When preparing questions for a Q&A session, consider asking questions from different angles.

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Who…..? What……? Where….? When…? How…?

Elicit Justifications

  • Why do you think…..?
  • Why should…..?

Ask for illustration of points made

  • Can you give an example of that?
  • What evidence is there for…..?

Explore time frames

  • What do you see happening next year?
  • What has been the biggest lesson learned so far?
  • When did this trend begin?

Avoid loaded questions and question that may be perceived as hostile. Make sure you interactions actually includes a question the speaker can answer. When you ask a question, consider your tone of voice, body language, and facial expression to ensure effective, open communication.

Read and listen to the way the questions were asked from listening.

  1. Identify the potential problems with each one of the vocabulary terms in the box down below.
hostile           loaded             no question
  1. ……but anyway, what can we actually change? Do we have any concrete ideas?
  2. ….but isn’t the technology a little bit clumsy?
  3. …..if I may ask a question. Sorry, Rashid,…..what you’re saying is really worrying me. I don’t see how we can be giving presentations about our campaigns online! It just isn’t feasible, at all. I hear what you’re saying, but I can’t see how it will actually work in practice.
  4. I’m completely lost for words. How can we do our work on a tablet?

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 109 – Developing Writing – A Report (Patreon Special)

We’re back with some more developing writing! Now, because this is a report, this will be separated into two: regular version and patreon special version. For those of you on my Patreon silver badge, you will see how to write a report, vocabulary, and the complete form.

In this regular version, there will be speaking questions, as well as me describing the report between advertising and teenagers in a respective country.

In addition to that, a little determiner and quantifier section as an additional task. Here we go!


  1. Do you think that advertising generally has a positive or a negative effect on society? Why?
  2. Do you think young people are more at risk from advertising? Why/why not?
  3. Do you think there is too much or not enough control on advertising? Why?

Read this task. Decide what title you could give to each section of the report.

A large multinational company is interested in knowing how young people feel about advertising in your country. Please help us by writing a report which should….

  • outline what media are most commonly used for advertising to young people
  • describe the main positive and negative aspects of advertising in your country
  • suggest what could be done to improve the approach to advertising in your country

The purpose of this report is to outline the most common media used for advertising to teenagers in my country and detail the major positive and negative aspects of advertising. I will also suggest ways to improving advertising here.

Advertising aimed at teenagers has traditionally been in the form of TV commercials. Nowadays, a considerable number of teenagers watch TV online, mobile devices, or pre-recorded on digital video recorders, which means that they can avoid seeing commercials. Consequently, it will come as no surprise that many companies are changing their strategy and now place their products directly in TV programmes or in video games.

Social marketing is common. Most teenagers if not all, use social media and advertisements appear on those sites, although in reality few pay attention to them. At the same time, mobile phone advertising is increasing.

While many teenagers have become resistant to advertising, some adverts still grab our attention by being funny or original. Advertisements which provide information, or which show us products that we are genuinely interested in, are considered useful. However, a major criticism of adverts is that they produce unreal expectations in young people. Every advertisement shows a slim and attractive person. Moreover, each of the situations they appear in suggests that the way you look is important. This leads to teengagers to become obssessed with their weight or appearance.

To avoid the negative impact of advertising on teenagers, I strongly recommend that advertisers include more normal, everyday teenagers in their ads. This would help stop teenagers trying to achieve an unnatural perfection, something which can easily lead to depression.

Gateway B2+

Determiners & Quantifiers

Read sentences a-h and decide if statements 1-7 are True or False

a Every actor is always slim and beautiful.

b Each of the situations shown gives the impression that appearance is everything.

c A considerable number of teenagers watch two or more hours on TV a day.

d That will come as no surprise.

e Most adverts grab our attention by being funny.

f Not all of the ads are good.

g None show normaly teenagers.

h None of the sactors look like you or me.

  1. Every and each are used with singular, countable nouns.
  2. Each of and every one of go with plural countable nouns.
  3. A number of goes with singular countable nouns.
  4. No can go with uncountable, singular countable or plural countable nouns.
  5. All, all of, most, most of can go with uncountable, singular countable or plural countable nouns.
  6. None is a pronoun and so does not go with a noun.
  7. None of can go with uncountable or plural countable nouns.



Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Presentation Skills – My Presentation at BIDC!

Here’s my presentation at BIDC Festival in Bangkok! Now, I wasn’t able to get the full audio, so it might be just 3 minutes in and cut off after 47 minutes. I apologize, but the content is here. I did a rough transcript of it, but there’s a lot of questionable vocabulary, so if you’re going to read the transcript, make sure you listen at the same time.


Speaker 1: (00:01)
Um, but throughout this time I turned to personal development because personal development, it allowed me to start developing in specific areas, specific skill sets that would propel me forward and that I would become a valuable asset. Not just a teacher, but a trainer, a coach, a mentor, a speaker, and this is what’s so fascinating because I had no idea I had a skillset in terms of speaking until I created a podcast. It’s like you wonderful individuals who just received that, your awards, The v R now when you were 10 years old, mom, Mommy and daddy did not say you’re going to be excellent in VR or anyone in the academic curriculum. Yeah, go for virtual reality. Augmented reality. No, whoa. There we go. Okay. A and so if it’s, let’s just say you,

Speaker 2: (01:06)
hence the managers. I fell on six disconnected

Speaker 1: (01:09)
and with this skillset and could breed you and amends meaning a great amount of opportunity. That’s what happened to me. Yeah. In 2016 I started a personal development podcast because I wanted to learn more about myself, my subconscious mind, my conscious mind. How is everything being created, my environment, that habit of saving a leader, Shit, self-control, uh, I guess the art of failure, right? Initiative, um, that habit of doing more than what you are paying for. All of these things enabled me to get listeners, listeners do name. And I said, you know what? This is very interesting. I have no idea what a hot cast was. It was a gentleman who was of course, a colleague of mine who turned around one day and said, excuse me, our CTO. And I said, yes. He said, you are not utilizing all your skills, so what do you mean by that?

Speaker 1: (02:14)
He say, you have a voice. And I said, I do. I said, yes, I do have a voice. But he said, you need to make a podcast. So what is a podcast? He told me and I said, what am I going to speak about? He said, don’t worry, you’ll figure it out. And so I went home that I don’t like, what am I supposed to talk about? What is my message to the world, right? Who do I want to influence and what type of impact do I want to have? So then I created a podcast and people started listening to me first in California, in Virginia. So the first five plays, I was like, oh my God, dude, listen to me. What’s happening? I was excited because now my voice is being heard. After that, I started bringing people on from different sectors. It could be the gaming sectors, it could be a, let’s say, sociologist, entrepreneurs from different walks of life startups.

Speaker 1: (03:16)
I started interviewing them on my podcast. They last year. I said, well, my youtube is very good. People are learning through my youth too. I said, maybe I should start an English language podcast. So I did. Ooh, just like that. Brazil, Taiwan, China, parts of Africa, South Homie, and he paid all of these countries I didn’t even know existed. They started listening to me and I got even more excited. I said, maybe I’ve developed initial market and this, this market. I started learning more. Now, first and foremost, does anyone know who Gary B is? Gary B. Raise your hand, Gary. Meeting Gary B. No one. Oh my God. Okay. So whew. Now Gary thing, don’t worry. Don’t worry. It’s okay guys. But Gary v I bought his book and his book taught me how to use hashtags. Okay, so hashtags on Instagram. So let’s put it this way. I’m talking about uh, let’s say pronunciation.

Speaker 1: (04:21)
I get 29 hashtags related to pronunciation in English learning. I put it on my post on Instagram and then I started attracting to me first a Japanese population. So people would message me from Gildo when, uh, you don’t see mine, right? And I’m like, oh my God, this is exciting. And so I continue using hashtags, whether it was for coaching, whether it was for English, and everything began multiplying. I started building brand loyalty. So I started to create, let’s just say different banners, different logos. I wanted to become the talk. I wanted to have that top podcast. After that, they take you Denny. And that a lot of people asked me to just, I don’t know about my pronunciation. I want to speak better. I said, okay, I’m going to help you right now. And so I created a pronunciation course and I’m still creating courses on Udemy, ebooks, which is part of e-learning, Patrion all of these things which I’m going to get into today.

