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Master Basic DIY: Teach Yourself

By DIY Doctor

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Quick, easy DIY guide from the team behind the DIYdoctor website

**** New edition fully revised and updated, including new material on the most popular questions and household problems ****

Master Basic DIY explains all the basic tasks and gives you all the information you need to undertake essential decorating and maintenance in an informed and sensible manner. It offers insight into complex options and methods, and is full of practical information and indispensable tips to enable you to quickly see the results reflected in your DIY projects.

Master Basic DIY includes:

Part one - The basics
Chapter 1: Tools
Chapter 2: Top ten DIY jobs for homeowners
Chapter 3: Sequence of work
Chapter 4: From foundations to the ground floor slab
Chapter 5: Brickwork and blockwork
Chapter 6: Roofs, roof coverings and loft conversions
Chapter 7: Home electrics
Chapter 8: Plumbing, central heating and drainage
Chapter 9: Plastering, plasterboard and partition walls

Part two - Projects
Chapter 10: Basics
Chapter 11: Outside
Chapter 12: Inside
Chapter 13: Electrical
Chapter 14: Plumbing
Chapter 15: Decorating

Biographical Notes

Written by the expert author of the unique and hugely popular website DIYDoctor, which offers completely free self-build and DIY help from qualified tradesmen through an interactive question and answer service plus tips, tricks and projects.

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  • ISBN: 9781473612082
  • Publication date: 21 May 2015
  • Page count: 336
  • Imprint: Teach Yourself
Michel Thomas Method

Start Irish (Learn Irish with the Michel Thomas Method)

Eilís Ní Dhúill, Patricia Mac Eoin, Michel Thomas
Authors:
Eilís Ní Dhúill, Patricia Mac Eoin, Michel Thomas

How does it work?During the course, you will join two Michel Thomas Method teachers and native speakers, Patricia Mac Eoin and Eilís Ní Dhúill, and two students in a live lesson, learning from both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. You, as the learner, become the third student and participate actively in the class. The Michel Thomas Method works by breaking a language down into its component parts and enabling you to reconstruct the language yourself. Within just one hour you will be able to construct simple sentences by listening and thinking out answers for yourself without the pressure of writing or memorizing. You learn through your own language, so there's no stress, and no anxiety. You'll stick with it because you'll love it.Why is the method so successful?The Michel Thomas Method was perfected over 50 years by celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas. This unique method works with your brain and draws on the principles of instructional psychology. Knowledge is structured and organised so that you assimilate the language easily and don't forget it. The method breaks down the language into building blocks that are introduced sequentially in such a way that you create your response and move on to ever-more-complex sentences. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises or vocabulary memorization, so you progress rapidly.What is in the course?This 1-hour taster course is for beginners who are new to the Michel Thomas Method. It will take about 3-4 hours to complete, and is the first hour of the Foundation course.Learn anywhereDon't be tied to chunky books or your computer, Michel Thomas Method audio courses let you learn whenever and wherever you want: at the gym, during your commute, in the shower or on the move...

Michel Thomas Method

Foundation Irish (Learn Irish with the Michel Thomas Method)

Patricia Mac Eoin, Eilís Ní Dhúill, Michel Thomas
Authors:
Patricia Mac Eoin, Eilís Ní Dhúill, Michel Thomas
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The Lean and Happy Home

Eva Jarlsdotter
Authors:
Eva Jarlsdotter
Michel Thomas Method

French Vocabulary Course (Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method)

