Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Part III (Listening) Mini-Test

Welcome back to some live coaching, everyone! I’m Arsenio, as always, and I’m bringing to you today another mini-test — this time from Part III.

Now practice what you have learnt at the actual test speed

1.      What does the man want the woman to do?

(A) Visit some customers

(B) Send some packages

(C) Attend a meeting

(D) Give him some names


2.      What is the man’s problem?

(A) He cannot find the post office.

(B) He has to buy a present.

(C) He does not know the woman’s address.

(D) He is late for a meeting.


3.      What does the woman request?

(A) A list of addresses

(B) The time of a delivery

(C) The location of a meeting

(D) A map of the city


4.      What does the woman want?

(A) To share a ride

(B) To go shopping

(C) To borrow Eric’s car

(D) To look at new cars


5.      What is the woman’s problem?

(A) She has missed the bus.

(B) Her car is broken.

(C) She is late for work.

(D) She does not know the area well.


6.      What will the man do?

(A) Visit the woman’s company

(B) Show the woman to the bus stop

(C) Repair the woman’s car

(D) Drive the woman to the central office


7.      What does the man suggest the woman should do?

(A) Visit the theatre

(B) Move her vehicle

(C) Lock her car

(D) Enter the building


8.      What does the woman ask?

(A) Directions to a city park

(B) Assistance reading a sign

(C) Information about a theatre

(D) The location of available parking


9.      Why was the sign not visible?

(A) It was around a corner.

(B) It has fallen over.

(C) It was hidden by a tree.

(D) It was behind a van.


10.    What is the problem with the man’s watch?

(A) It needs a new battery

(B) The glass is broken

(C) It does not keep time correctly

(D) It is expensive to repair


11.    What will cause a delay?

(A) There is a problem with the battery.

(B) A strap must be ordered.

(C) New watches have not yet arrived.

(D) The watch must be sent out of town.


12.    When will the watch finally be ready?

(A) On Monday

(B) On Tuesday

(C) On Wednesday

(D) On Thursday

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Weekend Special – IELTS – Speaking Part I

We’ve got IELTS speaking back! Since these were some great podcasts/blogs, I decided to bring them back on weekends that I don’t have a special. Super excited about going over some of these questions and giving you a couple sentences that follow, but it’s really up to you to write your feedback and examples. Post them on my Facebook page.


How popular are bicycles in your hometown?

Let’s understand this question. Figure out, within a split second, how popular bicycles are in your hometown. Now, I’m from America. If you’re middle-upper class, you will have bought a bicycle by now and you ride it with other enthusiasts. Remember, America has the most obese human beings on planet Earth.

However, in Australia….bicycles are very popular because it’s one of the fittest nations on the planet.

In Thailand, bicycles are somewhat popular, but also extremely dangerous, due to motorcycle/vehicles on the road that don’t pay mind to pedestrians.

  • Bicycles are somewhat popular because…..
  • Bicycles are ridden on a consistent basis by……
  • Bicycles are hardly popular because people would much rather……


How often do you ride bicycles?

In this question, give me an adverb of frequency, quickly! Pick an adverb of frequency and go from there in explaining why you do it _____________(insert the frequency).


Do you think bicycles are suitable for all ages? Why or why not?

Now, state your stance and then go on with the explanation.

  • I absolutely think they’re suitable.
  • To a certain extent I believe that….
  • I somewhat feel that it’s not suitable for all ages…..


What are the advantages of a bicycle compared to a car?

Give me three reasons and give me examples for each one.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 45 – Passive Voice (Intermediate)

We have a difficult ESL podcast/blog in store for today, so I want you guys to brace yourself because we’re going back over the passive voice!

Listen/read the sentences. Which sentence is not in the passive?

  1. The prizes are given to the athletes.
  2. The Nobel Peace prize was won by Barack Obama.
  3. Nelson Mandela won the Nobel Peace prize back in the 80’s.
  4. These inventions won’t be used much.
  5. Lots of interesting research is being done at the moment.
  6. Her phone has been taken.


We use the passive when we are interested mainly in the action.

We use the passive when it isn’t obvious who does or did the action.

When we use the passive we don’t always know the person who does the action.

Add one word in each sentence to make a correct passive sentence. After that, write which tense each sentence is in.

  1. The radio was invented by Marconi. Past simple.
  2. Many new phones ___________ been invented in the 21st century. ______________.
  3. Many jobs ___________ be done by robots in 2045. _________________.
  4. Velcro, penicillin and the microwave oven ____________ invented by accident. _________________.
  5. Millions of dollars ____________ spent on war every year.________________.
  6. Football is _________________ by millions of people on TV each weekend.
  7. The novel The Bourne Identity ___________ written by Robert Ludlum in 1980. _________________.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 40 – Grammar – Present Conditionals (Intermediate)

Welcome back! I’m bringing back a more intermediate form of conditionals today, but this is essentially a review for the majority of you out there who haven’t found this podcast on my spotify.