Speaker 1: (05:35)
I started to create because I developed a niche market. What’s the niche market? Well, let’s just say learning, not English, not learning just English, but learning about life through a language. And this is why people became very, very, uh, interested because they said, you’re not an ordinary teacher. And I mean, what do you mean by that? He said, you’re crazy. And I’m like, yeah, okay, I’m Puerto Rican, I’m American. Yeah, I’m a little crazy, but I love it because of passion comes out of me with what I do. So when it comes to the e learning, and when it comes to AI, these are specific areas that I’m going to talk about today. Okay? So when it comes down to first we need to understand the facts and the four phases that I will be speaking about today. A is going be

Speaker 3: (06:29)
very good. As a matter of fact, I did Q and a last night with you app developers. One was the tennis coach, you’ve developed

Speaker 1: (06:40)
nap and another one is a specific individual who wants to talk about time. Tie History in the app was very, very impressive also. So Q and A’s are very, very good. Do not be shy about asking me specific questions. Okay? Cause we’re going to Taco talk a lot about just about everything. All right? So we’re going to talk about facts, ways, piggy learn, okay. And then we’re going to talk about super days and

Speaker 3: (07:12)
for this early night, this is going to be good for everyone. Whether you are a developer or whether you are someone who’s [inaudible]. All right? Talk a little bit about this and planning and then we’ll go from there. So first and foremost, we need to first talk about what is happening. You’ve heard probably, uh, eight hours ago by a hundred universities in America have closed down. The debt is actually really, really, people are understanding that

Speaker 1: (07:54)
a bachelor’s degree. What will that give me? What will a bachelor’s degree get me now in America? Not much.

Speaker 3: (08:03)
So now people need to get on there. So what will a math degree get you America after that? A doctorate degree. Well, we’ll let dr degree if he in America,

Speaker 1: (08:22)
a lawyer, the specific, the area specific, um, what is it majors that we need at the hospitals? Airline. I understand that, but it’s also about acquiring specific skill sets. So if I go see university and I get a degree in business administration, okay, so what jobs, what job can I get with business administration? No, I’m going to be probably 100,000 US dollars in debt. And you know how long that’s going to take me to pay off with my 20,000 US dollars up. What is it like a year salary? It’s going to take too long. This is what the American, I wouldn’t say American society, but society is built off in general. It’s built off. Hey, let’s try and get as many people and say, hey, don’t worry. You can pay us back later. Interest gets wrapped up. You have no way of paying that, pay him back, and then the debt.

Speaker 1: (09:22)
You’re going to have it for the rest of your life. Well, everyone understands what’s happening now and with e-learning back in 2015 $100 billion industry in one year, e-learning, what does that mean? Now for people who think literally, I’m going to help you, this doesn’t mean, oh, that’s a lot of money. No. What does it mean opportunity for everyone? If you’re an app developer, what are some ways that you can begin to expand your niche? Expand your brand online with your learning platforms right now in 2019 it’s probably at a $400 billion machine right now, so linkedin learning that came out. I’m going to show you a couple of other logos and whatnot, but the opportunity is vast right now for everyone. Now for some of you learners right now in university, this is the best time for you because this is the time where you’re basically stepping into, let’s just say the fourth, what is it that a massive digital revolution, right?

Speaker 1: (10:42)
Whereas we have the power as individuals to create our own company. So at first started with prince EA. If you guys don’t know who Chris ea is, he’s the guy that made the video. It went viral, right? What? Like 30 million views? 100 million, I don’t know. But he talked about why is it that we went from Henry Ford? Okay, that first car that he made compared to a Lamborghini today, what’s the difference? The Boeing seven 47 which has a very bad crash safety rating, whatever compared to the Airbus 83 80 what’s the difference? Technology has changed. However, in the classroom, if you look at pictures of Harvard from 150 years ago to pictures, and I saw the column of today, it’s the same. And what about the curriculum? The same English, the English possibly has changed a little bit, but it’s still the same idea. And so we began questioning and I began questioning what is my purpose as a trainer, as a person of influence, as a person that wants to give as much as he possibly can to every one.

Speaker 1: (12:07)
So leave a lasting impact. It’s to learn more because the more you learn, the more you earn. And a lot of people don’t understand that a lot of employees, they are employees because that’s all they know. They’re told to wake up in the morning, but their shoes on. Go to a bar for eight hours, come home, go to sleep, repeat until the age of 60 65 70 Americans, sometimes 80 until you leave the body and domain and go onto the next, wherever there is that it should, I’m sorry. That’s just not a way to live for me now, if that is what your purpose is, fine by all means, but all I’m asking you guys to do right now, both ladies and gentlemen, is to understand and to start asking questions about a lot of different things. I know the younger students, especially in my view, a lot of them are on there. Of course, their phones, their iPads, and the older generations, they’re quick to say they’re always on technology. Technology, so bad. And this, no, they’re adapting to a rapidly changing world. This is not the 1980s anymore. I know you used to love and go out there running the dirt and playing the heart. But now, yeah,

Speaker 3: (13:31)
and you do not have that eight [inaudible] university [inaudible] closing this. These are all why? Because they’re not putting everything online. And when they come to the learning [inaudible] for me and a trainer or hoses, someone who that bottom line, I need to understand what the market is already paid on, what the market is. So what I find that you know, you hear about average, maybe a paper figure out that you’re leading right now, right? If you say, okay, if I’m a teacher, if I’m an app developer happening right now, that game. Now let me give you an example. [inaudible] [inaudible] what happened? Does anyone know a fortnight or not? Great. Yeah, I know I don’t really? Yeah. Yeah. Fortnight. What happened? They took that old world, Huh? With 49 year old boy and [inaudible]. You know what? Mommy and daddy don’t play video games. I’ll be like, [inaudible], [inaudible], [inaudible] [inaudible] what did that mean for your doing? How are you Betty did this and that. And you know what he did ended up being in the bull crap

Speaker 1: (15:24)
that e-sports e learning is opportunity. And so now the older generations, they’re getting even angrier cause they’re like, well, we didn’t play video games 30 years ago. What that was 30 years ago on, sorry, I’m 31 okay. It’s the, it’s the past and you have to be able to adapt. If you don’t adapt, you’re going to end up like blockbuster. Does anyone know blockbuster? Okay. What happened to blockbuster? Blockbuster. They were all about going to the video store to rent videos and gangs and buy popcorn and talk to Betty from down the street, Netflix, d. And then she went in there and gave a proposal to blockbuster and she said, hey, you know what man? I was thinking we could, you know, do some easy gays or do this online. And blockbuster just laughed. They said, get out.

Speaker 1: (16:24)
And now blockbuster is finished. Why they believe that that specific time when your time was going to last forever? Well, it’s not a lot of teachers in America, they’re in danger right now. Teachers here in Thailand, four teachers, does it matter? Teachers in general, if you do not have a specific skill set and you are not bettering yourself in that specific skillset, you can be at risk. If you’re an employee and you drive trucks, autonomy is coming. AI will be here and pick it up. The trash for everyone will be able, the bank, the banking system, tellers, the teller jobs at about 15 years could be finished in some countries. Why? Hey, AI’s here. If you’re in a job that’s at risk, you need to, hey, wake up right now and understand, well, what is it? What is my passion? What am I very good at?

Speaker 1: (17:27)
You’re going to have to start trying new things to identify what you’re very good at. So, oh, I got to talk how, okay, so again, me being a podcast yourself, there’s anyone recognize these other little girls. Can you see it? Does anyone know these? Anyone from China? Taiwan in here? No. Okay. And I’m like, oh no, no one, no one, no, this one little bitch. My type people, you know, go edge. You know I do my, so let’s get into this. So guys, 2013 five one talk emerged that ABC emerged. What are they our online learning platforms. What did China do? Well, the Chinese said, Hey, well they’re repeat. There are 1.5 billion Chinese people in this country. But there aren’t that many foreign teachers. There aren’t going to be foreign teachers going to the outskirts and into villages to help some of these students who are trying to of course get better at language.

Speaker 1: (18:46)
Right? And so some entrepreneur said, hmm, you know what? I like this. How about we start a online teaching base? Yeah, let’s hire all the American teachers and they can teach online from around the world who opportunity take. Now it’s $1 billion industry just like that. Globish does anyone know the glove is, I like this story. I’m gonna tell you a story cause I love stories. Now there are language centers here in Thailand. Does anyone know? A, what’s the name was the name of and UAA. Raise your hand. Okay, AUA. Uh, and the rest. Now these language centers are now at risk because globish said, hey, how about you can stay home, you can stay home. You go log on your computer at 8:00 PM. You don’t have to sit in the traffic roping, right? You don’t have to sit the traffic, the pollution, you don’t have to buy the food.

Speaker 1: (19:51)
You don’t have to travel, waste time, anything you have to learn at home. And so what happens, they are also hiring whatever teachers from around the world. And so now the language centers are like, Oh man, I don’t know how much longer this could last because everyone’s going to switch to online. So what is it that happens when a customer, customers, when you want to learn whatever specific again, skillset, you go into a place and you tell them, hey, I need to learn this. How can you help me? If all they do is provide a book, you’re going to lose. There has to be much more than them. There has to be a specific something that will ignite that thing within the individual that wants to learn something outside the box. Like international schools, they don’t have textbooks. Schools in Finland, notebooks, Singapore academically sound, they still have books.

