IELTS | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Speaking Part 3 – Pollution & the Environment

Here’s the last of the three-part series with the now-have-passed Kawal.  So happy to have helped coach her in achieving an amazing 8.0 band in her speaking. If you guys are interested in 1 on 1 coaching, classes, or even the membership site, feel free to reach out to me in the links down below!


IELTS | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Speaking Part 2 – Someone Who Has Influenced You

SHE’S BACK! We’re here a day after Thanksgiving, and if you aren’t already subscribed to my email list ( I suggest you quickly get on there for some super deals! With that being said, we’re going to be discussing influence, and as always, you’re going to hear my feedback and how well she does her Speaking Part II.


Business English Podcast Badge | Exclusive | Problems with Eating Out on Business Lunches

Stories, stories, and more stories! What are some problems you may have at a restaurant? Perhaps the food was cold when you got it, indicating that it had been sitting on the counter for some time.  Maybe the chicken is too dry, or the soup was too hot (which doesn’t make sense — but I’ve seen people complain before). Well, I have stories stemming from cold-plated plates in Manly, to cockroaches marching across the table in Thailand.  Plus, you’re going to listen to the dos and more don’ts when selecting a restaurant for a business lunch.

If you want to hear the podcast, down below is my Patreon, and this is available on two badges (podcast on Early Access and Podcast + Template for additional work on the Business English Podcast badge).

This will debut officially December 3rd, but you can get it right now, as well as so many other podcasts!


TOEFL iBT | Part 1 Questions | Answer Template & Tips | 5K PLAYS! {repost}

AMAZING! My first-ever podcast to have reached 5,000 plays! You guys are AWESOME! I just saw my Facebook memories and realized that I posted the 4k plays just a month ago! So, that means I’ve achieved 20% of the overall plays in just a month, and keep in mind, this podcast has been live for just over a year….so THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!

Honorable mentions (countries).

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United States
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Pronunciation Course | Phase I | Primary Stress, Schwa, and Consonant Sounds

In the second part of this chapter, we’ll be guessing the primary stressed syllable in each word. This is going to be the last of this simple phase I, thus why it’s the longest write-up of them all. After that, we’ll be going into phase II which is going to feature a lot more content.

  1. Canal
  2. Hotel
  3. Specific
  4. Distribute
  5. Afternoon
  6. Assumption
  7. Inidividual
  8. Biology

Remember use the forward slash for each word and enunciate it out loud.  Stress the first syllable, then second, third (if necessary) and fourth (if necessary). You should then be able to auto-correct yourself because you will notice that if you stress particular syllables within a word, it wouldn’t make sense at all.

In words with more than one syllable, pay special attention to the vowel sound in the stressed syllable.  It is the most important vowel sound in the word.

Let me give you some examples.

Æ – near-front   – Cat

ɛ – near-front      – Let

ɪ – near-front       – it

ɑ – back              – hot

ʌ – back              – cup

List of different words with the sounds: factor, expensive, fantastic, method, custom, promise, respond, geology, instruction, resist, select, audit.

Schwa Sound

Vowel sounds in stress syllables are long and clear, but vowerl sounds in unstressed syllables are weak and unclear. They are usually reduced to the schwa sound, as in about.

  • Office
  • Official
  • Compete
  • Protection
  • Successful
  • Political

Consonant Sounds

Speling often provides clues to pronunciation of consonant sounds, but not always. Notice the different pronunciations for the letter g.

Gold = /g/ as in go.

General = /dz/ as in job

Beige /z/ as in measure


Write the symbol used in your dictionary for the underlined letter(s) in each set of words.  Then find the pronunciation guide in your dictionary and write the key word for each symbol.

                                                                                                Symbol                     Keyword

  1. Zero, lose, close, (verb), razor                                 /z/                                zoo
  2. Show, initiate, pressure, special
  3. Check, furniture, nature, situation
  4. Division, usually, Asia, beige,
  5. Joke, graduate, agent, schedule

Tip: Pronouncing Key words

Before a discussion or presentation, think about two or three key words you will need.  Be sure you can pronounce the words clearly.  Check a dictionary or ask someone who speaks English well to say the words for you.

The words will sound more natural if you ask the speaker to use them in sentences.  You can also ask speakers to record words and sentences you can hear and practice them over and over.

