Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 147 | Developing Vocabulary | Expressions & Phrases with Self

Here’s another developing vocabulary! Long, beautiful rant — given by me! Here are the words and the podcast in terms of what I’ll be discussing today.

  • self-doubt
  • self-expression
  • self-indulgence
  • self-serving
  • self-preservation
  • self-deprecating
  1. being excessively modest, or undervaluing oneself
  2. how one shows their feelings, thoughts or ideas, especially through music, art and writing
  3. the instinctive protection of oneself from harm, danger
  4. a lack of confidence in oneself and abilities
  5. having concern only for one’s own interests
  6. behavior in which a person does exactly what they want, often for the purpose of pleasure or through laziness

Complete the sentences with the phrases above

  1. feeling tired and stressed? Come to Happy Spa for a weekend of ___________ and relaxation.
  2. In some extreme cases, when comments have become very vicious, people have deleted their social media accounts as a means of __________.
  3. Many teenagers go through periods of ________________, and wonder who they are and how they fit in.
  4. I prefer people who make ______________ comments to people who take themselves too seriously.
  5. John says his haircut is a form of ________________, and no one should criticize her for it.
  6. Everything that Liam does is completely ________________– he just manipulates people to get what he wants.


  • If friends make self-deprecating comments, how do you respond? Is it a good thing to frequently make these kinds of comments?
  • What forms of self-expression can you think of? How do you express yourself?
  • To what extent do you think people are self-serving?


IELTS | Listening | Cambridge 15 | Test 1 – Bankside Recruitment Agency

Welcome to a comprehensive Part 1 breakdown of the IELTS test! Cambridge 15 has made its debut, and I found a perfect website that has all the tests available. So, before we get into the test, we need to establish some things.

But even BEFORE THAT, make sure you tune into the podcast to get my breakdown, answers, techniques, etc.

Technique 1 – Predicting Notes

Here are some examples of the different type of information you’re going to need to fill in part one. Try to quickly identify the situation from the notes and from the introduction on the recording. You should then spend the time before the dialogue starts thinking about the situation and predicting the type of language you might here.

  • a price
  • a measurement
  • a reference number
  • a number
  • a month
  • a name
  • a color
  • a time
  • a place
  • a telephone number

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 146 | Reading | Charity Matters

We’re back with a HUGE listening in terms of charity. Most of you already know how I feel about these “charities” that actually profit from the poor (pencils of promise), but it’s time to dive into it even deeper. So, we have two parts: the listening, which you’ll have the A-G paragraphs to it down below. So, listen to the podcast player for the full audio, and when you hear the beep, know that one of the paragraphs down below (or on the blog) must be matched to it (1-6).

A) It is true that real-time updates and live feeds allow you to view people’s tragic situations in far-flung countries as never before. And the images, taken not just by photo journalists but by anyone with a recording device, have become far more intimate.

B) The situation turns out not to be as straightforward as it seems. In order to do so, your own needs must come second to the needs of others. According to psychologists, this is easier said than done.

C) Certainly it can help people to feel part of a global caring community. However, this is illusory in terms of creating impactful change, and it may also lead them to overlook the most practical thing in a critical situation.

D) Scientists and psychologists have been debating the nature and evolutionary origins of altruistic behavior ever since. It has also been suggested that altruism doesn’t really exist.

E) Then consider a slightly different situation in which the potential recipient of your goodwill is more familiar to you. This happened to a friend only recently; her contribution to a collaborative project was far more significant in terms of time, effort and ideas than her classmates.

F) Vague notions of tending to the sick, or helping to rebuild the infrastructure had begun to form. As with many other willing volunteers, the relinquishing of home comforts for a few months seemed to him a small sacrifice to make.

G) This, according to relief agencies, is not a unique case. In the haste to assist the needy, many would-be volunteers rush in without weighing up what they can realistically contribute against how much they might actually binder relief efforts.

Gateway C1


ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 145 | Vocabulary | Offering Assistance

We’re back with another ESL podcast! In today’s podcast, we’ll be discussing donations, offering, NGOs (real — not money-grabbers) and helping strangers by having a strong moral duty. Let’s dive into the vocabulary and then the story-telling!

