Tag: english

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 14: Pronunciation – Word Stress & Intonation in Questions

Yes/no questions have rising intonation.  This means the voice rises on the last stressed syllable and then keeps on rising until the end of the sentence.  Sometimes, the last stressed syllable is the last word of the sentence.  Wh- questions have a rising-falling intonation. …

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 13 – Grammar – Present Perfect: Ever & Never

I remember doing this particular exercise with some students on an evening back in 2014.  For the first time, I looked lost while teaching.  They were asking me about auxiliary verbs and I had not a clue what they were.  After a few months,…

The Most Important Questions of Your Life

The most important questions that schools do not ask students.  I’ve done this before, and I’ve also replicated what Vishen Lakhiani did in one of his videos.  These questions are vastly important for a lot of people, but yet they go undiscovered because of…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Val of The Philippines!

So grateful to bring on my 5th country, and this one features a remarkable ESL teacher (born in the Philippines) who is devoted to changing lives.  Her accent, which somewhat sounds like an American accent, is pretty interesting. With the continuity of practice comes…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 12 – Speaking Skill: Making Suggestions & Plans

Making suggestions and plans can ultimately lead to confusion amongst the ESL population. I’ve seen Colombians, Indians and Japanese get into a shouting match because one didn’t understand the plans of the other.  There are lots of different expressions you can use, but asking…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 11 – Grammar in Context – Relative Pronouns

Relative pronouns are my absolute FAVORITE. I never learned about these different types of sentences when I was back in grade school.  Today I’ll be going over defining relative pronoun clauses, but my absolute favorites are the non-defining clauses.  Get ready! Relative Pronouns Vietnam…

Arsenio’s ESL Cafe: Speaking Skill – Ordering Food

In countries like Thailand, not much etiquette is needed for ordering. However, in foreign countries (only giving America as an example), you’re normally welcomed by a very enthusiastic waitress.  Here are some useful expressions for ordering food. Useful expressions to order food The waiter/waitress…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 10 – Pronunciation – Beginning Blends – pl, bl, br, fl, sp

Hello, everyone! I was teaching one of my students yesterday and realized how critical blends are.  Most students around the world aren’t taught how to blend the beginning of words, so I’m going to go back to the absolute basics and help you all…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 9 – Grammar – Phrasal Verbs Part II

Welcome back to another ESL podcast, people! I had one of my ex students request a second blog/podcast for phrasal verbs, so here it is! Here’s round II of the madness! Again, thanks to all my supporters who continue supporting my podcast, viewing my…

IELTS Speaking Self-Assessment + Podcast & PDF

Here’s a full guide on how you can build everything from your fluency and coherence, to lexical resources, and grammatical range.  All the mechanics of English will be put to the test in order for you to attain your definite chief-aim.  PDF is also…