Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 86 | Study Skills | Reflective Learning

Your performance as a student/learner (because we all are) is LIKELY to develop the habit of putting time aside to reflect on how you learn. You will find that you study more effectively if you consider, for example:

  • changes in your motivational levels
  • changes in your attitudes and ideas
  • the appropriateness of your current study strategies to the tasks you are undertaking
  • which skills you need for different kinds of assignment
  • what is blocking your learning
  • gaps in your knowledge or your skills

Getting to Know Your Skills

  1. What motivated you to read a book that you wanted to read? What reduced your motivation? Why?
  2. What reading skills did you need in order to read and understand the text?
  3. How effectively did you understand the text?
  4. What helped you understand? Or prevent from udnerstanding?

Writing Skills

  1. What is the best way to approach this piece of writing?
  2. What skills do you need to be able to complete this piece of writing?
  3. Of those skills, which are your strengths and which are weaknesses?
  4. How easy do you find it to focus when writing? What distracts you?


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 69 | Reading | The Global Financial Crisis of 2008

And here’s the big one! In my podcast down below, you’re going to here an article first on the 2008 financial crisis (plus the build-up). Then, some little snippets from the movie The Big Short. Longggg podcast, but truly mesmerizing.

You’re going to listen to (in the podcast) the Credit Crunch. I would like you to match the ideas (a-f) to the paragraphs (1-6) that the information an be found in.

a. A surprising bankruptcy despite government intervention ___

b. The effects of interest rates on banks and property owners ___

c Examples of proposed changes to the banking system ___

d Institutions that the author believes helped to create the financial crisis ___

e The impact of the financial crisis on a manufacturing industry ___

f The first signs that banks were in trouble


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 66 | Listening | Smart Cities

In today’s podcast, i’m going to speak about which cities I’ve lived in, in the past five years, have changed, as well as a few other things that revolve around technology. Then, you’re going to listen to two students discussing a presentation

  1. Laure and Ben agree that talking lampposts are…..
  • an outdated idea from an early Smart City.
  • Evidence that all Smart Cities are basically similar.
  • On example of how Smart Cities should function.
  • Interesting but will never be popular.

2. Ben says the most important consequence of smart parking will be….

  • a reduction in levels of pollution in many cities.
  • more commuters traveling in private cars.
  • the fact that city residence feel less stressed.
  • a drop in fuel prices for citizens.

3. What is the students’ attitude to sensors in new building materials?

  • relief that construction projects will become cheaper.
  • concern about the implications for individual privacy.
  • doubt regarding the safety of future constructions
  • confusion about how the sensors will workk.

4. When Lura talks about digital signage she says that….

  • all signs will be connected to the internet.
  • signs will be able to advertise numerous different products.
  • advertisers will know how many people they are reaching.
  • customers will be able to buy directly from advertisements.

5. What surprises the students when they talk about criminals?

  • how quickly criminal activity will be controlled in future
  • how films tend to exaggerate the dangers of hacking
  • how old-fashioned cyber security is in some cities
  • how dependent on technology the police will become

6. What conclusion do the students reach about Cyber City?

  • they are disappointed that so few people play the game.
  • they are impressed by the level of detail in the game.
  • they are confused about how such a game is beneficial.
  • they are surprised that only design companies can play the game.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 64 | Phrasal Verbs | Academic Collocations

Welcome back to some more collocations! Always excited to bring you guys more phrasal verbs, so let’s get into it before we do the reading!

Complete the table down below with the words in the box.

ample  beyond   growing    hold(v)   hypothetical    in
into   lend    of   on   pose   prevailing   provide   voice(v)   wholehearted
Verb + nounprepositions + nounadjective + noun
to _______
_________ the evidence
to _________ the
view that
in view _________ the fact
the __________
to ______
some doubt
to prove beyond doubt that________ doubt
to ___________
support to
to come out _________ support of________ support
to pose a
to call ___________ questiona __________


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 63 | Pronunciation for Speaking | Preparing & Rehearsing Talking Points

Effective pronunciation ensures your audience can engage with your ideas, not so much big words (which would have your audience lost, based on the setting). Focus on the key features to make your delivery successful:

  1. Make sure you are very confident with the pronunciation of key terms and names. Correct word stress is important for the audience to understand multi-syllable words.
  2. Use sentence stress to highlight the key points, emphasizing the main syllables in these words.
  3. Insert short pauses between groups of words and longer pauses between sentences.
  4. Indicate when a point is finished by using falling intonation.

