TOEFL iBT | 1 on 1 Coaching | Listening: Lecture | Seasonal Migration

BOOM! I’ve been coaching a student from one of the biggest companies here in Thailand, and there was a segment within the 2-hour session that I knew would be very vital for a lot of you out there. So, here’s Seasonal Migration!

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Full Podcast with Audio and Word Doc is at the bottom!

{Patreon Special} Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Sales | Increasing Sales & Profiting from Greed

Yesterday was a day when I surprised the hell OUT OF MYSELF.

My student came into class and said, “this will be the last week I study with you.”

Due to greed, not only is one person affected but also the two who are actually relationship-building.

In the next ten minutes, I sold a package that I NEVER THOUGHT I’d be able to sell in a million years.

Other peoples’ miscues and greed can be your unbelievable profit.

In today’s Business English Podcast episode, I go back to the roots of SALES and show you how you can stop being so money-centered and so what’s in the best interest of others.

This podcast will debut on the 24th of this month, so if you want to access it, it’s $5 on the Early Access Patreon Badge or upgrade and get templates and coaching on the Business English Podcast Badge for $30 a month!

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Personal Development | Different Types of Fears & How to Overcome Them

A SUPER special today. I’ve been learning a ridiculous amount pertaining to personal development and I just had to share this valuable information with my ESL community.  Whether you’re terrified of speaking to foreigners because of your English speaking capabilities, worried about getting out of your comfort zone while studying abroad or scared of taking the leap in general. These are the three different types of fears that I’ll be discussing and how to overcome them.

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TOEFL iBT | Reading | Anglo-Saxons

We’re back with a TOEFL iBT reading! In this blog, you’ll have a set of questions to answer followed by the answers which will be on page 2. In the video, I will break down 5 questions and show you how NOT to overanalyze. Although this could be difficult at first glance, by watching me break it down, you will gain confidence in answer the question. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

[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.
 

[2] Most of the information we have gathered about the Anglo-Saxons has been collected from cemeteries where personal possessions were placed. A graveyard in Suffolk is considered to be a royal cemetery of the East Anglian kings. A large oak ship was discovered here along with objects suggesting that the Swedes settled in this area.
 

[3] Although the Christian church suffered greatly from the invasions, it survived in the areas of Roman Britain that were not invaded by the Anglo-Saxons. Two missionaries came out of that church: Saint Nina from Scotland and Saint Patrick. Nina founded a church at Whithorn. Patrick is thought to have come from Wales where he was captured by Irish raiders. Having escaped home from slavery, he returned again to Ireland where he introduced Christianity to the Irish population. It is thought that he was buried in County Down in the late fifth century. St Columba was a later missionary who founded Derry and Durrow in Ireland. In 565 AD, he founded the monastery of Iona on an island west of the Isle of Mull in Scotland.
 

[4] One important source of sixth to eighth-century British history is the ‘Ecclesiastical History of the English People’, written by a monk, Venerable Bede. In his work, he explains how Pope Gregory (pope from 590 to 604 AD) sent a missionary called Augustine to England to found major churches in London and York. Augustine met Æthelberht, king of Kent, in 597AD who gave him land in Canterbury to build a church. Thus, Canterbury became the main center for English Christianity. Æthelberht and Edwin, king of Northumbria, both converted to Christianity.
 

[5] Britain was now divided into the kingdoms of Diera (Yorkshire), Bernicia (north)South Saxons (Sussex), East Angles (East Anglia), West Saxons (Wessex) and Mercians in the Midlands. Cornwall, Devon and Wales were independent and in Northern Ireland, there were smaller kingdoms. Some British kingdoms remained independent, including Cornwall and Devon in the south west, Gwynedd and Powys in modern Wales, and Strathclyde, in what is now the region of Glasgow.
 

[6] At this time, the Irish missionaries founded churches along the west coast of Scotland. Converts remained loyal to the Iona church, founded by Columba. However, a disagreement over the Christian calendar arose. King Oswiu decided for the Roman calendar over the Ionan calendar. From that point, Irish influence on the England church began to wane. Archbishop Theodore of Canterbury was appointed in 668 AD by Pope Vitalian. Theodore introduced Greek and established new dioceses.
 

