Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Reading – Finding the Answers

Hello, everyone! If this is your second time tuning in, this was part of the TOEIC live coaching I did last weekend. However, because Facebook live stinks, I’m not able to show you exactly how I found the answers, and more just talking.  However, I will have the YouTube video down below (coming soon) so you can see how I find the answers.  Also, this is in podcast form, if you want to listen to this without the video.

The PDF is down below for you guys, too!

With that being said, today we’re going over a test tactic (from the book Tactics for TOEIC) and the goal is to locate information in double text questions.  So, towards the latter stages of the TOEIC exam, you will get these double passages. If you’re not looking in the right places, you will lose, quickly.  So my goal is to show you guys this in bulk (YouTube) and have the podcast down below, too.

 

Questions

 

Where did Kelvin Adams see the ad?

  1. On the internet
  2. In the newspaper
  3. In a shop

 

What feature probably attracted Kelvin to this apartment?

  1. The central heating
  2. The price
  3. The location

 

How many rooms are there in the apartment?

  1. 2
  2. 5
  3. 6

 

What does Kelvin request?

  1. Directions to the apartment
  2. Pictures of the apartment
  3. An appointment in March

 

Which of the following is likely to be a problem?

  1. The availability date
  2. The policy on pets
  3. The apartment size

 

 

Text

 

Apartment for rent

  • Modern downtown studio apartment located 10 minutes from shops and public transportation
  • 2 bedrooms, kitchen, living/dining room, bathroom, balcony
  • Centrally heated (gas)
  • Suit young couple or professional
  • Part furnishing can be arranged
  • Rent $985 per month plus utilities
  • Deposit + 1 month’s rent in advance
  • No pets
  • Available mid-March

Contact Karim Patel 555 2345 Email: karim98@s_mail.com

 

To: karim98@s_mail.com

Cc:
From: Kelvin Adams (kelheart2@s_mail.com)

Dear Mr. Patel

I saw your advertisement in the local newspaper. I’m very interested in the apartment for my family. We are currently living in Westside, but are looking to move closer to the town center, by the end of February so this apartment would be ideal. I was hoping to be able to arrange a visit sometime next week. Monday would be the best day for us, if this is convenient for you.

In the ad, you mentioned that the place could be part-furnished. We have a small amount of furniture ourselves, but probably not enough for a two-bedroom place. Could you possibly tell us what inventory is likely to be included with the apartment?

I would also really appreciate it if you could possibly send us a couple of pictures of the bedroom and living/dining room, as well as some directions as to how to get there. Thank you very much in advance.

Yours

Kelvin Adams

Podcast

 

YouTube –

 

TOEIC Lesson 001

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC Reading – Part II – Speed Reading

Welcome back, everyone! This is a continuation of what I did last week on my TOEIC video.  Because it gained a lot of subs, traction, and love, I decided to continue what’s hot.  So, here’s the second part of the video I did last week!

I’m posting last weeks’ blog down below so you can see the chart and answer the questions I have at the bottom.

A. The main focus of the chart/table/form

B. Details of how information in the chart/table/form is meant to be used.

C. Information about who the text is from or intended for.

D. Extra details that indicate changes/differences to information in the chart/table/form

E. Background information that relates to the chart/table/form or the people who use it.

F. Details/facts/numbers/dates/names

 

**I’ve put the answers next to the numbers for you guys to understand how it works!

 

1) C

From: johnsmith@gmail.com

To: arseniobuck@icloud.com

Date: October 27th

Subject: November Visit

 

2) A

Dear Arsenio,

 

After my visit last month, I would like to talk about some of the different approaches for improving sales that were discussed at last year’s sales conference.  I would appreciate it if you would set aside the whole day on the 25th of November.

 

(3) B

so that I can meet with you and your sales team.  I am including, in the attachment, the most recent sales figures from last year for you and your team to review before we meet.

See you next month.

 

John

 

4) F Sales of Cars

5)  D                                    Jan-Mar                     April-June              July-August

Toyota                             1521                              655                            *232

Mitsubishi                       756                               943                            1100

Honda                             1873                              800                             422

6) E  * model discontinued in December

 

Questions

 

  1. What does the chart show?

A) The number of vehicles sold by one manufacturer

B) Sales figures for four years.