Helene Bird, Michel Thomas
Authors:
Helene Bird, Michel Thomas

'I will build the foundation of the house, but it's up to you to decorate it.' Michel ThomasExperience significant results in a remarkably short period of time thanks to the unique Michel Thomas Method, perfected over 50 years by celebrated psycholinguist Michel Thomas. The method works in tune with how the brain prefers to receive, store and then retrieve information. You'll stick with it, because you'll love it.* Improve your French naturally and unforgettably, without strain* Learn from listening and speaking, without the pressure of writing or memorizing* Build up your French in manageable steps by thinking out answers for yourselfHow does it work?Learning vocabulary is notoriously difficult if attempted in the traditional way - with long lists and hours of memorization. With the Michel Thomas Method, new words and phrases are presented in such a way that they cannot be forgotten. In this five-hour phase-two course, Michel Thomas Method teacher Hélène Lewis introduces over 1,000 carefully chosen 'power words,' including verbs and everyday phrases. Learning alongside two genuine students, you will exponentially build up your vocabulary by unlocking what you already know. What's new?This new edition includes remastered audio and comes in new, eco-friendly recyclable packaging.Why is it so successful? 'What you understand, you know; and what you know, you don't forget.' - Michel ThomasMichel Thomas believed that the greatest barrier to any form of learning was stress: stress from worrying about remembering what you are being taught, stress from being afraid to make a mistake, stress from failing.With the Michel Thomas Method, all the attention is focused on removing stress and tension from the learning environment. The teacher takes on full responsibility for your understanding, and therefore your remembering, of what is being taught. In fact, the Michel Thomas Method forbids you from trying to memorize. There's no writing, no books, no homework.The Michel Thomas Method works by stripping away all inessential language and breaking down the most important language into its component parts. Crystal-clear building blocks are then presented, and only when they are absorbed and understood is the next piece of the puzzle introduced, enabling you to reconstruct the language for yourself - to form your own sentences, to say what you want, when you want.What's in the Course?*French Vocabulary Course comprises 5 course CDs. The booklet is available to download from www.michelthomas.com.*Note that the course content is the same as the previously entitled French Vocabulary Builder+ course, but does not include a CD-ROM.Learn anywhereMichel Thomas Method audio courses let you learn whenever you want: at home, in your car, or on the move. The audio CDs are MP3-compatible.What learners are sayingI experienced the same sort of pleasure that you got from suddenly getting a crossword clue right or cracking a code...the finger-snapping moment of, Oh My God! I've just understood what you've said to me in Spanish or you've just understood me! -Peter LØVSTRØM , Actor, 2017I've used Michel Thomas to get off the starting block for French, Italian and Spanish and I'm always surprised by how much I can say after only a few hours of listening. The Michel Thomas Italian course organises verbs into logical groups which helps you pick them up fast. And perhaps more importantly, it shows you how to use this grammar to build useful sentences. -Katie from Joyoflanguages.com

Michel Thomas Method

Italian Vocabulary Course (Learn Italian with the Michel Thomas Method)

Michel Thomas, Paola Tite
Authors:
Michel Thomas, Paola Tite
Nicholas Brealey Publishing

The Next Level

Scott Eblin
Authors:
Scott Eblin

For more than a decade, The Next Level has been an indispensable guide to executive success. It reads like a series of conversations with a trusted coach who has brought together a cadre of successful senior leaders to deliver a master class on executive level best practices. This practical, actionable guide to success at the executive level helps readers understand what they need to pick up and let go of to achieve the results that are expected at the next level. Along with simple and immediately applicable tools and frameworks he's road-tested with thousands of coaching clients, Eblin offers clear, practical advice reinforced by interviews and case studies from executives who know what it takes to succeed. With fresh insights throughout, this 3rd edition will help readers sustain their success over the long run with new information on how to develop a personal action plan for leading at their best by living at their best. NEW TO THIS EDITION:1. Updated Introduction and Afterword2. New insights on leadership effectiveness gleaned by the author since the 2nd edition3. A completely revised chapter 3 with new guidance on creating a Life GPS personal action plan4. New and updated Coachable Moment tools (including the TRACK Model of Effective Delegation)5. A revised appendix with the latest approach to creating a self-directed Executive Success Plan (ESP)

