Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 66 – Pronunciation – Tracing Intonation Contours

Welcome back to another pronunciation podcast, people! Super excited to bring you this one today. A lot of people don’t know the syntax behind the language, so the goal is to actually trace the contours so you know the intonation. You can do this with a finger or a pencil, so here are 8 sentences (in my podcast you will hear me say them) and your goal is to trace them.

  1. Are you tired today?
  2. Is he sick?
  3. Just a little sad.
  4. I’m feeling under the weather.
  5. He’s moving next week.
  6. Why?
  7. Where do you want to go?
  8. To Japan
  9. Do you have any shoes available?
  10. Would you like to fly first class? (British Accent)

ESL Worldwide Conversations Update

I’m so excited to be writing about this today. This has always been a dream of mine — to work for myself. Not only that, but to influence and help people achieve goals around the world under my OWN UMBRELLA.

For years, I had ALWAYS WORKED for someone, and it never got the job done. I was always ridiculed, taken advantage of, disrespected, and told what to do.

Because of my student pitching to me a brilliant idea, and rather than having individual students, I’m now kicking off something so unbelievably magnificent that NO OTHER ENTREPRENEUR is doing! Teaching English conversation, online, and worldwide.

Imagine being in a room with someone from Brazil, Japan, Portugal, Zambia and Iraq. Could you imagine the amount of barriers, cultural codes and social beliefs that would be broken? Not to mention, the wide range of chats and things that we can discuss?

Today marks my first day (introduction) where I’m going to host a soon-to-be teacher from Iran and another student from another country. There’s going to be a conversation, and then a podcast that they’ll be able to share with all of their friends around the world. After that, they’ll be able to purchase teaching hours and book teaching times, indicating that they actually liked the discussion and they want to go through with it.

For anyone who is interested, get in touch with me as soon as possible! Slots are feeling up rather quickly and I don’t want you to miss out on an opportunity such as this one.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 64 – Developing Vocabulary – Prepositional Phrases

Welcome back to another developing vocabulary episode! Today we’re breaking down prepositional phrases. As always, I love doing these, so prepare yourself!

Complete the sentences with these words.

Account // addition // aid // behalf // means // process // strength // touch

  1. In _________ to the clothes she had bought, she needed to pay for gas, too.
  2. On____________ of my charity, all proceeds will be donated.
  3. She received a donation on _______ of Steven Spielberg
  4. They found her by ___________ of a campaign on T.V.
  5. The Librarian fined the student on the _____________ of the evidence.
  6. The interviewer accused the prime minister of being out of _______________ with what the public really thinks.
  7. I’d really like to thank you on _________ of all the people who are here.
  8. The council is in the _____________ of changing all public signs but has not yet finished.

Complete the sentences with a prepositional phrase from 1.

  1. He lives in a tiny village in the mountains so he’s ______________ what’s happening here in the city.
  2. The singer went to collect the prize ____________ the whole group.
  3. The match has been cancelled ______________ the rain.
  4. The house is a mess because we’re _____________ moving.
  5. The house was heated _____________ solar power.
  6. They gave her the job just _______________ her interview.
  7. They’re going to play a concert _______________ the earthquake victims.
  8. To visit the US you need a visa ________________ a valid passport.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 65 – Developing Speaking – Afraid of Being Judged

Ahh, yes! The Fear of Judgement! In my podcast, I explain just this…but for those of you who want the writing, here it is!

It’s extremely important to understand that people who judge have insecurities within themselves. All too often we make decisions based on what strangers would like to see of us. Example, I’m sitting in a shopping center right now and I see people walking the same way, speaking to each other in the same tone, and not making weird movements that would make them “abnormal.” These people are “adapters: people who have adapted to society and fit within the lines of “normality”. Well, in order for you to become successful, you have to do loud, audacious things. People thought Jack Ma was out of his mind. People thought Bill Gates was ridiculous and even Steve Jobs. People, of older generations, still tell me to go back to school. These are the cynics of life. You’re not going to be able to go outside the norm and after your goals with this deadweight dragging you back and not allowing you to go after your uniqueness.

2015

In 2015, I began investing into a wardrobe. I wanted to look the part. I wanted to be accepted in this society because the racial discrimination continued to bear down on me. So, the YouTube channels like RMRS was a huge influence to me and I took notes on how to wear particular things. I started out with a blazer, then worked my way up to a suit, more shirts, more suits, and continue going on and on. Sure, I was complimented maybe 2 times in 3 years, but because I live in Asia, it doesn’t matter what I wear — I was going to be judged based on my skin tone — no matter what the circumstances were or are. So, when I realized it, I turned it into a superpower and used it to a significant advantage.

