Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Developing Speaking Task | Pim of Thailand | Rebelling Against The System, Found Her ‘Why’

WOW! Unbelievably grateful for this one! I met her literally through a work assistant upcountry where I had just begun teaching.  Pim, a girl who was embattled and estranged living here in Thailand, had the opportunity to go abroad (to America)….and then she was able to live outside the box rather than tied down in Thai society.  Getting ready to go on a mission with her church, she joins me today to destroy the BRULES (bulls*** rules of society) and give everyone, of all ages, some profound wisdom. 

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TOEFL iTP | Listening Part C | Everglades National Park

We’re back with another TOEFL iTP Listening, and today is the first day that we’ll be diving into Part C. This is a talk, not between two people, but it could be tour guides, lecturers, or presenters. Just know it’s just one person speaking, so you’ll need to guide yourself along with the talk. Because of the changes in the test format this year, you’ll be able to see the questions down below, so make sure you just follow the conversation. Watch my video and listen to the podcast down below to develop the technique.

Question: Where does this talk take place?

39. A) In a car.

B) On a hike.

C) On a tram.

D) In a lecture hall.

Question: What does the expression “crying crocodile tears” mean to humans?

40. A) It means they have big tears.

B) It means they like to swim.

C) It means they look like crocodiles.

D) It means they are pretending to be sad.

Question: Why do crocodiles have tears in their eyes?

41. A) They are sad.

B) They are warming themselves.

C) They are getting rid of salt.

D) They regret their actions.

Question: What does the tour guide recommend?

42. A) Taking photographs.

B) Getting closer to crocodiles.

C) Exploring the water’s edge.

D) Getting off the tram.

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ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 154 | SPEAKING SKILL | PREPARING & ASKING QUESTIONS

When preparing questions for a Q&A session, consider asking questions from different angles.

Find out details

Who…..? What……? Where….? When…? How…?

Elicit Justifications

  • Why do you think…..?
  • Why should…..?

Ask for illustration of points made

  • Can you give an example of that?
  • What evidence is there for…..?

Explore time frames

  • What do you see happening next year?
  • What has been the biggest lesson learned so far?
  • When did this trend begin?

Avoid loaded questions and question that may be perceived as hostile. Make sure you interactions actually includes a question the speaker can answer. When you ask a question, consider your tone of voice, body language, and facial expression to ensure effective, open communication.

Read and listen to the way the questions were asked from listening.

  1. Identify the potential problems with each one of the vocabulary terms in the box down below.
hostile           loaded             no question
  1. ……but anyway, what can we actually change? Do we have any concrete ideas?
  2. ….but isn’t the technology a little bit clumsy?
  3. …..if I may ask a question. Sorry, Rashid,…..what you’re saying is really worrying me. I don’t see how we can be giving presentations about our campaigns online! It just isn’t feasible, at all. I hear what you’re saying, but I can’t see how it will actually work in practice.
  4. I’m completely lost for words. How can we do our work on a tablet?

ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 152 | CRITICAL THINKING | PERSONAL INCREDULITY

So, let’s talk about this fallacy. This occurs when people find something difficult to understand. In this situation, people say that the thing they cannot understand must be untrue or not the case, because they personally are unable to understand it. the basic idea is as follows:

  • I cannot believe X or imagine how it could be true, therefore X must be false.

The fallacy can also work in the other direction.

  • I cannot believe X is false, so it must be true.

Read the extracts from the discussion. What does each person believe or not believe? What reason does the person give?

  1. Why change something that’s working perfectly well for some system that’s too complicated to even understand. Am I alone in thinking that this is just change for change’s sake?
  2. You know as well as I do that clients want to meet face to face, to feel that someone actually cares about them! I don’t believe they’ll want to give that up. Online meetings just don’t work.
  3. When I’ve been in online meetings, there are always technical problems — I can see the client, but they can’t see me, that kind of thing. It just never works like it’s supposed to!
  4. That’s absolutely right, Rashid! How can we guarantee security if everything is going online? And i have all my files. I’ve spent the last two years improving my paper-based systems.
  5. I have my doubts. We read about security breaches at the highest government level almost every day….so, how are we going to protect ourselves? It will be impossible.
  6. How can we do our work on a tablet? They’re good for simple tasks and some fun — I know, my children use one at home — but they simply aren’t designed for sophisticated work!

