Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Special – TOEFL Idioms – Part IV

Hello, everyone! Because TOEFL idioms last week was a huge success, I’ve brought it back AGAIN for all of you out there. So, here’s the podcast and chart for you guys, and be sure to tune in next week for more!

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.
Have a bone to pick Have something to argue about. I have a bone to pick with the girl who stole my boyfriend from me.
Jump on the bandwagon To join something that’s popular. I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon and listen to that new band everyone is talking about.
Let’s get this show on the road! Let’s get started! We have everything packed for the road trip, so let’s get this show on the road!
Let the cat out of the bag To tell a secret. The surprise party was ruined when my little brother let the cat out of the bag and told our mom about it.
Lose your marbles To be crazy. (Often said as a joke.) Mrs. Thompson wants all this homework finished tomorrow? She must have lost her marbles!

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Podcasts or Audio Books? Which Are better?

Welcome back to another blog, people! Today I’m tackling a controversial topic. 

When it comes to podcasts, you want to listen to podcasts that bring you the most value.  Was just listening to Pat Flynn about hosting guests on podcasts, and I believe that 98% of podcasts out there in the world don’t value the listeners time. 

If I look at my podcast, that’s why it hasn’t grown in three years.  I kept scratching my head saying, “how come it’s not getting more popular?” This happened shortly after launching my ESL podcast, which toppled charts and insane amounts of attention within the first few months — still growing as I write today.  

It’s because each podcast has a theme and teaches a specific facet of the English language.  I give an eternal preview, give target vocab/grammar, and sum it up at the end with a blog.  My personal development podcasts, however, doesn’t have that.  Often times I talked about my problems in all of 2016 with very little value.  

Now, I’ve been bringing different podcasts on that have themes, interviewees that speak about specific subjects, and I have actionable steps that I put in at the end, as well as assessments.

And what happened? Well, I’ve made more money on my podcasts the last two months than the previous 18 months (when I first turned on monitization). 

Now that we’ve cleared that up, what about audio books? Well, you heard me recommend scribd, but how am I able to juggle both of them?  Well, if you look at the majority of podcasts, a lot of them are recycled.  Gary Vee, who I very seldom listen to anymore, recycles a lot of his videos that I already know about.  I’ve graduated from that. 

Tom Bilyeu, who I believed peaked at the beginning of Impact Theory, has ridiculous ads smack down in the middle of his podcast.  I think that’s the absolute worst marketing strategy.  On top of that, Lewis Howes’ pre-roll agitates me, just as Jim Kwik’s does, so I find myself speeding through the first five minutes to avoid it.  

I’m telling you not from a complaining standpoint, but a listening standpoint. 

HOWEVER, when it comes to audio books, all you have are the respective table of contents at the beginning and that’s IT.  This puts a huge smile on my face, because I know what I’m listening to.  For instance, there’s a book featuring Napoleon Hill interviewing Andrew Carnegie and I’ve gotten more from the first 5 chapters of that audio book than I’ve gotten from any Grant Cardone, Gary Vee or Tom Bilyeu podcast all year!

Books have an insane amount of knowledge, and without them — the majority of these entrepreneurs wouldn’t exist. 

  1. Find an audiobook that you need help with.  

Example, there are specific blogs that are viewed relentlessly on my blog.  Why? The unbelievable amount of value it has.  It was out of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits book.  So, from a marketing standpoint, I wanted to review another Stephen Covey book, not only that, but I needed to learn more about myself and trusting people. 

So, I got the Stephen Covey’s Speed of Trust, and now those blogs are skyrocketing.  

Find an area of your life that you need help with and focus on that area through audio books. 

     2. Podcasts will become a saturated market, so keywording things you want to learn about online and seeing the figures you like might ultimately help you. 

With Gary Vee suggesting to 10 million of his followers to make a podcast, if you’re not branding the hell out of yourself with hashtags at the moment, you’re in trouble.  But if you’re looking for one, I suggest going for audio books first because again, you will learn a hell of a lot more in books.

