How I created a skillset before covid19 shattered jobs

The language school where I have been teaching since May last year had to close on the 18th March. I am owed three weeks pay, which should have arrived by 11th April at the latest. There are 8 other teachers in the same boat and we have all been unable to contact the owner. He isn’t answering his phone, e-mails or Line messages (but the messages are being read) I need my money!

Anonymous Teacher in Thailand

I’m fortunate enough to have built up my skillsets over the course of 5 years. However, the comment above, which I found on a website, shows a plead from an individual who works at a language center (like me) that sadly fell into the grim reality of a corrupted owner. He was supposed to get paid but the owner has literally went AWOL, or so it seems (because line messages are being read). I have empathy for these teachers, including the rest around the world, who have had their jobs completely slashed away. 36 million English speakers in America have lost their jobs and that toll will continue climbing because the spread of the virus will amplify.

In the past here in Thailand, there have been floods that wiped up a large portion of the country, inundating homes and districts for up to a half-a-year, coups that ran rampantly on the streets of Thailand, disrupting an entire nation. Riots between two political parties that saw dozens of lives lost, but this certainly trumps them all, doesn’t it?

The company that hires and sends us to teach in Thai public schools refuses to tell the teachers when our contracts will officially begin. Meaning we don’t know if they will begin in May or July. If our contracts don’t begin until July, it means we will have gone from March to the end of July with little or no pay. The fact the company refuses to be upfront with teachers, only highlights the poor character of this Thai-run company. 

They assume that they can string the foreign teachers along and we will be there when school starts. But they assume wrong. When the school term starts again, I suspect the companies and schools that have ignored and not looked after the foreign teachers will be left with giant holes to fill. Loyalty is a two way street.

Anonymous Teacher

I think you guys get the point. Because this gentleman is a 1 in 2,000 foreigner teachers (give or take a couple thousand) here in Thailand, he can be disposed of, just like most Americans who have lost their jobs to COVID.

However, because I’m a podcaster, online trainer, teacher, have proven my capabilities and have gotten results, I’m probably a 1 in 3 here in Thailand, putting me in a category that’s hard to get into.

“Arsenio, do you have a lot of work here in Thailand?” Absolutely NOT. There are forces beyond my power that play a pivotal role in this white-ocracy, but because I’m well-known online because the videos, and worldwide because my podcast….there are people inquiring from all corners of the world for my services. How did I do this?

  • Become an asset; not a number
  • Learn skills that others don’t know
  • Build an online persona
  • Strengthen your four cores of credibility
  • Content creation

Whether you’re at home and stuck — or wondering what you can do with all the free time, this is the best way you can start strengthening skills that can provide you with extra income…not waiting on others to open their doors.

Interviewee #33 – Lenita Abouchabake on Youth Leadership

Another amazing connection that made way into my inbox. We got on a call, same day, and talked for almost an hour. This amazing Australia has come on to share some unbelievable thoughts. I will bring her on BeLive.tv (The Arsenio Buck Show) and Motivational Mentors, so please be sure to follow those Facebook pages, too! Here’s what we chatted about.

Another amazing connection that made way into my inbox. We got on a call, same day, and talked for almost an hour. This amazing Australia has come on to share some unbelievable thoughts. I will bring her on BeLive.tv (The Arsenio Buck Show) and Motivational Mentors, so please be sure to follow those Facebook pages, too! Here’s what we chatted about.

Lenita’s passion for health and young people always empowered her into learning ways to educate youth on how to become healthy, confident and resilient. This passion led her to becoming a Physical Education Teacher, to raise awareness on the importance of student wellbeing.

Wanting to expand her classroom, she left her teaching role to become a Youth Speaker and Teen Coach. She speaks in high schools to deliver resilient presentations and provides students with practical ways to help them overcome various hardships in their life.

With the success of her youth speaking business, Lenita supports leaders and experts in Personal Development and Financial Literacy, in becoming Youth Speakers to share their story and expertise with the youth around the world – essentially filling the gaps in the education system.

