Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 49 – Developing Vocabulary – Collocations Related to Work

This is a two-episode week of developing vocabulary, which I think a lot of you may be looking forward to. Today we’re going over some regular collations with work.

So, to break it down, some verbs and nouns naturally go together. There are verb/noun collocations that are related to work, such as solve a problem, earn money, and schedule a meeting.

  1. Complete the sentences down below with the following words: earn money, go to a meeting, meet a client, schedule a meeting, send an e-mail, wear a uniform.

A. I’m going to _____________ at dinnertime. His name is Andrew.

B. Can you ____________ for 12.00 pm? I have great news for the coordinators.

C. Nurses in Thailand have to _______________; they’re an off blue.

D. I have to _________ in the afternoon at the United Center.

E. I need to _________________ to my client. Do you have his email?

F. We work because we need to _______________, but we like our jobs.

 

Cross out the word that doesn’t form a collocation.

  1. Ask for: Time off, fire, 
  2. Get: a meeting, paid, promoted
  3. Make: a phone call, a colleague, money
  4. Take: a day off, notes, a meeting
  5. Work: overtime, from home, boss
  6. Write: a vacation, report, an email

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

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

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

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

Answers

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

 

Task

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

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

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

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Text Completion – Adverb and Adjective Endings

Guys, welcome back to another TOEIC language building podcast/YouTube and I’m proud to be bringing you today a very informative blog on adjectives and adverbs.  There are some differences between the two, so I want to break them down as easy (not easily) as possible.

Language building: adjective and adverb endings

You basically have “ly” versus everything else in these sentences.  Let’s check them out.

  1. We chose this condominium because the rooms are fully furnished and____________(comfortable/comfortably).
  2. We have ______________ problems with the pipes below our home. (serious/seriously)
  3. You are expected to listen _____________ while listening for the exact words in order to become a great transcriptor. (attentive/attentively)
  4. Our sales have been ____________ good in the last three months. (consistent/consistently)
  5. The response to the new layout of the office has been __________. (wonderful/wonderfully)
  6. The contract ____________stated that you could be replaced if you don’t meet our demands. (specific/specifically)

Adjectives – write down five in each category down below.

-able –

-ous –

-ive –

-ent –

-ful –

-ic –

Adverbs

-ly –

Now make sentences with two of the words from each category and post them on my Facebook wall. 

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Eliza of India!

So grateful for having a wonderful friend from India on!  Full of energy and laughs, Eliza came on to talk about different locations around India and living in China! Tune in!

 

Things we discussed:

  • Introduction.
  • Where Eliza is from.
  • What the differences are of other regions in India.
  • Talking about Bollywood and slums in India based on the movie of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
  • Northern India and International Schools.
  • Mumbai and schools in the region.
  • Punjab region.
  • World Heritage sites in India? Recommendations by the guest.
  • Cultural barriers. How was it for the guest?
  • The different regions in China.
  • Chinese cuisine.
  • Where has she traveled in China and what has she learned.
  • Forbidden City and the Great Wall.
  • English usage in China and India. Which places use English more as their mode of communication?
  • The guest’s advice for English language learners.

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

Hello, everyone! If this is your second time tuning in, this was part of the TOEIC live coaching I did last weekend. However, because Facebook live stinks, I’m not able to show you exactly how I found the answers, and more just talking.  However, I will have the YouTube video down below (coming soon) so you can see how I find the answers.  Also, this is in podcast form, if you want to listen to this without the video.

The PDF is down below for you guys, too!

With that being said, today we’re going over a test tactic (from the book Tactics for TOEIC) and the goal is to locate information in double text questions.  So, towards the latter stages of the TOEIC exam, you will get these double passages. If you’re not looking in the right places, you will lose, quickly.  So my goal is to show you guys this in bulk (YouTube) and have the podcast down below, too.

 

Questions

 

Where did Kelvin Adams see the ad?

  1. On the internet
  2. In the newspaper
  3. In a shop

 

What feature probably attracted Kelvin to this apartment?

  1. The central heating
  2. The price
  3. The location

 

How many rooms are there in the apartment?

  1. 2
  2. 5
  3. 6

 

What does Kelvin request?

  1. Directions to the apartment
  2. Pictures of the apartment
  3. An appointment in March

 

Which of the following is likely to be a problem?

  1. The availability date
  2. The policy on pets
  3. The apartment size

 

 

Text

 

Apartment for rent

  • Modern downtown studio apartment located 10 minutes from shops and public transportation
  • 2 bedrooms, kitchen, living/dining room, bathroom, balcony
  • Centrally heated (gas)
  • Suit young couple or professional
  • Part furnishing can be arranged
  • Rent $985 per month plus utilities
  • Deposit + 1 month’s rent in advance
  • No pets
  • Available mid-March

Contact Karim Patel 555 2345 Email: karim98@s_mail.com

 

To: karim98@s_mail.com

Cc:
From: Kelvin Adams (kelheart2@s_mail.com)

Dear Mr. Patel

I saw your advertisement in the local newspaper. I’m very interested in the apartment for my family. We are currently living in Westside, but are looking to move closer to the town center, by the end of February so this apartment would be ideal. I was hoping to be able to arrange a visit sometime next week. Monday would be the best day for us, if this is convenient for you.