  1. Voluntary
  2. donation
  3. beneficial
  4. motive
  5. empathy
  6. protests
  • vocational
  • contribution
  • profitable
  • incentive
  • sympathy
  • campaigns

Choose the correct alternative.

  1. The decision raised a storm of protests/campaigns among people living in the countryside.
  2. It’s his own fault. He’ll get no empathy/sympathy from me.
  3. Voluntary/Vocational courses offer job-focused training for specific roles or careers.
  4. Exercise is beneficial/profitable to your health.
  5. Rosie has made a massive donation/contribution to the project, putting in lots of late nights and extra hours.
  6. Have you been watching that new detective series? It’s intriguing!! What do you think is the motive/incentive behind the crime?

Complete these questions with words above. Then discuss them with someone.

  1. How much ____________ do you have for celebrities whose private lives are exposed in the media?
  2. Do you agree that a person doing ___________ work should not expect a high salary?
  3. Which group of people do you think should receive greatest recognition for their _________ to society?
  4. In your opinion, is it OK for parents to offer their teenagers money as an ___________ to study hard?
  5. Do government ____________ aimed at changing the behavior of young people work? Why/why not?


International Guest Speaker | Isaiah of the Bahamas | Impact is Legacy

WOW! The power of Instagram! I had a like from Isaiah about a month ago, so I decided to reach out to him because of the energy that was attracting me.  Boy, was that an amazing choice to make! Born and raised in the Bahamas, he went to school in Cuba (international school) where he was exposed to dozens of nationalities, ideologies, accents, and cultures….and then university in Canada.  The impactful rules, principles, and oaths he stands by and developed along the way (and he’s only 22!) is better than most individuals in the world.  This man, Isaiah, is a representation of the future of the Bahamas. Here’s the podcast!


Questions & Answers | How to Remember Vocabulary

First time having a Q & A in a long time and I’m very excited about this one because of what I’m going to be talking about.  When it comes to remembering vocabulary, you can tell a story with the syllables, visual imagery, and even word of association.  I’ve listed quite a few examples in this text that hopefully will help you.  If you have any other questions that you would like me to answer in a podcast, please let me know!


From bathroom toiletries, to the kitchen. There are a lot of items within the household that need to be “done away” with after a certain amount of months, but we keep it for up to 4x the amount of time. That’s the first part of the podcast.

The second part is the roles of women in Saudi Arabia and how it’s been changing. Because of the strict culture, non-married men and women cannot work together. So, for years, women have been confined to their homes…but times have changed. What makes a resumé impressive for future employers? Tune in!


TOEFL iTP | Listening Part B | A Man’s Great-Grandmother

We’re back with a great TOEFL iTP podcast/video today! In today’s episode, I’m going to go over this structurally easy talk, but also emphasize how important it is to figure out a suitable technique for you to follow the questions.  Remember, tests this year are extremely difficult, so what you see me go over on today’s podcast/video is completely different from what you’ll experience. Tune in!

How often does the man usually talk to his great-grandmother?

  • Every evening.
  • Every week.
  • Every Sunday.
  • Every month.

What did the man’s great-grandmother tell him on the phone this morning?

  • That she was eighty-five years old.
  • That a storm was coming.
  • That she was under a great deal of pressure.
  • That she wanted to become a weather forecaster.

Where does the man’s great-grandmother say when she feels a storm coming?

  • In her bones.
  • In her ears.
  • In her legs.
  • In her head.

What will the man probably do in the future?

  • Call his great-grandmother less often.
  • Watch the weather forecasts with his great-grandmother.
  • Help his great-grandmother relieve some of her pressures.
  • Believe his great-grandmother’s predictions about the weather.


ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 143 | Discussion Point | Four Start-ups that changed the world

We’re back with a discussion point and a brand new chapter! In this podcast, I’ll be discussing four (more like three) start-ups that changed the world, as well as so many others. It’s amazing to see how technology has evolved, but to look back at some of these game-systems, telephones and social media apps….they didn’t start in their respective niche.