Speaker 1: (20:58)
But again, crime rates in so many other things are down because now they’re focusing on the court genius of the individual. I’m going to get into that shortly. And so with these emerging landscapes, you have to understand what is happening. So now let’s look at, let’s look at what kind of ways there are to learn through e-learning online. Okay? So you have number one learner centered content. The needs, the roles, the responsibilities, and Australia, they have trade schools, okay? And these specific trade schools teach us specific a skill, right? But the problem is when you want to go to dental school in America, they said, okay, you want to go to dental school, you have to learn music appreciation one oh one why do I need to learn about music for dentistry? And so people are now saying, you know what? This is a little bit weird.

Speaker 1: (22:05)
Maybe I don’t have to do a bachelor’s degree. Maybe there will be another formality that will come and knock out these bachelor degrees such as what Australia does. And Australia at the age of 18 students go right into the world of dentistry. So what would we need to understand is providing a specific skill set. So let me ask you, me being a coach, a trainer, someone comes to me, they say, hey our setting out, we have problems with, um, let’s just say we have problems with email. And I said, okay, easy. 10 hours, that’s all you need. So I get the group together, 10 hours of work, and then I provide an ecourse as a refreshment on a month to month basis over the course of three to six months, the success rate, 73% as opposed to another groom that I could possibly just, uh, let’s just say I teach them what they don’t really need to know.

Speaker 1: (23:07)
And it’s too broad. It’s not SPUs is not based on what they need. And guess what? The success rate is a whopping 37%. And so again, what we need to do with e-courses. Think about this. You’re an app developer, whatever app you’re trying to teach specific students, right? And needs to be centered around what they need. They don’t, they understand. If you give them a lot of content that they don’t need, they’re going to be like, ah, you know what? I can’t take action on any of this. So you would get some of the applications. Does anyone, does anyone learn through applications? Uh, language do, do what we do a lingo. Do a legal, a Japanese pod one oh one no English pop one on one. There’s a lot of pots. One Pot one oh once. Okay. But the thing is, does it focus on what they need?

Speaker 1: (24:09)
Something that you can use immediately if you travel somewhere else? No. So this is how I identify opportunities because I say, you know what? My mom, she’s Puerto Rican, born and raised in New York. She speaks Spanish. She does not or did not want to teach me Spanish. I said, mom, teach me Spanish. She said, go learn in school. They would show us a video called flats for 20 minutes in the afternoon after recess when we’re tired. Did I learn any Spanish from that video? Absolutely not. So why am I telling you this is because if you think about different ways you have learned a language or if you have learned online, it’s all about repetition. If you learned for one hour a week or if you, let’s say you work on something for one hour a week over the course of 150 hours, I mean, what’s the success rate?

Speaker 1: (25:11)
How do you think it’s going to improve? It’s all about repetition. And that comes back to habit. So the next one is engaging content. All right. I like this one now. When I first started my personal development podcast. Okay, was it engaging? No, not really. Why? Because there were plenty of them out there. However, with the English podcast, it was much different because I looked at the market and I asked myself, okay, who is that number one English a podcast or who has the number one English podcast out there in the world? And they said there weren’t that many good ones. It was English one oh one. I said, wait better than this. I said, okay, what are they doing wrong and what can I do to basically double up on what they’re doing? So I started teaching a variety of different things. Not only that, my intention with my English podcast was to rain every country in the world.

Speaker 1: (26:19)
One person on my podcast to speak about their country or to talk about things in their country into use their language. Because a lot of us, the miscommunication happens when we don’t understand each other and when we don’t want to seek to understand the other individual. So I brought on people from Guinea, from Egypt, Tanzania, uh, France, Bulgaria and so interesting because hearing their accents, not only that, but creating a world without borders. This is what my listeners love. So step number one, dated content. What do your, let’s just say you need to be able to accept feedback. Some feedback can be constructed, some feedback you won’t like, but it you actually toggle and make it better. It will probably engage even more people. But the problem is when blockbuster came in and they had the opportunity to expand with Netflix and they said no, it backfired.

Speaker 1: (27:30)
They lost everything. So when it comes to engaging content, social media is everything. Okay? So with me, you can find me everywhere with our Cineo buck. My first name, our city of is very unique. A right is a Spanish name. And if you Google Arsenio, you will see two people, me and the comedian I was named after. So that’s how I built my brain. When I build my brand, I started to make engaging content with my English language podcast. When I had the idea to bring on 200 countries, the place continue to rise and to always leave people guessing and in suspense of what could be next. Right? So I don’t know about you guys, but for my app developers, any app developers, any or raise your hand app application. Okay. So do you have an Instagram of Facebook, a Twitter, a website, a blog? Do you have any of those?

Speaker 1: (28:36)
Right? You need to be able to utilize all forms of social media, not just one platform. Some people, they romanticize about one platform when the other one, one is very big example, Facebook, Instagram ads, right? Or Instagram story ads. This is very, very engaging. However, the algorithms have changed. They have gone down and now it’s very difficult to get. It’s accommodating. I understand that, but you need to understand that engaging content is very critical. I’m going to get into the stats so we go all put this together for you too. So that to number two, number three, interactive scenario based. So interactive content, it can be a little snippets. Now, I don’t know as an app developer, maybe you can create something as a let’s say something and micro, a micro piece of content. Let’s say you created a game and you said you know what, you’re going to get level one for free, whatever game it may be, right?

Speaker 1: (29:45)
So they play in level one and then after that they could go into the premium side of it, right? And so again, the interactive side of it and of course scenario base that is was very, very engaging, which refers back to number two. Again, very important stuff. But then of course, number four, personalization, self pace, instructors, tutors, this is what’s happening right now. AUA, okay, you education world and lane. Why instructor base? Some people need that who do not have disciplinary uh, skills. People who aren’t discipline, they go learn as they go. That’s what self paced courses are. So when you started learning and some of these students, VR, ar, all of these different things you had to learn possibly in university but it was outside university. What really counted, being able to be on your craft and continuously get better in this specific areas and find ways to basically to get your app and to make, cause I saw some of the VR up here and it was amazing.

Speaker 1: (31:02)
You didn’t jump into some of this, you know, to all the content that you had here right off the bat. You had to get better. So you had to find a common ground and get better and better and better. What can you add that can make your content better? If you are a learner, what can you do to, to make yourself remember or to make yourself more enthusiastic about learning? Now learning in these schools, you can see it right now everyone’s learning academics, academics to go into university university to get a job that pays you this much. That’s what it is. And the thing is, a lot of these students, they don’t want to do that. They want to do possibly e-sports or develop something that will allow them the freedom or pursue a passion and do something that they absolutely love to do. So, so pace.

Speaker 1: (31:59)
I love that you get to learn on the go. Instructors, tutors and facilitators. You need that. Me Being a facilitator, right? So if a bank or if a big company calls me or someone outside, hey, I have a problem with leadership, could you help us? Okay, what I’m going to do now, we’re going to do an initial, let’s just say me, get together so I can figure out what is it you need? Again, figuring out the personalization because it’s the customer that matters. The B to C. Okay? Business to customer. You listen to the customer. Do not romanticize about your ego and what you want. Listen to what they want because they are the buyers, right? So these are four ways that of course, you can learn, again, engaging content if you are a young individual, think about it right now. If you’re in university, what makes you engaged?

Speaker 1: (33:02)
What is it that you are most awake? If you’re in university and you’re always falling asleep or you have your neck down is because it’s not engaging. And so then that’s when audio and visual comes into it. The representational systems. Are you someone who likes to learn by reading books and writing? Are you someone who learns by audio podcasts, which I will talk about? Or are you someone who learns a visually Thailand? Very visual as I can see. Right? And so when it comes to visual, everyone loves to watch TV. They love to watch youtube. Their heads are always down in the train watching whatever it is. Why is your goal and audio right? Again, the society is changing. There’s a technological disruption happening right now and we’re going to have to adapt in order to stay of low. So going into the next one, synchronous versus asynchronous.

Speaker 1: (34:07)
Other than learning. So again, this kind of relates to the last one, but self study now, what is it that stay at home? Someone who learns at home, I forgot the term, but I met someone back in [inaudible] university. She learned from ages two all the way up to 18 at home. And guess what? She ended up going to university, northern Arizona. So can at work? Yes. Instead of going to a public school, you could just learn at home. So self studying, that’s what I did. Personal Development. I asked myself, I said, what is it that I’m doing and if environment that’s reoccurring that I do not like over and over and over though I’ve found Napoleon hill, Napoleon Hill after that, Jack Canfield, Tony Robbins and continue to multiply and I said, you know what? I’m going to learn about all of this. I’m going to speak about it.

Speaker 1: (35:08)
And now my blog everyday gets a ridiculous amount of views and terms of Stephen Covey’s emotional bank account. So then you go repurpose that content to push it out even or again, this is all engaging content. I see what’s happening out there. Repurpose it. Whatever they like. I continue. If they don’t, I don’t like it. I looked at the metrics, oh, that didn’t work. Okay, get that out. Just listen. And the statistics, and that’s why as a developer, as anyone who has content out there, you’re looking at ways to learn, always try and be open and willing to try new things. If you’re not willing, if you’re not open minded and if you’re close, everything’s going to pass you right by very quickly. So then you have new tube, that legs and podcast. Here we go. Show hands. Who is this still podcast? Raise your hand.

