Stephen Covey’s 8th Habit | Season 6 – Episode 17 | Inspire Others to Find Their Voice

To be honest with you, I know that the stats are only a fraction of my unbelievable influence. After getting a number of emails, messages and people linking up with me on Instagram, I’ve realized now that I’m inspiring others to find their voice, passion, and core genius. This is the next segment of this book.

“Once you’ve found your own voice, the choice to expand your influence, to increase your contribution, is the choice to inspire others to find their voice. Inspire (from the Latin inspirare) means to breathe life into another. As we recognize, respect and create ways for others to give voice to all four parts of their nature—physically, mentally, emotionally/socially and spiritually—latent human genius, creativity, passion, talent and motivation are unleashed. It will be those organizations that reach a critical mass of people and teams expressing their full voice that will achieve next-level breakthrough in productivity, innovation and leadership in the marketplace and society.”

Excerpt From: Stephen R. Covey. “The 8th Habit.” Apple Books.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 71 – Grammar – The Passive with Say, Know, Believe, Thought

Here’s another tough episode on how the passive works with these stative verbs. Again, I’ve gone over state verbs in the last two podcasts, so let’s hope you have an understanding of them already.

It + be + past participle (of believe, claim, expect, know, report, say, think) + that.

It is said that dogs can communicate.

It was claimed that the president knew about the situation.

We use the present of to be to talk about present beliefs and thoughts.

We use the past of to be to talk about past beliefs and thoughts.

Instead of using the impersonal pronoun it, we can use the structure:

Subject + be + past participle (plus the state verb) + to + infinitive/have + past participle.

Dolphins are said to be able to communicate.

The president was claimed to have known about the situation.

With this structure, we use to + infinitive to talk about things in the present, or things that are always true.

We use have + past participle to talk about past events.

Make complete sentences with the structures.

‘The Sun goes round the Earth’ — past belief.

  1. It was believed that the Sun went round the Earth.

‘The Earth is flat’ – past thought.

2. It __________________________________.

‘Natural Disasters are becoming more frequent.’ – present claim.

It ____________________________________.


Rewrite the sentences.

  1. They say that toads sense earthquakes.

Toads _______________________________________.

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. _________________.