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 148 | Reading | Adapt or Die

We’re back with another reading today! Adapting or dying. This comes at a time where industrial-aged workers are at a loss of what to do next, due to the pandemic. We have to scale back and see what’s working and what’s not working. If you listen to my personal development podcast, this will coincide with it, as well as the interview I did this last March with a real-estate / teacher from San Diego (coming tomorrow). So, make sure you listen to the podcast and answer some of these question down below!

Six sentences have been removed from the article. In the listening, you will hear a “beep,” and this is where you’re going to place the sentences down below. Listen closely because I will only write four paragraphs down below, forcing you to listen to the podcast for the additional four sentences. 😉

a. Its main rival on the other hand, decided to take an alternative approach

b. The brand’s outlook was further darkened by the credit crunch.

c. However, in retrospect, this was too little, too late.

d. This challenging situation was not taken lightly by senior management.

e. In fact, this was likely a convenient tale used to explain the business model.

f. Yet despite this success, the company has had its fair share of failure.

g. It had also successful expanded into several international markets.

TOEFL iTP | Grammar | Structure & Written Expression | Parallel Structure Sentence Break Downs

We’re back with the sentence break downs of parallel structures! This is the follow up from ______________.

  1. Frozen orange juice must be packed, _______________, and stored when the fruit is ripe.
  • be frozen
  • must be frozen
  • frozen
  • it must be frozen

2. Sioux is a North American Indian language that is spoken not only ______________ Sioux but also by the Crow and Osage tribes.

  • by the
  • the
  • do the
  • and the

3. In 1900 electrically powered cars were more popular than gasoline powered cars because they were quiet, operated smoothly, and ________________.

  • handled easily
  • easy of handling
  • handling easily
  • easy to handle

4. Roger Williams was a clergyman, _______________ the colony of Rhode Island, and an outspoken advocate of religious and political freedom.

  • founded
  • the founder of
  • was the founder of
  • he founded

5. Paint can be applied to a surface with rollers, _____________, or spray guns.

  • brushes
  • brushes can be used
  • with brushes
  • by brush

6. The use of labor-saving devices in homes, _____________, and factories added to the amount of leisure time people had.

  • at an office
  • used in offices
  • offices
  • in offices

7. A dulcimer can be played by either striking its string with a hammer or ______________.

  • to pluck them with the fingers
  • fingers are used to pluck them
  • they are plucked with the fingers
  • plucking them with the fingers

8. Throughout history, trade routes have increased contact between people, _______________, and greatly affected the growth of civilization.

  • have resulted in an exchange of ideas
  • an exchange of ideas has resulted
  • resulted in an exchange of ideas
  • resulting in an exchange of ideas

9. Walt Disney made many technical advances in the use of sound, color, and ______________ in animated films.

  • photographing
  • using photography
  • photography
  • use of photographs

10. Artist Paul Kane traveled throughout Northwest Canada on foot, by canoe, and _______________ to sketch Native Canadians going about their ordinary lives.

  • on horseback
  • riding a horse
  • horseback
  • by a horse

11. Barbara Jordan was the first woman in the South to win an election to the House of Representatives, _________ as Congresswoman from Texas from 1973 to 1979.

  • to serve
  • served
  • serving
  • has served

12. Photographers’ choice of a camera depends on what kind of pictures they want to take, how much control they want over exposure, and ___________ they want to spend.

  • the amount of money
  • what money
  • how much money
  • so much money that

13. Atlanta is the commercial, financial, and ______________ of Georgia.

  • center of administration
  • administrative center
  • center for administering
  • administering center

14. Even after the Revolutionary War, American importers obtained merchandise from Britain because British merchants understood American tastes, offered attractive prices, and _____________.

  • easy credit was provided
  • because of easy credit
  • easy credit
  • provided easy credit.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 147 | Developing Vocabulary | Expressions & Phrases with Self

Here’s another developing vocabulary! Long, beautiful rant — given by me! Here are the words and the podcast in terms of what I’ll be discussing today.

  • self-doubt
  • self-expression
  • self-indulgence
  • self-serving
  • self-preservation
  • self-deprecating
  1. being excessively modest, or undervaluing oneself
  2. how one shows their feelings, thoughts or ideas, especially through music, art and writing
  3. the instinctive protection of oneself from harm, danger
  4. a lack of confidence in oneself and abilities
  5. having concern only for one’s own interests
  6. behavior in which a person does exactly what they want, often for the purpose of pleasure or through laziness

Complete the sentences with the phrases above

  1. feeling tired and stressed? Come to Happy Spa for a weekend of ___________ and relaxation.
  2. In some extreme cases, when comments have become very vicious, people have deleted their social media accounts as a means of __________.
  3. Many teenagers go through periods of ________________, and wonder who they are and how they fit in.
  4. I prefer people who make ______________ comments to people who take themselves too seriously.
  5. John says his haircut is a form of ________________, and no one should criticize her for it.
  6. Everything that Liam does is completely ________________– he just manipulates people to get what he wants.

