Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 28 – Pronunciation – Stress in Words with Suffixes

Welcome back to another ESL Podcast, everyone! It’s a beautiful Monday and I’m bringing to you a wonderful chapter with a set of objectives to achieve!

  • How to stress words with common suffixes.
  • The pronunciation of longer, multisyllable words, especially academic, scientific, and technical terms.
  • More about vowel sounds in stressed and unstressed syllables.

Most common suffixes, such as -er, -ment, and -able, do not affect word stress. 

Ex: En-joy, en-joy-able, en-joy-ment

Other suffixes, such as -ic, -ity, and -ion, shift the stress in predictable ways. 

Specify        Major              Apply

Specific       Majority         Application


















Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 1 – First Conversation: Thai & French Accents!

This was a podcast I did at the very beginning stages of my podcast.  I’m finally getting around to developing podcast art and making shownotes for this particular podcast, so I hope you guys enjoy this one!

International Guest Speakers on French and Thai accents

Things we discussed:

  • Introduction.
  • Learning German and Japanese.
  • Gigi’s experience in India.
  • Indian cuisine.
  • French & Thai cuisine.
  • General diet of Thai people.
  • French diet.
  • Famous French cuisine.
  • French red wine and other alcoholic beverages.
  • The French host’s favorite wine and champagne as well as prices.
  • Talking about Thai wine, champagne and other alcoholic beverages with its prices.
  • Recommendation of two places in Thailand for visitors to visit.
  • Recommendation of two places in France for visitors to visit.
  • Other alternatives and places in Thailand for visitors to visit.
  • Traveling plans and Songkran.


Thank you for listening!


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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 27 – Vocabulary – Cities & Houses

Welcome back to another episode, everyone!  You know, teaching British English, as an American teacher, is unbelievably confusing.  Blocks of flats would mean “projects” in America.  Cottages are regular homes but they come from fairy tales (the ones we see in the books).  It’s a lot of weird things, so here are some pictures and vocabulary.





Detached House


Flat/blocks of flats


Semi-detached house


Terraced house


Adjectives describing cities

Busy, clean, crowded, dirty, historic, lively, modern, noisy, quiet

Make sentences using the above words.

Additional vocabulary: city center, factory, inner city, outskirts, port, skyscraper, square, suburbs



Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS – Part III – Talking About Abstract Topics & Agree/Disagree

Welcome back to another Facebook Live Coaching for IELTS!  Thank you so much for tuning in today, and we’re going to have to further discuss Part III — a topic we haven’t spoken about yet. Here are some of the things we will go over.

  • Talking about abstract topics
  • Giving your personal opinion
  • Agreeing and disagreeing
  • Improving your Lexical Resource score

Test Tip: in each part of the test, it is very important to answer all of the questions as fully as possible so that the examiner can assess your language.  This will also help improve your score.  Make sure to expand on your answers as much as possible.


  • Stating or explaining your own view.
  • Giving relevant examples.
  • Explaining how or why something happens.
  • Saying what would, could, should or might happen.
  • Suggestions a solution to a problem.
  • Explaining another side to the issue.

Arsenio’s Part III Examples

Part III Questions:

  1. Do you think it’s more important to earn a large salary or to be happy in your job?
  2. Do you think some people spend too much time on their computers these days? Why?
  3. Do you think the government should try to control the internet, or should people be able to write whatever they want?
  4. Pollution is a problem in many countries.  What do you think governments can do about it?
  5. Do you think newspapers and books will eventually disappear?


Different sentence beginnings

  • For example, when we…..
  • On one hand, some people believe….
  • If that happened, then…
  • This happens on a routine basis because….
  • Well, I personally think…
  • One way of dealing with this is….

Agreeing and disagreeing opening statements

  1. Oh no, not at all.
  2. Well, I think there are valid points for both sides.
  3. I totally agree with that.
  4. I agree to an extent.
  5. I would have to say no, and this is because…
  6. I completely disagree.
  7. Actually I think it depends on the situation/country/person
  8. It seems to me that there are two sides to consider.

Look at the statements below. Decide whether you agree or disagree.

  1. Video games influence children.
  2. People should be made to retire earlier so that young people can get jobs sooner.
  3. Robots will play a more important role in our lives in the future.
  4. We don’t do enough to protect the environment.
  5. Everyone should take some sort of further education.


