Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 111 – Reading – Australian Survives Fall (Patreon Special)

Here’s a Patreon reading for all of you, and of course, we have to talk about the second half of the story (which will be found on my Patreon Silver Badge). So make sure you tune in!

Eric Langworth, a 22-year-old student from Australia, miraculously survived when her bungee cord snapped and she fell into a crocodile-infested river.

The thrill seeker from Perth had never done a bungee jump before, but decided to give it a go while traveling in Zambia. Having just finished university, she wanted a big adventure, so she’d set off for Africa. She was traveling alone but joined a tour group when she heard they were heading to Victoria Falls to go bungee jumping. Known as the adrenalin capital of Africa, Victoria Falls is the ultimate destination for extreme sports enthusiasts looking for mind-blowing experiences. The idea of jumping from 111 metre-high bridge over the gorge with the thunder of the falls behind sounded too good to miss.

She remembers the spectacular views as she looked out over the Zambezi River. Then she spread her arms and fell forward. ‘Everything sped by in a blue-green blue,’ she says. ‘The rush was amazing.’

On the platform above, Erin’s friend Rebecca Johnson filmed the heart-stopping moment. ‘She was supposed to come right back out and she never did,’ Rebecca said. ‘Everybody on the bridge just panicked.’

Feeling as though she had been slapped all over, and hardly able to breathe, Erin floated along with the south of the falls roaring in her ears. tied to her bungee cord and with her ankles still strapped together, she was pulled downriver and underwater into whirlpools. At one point, the cord got caught and she was dragged beneath the surface. Running out of air, and with her vision starting to fade, she managed to dive down and free the rope. Eventually, she was able to wedge her arm between two rocks on the side of the river. All she could think about was clinging on.

Although she’d jumped at 5.30 in the afternoon, Erin didn’t get to the hospital 11pm. The paramedics got lost on the way and she’d ended up on the Zimbabwean side of the river without a passport, so she was essentially an illegal immigrant.

Erin was visited in the hospital by the people from the bungee company, who were astounded that she was still alive. Friends she had met while traveling helped her to get her belongings and passport and she was then flown to South Africa for medical treatment. Two weeks later, she traveled home to Australia.

For the additional stories and what happened, tune into my Patreon down below!

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Mini-Series – Self-Sabotage – Five Speakers from Around The World

So unbelievably grateful to be launching a new series (mini-series) on my podcast over the next five weeks that talks about self-sabotage. 

What is self-sabotage? That’s you making a poor decision which ultimately jeopardizes you from achieving success.  We make decisions all the time that are detrimental to all parties that are involved, so I wanted to inject five different accents, along with their perceptions of life, into my podcast.  I’m very excited about this and I hope you guys are, too!

Because my English language podcast is so diverse, I love bringing on amazing people to use the platform to spread knowledge to you guys (which probably isn’t available in your language)….so I’ll have England, Germany, Ireland, America and Russia coming on in a five-part series over the next five weeks (podcasts debuting on Saturday and video debuting on Friday).

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – Freewriting/Freespeaking – Social Media

Welcome back, everyone! Because my last video was such a big hit, here is a nice freewriting and speaking task for you guys! Would love to hear some of your opinions on these topics, but let’s look at some.

  1. Social media is good for younger and older people.
  2. Social media means people spend more time on their own.
  3. Social media lets younger people socialize.
  4. Social media makes people feel bad when they compare themselves to other people.
  5. Social media makes us want everything now.
  6. Social media makes us have false friends.

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In my opinion, social media makes us want everything now, resulting in depression. Let me give you some examples. When I see Instagram-scrollers on the public transportation system, they’re sending signals to their brain (and the imaginative side) such as “I wish I had this, the relationship, the car, the jewelry, etc. We’re constantly in a state of “wanting” rather than a state of gratitude. Being grateful for what we have in the moment and not constantly wanting the materialistic things we see on social media.

Here are some other ways down below in my podcast….

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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: IELTS Listening Skills – Following a Conversation

Woohoo! This is the first of its kind! I’m super excited to debut this, and I’m even more excited that this will be in YouTube, podcast, and Facebook live form. Now, you guys will get this on Facebook live before anything else. The podcast will debut Friday and the YouTube video will debut shortly after the Facebook live. So, today we’re going over the basics!

Cooking ClassFocusOther information
The Food Studiohow to (1) ________
and cook with
seasonal products
– small clases
– also offers (2)_________
classes
– clients who return get
a (3)_______ discount
Bond’s Cookery Schoolfood that is
(4)___________
– includes recipes to
strengthen your
(5)_______.
– they have a free
(6)______
every Thursday.
The (7) _________ Centremainly
(8)_________ food
– located near the
(9)_________.
– a special course in
skills with a (10)
________ is
sometimes available.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 46 – Grammar – Adverb Clauses of Concession

You are going to learn how to use adverb clauses to present contrasting information and show the order of events, how to give reasons in a discussion or debate, and how to use your tone of voice to express disagreement politely. You are then going to use these skills to discuss the results of an experiment.

