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How to repair an Air Conditioning condenser leak


This one is about finding and repairing a condenser coil tubing leak.
This video is part of the heating and cooling series of training videos made to accompany my websites: www.graycoolingman.com and www.grayfurnaceman.com to pass on what I have learned in many years of service and repair. If you have suggestions or comments they are welcome.
If you are a homeowner looking to repair your own appliance, understand that the voltages can be lethal, the fuels are highly flammable and high pressures are used. Know your limits.

An inspiring way to learn English? By watching TED Talks

“The world has a new mania — a mania for learning English,” said Jay Walker on the TED stage in 2009.

English is accepted as a shared language of science, a language of global business and the language of the Internet, with at least 1.5 billion students learning it worldwide. So the TED Distribution team wondered: What if students could learn English through TED Talks?

To test this theory, we’ve partnered with National Geographic Learning and Cengage Learning to roll out three English-language curriculums, each grounded in the ideas of TED speakers. The first in the series: World English, a four-level survey course that teaches basic reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. For those a little more advanced: 21st-Century Reading, which is designed to improve reading comprehension of all kinds of texts, including infographics and charts, and to inspire community action. And coming up next: Business English, created to help develop English skills for the workplace. All are served up as a mix of paperback workbooks and online materials. World English and 21st-Century Readinghave volumes out, and Business English will be available soon. Each workbook costs around $50US, and schools can also license the curriculum.

Typically, language learning courses lean on hypothetical situations for conversation prompts — you might have to ask about the location of the bathroom, talk about meeting someone at the library or compliment someone on their hat. So Cengage loved the idea of adapting content from TED and National Geographic to give English language learning a real-world foundation. By creating lessons around ideas, they hope that participants pick up the language as a side effect of getting curious and inspired. 

“You learn how to put together a sentence in the context of real issues and ideas going on in our world,” says our Content Distribution Editor, Janet Lee. “It’s a different way of learning.” 

In World English, each lesson pairs activities on a general interest topic — like family, work and housing — with a talk from TED’s archives. For example, after reading a transcript ofDiana Reiss’s talk on the interspecies internet, students match animals with their primary sense: sight, smell or hearing. For a lesson around Eric Whitacre’s virtual choir, students are prompted to discuss how to start an online community. 

Education consultant Mary Kadera helped identify the TED Talks that would be a fit for each unit’s topic. For her, the challenge in programming World English was having to boil down an 18-minute idea to its most basic essence without sacrificing the speaker’s intent. “A basic learner typically comes in knowing around 200 words,” she says. “We spend a lot of time editing those transcripts so that they’re accessible to people with limited English vocabularies, yet capture what the speaker had in mind.”

21st-Century Reading was created for a younger audience, and has a TED idea built into every unit. Once learners have mastered the vocabulary, grammar and comprehension exercises for a talk, they are encouraged to go out and do more research on how to implement the idea in their school or community. Activities have ranged from exploring a public art project, like Candy Chang’s “Before I die” wall, to planting a community garden inspired by Ron Finley. “It feels very TED-like — you can turn your curiosity and inspiration into something actionable,” says Kadera.

The third series, Business English, is for the call center representative working on campaigns for English-speaking companies, or for the marketer looking to expand into new countries. The exercises here also tackle grammar, speaking, writing and reading, but through a business lens. TED’s wealth of business-related talks on management, branding and work-life balance are embedded in the activities.

When Cengage surveyed ESL teachers all over the world before creating these new series, they heard from many who were already using TED Talks in their classrooms. Part of the motivation for this partnership was to support teachers with a more formalized and engaging course structure around TED’s content.

“I love the idea that maybe one day someone who’s learned English from these TED/Cengage projects will be on TED stage somewhere,” says Kadera, “giving a talk in English.”


Source: http://blog.ted.com/an-inspiring-way-to-learn-english-by-watching-ted-talks/

Learning Nouns ( Collective & Uncountable Nouns) – Basic English Grammar Lessons


In this Basic English grammar lesson, Emmelda teaches you nouns and very specifically collective nouns and uncountable nouns which many English learners and even the native speakers often get confused with.

Nouns: are names given to people, places animals or things.