     3. Don’t research top podcasts; research top books. 

Think and Grow Rich, Laws of Success, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, How to Win and Influence People, these are just a few.  Find the audio form of these, grab a notepad and start writing.  This is exactly what my sidekick does, Luke Burrows. 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS Coaching: Episode 005 – Lexical Recourse & Correcting

Guys, welcome back to another IELTS Coaching podcast and Facebook live.  Last week was a success in terms of doing the joint podcast/live, so I decided to go through with it again this week.  Let’s dive into the good stuff!

Improving your Lexical Resource score

This is a criteria that you will be graded on.  You will score well only if you use a wide range of vocabulary and don’t limit yourself to basic words and phrases.  During the speaking test, try not to use the same words and use synonyms.  I’ve also told my students to use idiomatic expressions if you can.

A student recently asked me, “is it good to use idioms?” YES! The examiner doesn’t care about formality. That’s not “natural” English.

Here are some expressions.

  • Actions speak louder than words.
  • You can’t judge a book by its cover.
  • The best of both worlds.
  • My teacher was a bit of a slave driver.

Checking, correcting and assessing.

  1. Dealing with problems.
  2. Pronunciation and intonation
  3. Running words together (chunking, which I’ll have in my Advanced lesson next year)
  4. Assessing your level.

Always listen carefully to the examiner’s questions to make sure that you answer them fully and appropriately.  Also, some teachers say “don’t ask them to repeat the question,” because then you’ll lose marks, but I don’t think this is entirely true because other examiners who I’ve worked for have said the exact opposite.

Useful phrases for dealing with mistakes or problems in the test.

  • Sorry, I meant to say
  • I’ve never really thought about that before.

Fourth Criterion: Pronunciation

  • Pronouncing individual sounds clearly.
  • Using intonation and stress to help communicate your ideas.
  • ‘Chunking’ (running your words together naturally and clearly, not in a robotic way).

A great way to practice intonation and fluency is simply by copying NES speakers.  Again, I tell my students not to sound like them, but more just to mimic them.  Listen to some recordings or even my podcasts and you’ll understand.

Here are some random examiners comments on the four criteria.

  • Slow speech and frequent hesitation.
  • Discourse markers (well, so, it depends, actually, I think so)
  • Good vocabulary (architectural design, last two decades, cooperative and tolerant).
  • Limited flexibility is demonstrated by lack of range, repetition of certain items.
  • SLow speech interferes with chunking and rhythm and she has a problem with ‘th.’

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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!

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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.

Nouns

Conduct……good conduct

Present…….past, present, and future

Record……broke a record

 

Verbs

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

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 18 – Grammar – Ever, Never, For, Since, Just, Already, Yet

Yes! The big SHABAAM is here! This could be super difficult for a lot of you, but to put this all on one blog will help the majority of you out there who seemingly don’t understand the concept of the words above.  I’m your guardian angel today in showing you the light!

These words are frequently used with the present perfect tense: ever, never, for, since, just, already, yet — so let’s go over the rules and then do some exercises to help you!

  1. We can use ________________ in questions with the present perfect.  It means ‘at any time in your life.”
  2. We use _____________ with the present perfect to talk about very recent activities.
  3. We use _____________ with the present perfect to say that something has happened, possibly earlier than we thought.
  4. We can use _________________ to make negative sentences in the present perfect.  It means ‘at no time in your life.’
  5. We use ______________ and _______________ with the present perfect to talk about things that started in the past and continue in the present.  We use _________ with periods of time, and ____________ with specific moments in time.
  6. We use _________ with the present perfect to say that something has not happened, but we think it is going to happen soon.  We use it in negative sentences and questions.

