Introducing My Patreon: Silver Badge (ESL Learners) Sneak Peek #1

Boy, this has been a long-waited launch. Since the beginning of my podcast, which I’ll post at the bottom of the page, I always asked myself how can I give more and monetize? After listening to various opinions of people who have ALREADY BEEN THERE, I finally created a four-tier badge system on Patreon to deliver more tools and great things to my ESL learners!

For those of you who have been on my blogs as of late, some of you love viewing my ESL podcasts, but you probably want more. I’ve had a number of people ask me about additional material, moreover want to give me remuneration for me helping them. I’ve been very bashful about it all, but then finally without shoving down the faces of all of you — I’ve come up with a system that can accelerate your English learning even more.

The Silver Badge – $10 a month

This is the first of 4-5 tiers that I’ll be launching, and today is just the introduction. The silver badge is going to be priced at $10 a month and will require me to do much more work on three other podcasts for those who are looking for more material, videos, hints, tips and guides.

Sneak Peek #1 – Choosing Extended Material

What do I mean by that? Well, every Friday and on my Facebook page, I will put a poll of the podcasts for the upcoming week. On the poll will be groups of podcasts that I will cluster together and ask you, “which podcasts would you like me to feature on the Silver Badge this week?” You can vote, and if you want to switch a podcast over and put another on in the “no” category, you can. It all depends what you guys want for the week, so remember that.

I will make content for three podcasts per week.

Next Peek – Worksheets/PDF’s

That’s right. I want to add an additional worksheet to each debut so you guys have something you can practice, look over, and handy throughout your commute or additional material in general.

On my blogs, I normally write a couple of things, but not too much or additional material. On my patreon, which I will have links of on every blog starting next Friday, will have everything.

So, today is the official pre-launch!

TOEIC – Reading Comprehension – Using Context to Answer Vocabulary Questions (1/2)

Welcome back to TOEIC, everyone! Here’s a two-part series! Next video will debut today! Get ready! Make sure you watch all the clues in the YouTube video down below.

Notice to all guests of the Glenvale Inn

The management of the Glenvale Inn would like to apologise to all its quests for any inconvenience caused by our remodelling efforts. We assure you that the greatest efforts are being made to ensure all public spaces are kept immaculately clean, that all guests are provided with courteous professionalism, and that noise is kept to a minimum.

During the remodelling, we are also offering all guests 10% off their bills and 10% off their next stay as well, when the remodelling is complete.

Our new and improved facilities

  • A 24 – hour coffee bar in the lobby with a menu that will feature all your favourite specialty beverages as well as home – made baked good.
  • An expanded exercise room with spa and sauna will be available to melt away any chill you get on the slopes, plus personal trainers on hand for workouts or lessons in skiing or snowboarding.
  • A massage salon will relieve any aches from your exercise in our gym or on the mountain.
  • 20 log cabins, each complete with antique furnishings and bay windows overlooking the scenic valley and the manhole building, will provide a little extra privacy but with all the amenities of one of our suites.

Once again, the magnificent thanks you for your patronage and patience.

1.      Why is the management apologizing?

         (A) There has been a lack of professionalism.

         (B) The exercise room is too small.

         (C) Some construction is underway.

         (D) Guests are being overbilled.

2.      What is being offered to current guests because of the problem?

         (A) A discount on their stay

         (B) Personal training

         (C) Free coffee

         (D) A massage

3.      The word “feature” in paragraph 3, line 1 is closest in meaning to

         (A) make

         (B) include

         (C) highlight

         (D) introduce

4.      What is stated about the log cabins?

         (A) They have a good view of the area.

         (B) They have ultra-modern furniture.

         (C) They are not as well equipment as the suites.

         (D) They are connected to the main hotel.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 17 – Writing Skills – Examples of Brainstorming

Writing skills and three ways to brainstorm! One might be better for you than the other, but the goal is to find one that best helps you in writing articles, blogs, papers, or anything for that matter. Here’s the write up!