Example: John lives in the UK with his dog called snoopy who loves to play with his ball.
John is a name of a person, UK is a name of a place, a dog is an animal and ball is a thing.
A proper noun is a name of a person, place or an organization. All proper nouns begin with a capital letter.

Pronoun: is a word that replaces a noun.
Example: ‘He’ replaces John.

Collective nouns: are words given to a group of people, animals or things.

Example: for a group of people in an organization, we say ‘team’. The team is efficient. (not ‘are’)
Example: class of students
Example: Family (consists of more than 2 members)
Remember, when you use a collective noun, use a singular verb and not a plural verb.
Example: Police is followed by a singular verb ‘is’.

For animals:

Example: A herd of zebras is moving away to escape the lion’s angry roar.
Example: An army of frogs, school of fish,

For things:

Example: A bunch of grapes, a clutch of eggs, a dozen of eggs, a deck of cards, a fleet of ship/ planes.

Uncountable nouns: are nouns that you can’t count, like liquids. You can’t count water as 1 water, 2 water. Other uncountable nouns are advice, information, intelligence, garbage.

The ONLY way to speak a language

There are thousands of ways to learn a language; Pimsleur, LingQ, Livemocha, Rosetta Stone, lots of studying, silently absorbing (click the links to see why I don’t fully recommend learning these ways). There is also SRS, image association, singing along toyour favourite songs, and lots of other things that I do recommend.

You can argue with me or disagree with me about these preferences. That’s fine. Any method may ultimately bring you in the right direction.

But there is one thing that must be made clear: If your goal is to speak then none of the above matters at all if you don’t follow the golden rule – the number one “method” that I want to make clear in this shorter-than-usual post (especially since the blog has a lot of new readers in the last weeks).

Are you ready?

The only way to speak a language is to OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND SAY SOMETHING.

I’m not joking or playing word games here. I’m serious.

Stop telling everyone how you’re too old, that you don’t have time, that you aren’t naturally talented, you aren’t “ready” yet because you don’t have any words or comfortableconversation fillers, or that you are too shy.

The only way you will speak a language and make progress in speaking it faster and better is if you practise speaking it a lot. Maybe speaking isn’t your priority – that’s fine, but if it issay something. Now.

All auxiliary tasks can help move you in the right direction, but will not ultimately help you speak unless you find a native, put yourself in front of them and force yourself to start to communicate. Try your best, make mistakes, and enjoy actually using your language with a human being.

It’s the only “method” that is guaranteed to produce results.

Before you start thinking too much about why it’s impossible, go out and give it a try. It won’t be perfect, but you will have spoken the language. With lots of practice, soon you will be doing it much more confidently.

So stop focusing so much on learning a language!!!

Interested how I do it exactly? Check out Fluent in 3 Months Premium – the essential guide to speak another language fluently in the shortest possible time.


Source: http://www.fluentin3months.com/speak-it/

Learn English With Movies Using This Movie Technique


Speak English like a native by learning with movies. Movies can teach you to speak real English naturally. However, to learn with movies you must use the correct technique. Many teachers and students try to learn by simply watching movies and TV shows. Just watching movies is ineffective because you won’t understand most of what you hear and you will not learn deeply.

The Effortless English movie technique, as described in AJ’s book, is a powerful method for completely mastering the vocabulary, phrases, grammar, and pronunciation you hear in movies. Using this method, you study and practice each scene of a movie– learning it deeply before moving on to the next scene. The goal of the movie technique is to learn deeply, so you never forget what you have learned.

In this show, AJ explains the movie technique step by step. Use this technique with all of your favorite movies and TV shows.

CAN I LEARN ENGLISH ALONE?


In this video…

Good question:

“Is it possible to learn English alone?”

Well, yes.

That’s the simple answer.

A lot of people think I can’t study English by myself… but there’s no reason to think like that. Learning English is easy these days. Even alone. Especially by yourself, in my opinion.

I’ve got to be honest… in this modern age I don’t think english classes and teachers are effective. I taught classes for a long time… and one of the reasons I stopped and moved completely to online, self-paced learning is that I truly believe this is far, far more effective.

The argument for classes is that language is for social interaction…

… and therefore learning should be social.

Yes and no.

