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: 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: 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 – 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: 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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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 – 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

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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/

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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.

 

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