Answers

  1. ever
  2. just
  3. already
  4. never
  5. for and since: for, since
  6. yet

 

Task

Complete these sentences with the present perfect form of the verbs. 

already/visit, ever/live, have/for, just/buy, love/since, never/travel, not sell/yet

  1. They haven’t sold their car yet. 
  2. I _______________ to Mongolia before, but I would love to.
  3. I ____________________ Vietnam.  I went there for a holiday 2 years ago.
  4. We ______________ this particular home ______________ ten years.
  5. Hey, I ____________________ dinner, so you don’t have to worry about making anything.
  6. I _____________ this country _______________ the day I first visited back in 2012.

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Special Blog: Arsenio’s Entrepreneurial Journey from 2016-Now

Ok, you guys wanted it, and here it is.

At the beginning of 2016, I started a podcast.  Keep in mind that my followers on Twitter were LOSER sex tourists and my online persona, up to that point, was not very good.  I constantly focused on the negative and the victimization of being a “black” teacher in Thailand.

Then came the man — also known as Napoleon Hill.  Who’s Napoleon Hill? Well, you’ll have to google him, but this man ended up teaching me everything that I either had lost, or was completely unaware of.  Those books became my podcasts in the beginning and that ended up pushing away the majority of those “losers” who followed me online.

Then came the Jack Canfield book, most notably — Principle #5: Believe In Yourself.  While reading this just before my trip to Vietnam, I was reduced to tears.  At that moment, there was a shift in my entire biochemistry, indicating that this victimhood no longer serves you.  Getting rid of it didn’t happen overnight, but this was the beginning.

Lisa Nichols’ Abundance now came next, along with a few others, including Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Work Week and a couple of others.  This was the beginning of the new me.

In 2017, I began to rebel.  Hell, it started a couple months before.  My work, which wasn’t suitable for me anymore, wasn’t fair in terms of work allocation.  Some teachers got more work based on pre-conceived notions that they were better than other teachers.  So, I told myself, even in early 2016, that I would start working outside to gain more notoriety and build a brand that I didn’t know I was building at the time.  One after another, projects after projects, and “NO! I DON’T WANT YOUR CLASS IN THE MORNING!” — after another.  This probably was my downfall at the company because I constantly denied work from them, leading to my ultimate plunge and being the “last in line” and the “dark little brother,” however, this was the beginning of my new life.

In October of 2017, I got removed from teaching at Toshiba in Pathumthani, citing me for the most outrageous comments imaginable that were completely untrue and irrelevant to my moving.  Somebody had a bone to pick, and with two other white teachers, one having an insane amount of complaints, I was the odd one out (in a very unprofessional way).  That following weekend, it was the comment “if you want to continue working here we need to have a meeting” that sent shivers of disgust, threats, and “Arsenio, it’s time to get the hell out of here” down my back.  That moment, I made up in my mind that I was too good for these folks.

No one knew, but after learning that I had moved to the other side of town, they knew what was happening.  I cancelled, didn’t want class, and want to be away from that place as much as possible because it gave me chest pains — literally.

At the same time, I was grinding and trying to find work.  There were people saying “oh, this company decided this teacher over you because you’re white” and other deplorable comments. I knew I would scrape the bottom-of-the-barrel in regards to finding suitable language centers, but i kept at it.

Then March came.  Job offers came over the next two months along with entrepreneurs, a content writer, and hundreds of other things.

At the beginning of the year, I made goals list.  I made goals list for each category of my wheel of life, pin-pointing things that I wanted to do and how I wanted to grow.  To this date, I’ve not only achieved those marks, but I think in some categories, like the social circle and personal development, I’m two years ahead.

I have a content writer, social circle consisting of graphic designers, mentors, marketing execs and coaches, double podcasts website that’s sky-rocketing, YouTube that’s climbing, messages and comments saying thank you.

In all of that, do you think this could’ve happened if I didn’t leave that old place of work? No way.  I needed to leave there to create flow of goodness and change in my life.

See, the majority of the time, you guys get stuffed up in the now and personal wants.  You’re control by the mainstream media, dying relationships, loser friends, terrible jobs.  However, if you can just come to the awareness that if you let these things go, you will attract to you everything in life that you need to take you to the next level.

