What’s your Inspiration?

First time I came to Thailand, I was put in such a crazy, uncomfortable position. Seeing green rivers covered in days/weeks/months old trash, the way people were looking at me (which ended up being a huge foreshadow of things to come); nevertheless, I saw the ultra-gorgeous, lush green vegetation towering over turquoise waters down below.

Was this inspiration? Not necessarily, but this was the beginning of my journey.

Vietnam – 2016

After visiting the Remnants War Museum in HCMC, I saw the absolutely destruction of what the United States Military did to Vietnamese people, also known as “communists.” I stood next to a Chinook (ironically named after a tribe of Native American Indians — a group which that was wiped out by the colonizers), and then switched to a heavy-artillery propeller. A plaque read, “this machine causes mass damage and casualties in Vietnam.” I then glanced up and said, “you’ve killed so many people.”

I took a step back, clicked on the photos app in my phone and deleted all the militaristic garbage from my phone. When I went inside and went up 5 floors of anguish and hell, it caused so much grief. I saw my friend tearing up, who was Vietnamese, and all my life I’ve been told to respect a military.

Not anymore.

I was going to @ Borack Obama and all United States military channels and berate them words of hell. Never again have I saluted, represented or mention the military anymore and I never will again.

Innocent people in Laos are still dying today because the bombs that were dropped 45 years ago.

Americans would say, “look at the brightside,” I would say, “well, with how pooly you treated blacks, and with the Native American genocide, you’re now depicting us as the monsters….but in fact, no one knows about what you’ve done.”

I didn’t make it a mission to expose anglo-America/Europe for their genocides that wreaked havoc around the world, but I did want to give back. Seeing the children, the photos of my friend teaching at poor schools in the war-torn, ravaged middle of Vietnam…..I found my inspiration.

No one deserved to have anyone come in their house and kill them, but in saying all of that, Vietnamese people of BOTH SIDES came together after the war and has coexisted to this day. What I saw was an inspiration for me to give back — to come back to Vietnam, and to help people who desperately need help.

Laos – 2018

I was approached by an amazing manager of a hotel who had sent me a number of whatsapp messages, wanting to know about my arrival. I arranged a taxi and a few other services with the hotel. It delivered (although loud from music), but the hospitality was amazing compared to other places. The manager of the hotel invited me for drinks at night and took me to a wonderful noodle shop before my flight.

He invited me to come back and to volunteer at a poor school about 1.5 hours outside of the main city.

This was my dream. This brings more happiness then making 5k-10k per month. This is true fulfillment.

Finding my inspiration. It dealt with a lot. Seeing poverty, seeing death, but also seeing my soul open up to the masses out there. People need my voice, and that’s why I created it.

TOEFL: Main Clause Structure; Partial & Complete Main Clauses

If a sentence has a subject, it must have a verb unless it’s a double-comparison structure.

If a sentence consists of a main clause and subordinate clause, each should have a subject and a verb.

The clause word is placed at or very near the boundary between the main and the subordinate clause.

Sentence Breakdowns

  1. Packet switched networks ___________ information so that it can be remembered.

a. organize

b. organic

c. organization

d. organizing

 

2. As some grow older, many children __________ bonds to living things such as birds, dogs, cats, and other animals (depending on the country).

a. forms

b. form

c. forming

d. a form

 

3. Always ____________ the necessary documents to their original place as soon as you remove them.

a. return

b. a return

c. it is returned

d. they return

 

4. According to a survey, test scores ___________ influentially in university admission decisions.

a. may figure

b. may be of figure

c. may be a figure

d. have a figure

 

5. ______________ are vibrations or a main accent in music or poetry.

a. It beats

b. Beats

C. There are beats

d. That beats

 

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TOEIC: Transition Words

There are my absolute FAVORITE! I remember back in my college days my professor said to me, “if you can put transition words in your essay, I’ll give you A’s.  It needs flow.”  So, I did.  The result = A’s!

