Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 28 – Pronunciation – Stress in Words with Suffixes

Welcome back to another ESL Podcast, everyone! It’s a beautiful Monday and I’m bringing to you a wonderful chapter with a set of objectives to achieve!

  • How to stress words with common suffixes.
  • The pronunciation of longer, multisyllable words, especially academic, scientific, and technical terms.
  • More about vowel sounds in stressed and unstressed syllables.

Most common suffixes, such as -er, -ment, and -able, do not affect word stress. 

Ex: En-joy, en-joy-able, en-joy-ment

Other suffixes, such as -ic, -ity, and -ion, shift the stress in predictable ways. 

Specify        Major              Apply

Specific       Majority         Application


















Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3: The ‘How To’ Guide – How To Start Conversations

So, a very interesting conversation came up last Sunday morning with a student in my Sunday class and she said, “teacher, how do I speak with foreigners?”

It’s one of the most difficult questions to answer, but in becoming a good conversationalist over the past decade, I know what people want to talk about: themselves!

That’s right.  The first thing someone wants to talk about is their personal life, where they’re from, or their passions.

The situation went like this. One of my students approached a man in line at a coffee shop and she told him where to stand.  After that, she kindly asked him where he was from.  Now, men can have preconceived notions, so the first thing she was afraid of was “what if he thinks I’m hitting on him?” Well, you would tell rather quickly.  If he’s interested, his body language can change.  There are so many different things that can be said and learned in conversing with foreigners, and it calls comes down to the learning experiences.

So, the guy, who she was talking to, said that he came to Thailand with his girlfriend.  My student should’ve immediately said, “oh, nice! Well enjoy your stay!” Just to avoid any friction.  Don’t pursue the conversation because in some cultures, that could be extremely offensive.

My conversation technique? Oh, it’s the best! And it’s ONLY in the podcast.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 1 – First Conversation: Thai & French Accents!

This was a podcast I did at the very beginning stages of my podcast.  I’m finally getting around to developing podcast art and making shownotes for this particular podcast, so I hope you guys enjoy this one!

International Guest Speakers on French and Thai accents

Things we discussed:

  • Introduction.
  • Learning German and Japanese.
  • Gigi’s experience in India.
  • Indian cuisine.
  • French & Thai cuisine.
  • General diet of Thai people.
  • French diet.
  • Famous French cuisine.
  • French red wine and other alcoholic beverages.
  • The French host’s favorite wine and champagne as well as prices.
  • Talking about Thai wine, champagne and other alcoholic beverages with its prices.
  • Recommendation of two places in Thailand for visitors to visit.
  • Recommendation of two places in France for visitors to visit.
  • Other alternatives and places in Thailand for visitors to visit.
  • Traveling plans and Songkran.


Thank you for listening!


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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 27 – Vocabulary – Cities & Houses

Welcome back to another episode, everyone!  You know, teaching British English, as an American teacher, is unbelievably confusing.  Blocks of flats would mean “projects” in America.  Cottages are regular homes but they come from fairy tales (the ones we see in the books).  It’s a lot of weird things, so here are some pictures and vocabulary.





Detached House


Flat/blocks of flats


Semi-detached house


Terraced house


Adjectives describing cities

Busy, clean, crowded, dirty, historic, lively, modern, noisy, quiet

Make sentences using the above words.

Additional vocabulary: city center, factory, inner city, outskirts, port, skyscraper, square, suburbs



Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Happy Thanksgiving – 2018!

Welcome back to Arsenio’s ESL Podcast, everyone! It’s a day to be gracious and grateful.

Thanksgiving, which is a day celebrated by the English Colonists (colonists = colonizers = genocide — just saying), isn’t something we SHOULD be celebrating.  It’s like the traditional Columbus Day, a day which is a holiday in America, but it was the beginning of one of the worst upbringings in mankind.

Nonetheless, if we can all just give thanks to one another by just being grateful for everything and everyone in your life….let’s do that.

Grateful List – 10 Things

  • I’m so happy and grateful for getting the idea, in the end of March, that has propelled an amazing podcast to heights I would have never imagined it would’ve gone to.
  • I’m truly grateful for the amount of followers I have on various platforms.
  • With all my heart, I want to give the biggest thanks to the following countries that are following me: Japan, China, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Sweden, Iraq, Turkey, Israel, Singapore, USA.
  • I’m so thankful for the amount of love that I’ve been given and gifted by all of my students around the world.
  • I’m grateful for learning from the copious amounts of resources that are readily available online to help my students achieve the biggest goals in their lives.
  • I’m so happy I never gave up on my dreams at the beginning of the year for stepping into the biggest field of uncertainty.
  • Thank you to all of the people who read these blogs, especially the ones by Stephen Covey and others.
  • I’m grateful for my environment that I’m in, both work and home, and because of both, I’m now fully content with my life.
  • Thank you for the most successfully wicked year of my life.
  • And thank you for LIFE!


