Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 24 | Car Hire & Tips for Renting a Car

In any country, it’s always important to understand the things you need before picking up a car at the airport. Whether you need an international driving permit or insurance.  The only time I had hired a car was back in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2013 — but that was in the USA.

However, if you hire a car in Myanmar, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, the bureaucracy that follows could be horrendous. At the airport is fine, but under the table could be dangerous. So, let’s dive into the tips!

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IELTS | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Full Consultation on Speaking Parts 2 & 3

Happy March, everyone! This was a consultation I had done back in December of last year and it was FIRE! To hear the golden nuggets that my student had given me can really be useful for a lot of you out there. So, please tune in to this podcast, have your notepad and stuff ready, and get ready to be amazed!

Update: As of December 15th, Bruna received the following scores.

Overall: 8.0
Listening: 8.0
Reading: 7.5
Writing: 7.0
Speaking: 8.5

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TOEFL iBT | Independent Essay | Coal Burning | Evaluating an Essay #3

We’re back with another awesome segment! So, in today’s segment, you’re going to have a couple of phases.

First, you’ll need to take notes on the reading (down below for 3 minutes).

After that, tune into this podcast here and listen to the Coal Burning audio. You will take notes and start writing your essay.

Then, watch the video down below and see the feedback I give my wonderful student who I’m coaching.

Let’s go!

Reading – Coal Burning

The coal industry has had a large environmental impact from land use, waste management, water and air pollution caused by coal mining, processing, and using coal. Not only does it cause atmospheric pollution, but coal burning also produces millions of tons of solid waste products. Burning coal comes with severe health effects and is estimated to shorten approximately 1,000,000 lives worldwide every year. The following are three methods for reducing the pollution produced by coal burning.

One method is to improve the reaction efficiency.  By improving the reaction efficiency, air pollution can be reduced. It will not be an immediate impact, but over the long term it will have a significant impact.

Another method is to use water to flush the coal and remove sulfides to prevent the creation of sulfur dioxide.  This would help to reduce the level of pollution created by the sulfides reacting with the air.

A third method is to collect the emitted carbon dioxide. This would prevent the gases from reaching the atmosphere. Pollution levels from carbon dioxide would drop significantly over time as this technology is expanded.

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{Patreon Special} TOEFL iBT | Reading | Early Capitalism

Another reading is here on my Patreon! I have a question down below for you as a teaser.

1 The word ‘it’ in the paragraph down below refers to:

• agricultural work
• planting
• work for the merchants
• raw materials

Before the industrial revolution, the making of textiles (or cloth) was accomplished through what is known as “cottage industry.” Merchants acted as economic coordinators in this system. They responded to demand for textiles by “putting out” the work to skilled workers. The merchants, who had access through their trade channels to different resources, would buy the raw materials for the articles they wanted. They would then distribute these materials – such as cotton and wool – to rural workers, who would spin wool or thread, weave, or bleach or dye the cloth. They worked at home, by hand, using tools such as spinning wheels and hand looms. The workers were typically engaged in agricultural work during planting and harvest season. Thus their work for the merchants was supplemental; that is, it was not their primary source of income.

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{Patreon Special}TOEFL iBT | Reading | Anglo-saxons

We’re back with another super special! In today’s reading, we’ll be covering Anglo-saxons. Remember, to get the full reading, go to the link down below and get access to my Patreon. Nonetheless, here’s a nice little teaser for you.

[1] In the fifth century AD, Britain was being attacked by the Irish, Pict and Germanic people from southern Denmark and Germany. These invaders were called Saxons. The term Anglo Saxon was developed in the eighth century. It was coined to distinguish between the British (Anglo) and the Germanic people (Saxons). The Roman-Britano leaders defended the land as best they could, but the invaders eventually began to settle into Britain. Irish kingdoms settled in both the west and north of the country. Meanwhile, the Angles, Saxons and Jute tribes took over the east part of Britain.
 

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1 Paragraph 1 supports which of the following statements about the word Anglo-Saxon:

  • The word Anglo-Saxon derives from two words, meaning British-German.
  • The word Anglo-Saxon derives from the British term Saxon for invaders.
  • The word Anglo-Saxon derives from the German word Saxon for the British.
  • The word Anglo-Saxon derives from the Irish term Saxon for invaders.

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{Patreon Special} TOEFL iBT | Integrated Essay | The Roman Empire

With possibly the most difficult Integrated Task to date, you guys will have your hands full with this one. The Roman Empire is surely one of the hardest ones out there, so brace yourself, take your time and I’ll be looking forward to your responses! For those of you reading it on my blog, here’s the first paragraph.

The post-Republican period of the ancient Roman civilization, known as the Roman Empire, was characterized by a government headed by emperors and large territorial holding around the Mediterranean Sea in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Roman Empire was the largest empire of the Classical Antiquity period, and one of the largest in world history covering 6.8 million square kilometers. It was also among the most powerful economic, cultural, political and military forces in the world holding sway over 21% of the world’s entire population during that time period. The longevity and vast reach of the Empire provided a lasting influence of Latin and Greek language, culture, religion, inventions, architecture, philosophy, law, and government on future descendants. There are three reasons the Roman Empire became so powerful.

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{Patreon Special} TOEFL iBT Reading | The Navigation Acts

More uploads are scheduled for today! Prepare yourself…..and by the way, I see that that are difficulties within some of the readings so I will either (A) do a response video. Or (B), write the explanations in the comment below the document. Stay tuned in your notifications!

Here’s the first question for all of you who follow me.

[2] The first Navigation Act was passed in 1651. The Act declared that all products grown and produced in Asia, America, and Africa should be transported only in English boats. In addition, the Act included a provision that goods transported into England from Europe should also be carried by English boats only. The second Navigation Act was passed in 1660, forbidding any importation into or exportation out of the British colonies except in English vessels. It also declared that certain products, such as cotton, sugar, and tobacco, could only be transported to England or one of its plantations.

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1 Which of the following can be inferred from paragraph 2 about the first two Navigation Acts?

  • The first two Navigation Acts declared that only England could use goods from the colonies, and also stated that certain goods could be transported to all countries.
  • The first two Navigation Acts declared that only England’s colonies could benefit from the transport of goods from the colonies, and also stated that certain goods could only be exported to England and its plantations.
  • The first two Navigation Acts declared that only English vessels could be used for the transport of goods from the colonies, and also stated that certain goods could only be exported to England and its plantations.
  • The first two Navigation Acts prevented English vessels from being used for the transport of goods from the colonies, and also stated that only certain goods could be exported to England and its plantations.

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Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6 | Sales | Investigating Complaints: Reporting to Customers

This is a LONG story in terms of how to deal with complaints, whether it’s in your professional life or personal life. There’s a fine line between constructive criticism, and there is just the ungrateful. Do you often continue doing work with people who have complained before? In my experience here in Thailand, I worked with companies in the outskirts of Bangkok before who had complained about me having a great personality — true story. These companies don’t deserve an amazing trainer like me, and going forward, I established a value system that helps me in choosing companies, clients, gigs.  In today’s podcast, we discuss just that.

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