As a NON-NES speaker, you will be judged. Your accent, pronunciation, everything. British teachers corrected me on how to speak Thai and they were saying it wrong the entire time. I couldn’t do it anymore and told them to “STFU.” So many people have said so many other things on a regular basis, including correcting my Thai. Do I care? Does that make me shy? Does that make me not want to speak Thai anymore? No way, because I know these individuals are looking to establish a sense of superiority over me by correcting me so they can feel better about themselves. I consider this to be a disorder, so make sure, everyone, never to be turned off by the ignorance of other individuals.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: TOEFL Idioms – Part VI

It’s been a LONGGG TIME, but I’m finally back with TOEFL idioms! I’m bringing to you today TOEFL idioms! It’s been about 4 months since I’ve done one of these, but I know my TOEFL learners have been asking me for a while, so it’s time to deliver!

See eye to eye
A picture paints a thousand words
Catch someone off guard
Back to square one
Fifty fifty
Don’t rock the boat
The elephant in the room
Take the bull by the horns
In the red
Uphill battle

Explanations in the podcast down below!

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 63 – Pronunciation – The Final Intonation

Welcome back, everyone! Excited to bring you guys today the FINAL INTONATION! This is going to be a great one and all of these will be in video very soon.

Intonation is the rise and fall in the tune or pitch of the voice. In fact, thought groups are sometimes called intonation groups because each thought group has an intonation pattern or contour.

So in this series, you’re going to learn what happens after the pitch jump on the focus word.

Fall: We’re not going on vacation this summer. (certainty or telling)

Rise: We’re not going on vacation this summer? (surprise or asking)

  1. Tired
  2. Sad
  3. Why
  4. Arsenio
  5. Sick
  6. Moving
  7. Where
  8. Thailand

Decide which one’s in my recording I use rise or fall with.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 62 – Grammar – Gerunds & Reduced Clauses

We’re back with some grammar work, and this one will be quick, so get ready! I love using gerunds in my writing because I now understand how they work — and it’s time you know the secret, too.

When you see a word ending in -ing at the beginning of a sentence, it is usually:

  • a gerund, a type of noun

Setting fires in windy weather is dangerous.

or

  • part of a reduced clauses

Burning all night, the fire destroyed 50 acres of land.

Note that there is no comma after the gerund, whereas there is one after the reduced clause. Use punctuation clues to help you understand the part of speech.

When using a gerund as a subject, remember that it is singular, and therefore takes a singular verb.

Rewrite the sentences in a notebook or on a piece of paper to begin with a gerund. The first one has been done as an example.

  1. It is important to teach fire safety to everyone. Teaching fire safety to everyone is important.
  2. It is necessary to ban smoking in forests.
  3. It will help people understand fire to read this article.
  4. It was unfortunate to lose so many acres of land to wildfires.
  5. It’s important to study how climate change is affecting the wilderness.
  6. It will be expensive to train new park service employees.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: How NOT to Learn a Language in 90 Minutes

These videos kill me — seriously. If learning a language was that advanced, all language centers would cease to exist and there wouldn’t be applications or anything else (accessible) for people to learn a language. This is almost like not “back to the future,” but “to the future.”

So, how did this podcast and everything create itself, why, and what to do when you see these things.

Englishpod 101 — Ad pod 101

With the titles “learn _______ in 90 minutes,” they knew the ad would score on YouTube because of search engines and people looking for the “easy way out,” which is almost the majority of the world. So, when the video starts, it’s the same girl talking about the same subscription (which apparently is free)…and this is for every one of these videos. So, what happens is about 20-40 million views later, you got people subscribing and buying these services. RAS (Reticular Activating System). If you believe and see it over and over, it becomes true (although this doesn’t directly relate to the RAS, but it’s close).

Is it possible to actually learn a language in 1.5 hours? Well, Ana Cibrian, who I had brought onto the podcast before, believes it could be between 3-7 days, but nonetheless, it’s the idea that they’re trying to lure in these learners by buying their product. Not trying to knock the hustle, but you can’t create trust from the stakeholders like this.

Commit to Lifelong Learning

This is the basis. In order for you to learn anything and keep your brain/mind fresh, you have to continue doing things that challenge you: physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. I met a guy by the name of Josh. Josh was an exchange student from America, but he was going to one of the universities out here in Thailand with a few friends on exchange. Nonetheless, he had already been to Argentina, where he learned fluent Spanish. I witnessed this when him and I were sitting on the beach with one of my friends Mook. A chilean, who overheard the conversation, walked up to him and talked to him about his experience. He began speaking perfect Spanish, and I was AMAZED. He even learned some pretty good Thai because he’s just one of those people who can pick things up VERY quickly.

He has committed to learning….there’s no graduation from getting “better” at life.

So, if you guys are looking for quick, easy fixes, that’s not how life works. You need to find that passion and continue innovating yourself, your mindset, and figure out the blockages you have.

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These videos kill me — seriously. If learning a language was that advanced, all language centers would cease to exist and there wouldn’t be applications or anything else (accessible) for people to learn a language. This is almost like not “back to the future,” but “to the future.”