Social interaction is useful… as motivation, to get answers to questions, support and to share problems (and solutions) with others…

… and in the right kind of situation, to add PRESSURE to your learning.

Learning a language is simple.

It comes down to a two-step process: learn the language you need, then practise until it’s automatic.

There’s no reason you have to learn with people to do these two things. And in fact, there are far more effective ways to practise than just chatting aimlessly.

BUT

And here’s the but…

… we learn best and fastest when there is intense pressure to perform. How to learn English alone is pretty easy… but just keep this in mind.

The Doing English Video Blog:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

» Learn English Vocabulary: Tricky English Words:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

More Vocabulary Lessons:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

English News Discussion Lessons:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

Advice for Learning English:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

Forgetting English isn’t your first language film: http://doingenglish.com

Related videos:
PRACTISING YOUR ENGLISH
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK0k5…

How to motivate yourself to learn English – learn faster, and speak better than anyone else
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mvvn…

101 English Learning Questions
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

About Doing English

Doing English is a channel for intermediate and advanced English learners who feel stuck with their English. Whether you’re an IT professional, an accountant, a doctor or an artist — speaking English well will bring opportunities to your life. But if you’re here looking for a new way to learn English that’s never been heard of before? You’re in the wrong place. I only deal with practical English learning advice that you can actually use. Such as how to study english by myself.

10 TOP TIPS FOR LEARNING ENGLISH AT HOME

You don’t need to live in an English-speaking country to become fluent in English. If you are smart about the way you learn English, you don’t even need to leave your home town. Use these 10 top tips for to improve your English without even leaving your city.

Surround yourself with English

You don’t need to be in an English-speaking country to surround yourself with English. Find ways to make English part of your everyday life at home, like writing your shopping list, reading the newspaper, listening to the radio, writing a diary in English, or listening to English on your cellphone while traveling to work.

Make English friends

Even if you don’t live in an English-speaking country, there are probably many foreigners living nearby. Find ways to meet native English-speakers: going to foreign bars and restaurants, joining sport and social clubs, or arranging language exchanges. You could even volunteer as a guide at a local tourist attraction to meet English-speakers from all over the world.

Find study partners

You don’t need native speakers to practice your English. Find a study partner, or form an English club and meet regularly to speak English. You can motivate each other, and you will learn by helping others with their problems.

Use authentic materials

Just reading English in textbooks can get boring. Try reading English texts written for and by native speakers. It will be a challenge at first but a lot more interesting once you can do it. If you can’t find English books or magazines, use the Internet to read the news in English every day. Why not take a look at the EF English Live free Engish resources and check your skills with our free English test, try fun quizzes, learn with our ebooks and more?

Get online

Get online and you can be in contact with people from all over the world. Join chat rooms or forums, take an online English course, or find a penpal to practice your English while learning about different cultures. With social media, it’s easier than ever to stay in touch with friends from all over the world.

Set yourself realistic goals

Give yourself a reason for studying: do you want to get a promotion, be able to talk to your foreign colleagues, study abroad, or spend your next holiday in an English-speaking country? Set short-term as well as long-term goals, and keep track of your progress.

Listen to real English

Train your ear by listening to English spoken at normal speed, even if you don’t understand everything. Also practice listening without seeing things written down and don’t be afraid to listen to things several times to catch any interesting or unusual vocabulary in there. It’s easy to find free English podcasts online and news agencies from most English-speaking countries have audio and video news available for free online.

Find fun ways to learn new words

If you like singing, then look up the words for your favorite English songs. Or if you remember what you see, write new words on ‘Post-it’ notes and stick them up around your house. Make funny example sentences or draw little pictures next to new vocabulary to help you remember it.

Learn about the culture

Find out about the people and the culture of English-speaking countries. Learning a language is not just about grammar and vocabulary: it’s about communicating with people who have different ways of thinking as well as speaking!

Whatever you do, have fun!

Learning a language does take work, but you’ll be more likely to stick to it if you are enjoying yourself. Play games, do crossword puzzles, sing songs, read comics, and don’t worry too much about making mistakes – making mistakes is often the way to learn best!


Source: http://englishlive.ef.com/blog/10-top-tips-learning-english-home/