 

     2. Who sent this email?

A) John Smith

B) Arsenio Buck

 

3. Which model sold the greatest number overall?

A) Honda

B) Mitsubishi

 

     4. Which was the most successful period for sales of the Toyota?

A) July-August

B) January-March

 

     5. What will happen in December?

A) There was a sales conference.

B) The Toyota model was discontinued.

 

 6. How many Mitsubishi’s were sold in December?

A) 465

B) 1100

 

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YouTube – Coming Soon

 

Podcast – Last week

YouTube – Last Week

 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 2 – Grammar – Modals of Advice

We’re back at some more Modal Verbs and today I want to talk about how often we use these specific ones in terms of telling or advising people to do or not to do something.  Different modal verbs express how strongly you feel something should or shouldn’t be done.

Form

Could

Could: This is most often used to make suggestions and emails.

Subject + could + base form                         A: You could eat blueberries and nuts.                                                                                            B: Could you please send me the article?

 

Should

Should: These are considered stronger/imperative.  You use these when you think actions are necessary.

Subject + should/have to + base form     

Example: You should eat a breakfast complete with brain foods.

Must/have 

Must: is also very strong.  It is often used when there is a negative consequence.  You use it when stating facts.

Subject + must + base form

Example: You must implement stillness into your day to relax your mind and body, or else you will get sick.

 

Task: Choose a modal verb from above that best completes the sentences.

  1. Everyone _____________ find a career they love to do; rather than finding just a job to get by.
  2. You ______________ download my podcast and subscribe to practice your English on a daily basis.
  3. Everyone ______________ use proper etiquette; but not everyone does.
  4. You _________________ implement cardio/conditioning into all of your workouts.
  5. The doctor said that you __________________ be aware of what you eat, or else you’ll get fat.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS – Passive Voice

Passive voice — one of the most difficult aspects of grammar to learn — is officially here.  I’m very happy to present my writers with this (and especially my IELTS students who are learning how to right a process).

The goal is to do this in baby steps.  An introduction, if you will. I don’t want to over-saturate you with an insane amount of information like your “normal,” historical teachers do.  I’m going to show you the basis and put you to work.

Example

Here’s an example of an active sentence: The river runs through Bangkok.

It’s your basic article, subject, verb, etc.

However, with passive voice, we focus on the object more than the subject: The letter was written by James.

Passive voice: be + past participle)

In the case above, was is the verb to be (obviously in the past) plus the verb participle of write (written).

IELTS TECHNIQUE

Make sure you use the correct form of the verb when you describe a process.  Natural processes are described in active voice, whereas manufacturing are in passive form.

Ex: The tree is chopped down.

Task

Put the following sentences into present simple passive form.

  1. the documents / print
  2. the window / open
  3. the shoes / buy
  4. the car / wash
  5. the litter / throw away
  6. the letter / send
  7. the book / read / not
  8. the songs / sing / not
  9. the food / eat / not
  10. the shop / close / not

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 (Intermediate) – Episode 1 – Pronunciation – Initial Voiceless & Voiced Consonants

Welcome to the first episode of season 3, everyone! This is the intermediate level, so if I speak too fast, I do advise you to go back a level (season 2) so you can practice.  I’m excited to bring you some more in-depth pronunciation exercises that will allow you to become a more understandable NON-nes speaker.  So, here it is.  It’s time to listen to some pairs of voiceless and voiced words, then you will take an interactive exercise and post your answers to my facebook page.

Let’s begin with a nice exercise.