Speaker 1: (36:10)
Podcast. Woo. Two people. Anyone over here podcast? No. Oh Wow. Okay. Your podcast. Anyone? No. No. Two people. That’s it. Oh my goodness. Okay, so I guess podcasts. I’ve not come to Thailand yet. Some people listen to it. I know a but podcast. That’s a way of learning. When you’re on a train, there are too many people. It’s hot. You’re not at to put the phone here because you will put your hand on someone’s head. So you would listen and you know what? This is how you develop habits and discipline. Do you find a podcast and your specific area and you listen to it. Now for app developers, if you’re in St James or if you’re a little kid, if you’re a child and you love video games, how about you create a podcast, create a podcast and talk about your favorite game on a weekly basis and bring your friends along.

Speaker 1: (37:10)
So let’s say you have 10 friends, okay? And you have 10 friends that love playing video games. You get them together is they, hey, let’s create a podcast. Let’s talk about a specific game on Monday or whichever day of the week you would like to. And guess when you start sharing it with your schools is that they share. And then you use social media to create the engaging content. And then you start putting video as in youtube. And guess what? You found your niche market. This is how it works. It all started with clash of clans when a super cell super cell, when they created that application, it took off 5 billion, 10 billion, 15 million, 20 million downloads. It was the very first of its kind. And so they continue developing by upgrading and update it, putting you characters into a put in you house, this putting you this and that, and then the market caught on and what happened with the market.

Speaker 1: (38:13)
Everyone started creating video games and now there are hundreds of gains better than clash of clans. The very first, all you need is someone to say, wow, look at this game. That is amazing. I want to create something like it. And some of you, you university students are gifted enough to the game. So going into usage, you can put the podcast and the youtube together. So let’s say with my VR boats, VR, you want something, I’ll give you something. Okay, I don’t know what universities you guys are from, but you guys become together. If you guys all do be are in ar, create a podcast about B r n a r. Create a face on let’s say Facebook group, a Twitter, name it, whatever to talk about a R and B r. After that, you can create videos to show everyone how to do it and what you’ve been doing.

Speaker 1: (39:16)
You could say every Friday at 8:00 PM Easter time or 8:00 PM GMT type, and I don’t know, APN, we’re going to have a live video. Now, if you have friends, perhaps you could get four friends together and you completed the game at the same time fortnight, right? And you put that on Youtube and you share that away. Use the right hashtags and it’s not about going viral. It’s about creating and getting the attention. East ports is massive right now. E-Learning is massive right now. How many virtual reality and augmented reality youtube channels are on Youtube right now? Not many. VR and Ar, what it’s officially year language and everything is God. You’re going to be able to put a headset on and you’ll be able to go to Japan. You don’t have to go there and physically you could go there right here in the mind. So again, think about it.

Speaker 1: (40:15)
Think about it now. Netflix, who watches Netflix? Raise your hand. Oh, see, there we go. The hands are raising. Okay. Netflix. Oh Man. Three years ago, but you know what stranger things, they’re starting to advertise a heavy in Thailand. Why? Because they know type people are visual so they know type people on the bts. The big banners outside, I can see a banner right over there. I don’t know what it says, but they are visually, they’re visual people, right? So when it comes to Netflix and when they started emergent with the series type people like they’re great to learn English. That’s right. Y you get the video, you can read and you get the audio. You get three representational systems in one and that flux has that right now. So this is an idea. If you can develop something like Netflix in terms of learning online, you’ll have $1 billion company.

Speaker 1: (41:25)
If you can get something where you could read and listen and watch at the same time. There it is. Because right now I can tell you right now I’ve seen the English capabilities of tides. Has it decreased significantly over the last two years? Why Netflix and guess what is engaging and guess what? They’re going to share it on social media. Now that what’s has the attention. Netflix also releases a series all the time. Now they have series in Thai, Japanese, French that flicks. Now has marvel, Marvel’s $1 million company that the rival Disney said, I’m going to create Disney plus and we’re going to take all these marvel characters. Disney wants to create an airline. Guys, this is all opportunity. This the nos. They can be every airline in America. Why? Because will airlines in America with kind of bed. So with this name, if they created the airline and all the flight attendants are wearing these Mickey mouse outfits and stuff, they know they could be jet blue, southwest airlines, American Airlines, and they can be the mount opportunity. That’s all there is. So with podcasts, if you don’t listen to podcasts, I don’t know, create one. Some of you right now, oh, I’m not a speaker, I’m not a speaker. Was I a speaker? Go back and listen to my first podcast. I was like, Ooh. [inaudible]

Speaker 1: (43:07)
de, you know, before I got on stage, I was like a knock one on one means of meeting. I’m scared, right? And so I wasn’t the best, but I started somewhere. You’re not a speaker now, but you could be, you develop a skill set that is needed in a specific area. You feel the need. That’s what Jack Ma said. Find a need and fill it. There was an entrepreneur that actually help breed electricity to a rural village in northern Philippines. She found a need and she filled it. That’s what I’m saying, podcast right now in Thailand, it’s getting a little bit bigger. But for these youngsters, if you guys like talking about black, pink, Pete Black, what is it? The black people thing? Yeah. You guys like to talk about Pete Black and uh, [inaudible] 68. Oh yeah. You make a podcast on that and start talking about what’s happened or maybe the things that you like. This is audio. You start promoting that, promoted it only on a, what does the Instagram and get into the [inaudible].


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Developing your Speaking with Katarina Gleisberg

She’s back — yet again! Here are some tips, guidelines and things you can use IMMEDIATELY to start immersing yourself into the English language. Some of this will scare you, but it is necessary to become the effective speaker you want to become.


1) Speak in Daily Interactions
Put yourself out there in natural speaking settings.

2) Conversation Partner
You can find a conversation partner in person OR online.

3) Integrate all 4 Domains of Language Learning: Reading, Writing, Speaking, & Listening
For example, watch TV and videos WITH SUBTITLES in the target language to hear how native speakers speak)

4) Sing Karaoke

It’s amazing how many of the Multiple Intelligences are incorporated into singing a song through karaoke!

5) Listen to a variety of different accents of the target language
Listening to Arsenio’s podcast, in which he interviews English speakers all over the world, is an exceptional way to hear English speakers of MANY accents– WHILE sharing language learning experiences and strategies!

6) Reflect after Conversations 
Make note of what was difficult, the words or phrases used that you could look up to make a similar conversation easier next time.

7) Collect useful phrases on notecards or your phone
Essentially, these are cheat sheets of phrases you’ll want to use at the grocery store, post office, bank, etc.

😎 Record Yourself Speaking
This is a valuable way to notice your speaking habits, including pace, pausing, accenting syllables, and pronunciation strengths and weaknesses.

9) Make Phone Calls
Also, leaving voice messages has the same benefit.

10) Ask native speakers to critique your speech
Most importantly, native speakers can point out pronunciation strengths and weaknesses that language learners may never notice on their own.


YouTube video with Katarina


Speaker 1: (00:00)
Guys, welcome back to Arsenio’s, ESL podcast, and yet again, I have my partner in crime with me and she goes by the name of Katrina Gleisberg, and you know what? She’s out there in Nebraska. If this is your first time tune it and guys, you’re going to be in for a special one. I’ve seen a lot of different things out there in terms of people saying, how can I develop my speaking? I’ve seen so many different things. How can I, you know, develop my listening, et Cetera, et cetera. So what we’re going to do, we’re going to narrow this down specifically to speaking and then we’ll branch out if we have time, if not, of course, Katrina, she comes on on a biweekly basis. Oh, I hate saying that, but she comes on on a two week basis or every other week, whatever you want to call it. And what that be a said. Who Cares about me? Let’s get it to this. Katrina, thank you so much for coming on.

Speaker 2: (00:56)
Okay. I am excited as always to be on your show and feed off of your amazing energy and get to respond to you’re very, very diverse international audience and all these great questions. So thanks so much for having me here.

Speaker 1: (01:13)
Absolutely, absolutely. And speaking of diversity, man, I’m just so grateful and I just want to give a shout out to just about everyone out there. I just never thought, I’m talking Europe, Africa, you name it, but to the littlest countries like Mozambique and we got Egypt just a lot of different places who listen. And you know, over the last 10 episodes there’s always up to nearly 50 countries that listen to this ESL podcast with over 140 cities around the world. So man, and that’s only in the last 10 episodes. So if I put it all together, oh my goodness. Yeah, yeah, for sure. It’s over 102 hundred in each category. But nonetheless, people developing, speaking what Katrina did today was put together, compile a wonderful list of things of how we can improve or how we can help you improve your speaking. So Katrina, let’s dive into this. Of course you have the experience out there in good old grease teaching out there at an international school going into Panama, t shit out there and whatnot when it comes to speak speaking. I want you to break us in.

