10-Year Anniversary (First Time Traveling Abroad)

When I clicked “book flight” and got the confirmation, it felt as if my heart fell not only to my stomach, but right out of my body in general. I recall the moment when my mother was walking across the living room and I said, “hey, so I’m going to Australia.”

She said nothing but a head-shake.

Was this a good sign? Didn’t matter. It was what Arsenio wanted.

This trip was a concoction of so many emotions, gifts, overcomings, gratitude, seeing kangaroos, and seeing an entire new world that I never thought existed. This was beauty at a grand scale. This was waking up in the morning to the aroma of my mother’s pancakes. This was seeing money in the bank for the first time in 2005. Hell, this was greater than any of those things.

From the accents on the plane, to landing in Brisbane, Australia, to speaking to a Chinese-Australian for the first time. I was so in-the-moment. I was in awe, looking around and taking a glance at everything around me. Remember, this coming from a guy who’s only been to two deserts before in his life (and Cedar City, Utah, not much else to say about that).

Throughout those ten days: blue mountains, best hot chocolate in the world, best Belgian chocolate in the world, Darling Harbour, crazy nights out, romantic dinner (although that failed) and a surprise booking of a hotel with a girl who I was trying so hard to be with (but wanted nothing from me). When I left, I cried. I was sad, broken, so many things….I didn’t know if I could move to Australia, but with perseverance, I did. Sadly enough, the girl who I was pursuing cheated on me; and with the worst rude awakening, entered a year-long abusive relationship with another man.

Me, on the other hand, moved to Australia two years later and started one of those memorable journeys of my life (and still continues today). Tune in for the entire podcast down below!

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Reading Comprehension – Graphs + Podcast/YouTube

Welcome back, everyone! It’s been a long time since I’ve done a TOEIC video.  Excuse behind it? None.  It takes a lot of time and preparation.  However, I’ve got a special treat.

Since I’m checking out what the market likes, my reading comprehension video on YouTube has gotten an insane amount of views.  This time I’m coming back with how to deal with charts, tables, forms, double passages in this segment (could be broken up into two).  So without further ado, let’s get this show started!

Questions involving charts, tables, forms and double passages require a slightly different approach.

Let’s first break down an email, which will relate to many of my business English students.  So, down below are some features and how to find information quickly.  I will have A-F and I want you to match it with 1-6.

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 November

 

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Next Trip: Hong Kong & Macau! Pre-Bookings & Efficiency!

Oh, how unbelievably elated I am to announce my first ever trip to HK.  I was suppose to go there last year on a layover, but I cancelled my trip back home to America (for so many different reasons).  So, discussion ran rampant in class one day and I was trying to tell my students to list the pros and cons of going to specific countries and it went a little something like this.

First, when deciding a flight, always look at multiple sites.  I’m telling you this because I almost paid $450 USD for a flight that was jut under $300 USD on another website — a whopping 33% difference.

After searching for flights, and with along some other students at another location, it came down to the Philippines and Hong Kong for my August travel (and again, hopefully this is the last travel until October/November).  After reviewing the metrics and figuring out what Manila had to offer, of course I went with Hong Kong, a city that has so much more to offer and a ferry ride to Macau.

So, here I am on the cusp of going to Hong Kong, a country I never thought I’d go to while highlighting one of my goals on my 101 goals list (flying 5 ***** Cathay Pacific) and I’m just amazed how I’ve kept at my goals and aspirations.

Travel Blog: Episode 3 – Traveling Dates For This Year – Finally Set: Super, Beast, Trifecta, Australia, Hong Kong & More!

Barring any setbacks and leaving of the country, this is what my travels look like this year (roughly).

Now that I know my future and I’ve finally let go of the past, I can focus on one of the most exciting times and live ahead.  This has been my dream – to teach everywhere, speak when I want, go to conventions, be my own boss, have a team develop content, teach, and travel the world.  Sure, sounds a bit hectic, but inspiring while visiting places that might change who I am for the better is simply life-transforming.