Voiceless                           Voiced

path                                      bath

time                                      dime

came                                     game

few                                        view

 

Task

Listen to the word pairs in my podcast and write down the correct one I said on my Facebook page.  First I will enunciate each one to show you how voiceless and voiced words are pronounced.  After that, you can number them 1-10 on the Facebook page and write down the word you hear.   Here are the word pairs.

park/bark

push/bush

tear/dear

town/down

card/guard

cold/gold

fan/van

fine/vine

chain/jane

choke/joke

Podcast

 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Intermediate – The Debut & What to Expect

WELCOME TO SEASON 3! For those of you who are probably just tuning in for the first time, please make sure you check the blog I posted last night in terms of highlighting what I’ve already done in Season 2.  This season, which is the Intermediate season, will be a little more difficult.  I will speak faster than before and will talk about some pretty difficult things, so if it’s your first time, I recommend going on Spotify and choose the option (first episode) instead of the most recent.  Go from the Elementary level and work your way up.

Highlight the grammar, vocab and speaking skills of part 3.

Vocabulary Skills

  • Phrasal Verbs
  • Prefixes with Negative Meanings
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Word Families (Part II)
  • Homophones
  • Collocations with Get
  • Suffixes -Ful & -Less
  • Descriptive Adjectives
  • Working Out Meaning from Context
  • Collocations with Take

Grammar

  • Using Modal Verbs for Giving Advice
  • Talk about probability and certainty using modal verbs
  • Tag Questions (Part II)
  • Use adjectives & intensifiers to compare and contrast
  • Use the past progressive in descriptions of past processes
  • Talk about cause and effect using conditional sentences
  • Use present perfect to describe problems and solutions
  • Expand sentences with more information by using relative clauses
  • Explain processes using present and modal passives
  • Support your arguments using reported speech

Speaking Skill

  • Intonation patterns in conditionals + student stress and pressure
  • Listen for stressed words to identify key ideas
  • Managing questions during and after presentations
  • Emphatic stressing in speaking for communicating emotions
  • Techniques to improve public speaking
  • Sharing dramatic stories
  • Recognize and practice correct stress patterns in words and suffixes
  • Link same consonant sounds between words for fluent intonation
  • Debating skills
  • Recognizing  the schwa sound in unstressed syllables
  • Listen to connected speech and link certain vowel sounds
  • Use words and phrases to encourage discussion and communication
  • Recognition of topic shifts to follow discussions
  • Stress patterns in short sentences
  • practice asking for clarification in discussions
  • Practice agreeing and disagreeing with others in formal and informal settings

Also, discussion, critical thinkings and study skills will be implemented throughout this course.

Because the above bullet points and the difficulty of them, there could be more podcasts on certain days to go over situations.  This season will run past New Years, and by that time I will have created courses on my website for you guys to follow.  Stay tuned for the newsletters and be sure to follow me on the links below for more information!

Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7hdzplWx6xB8mhwDJYiP6f?si=5vUca3p2QGuWPZbhzCRwBw

Podcast on FM: https://player.fm/series/2288534

Podcast on TuneIn:  https://tunein.com/podcasts/Language-Learning-Podcasts/Arsenios-ESL-p1117391/

Podcast on ListenNote: https://www.listennotes.com/c/778cf3cfd2564ba5b01f693bfebc96de/arsenio-s-esl-podcast/

Podcast on CastBox: https://castbox.fm/channel/Arsenio’s-ESL-Podcast-id1251433?country=us

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Arseniobuck/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIzp4EdbJVMhhSnq_0u4ntA

Website: https://thearseniobuckshow.com/

Q & A: ArsenioBuck@icloud.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arsenio-buck-9692a6119/

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Kyara of Mexico!

This was one of the best conversations I’ve had in a long time.  Kyara, who’s from Mexico, talked about some funny things, shared some wonderful locations to travel, and talked about her English language learning wisdom.  Here’s the podcast and show notes!

International Guest Speaker Kyra from Mexico

 

Things we discussed:

  • Introduction of Fernanda.
  • Talked about Mexico City and Fernanda’s perspective of Mexico City.
  • What is your perspective about big cities like Mexico City?
  • What is the biggest city in Mexico?
  • Introduction about small places in Mexico.
  • Introduction of Aztecs and Mayan people and their cultures, customs and differences in Mexico.
  • Sharing about Mexican cuisine.
  • Sharing about accents and different accents.
  • How did Fernanda start learning English?
  • Immerse yourself in English instead of translating in Spanish.