Speaker 2: (02:24)
Okay. So a couple of these things are little tidbits that we have touched upon in some of our previous podcasts. I’m speaking about mindful communication and speaking about the balance of the language, learning domains, reading, writing, speaking, listening. But yes, we will primarily focus on speaking. So first of all, as we’ve shared before, I think the very obvious tip number one thing when students ask, how can I improve my speaking? Put yourself out there in daily interactions, these speaking opportunities, asking for help at the grocery store, talking to the person, taking your ticket on the bus. Um, just speaking to people in line, small talk, ordering at a restaurant, put yourself out there in these simple situations. Um, are the most important because the, this is what I hear from most students that they want, right? They want to know how to speak in real life situations. So I know it’s the hardest part, but the, it’s one of those things where the only way you get better is to practice, practice, practice.

Speaker 1: (03:40)
Right? And that’s it right there. Not being afraid of being judged. You know what? I have a story real quick, right when you said putting yourself out there, there’s a lady that I used to work at this company a while back. I still work for them, but not at that specific branch. And I told her, I said, you speak English very well. How did you do it? And so this, this notorious place here in Bangkok, right? It’s called calcine road, how sled road, this is where all these backpackers from around the world, they come together and it’s a great way for Thai people to emerge and to create those conversations. So she said she would go up to each and every individual and say, hey, how are you doing? Where are you from? She said, sometimes people will be like, what the hell? And other times people would be like, join us for a drink. You know what I mean? But it’s that rejection that’s needed also for the acceptance. So I love that you said putting yourself out there and just not being afraid of being judged. You know, I actually made an ESL podcast and turns that when you are no longer afraid of what other people might be thinking about you, that’s when you overcome everything you overcome yourself, you know? So that is an excellent appoint. How about your point number two?

Speaker 2: (04:57)
Yes. Okay. You were just talking about all your listeners and all these other places and this day and age with the Internet and all of these different platforms, there’s no excuse to be ignorant. I’ve heard that quote before. There’s no excuse to be ignorant when you have the resources. So research the platforms available that can help you learn and to match you with a conversation partner. There are so many platforms of places you can go, English speaking, Facebook groups and um, different websites where they will match you with a conversation buddy. And how Austin is that, that there’s English speakers all over the world with so many different accents. Which brings me to another point of converse with people of many different accents of the target language, right? Because even here, the United States, we have so many different accents and a lot of times we are able to read and comprehend from writing a lot faster then the speaking. Because when people are speaking, we don’t have the printed word in front of us. I know that from my own experience of being in Greece and listening to as people speak, and they might say a word and I, I know that vocabulary word, these are simple words, but sometimes people’s accents or how fast or how much slang they’re using, I don’t realize it’s a word that I already know. So the more accents we can listen to, the better our listening ability is going to be to pick out the words that we already know.

Speaker 1: (06:47)
That’s beautiful. And just, it’s amazing that you said that because I was just talking to you right before this and I told you that, hey, I’m gonna go into these English speaking groups. I want to see what they’re talking about. A lot of it’s ILS preparation, but you know what 90% of the questions are, can I have a buddy to practice speaking with? And it’s just all the time I see a bunch of them. And there are a lot of people out there who are messaging what go, you know, it brings me into the accent part. This is why a couple of months ago I said, you know what, I’m going to launch ESL worldwide conversations because if I could somehow get a virtual class, okay, and this is not through an organization, this is through the Arsenio buck show and have an accent from China, have an accident from a Madagascar, have an accent from Dubai, have an accent from France and have an accent from Uruguay or who do I, you know it all in one group.

Speaker 1: (07:49)
That’s going to enable you not only to pick up the different, various accents, but also just take away all the borders that actually exist out there. All the labels. You know what I mean? And this is why I presented you with the idea, it terms of, you know, um, if I had a bunch of students in South America and North America, I would like, you know, you know, you’d to have that side and then you know, I can deal with this side because of time zones and whatnot. So that’s brilliant. And that’s another way. That’s what people need to do. You need to start getting into these Facebook groups. If you type English, English speaking group or English Grammar, whatever it may be. Okay. But preferably English speaking, you type that in on Facebook. There are a number of groups there. Okay. You’re going to come across some creepers. You’re going to come across in crazies. You’re going to come across a lot of weird votes. But you know what if the weird, hey, there’s a block button on social media. Okay. So, uh, yeah, that was an excellent point. So let’s go on to the next one.

Speaker 2: (08:52)
Okay. So I had mentioned that a lot of times we know the words, but we can’t recognize them in speech because of accents or slang. What helps and I had done this too and other countries watch TV and movies with the subtitles. I love that and follow along because a lot of times you’ll realize, oh, I’ve seen this word before in print, but that’s really how you pronounce it. Or to realize things that native English speakers naturally drop off as part of slang. For example, you and I do this all the time and it’s not proper English but it’s totally normal. You can listen back to our conversations and when we are using verbs that end with ing, we don’t say the ing right. You might say walking instead of walking or talking a talking. Um, I might use the word Ghana instead of going to yes, but because TV and movies or youtube videos, all of these free things online because subtitles can be an option.

Speaker 2: (10:07)
You are going to see in print what these words are that people are speaking. That might seem foreign because I’m going to go to the beach is all blurred together. And l somebody listening to that who is just learning, they may not hear the separations between very fast language when all those words are blurred together. So, um, because this brings me to the next one because it’s seeing the words are so important. Seeing Karaoke, singing karaoke. Okay, this is going to be a one. Yes. Um, first of all, we know in the realm of multiple intelligences, we yet, there’s so many different ways to learn. So you put a visual in there. You also put in music for the Ontario learners. There’s, there’s a reason why it preschool, we learn all of these different nursery rhymes and all these different directions to wash your hands to the tune of a song or whatever it is. It’s because those songs stick. It’s the same thing when we’re an adult, listen to music, but don’t just listen to it, sing along with it. You’re seeing the words, those phrases. And you and I have talked about being anti grammar worksheets a lot. You’re going to pick up grammar of I am. He is whatever it needs. So much more memorable, fun way. Right. And that’s what it comes. Which a, we could treat a mentioned the representational system. Auditory. So there’s a, there are a lot of people there. Sometimes

Speaker 1: (11:54)
we are excellent at [inaudible] we’re a listener. Okay. Sometimes we’re a visual person, sometimes we like to hear a plan. Sometimes we like to see it written. And so with Karaoke you get to see it written, you get to hear the audio. And sometimes with Karaoke you see the video too. So you, you don’t really know. But one of your representational systems are end there and then it enables you to probably, you know, you do your best at that specific moment. Um, along with the subtitles. Subtitles are fantastic. See I’m going to give you guys an example. Netflix. Okay. I just, I just got up on Netflix. Oh my God. Like two months ago. Cause one of my friends, she had it on her phone and then I wanted to watch bird box buy a center Bullock. Eh, cause I’ve seen it all the time. I was like, oh my God, that’s such a good one.

Speaker 1: (12:45)
But then I saw all these other weird Zombie apocalypse movies. I love Zombie apocalypse because for two hours I could just burn my brain sales and just watch this, you know what I mean? And so, uh, it was just one after another. I was like, Hey, we’re going to come over and watch some Netflix. Yeah. You know what I mean? So, um, and there are the sub titles for her. Why? Because she’s tired. So she’s watching this. She’s like, oh, okay. And she understands everything. She’s listening and she’s reading at the same time. You know, I have another girl who’s from the northern part of Thailand who I’m going to teach this evening as a matter of fact. And I hope that doesn’t get too loud my alarm as a matter of fact, but I think it’s okay. Anyway, so yeah, after that, yeah, just completely went all over the place so she can speak English quite well.

Speaker 1: (13:34)
And I’m like, how do you speak English? She’s like, oh, well, you know what? It’s very, very easy for me. Um, just because I learn a lot of Netflix and she speaks a lot of French too. And I’m like, oh, she’s understanding it. And I’m like, how do you watch Netflix? Well, I read the subtitles and it’s funny because when I go to the next student on the left of her and I say, how do you learn English? She, her speaking capabilities are down. Everything’s just about down. And I say, do you watch Netflix? She was like, no. And now I’m not saying Netflix is the only thing, but you have to enable yourself to listen of visual and read at the same time. You’re getting all three or the three out of the four of the representational systems that actually exist. So good. Very, very good point. Country does. So

Speaker 2: (14:22)
yes. And if you w you know, watch simple movies and we’ve, we’ve discussed this before, but if I am watching a Disney movie and Spanish and I have the subtitles happening, it’s a story I’m already familiar with already. Content that’s made for children is going to have more simple language. So it’s a really, really great starting base. And generally kids not only have this more simple language, would they speak more slowly? So, so, oh a phenomenal, a phenomenal tool that just seems so simple. And this relates to a few others that I have. And um,

Speaker 1: (15:10)
there was a, there was an exhale. I don’t know, we’re getting into some [inaudible]

Speaker 2: (15:13)
he tries, this gets into something that can feel a little scary, but record yourself, record yourself. Essentially. K people love quoting movies, right? People love quoting movies. It’s so fun because you like to hear your friends put things back. But how often do we listen to ourselves recorded? So this next one, the reason why I had a really, really deep breath there is record yourself because this was a fear I had to get over about a year and a half ago before making all these videos is because some people are just so petrified to go back and watch a video or listen to a recording of them. But if you can record yourself and start with something fun, a book that you like, movie quotes, et Cetera, record yourself speaking and then go back and listen. And you will notice things that you can’t notice while you’re in the process of speaking.