Use these strategies.

  • Mark these four pronunciation features on your presentation script.
  • Practice several times.
  • Record yourself and analyze your performance.

The three of us | presenting our solutions today | all come | from different backgrounds | in relation | to the problem. || This ought to provide | a broader perspective | on the issue | and some more innovative solutions. ||

SKillful 4

Listen to the podcast down below and mark the sentence stress, pauses, and intonation on the extracts from the Speaking model.

  1. Coming back to Hana’s point about the cost of making these changes, we need to think about how much this will be passed on to students.
  2. The problems can be solved. As both Hana and Ella have said, change is difficult, and people don’t like it at first.

Mark the pronunciation features on the extracts form the speaking model.

  1. First, I’m going to outline the basic issue, along with the main problems | identified.
  2. Supposing fees were dramatically increased? How many students would still apply to come here?
  3. However, as long as it is managed effectively, everyone can benefit in the final outcome — the management, the teachers, and current and future students.


UDEMY Pronunciation Course (Phase 1) Now Available!

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Guys. Welcome back to another episode Arsenio’s ESL podcast. Today is one of those special very special days, guys, man, I’d been working on this for a long time, but man, it’s been a long time coming. I finally overcame procrastination within literally five days time and I created the first of five phases of my pronunciation course. Oh my God. For you guys who have been listening to me for a long time, folks out there in Belo Horizontae in Brazil. Uh, katsu got, Oh, I can’t even say the word, but let’s just say in Japan, out there in Mexico. All right, I’m talking about, uh, Teotihuacan. No, I don’t think anyone lives there, but I’m talking about all over the world, all of you. You guys know who you are, man. 

I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. And so here it is. You know the pronunciation podcasts I’ve been doing for a long time, I decided to create a course on which you’ll see the link in the description. And this first of five phases. [inaudible] one hour of video content, about four to five downloadable resources, lots of assignments that you need to submit to me. Goals and assessments to why you want to learn pronunciation syllables. Going over the basics, the chapter one and the continuum before getting into the course, chapters two and three guys, we’re going through this in a systematic approach. Now in one hour we’re going to figure out what your goals are for this pronunciation course, what your speech profile is, where you are now, and where do you want to be your levels. Are you understood? Do you have problems, you know, speaking to individuals or do you, uh, conversations end up falling apart because the way you annunciate specific words, see all of this needs to be dealt with. 

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You have the ability now by downloading the Udemy app, you will be able to of course purchase my course. And because you have 24 hours, you get 50% off. And guys, this is a beauty because that means this course is only $10 American dollars. That’s all it is. And so you guys are probably wondering like god damn, one hour of content per $10 yes cause you got, well remember, remember it’s only the first 24 hours. So if you’re listening to this right now, you need to hit that link. You need to get this course and you need to get going. If you want to see results, if you want that result and chin to start to start up and so you know, crank it up into get there like a motorcycle or like a Mustang, it’s that time, it’s time to make yourself accountable. 

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It’s for you to begin the new year. Let’s just put it that way. An American pronunciation course, this is the beginning and I’m so grateful for all of you who have been following me for all of you who have been coming up. I mean there are 150 160 cities over the last 10 episodes. That’s a, that’s probably about a 15% increase as well as a about a 17% increase in new countries. Thank you. But if you guys want to improve your pronunciation in general, this isn’t just for the ILS test speakers and that’s hopeful test speakers. It’s just you being understood in general. Do you want us to learn how to slow down your speech and get proper presentations using thought groups and other different things? This is it. And so this is phase one. Remember, go over the content, look at what’s being offered, look at my description, but when the link, see if it’s for you in choir messaged me, email me. Say, Hey, I’m interested. What are the, what is this all about? And then I could give you the full rundown of the five courses that will precinct or not greasy first pussy. Who knows? That will come shortly after. So would that be and said, guys, I’m so grateful. If you guys have any questions, please get in contact with me and stay tuned for the next one. Which should mean launching within two weeks. I’m your host as always –over and out.