Speaking

  • If friends make self-deprecating comments, how do you respond? Is it a good thing to frequently make these kinds of comments?
  • What forms of self-expression can you think of? How do you express yourself?
  • To what extent do you think people are self-serving?

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TOEIC | Grammar | Part 5 | Incomplete Sentences | Improving your Knowledge with Phrasal/Academic Verbs

There’s a bit of a delay, but I’m back with the blog! Here’s a rundown of what I talked about on my podcast (which will be down below) and the questions, too.

Becoming familiar with the correct use of gerunds and infinitives and understanding phrasal verbs is helpful for many parts of the TOEIC test. This unit will make you more aware of how they are used.

Language building: Gerunds and Infinitives

Gerunds are verbs in their base form + -ing, e.g. doing. Infinitives are verbs in their base form.

Test Tactic: Familiarize yourself with phrasal verbs

  • to arrange
  • to complete a blank area in a form
  • to support
  • to review or check something
  • to stop using something gradually
  • to fail to stay on schedule
  • to investigate
  • to continue
  • to delay or reschedule something
  • to consider carefully

Choose to correct phrasal verbs and match them with the academic verbs (answers in podcast at the bottom).

  • set up / call up
  • fill out / bring about
  • fall through / back up
  • go over / take over
  • buy out / phase out
  • fall behind / back out of
  • look into / fill in for
  • keep on / go through
  • shut off / put off
  • run out of / think over
  1. Despite working overtime every day for two weeks, he still ________ with his work.
  • went through
  • backed up
  • fell behind

2. The customer called three times this morning to ________ a meeting.

  • set up
  • call up
  • take over

3. It was decided to _________ buying the new equipment until next year.

  • put off
  • fill out
  • take over

4. The judge promised to __________ any new evidence as soon as possible.

  • look out of
  • look into
  • look after

5. Visitors to the United States are required to ________ an immigration questionnaire.

  • bring about
  • think over
  • fill out

6. The planned merger between the companies ____________ because the couldn’t agree on the price.

  • took over
  • fell through
  • backed out of

7. When color televisions became popular, black and white sets were gradually ___________.

  • Phased out
  • bought out
  • set up

8. A temporary worker was hired to ___________ Mary while she was on vacation.

  • take over
  • fill in for
  • fall behind

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International Guest Speaker | Isaiah of the Bahamas | Impact is Legacy

WOW! The power of Instagram! I had a like from Isaiah about a month ago, so I decided to reach out to him because of the energy that was attracting me.  Boy, was that an amazing choice to make! Born and raised in the Bahamas, he went to school in Cuba (international school) where he was exposed to dozens of nationalities, ideologies, accents, and cultures….and then university in Canada.  The impactful rules, principles, and oaths he stands by and developed along the way (and he’s only 22!) is better than most individuals in the world.  This man, Isaiah, is a representation of the future of the Bahamas. Here’s the podcast!

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TOEFL iTP | Listening Part B | A Man’s Great-Grandmother

We’re back with a great TOEFL iTP podcast/video today! In today’s episode, I’m going to go over this structurally easy talk, but also emphasize how important it is to figure out a suitable technique for you to follow the questions.  Remember, tests this year are extremely difficult, so what you see me go over on today’s podcast/video is completely different from what you’ll experience. Tune in!

How often does the man usually talk to his great-grandmother?

  • Every evening.
  • Every week.
  • Every Sunday.
  • Every month.

What did the man’s great-grandmother tell him on the phone this morning?

  • That she was eighty-five years old.
  • That a storm was coming.
  • That she was under a great deal of pressure.
  • That she wanted to become a weather forecaster.

Where does the man’s great-grandmother say when she feels a storm coming?

  • In her bones.
  • In her ears.
  • In her legs.
  • In her head.

What will the man probably do in the future?

  • Call his great-grandmother less often.
  • Watch the weather forecasts with his great-grandmother.
  • Help his great-grandmother relieve some of her pressures.
  • Believe his great-grandmother’s predictions about the weather.

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