These transition words, just like in the writing task II of the IELTS, are imperative for creating flow, coherence, and cohesiveness.

Transition words are used to join two or more independent clauses or sentences.  When connecting two independent clauses, they may be preceded by a semi colon.

  • To show result: therefore, consequently, as a result, so, accordingly. I don’t like using hence or thus – just because that sounds like 500-year-old British English. 
  • To show contrast: however, on the other hand, nevertheless, on one hand.
  • To add information: in addition, moreover, furthermore, also
  • To give an explanation: for example, for instance

Examples

She failed to show up on time; consequently, she will be terminated. (people would probably say “omit” the comma, but I don’t.

Profits have risen considerably over the past few months. Therefore, everyone will get a year-end bonus.

Mary lacks experience in the field; however, she makes up for it by doing more than expected.

The event was advertised everywhere.  On the other hand, not that many people attended it.

The memo last Thursday was sent by email around 3pm; in addition, everyone will have a copy in their mailbox by Friday evening.

We decided to cut ties with the company.  Furthermore, we’ve told other companies in the area not to do work with them.

I travel a lot for business.  For example, I go to Singapore twice a month for meetings and Malaysia three times a month to speak.

Greg is a fast learner.  For instance, he taught himself how to use the interactive whiteboard within 30 minutes.

  1. Cable TV revolutionized communications; __________, the very existence of that service is now threatened by what’s happening in the world.
  1. consequently
  2. moreover
  3. for example
  4. nevertheless

2) Hospitals are competing for a shrinking market share; _____, they are attempting to look for the most cost-effective and highest-quality care.

  1. therefore
  2. besides
  3. also
  4. furthermore

3) These ads can bring in revenue; ____________, because they are government sponsored, they can keep costs at a minimum.

  1. for example
  2. on the whole
  3. moreover
  4. however

4) This company intends on moving shop; ____________, it will keep all other departments here.

  1. to this end
  2. nevertheless
  3. consequently
  4. furthermore

5) The contract only runs for one year; __________, there are options to renew for two more years should we need anything else.

  1. meanwhile
  2. besides
  3. however
  4. moreover

6) The sales at this shop has increased recently; __________, we are very optimistic about the future growth.

  1. however
  2. instead
  3. nevertheless
  4. also

7) Since the beginning, the bank has lent more than $1 million; ________, its membership has grown to include 40 regional companies.

  1. on the whole
  2. in conclusion
  3. in addition
  4. nevertheless

8) We, in general, are a local company; _____________, we can offer services outside but as long as its within our state lines.

  1. nevertheless
  2. meanwhile
  3. accordingly
  4. hence

9) The woman who volunteered last week at Nascar has the most hands-on experience; __________ she was hired.

  1. nevertheless
  2. furthermore
  3. however
  4. therefore

10) Our banking clients want flexibility; ___________, we provide ATMs for use.

  1. moreover
  2. however
  3. consequently
  4. furthermore

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Podcast – I will go over questions 3-10 (Spoiler)

PDF

Transition Words

 

 

TOEIC: Text Completion #2 + PDF – Continuation

Here are parts 7-12 for everyone who tuned into my last blog.

Dr. Jim Croker of Budapest Lab says that people _____(7)_____  always travel with their own pillow.  “If business travelers can

  1. might
  2. will
  3. should
  4. can’t

bring their laptops on board, there’s no reason why they can’t bring their own pillow,” said Dr. Croker in a recent podcast interview.  An even _____(8)_____ solution, according to another celebrity doctor, is to avoid business travel altogether.

  1. good
  2. the best
  3. better
  4. greatest

The studies have also shown that time away from families can be detrimental to family life. 

After all, everything from _____(9)_____ meals to driving kids to and from school is affected when one parent goes away on business.