[7] Irish and English missionaries continued to travel and convert in France, Italy and Germany. Great English missionaries included Egbert and Boniface who reorganized the church in Germany and Bavaria. The Northumbrian empire began to decline after 685AD. However, Northumbria remained a cultural crossing point between Rome, England and Ireland. Sculptor, poetry and a library of works remains from Northumbrian culture.

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.

2 According to paragraph 3, all of the following statements are true about the work of missionaries, EXCEPT:

  • Saint Nina was a Scottish missionary.
  • Saint Patrick was an Irish missionary who converted the people of Northern Ireland.
  • Saint Patrick may have been buried in Country Down in the fifth century.
  • Saint Columba established the Ionan monastery.

3 Which of the following can be inferred from paragraph 3 about Christianity?

  • Christianity disappeared from Britain after the invasions.
  • Christianity did not survive in the areas not invaded by the Anglo-Saxons.
  • Christianity survived only in the areas not invaded by the Anglo-Saxons, but moved to Iona in 565 AD.
  • Christianity survived only in the areas not invaded by the Anglo-Saxons, and important missionaries came from those areas.

4 In paragraph 4, why does the author mention the ‘Ecclesiastical History of the English People’, written by a monk, Venerable Bede?

  • Because it sheds light on the invasions of the Anglo-Saxons in Britain.
  • Because it sheds light on the history of Britain between the sixth and eight centuries.
  • Because it explains the work of the missionaries.
  • Because it describes the rise of the Canterbury church.

5 According to paragraph 5, what happened in Britain after 597 AD?

  • Britain was divided into several kingdoms, all dependent on one another.
  • Britain was divided into several kingdoms, all independent.
  • Britain was divided into several kingdoms and some remained independent.
  • Britain was united into one kingdom.

6 The word ‘decline’ in paragraph 7 is closest in meaning to:

  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Get worse
  • Improve

7 Which of the sentences below best expresses the essential information in the following sentence?

However, a disagreement over Christian calendar arose.

  • But a conflict emerged related to the Christian calendar.
  • But a conflict started over the Christmas calendar.
  • However, an agreement over the Christian calendar was impossible.
  • However, a dispute over the Christian calendar raged.

8 Which of the following is true, according to the passage?

  • The Christian church in Britain faced many challenges between the sixth and eighth centuries, but disintegrated after this time.
  • The Christian church worldwide faced many challenges between the sixth and eighth centuries, but continued to thrive.
  • The Christian church in Britain had many achievements between the sixth and eighth centuries, but disintegrated after this time.
  • The Christian church in Britain faced many challenges between the sixth and eighth centuries, but continued to thrive.

9 Examine the four █ in the selection below and indicate at which block the following sentence could be inserted into the passage:


Ionan followers became more isolated from the king whose allegiance was with the Roman church.

█ [A] However, a disagreement over the Christian calendar arose. █ [B] King Oswiu decided for the Roman calendar over the Ionan calendar. █ [C] From that point, Irish influence on the England church began to wane. █ [D] .

  • [A]
  • [B]
  • [C]
  • [D]

10Directions: An introductory sentence for a brief summary of the passage is provided below. Complete the summary by selecting the THREE answer choices that express the most important ideas in the passage. Some sentences do not belong in the summary because they express ideas that are not presented in the passage or are minor ideas in the passage. This question is worth 2 points.

One important source of sixth to eighth century British history is the ‘Ecclesiastical History of the English People’, written by a monk, Venerable Bede.

  •  
  •  
  •  
  • A.The ‘Ecclesiastical History of the English People’ by Venerable Bede is the most important book in British history.
  • B.Bede’s work sheds important light on British history between the sixth and eighth centuries.
  • C.Augustine was sent by the pope to establish new churches in Britain.
  • D.Because of his conversion to Christianity, King Æthelberht agreed to give Augustine the land for the church.
  • E.Augustine established the Canterbury church which became the hub of English Christianity.
  • F.The Canterbury Church became the seat of the British Monarchy.

Answers on next page!

Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 14 | Can CEOs Be Trusted?

If you look at Google, 63% of employees are not worried about layoffs. However, if you look at Walt Disney, the CEO slashed 40k jobs at the beginning of COVID and have laid off an additional 28k at the beginning of this month, leaving its workers in “an awful lot of pain.”  Meanwhile, the heir of the company, Abigail Disney, went on a Twitter-tirade over the businesses’ practices and why the upper-echelon had received billions in bonuses and dividends while the hard-working middle-class suffered egregiously during the crisis.

