Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 84 – Vocabulary Development – Cause and Effect

Cause and effect is here! Along with a lot of different reading tasks about diseases and close reading skills on my patreon. Make sure you’re tuned in over there for the additional material under the 10$ umbrella! With that being said, tune into the blog and especially the podcast for examples!

We use a number of different words and expressions to show cause and effect. Some words place the cause first and the effect second, and others place the effect first and the cause second.

Cause Effect

Unclean water can result in an increase in diseases.

Cause Effect

Diseases such as typhoid are caused by unclean water.

Underline the cause and circle the effect in each of these sentences.

  1. Many days can be taken off sick. As a result, companies may lose income.
  2. In the worse cases, a lower birth rate can result from a sharp rise in an infectious disease.
  3. Lifestyle choices can result in an increase in many diseases.
  4. The world’s population fell by 5% because of the 1918 flu.
  5. People often fear a breakout of a new disease. Therefore, governments need to communicate their effects quickly.
  6. A sharp increase in the levels of any disease can place pressure on the medical profession. Consequently, many governments have emergency plans to help deal with this.

a. The outbreak resulted in / as a result a fall in tourism.

b. Diseases can have significant economic impacts. Consequently / Because of, countries need to fund research into diseases.

c. More days being taken off work therefore / resulted from increased levels of depression and stress.

d. Governments have a responsibility for the welfare of their residents. Therefore, / Because of, they should develop vaccines that fight dangerous diseases.

e. Consequently / Because of lost working days, the government’s income from taxes fell.

f. The government reduced funding for disease research. As a result, / Result in, fewer cures are being discovered.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Text Completion – Adverb and Adjective Endings

Guys, welcome back to another TOEIC language building podcast/YouTube and I’m proud to be bringing you today a very informative blog on adjectives and adverbs.  There are some differences between the two, so I want to break them down as easy (not easily) as possible.

Language building: adjective and adverb endings

You basically have “ly” versus everything else in these sentences.  Let’s check them out.

  1. We chose this condominium because the rooms are fully furnished and____________(comfortable/comfortably).
  2. We have ______________ problems with the pipes below our home. (serious/seriously)
  3. You are expected to listen _____________ while listening for the exact words in order to become a great transcriptor. (attentive/attentively)
  4. Our sales have been ____________ good in the last three months. (consistent/consistently)
  5. The response to the new layout of the office has been __________. (wonderful/wonderfully)
  6. The contract ____________stated that you could be replaced if you don’t meet our demands. (specific/specifically)

Adjectives – write down five in each category down below.

-able –

-ous –

-ive –

-ent –

-ful –

-ic –

Adverbs

-ly –

Now make sentences with two of the words from each category and post them on my Facebook wall. 

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Eliza of India!

So grateful for having a wonderful friend from India on!  Full of energy and laughs, Eliza came on to talk about different locations around India and living in China! Tune in!

 

Things we discussed:

  • Introduction.
  • Where Eliza is from.
  • What the differences are of other regions in India.
  • Talking about Bollywood and slums in India based on the movie of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
  • Northern India and International Schools.
  • Mumbai and schools in the region.
  • Punjab region.
  • World Heritage sites in India? Recommendations by the guest.
  • Cultural barriers. How was it for the guest?
  • The different regions in China.
  • Chinese cuisine.
  • Where has she traveled in China and what has she learned.
  • Forbidden City and the Great Wall.
  • English usage in China and India. Which places use English more as their mode of communication?
  • The guest’s advice for English language learners.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Reading – Finding the Answers

Hello, everyone! If this is your second time tuning in, this was part of the TOEIC live coaching I did last weekend. However, because Facebook live stinks, I’m not able to show you exactly how I found the answers, and more just talking.  However, I will have the YouTube video down below (coming soon) so you can see how I find the answers.  Also, this is in podcast form, if you want to listen to this without the video.

The PDF is down below for you guys, too!

With that being said, today we’re going over a test tactic (from the book Tactics for TOEIC) and the goal is to locate information in double text questions.  So, towards the latter stages of the TOEIC exam, you will get these double passages. If you’re not looking in the right places, you will lose, quickly.  So my goal is to show you guys this in bulk (YouTube) and have the podcast down below, too.

