TOEFL iBT | Integrated Essay Evaluation | How to Score a 28-29!

It’s not clickbait, my student really did write such a phenomenal essay(s) that I had to share this content with all of you out there. See exactly her sentence structures, gerunds, passive gerund, made a list using a colon, and so much more. These complex structures will absolutely guide you to the promise land of TOEFL, so if you’re having difficulty in your Integrated Essay, watch this, take notes and apply!

Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Overcoming Racism in The Workplace

WOW! Just like 2013, 2014, 2015 all over again! It’s unbelievably unfortunate that I work under the umbrella of people who completely degrade me, lie to me, and are totally unethical, but my values, principles and everything I represent will reign! In today’s podcast, you’re going to hear a bit of a past me, things I had to overcome, present situations, and now to navigate these types of storms in life.

Note: two weeks later, out of the 6 people who I thought were minimizing me and my potentiality, only one of them was. 5 of them fought for me, and in the end, I did get my class back, as well as an additional class and my first-ever corporate class with the company.

In the end, NOT EVERYONE has a myopic point of view, and for the first time since living in Thailand, Thai women stuck up for me and what was right. So I’m truly blessed to work alongside some amazing human beings. For the one that minimized me, I simply will never deal with them again and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.


TOEFL iTP | Reading Course Snippet | Vocabulary-In-Context | 4 Techniques for Vocabulary Questions

Hello, all! Here’s another snippet! This one is is going to be AMAZING because in this snippet, I show you exactly how you can defeat the vocabulary questions by using four techniques!

The bundle course is NOW AVAILABLE in the link down below (Structure, Written Expression and Reading all combined for an amazing $100 only!). Someone had inquire today about it and I decided to make it free, so now you have exactly 9 days!

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TOEFL iTP | Reading Course Snippet | Multi-Paragraph Passages | European Farmers

Hello, all! Here’s the next snippet! It’s relatively short, but you know what’ll be in store for you!

The bundle course, which will debut between September 15th and September 22nd, is NOW AVAILABLE in the link down below (Structure, Written Expression and Reading all combined for an amazing $100 only!). Someone had inquire today about it and I decided to make it free, so now you have exactly 10 days!

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TOEFL iTP | Reading Course Snippet | Answering Overview Questions | Off-Broadway Theater

Hello, all! Today is the first day of the next six where I’ll be sneak peeking my way to the debut of the reading course! It’s finally here, and I’ve set a deadline for myself! Very excited about this one because you guys are going to learn so much from this, along with the answers, tips, tricks, and techniques!

The bundle course, which will debut between September 15th and September 22nd, is in the link down below (Structure, Written Expression and Reading all combined for an amazing $100 only!).

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TOEFL iBT Membership | 1 on 1 Coaching | Independent Essay Review

Welcome to another super special! The video is available on my TOEFL Membership, however, you have the ability to listen to this 1 on 1 coaching session with one of my students from Nicaragua. You guys will understand more about the structure of essays and see how you can improve yours!


Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 7: Episode 32 | How to Upgrade Flights & Hotels Using Polite Language

Have you ever asked for an upgrade? If you have, you probably didn’t get it. Do you want to know how to get an upgrade without directly asking for it? Etiquette and polite language mean all the differences in the world, so in this podcast, you’re going to learn how to do just that!


TOEFL iBT | Reading | Webinar Snippet | Session III

Welcome back to another webinar snippet! There will be lots of webinars coming on the weekends (snippets) with potential full ones this upcoming December. Very excited about debuting this one because I truly believe that both Thais and Elena will do a PHENOMENAL JOB on their reading! In saying that, I’m excited to debut this one, and if you want the full webinar, the link is down below!



TOEFL iTP | Reading | Course Preview & Vocabulary-In-Context | Civil War

Welcome back to a WONDERFUL reading special! So, if you’re listening to this on my ESL podcast, we’re just two days away from the full launch (September 15th). However, if you’re watching this on September 3rd (Facebook, IG, or YouTube), you’re in luck!

