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.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Dessi of Bulgaria

Had the super special privilege to bring Dessi on last weekend and boy, she talked about some very interesting things! Coming from communist Bulgaria, she was labeled as “lazy” and a “rebel.” When she finally ventured off to the Americas, she finally saw positive reinforcement in a society and realized that speaking English would bring greater opportunities to her life….so then it happened. Listen to the podcast down below!

International Guest Speaker Dessi from Bulgaria

  • The Community Strategist

Her link….

Things we discussed:

  • Brief introduction given by Dessi to the listeners.
  • Cultural differences and talking about Andalusia, Spain.
  • Dessi’s experiences about being labeled and how she overcame them.
  • Sharing about the guest’s experience in the USA.
  • Bulgarian alphabets and national languages.
  • How difficult it was to learn Spanish.
  • Talked about cross-cultural work and what are the problems that people need to overcome.
  • What are your 3 outtakes for English listeners?

Podcast

Thank you for listening!

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TOEIC Reading: Agendas and Letters + YouTube

Welcome back to another TOEIC, everyone! So the target today is to go over this on the YouTube down below. So, what you can do is of course figure out what the answers are first and then watch my YouTube video, or you can go straight to the YouTube. The choice is yours.

Question 10 -12 refer to the following agenda and letter.

Walken Student Empowerment Conference

Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 10

2.00 P.M.    Open Registration – Walken University Park

3.30 P.M.    Welcome and Introduction by Dean Alison Murret – Griffen Hall

4.15 P.M.    First speaker: Harry Lothian – St. Exupery Auditorium

                  Chair of Economics, Senior Student Advisor

                  “Transition from lecture hall to boardroom”

5.00 P.M.    Main speaker: horst Van Buren – St. Exupery Auditorium

                  Chairman of Alliance Department Stores

                  “Making your way in the real world – struggles and successes”

6.00 P.M.    Reception with Horst Van Burren – Vimy Atrium

7.00 P.M.    Dinner at the Brownsville Inn

 

Dear Mr. Van Buren,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the very interesting and motivational talk at our conference last Thursday. I am sure the students found it particularly inspirational as they prepare to make their way in the working world.

Thank you also for the generous award donation that you made and for agreeing to present the grand price during the reception after your talk.

I am sure I speak for the rest of the faculty and the student council when I say we would be honored if you would consider speaking at future conferences.

With sincerest appreciation and best wishes.

Yours,

Alison Murrett

Alison Murrett

10.     For whom was the conference probably intended?

         (A) High school students applying for university

         (B) Students who will soon graduate from university

         (C) Former university students who are now working

         (D) Company workers taking university night school courses

11.     What is suggested about Mr Van Burren?

         (A) He has spoken at the university before.

         (B) He is a teacher of economics.

         (C) He attended Walken University as a student.

         (D) He has given some money to the university.

12.     In the letter, the word ‘rest’ in paragraph 3, line 1 is closest in meaning to

         (A) relaxation

         (B) gathering

         (C) remainder

         (D) excess

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: Special – TOEFL Idioms Part V

Welcome back, everyone! I’m bringing to you today another special — TOEFL IDIOMS! I haven’t done this in some time, but here’s the next round!

Cut
corners
To do
something badly or to savesome time
The architect cut corners on the bridge’s construction, which is why it eventually collapsed.
Cut
someone
some
slack
To go easy on
someone.
I heard Rachel’s dad is sick, so we should
cut her some slack on this group project.
Feeling
blue
Feeling sad or depressed. Erika’s been feeling blue every since her
boyfriend broke up with her.
Finding needle in ahaystack Virtually
impossible to
find.
These days, finding a job that doesn’t
require experience is like trying to find aneedle in a haystack.
Get some
shut eye
Sleep. I have a big exam tomorrow, so I need toget some shut eye.
Go the
extra
mile
Put in extra
effort.
Kelsey has the highest grades in our class since she always goes the extra mile with homework assignments.
Hang in
there
Be patient. I know it’s hard waiting for the exam
results, but you just need to hang in
there.
Hard up Lack money. Ellie knew I was hard up, so she paid for
my coffee.

 

 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Additional Relative Clauses Exercise

Hello, everyone! As promised, here’s the second installment of the podcast/blog I did WAYYYY earlier today. I wanted to go more in-depth with clauses because I know a few of you may have not understood.

Extreme ironing is an unusual sport which was invented in 1997 by an Englishman whose name is Phil Shaw. He had to do ironing at home, but he preferred to go rock climbing. So he decided to combine the two things. Of course, ironing and climbing are two activities that don’t have a lot in common. but now people do it all over the world. When Phil was in New Zealand, he started an organization called Extreme Ironing International. Diving, skiing, skating, and parachuting are some of the other sports which people have combined with ironing. Underwater, in the air and on top of the mountains are just some of the strange places where people have done this sport. Ben Gibbons and John Roberts are two Englishmen whose adventure with extreme ironing became a short film, Extreme Ironing to Mount Everest.

Gateway

Second Task

Use the following relative pronouns to complete the sentences: who, which, whose, when, where, that

  1. The winner of the 100m dash in the olympics is the person ________ finishes first.
  2. A referee is the person ___________ job is the control the game.
  3. 2016 is the year ___________ Euro was played.
  4. A Tatami is the place __________ you do Judo.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 52 – Grammar – Defining Relative Clauses

Defining relative clauses are finally here! These types of sentence variations are my absolute favorite, so I wanted to take some time uploading it to ensure you understand fully.

Read the sentences. The words in bold are relative pronouns. Use them to complete the rules 1-5.

A. He’s the player who has the world record for scoring the most goals.

B. He needed the lucky shirt which he had given away.

C. There are players whose egos have stopped them from winning a championship.

D. 2002 was the year when South Korea and Japan hosted the World Cup.

E. That wasn’t the only superstition (that) my parents had.

F. Arsenio is the teacher that is better known as AJ.

G. That’s the place where we had our first date.

 

  1. We use who and that with people.
  2. We use which and that with things.
  3. We use whose to talk about possessions.
  4. We use where with places.
  5. We use when with times.

Choose the correct alternative. If you think both are correct, choose both.

  1. American Football is a game which/- many people play.
  2. A stadium is a place that/where you can watch sports like rugby and baseball.
  3. The people who/- do sports are called athletes.
  4. She is the person who/- walked across the street.
  5. January is the month when/which pollution is very high in Bangkok.
  6. A Quarterback is a person who/that throws the football.
  7. Brazil is a country where/which beaches are very popular.

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: 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