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

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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

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Marwa of Egypt!

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I’ve been wanting to get someone on from Egypt, and I finally have!  Introducing Marwa, someone who speaks three languages (two of the most difficult in the world) as she talks about wondrous Egypt, things to do, places to go, climate, and a few other things.  She was inspired to learn English by the TV. series — “Friends.” Podcast down below!

 

Things we discussed:

  • Introduction.
  • Guest speaker and learning German.
  • Reasons for why she enjoyed learning German.
  • Talked about learning the Arabic language.
  • Differences in Arabic dialect in Egypt, Tunisian, Moroccan and standard arabic.
  • How she developed her English.
  • American TV series.
  • How she developed her American accent.
  • Egypt in general.
  • How to travel in Egypt?
  • Weather in Egypt.
  • Egyptian sandstorms.
  • Shared her thoughts on English learning and English communication in Egypt compared to native speakers.

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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.

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

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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.

Passage

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.

1.

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.

2.

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.

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

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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 – The Debut & What to Expect

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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: Season 2 – Final Episode – Grammar – Future Forms

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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

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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

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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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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS – Writing Task II – Free-writing a Task

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Welcome back, everyone! Let’s check out this Writing Task II I have.

To some people, studying the past is the best way to help young people function well in the modern world.  To what extent do you agree or disagree? What other measures could be effective in helping young people to function well in the modern world?

Now, there are so many ways you can develop an argument from this (depending on what side you choose), but your goal is to do some free-writing for 10-15 minutes on the topic.  It’s far better getting your ideas on paper rather than just having them in your head.

So, here’s my free-writing.

Studying the past isn’t going to necessarily help the modern world.  If we look at our past mistakes, which were made on an grand scale starting with WWI, to the end of of the Vietnam war, we can see how great life truly is.  The world is in a remarkably better state compared to the past. Also, if we look at the education system of the past, it’s completely shambolic.  Sure, sitting in rows with students in a classroom and being told to raise your hand may still work, but it doesn’t create leaders which our society so desperately needs.  Functioning, in the real world, will consist of implementing personal development curriculum in all university syllabi.  Learning about critical thinking, saving money, leadership, defining a definite chief aim, and most importantly, doing more than what you’re paid to do, is the true definition of success.

Here’s a run up of what I kind of talked about, so be sure to tune into the podcast for more!

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 53 – Pronunciation Skill – Consonant Sounds

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Consonant sounds can be very confusing.  Sometimes the ‘G’ sounds like ‘J,’ So, let’s go over some of these symbols, key words, and a few other things so you guys have more of an understanding.

Grow – /g/ as in go      General – /jen/ as in job     Beige = /jen/ as in measure

Words that sound like shock.

Share      Ratio      Social      Assure

 

Write the symbols used in your online dictionary in the lines down below.

                                                                                                     Symbol                            Key Word

  1. Zero, lose, close (verb), razor                                             /z/                                       zoo
  2. Show, initiate, pressure, special
  3. Check, furniture, nature, situation
  4. Division, usually (yo͞oZH(o͞o)əl/) , Asia, beige
  5. Joke, graduate, agent, schedule

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