  1. preparation
  2. prepared
  3. preparing
  4. prepare

Leasing Office Memo

Is your work space overcrowded?  Are you looking for a _____(10)_____ office at

  1. more spacious than
  2. more spacious
  3. most spacious
  4. the most spacious

affordable price?  Here at the leasing office, we have a solution that will help you.  It offers a full-service building with a parking garage.  All offices have great views and the rates start at $500 per square foot.  With advantages like these, why consider _____(11)_____ anywhere else?  Call our rental office today.

  1. rent
  2. rents
  3. to rent
  4. renting

A five-year lease ______(12)_____ be signed in order to qualify for this special rate.

  1. must
  2. might
  3. could
  4. can

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Text Completion (2)

TOEIC-TOEFL-IELTS: What Are Your Academic Goals?

To my students all over the world, you have to initiate the power of goal-setting. Without having any goals or end-goals in mind, things will never manifest in life. I’m a living proof of that because I stayed at a job that wasn’t helping me professional, nor was suitable for my personality. It wasn’t until a situation that occurred where I finally told myself that I deserve better.

I then painted exactly what I wanted in terms of a freelance teacher/curriculum developer and now it’s happening – due to inspired action and the burning desire within to get better.

So, I get it. A lot of you want a “high” score, but we don’t know what a high score is. You have to be much more detailed. Specificity is how everything will work. Following that, you will need to develop a set of habits that will get you there.

TOEIC Students

Listen to TOEIC audios for 30 minutes a day (minimum – no excuses). I’m not asking you to circle answers and find pseudo-websites to print out material. Just listen over and over and you will ultimately end up understanding within a 2-4 week period (the threshold it takes for my students here in Thailand).

Grammar – Read!

A lot of you don’t want to read, but where I was just a few years ago, to where I am right now in terms of my writing, is a significant jump. I know how to write a variety of complex structured sentences because I committed to never-ending learning. I understand much more grammar than I did two years ago because of reading things either in books, online, or other writers. I will recommend an array of academic writing books on my next blog.

IELTS Students

Listening can be done online by just listening to the conversational audios which become readily available on YouTube. After that, you can start increasing your vocabulary with different speaking books (in my next blog), which will further increase your knowledge of vocabulary (what examiners want to see).

Writing

Writing tasks are a pain in the ass, but with Longman/Pearson Academic Writing books, you will surely get the job done. I’ve noticed so many great things in these particular books that are very intriguing and my understanding of just about everything continues to grow. These recommendations will also be in the next blog.

Reading

It’s a huge pain in the ass and learning all the vocabulary is useless, so I’ll continue making reading videos and giving examples.

TOEFL Students

You can’t learn every slang and idiom in the English dictionary, so it’s about process of elimination. The listening portions can be a huge pain, especially part III (listening to a lecture). I’ll be going over this extensively in the coming days, but I’ll also be recommending a lot of different books for you guys.  In saying that, I’m also creating practice tests for which will be made available on my website for a small price.

The Arsenio Buck Foundation: Protect Children In Southeast Asia + Giving Speeches In Impoverished Communities In America

All right, I’ve had enough with seeing old foreigners take advantage of slum kids.  The fact that I was just at work last Friday, looking at a completely disoriented foreigner with goggles on his face kissing a 16-year-old student without anyone speaking up is appalling.  Do immigration officers, police, or security guards even approach the couple? Of course not.  It’s a shoulder shrug and, “don’t worry; white man have good intentions” saying in Thai.

I spoke up about it with an employees and her body language explains the problem of why this country’s children are suffering from insidious foreigners.

So, Arsenio….what are you going to do? I’ve heard you talk about this before.  It’s a bigger issue.  It’s a terminal issue.  It’s a government issue in even letting them travel outside their countries, let alone getting inside Thailand to commit sex acts against humanity.  This problem is much bigger than you.

It is.  I agree.

But looking and bearing in mind how discombobulated the school system is with educating kids on culture rather than survival skills is completely intolerable.

