Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 149 | Study Skills | Checking your Reading Speed

Welcome back to another podcast and today we’re going to talk about reading speed. Now, I do think this is completely irrelevant because if you don’t pick up what you’re actually reading, the speed doesn’t matter. However, smart reading is more like it. So let’s go over some techniques that can help you.

  • Find something familiar to read.
  • Set the alarm for ten minutes.
  • Read for ten minutes at a speed that allows you to understand what you ready.
  • Count how many words you read.
  • Divide this number by ten, to find out how many words you read in one minute.
  • Do this using different texts. If you read fewer than 200-250 words per minute, even with material that is clear and interesting, it is worth trying to increase your speed.

Tips for improving your reading speed.

  • Keep your eyes moving forward to avoid re-reading parts of the text
  • Avoid moving your mouth or using your fingers to follow the lines.
  • Read with a clear purpose to keep you motivated and on track.
  • Practice reading academic material more often.
  • Actively improve your reading speed through practice.
  • Change your reading speed according to what you are reading. Slow down for sections with unknown technical words and speed up for sections with more familiar language.

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Study Skills – Reading Speed

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.

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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TOEIC | Grammar | Incomplete Sentences | Improving Your Knowledge of Pronouns

For those of you who want the rundown right here, here are some common indefinite pronoun uses tested in the TOEIC test.

Some(-one/-body/-where): used for sentences with a positive meaning.

No (-one/-body/-where): used to give a negative meaning to a positive sentences.

Any (-one/-body/-where): often used for questions and sentences with a negative meaning.

All, any, both, few, many, more, other, several, some: used as plural

Every, each, either, -one: used as singular.

Tune into the podcast down below for the test tactic.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 5 – Episode 31 – Pronunciation – Consonant Clusters

We’re onto the final round of pronunciation. Bonus material will be available on UDEMY by the end of the year. Nonetheless, let’s getting into the three main areas of consonant clusters: you’ll learn how to say them at the beginning, the end, and the simplification of them.

Consonant clusters are groups of town or more consonant sounds in sequence, and they are common in English. They often occur at the beginnings or ends of words:

Two consonants: /sl/ sleep ask /sk/

Three consonants: /spr/ spring worked/rkt/

Four consonants: ——- worlds /rldz/

Some languages do not have consonant clusters at all; other languages have only a few. As a result, consonant clusters are difficult for many English language learners to pronounce. Make sure you here my pronunciation in the podcast down below.

  1. Terrible flight /// Terrible fight
  2. Pray here /// Pay here
  3. State laws /// Estate laws
  4. Apply /// A pie
  5. Stock market /// Sock markets
  6. Split up /// Spit up

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 5 – Episode 4 – Vocabulary – Achievements & Difficulties

Welcome back to another vocabulary! Today is the first episode of vocabulary in season 5, and we’re getting into some good stuff. Here goes some vocabulary words and other questions for you!

  1. Studying for four weeks without a break was quite a trial and it was hard for me to overcome.
  2. My first obstacle when I joined the band was persuading the other members to change the name.
  3. It’s a huge undertaking to train for a marathon — it takes a lot of time and commitment.
  4. Jack was telling me about his incredible exploits when he was backpacking around Australia.
  5. The pilot flew a solar-powered plane 3,500 miles in under 80 hours — a remarkable accomplishment.

Words that are synonymous with the ones in bold: adventures, feat, hurdle, mission, ordeal

  1. A lack of money is the biggest trial/obstacle to success in life.
  2. People watch crazy sports on TV just to see if the participants will get hurt during their dangerous exploits/ordeals.
  3. When the Falcon Heavy Shuttle had taken off two years ago, it was a fantastic accomplishment/mission for Elon Musk.
  4. Overcoming negative opinions will be the main ordeal/hurdle anyone has to get over in their journey of life.
  5. Getting an excellent at LVI back in 2003 was an incredible feat/adventure for me.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 127 – Listening – Podcast about Internships

Today you’re going to listen to a podcast — within a podcast! You’re going to write down the answers and remember NOT to WRITE more than three words for each answer.

  1. What type of company did Amy internship in?
  2. What did she expect from her internship?
  3. What does Jane think that most companies offer interns?
  4. Apart from experience, what other benefit does Peter say internships offer?
  5. What do you have to do as an intern, according to Jane?
  6. How do many companies recruit these days?
  7. What does Amy believe you must be to do an internship?
  8. What money does Peter have to pay his expenses?

Speaking

  • What ideas that you heard justify internships?
  • What drawbacks are there, both for intern and other workers?
  • Would you consider doing an internship in the future? Why/why not?
  • What would you suggest to stop companies from taking advantage of interns?

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