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70,000 plays for my ESL Podcast. THANK YOU!

Wow! Not to be negative, but Buzzsprout did screw me over on this. Not only did they give me false hope when I got 2,000 plays in a day, but then they took away the plays and completely stalled the consistent climb to stardom. Pretty disappointed in that.

But other than that, this is another wonderful and monumental moment. I’ve gotten a lot of attention over the last year and a half, and after a passing of the torch (past my personal development podcast play count in less than half the time) I’m now making a steady climb to the 100k club. WOW! 100k plays or downloads!

How grateful would I be! However, today is just about being grateful for the now, the present, and who I’ve influenced around the world.

Big News! Pronunciation Course Debuting This Week!

Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing a blog and link to that. I’m absolutely ecstatic about having created my first ever course that will be ready within a couple days. This is Phase 1/5, with the other 4 phases coming out over the course. If you’re interested, just contact me in the links down below.

Ebook Following Suit

After doing my my course, I want to quickly shift focus back to my TOEIC grammar ebook and make it available to the public. Both of those will be available here on my website, too.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 48 | Pronunciation | Rules & Practice

Let’s go over some basics here.

In English, there are many initial clusters with two consonant sounds and some with three.

  • Prayed (not parade)
  • Stream (not steam)

Many initial clusters with two and three consonants sounds contain /r/ or /l/.

  • To practice basic /r/ and /l/ before practicing these sounds, remember to tune back in later on.

Also, if you simplify initial clusters by inserting a vowel sound, (e.h., if you say below instead of blow or support instead of sport), this tip is for you.

If the first consonant sound in a cluster is a stop sound (/p, b. t, d, k, g/), do not release the stop until you are ready to say the next sound.

Blow (release /b/ as you say /l/)

Trouble (release /t/ as you say /r/)

If the first consonant sound is not a stop, continue it until the next sound.

Sports (sssport)

Flow (ffflow)


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 39 | Pronunciation | Consonant Clusters Exercise

Welcome back to another pronunciation podcast.  This is a follow-up to what I talked about in my previous pronunciation podcast, which was the introduction of two, three, and four consonant clusters.  So remember, some languages do not have consonant clusters, making it very difficult for English language learners to pronounce.  Here’s a practice for you!

Cleaned up (sounds like clean-dup)

Find him (sounds like fine-dim)

Thinks about (sounds like think-sabout)

  1. fast — fast enough (sounds like fas-denough)
  2. cold — cold air (sounds like col-dair)
  3. since — since April (sin-sapril)
  4. fact — fact is (sounds like fac-dis)
  5. mind — mind if (min-dif)
  6. slept — slept in (slep-din)


TOEFL iTP – Grammar – Adjective & Adverb Endings

We’re back and blogging once again! I had taken some time off because I hit work-overload with workshops. Apologies, but I’m back and happier than ever to bring you guys today some interesting rules for adverbs and adjectives, regardless if you’re learning TOEFL or not.

The most common type of word-form problem involves the use of an adverb in place of an adjective, or an adjective in place of an adverb. A few points to keep in mind.

  • Adjectives modify nouns, noun phrases, and pronouns.

Adjectives often come before nouns.

an important test

a quiet evening

a long letter

  • They often answer the question What kind?

She is a brilliant doctor. (What kind of a doctor is she? A brilliant one.)

  • Adjectives also follow the verb to be and other linking verbs.

The glass was empty.

That song sounds nice.

They look upset.

  • Adverbs may modify verbs, participles, adjectives, prepositions, adverb clause markers, and other adverbs.

The Lakers eagerly accepted the challenge.

(adverb modifying the main verb accepted)

It has been a rapidly changing climate.

(adverb modifying the present participle changing)

She wore a brightly colored shirt.

(adverb modifying the past participle colored)

John seemed extremely nervous about the test.

(adverb modifying the adjective curious)

We arrived at the airport shortly after our flight left.

(adverb modifying the adverb-clause marker before)

We arrived at the airport shortly before midnight.

(adverb modifying the preposition before)

The accident happened incredibly quickly.

(adverb modifying the adverb quickly

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