Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Additional Relative Clauses Exercise

Hello, everyone! As promised, here’s the second installment of the podcast/blog I did WAYYYY earlier today. I wanted to go more in-depth with clauses because I know a few of you may have not understood.

Extreme ironing is an unusual sport which was invented in 1997 by an Englishman whose name is Phil Shaw. He had to do ironing at home, but he preferred to go rock climbing. So he decided to combine the two things. Of course, ironing and climbing are two activities that don’t have a lot in common. but now people do it all over the world. When Phil was in New Zealand, he started an organization called Extreme Ironing International. Diving, skiing, skating, and parachuting are some of the other sports which people have combined with ironing. Underwater, in the air and on top of the mountains are just some of the strange places where people have done this sport. Ben Gibbons and John Roberts are two Englishmen whose adventure with extreme ironing became a short film, Extreme Ironing to Mount Everest.

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Second Task

Use the following relative pronouns to complete the sentences: who, which, whose, when, where, that

  1. The winner of the 100m dash in the olympics is the person ________ finishes first.
  2. A referee is the person ___________ job is the control the game.
  3. 2016 is the year ___________ Euro was played.
  4. A Tatami is the place __________ you do Judo.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Weekend Special – IELTS – Speaking Part I

We’ve got IELTS speaking back! Since these were some great podcasts/blogs, I decided to bring them back on weekends that I don’t have a special. Super excited about going over some of these questions and giving you a couple sentences that follow, but it’s really up to you to write your feedback and examples. Post them on my Facebook page.

Questions

How popular are bicycles in your hometown?

Let’s understand this question. Figure out, within a split second, how popular bicycles are in your hometown. Now, I’m from America. If you’re middle-upper class, you will have bought a bicycle by now and you ride it with other enthusiasts. Remember, America has the most obese human beings on planet Earth.

However, in Australia….bicycles are very popular because it’s one of the fittest nations on the planet.

In Thailand, bicycles are somewhat popular, but also extremely dangerous, due to motorcycle/vehicles on the road that don’t pay mind to pedestrians.

  • Bicycles are somewhat popular because…..
  • Bicycles are ridden on a consistent basis by……
  • Bicycles are hardly popular because people would much rather……

 

How often do you ride bicycles?

In this question, give me an adverb of frequency, quickly! Pick an adverb of frequency and go from there in explaining why you do it _____________(insert the frequency).

 

Do you think bicycles are suitable for all ages? Why or why not?

Now, state your stance and then go on with the explanation.

  • I absolutely think they’re suitable.
  • To a certain extent I believe that….
  • I somewhat feel that it’s not suitable for all ages…..

 

What are the advantages of a bicycle compared to a car?

Give me three reasons and give me examples for each one.

 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 43 – Vocabulary – Collocations with Get

We’re going over get collocations today! Lots of words are paired with “get,” and here are some of them.

  • Get angry
  • Get in trouble
  • Get behind you
  • Get started
  • Get good grades
  • Get help
  • Get the message
  • Get upset
  • Get in shape
  • Get wet

Complete the sentences with an expression from the Vocabulary skill box.

  1. I think this woman has been hurt. Can you ________________?
  2. If you can’t help her, just say no. She’ll _______________.
  3. Please don’t ________________. I didn’t mean to drop your phone.
  4. I need to join a gym so I can _______________.
  5. Those two always ______________ when they play together.
  6. Let’s __________________ soon. I want to finish by 7 p.m.

Complete the opinions with an expression from the box.

Vocabulary: get a job, get engaged, get home, get lost, get married, get permission, get ready, get the impression.

  1. I think when you ________________, it’s important to have a big wedding.
  2. I think it’s impossible to _________________ with maps and Google maps on our phones.
  3. It shouldn’t take anyone more than 20 minutes to ________________ for the game.
  4. I usually _________________ around 6pm on weekdays by train.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 34 – Grammar – Making Contrasts

Welcome back, everyone! Time to do some more contrasts! For those of you who didn’t tune into my IELTS writing a few weeks ago, I’m going over it again in general English form. 