So, how did this podcast and everything create itself, why, and what to do when you see these things.

Englishpod 101 — Ad pod 101

With the titles “learn _______ in 90 minutes,” they knew the ad would score on YouTube because of search engines and people looking for the “easy way out,” which is almost the majority of the world. So, when the video starts, it’s the same girl talking about the same subscription (which apparently is free)…and this is for every one of these videos. So, what happens is about 20-40 million views later, you got people subscribing and buying these services. RAS (Reticular Activating System). If you believe and see it over and over, it becomes true (although this doesn’t directly relate to the RAS, but it’s close).

Is it possible to actually learn a language in 1.5 hours? Well, Ana Cibrian, who I had brought onto the podcast before, believes it could be between 3-7 days, but nonetheless, it’s the idea that they’re trying to lure in these learners by buying their product. Not trying to knock the hustle, but you can’t create trust from the stakeholders like this.

Commit to Lifelong Learning

This is the basis. In order for you to learn anything and keep your brain/mind fresh, you have to continue doing things that challenge you: physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. I met a guy by the name of Josh. Josh was an exchange student from America, but he was going to one of the universities out here in Thailand with a few friends on exchange. Nonetheless, he had already been to Argentina, where he learned fluent Spanish. I witnessed this when him and I were sitting on the beach with one of my friends Mook. A chilean, who overheard the conversation, walked up to him and talked to him about his experience. He began speaking perfect Spanish, and I was AMAZED. He even learned some pretty good Thai because he’s just one of those people who can pick things up VERY quickly.

He has committed to learning….there’s no graduation from getting “better” at life.

So, if you guys are looking for quick, easy fixes, that’s not how life works. You need to find that passion and continue innovating yourself, your mindset, and figure out the blockages you have.

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These videos kill me — seriously. If learning a language was that advanced, all language centers would cease to exist and there wouldn’t be applications or anything else (accessible) for people to learn a language. This is almost like not “back to the future,” but “to the future.”

So, how did this podcast and everything create itself, why, and what to do when you see these things.

Englishpod 101 — Ad pod 101

With the titles “learn _______ in 90 minutes,” they knew the ad would score on YouTube because of search engines and people looking for the “easy way out,” which is almost the majority of the world. So, when the video starts, it’s the same girl talking about the same subscription (which apparently is free)…and this is for every one of these videos. So, what happens is about 20-40 million views later, you got people subscribing and buying these services. RAS (Reticular Activating System). If you believe and see it over and over, it becomes true (although this doesn’t directly relate to the RAS, but it’s close).

Is it possible to actually learn a language in 1.5 hours? Well, Ana Cibrian, who I had brought onto the podcast before, believes it could be between 3-7 days, but nonetheless, it’s the idea that they’re trying to lure in these learners by buying their product. Not trying to knock the hustle, but you can’t create trust from the stakeholders like this.

Commit to Lifelong Learning

This is the basis. In order for you to learn anything and keep your brain/mind fresh, you have to continue doing things that challenge you: physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. I met a guy by the name of Josh. Josh was an exchange student from America, but he was going to one of the universities out here in Thailand with a few friends on exchange. Nonetheless, he had already been to Argentina, where he learned fluent Spanish. I witnessed this when him and I were sitting on the beach with one of my friends Mook. A chilean, who overheard the conversation, walked up to him and talked to him about his experience. He began speaking perfect Spanish, and I was AMAZED. He even learned some pretty good Thai because he’s just one of those people who can pick things up VERY quickly.

He has committed to learning….there’s no graduation from getting “better” at life.

So, if you guys are looking for quick, easy fixes, that’s not how life works. You need to find that passion and continue innovating yourself, your mindset, and figure out the blockages you have.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: How “To” NOT Learn a Language

I was literally sitting, in horror, listening to recommendations. These students said, “we already know conversation. We would like to learn vocabulary and grammar.”

Really? What vocabulary would you like to learn? The same vocabulary you’ve learned 10-30 times but haven’t remember yet? That vocabulary?

Let me give you an insight of how I learned Spanish in high school.

My teacher, Mrs. Finek, would stand for maybe 10 minutes and speak in Spanish (speaking Spanish without the actual accent) and students were completely disruptive and didn’t care.

 

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IELTS Listening: Episode 002 – Labeling a Map

Sometimes, a map completion task asks you to identify an area on a map then choose an answer from a list. For this type of question, you need to familiarize yourself with both the list of options and the features on the map before you start.

Test tip: Before you listen, read the option several times so that you become familiar with the information you need to listen for. Don’t cross out any options unless you are sure they are wrong. If you can’t decide between two answers, write both down and decide later.

Follow me on this YouTube link at the 10:00 mark.

Here’s the photo of the map and answers.

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