘visual evidence’ of an ability to resist water. Which       paragraph contains information?

2.4     Study Questions 2-7 in 2.2 carefully and match them to paragraphs A-E. Remember, the questions are not in the same order as the passage. This is because your task is to find out where the information is.


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!

To do
something badly or to savesome time
The architect cut corners on the bridge’s construction, which is why it eventually collapsed.
To go easy on
I heard Rachel’s dad is sick, so we should
cut her some slack on this group project.
Feeling sad or depressed. Erika’s been feeling blue every since her
boyfriend broke up with her.
Finding needle in ahaystack Virtually
impossible to
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
Put in extra
Kelsey has the highest grades in our class since she always goes the extra mile with homework assignments.
Hang in
Be patient. I know it’s hard waiting for the exam
results, but you just need to hang in
Hard up Lack money. Ellie knew I was hard up, so she paid for
my coffee.