Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 8: Episode 5 | How to Plan Ahead for Phone Calls in English

Sometimes when we make phone calls with friends, we kind of just “wing” the conversation, meaning it’s just random chit chat. However, the reason why you don’t make phone calls in English, even putting them off, is because you’re afraid, right? I’ve been there. I was terrified of calling ANYONE about ANYTHING when I was younger, and in today’s podcast, I will give you some useful techniques for planning ahead.


Business English Podcast | Corporate Finance | Fat Cats Lack of Empathy = Layoffs

When it comes to budget cuts, the Fat Cats — those who make all the money, including the CEOs managers and others that make a lot of money — are the ones that say “let’s fire employees” without any empathy. It’s ridiculous how some just fumble over their words. In today’s podcast, you’re going to hear a fat cat flip-flop on her words with zero empathy for those who are involved.

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TOEFL iTP | Reading | Course Sneak Peek | Vocabulary In Context | Set Genes

Another week; another TOEFL iTP Reading! In this week’s episode, we’re going to do another slate of vocabulary-in-context questions, and to be honest, this is a bit more difficult than last week. Get ready!

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TOEFL iTP | Written Expression | 1 on 1 Coaching | Full Test

A SUPER session with one of my online coaching students! First, she came to me to buy my courses, and because the severity of the situation, she decided to buy a package of 10 coaching hours. Here’s our full session in terms of going over a Written Expression test. Hope you enjoy!


TOEFL iTP | Reading | 1 on 1 Coaching | Victorian Houses

Another phenomenal session! So grateful to bring this to you today. In today’s podcast, we’re going to do an entire breakdown of a difficult passage. However, listen to my student navigate her way through the storms by me breaking everything down. This is going to be INCREDIBLY useful, so sit back and enjoy!


Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Sales | Dealing with Disgruntled Clients

Wow, for the first time in my life, I had someone call me “thief,” which is totally untrue.  The most important thing is how I reacted to the situation. Because this is my personal business, this could be a dire situation, but based on requests, actions, follow-up and repeating information from this particular client, it’s all about how you handle disgruntled clients.


TOEFL iTP | Structure | 1 on 1 Coaching | All 15 Questions with Explanations

So grateful to bring you this amazing coaching session. First, I have a wonderful student from Saudi Arabia who had bought my TOEFL  iTP Course, and shortly after, she bought some coaching hours. Because she’s 13 points away, she cannot afford another slip up, so in the first coaching session, I introduced EVERYTHING to her that will benefit her greatly.  This is an amazing session going over misplaced modifiers, verb-agreement problems, parallel structures, adjective clauses, negative verbs and more!

All answers in video down below!

  1. Sharpe knives are actually safer to use _____
  1. As dull ones
  2. As ones that are dull
  3. Than dull ones
  4. That are dull ones

Safer is a comparative adjective so it is comparing two different things/same things.


Formula for as is as + adjective + as

  • Daniel Webster, Thaddeus Stevens, and many others _____ prominent in public life began their careers by teaching at a school.
  1. They became
  2. Once they became
  3. Became
  4. Who became

Began = verb

You must have a relative pronoun if the sentence has two verbs.


  • As coal mines became deeper, the problems of draining water, bringing in fresh air, and ______ to the surface increased.
  1. Transporting ore
  2. To transport ore
  3. How ore is transported
  4. Ore is transporting

Verb(ing) + noun

  • ______ because of the complexity of his writing, Henry James never became a popular writer, but his works are admired by critics and other writers.
  1. It may be
  2. Perhaps
  3. Besides
  4. Why is it
  • Piedmont glaciers are formed ______ several valley glaciers join and spread out over a plain.
  1. By
  2. When
  3. From
  4. That
  • As late as 1890, Key West, with a population of 18,000, ______ Florida’s largest city.
  1. That was
  2. To be
  3. Was
  4. It was
  • A mastery of calculus depends on ______ of algebra.
  1. An understanding
  2. Is understood
  3. To understand
  4. Understand
  • _______ he was not a musician himself, Lawrence Hammond developed an electronic keyboard instrument called the Hammond organ.
  1. Although
  2. That
  3. Despite
  4. For
  • Agnes De Mille’s landmark musical play Oklahoma! was ________ of story, music, and dance.
  1. Successfully combined
  2. A successful combination
  3. To combine successfully
  4. Successful combining
  1. ________ single dialect of American English has ever become dominant.
  2. No
  3. Not only a – correlative conjunction = not only…..but also
  4. Not
  5. Nor a – correlative  conjunction – neither — nor
  1. In 1837 the University of Michigan became the first state university ______ by a board of regents elected by the voters of the state.
  1. Under the control
  2. It was controlled
  3. Being controlled
  4. To be controlled
  1. Indoor heating systems have made ________ for people to live and work comfortably in temperate climates.
  1. It is possible
  2. Possible
  3. It possible
  4. Possibly
  1. Certain fish eggs contain droplets of oil, ________ to float on the surface of the water.
  1. Allowing them
  2. Allows them
  3. They are allowed
  4. This allows them
  1. Considered America’s first great architect, ___________.
  1. Many of the buildings at Harvard University were designed by Henry Hobson Richardson
  2. Henry Hobson Richardson designed many of the buildings at Harvard University
  3. Harvard University has many buildings that were designed by Henry Hobson Richardson
  4. It was Henry Hobson Richardson who designed many of the buildings at Harvard University
  1. ________ is caused by a virus was now known until 1911.
  1. That measles
  2. As measles
  3. Measles
  4. What if measles

TOEFL iBT | Writing Course | Full Introduction

Today is THE SPECIAL DAY! First and foremost, I want to give a big shout out to my current students who have asked me to create a course on TOEFL Writing. I was preparing for a coaching session and then the “a-ha” moment came. I wanted to finally create a course that’s easy for students to navigate.

In this course are about 6 modules and 13 lessons, each of them will have a video tutorial. In each of those 6 modules, and at the end, you’ll be able to submit an essay for FREE as part of the course, meaning you will get 6 free essays (normally a package of 5 essay evaluations would go for $25).

The full rundown is in this podcast and on video (if you’re watching on YouTube and Facebook).

For the next 2 days, you can get the course for 40% off! So, right now, it’s literally just $34! After October 15th, it will go back to its full price of $57. 

If you’re interested, inquire today!

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Business English Podcast | Sales | Word of Mouth & Four Cores of Credibility

Another update is here on my Sales life! and most importantly, a wonderful snippet on how you can establish four cores of credibility and be atop not only the market, but your self-worth, relationships, organizations, and society in general.


TOEFL iTP | Reading | Reference Questions | Mount Rainier

Woohoo! A four-question passage that is deserving of some attention! I do apologize for the constant references to the environment, a storm was approaching and I was becoming very anxious, so nonetheless, this is a phenomenal segment that I decided to debut to the public (many more on my TOEFL iTP Course) because it’s short and straight to the point. Enjoy!