Arsenio’s IELTS Coaching – Episode 3

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 26 – Grammar – Present Perfect Continuous

Welcome back to one of my favorite grammar lessons — the present perfect continuous! I usually use this compared to the present perfect.  Example, I’ve been living in Thailand for five years.  I don’t like saying “I’ve lived in Thailand for five years.”  That could possibly indicate that I no longer live there, at times.  So, let’s dive into some rules and exercises!

  1. I’ve been living here in Thailand for five years.
  2. I’ve seen two black panthers at the zoo.
  3. I’ve created an audience with people from all over the world.
  4. Recently we’ve been doing lots of exams.

Which of the sentences gives more importance to……

a. the completion and result of an action?

b. the process and duration of an action?

c. how many times an action has happened?

d. the fact that an action is temporary, incomplete or has finished very recently?


In the following pictures, write sentences using the present perfect continuous.


Are these sentences grammatically correct or not? If they aren’t, change them.

  1. I’ve been cutting my toe.
  2. We’ve been learning Japanese abroad for several months and we enjoy it!
  3. Have you been crying, Darlene?
  4. She’s been reading this Harry Potter book three times.
  5. My brother has taken out some of the trash, but he hasn’t taken out all of it.
  6. Oh, no! You’ve been breaking the window!
  7. This week I’ll be in Bangkok, but next week I’ll be heading to Vientiane.

Choose the correct alternative.

  1. Stop singing that song.  You’ve sing/been singing it since the morning!
  2. That’s it.  I’ve done/been doing all the chores.
  3. It’s terrible! The amount of rainfall has/been having caused a lot of accidents.
  4. She’s looked/been looking for her books all day, but she still can’t find them.
  5. Why are you dirty? What have you done/been doing?
  6. That actor has made/been making twenty films.
  7. My eyes hurt.  i’ve worked/been working on the computer all day.
  8. You’ve played/been playing games since last night.  Turn off the TV.!


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast Special: TOEIC – Part IV – Short Talks – Tactic Practice

Welcome back to another episode, everyone! This is the re-learning from the Facebook live I did a few days ago (Saturday mornings at 7am).  This is the first time I’ve done a Short talks episode, so I hope this provides as much value to you as possible. Now, let’s get into this!

Source: Tactics for TOEIC

If you guys have seen my talks and videos on YouTube before, I do recall doing a Short Talks in the past.  So, today I’m going to do six live questions with you guys and we’re going to break it down one by one.  We need to first look at what’s being said, of course.


What is the main purpose of this announcement?

  1. To discuss the history of Arabella.
  2. To outline ways to get to Arabella
  3. To make Arabella sound attractive to visitors
  4. To describe Arabella’s local music.


What was Arabella originally?

  1. A culture center
  2. A center for sailing events
  3. A resort island
  4. A trading center


When is the Caribbean Carnival held?

  1. In mid-October
  2. During the winter holidays
  3. During the March break
  4. At the end of April


Why was the meeting called?

  1. To announce a schedule change
  2. To move the deadline
  3. To discuss the image files
  4. To answer any questions


When does the project have to be finished?

  1. By tomorrow
  2. By Thursday
  3. In five days
  4. In a week


What are Beth and Howard asked to do?

  1. Finalize the image files
  2. Check for typos
  3. Ask questions
  4. Write the address labels

The explanation of these questions are in the podcast and YouTube video. If you want to tune into Facebook, you can (still and always will be available).


YouTube – Coming Wednesday


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 24 – Speaking – Encouraging Communication

There are several ways to encourage communication using questions.  As a teacher, I love asking the follow-up question technique.  If my student constantly gives me 1-7 word responses (with no open-ended answers), I would either create an easy task or have them read out loud.  Normally when a student is closed, it’s because they lack confidence.  I would encourage all teachers NOT to pressure them by continuing to ask the same question, putting them in an even more uncomfortable position and taking away the little bit of confidence they have.

Also, long pauses and awkward atmospheres is another horribly-sure-way to destroy a student’s confidence.  So, let’s go over some of these ways to help.

  • You can say when you didn’t hear or understand (surely for a lot of travelers out there instead of saying the big “WHAT?!)

I didn’t hear what you said about…..

Can you say that again?