Earlier this year I made a podcast and goal-list to inspire myself to reach higher.  Because things got sour and I had to close out a toxic workplace, I had to wait and see what was going to come into my life in terms of micro work, first.  Now that it has happened and I’m able to project what’s culminating, I can refocus on what I absolutely LOVE TO DO!

First Travel: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This is going down NEXT WEEK! Spartan Race, meeting with a team member, and a wedding – all within a couple days.  Just booked out! Is it going to be possible to get some entrepreneurial work done while I’m there?! Nonetheless, Malindo Air (and lots of blogs to follow) is on the way.  Stay tuned!

Second Travel: Ho Chi Mihn, Vietnam

I miss Vietnam and the unbelievable friends I have there.  I even met a brilliant Thai speaking national at the airport when were were standing around, incredulously, wondering where the hell our plane was.  Vietnamese Airlines for $121 dollars RT?! Pfft, you crazy.  In America, you can’t go from Los Angeles to Las Vegas without spending $130 minimum.  This is why I emphasize that living in Thailand is so centrally located to everything.  3-4 days in the heart of June!

Third Travel: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Spartan Beast + Trifecta Achieved

This might be the most heartwarming and emotional trip ever! Achieving a goal that I set out to achieve in the early stages of last year has to be claimed! Achieving what’s going to be my first trifecta while going through an unbelievably amount of pain, wanting to give up every second of the way is going to be the pinnacle of it all.  The 2005 regional championship race is going to come back when I’m ready to give up, and that’s when the overdrive will takeover.  I’m beyond ecstatic.

Fourth Travel: Bali, Indonesia

I HAVE TO go back to the place that almost made me cry when I left (in a good way).  The banjo playing “la bamba,” serenading at the entrance of the plane almost reduced me to to bawl mode.  From staying at the Sintesa Jimbaran, to meeting a wonderful Australia family at a safari.  This was one of those moments that I will cherish forever – but I need to create more memories by going to UBUD.

Fifth Travel: Hong Kong/Taiwan

It’s a hard choice in between the two, but I need to go to uncharted territory once this year.  I can’t continue going to the same places.  Vietnam and Indonesia was 2016 and Maldives was last year.  I have to keep it going.

New Years – Australia?

And, of course, I’ll have to FINALLY do something good for New Years.  There’s no better place to go then going back to Australia…..but again, this could or could not happen based on my status here in Thailand.

TOEIC: Conditionals II

I wanted to do another rundown of conditionals so you all have a more thorough understanding. If you understand conditionals, not only will it improve your score by about 5-10 questions on Part 5, but also improve your writing – enabling you to use complex structures rather than simple structures.

Conditional sentences contain two distinct parts: the if-clause (condition) and result.  In both of these parts, the verb forms change according to the time.

Real Conditions

  • For a real condition in the future, the verb in the if-clause is usually in the present simple tense, while the verb in the result clause is in the future or imperative form.

– We will need to borrow money if taxes go up.

– If anyone calls here tomorrow, please take a message.

  • Will is sometimes used in the if-clause when it is used as a synonym of want.

– If they won’t compromise, we will have to cancel the negotiations.

  • For a real condition in the past, the verbs in both if-clause and the result clause are in the past.

-If they were waiting for a counteroffer, they were wise.

Unreal Conditions

  • For an unreal condition in the present, the verb in the if-clause is in the past form, while the verb in the result clause is would or could plus the simple (base) form.

-He would ask for an application if he wanted the job.

-If I earned more money, I could buy a better car.

  • For an unreal condition in the present, the correct form for the verb to be in the if0clause is were, no matter what the subject is.

-If she were easier to get along with, she would have more friends.

  • For an unreal condition in the past, the verb in the if-clause is in the past perfect tense, while the verb in the result clause is would have or could have plus the past participle of the verb.

-He would have made a better choice if he had listened to our advice.

-They could have finished the project sooner if they had made a better work plan.