 

Questions

 

Where did Kelvin Adams see the ad?

  1. On the internet
  2. In the newspaper
  3. In a shop

 

What feature probably attracted Kelvin to this apartment?

  1. The central heating
  2. The price
  3. The location

 

How many rooms are there in the apartment?

  1. 2
  2. 5
  3. 6

 

What does Kelvin request?

  1. Directions to the apartment
  2. Pictures of the apartment
  3. An appointment in March

 

Which of the following is likely to be a problem?

  1. The availability date
  2. The policy on pets
  3. The apartment size

 

 

Text

 

Apartment for rent

  • Modern downtown studio apartment located 10 minutes from shops and public transportation
  • 2 bedrooms, kitchen, living/dining room, bathroom, balcony
  • Centrally heated (gas)
  • Suit young couple or professional
  • Part furnishing can be arranged
  • Rent $985 per month plus utilities
  • Deposit + 1 month’s rent in advance
  • No pets
  • Available mid-March

Contact Karim Patel 555 2345 Email: karim98@s_mail.com

 

To: karim98@s_mail.com

Cc:
From: Kelvin Adams (kelheart2@s_mail.com)

Dear Mr. Patel

I saw your advertisement in the local newspaper. I’m very interested in the apartment for my family. We are currently living in Westside, but are looking to move closer to the town center, by the end of February so this apartment would be ideal. I was hoping to be able to arrange a visit sometime next week. Monday would be the best day for us, if this is convenient for you.

In the ad, you mentioned that the place could be part-furnished. We have a small amount of furniture ourselves, but probably not enough for a two-bedroom place. Could you possibly tell us what inventory is likely to be included with the apartment?

I would also really appreciate it if you could possibly send us a couple of pictures of the bedroom and living/dining room, as well as some directions as to how to get there. Thank you very much in advance.

Yours

Kelvin Adams

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Marwa of Egypt!

I’ve been wanting to get someone on from Egypt, and I finally have!  Introducing Marwa, someone who speaks three languages (two of the most difficult in the world) as she talks about wondrous Egypt, things to do, places to go, climate, and a few other things.  She was inspired to learn English by the TV. series — “Friends.” Podcast down below!

 

Things we discussed:

  • Introduction.
  • Guest speaker and learning German.
  • Reasons for why she enjoyed learning German.
  • Talked about learning the Arabic language.
  • Differences in Arabic dialect in Egypt, Tunisian, Moroccan and standard arabic.
  • How she developed her English.
  • American TV series.
  • How she developed her American accent.
  • Egypt in general.
  • How to travel in Egypt?
  • Weather in Egypt.
  • Egyptian sandstorms.
  • Shared her thoughts on English learning and English communication in Egypt compared to native speakers.

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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: Special – TOEIC Reading – Part II – Speed Reading

Welcome back, everyone! This is a continuation of what I did last week on my TOEIC video.  Because it gained a lot of subs, traction, and love, I decided to continue what’s hot.  So, here’s the second part of the video I did last week!

I’m posting last weeks’ blog down below so you can see the chart and answer the questions I have at the bottom.

A. The main focus of the chart/table/form

B. Details of how information in the chart/table/form is meant to be used.

C. Information about who the text is from or intended for.

D. Extra details that indicate changes/differences to information in the chart/table/form

E. Background information that relates to the chart/table/form or the people who use it.

F. Details/facts/numbers/dates/names

 

**I’ve put the answers next to the numbers for you guys to understand how it works!

 

1) C

From: johnsmith@gmail.com

To: arseniobuck@icloud.com

Date: October 27th

Subject: November Visit

 

2) A

Dear Arsenio,

 

After my visit last month, I would like to talk about some of the different approaches for improving sales that were discussed at last year’s sales conference.  I would appreciate it if you would set aside the whole day on the 25th of November.

 

(3) B

so that I can meet with you and your sales team.  I am including, in the attachment, the most recent sales figures from last year for you and your team to review before we meet.

See you next month.