Less and fewer are comparatives.  They are the opposite of more.  Use fewer with count nouns and less with non count nouns. 

Least and fewest are superlatives.  They are the opposite of most. 

To emphasize a comparison or contrast, you can use the words with far, a lot, or much. 

Form

Comparatives

Less + noncount noun

Fewer + count noun

Superlatives

The fewest + count noun

The least + noncount noun

Example

There is less production in Japan than in Germany. 

There are fewer electric cars than gasoline-powered cars.

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I wonder which company has the fewest electric cars in production. 

Hybrid cars use the least gasoline.

Emphasis

A lot/much/far + fewer + count noun

A lot/much/far + less + noncount nouns 

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  • There are far fewer cars sold in winter. 
  • A lot less money is spent on motorcycles than in the past. 

Complete the sentences with less, fewer, least, or fewest. 

  1. You will find ________________ automobile manufacturers in Honduras than in Costa Rica. 
  2. South Korea produces _____________ vehicles in Japan. 
  3. Togo is the country with the _____________ motor vehicles per capita. 
  4. Right now, Iran produces _____________ cars than China. 
  5. I think the boat industry makes _______________ than the car industry. 
  6. In my country, _________________ people use public transportation than drive cars.
  7. The _________________ popular form of transportation in my country is the train. 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 33 – Pronunciation – Suffixes with I

Welcome back, everyone! Here are some suffixed with -i. It’s been a while since uploading, but i took three days off to see what was and wasn’t working. So, here I am again

Here are some suffixes beginning with -i

ion, -tion, sion

location

condition

conclusion

-ic

realistic

academic

antibiotic

-ical

psychological

technical

political

-ity

diversity

minority

publicity

-ian, -sian, -cian

physician

electrician

indonesian

ial, -cial, -tial

initial

artificial

essential

Practice: say the words and write them in the correct columns down below.

o O o

o  o O o

O oo

o O o o

authority, automatic, correction, critical, diplomatic, chemical, humidity, objection, physical, prediction, priority, energetic

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 12 – Vocabulary – Synonyms and Partial Synonyms

Welcome back! Here’s another one of those head-scratching lessons that can confuse people.  You have synonyms, and partial synonyms.

Let’s look at some of these words down below and see if we can match some of the synonyms with their partials.

List

Bright, cheerful, clever, difficult, elderly, friendly, glad, happy, hard, intelligent, old, outgoing, slim, social, thin.

Example: Bright – clever – intelligent

Put the words in their categories. 

 

Pronunciation

Based on the stress of the word, I want you to write to enunciate the words above and ask yourself how many syllables each one has.  Example, talkative.  The first syllable is stressed and there are three total.

 

Additional Task

Choose the best alternative.  If there is no difference, choose both.

  1. Don’t call your grandfather old/elderly! It’s more polite to call her old/elderly.
  2. That new teacher in school is really attractive/good-looking.
  3. My friend is always smiling.  She’s a really glad/cheerful person.
  4. You need to eat more.  You look a bit slim/thin to me.
  5. This question is really hard/difficult.
  6. I’m clever/bright enough to do this exercise.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 10 – Pronunciation Skill – Linking the Past Tense verb to the Next Word

Here’s a great pronunciation practice to kickstart your wonderful week!  Listen to my podcast down below and enunciate the sentences with me — using the intonation (rise and fall) and listening closely to the past tense verbs.

 

  1. Jake didn’t major in dental; he majored in medical.
  2. I’ve recently backed up all of the data on my MacBook.
  3. They’re concerned about how he’s teaching the students.
  4. The two countries have agreed to the terms and conditions on importing and exporting goods.
  5. It was my birthday, so my mother picked me up and took me out to dinner.
  6. I walked into the wrong classroom yesterday, but the students had a laugh.
  7. I’ve already filled out the form to submit to the US embassy.
  8. I should have brought my document with me.  Sorry.  I’ve attached it to the email I recently sent to you.
  9. Which countries refused you at the border?
  10. She hasn’t prepared the speech yet.

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