Speaker 2: (16:11)
You might notice things such as when I’ve gone back and I’ve listened to episodes of podcasts, you and I have done, I’ve noticed those things such as, oh, we use a lot of, I’m not saying the IMG, I’m using the slang of stopping instead of stopping. Or I noticed that I use the word literally a lot in this particular podcast, but it’s such good feedback. So for someone learning a language, you will notice things such as your pronunciation. Are there particular words where you pause and you draw them out? And so you’ll, you can notice the pattern of, oh, maybe I need to practice these particular vowel sounds. Or it could be, um, an accent where you realize, Ooh, I should be accent accenting a different syllable. [inaudible] all of those things that make you easy to understand. You can notice that better if you listen to recording of yourself. So that, that takes a lot of guts. But it’s so worth it.

Speaker 1: (17:17)
Absolutely. Uh, I remember three years ago, and it’s funny if I go back and listen to this, uh, there is some cringey moments. It’s like, why do I keep saying that word? And it’s funny you said, I say literally a lot. And so one of my friends picked it up and he’s like, hey, or CDO a on your podcast. You say crazy a lot. He’s like, do you go back and listen to your podcast? I’m like, yeah, dad. Yeah, I listen. So yeah. Okay. And instant feedback. So also when I do my English language podcasts, I slowed down my speech and therefore I don’t recycle words. However, what my personal development, I have a tendency of speeding things up for whatever reason and then I stumble over my words and then the reuse scene of specific words happens, you know, just much more often. So that is an excellent technique.

Speaker 1: (18:19)
Um, there was another, oh my God, there was another story in terms of, Oh, like for listeners out there who study English online, and this is why I love these platforms because they enable us to do different things and utilize specific tools such as zoom. I’m able to record this, okay. Not only through audio but through video. So people who study with different teachers through zoom around the world, they could be, they’re able to actually record through audio or video their voice on let’s say, okay, July 23rd, I want to see how much better I’ve gotten September 23rd, two months from now. And they’re able to make a comparison and say, Oh my God, I’ve gotten so much better. So again, this technology, a lot of people say, oh, I like to learn face to face, but to be honest with you, this conversation right here, I’m able to record every it and bit of this to see how, what’s the, see what I’m saying wrong to see if I speed up my speech, what words I say constantly, you know what I mean? And routine over and over and over. So excellent point, Katrina. I love that.

Speaker 2: (19:29)
And that was another point that I had is reflect after your conversations, making note of what was difficult and the words or phrases that maybe you heard that you need to look up or maybe things that you wanted to say in the conversation, but you didn’t have the right words for. Um, and then that way those, the phrases, you have this more engaged, intense interest in knowing what it was because you know, you’ll actually use it. But a lot of us don’t reflect and a lot of times if we don’t reflect, then it’s almost like we’re not getting the complete value from our interactions. So if we reflect, and it doesn’t even have to be anything super lengthy and it doesn’t have to be anything judgemental, um, it’s literally about awareness. And of course as a person who’s really into mindfulness, we know that mindfulness is that awareness without the judgment.

Speaker 2: (20:29)
So I might listen to myself and realize I say the word literally really often or I’m not pausing as often as I should. And then that allows me to improve for next time. But in the case of language learning, I know that I’ve used this before, um, simple in Greece. I remember that one. Um, the first few times I went to the grocery store and they were asking me if I wanted to buy extra bags. I didn’t know what they were saying and it was somebody behind me in line who spoke both English and Greek, who was able to say to me, she wants to know if you want to buy a bag. And I was like, ah, okay. So I made note of that when I got home, looked up how the word for bag and I can therefore go back later on and the next time this happens, I know exactly what to say. And it helped me to know that, oh, I shouldn’t know the word for bag or whatever else.

Speaker 1: (21:28)
Right. And so [inaudible] you know, you’d say that I had the same issue out here in Thailand because so words, some fruitful words are very close to being derogatory words. Let me give you an example. Banana. Okay. It says, it said Cru Way, right? And you have to make that our sound or even an l sound, but the R is not necessarily in the Thai language, so you have to be more pronounced. You know? Annunciating the l sound. So me, I didn’t say crew way. I said coy now in the Thai language and for type people who are listening to me, they’re probably freaking out because coined means the male reproductive organ and very slang. So I go into the store and I’m like, excuse me, Koi Koi unih where can I get some coy? I need some Koi around here. So I’m literally say, where can I get some, you know what? And the ladies like, I like that. I like that she’s freaking out. Her eyes are getting big, she’s getting angry. And I’m like, Whoa, I’m asking for where the bananas. And she had negotiated it like very aggressively, no clue, a clue. I’m like, oh, okay, okay Jay, yet I’m telling her to calm down. You know what I mean? And so I’ve had the worst of it, so I can relate to that. So yeah. Um, oh, these are some important aspects. So thank you so much for sharing that, Katrina.

Speaker 2: (22:53)
Yes. Um, that’s a, that’s a great example. I had many of those as both, maybe not as embarrassing as thank you for your vulnerability in sharing that.

Speaker 1: (23:02)
Absolutely. I ain’t got no problem with that. That’s wonderful. You know, that’s all comedy to me because if I share that story with the majority of type people, they’re in there, they’re in tears laughing. So Hey, you know, I’ve said a lot of ridiculous things before, but it also see, but I can also make someone mad because I could inadvertently say that, but mean the other thing. No, no, I meant banana. Oh my God. It means that I’m so sorry. You know what I mean? If I’m a bad boy. Yeah. So yes.

Speaker 2: (23:37)
W W and see what a way to break the ice and start a conversation with people. Love it. Okay. So I only have a couple left cause a lot of the other ones just relate to these other categories. Awesome. He notes on your phone of the phrases that you’ll want to use that jazz asking, you know, in a grocery store, where do I find the blank? Um, I even, because I do learn a lot from writing and I love a color coding. When I was in Greece, I, and I was taking my Greek classes. I would make little flash cards and I have these little index cards and I’d keep them in Ziploc baggies and I’d go through them as I’m on the metro or the train or whatever. And first of all, people would see this and they would start talking to me because people are honored when you show effort and learning their language.

Speaker 2: (24:38)
So I agree. People who just started talking to me of like, oh, this is so great. Where are you from? Where are you learning? Um, what can I help you with? And the process of making these note cards, it was very valuable for me because I, you know, knew that I’m putting the verb and the color blue and I’m putting the adjective in the color red. And I’m constantly repeating these because I know if I’m about, if I’m on the metro and I’m about to go shopping, I’m gonna need to know how to ask these particular questions. So if you don’t want to carry around physical flashcards, I get it. Notes on your phone helps you so that when you do have those extra few minutes and you’re standing there waiting for the metro, you’re doing something great for your brain and you are just so prepared for when people ask you something or you’re in this difficult situation and you’re also prepared for things like my last bullet point, which is another seemingly scary thing, make phone calls.

Speaker 2: (25:49)
Phone calls can be scary because unlike being in person or a zoom conversation like this, you can’t see the person. You can’t see their gestures, you can’t see their facial features. Now granted, tone has a lot of nonverbal communication in there, but phone calls such as, you know, simply ordering food or making an appointment, they do take a lot of skill and it’s overcoming a fear, but it’s going to make things so much easier. If you can get over that fear of the phone conversation because those visuals are not there. And so that’s, that’s an example of a situation where you’re little notes on your phone or your little index cards of your phrases are going to come in handy. And just on that, I mean, if you’re not able to make phone calls because some people

Speaker 1: (26:44)
are, you know, busy throughout their life send voice notes. Yes. You know, and I’m one of those people who love to send voice notes. For example, today it’s going to be a little bit of a traveling day. So what I would do is instead of writing and talking, forget that I’m more of a, I mean I’m sorry, writing and looking at my phone while walking, I can actually look up and do the speaking and to be honest with you, in 20 seconds, I’m able to say probably three to four to five times the amount through a voice note than I do with writing anyways. So this is going to enable you to practice. Now are they going to be happy with your voice? Who knows? But if they are or regardless if they’re, they are, they’re not. This enables you to practice your accents and things that you have probably learned.