This is a wonderful pre-course episode for what’s in store in my wonderful reading course (TOEFL iTP), and this is a full reading lesson that you will see in my course, too. The course, between now and September 22nd, can be bought at a super reduced cost (bundle) with Structure & Written Expression for just $100! That’s right, three courses for just $100 for the first week and you can buy them now, too!

Nonetheless, the techniques I have in this video/podcast are going to be superb in understanding the context of paragraphs and these types of questions. Tune in!

Reading Passage

The Civil War created feverish manufacturing activity to supply critical material, especially in the North. When the fighting stopped, the stage was set for dramatic economic growth. Wartime taxes on production vanished, and the few taxes that remained leaned heavily on real estate, not on business. The population flow from farm to city increased, and the labor force it provided was buttressed by millions of newly arrived immigrants willing to work for low wages in the mills of the North and on the railroad crews of the Midwest and West.

            Government was nothing if not accommodating. It established tariff barriers, provided loans and grants to build a transcontinental railroad, and assumed a studied posture of nonintervention in private enterprise. The social Darwinism of British philosopher Herbert Spencer and American economist William Graham Summer prevailed. The theory was that business, if left to its own devices, would eliminate the weak and nurture the strong. But as business expanded, rivalry heated up. In the 1800’s, five railroads operating between New York and Chicago were vying for traffic, and two more were under construction. As a result of the battle, the fare between the cities decreased to $1. The petroleum industry suffered from similar savage competition, and in the 1870’s, many oil industries failed.

  1. The word “feverish” in line 1 is closest in meaning to
  1. Extremely rapid
  2. Sickly and slow
  3. Very dangerous
  4. Understandable
  • Which of the following is closest in meaning to the word “critical” in line 1?
  1. Industrial
  2. Serious
  3. Crucial
  4. Insulting
  • The phrase “the stage was set” in line 2 is closest in meaning to which of the following?
  1. The play was over
  2. The progress continued
  3. The foundation was laid
  4. The direction was clear
  • The phrase “real estate” in line 4 refers to
  1. Tools and machines
  2. Actual income
  3. New enterprises
  4. Land and buildings
  • The word “buttressed” in line 5 is closest in meaning to
  1. Concerned
  2. Supplemented
  3. Restructured
  4. Enriched
  • The word “accommodating” in line 8 is closest in meaning to
  1. Persistent
  2. Indifferent
  3. Balanced
  4. Helpful
  • Which of the following could best be substituted for the word “posture” in line 10?
  1. Stature
  2. Predicament
  3. Position
  4. Situation
  • The word “prevailed” in line 11 is closest in meaning to
  1. Influenced
  2. Triumphed
  3. Premiered
  4. Evolved
  • The phrase “left to its own devices” in line 12 means
  1. Forced to do additional work
  2. Allowed to do as it pleased
  3. Made to change its plans
  4. Encouraged to produce more goods
  1. The word “vying” in line 14 is closest in meaning to
  1. Competing
  2. Hoping
  3. Arranging
  4. Caring
  1. The word “savage” in line 16 is closest in meaning to
  1. Fierce
  2. Growing
  3. Surprising
  4. Genuine


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Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 7: Episode 31 | Dealing with Emotional Blackmail, Threats & Rudeness

OMG! Have any of you ever been threatened in your job? I still remember, as I’ve said so many times before, that particular Saturday when a headteacher (even without power) said to me, “if you want to continue working here, we’re going to have to have a meeting.” 

I had shivers go down my spine and heard, “Arsenio, you’re worth way more than this.”

I went home, started looking for new condos and applied for new jobs in Bangkok.

I quit in my mind and I ultimately left the job two months later.

If someone EVER threatens your job, YOU DESERVE BETTER. I don’t give a damn about the dire work situation, you put that 2-4 week notice in right there while looking them dead in the eye (idiom in regards to staring them directly in their eye), and move on.

You deserve SOOOO much better.

In today’s podcast, I help you navigate rudeness, threats, and emotional blackmail in the workplace!