TOEIC Live Coaching | S1: E2 | Reading Comprehension | Mini-test Follow-Up

Welcome back to another TOEIC live coaching session! In today’s episode we’re picking up right where we left off last week. Here are the notes for tomorrow! By the way, HUGE announcement for those of you who want to learn TOEIC on a monthly budget (planning on taking the test after October 15th). Patreon will be going LIVE as of tomorrow and I’ll be sharing the link in the comments, along with my calendar in case you want to get on a video call for a consultation in regards to what content it will have!

With that being said, I will cover Questions 1-6 here on this video and I will cover 7-12 on Patreon. That will be in a word doc/PDF form, too.

For those of you reading this, make sure you tune into my video down below (or podcast) to hear what I’m talking about.

Question 1: Who would NOT be a potential customer for this company?

The heading says “printing for your personal small business needs.” It goes on to say “graduation and wedding announcements, invitations, MENUS (relates to a restaurant).

The answers are: couple planning a wedding, major corporation, local real estate agent, a restaurant in need of new menus.

Now, because it says “your personal and SMALL business needs,”….

Question 2: What could customers who spend $150 get?

Look for the numbers, which are located at the bottom. There are two prices: 100 and 250. For prices over 100, you receive 2 business cards or invitations for the price of 1. For 250, you will get a voucher worth 10% off your next order.

Answers: 10% discount, double the number of invitations, discount on envelopes, two free sets of business cards.

Question 3: What will happen after July 1st?

Above the box, it reads “June-only special offers”. So, after July 1st, what happens to those offers?

Answers: Time the shop opens will change, fax orders not allowed, discount vouchers will become invalid, no bonus given for large letterhead orders.

Question 4: Who would be most interested in this notice?

The first sentence reads: “we would like to invite all Groveland resident to become members of the public library system.”

Answers: members of public library, staff at desk, people who want to borrow books, all residents of Groveland.

Question 5: What will NOT be possible two working days after submitting the application?

– You will receive a library barcode number via e-mail (enabling you to place reservations and access online databases before collecting your card). Note: You will require a PIN to place reservations and to access your record online. Please note that the default PIN number is the last four digits of your telephone number. If you would prefer to specify a different number, please do so on the application form.

– You card will be available for collection at the branch library you have nominated.

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Question 6: According to the notice, what special condition applies to children?

“If you are under the age of 18, we require a parent or guardian’s signature on a permission letter (Form 103) which will need to be brought into the library when you are collecting your card.

Answers:……..watch the video!

TOEIC Live Coaching | S1: E1 | Reading Comprehension | Reading Techniques to Follow + Passages

Hello, all! Whether you’re in Thailand or in another country, welcome to the first live coaching session — kicking off season 1/episode 1. I’m excited to debut this season not only for a lot of the Thai students who are following me from within these borders, but also the huge French contingent who have viewed my blogs, podcasts and have subscribed to my emails. Today, I’ll be debuting with the reading comprehension aspect of TOEIC because that was the first choice. Next week will either be a follow-up, or I’ll go into Part V/VI, but be sure to rate my following post (for those of you reading on Facebook) and choose.

Basics — Question Finding

As I’ve taught a lot of my students in both TOEFL and IELTS learning, PLEASE do the easier questions first in this order!

  1. Vocabulary questions
  2. Specific information (positive)
  3. Specific information (negative)
  4. Main idea/inference questions

Just like TOEFL, the doing the easier questions first will give you an idea of what the Main Idea will be in the end. After doing all the easy questions, the main idea should be 3x easier than doing it from the beginning, from my own experience.

Test Tip: Picking out the key words. Anytime they ask about price or anything relative to a number, that’s a huge keyword that sticks out like a sore thumb.

A. Look at the specific information questions below. You can try underlining the key words, but I love locating the key words. I want to full utilize all the time that is given.

Summer Program Refund Policy

The effective date of the withdrawal/cancellation is the date the withdrawal notice is received by the center, regardless of the date the participant stopped attending class.

Withdrawal requests from all registered courses must be made before the second class is held. If the request is received 5 business days prior to the first class, the amount refunded will be the full amount, less the refund administration fee ($25.00). If the request will be the full amount, less the cost of the first class and less the admin fee ($25.00). From the second lesson onwards, no refunds/credits will be issued.

If there is a medical reason for the request, it must be received prior to the mid-point of the program. Refunds for sports and fitness programs will NOT be processed until ALL gym and pool passes have been returned.

Please note that advising an instructor or not attending a program will not constitute a notice of withdrawal.

Cash/check remittances will be refunded by check. Please allow our office 4 to 6 weeks to process your refund. Credit card refunds will go back on the original card.