Speaker 1: (27:39)
So if you learned something in a book, a little bit of pronunciation stay. Instead of saying, I’m going to go to work, you could say, Hey, I’m going to go to work. And you can message five people in your little friends list to say, Hey, what’s going on John? Hey, you know what? I’m going to go to work right now. Speak to you later. Don’t say that fast, but it enables you to practice. You know the reduction of going to put it to, I’m going to go. You see what I mean? So a more natural way. So, Oh man, thank you so much Katrina. So that’s it.

Speaker 2: (28:15)
Yes. And if you’re really brave, bonus one, here we go. Here we go. Ask native speakers to critique you. So when you’ve made those recordings or you’ve made those phone calls, ask them, what do you think is the biggest part of my accent? Because I can tell you what in Greece, I thought I was repeating words back just as my Greek culture was telling me that, no, that Greek, that Greek up gamma, like the word for I, I still, I practice it so many times. And again it’s like a gutter, like the word for milk is gala. Well that’s what it looks like to English speakers.

Speaker 1: (29:03)

Speaker 2: (29:04)
Um, slash the, it’s also has like this [inaudible] sound. So that was a sound that I tried and I, I sometimes had friends who would say, try it again, try it again. And they would laugh as I’m trying. Like we were all joking about how that sound is very difficult for me. But maybe like one time out of 20, even after I’d been in Greece, after a year, maybe one time out of 20, they’re like, oh yeah, that’s good, that’s good. Other times they’re just laughing, but at least I was aware of where it, where it’s hard for others to understand me so that I know when I get to a word it has the gamma sound in it. I notice low down or to use gestures or to let them know non verbally that I’m aware that I am not pronouncing this correctly

Speaker 1: (29:56)
right. Oh, they’re beautiful man. That was perfection. That was a half hour of a beauty for all of you out there. As a matter of fact, we’re going to be putting these questions together. Uh, I normally do transcripts, um, and put other things together a for you guys to actually to read and whatnot. So like the Trina asked me just recently, Hey, do you transcribe your episodes in terms of episodes like this and other episodes that are very, very high up because there are a lot of people that listen to specific episodes. Absolutely. Now is it going to be word for word? Now I’m not going to spend like maybe two hours to go through it every little bit, but the topics and the number one, two, three, four, it will be there. So again, you guys will be able to look at the blog and read it through the transcription. Listen to us. Some things might not be, uh, you know, some things that you hear might not be on the transcription, but that’s okay. You’re still getting the best of both worlds, so. Oh, Katrina, thank you so much. Is there anything else that you would like to top it off with?

Speaker 2: (31:08)
Um, okay. The last few podcasts we’ve ended with like something totally random.

Speaker 1: (31:13)
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m excited. I, I’m like, yeah, yeah,

Speaker 2: (31:20)
I see about what, you know, why do I have a random toy that you see in the background or whatever? Um, because I am in the process of moving and I’m, um, I’m getting, I’m getting rid of stuff and I have these, these ginormous Rubbermaid bins that my parents have given me when they moved a stuff that I didn’t even know they saved, I found another toy that kind of goes along with the curious George and the monkeys and all the other toys we’ve looked at prop me joy, so much joy when I found it. What the hell is that? Is that a Yeti? Is that a Yeti? It looks like a Yeti. It’s like, it’s so covered. You can’t see his face. The for has gone a little out of control since the early nineties. It’s a toy dog in case you cannot tell. Um, and it is, it was a delight. It was a delight for me. This was the early, it has a leash and there’s a button. Okay. So this was in the early days of remote controlled things. And so literally the remote only did stop and go. That’s all it did. It didn’t even change direction. So if I’m walking this little motorized dog on the sidewalk and it would start to veer towards the grass, I would literally have to pick it up and change directions. Um, but Gogo, my walking top was kind of a big deal for little six year olds like me in the early nineties.

Speaker 1: (32:48)
You saved all of that and you know what, just looking at something like that from the early nineties, I just go back to what I used to watch and what I used to play with in the, in the early nineties. You know what I made so habit, those types of toys. And that’s a Yeti that is a Yeti.

Speaker 2: (33:06)
No, it’s, it’s, it has been in a bin. Oh, I forgot. I even had it. And it’s had other stuff on it used to have like a brush and I used to maintain it so that the hair was kind of chained and you could actually see it was a face and you could see,

Speaker 1: (33:21)
see that it was a dog, not just the big first thing. Yeah. Right, right. Yeah. Yeah. And so the thing is for people who are like, what is a Yeti? A yeti is kind of like a snowman. Big Foot, right? Is that what that is? Like a snowy bigfoot?

Speaker 2: (33:37)
Yes. A bomb Annabelle Snowman. Um, some people think they’re real. Most of us think of them as these fictional, funny characters a joke about.

Speaker 1: (33:50)
Right, right, right. There’s so much, there’s so much conspiracies behind, you know, big foot and stuff like that and oh, they only exist in America. It’s a lot of funny, really, really funny stories and what not. But again, hey, if you seed something, I can’t take that away from you and say, Hey, no, you need to see that. It’s Kinda like the teachers who, um, who told me, you know, because of course we live in America. We lived in a home that I saw and heard a lot of different things and the, this British guy was like, you can not see anything. No, no. I’m like, you don’t even know where I’m from. You don’t even know who I am. Shut up. How is someone going to tell me what I didn’t see? Although I saw, Oh God. So anyways, for all the big footers and Yeti folks out there, man, I’m not taking away anything you guys. Okay. Uh, but so till I see it, I’m going to have to just say, I’m going to have to debunk it. Okay. So,

Speaker 2: (34:43)
well, I meant that I really love when you do a British accent, it’s always because it’s always someone who you’re mimicking who’s like very snooty and condescending.

Speaker 1: (34:54)
Yeah. Yeah, that’s exactly right. You know what I mean? The like, Gosh, the Pos British, you know, no offense to any of my folks in England. It’s only offense to the folks from England out here in Thailand because they’re the ones that always stick. They are magnificently bright, so they are perfect. Say with the Americans, say whatever you want. Who comes here? Oh my God, good times then. I have so much fun here. Anyways, Katrina, thank you so much for sharing the little Yeti and thank you so much for sharing all those wonderful, wonderful tips for everyone there. Bad. I’m going to be putting this into, well again, transcription list out the different, the number ones all the way, the bullet points which Katrina made so diligently for us. Thank you so much for that and guys where we got so much come in and you know what we need.

Speaker 1: (35:55)
We need your questions. Okay, so for everyone out there who’s listening, if you guys have any questions in regards to learning anything in general, we would love to do a Q and a podcast. Okay. Now, this one is more of developing speaking, but if you guys would like us to touch up and answer your questions and have your questions featured on the next one, please make sure you share away. And again, Katrina, thank you so much for tuning in. Thank you so much again for having me. It’s always a delight. Absolutely. And guys, with that being said, thank you for tuning in to another ESL podcast. I am your crazy host as usual. It’s time to Boogie Woogie you guys stay tuned for more. I’m your host as always over and out.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS – Improving Fluency & Coherence

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Arsenio's ESL Podcast: Special - IELTS - Improving Fluency & Coherence


Welcome back, my students of the world! It’s time to go over two criteria that the examiner will assess you on in terms of speaking: Coherence & Fluency.

The notes that I recently showed you in the last live coaching will help you organize your ideas in a logical way.

One way to link your ideas is by using words and phrases like after, that, because of this, but, also, etc. We can also connect ideas using pronouns.

Tactic: It is important to use a variety of language.  Don’t REPEAT! I can’t stress this enough.

  • Think about the topic
  • Organize your ideas (improve your coherence).
  • Keep going during your talk (improve your fluency).

Task 2

Describe a person who has been an important influence in your life.

You should say…..

  • who this person is and how long you have known him or her for
  • why you chose this person
  • how this person has influenced your life

and explain how you feel about him or her.

Typical Notes

Who and how long? Les Brown/70 years old/speaker and transformational coach/lives in America/never met him.

Why I chose him: inspired me to get out of my rut in Thailand, made goals, learned about personal development, transformed my life completely.

How he has influenced my life taught me how to keep going/ stop becoming a victim/ don’t give up/ passion in what I do.

My feelings grateful/admiration/proud

Some things to think about. 

When you make notes, how do you write them? List? Scattered? Mindmap? Do you write single words? Long phrases? Whole sentences?

Idea connecting phrases

  • I’ve decided to talk about….
  • I’ve known him/her…
  • I chose him/her because/……
  • I think she/he has influenced my life by…..
  • When I think of him/her, I feel…….


IELTS Live Coaching PDF – Episode 003

YouTube – Coming Soon

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.




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.



Thank you for listening!

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Interviewee #19: Best-Selling Author Tiffany Okafor & Shifting The Mindsets of Millennials

Tiffany Okafor is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker and mindset mentor based in Los Angeles, CA. As a speaker and mindset mentor, she takes a no-nonsense approach to helping millennials shift their mindsets so that they can lead happier and more peaceful lives. Her best-selling book, BITCHY, provides an even deeper insight into the techniques she believes will allow us all to dive deeper in love with ourselves and achieve success in all areas. BITCHY is currently available on Amazon:

Get in touch with Tiffany Okafor from California, Los Angeles

– Mindset Coach.