In the ad, you mentioned that the place could be part-furnished. We have a small amount of furniture ourselves, but probably not enough for a two-bedroom place. Could you possibly tell us what inventory is likely to be included with the apartment?

I would also really appreciate it if you could possibly send us a couple of pictures of the bedroom and living/dining room, as well as some directions as to how to get there. Thank you very much in advance.

Yours

Kelvin Adams

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

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

 

Things we discussed:

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

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

Welcome back, everyone! This is a continuation of what I did last week on my TOEIC video.  Because it gained a lot of subs, traction, and love, I decided to continue what’s hot.  So, here’s the second part of the video I did last week!

I’m posting last weeks’ blog down below so you can see the chart and answer the questions I have at the bottom.

A. The main focus of the chart/table/form

B. Details of how information in the chart/table/form is meant to be used.

C. Information about who the text is from or intended for.

D. Extra details that indicate changes/differences to information in the chart/table/form

E. Background information that relates to the chart/table/form or the people who use it.

F. Details/facts/numbers/dates/names

 

**I’ve put the answers next to the numbers for you guys to understand how it works!

 

1) C

From: johnsmith@gmail.com

To: arseniobuck@icloud.com

Date: October 27th

Subject: November Visit

 

2) A

Dear Arsenio,

 

After my visit last month, I would like to talk about some of the different approaches for improving sales that were discussed at last year’s sales conference.  I would appreciate it if you would set aside the whole day on the 25th of November.

 

(3) B

so that I can meet with you and your sales team.  I am including, in the attachment, the most recent sales figures from last year for you and your team to review before we meet.

See you next month.

 

John

 

4) F Sales of Cars

5)  D                                    Jan-Mar                     April-June              July-August

Toyota                             1521                              655                            *232

Mitsubishi                       756                               943                            1100

Honda                             1873                              800                             422

6) E  * model discontinued in December

 

Questions

 

  1. What does the chart show?

A) The number of vehicles sold by one manufacturer

B) Sales figures for four years.

 

     2. Who sent this email?

A) John Smith

B) Arsenio Buck

 

3. Which model sold the greatest number overall?

A) Honda

B) Mitsubishi

 

     4. Which was the most successful period for sales of the Toyota?

A) July-August

B) January-March

 

     5. What will happen in December?

A) There was a sales conference.

B) The Toyota model was discontinued.

 

 6. How many Mitsubishi’s were sold in December?

A) 465

B) 1100

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS Part III – Benefits of International Travel

Welcome back to another Part III! Today is a follow up from what I did in an earlier Facebook live video.  Here are the topics and look what I wrote  (which I recommend) for each one.

 

What do you think people can learn from traveling to other countries?

When I first traveled to Australia in 2009, I was introduced to an idea.  An idea that would change the rest of my life.  Being born and raised in Las Vegas, what I saw (in the world) was just Las Vegas and other parts of America.  When I went to Sydney, I saw what the world really had to offer, and that’s when everything changed.  Learning by traveling is the best way to open yourself up to all people of color, cultural backgrounds, social/religious beliefs.

Can traveling make a positive difference to the economy of a country? How?

Thailand has had over 20 million visitors the past couple of years, toppling the charts and surging to the #1  tourist destination hotspot in the world.  The economy in Bangkok is SOUND.  When I lived in America, I constantly heard about how bad the economy was and is heading, but in Thailand, the chatter of the economy is minute compared to other countries. If anything, it’s surging.

Do you think society can benefit if its members travel to different countries? Why?

I’ve been around Thai students who have had the opportunity to travel to the dirty south (south of the United States).  The culture they experienced there changed their entire mindset on African American people versus the perception they used to have of them (not always great).  Also, if people would travel to parts of Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, statistics probably show that those individuals are more open to accepting people of other cultures versus those who have never traveled and live around one predominant group of people.

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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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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 4 – Speaking Skill – Offering Advice and Suggestions

Use some of these phrases below when offering advice to others.  Some are followed by the -ing form of the verb.

  • I suggest going to Siam Paragon.
  • How about getting a new dog to take care of?
  • I’d recommend reading Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist.

Others are followed by an infinitive.

One idea is to volunteer at a daycare center.

It might be a good idea to eat things that will help you emotionally everyday.

Task: Correct mistakes in these sentences.

  1. One idea is to eating more junk food.
  2. I’d recommend to eat more apples.
  3. How about to buy more vegetables in outdoor markets?
  4. It might be a good idea for improve yourself.
  5. I suggest have a healthy snack before going to work.
  6. One way is get a pet.

Task 2: Complete the dialogues with suitable advice.

  1. I really need to find a better place to live.

I suggest __________________________________________________.

2. I don’t know what subject to major in.

How about ________________________________________________.

3. It’s very difficult for me to sleep.

It might be a good idea to ________________________________________.

4. I want to improve my diet.

I’d recommend ___________________________________________.

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