Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 2 – Pronunciation – Linking Verbs to Reduced Forms

Welcome back, everyone! Omg, it’s been a very long time, but here I am today bringing you a pronunciation exercise for the first time in over a month. I’ve done a couple of these on Instagram already, so let’s get this interactive exercise going. I would like you guys to send me voice notes on Instagram (of the six questions down below) so that I can give you feedback! Let’s hit it!

  1. Everyone blamed him (blame-dem) for losing the game.
  2. Oh, I already checked them (check-tem) in.
  3. Yeah, her brother dropped her (drop-ter) off.
  4. Yeah. Our teacher always hands them (hand-zem) right back.
  5. I know. Her new job really keeps her (keep-ser) busy.
  6. Great! He just started his job and loves it (love-zit).

Listen to my podcast down below and listen to my explanations.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 73 – Developing Writing – A Formal Email of Complaint

Yes, I want to make sure I get all the specifics out of the way before heading into the upper-echelon levels that will be pretty difficult. The last develop writing podcast and blog scored big, so I decided to do another one. I’m first going to show you useful expressions, then an email, then practice for you. Be sure to send your emails to my Facebook page.

Useful Expressions: Linkers in formal emails and letters

  • Consequence: Therefore, and so, as a result
  • Time and sequence: next, then, after that, finally
  • Contrast: but, although, however, nevertheless
  • Reason: because, as, since
  • Addition, in addition, what is more, furthermore

Dear Sir or Madam,

I’m writing to complain about the goods and service in your store.

On 19th August I bought an e-reader at your store in Guildford. When I arrived home, I removed the e-reader from its box and discovered that the screen was broken. As a result, I took it back to the store the following day. However, the shop assistant told me that I could only have a refund if I returned the e-reader in its original box.

The next day I went back again with the e–reader in its original packaging. This time a different shop assistant told me that I could not have a refund because he said I had broken the screen myself. This was not true. In the end, I had to leave the store with the original, faulty e-reader and without my refund.

I will not go back again to the store in Guildford since the shop assistants there are so rude. I demand a full refund for the faulty e-reader. Furthermore, I would like a written apology for the bad treatment I have received. If I do not hear from you in the next two weeks, I will take my complaint to a Consumer Advice Center.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Gateway B1+

Pretty good complaint, huh? This is how you write it in English, in my podcast, I’ve gone some more things on how to deal with people in these situations.

Now it’s time to write your email. Here’s your scenario.

In July, you ordered two tickets for a concert by your favorite band on the internet. The tickets were very expensive. The concert was suppose to be August 1st, but the tickets only arrived two days after so you couldn’t go.

You rang the ticket company three times before August 1st, but they promised the tickets would arrive on time. Write a letter of complaint to the manager of the ticket company.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 70 – Grammar – The Passive – Verbs with Two Objects

Welcome back to another passive blog/podcast. To be honest, this one is going to be a pain in the ass. Lol…but it’s going to be worth it in the end for a lot of you.

So, some verbs are followed by two objects, one usually a thing and the other a person. They told me the truth.

When this happens, we can make two different passive sentences.

I was told the truth.

The truth was told to me.

It is more common to make passive sentences with the person or people as the subject.

Here is a list of common verbs which are followed by two objects: bring, buy, give, lend, offer, owe, pay, promise, refuse, send, show, teach, tell.

Rewrite the sentences using the passive. Use the person or people as the subject.

The government has sent food and medicine to the victims of the earthquake.

 

The victims of the earthquake have been sent food and medicine by the government.

2. They paid the president of the company 40k for two Survival Capsules.

3. They’re offering the survivors financial aid.

4. My teacher has given me information about surviving earthquakes.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 67 – Developing Vocabulary – Prepositional Phrases with Verbs

Oh, this was requested! Well, not really, but a wonderful individual from Iran reached out to me and asked if I can do prepositions and phrases, and wadaya know, lesson is on it! I’m bringing to you guys today some prepositional phrases with verbs!

Complete the sentences with these prepositions.

about for for in of
to on on with to
  1. Residents listened _______________ the experts.
  2. Most people agree ______________ my theory.
  3. People used to believe _____________supernatural causes for natural disasters.
  4. The strength of the hurricane depends ________ different factors.
  5. The experts apologized ______________ lying repeatedly about climate change.
  6. The residents complained _______________ the loud music.
  7. Nobody thought _____________ that!
  8. The government waited ______________ the shutdown to happen.
  9. Nobody knew who the dog belonged ______________.
  10. You can spend money ______________ optional extras.

Complete the sentences so they are true for you. Use a preposition.