Intolerable.  A word that I’ve spoken extensively back in my last Chapter of Napoleon Hill’s ‘Law of Success.” This country, just like America growing tolerant of the use of guns – known as human killing machines, has a very dark, underlying problem that’s plaguing not only the current generation, but the future generations, too.

In saying that, what if I can develop a curriculum or type of conference/awareness (with another Thai actor or actress) that will bring awareness to the vice that that not only foreigners bring, but people within Thailand.  How about I go on a country tour, just as I would do in the likes of Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, and ESPECIALLY CAMBODIA, bringing awareness, disciplinary skills in case they’re approached by particular individuals, and knowing what to do when they feel unsafe.

Developing real-life situations when students of all ages can guard themselves against predators.

Moving forward, I just don’t want to focus on the negative, but also planting ideas in the minds of our young youth around the world – saying, “hey, you can make a change by being the change.”

Welcome to my non-profit organization.

Podcast

TOEIC Grammar: Double Comparatives & Order of Adverbs

Double comparatives

  • Our nation gets fatter and fatter every year.
  • more and more + adjective :
    The problem is getting more and more difficult to solve.To say that something is increasing all the time.

    We can use comparatives with the definite article the

    The more you say, the worse the situation will be. The more, the merrier.

    To say that two changes happen together.

    Order of Adverbs

    Adverbs that go in mid-position express:

    • frequency: never, rarely, always …
    • certainty: probably, certainly, obviously …
    • degree: nearly, almost, quite …The word order for adverbs in mid-position is as follows:

Tense

Subject

Auxiliary verb

Adverb

Main Verb

Complement

To be in simple tense

I

am

usually

right

Perfect tenses

He

has

already

seen

this film

Modal auxiliary verb

We

can

sometimes

play

tennis

Simple tenses

She

hardly

cooks

dinner

Passive with two auxiliary verbs

He

has

never

been remembered

for his novels

Only and even go just before the words they emphasize. It will only take (only) five minutes.

  • They have even forgotten (even) his name.

Sometimes / sometime / some time

Sometimes: means occasionally

Sometime: means at one moment in the future (it can also mean “one day”)

Let’s have dinner sometime next week.

Some time: means a period of time

She’s lived in Italy for some time, so she speaks Italian quite well.

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TOEIC – Reading Section: Introduction, Tips, & A Passage

I decided to do the reading section of TOEIC because I simply haven’t done a video or blog on it yet.  I’m excited about doing this because Native English Speakers can use these techniques for SAT (maybe). TOEFL is a difficult test, but it’s also something you can use with it.  Stay tuned for that, but I haven’t had any students approach me in regards to TOEFL yet.

So, let’s dive into it.

Different Types of Questions

  1. Specific Information (positive)
  2. Vocabulary Questions
  3. Main Idea & inference Questions
  4. Specific Information Questions

Specific Information questions are the easiest and quickest to find.  I love to tell my students to look at the questions that have numbers.  These are the easiest.  Questions that say “what is the purpose of this memo” (ex. number 3 – main idea and inference questions) should always come last.

If you look at number two, which is vocabulary questions, you can see that this is probably the second easiest.

The toss up for last will be between question types 3 and 4.

Questions

  1. For whom is this letter intended?

A) Alberto Romero

B) Benjamin Weintraub

C) John Teirney

D) Alex Andreas?

      2. What kind of job does the applicant want?

A) Human resources

B) Advertising

C) Marketing

D) Sales

      3. Where did Mr. Romero Want To Work?

A) In Britain

B) In North America

C) In Eastern Europe

D) In Asia

 

Passage

Alberto Romero

1711 Taylor Avenue

North Las Vegas

NV 89030

USA

Dear. Mr. Romero,

This letter is to thank you for your application to join out international sales team.  Unfortunately, we must inform you that due to the large number of highly-qualified applicants that applied for the position of Eastern European sales representative, we have already filled all the positions that were advertised in the May issue of the Human Resources Bulletin

As you know, administrative and marketing positions in our European and Asia-Pacific offices regularly become available during the year and we would welcome your application for future international postings.

