Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 60 – Pronunciation – Linking of Same Consonants

Welcome back to Part IV of linking same consonants! I’ve done this before a while back, but practice makes perfection and here’s another lesson!

When the same consonant sound appears at the end of one word and at the beginning of another word, it is only pronounced once.

  • Try to learn new collocations.
  • I need a cheap paper dictionary.
  • We’re entering the latest technology.
  • You’re a great teacher.
  • What did the students say?
  • That’s common knowledge.

Now, listen to the consonant sounds and figure out the linking while enunciating it.

  1. Is our debate today about technology?
  2. Brett took notes so he did well on his exam.
  3. I persuaded David to take a music class.
  4. Alex said he bought two new shirts.
  5. Didn’t Tariq bother reading his book?

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 55 – Pronunciation – Emphatic Stress

We, Americans, LOVEEEEEE using Emphatic Stress (did you see it?). Guys, sometimes when you speak, you can draw attention to certain words by giving them extra emphasis. These could be adjectives (huge, crazy, tiny) and adverbs (extremely, totally, slowly). Notice the change in emphasis in the second of each pair of the sentences down below.

That was a funny STORY.

That was a FUNNY story.

He was extremely TIRED.

He was EXTREMELY tired.

Listen to the sentences. I want you to figure out which word receives the emphatic stress.

  1. The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a really famous story.
  2. The people in town were pretty dreadful.
  3. The boy was extremely embarrassed by his actions.
  4. The wolf’s teeth were enormous!
  5. The old man was totally ecstatic.
  6. The boy learned a huge lesson that day.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 51 – Pronunciation/Speaking Skills – Content Words

“Content” words carry the most meaning in a sentence so receive more stress. They include questions words, nouns, most verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and negative auxiliary verbs (don’t, won’t, hasn’t, etc).

“Function” words give a sentence its grammatically correct form. They carry little meaning so are unstressed. They include articles, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, the verb be, and affirmative auxiliary verbs (do, can, did, etc).

Listen to the audio in the podcast down below to understand what words are stressed.

  1. Doctors can help people with phobias.
  2. Alice saw the little snake and screamed loudly.
  3. I am helping my friend with his fear of water.
  4. I didn’t know you were afraid of flying.
  5. Phobias are powerful but very treatable.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 47 – Pronunciation: Rhythm

Welcome back, everyone! We’re entering a more difficult phase of pronunciation, and I’m happy to bring to you today the basis of rhythm in phrases and sentences.

  • Basic rhythm patterns in phrases and sentences.
  • The kinds of words that are generally stressed.
  • The kinds of words that are generally unstressed.

Every language has its own rhythm or beat. If you hear the Japanese language, it’s often described as a roller coaster. In Thai, intonation and tones mean everything — and Vietnamese, too.

One of the big problems is that when we learn a new language we unconsciously transfer the rhythm patterns of our first language into the language we are learning.


  1. rejected
  2. engineer
  3. convert (verb)
  4. presented
  5. permit (noun)
  6. civilization


He wrecked it.

He can hear.

She’s hurt.

He meant it.

Learn it.

He’s at the station.

What do you notice when you say the phrases? What do you notice about the rhythm and patterns of each pair? Tune into my podcast down below!


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 31 – Pronunciation – Stressed/Unstressed Schwa

Welcome back to another pronunciation episode! I love bringing these to you guys to start off the week strong, and so here I am today! Today we’re going to go over stressed/unstressed schwa sounds.


Able                 ability

Major              majority

Compete         competition

Photograph    photography

canada            canadian

Japan               Japanese


Listen to the unstressed vowels that sound like a schwa







You’ll have to listen to the podcast down below to understand how to say the words.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 21 – Pronunciation – Two-Syllable Stressing

Happy Monday and welcome back! It’s time for some more pronunciation!

English word stress is variable.  Sometimes it is hard to know which syllable to stress.  Fortunately, there are general rules that can help.

  • About 90% of two-syllable nouns have first-syllable stress: problem, freedom, baggage.
  • Most two-syllable names also have first-syllable stress: David, Justin, Sarah, Lauren.
  1. Secret
  2. Compare
  3. Relaxes
  4. Succeed
  5. Office
  6. Haircut
  7. Provide
  8. Steven
  9. Presented
  10. Jacob
  11. Daydream
  12. Concept

What makes a syllable sound stressed in English?

  • The vowel sound is full and clear.
  • The vowel sound is often higher in pitch.
  • The vowel sound is especially long.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3: Episode 17 – Pronunciation – Word Stress in Nouns, Verbs, & Numbers

Welcome back to another week and the first pronunciation exercise of November! Today is another activity in terms of repeating what I say.

It’s time to learn about common stress patterns in words with more than one syllable.

Here are some words that I will be talking about in my podcast.

Pronunciation In This Podcast

ivy, IV

decade, decayed

desert, dessert

one person, one percent

tutors, two tours

character, corrector

homesick, home sick

written, retain

history, his story

fifty, fifteen


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 9 – Vocabulary – Do & Make

Welcome back to another blog, everyone!  Very grateful and also fascinated that many of my students have problems with these two particular verbs.  Do & Make, two verbs that are often confused, will be broken down in today’s podcast and blog.

Use DO for actions, obligations, and repetitive tasks. Use MAKE for creating or producing something, and for actions you choose to do

Do the words down below go with do or make?

  • a pot-roast
  • a course
  • a decision
  • an assignment
  • the lunch
  • well
  • friends
  • chores

**a noise, the shopping, the washing** — explanation in the podcast down below.


Complete the rules with do or make


  1. We usually use ______________ with work at school, work, or university.
  2. We usually use ______________ with work around the house.
  3. We usually use ______________ with things we produce, create, or construct.
  4. We usually use ______________ when we talk about activities in general.
  5. We use _____________ with words like “a decision” or “a mistake”
  6. We use _____________ with these words: your best, a favor, business

Answers in the podcast down below!



Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 6 – Pronunciation – Ignoring The Consonant in Speech

Yes! A lot of my students have asked this question, so here it is, along with some sentences for you to repeat out loud.  This exercise will enable you to take out the unnecessary, second-to-last consonant, which is impossible to say. Let’s go over it.

/kt + s/ = / ks/

Fact = facs – Not Facts

Facts of life = facs of life

Act = acs

Acts appropriately = acs appropriately

direct = direcs – Not Directs

Direcs this project


/pt = s/ = /ps/

Adapt = adaps – Not Adapts

Adaps to the changes

Concept = conceps – Not Concepts

Conceps in math

Accept/Acceps – Not Accepts

Acceps responsibility


/nd + z/ = /nz/

Sends = Sens – Not Sends

Sens a signal

Lend = Lens – Not Lends

Lens a hand

Friend = friens – Not Friends

Friens and family




Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Pronunciation #1 – Plural Endings

For the PDF, please scroll down to the bottom of the page, print, and follow the page with me on the podcast so you can practice enunciating.


Add s to most nouns.

Add es to nouns ending in s, sh, ss, z, x, or ch.

Add es to most nouns ending in o.

For nouns ending in consonant + y, change y to ies.

For nouns ending in f or fe, change f(e) to ves.


Name/names friend/friends box/boxes class/classes

hero/heroes tomato/tomatoes hobby/hobbies family/families

half/halves wife/wives

Pronunciation Skill

There are three plural -s ending sounds:


after the sounds    /t/  /p/  /k/  /f/ sports, caps, books


after the sounds    /d/  b/  /g/  /b/  /l/  /m/  /n/  /r/      names, colors, knives


after the letters s, sh, ss, z, x, ge, or ch actresses, ages, watches



Pronunciation Skill #1