  1. I thought by now we would have learned the lesson that if we ignore overhead, we _______ our expenses.
  1. underestimating
  2. would underestimate
  3. will underestimate
  4. have underestimated

2) If the yield _________ up from 2.1 percent, it would have been the highest average yield since 1854.

  1. would go
  2. has gone
  3. will go
  4. had gone

3) They will import 250,000 more cars a year if international quotas set by the ministry ______ lifted.

  1. are
  2. be
  3. will be
  4. have been

4) If the government __________ an import fee, as it has threatened to do for years, prices of consumer goods will increase by at least 10 percent.

  1. will impose
  2. imposes
  3. has imposed
  4. is imposing

5. Their monetary unit _________ strong if they did something about their deficit.

  1. would be
  2. can be
  3. should be
  4. will be

6. If there had been benefits, such as options for savings and stocks, I __________ applying for the position.

  1. could consider
  2. considering
  3. would have considered
  4. will be considering

7) If the wage parity agreement _________ approved, there might be a big problem.

  1. was not
  2. is not
  3. had not been
  4. will not be

8) The boss will offer James a huge promotion if he ________ to be more punctual.

  1. will learn
  2. had learned
  3. should learn
  4. were learning

9) This purchase __________ a poor decision if it had been made for investment purposes only.

  1. would have been
  2. would be
  3. may be
  4. was

10) If he had taken this particular train as was arranged for him in the original itinerary, he ________ on time for the meeting.

  1. arrives
  2. was arriving
  3. would have arrived
  4. arrived

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TOEIC-TOEFL-IELTS: What Are Your Academic Goals?

To my students all over the world, you have to initiate the power of goal-setting. Without having any goals or end-goals in mind, things will never manifest in life. I’m a living proof of that because I stayed at a job that wasn’t helping me professional, nor was suitable for my personality. It wasn’t until a situation that occurred where I finally told myself that I deserve better.

I then painted exactly what I wanted in terms of a freelance teacher/curriculum developer and now it’s happening – due to inspired action and the burning desire within to get better.

So, I get it. A lot of you want a “high” score, but we don’t know what a high score is. You have to be much more detailed. Specificity is how everything will work. Following that, you will need to develop a set of habits that will get you there.

TOEIC Students

Listen to TOEIC audios for 30 minutes a day (minimum – no excuses). I’m not asking you to circle answers and find pseudo-websites to print out material. Just listen over and over and you will ultimately end up understanding within a 2-4 week period (the threshold it takes for my students here in Thailand).

Grammar – Read!

A lot of you don’t want to read, but where I was just a few years ago, to where I am right now in terms of my writing, is a significant jump. I know how to write a variety of complex structured sentences because I committed to never-ending learning. I understand much more grammar than I did two years ago because of reading things either in books, online, or other writers. I will recommend an array of academic writing books on my next blog.

IELTS Students

Listening can be done online by just listening to the conversational audios which become readily available on YouTube. After that, you can start increasing your vocabulary with different speaking books (in my next blog), which will further increase your knowledge of vocabulary (what examiners want to see).

Writing

Writing tasks are a pain in the ass, but with Longman/Pearson Academic Writing books, you will surely get the job done. I’ve noticed so many great things in these particular books that are very intriguing and my understanding of just about everything continues to grow. These recommendations will also be in the next blog.

Reading

It’s a huge pain in the ass and learning all the vocabulary is useless, so I’ll continue making reading videos and giving examples.

TOEFL Students

You can’t learn every slang and idiom in the English dictionary, so it’s about process of elimination. The listening portions can be a huge pain, especially part III (listening to a lecture). I’ll be going over this extensively in the coming days, but I’ll also be recommending a lot of different books for you guys.  In saying that, I’m also creating practice tests for which will be made available on my website for a small price.

TOEIC: Incomplete Sentences + Text Completion

Welcome back to a full-on blog and episode (in the YouTube video down below) about the two areas of grammar that’s features on the TOEIC test.

Without further ado – let’s get into it.

Directions: Select the best answer to complete the sentence. 