Things we discussed:

  • Introduction of Tiffany and what she do?
  • When did Tiffany start on personal development?
  • What Millennials are battling now?
  • Journaling is a way to write your thoughts to understand who you really are.
  • What about fear? What really makes Millennials fearful?
  • How can Millennials overcome fear?
  • How to be yourself (b*tch)?
  • Being a b*tch is all about being honest.
  • When did you develop self-awareness? How did it happen?
  • How do you apply the Law of Attraction?
  • You have the power to control your sanity.
  • What is your morning routine like?
  • What are some personal development books for easy reading that you will recommend to potential readers?
  • You need to confront your past and be forgiving.
  • What is Tiffany’s biggest failure.
  • Stop focusing on negative energy; the power of perception.
  • What is the ultimate purpose of Tiffany Okafor to the world?
  • Connecting with Tiffany Okafor.


Thank you for listening!


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Hong Kong Airport Review

Airport Link = Arrival Hall

Well, my first experience coming to Hong Kong Airport was forgettable, but this experience was stellar.

When I got off the train, I literally walked 15 meters and I was greeted by an open-air arrivals terminal.  I thought it was spectacular to connect the train and even passenger drop-off (vehicles) directly to the arrival hall.  There were literally buses and vehicles just above the train, which is unbelievably efficient.  Not to mention that I got to the airport taking two trains across four islands in 30 minutes.  HK has the most efficient train system (that I’ve personally been in) in the world.

In Bangkok, check-in would have about 3 people.  With lines of 75 people, there would still be only 3 check-in queues, which is repulsive.  However, Cathay Pacific and HK Airport had 12…speeding up the lines and never being a problem.


After going to Malaysia and being in line for 45 minutes, I realized how pathetic it was.  Hey, Los Angeles Airport, for visitors outside of America, is an absolute DISASTER! The lines are sickening! However, for American citizens, it’s a breeze.

Well, HK Airport was also a breeze.  The lines for “visitors” was a bit long, but only about 10 minutes.  When I came here, they didn’t have 2 officers per 75 people like KL Airport has.  They had 12-15 officers…speeding up lines considerably.

So real big props to immigration in HK!

Hot Place To Eat – Beef & liberty

Hands down, the best place I’ve ever eaten at since the taco house at San Francisco Airport.  Delicious beef burger (but without the fries) and a freshly squeezed juice.  This was just after immigration (on the same level).  I was a bit worried, because the worst experienced I ever had was at Vientiane Airport.  Luckily I had eaten at a family-owned soup shop before heading to the airport because there wasn’t a single eatery inside the airport.  Always do a little research before checking in.  At Bangkok Airport, I always get the usual pepperoni pizza (ridiculously delicious) at Dean and Deluca.  That’s another must have.  If you’re not a meat eater, these shops have a great variety of vege dishes.

FYI – If you go there, make sure you get someone who’s “non” foreign.  Apparently the foreign waiters and waitresses have terrible attitudes. LOL


As I sit here, I’m looking at clouds blanketing the gorgeous green hills that are off at a very-close distance.  Skyscrapers, and I mean a many of them, are just before the mountains, some of them even on the mountains.  Cathay Pacific jets are coming in and out of the gates with yet again, a very efficient ground-working crew at the bottom.  This restaurant, which has a spectacular view, has great jazz music playing and wonderful decor.  What fascinated me the most was the girl who was sitting across from me.  She’s absolutely American (with a Chinese heritage) because she didn’t pull out her phone once and had only a book.  I miss those days.  Just to the left of me is a businessman making a powerpoint and another guy on his phone.

All in all, this is my second favorite airport.  I still think Bangkok Airport is quick with checking in, security and immigration (at times).  However, there’s a massive separation between 3 and 2/ 2 and 1 — 1 being Singapore Airport.

Nonetheless, I’m so grateful for having gone on this trip and I hope you guys enjoyed all the content I put out.  What’s next? Not exactly sure.  Have to handle some documents and get a new visa, and if I do, I might take some time off until October/November.

Traveling Pod #8: Esther Inspiration, Chinese Food, CBD, Mid-Level Escalators & The End + YouTube Video

Here I was before my travel vlog sitting in my hotel when I met a girl named Esther.  Esther is a teacher who wants to become so many other things, and hearing what she had gone through was utterly heart-breaking.  From physical abuse, to verbal abuse at a French school.  So many different things have happened in her life for years — and most of them bad.  However, the brilliance of this young individual and the ability to still be grateful — is amazing.  In the wake of so much that has happened in my life, and not trying to compare my life with hers, but how could I complain about the things I’ve been through when others are enduring in so much more pain and anguish.

When the evening rolled around, I met up with her and we had an absolute blast.  I had my first Hong Kong dish, and it was pretty good (although I prefer spicy because I just love Thai food so much now).  I noticed that the way people talk to each other is amazing. LOL! They scream and look angry all the time.  Well, not scream…those are the native Chinese, but even hearing some of Esther’s stories about the dispute because the two countries, was saddening. The way Chinese people are treated here is deplorable; and the way Hong Kong people are treated in China is worse.  Why can’t we just get along?!

After the restaurant, something caught my attention while walking.  There was this open area situated between gorgeous buildings, so I pointed to that area before walking there.  There it was!


Here I stood in awe.  It felt like Sydney, Australia all over again, but with an insane amount of humidity.  This vibe and the energy that was in this square was something I’ve never felt before; and at the moment, I said, “oh boy, I hope Hong Kong isn’t growing on me!” Ha!

Mid-Town Escalators




I’ve always wanted to see these things.  Because Hong Kong is a vertical city in its own right, they make it easier for people to get up hills (rather than going up the traditionally and stupendously hard way) by building escalators all around the Mid-Level area.  These escalators were rows of three, and apparently there are much more stretching all around the city.

Colonial Square


Now, you guys already know how I’m not so particularly fond with the British (mainly because they’re deemed as gods in Asia for whatever reason), but this colonial (what looks like French to me) square at the top of the escalators, was amazing.  Groups of three sitting down and laughing, people doing their hair, taking pictures, and of course, it’s never a square without seeing a foreigner with his two children, frowned out of this world and angry….sitting down. LOL!

In that moment, everyone was enjoying but he wasn’t.  People simply miss out on life so much and it’s a damn shame.

We walked through some of buildings and found a quaint cafe situated just on the left side of where the picture was taken.  Filipino girl with top-notch service got us some drinks, and then I saw a guy who looked like an islander.  After having an amazing conversation, I wanted to ask him if he was Samoan.  First, I asked him where he was from.  He said the Philippines.  I said, “hmmm, big and with that hair?” He then went onto say, without me even asking him, “my father is half-Samoan.”

BOOM! I win!

All in all, I was walking home and captured one final photo before doing a podcast interview with an ecommerce entrepreneur.  That was the end of Day 2. Day 3 was just a relaxation day + the harbor.  The trip is officially over, unfortunately. So many more to come though!




Traveling Vlog #1: Deep Within Hong Kong

Wow! What a morning it was! I’m going to just sum what happened yesterday morning, then 3pm onwards, I’ll talk about my new friend and seeing the real city + escalators + amazing cafe filled with so many professional people with similar accents.

So, in the morning, it continued.  That’s right…from the hotel staff saying, “we won’t give you water until you make up your room,” to not finding food.  But let’s first start with the magnificent run I had.

I started off running in front of my hotel and it was just an endless series of rights, lefts, over the bridge, up the stairs, up the hill….this was a New York City type of run and I’ve never been there before! I think having the towering skyscrapers hanging over my head and seeing other runners pushed me a lot harder.  I love the fact that it has such a business feel in the center of the city.  Something tells me that this city has ample opportunity, but only time will tell.

After making about 100 rights and lefts while running, I ended up back on the street where my hotel is (and I didn’t even use my map). So, you know how I do — FULL ON SPRINT! I loved seeing the Hong Kong people look at me in awe, stride-for-stride, flying down the street.  It’s what I live for. LOL

After that, I went up a ridiculous hill (which is the video in my Instagram), and was winded almost immediately.  Grabbed some oranges and bananas from a lovely couple, then went to my hotel before I met Esther (in my podcast following this blog).

One thing about Hong Kong is it’s pretty difficult to find food.  Where I am, it’s a bunch of dry seafood and pig hips hanging from the rafters.  I was irritated as hell trying to find just a place that had some legitimate food, not a cow hip — uncooked.

I kept searching until I finally found a cafe tucked away on the corner of a street.  I think it was a vegan café, but it was delicious to say the least.  Also, foreign girl working there and she was pretty nice and attentive.

Honestly, as difficult as it was trying to find a place to eat, I went on search for Subway, which was apparently nearby…..and this is when my Vlog started…