I’m sorry?

Can/could you repeat that?

  • You can ask more information or explanation.

Could you explain that a bit more?

Let’s go back to what you said previously, (ask them another question on a part of their story they showed a lot of enthusiasm on) what made you do that?

What do you mean by that?

  • You can add a “prompt,” giving an example of a possible response?

I especially love these.  “What’s your favorite travel? Once I traveled to Bali and had the most amazing vacation ever!” (because they heard Bali, they heard the keyword which will prompt them to talk about an emotional memory).

  • Have you ever done charity work? Maybe volunteering, or raising money for a good cause?


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 23 – Vocabulary – Prefixes with Negative Meanings – Part II

Welcome back, everyone! I’ve finally made a debut of this after a long time (last episode was Season 2, Episode 8) and I’m bringing to you more negative prefixes to enhance your vocabulary! I was recently teaching prefixes in one of my classes here in Thailand, and I just love doing them because it helps my students vary their words.

If you guys don’t know, a prefix is a group of letters added to the beginning of a work.  When added, can change the entire meaning of the word.  It can change the base word from positive, or negative.

Prefix                             Meaning                            Example

anti-                                           freeze                                      antifreeze

counter-                                       act                                         counteract

dis-                                             appear                                     disappear

im-                                              polite                                         impolite

mis-                                       understood                             misunderstood

non-                                         essential                                 nonessential

un-                                             reliable                                    unreliable

in-                                          supportable                             insupportable


Task – Add a prefix to each root (answers in the podcast)

1 _________________possible

2 _________________paid

3 _________________nonsense

4 _________________placed

5 _________________rational

6 _________________regard

7 _________________clockwise

8 _________________social


Task II – Complete the sentences down below with the negative form of the word in the (parentheses).

  1. Many people were ____________(sure) if I can teach because of my background, but I surely proved them wrong.
  2. Most people in Thailand ______________(conceive) about America in terms of it being the most diverse nation in the world.
  3. There are many ________________(profit) organizations in the world, so I decided to start my own — The Arsenio Buck Foundation.
  4. Some people are _______________(regular) because they have their own agenda.
  5. You have to be ______________(selfish) if you want to work with children or the elderly.



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?



Arsenio’s ESL Task: Developing Critical Thinking- Community Service

Welcome back to another ESL task! I love these and I don’t want to stop on developing critical thinking lessons, so I’m back with another one.

Here’s your task.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of doing community service?

Benefits and drawbacks: college applications, mental nourishment, not enough money, not enough time, other obligations, teamwork.


  1. How can doing community service help you achieve your goals?
  2. What things do you do that are obligatory? What do you do altruistically? How can you tell the difference?

My opinion is, if you force yourself to do something just to get Instagram likes, Facebook shares, and Twitter retweets, you’re taking advantage of the week.  Community service, a foundation, or something that helps give back to those who aren’t as fortunate, shouldn’t be for likes or dollar signs.

I remember Gary Vee once said, “if they volunteer in Africa and they’re entitled, they’re going to be the same ol’ person — no matter what.” I do disagree, to a certain extent. However, if they live there for x amount of months and develop empathy and compassion (key traits that non-empathizers and entitled rich kids don’t have), it could possibly work.

Doing things for the less fortunate has to be don altruistically.

I’ll give you another example.  I recently discovered the organization “Pencils of Promise” through Gary Vee’s video (him going to Ghana — and that was surely obligatory and not out of his good heart).  When I saw this video, I didn’t know what pencils of promise was until I heard it again on Lewis Howes’ Instagram account.  They hosted a Gala Convention with all the famous “podcasters, YouTubers” and people who donated an insane amount of money, or — they’re just famous in general.

That’s very infuriating because on Pencils of Promise Instagram, it shows them continuously asking for donations to put girls in rural schools around South America….back in school.  My guess is they used that money to have a huge Gala to promote their organization even more, and that’s what really makes me angry about these types of American organizations.  The Red Cross and other foundations that ask for assets to do a good deed — are full of it.  If you want me to donate blood, I want to track my blood.  That’s right.  I want a barcode so I know the last destination of the hospital that will use my blood.

Anywho, this is for you guys to either oppose me, or to be the affirmative.  Free-write this for 15 minutes.  Journal it and think about it!