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

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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.




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





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:



From: Kelvin Adams (

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.


Kelvin Adams



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

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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



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.




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




  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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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 7 – Grammar – Gerunds and Infinitives Part III (Intermediate)

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Arsenio's ESL Podcast: Season 3 - Episode 7 - Grammar - Gerunds and Infinitives Part III (Intermediate)

I’m bringing to you some more difficult gerunds and infinitives! The revision is never enough until mastery comes.  Here we go with some more rules and a difficult passage for you all to do.

Gerund Rules

  • As the subject/object of a sentence.
  • With go to talk about physical activities.
  • After prepositions.
  • After verbs of liking or disliking (except when the verb goes with would, would like, would prefer)
  • After certain verbs like admit, avoid, consider, involve, risk, suggest


Infinitive Rules

  • To explain why somebody does something.
  • Immediately after adjectives.
  • After too, enough, the first, the last
  • After certain verbs like agree, appear, arrange, ask, decide, expect, forget, help, learn, manage, need, promise, try, want.


It’s amazing thinking/to think how much T.V. we watch everyday at home.  The problem is that watching/to watch TV can quickly become boring, repetitive, and lead to insanity.  It’s important using/to use a variety of different tools, resources and other things keeping/to keep your brain ageless.  What do I mean by that? For instance, instead of watching/to watch TV, here are some other things that might work for you.


Leaving/To leave your home and disrupting your body’s biochemistry would work.  Research indicates that doing/to do the same thing over and over will become a habit, which is extremely difficult to undo.  Another idea would be getting/to get a book that will help you with what you’re trying achieving/to achieve in life, like personal development books.


Another thing technique is commuting/to commute time.  Almost ten percent of our lives are spent/spending commuting in the mornings and evenings after work.  Helping/To help with that downtime, put on a podcast so increase your English learning capabilities, such as tuning/to tune into Arsenio’s ESL Podcast. Another thing you can do is join groups online that will help you with your personal goals.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 55 – Grammar – Simple Past Tense Questions

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Arsenio's ESL Podcast: Season 2 - Episode 55 - Grammar - Simple Past Tense Questions

I thought I would substitute vocabulary this week with some more simple past tense questions.  Because I have a lot of new followers, I want to make sure you get all the necessities before proceeding.  Here’s a nice little run down of how you can ask questions to friends and teachers in the simple past.

Simple Past Tense Questions

There are different ways you can ask questions in the past. 

Use simple past tense questions to ask about….

  1. A specific, completed past action: Where were you (last night)?
  2. A series of completed past actions: Did you finish your homework before you watched TV?
  3. Past actions over a period of time: Who cleaned the kitchen?
  4. Habit or repeated past actions: How did you get to school?


Forms                                                        Example

Was/were + subject                                                     Were you at home last night?

Why + was / were + subject                                  Where was he yesterday afternoon?

Did + subject + base form                                          Did they come to your house?

Wh- + did + subject + bas form                                    When did the bus arrive?

Who / What + past participle                                         What happened to you?


Change these statements into yes / no questions.

  1. Steven volunteered at the animal shelter.
  2. Helen donated books to charity.
  3. Surapong worked with blind adults during her externship.
  4. Arsenio wrote a book about his life in Thailand.
  5. Arsenio lived in Australia for a year.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 54 – Grammar – Expressing & Asking about Ability

Since I’ve gone over reported questions and you now understand how can/could is used, it’s time to us them.  We can express and ask about ability by using these, in addition to be able to.

Form                                                                  Example

Present Ability                         

subject + can + base form                                                They can survive  in cold weather.

subject + cannot + base form                                       They cannot survive in cold weather.

subject + is/are + able to + base form                           The professor is able to see me today.

subject + is not / are not + able to + base form      The professor is not able to see me today.


Wh – questions

Wh + can + subject + base form                    What can you remember from the talk?

Wh + is/are + subject + base form               What are you able to recall about that day?


Yes/no questions

Can + subject + base form                                  Can you remember the teachers’ names?

Is/Are + subject + able to + base form               Are you able to remember the details?


Change these statements into the negative.

  1. I can speak Spanish.
  2. That person is able to walk without crutches.
  3. Sheryl can recall all the details from the movie.
  4. Sharks are able to live deep in the ocean.
  5. She can memorize the long story from yesterday perfectly.
  6. I am able to recall all the major news events.

Make one yes/no question and one wh- question for the affirmative statements.  Post them on my Facebook page.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Grammar & Vocabulary Tips

Welcome to my first TOEIC podcast.  I’ve made one before, but because of the low plays I had, I decided to forgo with anymore.  However, today is the day I introduce it again and add a YouTube video to adjoin them together.


Grammar Tip


So, today I want to talk about some verbs that don’t change forms, regardless if they’re in present, past, present/past perfect, or anything else.

Cost, cut, fit, hit, put, set, shut.


