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.

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: 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: Special – IELTS – Passive Voice

Passive voice — one of the most difficult aspects of grammar to learn — is officially here.  I’m very happy to present my writers with this (and especially my IELTS students who are learning how to right a process).

The goal is to do this in baby steps.  An introduction, if you will. I don’t want to over-saturate you with an insane amount of information like your “normal,” historical teachers do.  I’m going to show you the basis and put you to work.

Example

Here’s an example of an active sentence: The river runs through Bangkok.

It’s your basic article, subject, verb, etc.

However, with passive voice, we focus on the object more than the subject: The letter was written by James.

Passive voice: be + past participle)

In the case above, was is the verb to be (obviously in the past) plus the verb participle of write (written).

IELTS TECHNIQUE

Make sure you use the correct form of the verb when you describe a process.  Natural processes are described in active voice, whereas manufacturing are in passive form.

Ex: The tree is chopped down.

Task

Put the following sentences into present simple passive form.

  1. the documents / print
  2. the window / open
  3. the shoes / buy
  4. the car / wash
  5. the litter / throw away
  6. the letter / send
  7. the book / read / not
  8. the songs / sing / not
  9. the food / eat / not
  10. the shop / close / not

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 (Intermediate) – Episode 1 – Pronunciation – Initial Voiceless & Voiced Consonants

Welcome to the first episode of season 3, everyone! This is the intermediate level, so if I speak too fast, I do advise you to go back a level (season 2) so you can practice.  I’m excited to bring you some more in-depth pronunciation exercises that will allow you to become a more understandable NON-nes speaker.  So, here it is.  It’s time to listen to some pairs of voiceless and voiced words, then you will take an interactive exercise and post your answers to my facebook page.

Let’s begin with a nice exercise.

Voiceless                           Voiced

path                                      bath

time                                      dime

came                                     game

few                                        view

 

Task

Listen to the word pairs in my podcast and write down the correct one I said on my Facebook page.  First I will enunciate each one to show you how voiceless and voiced words are pronounced.  After that, you can number them 1-10 on the Facebook page and write down the word you hear.   Here are the word pairs.

park/bark

push/bush

tear/dear

town/down

card/guard

cold/gold

fan/van

fine/vine

chain/jane

choke/joke

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Intermediate – The Debut & What to Expect

WELCOME TO SEASON 3! For those of you who are probably just tuning in for the first time, please make sure you check the blog I posted last night in terms of highlighting what I’ve already done in Season 2.  This season, which is the Intermediate season, will be a little more difficult.  I will speak faster than before and will talk about some pretty difficult things, so if it’s your first time, I recommend going on Spotify and choose the option (first episode) instead of the most recent.  Go from the Elementary level and work your way up.

Highlight the grammar, vocab and speaking skills of part 3.

Vocabulary Skills

  • Phrasal Verbs
  • Prefixes with Negative Meanings
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Word Families (Part II)
  • Homophones
  • Collocations with Get
  • Suffixes -Ful & -Less
  • Descriptive Adjectives
  • Working Out Meaning from Context
  • Collocations with Take

Grammar

  • Using Modal Verbs for Giving Advice
  • Talk about probability and certainty using modal verbs
  • Tag Questions (Part II)
  • Use adjectives & intensifiers to compare and contrast
  • Use the past progressive in descriptions of past processes
  • Talk about cause and effect using conditional sentences
  • Use present perfect to describe problems and solutions
  • Expand sentences with more information by using relative clauses
  • Explain processes using present and modal passives
  • Support your arguments using reported speech

Speaking Skill

  • Intonation patterns in conditionals + student stress and pressure
  • Listen for stressed words to identify key ideas
  • Managing questions during and after presentations
  • Emphatic stressing in speaking for communicating emotions
  • Techniques to improve public speaking
  • Sharing dramatic stories
  • Recognize and practice correct stress patterns in words and suffixes
  • Link same consonant sounds between words for fluent intonation
  • Debating skills
  • Recognizing  the schwa sound in unstressed syllables
  • Listen to connected speech and link certain vowel sounds
  • Use words and phrases to encourage discussion and communication
  • Recognition of topic shifts to follow discussions
  • Stress patterns in short sentences
  • practice asking for clarification in discussions
  • Practice agreeing and disagreeing with others in formal and informal settings

Also, discussion, critical thinkings and study skills will be implemented throughout this course.

Because the above bullet points and the difficulty of them, there could be more podcasts on certain days to go over situations.  This season will run past New Years, and by that time I will have created courses on my website for you guys to follow.  Stay tuned for the newsletters and be sure to follow me on the links below for more information!

Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7hdzplWx6xB8mhwDJYiP6f?si=5vUca3p2QGuWPZbhzCRwBw

Podcast on FM: https://player.fm/series/2288534

Podcast on TuneIn:  https://tunein.com/podcasts/Language-Learning-Podcasts/Arsenios-ESL-p1117391/

Podcast on ListenNote: https://www.listennotes.com/c/778cf3cfd2564ba5b01f693bfebc96de/arsenio-s-esl-podcast/

Podcast on CastBox: https://castbox.fm/channel/Arsenio’s-ESL-Podcast-id1251433?country=us

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Arseniobuck/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIzp4EdbJVMhhSnq_0u4ntA

Website: https://thearseniobuckshow.com/

Q & A: ArsenioBuck@icloud.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arsenio-buck-9692a6119/

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Review of Season II & Highlights!

I told everyone I would make a blog/newsletter, highlighting the memorable journey that was commenced on June the 20th.  Here it is! Here are some highlights of some of the top podcasts, international guest speakers, and more!

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This was one of the top podcasts of the season.  Articles, which are often confused, can be even more confusing if you don’t know how to use “a” and “the.”  So, here’s the podcast down below for you guys to listen to!

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International Guest Speaker – Philippines

Val, who’s a Filipino living in Cebu, was kind enough to join me for the biggest podcast play in season 1.  She’s an international school teacher with an American accent, something that’s very interesting (and she learned by mimicking everything a foreigner said).  It was sad to finish the podcast early because of loud noises in the hotel, but here’s a nice little feature of that episode in the link down below.

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International Guest Speaker – Indonesia

One of my favorites! This singer, who I found on soundcloud, has a gorgeous voice and is doing great things in life.  Mashye, who lives in Jakarta, joined me on a podcast late at night (and I’m emphasizing that because my energy is quite low).  Here’s the link!

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Different Uses of Get

This was another ground-breaker for ESL students, having problems using get in collocation form.

 

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Noun Suffixes

Prefixes and suffixes can change the meaning of any base form.  It could make it a noun, adjective, or even a negative.  Here’s a podcast and a blog on just that.

 

 

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Phrasal Verbs – Reading & Writing

Phrasal verbs are often confused with students who are learning English.  These phrasal verbs can also be confused with idioms.  There are phrasal verbs that are associated with a variety of different things, but in this episode, I decided to cover some that are associated with reading and writing.

 

These, along with a few others, helped a lot of students over the course of the season.  So, if you guys are interested in more videos, be sure to click the links below to get the podcast and follow me on social media for more updates!

 

Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7hdzplWx6xB8mhwDJYiP6f?si=5vUca3p2QGuWPZbhzCRwBw

Podcast on FM: https://player.fm/series/2288534

Podcast on TuneIn:  https://tunein.com/podcasts/Language-Learning-Podcasts/Arsenios-ESL-p1117391/

Podcast on ListenNote: https://www.listennotes.com/c/778cf3cfd2564ba5b01f693bfebc96de/arsenio-s-esl-podcast/

Podcast on CastBox: https://castbox.fm/channel/Arsenio’s-ESL-Podcast-id1251433?country=us

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Arseniobuck/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIzp4EdbJVMhhSnq_0u4ntA

Website: https://thearseniobuckshow.com/

Q & A: ArsenioBuck@icloud.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arsenio-buck-9692a6119/

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Kyara of Mexico!

This was one of the best conversations I’ve had in a long time.  Kyara, who’s from Mexico, talked about some funny things, shared some wonderful locations to travel, and talked about her English language learning wisdom.  Here’s the podcast and show notes!

International Guest Speaker Kyra from Mexico

 

Things we discussed:

  • Introduction of Fernanda.
  • Talked about Mexico City and Fernanda’s perspective of Mexico City.
  • What is your perspective about big cities like Mexico City?
  • What is the biggest city in Mexico?
  • Introduction about small places in Mexico.
  • Introduction of Aztecs and Mayan people and their cultures, customs and differences in Mexico.
  • Sharing about Mexican cuisine.
  • Sharing about accents and different accents.
  • How did Fernanda start learning English?
  • Immerse yourself in English instead of translating in Spanish.

 

Thank you for listening!

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS – Comparing Information

Yes! We’re getting into the bulk of it now.  It’s time to learn how to make comparisons.

When comparing information, especially on your Writing Task 1, it’s very important that you use a range of structures to make comparisons.  When you compare bar graphs, you can often fall below the 150 word mark because you’re lacking comparisons — kind of like when you do a map.  Here are some examples.

  • More males than females chose basketball over badminton. (more + noun + than)
  • Fewer females than males chose basketball. (fewer + noun + than)
  • The TV was more popular among males than females. (more/less + adjective + than)
  • The most popular form of communication was the internet. (the most/least + adjective)

These are four different variations (more coming on my webinar and in my book) that you can use to improve your writing.  Example, if you’re making between 2-5 comparisons, if you use four of these, that means you’ve used four different ranges in your writing — which is a huge plus.

Technique: You can also compare information by using as ………. as when numbers are very close, by using not as many ………..as. 

 

Task

Make comparative sentences based on the notes above.

Examples: females/males/pick/Facebook – More females than males pick Facebook as their main social network platform. 

a) males/females/choose/the skytrain

b) women/men/select/Facebook

c) the Internet/choose/males/females

d) females/males/pick/the radio

 

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