Before you write a longer text, such as an essay, you need to gather ideas so you will have something to organize and then write about. This idea – gathering is called brainstorming. Different methods of brainstorming suit different writers and different essay topics. Learning to brainstorm quickly will help you write better essays timed exams.

  1. Label the examples of brainstorming

chart           free writing          word map

flute player        music           Chosen traits cat lover kittens

                             ▽                              ▼                

         classical music lover                football fan



2.      For me I think my most important personality traits are my achieved ones, I mean I can’t help the born ones ones I was born with so I don’t really  count those. If I had been born tallest, I could have been better at sports, I  think, so I regret that a little, but I don’t think about it so much. I focus  (sp??) more on what I can choice myself. When I acheive achieve something  through my own efforts, it means more to me because

ascribed achieved chosen
short honor student flute player (or achieved)
black hair high school graduate Monterrey football fan!!
Mexican driver’s license cat lover

2.      Choose one of these topics. Brainstorm for five minutes using one of the methods above. Then brainstorm for another five minutes using a different method.

  •       An achieved personality trait I am proud of.
  •       An identity trait I want to change.
  •       A recent or new identity trait of mine.

  • 3.  Work with a partner. Which brainstorming method helped you get the most ideas? Which one would be easiest for you to write an essay from?

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 14 – Grammar – Present & Past Habits

Here we go! We’re onto some more difficult grammar! It’s Sunday and I had an extra day to put something on, so here’s the sexy!

To talk about present habits we can use:

  1. The present simple with or without an adverb of frequency. Ex: I go to work at 12 o’clock.
  2. The present continuous with an adverb of frequency. This usually implies that the speaker finds the habit annoying. Ex: She’s always knocking on my door!
  3. will: Ex:My friends and I will meet around 5pm to watch the movie “us.”

To talk about past habits that we have stopped doing, we can use:

  1. used to. Ex: I used to go running outside during the rainy months last year.

We cannot use used to talk about single events in the past or when we give a period of time. IN this case, we use the past time.

She used to work in a factory. She worked there for five years. Not she used to work in a factory for five years.

The negative form of used to is didn’t use to. There is no present form of used to – we use the present simple with an adverb of frequency.

2. would

We use would with past actions but not past states.

He would come and visit us on Sundays. Not he would have a bike.

We do not usually use wouldn’t to talk about past habits.

He didn’t use to give us presents. Not he wouldn’t give us presents.

3. the past continuous with an adverb of frequency. This usually implies that the speaker found the habit annoying.

My boss was always telling me to make them the first priority.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 12 – Developing Vocabulary – Word Formations/Noun Suffixes

More suffixes! They never get old, do they? Let’s get into this! I want you guys to decide what type of noun each of these words is and then put the suffixes in the correct column.

Words: accuracy, actor, coincidence, happiness, interaction, movement, participant, personality, psychologist, researcher.

Noun – abstract/concreteNoun – person
-cy = accuracypsychologist.

2. Add suffixes in the table to the words below. You can possible add more than one suffix.

  1. science
  2. argue
  3. describe
  4. intelligent
  5. sincere
  6. invent
  7. similar
  8. frequent
  9. speak
  10. lonely

3. Match the suffixes with the word. After that, think of at least one more word containing each suffix.

  1. free
  2. fail
  3. import
  4. safe
  5. friend

a. -ure

b -ance

c – dom

d -ship

e -ty


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 2 – Pronunciation – Linking Verbs to Reduced Forms

Welcome back, everyone! Omg, it’s been a very long time, but here I am today bringing you a pronunciation exercise for the first time in over a month. I’ve done a couple of these on Instagram already, so let’s get this interactive exercise going. I would like you guys to send me voice notes on Instagram (of the six questions down below) so that I can give you feedback! Let’s hit it!

  1. Everyone blamed him (blame-dem) for losing the game.
  2. Oh, I already checked them (check-tem) in.
  3. Yeah, her brother dropped her (drop-ter) off.
  4. Yeah. Our teacher always hands them (hand-zem) right back.
  5. I know. Her new job really keeps her (keep-ser) busy.
  6. Great! He just started his job and loves it (love-zit).