They always put the teacups next to the teapot.

First they washed the teapot, then they put it on the table.

The teapot has been put on the table next to the teacups.


Vocabulary Tip

Meanings of check.

So, the word “check” has many uses.  You can use it as a noun, verb, or even a phrasal verb.


check is how we would write out money a decade ago.

bill in a restaurant.



To examine

To review (for accuracy)

To hand over baggage for transportation

To slow or stop


Phrasal Verbs

Check in

Check out

Check into



Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 48 – Grammar – Reported Speech

Reported speech is all about repeating what someone said, but going a tense back. 

Direct speech statements.

  1. Antwone fisher is my favorite drama movie.
  2. I hope children of all ages will love the new book.
  3. I think I’ve just swum the length of the Nile river.
  4. I feel quite tired.

Reported speech statements.

  1. Arsenio Buck said Antwone Fisher was his favorite drama movie.
  2. He told us he hoped children of all ages would love the new book.
  3. He said that he thought he had just swum the length of the Nile River.
  4. He told the interviewer that he felt quite tired.


Rules: verbs go back a tense when you use reported speech.

Direct Speech                              Reported Speech

Present simple                                  Past simple

present continuous                      Past continuous

past simple                                        Past perfect

present perfect                                 Past perfect

will                                                          Would

can                                                           Could

may                                                          Might

must/have to                                     Must/had to


Complete the sentences with said or told.

  1. He __________ he sometimes wore bandanas.
  2. He __________ me he had come to Thailand from Ethiopia.
  3. He __________ us that he could jump over the wall.
  4. He __________ that he was working as a journalist.
  5. He __________ us he didn’t like Som Tum.
  6. He __________ that he didn’t know how to get to the supermarket.





Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 46 – Grammar – Gerund & Infinitives Part II

I’m bringing back more gerund and infinitive work, and with that will be a lot of exercises to discover yourself: personality, romance, ideal jobs, advice, etc.  Enjoy the exercise down below!


  1. When I go shopping, I don’t buy anything.
  2. I love giving presents.
  3. Understanding other people’s opinions isn’t easy.
  4. I find it easy to talk about how I feel.
  5. I learn by watching.
  6. Nobody wanted to make the decision.

7. A: Why did you shout at the waitress?

B: To tell her that our food is cold.

We use the gerund:

  • with go to talk about physical activities.
  • as the subject of a sentence.
  • after verbs of liking or disliking
  • after prepositions

We use the infinitive: 

  • after certain verbs like want.
  • immediately after adjectives.
  • to explain why somebody does something.

Exercise – complete the texts with the gerund or infinitive form of the verbs with to.

You’re warm and caring and you think it’s easy _______________(make) friends.  You do many things ______________(make) your friends’ lives better.  But ____________(be) helpful can sometimes get you into trouble because you want _________(know) what problems people are having.

You never want ______________ (argue) about anything.  You’re calm and open-minded.  You enjoy ____________(listen) to other people and you think it’s important ____________(hear) different opinions.  But __________________(do) what other people want all the time can be tiring.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 45 – Vocabulary – Noun Suffixes -ness, -ship, -dom

There’s always time and room for understanding suffixes.  These suffixes are used to describe a person’s state of “feeling.”

Which suffix, -ness, -ship, or -dom, can we add to the words down below?

Words: bored, free, friend, happy, ill, king, leader, lonely, mad, relation, sad, weak.

Answers in the podcast.

Complete the sentences using the noun form of the appropriate words above.


  1. That’s a crazy idea.  It’s ______________!
  2. ___________ is being able to control and lead a group of people.
  3. To be the other team we need to find their _____________.  There has to be something that they’re not good at.
  4. He loves the ______________ of being able to do what he likes, when he likes.
  5. What’s the _____________ between you guys? Are you guys boyfriend and girlfriend?
  6. The flu is a very common ____________.
  7. As the saying goes, money can’t buy you _______________.
  8. I think television is popular because of the _____________ that people feel when they have nothing to do.



Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 41 – Vocabulary – Compound Adjectives

Compound adjectives are made by joining two words.  Some words are connected with a hyphen (just as I stated in my episode of compound nouns), some words are not.  In this case, and when describing qualities of individuals, you will use a hyphen.  Let’s break some of these down.

Podcast spoiler – Listen to my podcast to hear the answers of 1-9.  I encourage everyone to at least answer them and then listen.

Complete the compound adjectives in the definitions with the following words: under, easy, full, good, part, right/left, well

  1. When you work 4 of the required 8 hours. __________ -time
  2. Relaxed/calm personality. __________-going
  3. When you don’t get much money in your job. _________-paid
  4. When you work 8 hours a day. ___________-time
  5. When you get paid a decent amount of money. _________-paid
  6. I’m a _________-handed teacher.
  7. Women would call attractive men ___________-looking.
  8. A famous person is also ___________-known.
  9. Rich. ___________-off