In conditional sentences, like I said a long time ago, one action relies on another. Study the forms: use the present real conditional to talk about possibilities in the future that are real and likely.

If + simple present, will + base verb == If you talk to someone about peer

pressure, you will feel better.

Use the present unreal conditional to talk about possibilities in the future that are unreal and unlikely. You are imagining what you’d do if the condition were to happen, even though it’s unlikely to.

Skillful Intermediate

If + simple past, would + base verb == If I told my parents about a problem,

they would support me.

Questions and sentences can begin with either the condition (the if clause) or the main clause. Notice the contractions of will (‘ll) and would (‘d) after pronouns.


A. If it’s rainy tomorrow, what will they do?

B. They’ll stay at home if it’s rainy tomorrow.

A. What would you do if you felt an earthquake?

B. If I felt an earthquake, I’d get under a desk.

Write present real conditionals….

  1. you be amazed / you see the San Andreas fault from the air.
  2. pressure build up / one tectonic plate push again another.
  3. climate change is likely / the warming of the planet is at an all-time high.
  4. an underwater volcano erupt / a tsunami occur.

2. Complete these present unreal conditional sentences with your own ideas.

a. If my mother pressured me to do something I didn’t want to do, I ____________________.

b. If my friends suddenly stopped talking to me, I ________________________.

c. I wouldn’t go to school if ________________________.

d. If schools educated people about real skills, ______________________. 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 37 – Grammar – Future Continuous & Future Perfect

Welcome back to another grammar episode! Let’s break this down in even further detail for everyone out there!

  1. By 2050, 3D printers will have become a part of everyday life.
  2. That’s what we‘ll be eating by 2050.
  3. We’ll be using robots at home in the near future.
  4. By 2050, restaurants near touristy areas will have disappeared.

a. We use the future continuous to talk about activities in progress at a particular time in the future.

b. We use the future perfect to talk about activities that will be finished before a particular time in the future.

c. We often use the preposition by with the future perfect.  It means ‘some time before’.

Complete the predictions with these verbs in the future continuous.

Verbs: do, eat, have, not drive, not grow, speak, work

  1. We ____________ our holidays on the moon in 2050.
  2. We ____________ cars that use petrol in 205.
  3. Perhaps we _____________ genetically-modified food in the future.
  4. Most people ____________ at home via the internet, not in an office.
  5. Everybody in the world ___________ English in the year 2050.
  6. Robots ______________ jobs like cleaning or building.
  7. Farmers ______________ any fresh fruit or vegetables because there won’t be enough.

Complete these predictions about the year 2050 with the future perfect form of the verbs given.  Make the sentences affirmative or negative on your own opinion.

  1. By 2050, we ______________(find) a cure for cancer.
  2. We _____________(stop) using computers.
  3. Elephants _____________ (become) extinct.
  4. The North Pole ______________(disappear).
  5. Astronauts ______________(land) on Mars.
  6. They ____________(invent) a device that you can talk to so that you can get information at any time.
  7. Temperatures _____________(get) much higher.
  8. Island _______________ (become) non-existent because of the rising water level.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Mini-Test – Part II

Welcome back, everyone! I told you last week that I would be splitting the mini-test into two parts because I didn’t want to oversaturate you with information, so here I am again bringing you the second half! It will be a quick live/podcast, so just hear my explanations and carry on!

Dear John,

I am writing to let you know about the agenda for your visit to QMG ___________(7) March 27th. 

7. A – On, B – At, C – Since, D – By

We have arranged for you to be met _____________(8) the airport and taken to your hotel. 

8. A – into, B – through, C – at, D – on

In the morning, we plan to show you around the factory and the production line.  Jim would like to have a meeting with you in the afternoon.  We will arrange a time for this ___________ (9) you leave. 

9. A – while, B – since, C – before, D – after

Dear Mr. Buck, 

It was very nice to speak to you last week.  As we discussed, I met with the other members of the team and we have agreed to set the date for the banquet for April 26.  We _____________ the sunshine lounge in the Grand Hotel.

10. A – rent, B – will rent, C – rented, D – had rented

_______________ is this venue very reasonable in cost, it is also one of the few that is likely to be available at this late date. 

11. A – even, B – therefore, C – while, D – not only

I have also spoken with the senior members of our marketing group about your visit and was able to confirm that they will be available to meet ___________ you the day after the banquet.

