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 | 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!

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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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