Adverb Clauses of Concession; Reduced Adverb Clauses of Time

Adverb clauses of concession use words such as though, although, even though, whereas, and while to add contrasting information to a sentence. An adverb clause is a dependent clause and must go with a main clause with a subject and a verb.

  • We use though, although, and even though to show ideas that are contrasting but related.

Although we might know what’s happening, we’re not one-hundred percent sure.

  • We use whereas and while to compare two different people, things, or situations.

While the polygraph measures stress, this new technology does a lot more.

Reduced adverb clauses of time.

If an adverb clause of time (after, before, when, while) has the same subject as the main clause, you can reduce the adverb clause by removing the subject and putting the verb in the -ing form.

While visiting these islands, I went on an unprecedented excursion. (reduced form).

After I returned home, lots of people asked me how it went. (can’t be reduced)

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 39 – Vocabulary – The Human Mind

Vocabulary building and speaking is on the menu for today! However, if you want to do some example reading, make sure you tune into my Patreon!

  1. My mind wanders sometimes when I’m listening to people speak.
  2. I find it easy to memorize things that are associated with pictures or events.
  3. I can recall my dreams early in the morning.
  4. While I was walking, I saw this woman with a bewildered look on her face.
  5. I have a gift for inspiring; others have a gift for languages.
  6. I grasp new concepts easily.
  7. Isabel Hundt, who I recently had on my Facebook live, is one of the most articulate people I’ve ever met in my life.
  8. I don’t perceive change as a bad thing.

Freewriting Topic

Have you ever met or heard of a person with unusual talents?

What gift would you like to have?

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 35 – Critical Thinking – Flawed Arguments

When a writer presents an argument, it is important to always assess the strength of their reasoning. Sometimes arguments can appear convincing, but on closer examination they lack the evidence needed to persuade the reader.

Some common examples of flawed arguments are:

  • Repeatedly restating the claim, without providing supporting evidence.
  • Attacking the opposing view, rather than supporting your own.
  • Using irrelevant evidence, which may be interesting, but does not support the argument.

Read the following texts and match a type of flawed argument to each one.

Flawed Arguments: attacking the opposing view, repeatedly restating the claim, using irrelevant evidence.

(1) Handmade Products are far more important to our culture than manufactured products because they have a link to our past and our ancestors. This is why handmade products are so vital to our culture and more valuable than those products made in a factory. These kinds of products made by hand are so important we have to make sure we keep making them to protect our culture in the long term.

(2) In my opinion manufactured goods are far preferable to those made by hand. Handmade products are expensive and time-consuming to produce and quality can vary enormously from product to product. This is why you could not make a computer or mobile phone by hand. The parts would cost too much and quality issues would make these devices unreliable. This is why manufactured products are better.

(3) Making products by hand is extremely important. For example, in my country many people like to use handmade tea cups for tea ceremonies. Tea ceremonies are an ancient tradition dating back hundreds of years. We use powdered green tea and a number of other objects to enjoy a tea ceremony. They can be held indoors or outdoors and there are two main seasons for them; tea ceremonies in the warmer months and in the months of winter.

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Silver Badge: Official Launch!

Boom! And just like that, I’ve finally unveiled my first ever Patreon badge.

I’ve had a number of people over the past 4 years tell me that they wanted to contribute. They wanted to give back what I’ve been giving them in remuneration, but I never knew how to do it. So, in saying that, I finally figured out how to do it with giving back even more.

This was an idea I had in the shower earlier and now it has become a reality. Something that I’ve been wanting to put out for such a long time to give back to all of you wonderful individuals who have followed me on this amazing journey. It’s finally here!

Silver Badge Content

After launching it, I was able to see what I can fully utilize within the silver badge on the website and boy, I was blown away!

  • Audiocasts
  • Videos
  • Live Streams (won’t have to do a separate webinar)
  • Worksheets
  • Personal Development Reading Material
  • & More

Trying to figure out the content wasn’t the most difficult part, but separating the content on different platforms will be a bit more crazier. However, because this is the first badge, I’ll focus on this now and others in the future.

Future Badges

  • TOEIC
  • TOEFL
  • IELTS
  • Bronze Badge
  • Gold Badge
  • Unnamed Badge (above Gold)
  • Business Badge

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Silver Badge – Sneak Peek #2 – Personal Development Reading

Super excited about the next sneak peek today! I present to you — READING!
Why am I doing reading? Well, reading has helped me significantly with my grammar.

Most of my students, and people around the world, must understand that reading can improve your grammar more than learning grammar itself. It has to be situational, one of my favorite words. If you just learn grammar without using it throughout your day, you’ll end up forgetting it.

This is why my personal development podcast and the listeners are a byproduct of everything I’m doing today. Sure, only a few people listen to me, but that podcast has helped me with my life because I teach what I read.

Boring Reading?

These aren’t ridiculous excerpts from fiction books. No one has time to waste time on thick novels that serve no purpose for one’s goals. This is going to be hot topics. Great excerpts that has helped me with my life and how you can read it, take notes, see my rundown and put it to work.

Yes, there will be instances that I bring articles out of technological advancements or things emerging in the culture scape, but expect only 25% of that.

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