Yours Truly

Frederick Andreas

 

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TOEIC – Incomplete Sentences #5 + Podcast + YouTube Video

Welcome back to another edition of incomplete sentences.  If I’m not mistaking, this could be the very first blog I’ve written along with the YouTube video and Podcast for Incomplete Sentences.

Anyhow, here’s a breakdown of gerunds.

Gerunds are verbs in their base form + -ing, e.g. doing. Infinitives are verbs in their base form + to, e.g. to do.

Short Exercise

Match the sentences (a-f) with the rules down below. 

a. That will give us more time to go running.

b. I’d be interested in finding a new pair of shoes.

c. I don’t like doing homework.

d. I think cleaning will change over the next few decades.

e. You use a fridge to keep your food chilled.

f. That’s easy to fix. 

Rules

  1. We use the infinitive/gerund after prepositions (except to)
  2. We use the infinitive/gerund immediately after adjectives.
  3. We use the infinitive/gerund with go to talk about physical activities.
  4. We use the infinitive/gerund after verbs of liking or disliking (except would like).
  5. We use the infinitive/gerund to explain why we do something.
  6. We use the infinitive/gerund as the subject or object of the sentence.

 

TOEIC EXERCISE

  1. Although I advised her to go by train, she decided _____________ instead. 

A) drive     B) to drive     C) driving     D) drove

 

      2. He was out when I called, but the receptionist kindly offered _________ a message for me.

A) to take       B) taken     C) took      D) taking

 

3. It appears that our competitors are considering ____________ our takeover proposal. 

A) to accept     B) accept     C) accepting     D) accepted

 

     4. When buying a new car, it is advisable to __________ the best deal you can find. 

A) go through     B) look for    C) get into     D) fill out

  • If you take a look at the sentence, what verb in the answers is closely related to the word “find?”

 

 5. We are ___________ on you to make a good impression at the conference next month.

A) taking    B) counting    C) putting     D) picking

 

 6. After waiting for more than thirty minutes for my entree to arrive, I asked __________to the manager.

A) speak    B) speaking    C) spoken    D) to speak

 

Podcast Link 

https://www.spreaker.com/e/DNmcCSXeUJ8

 

YouTube Video

TOEIC Grammar: Countable & Uncountable Nouns + Articles. Podcast & YouTube Video Included

Unit 2: Countable/Uncountable Nouns + Articles

When a countable noun is singular, it is used with an indefinite article a/an; when a countable noun is plural, it ends in –(e)s.

Example: To request extra credit card for other members of your household, call our automated service line. (not correct)

A countable noun must be used with an indefinite article a/an in the singular form; otherwise it should end in –(e)s in the plural form. (card/cards)

The electronics company has recruited staff from several of its competitor. (not correct)

A plural noun must be used after such determiners as several, some, many, etc. (competitor competitors)

B. Uncountable nouns

Uncountable nouns refer to substances, concepts etc that we cannot divide into separate elements. An indefinite article a/an cannot be used with an uncountable noun. Besides, an uncountable noun in the subject position must be used with a singular verb.

Uncountable nouns are singular in form.

Example: The equipment you ordered are scheduled to be delivered on August 26. (not correct)

Because equipment is uncountable, it is singular and is used with a singular verb. (are – is)

Uncountable nouns cannot be used with an indefinite article a/an.

Example: They helped needy people by the provision of a clothing, food, and shelter. (not correct)

Uncountable nouns cannot be used with an indefinite article a/an. (a clothing)

Uncountable nouns that frequently occur in the TOEIC test

advertising, equipment, information, pollution, traffic, advice

furniture, machinery, recreation, luggage/baggage

clothing, knowledge, homework, merchandise, money, stationery, scenery, fun, employment, leisure.

 

Podcast Link – learners in Mainland China.

https://www.spreaker.com/e/QbaQEXYMZkN

 

Youtube Video – Rest of The World