Listen to my podcast down below and listen to my explanations.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Upper Intermediate – Introduction & Course Outline


So so grateful to give this introduction to you guys and a firm outline of what to expect. This will probably be the longest season yet, so you’ll have to sit back, do the tasks and enjoy the ride.


I. Reflexive pronouns

II. Use of can for universal truths

III. Hedging adverbs to hedge the strength of statements

IV. Gerunds and reduced clauses

V. Future passive

VI. Coordinating and subordinating conjunctions to show relationships between ideas.

VII. Defining relative clauses to give more information about a noun.

VIII. Adverb clauses of concession and time.

IX. Stance markers

X. Conditional with provided and unless

XI. Future perfect simple

XII. Speculate about past events using past passive sentences

XIII. Unreal conditionals

XIV. Cleft sentences

XV. Advanced future forms.

Developing Vocabulary

I. Word formation – noun suffixes

II. Compound Nouns – cars and the road

III. Collocations with take, make, and do

IV. Phrasal Verbs – the mind

V. Compound noun and adjectives

VI. Minor offences and punishments

VII. Prepositional phrases

VIII. Finding a place to live

IX. Idiomatic expressions with home

X. Word formation

XI. Compound adjectives – parts of the body

XII. Words with more than one meaning

XIII. Life and career developments

XIV. Verb-noun collacations

XV. Communication and communication breakdown

XVI. Phrasal verbs – communication



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Podcast Interviewees


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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 77 – Grammar – Season Finale – Question Tags – Part II

Welcome to the finale! I just want to say thank you so much for this amazing season. A very LONGGGG season, but so grateful for the process. No, I won’t be stopping podcasts because that will disrupt the learning flow and learning is constant and every-going. There are some things I might do like breaks and stuff, but that’s only if I get really busy.

I’ve done question tags before, but this goes a little bit more in-depth.

In questions tags we use pronouns, not nouns.

We make question tags with auxiliary or modal verbs. If there is no auxiliary or modal verb, we use the auxiliary do. In affirmative sentences, the question tag is negative. In negative sentences, the question tag is affirmative.

With everybody, nobody and somebody, we use they.

We reply using the auxiliary or modal verb.

You don’t like classical music, do you? No, I don’t/ Yes, I do.

We use question tags to change a statement into a question. The question is to confirm what we are saying. When we are very certain of the answer that somebody is going to give us, the intonation falls in the question tag.

You’re teacher Aj, aren’t you?

When we aren’t so sure of the answer, the intonation rises in the question tag.

The film has just started, hasn’t it?

  1. I’m late, aren’t I?/ I’m not late, am I?
  2. You like R&B music, don’t you?
  3. You don’t like classical music, do you?
  4. She could do the exercise, couldn’t she?
  5. They enjoyed the parts, didn’t they?
  6. Everybody likes going to the cinema, don’t they?


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 76 – Grammar – Indirect Questions

Indirect questions can be confusing, so I decided to go over them with you guys.

We use question marks when the first part of the sentence is a question. Have you any idea what time he’s coming?

When there is no question word (who, what, where, etc), we use if/whether. I’d like to know whether you agree.


We use indirect questions in more formal situations and to be more polite. We can also use indirect questions to ask a big favor from someone we know well.

Dad, I was wondering if I could take the car tonight.


I’d like to know why you came.

I wonder what you prefer.

Do you know whether they won?

Could/can you tell me what the problem is?

In the second part of these sentences, we do not put the verb before the subject.

I wonder if you could tell us what you thought of the show.

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Use between two and five words.

  1. How long did it take to figure out where your hotel was? TOOK

Can you tell me how __________________ to figure out where your hotel was?

2. Why did you decide to give the picture away? WHY

Can I ask _________________ the picture away?

3. Was she talking to her parents? WHETHER

I’d like to _______________________ to a friend.