If you want the audio of this (video debuting soon), please go to my Early Access Badge on Patreon. For $5 a month, you get all my podcasts, pronunciation courses, exclusive content, bonus material and more.

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Early Access & Business English Podcast Badge | Eating Out: Dos and Don’ts

It could be nerve-racking not knowing what the other person likes — who you just so happen to be meeting for a business lunch.  So, learning about the basic tips such as choosing a place that’s not so cheap/expensive, ordering different starters, and setting up a perfect time….is essential. Those are just the dos.  If you want to hear the don’ts, the exclusive podcast is now available on my Business English Podcast Badge on my Patreon, so make sure you tune into that.  With that being said, this will be a two-part podcast with another one coming up following this, so stay tuned!

Available on my Early Access & Business English Podcast Badge!


Pronunciation Course | Phase I | Syllables

Here we are with the first official video of the pronunciation phase. Today we’re going to be going over syllables. Make sure you watch me in the video down below so you can hear me explain everything, and of course, you practice your pronunciation. My email is at the bottom, too, so you’ll need to click the video for instructions on what to do.

One Syllable                                    Two Syllables                                  Three Syllables

  Sent                                                      present                                              president

prez(ə)nt/ – is the phonetic symbol for present.

Look at the following words and categorize them in terms of how many spoken syllables each word has: business, center, competition, curious, dictionary, essay, immediate, manager, omitted, own, page, please, positive, text, (bonus) congratulations.

These words have become more and more common over the last two years. How many syllables do each word have?

  1. Hashtag
  2. Selfie
  3. App
  4. Twitter
  5. Urbanization
  6. Tik-tok
  7. Snapchat
  8. Popular
  9. Travel
  10. Fortnight

In words with more than one syllable, pay attention to the strongest syllable – the syllable with primary stress. That syllable is longer, clearer, louder, and higher in pitch than the other syllables.

Free-dom, Fan-TAS-tic, edu-CA-tion

Email me your homework:

Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 6 | In-Company Interview

Welcome back to a super special! If you’re already on my Patreon Business English badge, thank you so much! The PDF and assignment you’ll be able to find on my Patreon for this podcast. For those of you who are just passing by to listen, enjoy this one!

In today’s podcast, we’re going to listen to a woman’s daily routine, as well as different idioms, developing vocabulary, and practicing your listening techniques you’ve learned in the previous seasons to help adapt to her accent. This is an excellent exercise with lots of skill-building, so tune in!


Pronunciation Course | Phase I | Speech Profile

Before we begin, I wanted to make this as interactive as possible.  What you’re going to do is send me a video – yes – a video of you speaking and giving a thorough introduction of yourself (if you want to do an audio, that’s ok, too).

Why? I want to give you feedback on your pronunciation before we begin the course.  If I don’t, we’ll never know exactly if you will have improved or not.  So, your introduction will be based on the questions down below.

  • Your name, where you’re from
  • Tell me about your hobbies, interests, passion
  • Reasons for taking my course, areas you would like to improve
  • Your overall goal as a non-NES speaker (or Native Speaker)

Pronunciation Features

Consonant Sounds

Vowel Sounds

Grammatical Endings

Word Stress


Thought Groups


Final Intonation

Connected Speech

Consonant Clusters

After you submit your recording, I will grade you in the areas above before sending it to you.

Pronunciation Course | Phase I | Your Pronunciation Level

Welcome back to the second video of my pronunciation course. In this video, you’re going to identify your pronunciation level by looking at the document in the link down below, or by listening to what I have to say. It’s very important to figure out where your level is before beginning the course, so I hope you enjoy this!

Level 1 – Minimal

Listeners understand only occasional words

Level 2 — Low

Listeners need constant repetition.  It is very difficult for listeners to understand you, even if they often speak with non-native speakers.

Level 3 – Fair

Listeners who often speak with non-native speakers can understand much, but not nearly enough, of what you say. Frequent pronunciation variating cause misunderstandings.

Level 4 – Usually adequate

Listeners understand most of what you say.  Accent and pronunciation variations distract listeners but only occasionally cause misunderstandings.  Listeners have to make an effort to understand you when distracted.

Level 5 – Easy to understand. 

You are fully understood. You have a noticeable accent and patterned pronunciation variations, but they do not cause misunderstandings.

Level 6 – Nearly native-like

You are fully understood.  You have rare, isolated mispronunciations with no patterns of error. Your pronunciation is almost native-like.