Get in touch with Lenita Abouchabake on Youth Leadership

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Things we discussed:

  • Introduction given by Lenita Abouchabake to the listeners and the problem with traditional of education system and limited soft skills, building abundance and financial literacy in the Western world.
  • What are taught in Australian system?
  • What are the differences between non self-aware and self-aware people.
  • What are the big issues and the commonalities that are happening amongst youth?
  • What is the paradox of detention in schools?
  • Rejection & Resentment
  • The importance of individuals’ purpose.
  • Roadblocks and overcoming them.
  • How to create opportunities for yourself?
  • How to invest in yourself and make an impact.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 53 – Vocabulary Skills – Suffixes -ful & -less

Welcome back to another ESL podcast! I’m back with some more vocabulary today, and of course, your favorite type of skill….

SUFFIXES!

Two common suffixes you can add to words to make adjectives are -ful and -less. The suffix -ful means “full of” (fearful = full of fear, cheerful = full of cheer) and -less means “without” (fearless = without fear). For some words, either suffix can be added. For others, you can use on suffix but not the other.

-ful -ful and -less -less
successful painful/painless priceless
beautiful hopeful/hopeless sleepless
stressful thoughtful/thoughtless jobless
  useful/useless homeless

Task

Look at these word roots. which can take -ful and which can take -less? Which can take either? Make a diagram like the one above.

Words: harm, truth, power, point, beauty, care, help, worth

-ful -ful and less -less

2. Match the root word and correct suffix -ful or -less to complete these sentences.

Words: stress, home, fear, harm, wonder, point, success, power

  1. It’s _____________ to have come here. I’m so glad you invited me to come to this speaking engagement.
  2. A phobia is more than merely being _______________of something, like heights.
  3. You probably fear failure because it may be ____________ to your image.
  4. You feel ____________ when you’re in situations that you cannot control.
  5. Traveling can be very _____________ for a lot of us.
  6. After a lot of hard work, he was ___________in finally establishing himself as the CEO of the company.
  7. Her friends tried to reason with her, but it was _____________. She wouldn’t listen.
  8. In America, 1 million government workers are fearful that they may become _______________.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 50 – Developing Vocabulary – Phrasal Verbs Connected with Sports

We’re back with some more phrasal verbs! Because these particular blogs and podcasts are very popular, I love to debut them weekly. Here we go!

  1. She took up a new sport because she was bored during the winter.
  2. You should always warm up before going for a run so that you can reduce the chances of cramping.
  3. The Baltimore Ravens knocked Pittsburgh Steelers out of the playoffs in Week 17, so the Steelers won’t be participating in the postseason.
  4. Hey! Are you from around here? Want to join in?
  5. I gave in while playing Danny in ping-pong during college; it was impossible to beat him!
  6. They really want to win so they’re going to go for the two-point conversion.
  7. She’s really fit because she works out at the gym everyday.

Definitions

  1. Prepare for a sport or another activity by doing gentle exercises.
  2. Stop competing and accept you can’t win.
  3. Try very hard to win or get something.
  4. Start participating in an activity with other people who are already doing it.
  5. Start a sport or hobby.
  6. Do physical exercise.
  7. Eliminate somebody from a competition by beating them/make somebody unconscious.

Complete the sentences with the correct form of the phrasal verbs.

  1. I’m going to _______________ badminton. Tomorrow I’m going to buy a racket.
  2. Yesterday we played in the Final Four. We aren’t in the final because the other team _____________ us ______________.
  3. Why don’t you __________?
  4. She’s got the right conviction to become a champion. When she’s losing, she never ________________.
  5. It’ll be a hard race but she’s going to ______________ the championship.
  6. He pulled his hamstring because he didn’t _________________ before running.
  7. They’re really strong. They _________________in the gym, doing weightlifting.

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: Special – IELTS – Part III – Talking About Abstract Topics & Agree/Disagree

Welcome back to another Facebook Live Coaching for IELTS!  Thank you so much for tuning in today, and we’re going to have to further discuss Part III — a topic we haven’t spoken about yet. Here are some of the things we will go over.