12. A – for, B – to, C – with, D – by



Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 34 – Grammar – Making Contrasts

Welcome back, everyone! Time to do some more contrasts! For those of you who didn’t tune into my IELTS writing a few weeks ago, I’m going over it again in general English form. 

Less and fewer are comparatives.  They are the opposite of more.  Use fewer with count nouns and less with non count nouns. 

Least and fewest are superlatives.  They are the opposite of most. 

To emphasize a comparison or contrast, you can use the words with far, a lot, or much. 



Less + noncount noun

Fewer + count noun


The fewest + count noun

The least + noncount noun


There is less production in Japan than in Germany. 

There are fewer electric cars than gasoline-powered cars.


I wonder which company has the fewest electric cars in production. 

Hybrid cars use the least gasoline.


A lot/much/far + fewer + count noun

A lot/much/far + less + noncount nouns 



  • There are far fewer cars sold in winter. 
  • A lot less money is spent on motorcycles than in the past. 

Complete the sentences with less, fewer, least, or fewest. 

  1. You will find ________________ automobile manufacturers in Honduras than in Costa Rica. 
  2. South Korea produces _____________ vehicles in Japan. 
  3. Togo is the country with the _____________ motor vehicles per capita. 
  4. Right now, Iran produces _____________ cars than China. 
  5. I think the boat industry makes _______________ than the car industry. 
  6. In my country, _________________ people use public transportation than drive cars.
  7. The _________________ popular form of transportation in my country is the train. 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Review + Mini Test

Welcome back to another live coaching, everyone! I’m excited to bring you the follow up of last week’s video.  Today is the mini-test, which is compiled of 6 questions.  You will have to look at the questions first, but I do advise you to do them before I go over them.  Nonetheless, for people on my podcast (listening), they’re going to have to follow each question and each answer as I go.  So, I’ll repeat these questions out loud with the answers, and then I’ll go over the potential answers. I was thinking of doing 12 questions, but I think that would be far too much for my viewers out there. I, instead, decided to go with 6.

The Tei Kai region is famous for its towering mountains to the north, and its desert plains to the south.  Long known as a dry and barren region, it has undergone a transformation ___________(1) the last fifty years.

A. while

B. since

C. at

D. in

During this time, visitors ____________(2) a major change in the landscape.

A. will see

B. have seen

C. had seen

D. see

The constructions of the Wan Hei dam enabled engineers to channel the waters of the Gang River for agricultural purposes.  The result has been a narrow but expanding corridor of greenery spreading __________(3) the once barren land.  There has also been a subsequent rise in the population and wealth of the region.

A. through

B. out

C. between

D. without

A major goal in the coming year is to maximize the effectiveness of our recruiting decisions.  Managers should use the following guidelines _____________(4) they begin the recruitment process.

A. since

B. during

C. through

D. before

First, have a clear job description.  This should form a checklist of requirements needed by the people we wish to bring __________(5) the company.

A. for

B. at

C. into

D. with

Answers will be in the YouTube video down below.

Arsenio’s TOEIC Coaching – Episode 007

YouTube video

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 33 – Pronunciation – Suffixes with I

Welcome back, everyone! Here are some suffixed with -i. It’s been a while since uploading, but i took three days off to see what was and wasn’t working. So, here I am again

Here are some suffixes beginning with -i

ion, -tion, sion
















-ian, -sian, -cian




ial, -cial, -tial




Practice: say the words and write them in the correct columns down below.

o O o

o  o O o

O oo

o O o o

authority, automatic, correction, critical, diplomatic, chemical, humidity, objection, physical, prediction, priority, energetic


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS – Urban Sprawl/Part I Speaking

Welcome back, everyone! We have IELTS back on the schedule today, and I’m super excited to bring you a variety of things today. Here we go! Here are some basic Part 1 questions.

  • Where do you live?
  • What is it like?
  • What do you like about the area you live in?



Diving Deeper – Urban Areas

  1. Look at the pictures of some of the urban cities around the world.  What do you see?
  2. What kind of setting would you like to live in?


Target Vocabulary: No privacy, overcrowded public transportation, pollution, noisy, workers are more inspired, better pay than rural areas, cost more, more opportunities, better communication, better relationships.


Which are advantages and disadvantages? Make a list!


Listening for reasons

  • The reason is that it’s simply too loud.
  • Condominiums are being built in bulk.  Because of this, more workers from country will come to the city, making it even more crowded on the train lines in the morning.
  • It was difficult to commute home since they closed off the roads and there isn’t viable transportation to my side of town.
  • My company decided to move to Bang Khae, Therefore, consequently, hence, thus, I had to resign because there isn’t adequate transportation in that area for another year.


What kind of opportunities are there in urban areas in your country? What do you prefer, living in the countryside or in the heart of the city?