  1. The Stock Market falls when the unemployment rate ____________.
  1. will rise
  2. rises
  3. risen
  4. have risen

2. The company plans to issue ____________ for the first time next quarter.

  1. divide
  2. dividends
  3. divisive
  4. divider

3. Hix & Co. will announce sales figures from the last quarter which __________ expected to be low.

  1. will
  2. is
  3. are
  4. were

4. It is up to the head of the division to use the ___________ funds.

  1. discretionary
  2. discreet
  3. discretion
  4. discreetly

5. His budget always tends to be ____________, which protects his department from unexpected costs.

  1. inflation
  2. inflationary
  3. inflate
  4. inflated

Text Completion

Park, Lee and Associates started as ______6_____ two-person firm more than 75 years ago and has grown into South Korea’s largest Independent Certified Public Accounting firm.  _____7______ got that way by focusing on the special needs of our clients.   

We always put the client first.  We offer traditional accounting services such as audit and tax services.  We also act as consultants and can provide a number of new, innovative services such as fund start-up services. 

We help business owners save money and protect themselves from risk.  we help individuals protect ____8____ assets, plan for the future, and minimise taxes.

____9____ services set us apart from other firms.

6) a, one, this, the

7) They, She, We, It

8) our, her, its, their

9) this, that, these, the

 

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TOEIC- Incomplete Sentences + Text – PDF

TOEIC Grammar: Double Comparatives & Order of Adverbs

Double comparatives

  • Our nation gets fatter and fatter every year.
  • more and more + adjective :
    The problem is getting more and more difficult to solve.To say that something is increasing all the time.

    We can use comparatives with the definite article the

    The more you say, the worse the situation will be. The more, the merrier.

    To say that two changes happen together.

    Order of Adverbs

    Adverbs that go in mid-position express:

    • frequency: never, rarely, always …
    • certainty: probably, certainly, obviously …
    • degree: nearly, almost, quite …The word order for adverbs in mid-position is as follows:

Tense

Subject

Auxiliary verb

Adverb

Main Verb

Complement

To be in simple tense

I

am

usually

right

Perfect tenses

He

has

already

seen

this film

Modal auxiliary verb

We

can

sometimes

play

tennis

Simple tenses

She

hardly

cooks

dinner

Passive with two auxiliary verbs

He

has

never

been remembered

for his novels

Only and even go just before the words they emphasize. It will only take (only) five minutes.

  • They have even forgotten (even) his name.

Sometimes / sometime / some time

Sometimes: means occasionally

Sometime: means at one moment in the future (it can also mean “one day”)

Let’s have dinner sometime next week.

Some time: means a period of time

She’s lived in Italy for some time, so she speaks Italian quite well.

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TOEIC – Reading Section: Introduction, Tips, & A Passage

I decided to do the reading section of TOEIC because I simply haven’t done a video or blog on it yet.  I’m excited about doing this because Native English Speakers can use these techniques for SAT (maybe). TOEFL is a difficult test, but it’s also something you can use with it.  Stay tuned for that, but I haven’t had any students approach me in regards to TOEFL yet.

So, let’s dive into it.

Different Types of Questions

  1. Specific Information (positive)
  2. Vocabulary Questions
  3. Main Idea & inference Questions
  4. Specific Information Questions

Specific Information questions are the easiest and quickest to find.  I love to tell my students to look at the questions that have numbers.  These are the easiest.  Questions that say “what is the purpose of this memo” (ex. number 3 – main idea and inference questions) should always come last.

If you look at number two, which is vocabulary questions, you can see that this is probably the second easiest.

The toss up for last will be between question types 3 and 4.

Questions

  1. For whom is this letter intended?

A) Alberto Romero

B) Benjamin Weintraub

C) John Teirney

D) Alex Andreas?