 

Thank you for listening!

 

Thank you so much for joining me for this podcast. Please do write down some feedbacks and comments. Please do share this podcast to your social media.

 

Links:

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Final Episode – Grammar – Future Forms

And this is the end of Season 2! Season 2 debut June 20th of this year, and almost four months later, it’s making its end.  I will be posting a newsletter/blog about the most notable podcasts, most listened to, and my best takes from the season, so stay tuned for that! Nonetheless, Season 3 will make its debut this upcoming Monday (keeping the momentum and not stopping what I love to do.

Grammar

Future Forms

We can use both will and going to to talk about actions and events we think will happen in the future.  Add definitely for the 100%, most likely for the 75-90%, or probably for the 55-70% to express how sure you are that something will happen.

 

Affirmative

Subject + will + adverb + base form                   Ex: I will definitely go to Singapore                                                                                                                       next month.

Subject + am/is/are + adverb + going to          Ex: I am probably going to attend the                                                                                                   wedding ceremony tomorrow.

 

Negative

Subject + adverb + will not + base form           Ex: I definitely will not go to Egypt next                                                                                                                       month.

Subject + am/is/are + adverb + going to             Ex:  I am probably going to go to Bali                                                                                                             during New Years.

 

Asking questions

Will + Subject + base form                                     Ex: Will you attend her graduation?

Is/Are + subject + going to + base form               Ex: Are you going to attend her                                                                                                                           graduation?

Wh- + will + subject + base form                          Ex: When will your new job at Changi                                                                                                                Airport begin?

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 57 – Full Lesson – Discussion (Freewriting) & Vocab

Air Traffic

What job is the man doing in the picture above? Would you like to do that job? Why or why not? 

Freewrite for 15 minutes about why or why you wouldn’t like to have the job in the photo above. 

What job would you love to do in the future? Why? What knowledge and skills are necessary for that job?

Vocabulary Preview

Use the following words in sentences: confidence, stressful, frightening, strenuous, relaxed, passion, bored

  1. To be a policeman in America, you have to have a lot of passion.  The amount of hours and days on you have could be very exhausting.

 

Developing Critical Thinking

Imagine that you’re organizing a job/career fair of some sort.  If you can choose any professionals to come give a talk, which ones would you choose and why?

Example: Entrepreneurs.  Because you can’t learn to become an entrepreneur (although universities do have the courses around the world), it can’t be taught.  Therefore, I would love for this specific individual to speak about the practicality behind the actual curriculum.

What are the most important factors for you in choosing a career? Think about the following vocabulary: travel, holiday, salary, colleagues, challenges, languages

Example: Colleagues.  Colleagues and being in a supportive environment is extremely important.  Job satisfaction, to this day, is something of the past.  I believe the majority human beings working paycheck-to-paycheck have very low satisfaction on the job because the environment isn’t positive.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS – Comparing Information

Yes! We’re getting into the bulk of it now.  It’s time to learn how to make comparisons.

When comparing information, especially on your Writing Task 1, it’s very important that you use a range of structures to make comparisons.  When you compare bar graphs, you can often fall below the 150 word mark because you’re lacking comparisons — kind of like when you do a map.  Here are some examples.

  • More males than females chose basketball over badminton. (more + noun + than)
  • Fewer females than males chose basketball. (fewer + noun + than)
  • The TV was more popular among males than females. (more/less + adjective + than)
  • The most popular form of communication was the internet. (the most/least + adjective)

These are four different variations (more coming on my webinar and in my book) that you can use to improve your writing.  Example, if you’re making between 2-5 comparisons, if you use four of these, that means you’ve used four different ranges in your writing — which is a huge plus.

Technique: You can also compare information by using as ………. as when numbers are very close, by using not as many ………..as. 

 

Task

Make comparative sentences based on the notes above.

Examples: females/males/pick/Facebook – More females than males pick Facebook as their main social network platform. 

a) males/females/choose/the skytrain

b) women/men/select/Facebook

c) the Internet/choose/males/females

d) females/males/pick/the radio

 

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