That’s a promise.

Upon the magnificent New Years, I’m literally positioning myself as the top ESL podcaster on the planet.  I’m owning hashtags on Instagram.  I’m teaching people all over the world and people want my services.  See how that works? And this all came because I dumped an employer in F.E.A.R of not getting a new job.

Face FEAR.

The Pat Flynn Podcast that Changed My Business

Be Small!

Wow, here I am commuting from one side of town to the other, and in the back of the taxi, on a dreary day in Bangkok, Thailand, I said to myself: “it’s time to listen to Pat Flynn.”

Pat Flynn, an entrepreneur most of you probably don’t know about, has an unbelievable and fiery podcast.  The last couple times I’ve listened to his podcast I couldn’t believe the gold he was spewing.  Here’s the one that could perhaps change your business FOREVER.

The reason why I’m making this blog and podcast is because examples are needed when deviating and going through a forest, which could have a lot of problems. Let’s break this down.

Go Niche/Find Your Specialty

He talked about going into a shoe store that had a variety of different shoes.  Let’s take this an example.  You go into a store that doesn’t specialize in what you’re looking for, “running shoes.”  You want to go to a store that has specialists that know a lot about running shoes, right? Not a specialist that knows about basketball shoes only.

It’s like a dentist.  If there’s a problem with your molars and you have horizontal impaction (basically your third molar being completely under your gums and heading in a perpendicular direction), you’re going to want to have an oral surgeon extract that tooth, rather than a general dentist, right?

This is what he’s talking about.

Become The Go-To Person in Your Space

Can you become the next go-to person in personal development? Probably not.  That’s what Pat Flynn says.  However, I beg to differ.  Tony Robbins is a guy that only associates himself with upper/rich people.  He doesn’t spend his days going through social media and talking to the average Joe.  This is how YOU WIN!  I’m telling you this because every YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter comment is for you to respond to and create a personal bond with that individual.  Also, to talk to Tony Robbins, you would have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars.

There are other ways of going smaller.  It’s like being a “definite purpose” coach.  A coach that defines and help people with going after their definite-chief aim.

Being a meditation coach.  Yes, Marisa Peer and others are probably up there, but do they talk to the average person? Do they have personal relationships with their followers online? How about MindValley Academy? Does Vishen respond to comments and stuff? Absolutely not. This is YOUR ADVANTAGE!

1st Advantage – Coming in Late

That’s right.  Sure, Rachel English, who’s technically my competitor, came in years ago.  Most literal thinkers would say, “it’s too late!”  Actually, no.  It’s not.

If we look at Vantanika, for example.  She’s been in the fashion industry here in Thailand for 6 years and she’s a Thai billionaire because she graduated from university in London.  Please, get it out of your head….IT’S NEVER TOO LATE.

I can create a map of things that exist.  

Create an excel sheet: Four columns: places

Places – Where your target market exists.

In personal development, it’s sporadic.  However, by looking at the majority of my students on YouTube, Instagram, podcast and Facebook, it comes down to Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, France, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, Ireland and Turkey.

Pretty broad, I know.  But this is where my attention is at the moment.

People – influencers and trust of audience.

I went on Instagram and checked Rachel English and a few others.  There’s one influencer, who lives in California, but she’s not consistent with pumping out contact.  Moreover, she talks about slang, which is fine, but that’s a very sub-sub-sub niche market.

There was another girl that included gender and human rights in her posts, which isn’t really good because that could ultimately take out some of her business.

Rachel doesn’t have an Instagram, which is unbelievably SHOCKING, considering that she has 1 million YouTubers.  This is where I can “own a hashtag” because the amount of tags I put on Instagram everyday.

Products – What are you competitors putting out?