  1. I occasionally spend money……….
  2. I hate waiting…………
  3. For the future, I dream…………
  4. I know I can rely………..
  5. I never listen………..
  6. Once I had to apologize………
  7. I nearly always agree………..
  8. I don’t usually complain………

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 25 – Pronunciation – Root Forms, Two-Syllable Verbs

Welcome back to another pronunciation podcast, everyone! Grateful to bring you some good stuff today, as usual.  It’s a wonderful Monday morning and I’m hitting this off with some difficult stuff. So, we need to understand how to pronounce and stress the two-syllable noun-verb pairs, first.

Nouns

Conduct……good conduct

Present…….past, present, and future

Record……broke a record

 

Verbs

Conduct……conducts the orchestra

Present……presented the award

Record…..record your message.

 

Verbs with Root Forms

-ceive, clude, cord, dict, duce, fend, fine, pect, port, sent, serve, sume, tain, tend, vent, vert

 

Con –                         de-                            pre-                            re-

Convert                deceive                   preserve                     record

Contain                 deport                     prevent                      receive

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 22 – Grammar – Tag Questions

This is officially the first time I’ve gone over tag questions.  Although I don’t use them often, it’s still a useful technique to not only keep the conversation going, but to also get a response.

Tag questions are added to the end of a statement to turn it into a question.  They’re used when the speaker expects the listener to agree.

A negative statement has a positive tag.

The new mall near Chatuchak park doesn’t make much sense, does it?

A positive statement has a negative tag.

This condo is as big as the old condo, isn’t it?

 

The tag has the same tense as the statement.  The verb tense helps you determine what word to use in the tag. 

Present simple / no auxiliary                     do/does                    Your parents live in the city, don’t they?

To be in the simple tense                repeat the main verb               There is an open office plan, isn’t it?

To have as the main verb                 do/does or has/have          He has an office, doesn’t he?

Present continuous                                          are/is                   He is living in the city, isn’t he?

Present Perfect                                               has/have                 He has moved to the suburbs, hasn’t he?

 

Task – Find the mistake in each sentence and correct it.

  1. I prefer having my own condominium, do I? (answer: don’t I?)
  2. My boss has his own office in Pinklao, isn’t he?
  3. You live in the suburbs and work in the city, aren’t you?
  4. You don’t want to live outside the city, doesn’t you?
  5. Your brother is working at a new company, doesn’t he?

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3: Episode 17 – Pronunciation – Word Stress in Nouns, Verbs, & Numbers

Welcome back to another week and the first pronunciation exercise of November! Today is another activity in terms of repeating what I say.

It’s time to learn about common stress patterns in words with more than one syllable.

Here are some words that I will be talking about in my podcast.

Pronunciation In This Podcast

ivy, IV

decade, decayed

desert, dessert

one person, one percent

tutors, two tours

character, corrector

homesick, home sick

written, retain

history, his story

fifty, fifteen

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 12 – Vocabulary – Synonyms and Partial Synonyms

Welcome back! Here’s another one of those head-scratching lessons that can confuse people.  You have synonyms, and partial synonyms.

Let’s look at some of these words down below and see if we can match some of the synonyms with their partials.

List

Bright, cheerful, clever, difficult, elderly, friendly, glad, happy, hard, intelligent, old, outgoing, slim, social, thin.

Example: Bright – clever – intelligent

Put the words in their categories. 

 

Pronunciation

Based on the stress of the word, I want you to write to enunciate the words above and ask yourself how many syllables each one has.  Example, talkative.  The first syllable is stressed and there are three total.

 

Additional Task

Choose the best alternative.  If there is no difference, choose both.

  1. Don’t call your grandfather old/elderly! It’s more polite to call her old/elderly.
  2. That new teacher in school is really attractive/good-looking.
  3. My friend is always smiling.  She’s a really glad/cheerful person.
  4. You need to eat more.  You look a bit slim/thin to me.
  5. This question is really hard/difficult.
  6. I’m clever/bright enough to do this exercise.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 5 – Vocabulary – Phrasal Verbs Part III

We’re back with some more phrasals! One of my students from a long time ago told me that I should do more of these blogs/podcasts because it could be very difficult to follow.  Well, I have some more on board today!

Talk + about = discuss.

Let’s discuss the repercussions of a warming ocean.

Let’s talk about the repercussions……….

Be prepared to use phrasal in discussions and conversations.  Using phrasals correctly can make you sound more natural.

Discuss, as I’ve written before, is formal.  Talk about is informal.

Talk + into = convince.

Hey, let’s try to talk her into going to Kazakhstan next spring!

1. Match the phrasal with their synonyms.

  1. Get up
  2. Point out
  3. Give up
  4. Turn into
  5. Get together
  • Quit
  • Meet socially
  • Show
  • Rise from bed after sleeping
  • Become

Complete the sentences with the phrasals from above. 

  1. What time do you ______________ on the weekends?
  2. What task would you ______________ if you were too busy?
  3. If you could _______________ any animal, what would it be?
  4. What would you _______________ if someone was visiting your country for the first time? Positives or negatives?
  5. What do you like to do when you ___________________ with your associates and partners?

 

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