TOEIC | Part III | Listening | Brainstorming Vocabulary for Locations, Activities, & Occupations

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In saying that, today we’re going to discuss vocabulary clues to infer meaning. The answers in the Part 3 of the listening test are not stated directly. You have to listen for related vocabulary and context. Here’s an example. Make sure you watch the video!

Where is the man?

a. At a hotel

b. At a car rental agency

c. At a train station

d. At a sports event

Related vocabulary: room, track, bed, stadium, fans, car, license

2. What is the first man doing?

a. Making a hotel reservation

b. getting married

c. borrowing a book from the library

d. making a restaurant reservation

Related vocabulary: table, bride, room, dinner, library card, vacancies, novel, dress

3. What is the man’s job?

a. a delivery man

b. a musician

c. a banker

d. a salesman

Related vocabulary: deposit, truck, discount, concert, withdrawal, order, recording, package

Listening Practice (in podcast)

  1. tickets, dallas, sleeper car, coach class, leaves 9am track 11
  2. vacancies, me and wife, bath, single room, fully booked
  3. like features new unit, sound better, lighter, 30 dollars more, delivery, 10% discount, 50 units

Tactic Practice

  1. Where are the speakers?
  • in a library special, birthday, recording of piece, rare, available on double CD released last month, sold out, order for you? Yes
  • in a book store
  • in a music store
  • in a gift shop

2. What is the woman doing?

  • recording a CD
  • looking for a present
  • taking an order
  • paying for something

3. What does the man imply?

  • the item is in stock
  • the item will arrive very soon
  • the item is extremely rare
  • the item is popular


4. What are the speakers doing?

  • watching the news
  • going overseas
  • looking at a job ad
  • planning a holiday

5. What can be inferred about the speakers’ relationship?

  • They have known each other for a time
  • they have just met
  • they work together
  • they live together

6. What does the man imply?

  • he is desperate to work overseas
  • he wants to go on holiday
  • he has enough money to live for a while
  • he would like to get a new place

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | International Guest Speaker | Toniann on Herbs, Healthy Eating, & Meditation

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TOEIC | Part VII | Reading Comprehension | Mini-test & Webinar!

Today is the day for all of you TOEIC learners out there! Have you always had trouble with your reading comprehension? Well, in today’s lesson, I’m going to walk you through the different ways I handle questions, how to break them down, what areas to find them and the bad habit of overanalyzing.

After that, I will introduce you to the AMAZING webinar I’ll be hosting this weekend (don’t worry, you can purchase it after if you’re not able to attend), so stay tuned for those details and be sure to follow me on IG!

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TOEIC | Part VI | Mini-test with Going to & Future Tenses

It’s been a long time, but it was well worth the wait.

In today’s podcast/video, I’m going to walk you through a variety of questions, the process of elimination, understanding adverbial clauses, subordinators, and coordinating conjunctions. All of these are absolutely essential!

And if you’re interested in my LIVE Webinar in regards to Part V, VI, or VII, inquire today! I’ll be hosting a webinar for all my TOEIC students around the world, so be sure to reach out and follow me on IG: Arsenio’s ESL Podcast.


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TOEIC | Part VI | Future Tenses | Tactic Practice

We’re back! Because a lot of my students answered my IG stories yesterday, I wanted to do a little bit more. The mini-test will be the next podcast/video, but today, I will break down a letter for you.


Dear Mr. Blackburn,

I am writing about the position in the accounting department that we spoke about last month. As you know, I ________ to work for a year before returning to school to finish my master’s course.

1. a) was planned

b) had been planning

c) will plan

d) had been planned

Since we spoke, my situation has changed. I am now _______ to start my course this coming September, which means that unfortunately, I will have to refuse your offer of a job for the coming year.

2. a) intend

b) intended

c) have intended

d) intending

I hope this will not cause you any inconvenience. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the past two years. Without your help, I would not _______ able to gain such valuable experience in accounting.

3. a) be

b) been

c) have been

d) being

YouTube to understand the above questions


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TOEFL iTP | Listening | Part C | Stage fright

We’re back with another! You guys are super lucky! Ha! Let’s get into this one. Just like the last one, this is a Part C with some guidance in how to follow the conversation, linkers, and the process of elimination. Let’s get it!