So, can we trust big cats? Can we trust that Jeff Bezos actually gives a damn about his employees (apparently not because tens of thousands had gotten COVID)? It’s tough to call, and that’s today’s focus.  Can we trust the FAT CATS?

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Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 12 | Conference Breakfast & Importance

Without a good breakfast, your ability to learn goes down, thinking and concentration, weight gain, fatigue, & more stress/irritability.  So, why is it we skip breakfasts so often? But the even more important question is if you don’t have a proper breakfast before a long day, what could possibly happen to your energy throughout the day? Here’s episode 12 and the first of the year!

{Patreon Special} Pronunciation Course | Phase III | Word Stress in Two-Syllable Verbs, Noun-Verb Pairs, & Two-Word Verbs

Here’s the 4th audio of the course! If you’re on my Early Access Badge (5$ a month), getting all the podcasts early (more than 30), or any of the other badges, you’re getting my pronunciation course FOR FREE! Make sure you inquire! And in saying that, here’s a snippet of what today’s audio session is about…..

Many English verbs consist of a prefix (e.g., de-) and a root (e.g., -cide). Listen for the primary stress in the following words in my video.

Decide                         decide on the next step

Convince                      convince him to go

Reference                   refer to your notes

In two-syllable verbs with a prefix, stress the root form.

Additional Task: Use the root forms below to write at least three more two-syllable verbs in each column.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 33 – Pronunciation – Weak Form of That

In relative clauses, the pronunciation of the word that is often “weak” and sound like /dat/. It can be difficult to hear this difference, but it important to listen for it.

What’s that? (strong form)

It’s an invention that really change the way we live. (weak form)

Listen to my pronunciation in the podcast.

Which of the following is strong and weak?

  1. I started making podcasts on different topics: speaking, pronunciation, grammar, things like that.
  2. You’re a person that doesn’t like taking ‘no’ for an answer.
  3. My Arsenio Buck Foundation is a foundation that represents pillars.
  4. That’s all well and good, but why do you keep pursuing your dream?

Arsenio’s ESL Silver Badge: Official Launch!

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Boom! And just like that, I’ve finally unveiled my first ever Patreon badge.

I’ve had a number of people over the past 4 years tell me that they wanted to contribute. They wanted to give back what I’ve been giving them in remuneration, but I never knew how to do it. So, in saying that, I finally figured out how to do it with giving back even more.

This was an idea I had in the shower earlier and now it has become a reality. Something that I’ve been wanting to put out for such a long time to give back to all of you wonderful individuals who have followed me on this amazing journey. It’s finally here!

Silver Badge Content

After launching it, I was able to see what I can fully utilize within the silver badge on the website and boy, I was blown away!

  • Audiocasts
  • Videos
  • Live Streams (won’t have to do a separate webinar)
  • Worksheets
  • Personal Development Reading Material
  • & More

Trying to figure out the content wasn’t the most difficult part, but separating the content on different platforms will be a bit more crazier. However, because this is the first badge, I’ll focus on this now and others in the future.

Future Badges

  • TOEIC
  • TOEFL
  • IELTS
  • Bronze Badge
  • Gold Badge
  • Unnamed Badge (above Gold)
  • Business Badge

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 30 – Grammar – Using Can for Universal Truths

Can is used to talk about things that are often true or that are possible.

(Be able to cannot) be used as a synonym for can in the sense.)

Handmade items are very beautiful.

Writers often hedge their use of can with adverbs such as sometimes, often, usually, and phrases such as in some cases, in some circumstances, and in some situations. This shows that the situation is not necessarily always true.

Handmade items can sometimes be very expensive.

Handsome items can be very expensive in some cases.

In some cases, handmade items can be very expensive.

Sentence Work

Rewrite the sentences with can to express a universal truth.

  1. It is relaxing to create art by hand. It can be relaxing to create art by hand.
  2. People are sometimes reluctant to pay more for imperfect items.
  3. Machinery is used to create things more quickly.
  4. Factories are located in both cities and small towns.
  5. Quilts are made by machine as well as by hand.
  6. People usually understand why handmade items cost more.