{Patreon Special} Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 37 | Is The Internet Bad?

Because of big tech companies and social media giants, all of which are clamping down on disinformation, older generations are pointing fingers at why the internet is so bad. Conspiracy theory-pushing YouTube channels have a free-flowing cesspool of comments stating, “I got off social media 3 months ago; best decision I’ve ever made.” Yet, you’re still on social media, on YouTube, commenting and sharing your opinion?

There are two sides of a talisman that you must pick up every day — PMA and NMA. One is being positive and the other one is being negative. The ample amount of opportunity that’s readily available to everyone who knows a specific skill online — is something we’ve never had in our past.

If you could fully utilize and use the inter, social media platforms and other pieces of technology to help better humanity, then you wouldn’t be part of the pity party.

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TOEFL iTP | Written Expression | Wrong Choice of So, Such, Too & As

We’re back with a wonderful special! In today’s podcast/video/blog, I’ll be diving into the wrong choices of the words mentioned above! Super excited about this one because it will be going live first on my IGTV. So, make sure you’re following me in the link down below!

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The words so, such, and too are used in the following patterns:

so + adjective + that clause

These boxes are so heavy that we can’t lift them.

(So is also used with many….that and much….that.)

There were so many people in the auditorium that we could barely get in the front door.

Such + adjective + noun phrase + that clause

It was such a pretty view that he took a photograph.

Too + adjective + infinitive

It’s too cold to go swimming today.

Notice that so and such are both followed by that clauses, but too is followed by an infinitive.

The words as and so are also sometimes confused:

Jane did so well as I did on the economics exam. (INCORRECT)

The coffee was as hot that I couldn’t drink it. (INCORRECT

Check podcast and YouTube for explanation!

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  1. The sun is so bright to look at directly.

Correct pattern too + adjective + infinitive

2. In much of Alaska, the growing season is as short that crops can’t be raised.

The correct pattern is so + adjective + that clause.

3. The giant squid is so an elusive animal that at one time it was believed to be purely mythical.

Before an adjective + noun + that clause, the word such should be used.

4. The mineral grains in basalt are so much small that they cannot be seen with the unaided eye.

The phrase should read so small rather than so much small.

{Patreon Special – TOEFL iBT Badge} TOEFL iBT | Speaking Q4 | 1 on 1 Coaching | Ozone Layer

Here’s the last of the four-part installment! I hope you guys benefited from this as much as I did! Every month I will feature students from different countries around the world to come on and showcase their stuff. If you already aren’t following me on IG, you should! The COMMUNITY is AMAZING! In saying that, let’s do Ozone Layer!

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{Patreon Special – TOEFL iBT Badge} TOEFL iBT | Speaking Q1 | 1 on 1 Coaching | Do You Prefer Teamwork or Alone?

We’re back! I’ve finally cut up some content for you guys and brought on my first-ever Moroccan! An amazing engineering student who’s full of life and EXCELLENT at speaking. I think the majority of you will benefit from her speaking in the coming days because this is the first of a four-part podcast in speaking questions.
With that being said, let’s dive into this!

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TOEFL iBT | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Question 4 | Forest Fires

Welcome to the last edition of this 4-part series, and in today’s podcast, we’re going to cover the part IV speaking question.

In part IV, you’re going to have to formulate an opening introduction before getting into specific details. This will provide you some guidance before getting into the two main examples/reasons. If you don’t, you may be lost. So, what you’re going to do is listen, take notes to the audio, and compare what you had taken with what the student had said before listening to my critique.

TOEFL iBT | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Question 3 | Group Think

Another fantastic podcast with some GREAT advice in regards to repetition and a few other things. Groupthink is one of the part 3 questions that is pretty difficult, so I wanted to see what details my student (during the consultation) would pick out of it. The details she got made up about 20% of what was said, and it was contradictory to what was said. Here’s some advice on how to stay away from potentially contradicting information.

TOEFL iBT | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Question 2 | Chemistry Department

Welcome back to the next podcast! In today’s podcast, you’re going to hear the actual recording from a speaking question, followed by my student’s response and then my breakdown. If you want the reading portion of the test, make sure you tune into my blog in the link down below!

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{Patreon Special} TOEFL iBT | Reading | 1 on 1 Coaching | Summary Questions | Cave Art in Europe & Deer Populations

Having problems with summary questions on TOEFL? In this full episode with one of my students from Egypt, you’ll get a full rundown and hear how she’s able to overcome the issues that many of you have!

“Months ago I did some fantastic online coaching with one of my students, and in it I explained how you can summarize and find keywords in regards to the summary questions. Because there’s so much misinformation out there, even with TST Prep teaching students how to find the answers (not very effective), it could be very difficult as a non-NES speaker when you get conflicting techniques. So, follow us in the podcast down below and with the passages you see down below, too.”

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TOEFL iBT | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Question 1 | Do You Prefer to Study Alone?

Welcome to another TOEFL iBT Coaching podcast! If you’re seeing this way in advance, consider yourself LUCKY. This is debuting April 13th but being uploaded months before. In today’s podcast, I have a wonderful Filipina nurse who wanted a consultation, so over the next three podcasts, you’re going to hear the question, followed by her response and then my breakdown. Tune in to this speaking question!

TOEFL iBT | Speaking Part 1 | Group Coaching | Full Session

Man, after this specific coaching session with two of my Brazilian nurses, I asked them if I could use some of this audio to share with you guys because I honestly believe with the amount of advice given and received in this podcast, it could be life-changing for a lot of you who have difficulty in the speaking question 1. We did 2-3 speaking question 1s per student, along with some sound advice towards the end. One of the nurses had excellent points of encouragement for her friend — and she was also able to identify the areas of need very quickly and fix them within just 20 minutes. Just a PHENOMENAL job. With that being said, let’s get into this jam session!