  1. Who would probably not experience stagefright in their work?
  • Writers
  • actors
  • athletes
  • musicians

2. What physical reaction might someone who’s experiencing stage fright commonly have?

  • he or she would see butterflies
  • he or she would break a leg
  • he or she would have shaky knees
  • he or she would stop breathing

3. How can someone combat the negative thoughts associated with stage fright?

  • By staring at the audience
  • by breathing shallowly
  • by thinking about possible negative outcomes
  • by focusing on what needs to be done

4. When should the actors arrive at the theatre?

  • at 2pm
  • at 3pm
  • at 6pm
  • at 8pm

Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6 | Sales | Investigating Complaints: Reporting to Customers

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TOEIC | Incomplete Sentences | Improving Your Knowledge of Prefixes & Suffixes: Tactic Practice

Welcome to another grammar edition of TOEIC! In today’s podcast/video, we’re going to do the full rundown of noun and verb suffixes, a tactic that is needed to get a fine score in Part 5. Also, some exercises and additional task (on my blog) before getting into a 6-question Tactic Practice. With that being said, let’s get into it!

This section will help you familiarize yourself with some of the most common suffix and prefix forms.

Test tactic: Noun & Verb Suffixes

The words below feature some of the most common suffixes use with nouns and verbs. Decide whether they’re a noun or a verb.

  • cooperation
  • criticize
  • partnership
  • department
  • simplify
  • quickness
  • activate
  • celebration
  • security
  • widen
  • assistance
  • realize

Now look at the list of suffixes and mark whether each is a noun or verb suffix.

  • tion/sion
  • en
  • ness
  • (i)fy
  • ship
  • ise/ize
  • ity
  • ate
  • ment
  • ance/ence

Now, for each sentence below, decide if it requires a noun or verb, then choose the best word of the correct type to fill in the blank.

investigation  identify   elevate  repetitiveness  criticize  document  internship   renovate  dependence  soften
  1. The stockholders have called for a(n) ______ to find out where the money went.
  2. Newspapers are starting to ______ the prime minister’s actions.
  3. Doing a (n) _______ is a good way for students to get work experience.
  4. Miller Manufacturing’s _____ on one supplier caused serious problems when that company went bankrupt.
  5. A consultant was hired to ______ the company’s main weaknesses and suggest solutions.
  6. Bill realized he had forgotten to bring a key ______ to the meeting.
  7. The company spent millions to ______ its main office in order to impress its customers.
  8. The sculptor intended to ______ the statue by placing it on a pedestal so that people could see it more easily.
  9. Many people dislike the ______ of working on a factory assembly line.
  10. Cyclists often use special pads to ______ the seat for long-distance rides.

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TOEIC | Grammar | Part V | Practice Test Questions 1-10

Welcome to a short podcast/video! Today I’m going to break down some grammar/vocabulary questions that you would see on a test — let alone this practice test! Again, if you’re interested in coaching or membership services, please reach out to me!

  1. Ms. Walters _______ to another branch, so your new financial advisor will be Mr. Merenda.
  • transfer
  • transferring
  • has transferred
  • transferable

2. The restaurant on Main Street offers a wide selection of gourmet desserts ____ several regions of the world.

  • with
  • by
  • from
  • until

3. ________ interested in viewing an apartment should contact the property manager to arrange an appointment.

  • these
  • those
  • this
  • that

4. A growing _____ in the cosmetics industry is the use of natural and organic ingredients.

  • product
  • scent
  • sale
  • trend

5. Because of its _____ melodies and upbeat rhythms, Toby Nathan’s music has broad appeal.

  • simple
  • patient
  • kind
  • blank

6. The park service asks visitors to behave _______ and show respect for wildlife.

  • responsibly
  • responsible
  • responsibility
  • responsibilities

7. It is not the company’s policy to grant sick leave ______ overtime pay to part-time employees.

  • yet
  • if
  • but
  • or

8. The ______ of the Board of Directors is scheduled for Monday.

  • election
  • elected
  • elects
  • electable

9. Last year, the number of new university-level textbooks _____ by American publishers dropped for the second year in a row.

  • priced
  • sold
  • marked
  • instructed

10. Traffic congestion is ______ than usual because of road construction, so it will take us at least an hour to get to the meeting.

  • badly
  • bad
  • worse
  • worst

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