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS – Part III – Talking About Abstract Topics & Agree/Disagree

Welcome back to another Facebook Live Coaching for IELTS!  Thank you so much for tuning in today, and we’re going to have to further discuss Part III — a topic we haven’t spoken about yet. Here are some of the things we will go over.

  • Talking about abstract topics
  • Giving your personal opinion
  • Agreeing and disagreeing
  • Improving your Lexical Resource score

Test Tip: in each part of the test, it is very important to answer all of the questions as fully as possible so that the examiner can assess your language.  This will also help improve your score.  Make sure to expand on your answers as much as possible.


  • Stating or explaining your own view.
  • Giving relevant examples.
  • Explaining how or why something happens.
  • Saying what would, could, should or might happen.
  • Suggestions a solution to a problem.
  • Explaining another side to the issue.

Arsenio’s Part III Examples

Part III Questions:

  1. Do you think it’s more important to earn a large salary or to be happy in your job?
  2. Do you think some people spend too much time on their computers these days? Why?
  3. Do you think the government should try to control the internet, or should people be able to write whatever they want?
  4. Pollution is a problem in many countries.  What do you think governments can do about it?
  5. Do you think newspapers and books will eventually disappear?


Different sentence beginnings

  • For example, when we…..
  • On one hand, some people believe….
  • If that happened, then…
  • This happens on a routine basis because….
  • Well, I personally think…
  • One way of dealing with this is….

Agreeing and disagreeing opening statements

  1. Oh no, not at all.
  2. Well, I think there are valid points for both sides.
  3. I totally agree with that.
  4. I agree to an extent.
  5. I would have to say no, and this is because…
  6. I completely disagree.
  7. Actually I think it depends on the situation/country/person
  8. It seems to me that there are two sides to consider.

Look at the statements below. Decide whether you agree or disagree.

  1. Video games influence children.
  2. People should be made to retire earlier so that young people can get jobs sooner.
  3. Robots will play a more important role in our lives in the future.
  4. We don’t do enough to protect the environment.
  5. Everyone should take some sort of further education.


Arsenio’s IELTS Coaching – Episode 3

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 26 – Grammar – Present Perfect Continuous

Welcome back to one of my favorite grammar lessons — the present perfect continuous! I usually use this compared to the present perfect.  Example, I’ve been living in Thailand for five years.  I don’t like saying “I’ve lived in Thailand for five years.”  That could possibly indicate that I no longer live there, at times.  So, let’s dive into some rules and exercises!

  1. I’ve been living here in Thailand for five years.
  2. I’ve seen two black panthers at the zoo.
  3. I’ve created an audience with people from all over the world.
  4. Recently we’ve been doing lots of exams.

Which of the sentences gives more importance to……

a. the completion and result of an action?

b. the process and duration of an action?

c. how many times an action has happened?

d. the fact that an action is temporary, incomplete or has finished very recently?


In the following pictures, write sentences using the present perfect continuous.


Are these sentences grammatically correct or not? If they aren’t, change them.

  1. I’ve been cutting my toe.
  2. We’ve been learning Japanese abroad for several months and we enjoy it!
  3. Have you been crying, Darlene?
  4. She’s been reading this Harry Potter book three times.
  5. My brother has taken out some of the trash, but he hasn’t taken out all of it.
  6. Oh, no! You’ve been breaking the window!
  7. This week I’ll be in Bangkok, but next week I’ll be heading to Vientiane.

Choose the correct alternative.

  1. Stop singing that song.  You’ve sing/been singing it since the morning!
  2. That’s it.  I’ve done/been doing all the chores.
  3. It’s terrible! The amount of rainfall has/been having caused a lot of accidents.
  4. She’s looked/been looking for her books all day, but she still can’t find them.
  5. Why are you dirty? What have you done/been doing?
  6. That actor has made/been making twenty films.
  7. My eyes hurt.  i’ve worked/been working on the computer all day.
  8. You’ve played/been playing games since last night.  Turn off the TV.!


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast Special: TOEIC – Part IV – Short Talks – Tactic Practice

Welcome back to another episode, everyone! This is the re-learning from the Facebook live I did a few days ago (Saturday mornings at 7am).  This is the first time I’ve done a Short talks episode, so I hope this provides as much value to you as possible. Now, let’s get into this!