  • Talking about abstract topics
  • Giving your personal opinion
  • Agreeing and disagreeing
  • Improving your Lexical Resource score

Test Tip: in each part of the test, it is very important to answer all of the questions as fully as possible so that the examiner can assess your language.  This will also help improve your score.  Make sure to expand on your answers as much as possible.

Techniques

  • Stating or explaining your own view.
  • Giving relevant examples.
  • Explaining how or why something happens.
  • Saying what would, could, should or might happen.
  • Suggestions a solution to a problem.
  • Explaining another side to the issue.

Arsenio’s Part III Examples

Part III Questions:

  1. Do you think it’s more important to earn a large salary or to be happy in your job?
  2. Do you think some people spend too much time on their computers these days? Why?
  3. Do you think the government should try to control the internet, or should people be able to write whatever they want?
  4. Pollution is a problem in many countries.  What do you think governments can do about it?
  5. Do you think newspapers and books will eventually disappear?

 

Different sentence beginnings

  • For example, when we…..
  • On one hand, some people believe….
  • If that happened, then…
  • This happens on a routine basis because….
  • Well, I personally think…
  • One way of dealing with this is….

Agreeing and disagreeing opening statements

  1. Oh no, not at all.
  2. Well, I think there are valid points for both sides.
  3. I totally agree with that.
  4. I agree to an extent.
  5. I would have to say no, and this is because…
  6. I completely disagree.
  7. Actually I think it depends on the situation/country/person
  8. It seems to me that there are two sides to consider.

Look at the statements below. Decide whether you agree or disagree.

  1. Video games influence children.
  2. People should be made to retire earlier so that young people can get jobs sooner.
  3. Robots will play a more important role in our lives in the future.
  4. We don’t do enough to protect the environment.
  5. Everyone should take some sort of further education.

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Arsenio’s IELTS Coaching – Episode 3

YouTube –

 

Coaching Session 003: Being Creative

So, I was asked this fascinating question just recently by one of my content writers.  She asked me how to be creative and how we can continue being creative.  Well, we’re living in a world that’s changing literally every year, month, week, day.  The YouTube’s and Apple’s of the world can ultimately fall apart just as Toys R Us and other massive chains in different countries plummeted.  Well, if we take a look at my ESL podcast and how I’ve been teaching in Thailand, this is probably the only way I can relate to this post.

The Initiation

When I first moved to Thailand, I was making a sloppy $600 USD a month.  Now, the teacher told me I would get paid $66 dollars less because I was black, too.  What was I doing at this school? Teaching younger kids — which required a lot of creativity.  That’s basically it. For five months I didn’t have any personal development and didn’t try learning useful skills that will make me a hot commodity.

Second Job

I moved up to $1000 dollars a month, which is an 80% increase, teaching technical college students.  Did I learn anything while I was there? Absolutely not…but with 5 months experience, this gave me a significant pay raise that I never thought I would get.

The Reality

When I finally moved outside of Bangkok, not only did I make 2k USD a month, but I first taught TOEIC (a test preparation course to enable the student to apply for higher paying jobs based on their English language literacy).  I learned to teach 4-skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening), academic writing, IELTS, business English and other facets.  When they saw I was an excellent speaker, they wanted me to create a new course that catered to conversation, which was a success beyond a success.  I got gigs teaching at the top-5 companies within these borders (email writing, business English and other areas), and when this happened, jealousy began growing.

Then I knew I was on the right path. The more I learned, the more I earn.

In 2015, I created a YouTube video that now has over 9k views…..never did I think that would happen.  It wasn’t until earlier this year that I had the idea, “hey, if there are lots of people viewing my videos YouTube, how about I make a podcast and see where it goes? Bingo! From there, my podcast soared over the last couple of months.  I began creating 1-minute videos on Instagram and my Facebook page — resulting in BIG HITS.  I turned that into online coaching, which I do live on the weekends and set up the refreshment course via YouTube.

And Then

A coach for Toyota, who has traveled the world and who I’ve been teaching the past three weeks (TOEFL) spoke to me for twenty minutes at the end of class saying, “you have e-test, e-learning, coaching, and refreshing).  While he was talking to me, I realized that I was unconsciously doing two of them already (coaching and refreshing) and it has been STELLAR since beginning two weeks ago.