 

John

 

4) F Sales of Cars

5)  D                                    Jan-Mar                     April-June              July-August

Toyota                             1521                              655                            *232

Mitsubishi                       756                               943                            1100

Honda                             1873                              800                             422

6) E  * model discontinued in December

 

Questions

 

  1. What does the chart show?

A) The number of vehicles sold by one manufacturer

B) Sales figures for four years.

 

     2. Who sent this email?

A) John Smith

B) Arsenio Buck

 

3. Which model sold the greatest number overall?

A) Honda

B) Mitsubishi

 

     4. Which was the most successful period for sales of the Toyota?

A) July-August

B) January-March

 

     5. What will happen in December?

A) There was a sales conference.

B) The Toyota model was discontinued.

 

 6. How many Mitsubishi’s were sold in December?

A) 465

B) 1100

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 4 – Speaking Skill – Offering Advice and Suggestions

Use some of these phrases below when offering advice to others.  Some are followed by the -ing form of the verb.

  • I suggest going to Siam Paragon.
  • How about getting a new dog to take care of?
  • I’d recommend reading Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist.

Others are followed by an infinitive.

One idea is to volunteer at a daycare center.

It might be a good idea to eat things that will help you emotionally everyday.

Task: Correct mistakes in these sentences.

  1. One idea is to eating more junk food.
  2. I’d recommend to eat more apples.
  3. How about to buy more vegetables in outdoor markets?
  4. It might be a good idea for improve yourself.
  5. I suggest have a healthy snack before going to work.
  6. One way is get a pet.

Task 2: Complete the dialogues with suitable advice.

  1. I really need to find a better place to live.

I suggest __________________________________________________.

2. I don’t know what subject to major in.

How about ________________________________________________.

3. It’s very difficult for me to sleep.

It might be a good idea to ________________________________________.

4. I want to improve my diet.

I’d recommend ___________________________________________.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS – Passive Voice

Passive voice — one of the most difficult aspects of grammar to learn — is officially here.  I’m very happy to present my writers with this (and especially my IELTS students who are learning how to right a process).

The goal is to do this in baby steps.  An introduction, if you will. I don’t want to over-saturate you with an insane amount of information like your “normal,” historical teachers do.  I’m going to show you the basis and put you to work.

Example

Here’s an example of an active sentence: The river runs through Bangkok.

It’s your basic article, subject, verb, etc.

However, with passive voice, we focus on the object more than the subject: The letter was written by James.

Passive voice: be + past participle)

In the case above, was is the verb to be (obviously in the past) plus the verb participle of write (written).

IELTS TECHNIQUE

Make sure you use the correct form of the verb when you describe a process.  Natural processes are described in active voice, whereas manufacturing are in passive form.

Ex: The tree is chopped down.

Task

Put the following sentences into present simple passive form.

  1. the documents / print
  2. the window / open
  3. the shoes / buy
  4. the car / wash
  5. the litter / throw away
  6. the letter / send
  7. the book / read / not
  8. the songs / sing / not
  9. the food / eat / not
  10. the shop / close / not

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 (Intermediate) – Episode 1 – Pronunciation – Initial Voiceless & Voiced Consonants

Welcome to the first episode of season 3, everyone! This is the intermediate level, so if I speak too fast, I do advise you to go back a level (season 2) so you can practice.  I’m excited to bring you some more in-depth pronunciation exercises that will allow you to become a more understandable NON-nes speaker.  So, here it is.  It’s time to listen to some pairs of voiceless and voiced words, then you will take an interactive exercise and post your answers to my facebook page.

Let’s begin with a nice exercise.

Voiceless                           Voiced

path                                      bath

time                                      dime

came                                     game

few                                        view

 

Task

Listen to the word pairs in my podcast and write down the correct one I said on my Facebook page.  First I will enunciate each one to show you how voiceless and voiced words are pronounced.  After that, you can number them 1-10 on the Facebook page and write down the word you hear.   Here are the word pairs.

park/bark

push/bush

tear/dear

town/down

card/guard

cold/gold

fan/van

fine/vine

chain/jane

choke/joke

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