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  1. When is the latest the notice can be given in order to get the maximum refund?

a. Five days before the first lesson

b. After the first lesson but before the second

c. Before the second lesson but after the first

d. Just after the second lesson

2. What must people who want a refund on a fitness program do?

a. Give their instructor notice that they can not attend

b. Provide a medical reason for the request

c. Give back their gym and pool passes

d. Give notice prior to the mid-point of the program

Notes

For the first question, look for “maximum” refund. Another phrase for maximum refund is “full amount” in line two of the second paragraph. There lies your answer.

Specific details galore in the second paragraph. It could be confusing, but remember the second sentence is the first mention of “refund,” and regardless of a possible medial reason, instructors, programs, ALL REFUNDS will NOT be given until after something is returned.

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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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ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 132 | Life Skills | How to negotiate

We’re here with a life-skills segment! Today’s objective is to become aware of different approaches with negotiation, but of course, a lot of it involves personal development. Also, recognize the value and purpose of compromise, because we’re all going to need it at some point in our life. First, you must know that no one ever wins an argument. They might they they do, but it’s only pampering their ego. As a non-NES, you will probably engage with buffoonery overseas with bullies making fun of you or trying to invoke a reaction from you. There’s no need to negotiate here, but understand where that person is coming form and the position they’re in — in life. Every negotiation must be a win-win for both parties. So, let’s dive into this.

TOEFL iTP | Listening | Part A | Finding the Main Idea of Q & A

Woohoo! We’re back with some TOEFL iTP listening! It’s been a very long time since I’ve done this, but now that I’ve figured stuff out on zoom and how to record audios without interruption, I wanted to give you guys a Main Idea and Subject talk break down for once. In this episode (video and podcast down below), you’re going to hear me break down five questions and how to find the answers. So, if you guys have any questions, let me know. Here are the questions and you’ll have to listen/watch down below for the breakdowns. Enjoy!

1. A) Carla does not live very far away.

B) What Carla said was unjust.

C) He does not fear what anyone says.

D) Carla is fairly rude to others.

2. A) She thinks it’s an improvement.

B) The fir trees in it are better.

C) It resembles the last one.

D) It is the best the man has ever done.

3. A) He graduated last in his class.

B) He is the last person in his family to graduate.

C) He doesn’t believe he can improve gradually.

D) He has finally finished his studies.

4. A) He thought the dress was so chic.

B) He was surprised the dress was not expensive.

C) He would like to know what color dress it was.

D) The dress was not cheap.

5. A) Leave the car somewhere else.

B) Ignore the parking tickets.

C) Add more money to the meter.

D) Pay the parking attendant.

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TOEIC | Listening | Part 2 | QUESTION & rESPONSE | beCOMING fAMILIAR WITH oFFERS & rEQUESTS

Welcome back to the TOEIC blog, everyone! This is a recap of everything I talked about in my last podcast/video (down below). So let’s dive into some small snips.

1. Offers

Offers start with the would, could, can, may, or do you need.

  • Would you like some help?
  • Do you need anything from the store?
  • May I leave early?

2. Requests

These somewhat fall under the same modals, but the sentence structures are slightly different.

  • Could you tell me how to get to….
  • Would mind if I borrow your pen?
  • Could I borrow your phone to make a call?

3. Opinions

These are loaded with question words, so you need to listen with intent by hearing what’s being asked and listening for the closest answer.

  1. How was his presentation?
  • I don’t think we’ll find a lower one.
  • Good. He really is an amusing speaker.

Test Tactics/Tips

  • Social interaction, including offers, requests and opinions, is a common feature of Part 2.
  • Common distractors from this section include use of the same word/similar sounds or incorrect meaning.
  • Repeat each question and answer choice silently after you hear it. This will help you to remember and compare the meaning.

Listen for more in the podcast down below!

TOEIC Listening

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 105 | Vocabulary Preview for Listening | Market Research

It’s time to do some more vocabulary development, filling in the blank, and discussing the vocabulary terms in context! Tune into this podcast and make sure to do the exercises.

deciding factor       determine     impulse     retrospect     market research

move on     nutritional     obesity
  1. to control what something will be
  2. a sudden, strong feeling that you must do something.
  3. considering something that happened in the past
  4. the process of collecting information about people’s product preferences
  5. the thing that helps to make the final decision
  6. concerning food as something that keeps you healthy
  7. a condition in which someone is too far in a way that is dangerous for health
  8. to stop doing or discussing something and do or discuss something different.

  1. What is a __________ for you when choosing which brand to buy? deciding factor
  2. Do you readily agree to take part in ___________ surveys?
  3. When choosing a snack to buy, do you look at the _________ information on the package?
  4. What do you consider to ________ how much you spend each month?
  5. Are there any products that, ____________, you wouldn’t have bought?
  6. How often do you buy things on ___________?
  7. How much are the rates of _________ affected by the low cost of fast food?
  8. How easy do you find it to ________ after wasting money on a product?

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