      2. What kind of job does the applicant want?

A) Human resources

B) Advertising

C) Marketing

D) Sales

      3. Where did Mr. Romero Want To Work?

A) In Britain

B) In North America

C) In Eastern Europe

D) In Asia

 

Passage

Alberto Romero

1711 Taylor Avenue

North Las Vegas

NV 89030

USA

Dear. Mr. Romero,

This letter is to thank you for your application to join out international sales team.  Unfortunately, we must inform you that due to the large number of highly-qualified applicants that applied for the position of Eastern European sales representative, we have already filled all the positions that were advertised in the May issue of the Human Resources Bulletin

As you know, administrative and marketing positions in our European and Asia-Pacific offices regularly become available during the year and we would welcome your application for future international postings.

Yours Truly

Frederick Andreas

 

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Fun & Hobbies Goals For 2018

An implementation of “fun time” during the week is absolutely vital at this point.  I believe living in a slummy area (what I seriously deemed as a slummy area) in north Bangkok where the mindsets were extremely low…it took away from me meeting a lot of amazing people.  The monolithic perception of “blacks” being labeled as “bad” and the “wife tourists” being labels as “wonderful human beings” took so much of a toll on me.  The funny part about all of it was I was the one who decided to stay in this area from October 2014 – December 2017.

I took the “great leap” last September when I decided to join a gym — the Lab BKK.  What’s so special about this gym (and of course the price dug well into my pockets) the business-minded entrepreneurs who work out there.  The majority of everyone speaks solid English and it made me realize that Thai women are accepting of African American men.  However, if you trek about 10 minutes north of DMK Airport in north Bangkok, you can find yourself in an extremely racist society.

I’ve neglected my own self from being around these ultra-successful people.  I finally had reality slap me real hard in the face around the same time (September) when I decided to teach millionaires – all of which were over the age of 30, accepting of my color, and SO HAPPY with life!

This also stemmed from me telling my primary job that I wanted time by myself on a Sunday morning.  The rebellion began at the beginning of last year, and it ultimately lead to somewhat of a demise at a present job — followed by a rapid emergence all around Bangkok.

I traveled to America, Malaysia, and the Maldives, but it felt like I was doing more escaping rather than going on a holiday.  The last trip westward to Kanchanaburi (3 hours drive from Bangkok) was an epitome of ‘when things go wrong, go travel.’  However, when I was on this trip I just kept thinking about my well-being.  How one angry individual now possessed the power to do whatever he wanted or wants with me.

NEVER — and I’m saying NEVER — go on trips when you have baggage on the table in your physical environment at home, work, or anywhere else.  If you go on holiday and all you think about is what’s happening back home, you’ve spoiled the entire trip.  I believe that it happened a couple of times (in Arizona and Kanchanaburi) and I wasn’t able to be fully immersed in what was happening.

Being able to put “fun” in your schedule is vital.  My motto this year is “make the same amount of money but in a fraction of the time.”  Well, it’s soon going to start working! If I can somehow teach for two hours on a Saturday morning, it can total nine hours of teaching that I currently do on a Saturday and Sunday; dealing with the ignorance in the racially infested province, teachers gossiping about how wonderful I am (lol), and so many other factors.

Fun and hobbies can be anything ranging from working out with awesome people, going running, going for a movie by yourself, walking the dog, having a drink by yourself and chatting with passerbys, or anything.  I haven’t been able to enjoy that because there was NO WHERE in the area I can do that….but now, times have changed.

Ok, we have travels.

For Sures 

  1. Indonesia
  2. Malaysia (possibly this month
  3. Kazakhstan + Kyrgyzstan

Potentials

  1. Australia (high chance)
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Taiwan
  4. Morocco (Tedx)

On-The-Ropes

  1. American Samoa
  2. Japan

So these are the trips.  Some revolve around the Spartan Race; others are real vacation.  But what about in Thailand?

  • Fit in relaxation (this could be with great people over amazing food)
  • Enjoy the scenery (don’t always be tugged away in my condo and go to the rooftop)
  • Meet new people (and especially not on Craigslist – LOL!!)
  • Ask for feedback (have more people listen to my podcast around Thailand and become well-known)

Swimming, playing basketball, running the streets, going to a park to do random pull-ups.  These things will come a long way.

Podcast

https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow/fun-hobbies-goals-for-2018