The Creative

If I can create an e-test for my students and provide specialized courses in the different sectors of English, this could be the new-age part of learning.  If you haven’t already heard, universities are 1 trillion in debt and now people are realizing that university, is indeed, a scam.  In ten years time, we could be learning in virtual reality.  The language centers here in Thailand and all over the world, which are my competitors, can no longer provide a book and a “teacher” to teach from a book (super easy to do). They’ll have to become more creative.

So, how do I stay relevant? Integration of sophisticated lessons that will capture the imaginations of my students, making them better members of society while focusing on their core genius.  Professors around the world teach what’s only in books, and that will all be gone once AI is implemented and we no longer need to memorize information that’s useless.

Being creative is doing exactly what the big companies, which have failed, didn’t do.  Continue evolving and providing your customers with more things and innovate your technology to make life easier.  Jack Ma says “find a need and fill it.”

If you had known about Buzzsprout in the beginning of the year, you would know how garbage it was.  This platform, which podcasters can use to host, was completely useless compared to SoundCloud (a now “pay for plays” platform).  I didn’t know the metrics, who was listening, the last x amount of plays, or ANYTHING.  It was generic as hell compared to sites like Spreaker — a site I can see all the sources on.  However, I’m able to schedule my ESL podcasts now, transcript for little to no money (compared to hosting sites which charge 10x more), and I can put chapter markers in my podcast — a feature that has been invented on any other platform.

Buzzsprout knows in order for it to stay afloat, it has to continue evolving. The moment it began to grow complacent (at the beginning of the year), that was beginning of its downfall.

Always continue making life easier for your customers. Period.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 19 – Vocabulary – Phrasal Verbs Connected with Travel

Here we go! Some phrasal verbs you can understand and use IMMEDIATELY! Traveling, especially for my Thais, is tough because of the language barriers.  To take that further, I remember when I met a Japanese girl on a bus in Hawaii and she couldn’t speak ANY ENGLISH! Imagine traveling the world without knowing English! Well, do not fear! I’ve got a pocket book for you today.

Task – Look at these sentences.  Match the phrasal verbs in bold with the letters down below.

  1. We got on the first flight but we got off due to a mechanical issue.
  2. When all the passengers were in their seats, the plane finally took off.
  3. She got into the car and drove down the street.  When she arrived at her location, she got out of the car, only to realize that she forgot some important documents back home.
  4. This bus is really old.  I think it’s going to break down any minute. *breaks down*
  5. Excuse me, sir.  Could you please tell me what time the flight from Paris gets in? I’m meeting someone on it.
  6. They checked in their bags at Changi airport before going through the very easy passport control lanes.
  7. I took a long journey last year.  I set off from Bangkok around 10pm and arrived in America about 30 hours later.
  8. Because I have such a flexible schedule, I love to get away every two months and travel to neighboring countries.

a. start a journey

b. enter/leave (a train, bus, boat, plane)

c. go somewhere different to have a rest or holiday.

d. arrive

e. show your ticket/give your bags to someone

f. stop working (any form of transportation)

g. enter/leave (a car)

h. start flying.

Answers in podcast down below.

Task 2 – Complete the text with these following words: away, down, in, into, off (x2), on, out of

Last week my sister and I decided to get ___________ for the weekend because of the long holidays.  We decided to go to Kanchanaburi.  We set __________ early, at around 8am.  We got _____________ my friend’s car, which is a Ford Focus because it’s the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the market today.  The only problem was that her car had a tendency of breaking _________. 10 minutes later, it did.  We got __________ the car, grabbed our belongings, and went to a nearby minivan station.  After 30 minutes, a van pulled up and we got ________ and sat down.  The van arrived at Kanchanaburi on time — we got ___________ around 5pm.  We took our luggage and got ________ the minivan. The only problem we had with everything that entire weekend was a broken Ford Focus!

Transcribed Season 3 – Episode 19

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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: 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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