IELTS | Speaking | Using Cohesive Devices for Your Speech

The best video is here, and specifically, for three of my IELTS students currently. Now, we all know the annoying linkers that TOEFL iBT coaches spout: therefore, however, furthermore, also. Yeah, these maybe be good in providing structure, but when it comes to a conversation with a human, you need to sound natural. Compartmentalizing your information and knowing the body of your talk is of the utmost importance. So let’s get there.

IELTS | Reading | 1 on 1 Coaching | Fill In The Blank: Polar Bears

We’re back with another IELTS Training session! In this video, both my student and I are doing an IELTS segment where we’re supposed to find the words (one word only) and fill it in.

In this session, however, I had a bit of a doubt about branch, indicating that it may be tool. And in the end, tool was the answer.

IELTS | Writing Task II | Essay Evaluation | How Cohesion Works

I’m bringing you a special I haven’t necessarily done in almost a year. I was really big on IELTS last year, but because TOEFL iBT became huge, I just steered clear of it. Well, it’s back! And in today’s episode, I go over the cohesion!

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IELTS | Speaking | People & Relationships + Webinar Preview

Hello, all! I’m back with a wonderful webinar preview! So, in today’s session, we’re going to dive into adjectives and meanings, as well as relationship phrases and audios that support them. This is going to be an excellent lesson and the follow-up will be this upcoming weekend (Webinar!). So, let’s dive into some language development, introduce story-telling, grade three speaking part twos and go from there!

Language Development

Match the definitions with their adjectives

  1. ambitious
  2. nosy
  3. judgemental
  4. hard-working
  5. open-minded
  6. over-sensitive
  7. reliable
  8. self-assured
  9. stingy
  10. clever
  11. creative
  12. good fun
  13. outgoing
  • charismatic
  • benevolent
  • free-spirited
  • driven
  • energetic
  • intelligent and able to understand things easily or plan things well
  • willing to listen to and consider other people’s ideas and suggestions
  • putting a lot of effort into your work
  • saying exactly what you think without trying to be polite
  • an be trusted to work well or to behave in the way that someone wants you to
  • unwilling to spend money
  • too quick to criticize people
  • having confidence in your own abilities
  • with a strong desire to be successful, rich, or powerful
  • very friendly and likes meeting and talking to people
  • too easily offended
  • interested in things that do not concern you
  • with the ability to invent and develop original ideas, especially in the arts
  • easily irritated by things
  • enjoyable to be with because you say and do interesting or amusing things

Vocabulary: Relationship Phrases

  1. get on with somebody/get along with somebody
  2. look up to somebody
  3. be in touch with somebody
  4. fall out with somebody
  5. grow apart from somebody
  6. take after somebody
  7. grow up together/with somebody
  8. be close to somebody

a. argue and stop being friendly with somebody

b. have a good relationship

c. gradually have a less close relationship with somebody

d. be in communincation with

e. know somebody well and see or talk to them often

f. have many childhood and adolescent experiences in common with somebody

g. respect somebody

h. resemble somebody in your family (in appearance or personality)

Speaking Question 2 Evaluations

Number 1


got on and hardly ever fall out

really outgoing, always going out with friends and colleagues

good fun

look up to her because she’s so hard-working and never sits still

works long hours

could be a bit impatient

not efficient as her, take after her in that

over-sensitive, getting offended for no reason

Number 2


so creative

new games they can play

make stories to make her laugh

amazed by open-mindedness

I wish…

unfortunately grew apart

by the time they went to uni, not in touch

sad, blame it on reliability

Example, won’t respond

Number 3


don’t get on with inlaws



always wanting to know everything


upsets her


Ex, go out for meal

never offers to pay

much better off than them

she’s clever

set up own business

gone from strength-strength

What to Expect on Webinar?

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Webinar

  • Introduction
  • Connecting words
  • Practice Speaking (Impromptu Style)
  • Listening to your audio and critiquing it
  • Task Cards
  • Story-telling style

IELTS Speaking Webinar (June 26th at 6 pm GMT +7) | Part 2

Have you been having difficulties in improving your Speaking Part II? Not exactly sure how to answer the question? Are you lacking story-telling?

Well, it’s time to present you with this webinar!

Last year, lots of my Filipina students had always gotten the infamous 6.5 speaking band. They were never able to get a 7.0, which is required to get their license and head to America to practice nursing. After giving them structure, implementing story-telling, and practicing their reasoning….they were able to achieve these bands.

So, on June the 26th, I will host a Speaking Part II webinar at 6 pm Bangkok, Thailand time (GMT +7) and the first 3-5 attendees will have a coaching session with me!

You’ll be tested right off the back in the beginning, and then the coaching session will begin with a variety of ways of answering the question.

Sounds good, Arsenio…but how much?


That’s right. $5 gets you not only in but also access to the webinar for a lifetime.

Not able to make it? NO PROBLEM!

You can purchase the webinar later for the same price!

In saying that, message me and inquire today! Also, follow me on IG for more information!



IELTS | Listening | Diagram | IELTS Trainer: Old Water-mill

We’re back with another super special! Today I’ll be describing to you, in words, what I’m seeing. Then, you’ll be able to see how I’m able to follow the conversation because of it. This is going to be very useful for those of you who have difficulty with diagrams. So let’s get into it!

{Patreon Special} Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 36 | Success & Change: Macro Achievement

Have you ever started something that you didn’t know would be very beneficial to humanity? I have — and it’s this podcast. When I started it just over 3 years ago, I had no idea that it would be the number 1 TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS podcast across all big platforms. I found a niche market, provided a service, and now I have an amazingly growing community.

In today’s podcast, we’ll be discussing just that, and big achievements throughout our lives.


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


IELTS | Listening | Cambridge 15 | T2 – P1 – Festival Information

It’s been a few months, but I’m officially back with another IELTS Listening practice. In today’s video/podcast, I will be breaking down the typical section 1 form and allowing you guys to answer the questions.  If you want the answers, make sure you view my blog!

Festival Information

DateType of EventDetails
17tha concertperformers from canada
18tha balletcompany called 1) ____________
a playtype of play: a comedy called Jemima has had a good 2)
a 3) _________ showshow is called 4____________
Questions 1-4


– Making 5 __________ food

– (children only) Making 6 _________

– (adults only) Making toys from 7 _________ using various tools

Outdoor activities

– swimming in the pool 8_____________

– Walking in the woods, led by an expert on 9 _______________

See the festival organiser’s 10 ___________ for more information

Answers on next page!