IELTS, a test given to non-NES speakers, has the British Council.  Yes, it’s super famous.  Yeah, there are IELTS examiners all around BKK and even on all social media platforms, but is it personal? The problem with big corporations is just that…they’re big corporations.  They don’t have ANY personal bonds or relationships with commenters and students in general.  If someone ask about a tip for the IELTS exam, no one would respond.

Another IELTS website sells a lot of courses, but there aren’t any faces there? You don’t see a face ANYWHERE in terms of learning and who created the courses.  Massive disadvantage, but now I understand what they’re selling and how they’re selling it.

Position in the space – under-serving?

When I first created my ESL podcast, I realized that with Gary Vee’s book Crushing it, I’ll be able create seasons on my podcast and make content that keeps bringing my students back.  There isn’t a soul in the podcast realm who are teaching season by season at the moment.  Also, English learning on podcasts wasn’t famous 5 years ago, or even three years ago.  Asia and South America are being introduced to podcasts today, and because that’s happening, it’s a massive advantage.  Why? Well, would you listen to a podcast that was uploaded yesterday or 5 years ago?  Would you ask someone a question about a podcast 5 years ago, or one that was uploaded one week ago? Grammar, Pronunciation, Speaking Skills, Developing Confidence, Critical Thinking, Freewriting….no one is this dynamic in my field.

2nd Advantage – Better Connection

Connect with a higher percentage.  Reply to tweets, Instagram messages, emails, etc.

Pat Flynn’s Study Guide in the podcast down below.

This is when you can get the upper-hand on your competitors pretty quickly.

 

 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 6 – Pronunciation – Ignoring The Consonant in Speech

Yes! A lot of my students have asked this question, so here it is, along with some sentences for you to repeat out loud.  This exercise will enable you to take out the unnecessary, second-to-last consonant, which is impossible to say. Let’s go over it.

/kt + s/ = / ks/

Fact = facs – Not Facts

Facts of life = facs of life

Act = acs

Acts appropriately = acs appropriately

direct = direcs – Not Directs

Direcs this project

 

/pt = s/ = /ps/

Adapt = adaps – Not Adapts

Adaps to the changes

Concept = conceps – Not Concepts

Conceps in math

Accept/Acceps – Not Accepts

Acceps responsibility

 

/nd + z/ = /nz/

Sends = Sens – Not Sends

Sens a signal

Lend = Lens – Not Lends

Lens a hand

Friend = friens – Not Friends

Friens and family

 

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Questions & Answers With Celina Celeste: Putting In The Work!

Guys, unbelievably happy and grateful for bringing a massive ball of energy back onto my podcast.  Celina, who’s been on my podcast before, makes way on again to talk about putting in the work in what was a very free-flowing podcast.  Enjoy!

Get in touch with Celina Celeste

– Q&A with Celina Celeste about Putting in The Work.

 

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Things we discussed:

  • Introduction by Arsenio Buck.
  • Number one problem with ‘work’.
  • Execute and keep working.
  • Feel guilty without doing any work.
  • Our stories on life.
  • Commitment is important.
  • Talking about instant gratification. Putting the work doesn’t guarantee swift success.
  • Building for reasons.
  • The Compound Effect.
  • Nurturing is the key.
  • Don’t worry about anything and have a go.
  • How to start taking steps.
  • Commitment is the key.
  • Build a firm foundation and drive.
  • Make a mindset shift.
  • Learn from failure.
  • Need a system and be consistent.
  • How to do a side hustle?
  • Meditating, studying successful people, executing your plans and goals.
  • Be consistent with your dreams.
  • Clarity is important.
  • Lifestyle is key.
  • A growth mindset can be addicted.
  • Audit your friends.
  • Surround yourself with winners.
  • Positive people who support and compliment you.
  • Being happy doesn’t means being reliant to somebody.
  • Getting extra ahead is important.
  • Sharing about hate and forgiveness.
  • Don’t seek outside for fulfilment because it begins from internally. Learn how to cultivate positively, happiness and momentum internally.

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