Source: Tactics for TOEIC

If you guys have seen my talks and videos on YouTube before, I do recall doing a Short Talks in the past.  So, today I’m going to do six live questions with you guys and we’re going to break it down one by one.  We need to first look at what’s being said, of course.


What is the main purpose of this announcement?

  1. To discuss the history of Arabella.
  2. To outline ways to get to Arabella
  3. To make Arabella sound attractive to visitors
  4. To describe Arabella’s local music.


What was Arabella originally?

  1. A culture center
  2. A center for sailing events
  3. A resort island
  4. A trading center


When is the Caribbean Carnival held?

  1. In mid-October
  2. During the winter holidays
  3. During the March break
  4. At the end of April


Why was the meeting called?

  1. To announce a schedule change
  2. To move the deadline
  3. To discuss the image files
  4. To answer any questions


When does the project have to be finished?

  1. By tomorrow
  2. By Thursday
  3. In five days
  4. In a week


What are Beth and Howard asked to do?

  1. Finalize the image files
  2. Check for typos
  3. Ask questions
  4. Write the address labels

The explanation of these questions are in the podcast and YouTube video. If you want to tune into Facebook, you can (still and always will be available).


YouTube – Coming Wednesday


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 25 – Pronunciation – Root Forms, Two-Syllable Verbs

Welcome back to another pronunciation podcast, everyone! Grateful to bring you some good stuff today, as usual.  It’s a wonderful Monday morning and I’m hitting this off with some difficult stuff. So, we need to understand how to pronounce and stress the two-syllable noun-verb pairs, first.


Conduct……good conduct

Present…….past, present, and future

Record……broke a record



Conduct……conducts the orchestra

Present……presented the award

Record…..record your message.


Verbs with Root Forms

-ceive, clude, cord, dict, duce, fend, fine, pect, port, sent, serve, sume, tain, tend, vent, vert


Con –                         de-                            pre-                            re-

Convert                deceive                   preserve                     record

Contain                 deport                     prevent                      receive



Arsenio’s ESL Facebook Live Lesson: Episode 002: Writing – Mechanics & Capitalization

My ESL students have spoken, and I decided to deliver.  Here is the first episode on writing!

Because this is going to be about basics, I want to let you guys know in advance that this is writing for Pre-Intermediate students.  The majority of my Thai students have problems with capitalization, and this is something that needs to be addressed and understood because when you’re writing, in any kind of exam, test, essay, or even just a segment, making these mistakes won’t be a good look.  Therefore, I’m going over the basics with you guys today and some sentences to help you.

However, it’s time to test yourself write now by writing a paragraph introducing yourself on my Facebook page.  This will be good for a lot of learners to break the ice and not be scared to receive constructive criticism.  From there, mechanics will be applied.


Write a paragraph introducing yourself and post it on my Facebook page under either in the notes or this video!


  1. The first word in the sentence must always be capitalized.
  2. The pronoun I will never be lowercase.
  3. I’m, I’ve or any other apostrophe I words — the I must be capitalized.
  4. Different abbreviations can be used in informal writing.  CNN, FOX NEWS, USA, JPN
  5. Proper nouns: Mr., Mrs, Ms. and and names of people and their titles.
  6. Nationalities: Chinese, Greek, Estonian, Brazilian, Ecuadorian
  7. Names of cities, states, countries.
  8. Specific geographic locations like South America, North America, Eastern Europe, but not the regular compass directions such as east, west, north, or south.
  9. Days, months, holidays, special days, but never the seasons of the year.
  10. Specific structures and hotels must be capitalized.
  11. Universities, clubs, teams, government agencies
  12. Names of school courses like English 202 and Communications 315, but not names of classes without numbers, except languages: Japanese Literature.
  13. First, last, and all important words, books, magazines, movies, stories, songs, tv programs.


Correcting Capitalization Errors in Sentences

  1. his major is economics.
  2. christmas is a holiday not only celebrated in america, but dozens of other countries.
  3. christmas is always celebrated on the 25th of december.
  4. laem chabang is a seasport city of thailand.
  5. chulalongkorn university is located near sam yan mrt station.
  6. my student is taking four classes this semester: physics 201, entrepreneurship 101, graphic designing, and physical education.
  7. one of my favorite books ever is the one by Napoleon Hill called law of success.
  8. my suitemate at university was from california, so he spoke with a similar accent to mine.
  9. the two main religions in thailand are buddhism and muslim.