Yellow Kite

Cosy

Laura Weir
Authors:
Laura Weir
Yellow Kite

Fed Up

Gemma Hartley
Authors:
Gemma Hartley

No more grin and bear it: how and why we all need to reset the domestic balance. Gemma Hartley is a mother and journalist on a mission: to throw fresh light on the hidden burden of 'emotional labour' (washing, wiping, worrying, soothing, shopping, preparing, planning, cooking, caring), and find out why it is that the bulk of these thankless, hugely time-consuming and frustrating jobs fall to women.Gemma's article: 'Women Aren't Nags; We're Just Fed Up,' was shared by millions of readers, giving voice to a huge number of women whose frustration and anger is mixed with incredulity. Is this really where we're at 50 years post-feminism? Gemma's quest to get to the bottom of the problem and find out how to solve it will take you deep into your own subconscious bias, and sees her challenging the foundations of her own marriage to try to forge a better, more balanced way to live. Fed Up puts forward a thought-provoking, honest and impassioned case that any woman in a relationship should take an unflinching look at her own home life and ask: "How could we do this better?" The answer might just save your sanity, and your relationships.'It's time you got Gemma Hartley's new book on the emotional labour done by women. Fed Up, out now, is a groundbreaking read.' - Lorraine Candy, Editor-in-chief of Style magazine'This book by Gemma Hartley opened my eyes to why, for so long (too long) women have carried the mental load. It's full of advice for women and men on overcoming the relentless arguments and looking at the bigger picture.' - Clemmie Hooper, AKA Mother of Daughters

John Murray Learning

Insider's French: Intermediate Conversation Course (Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method)

Akshay Bakaya, Michel Thomas
Authors:
Akshay Bakaya, Michel Thomas

Do you want to be able to express yourself in French with confidence and fluency?Insider's French offers a genuine perspective on Francophone culture, opinions and language use so that you can speak confidently on topical issues that are key to the French speaker today.This intermediate French conversation course, devised for all intermediate-level learners or those following on from Total or Perfect French, will advance your overall fluency, listening comprehension and conversation skills, expand your vocabulary and improve your grammar. Through authentic, lively conversations around engaging topics, and the unique Michel Thomas Method for learning, this course focuses on the colloquial language and conversation strategies used by native French speakers so that you can fit in and communicate more naturally.Michel Thomas, the preeminent language teacher, always said that learners start by mastering basic linguist structures (as in his Total and Perfect courses), which provide the bare walls of the house, but that that it was up to us, the learner, to decorate it in our own personal way. Insider's French reflects Michel Thomas' 'Phase 2' courses that he and his team offered at his New York language school, allowing increased vocabulary, improved speaking, comprehension and reading and writing skills - the tools with which to decorate their houses.Insider's French includes:· Twenty authentic conversations around a comprehensive range of subjects that reflect contemporary French culture· Language plus: conversation strategies, pronunciation and intonation to help learners express themselves naturally· Listening and speaking practice to help learners progress to the next level· Cultural insights into the unspoken rules of the language This ebook includes 10 chapters with integrated audio conversations. Why is the Michel Thomas Method so successful?The Michel Thomas Method draws on the principles of instructional psychology. Knowledge is structured and organised for the student so that you assimilate the language easily and don't forget it. The method deconstructs the language into building blocks that are introduced sequentially in such a way that the learner creates his/her response and moves on to ever-more-complex sentences. Michel said: I will dissect everything into small parts and reassemble it in such a way that one will understand everything step by step.He was also very clear about his ground rules: no memorisation, no drills, no homework; relax and leave off the anxiety normally associated with language learning.

Michel Thomas Method

Insider's German Intermediate Conversation Course (Learn German with the Michel Thomas Method)

Marion O'Dowd, Michel Thomas
Authors:
Marion O'Dowd, Michel Thomas
Coronet

A Pointless History of the World

Richard Osman, Alexander Armstrong
Authors:
Richard Osman, Alexander Armstrong
Nicholas Brealey Publishing

It's All Greek to Me!

John Mole
Authors:
John Mole

UPDATED EDITION WITH A NEW CHAPTERIntoxicated with dreams of a Greek paradise, John Mole inflicts upon his family a tumbledown ruin on a hillside with no water, no electricity, no roof, no floor, no doors, no windows and twenty years of goat dung... far away from the tourist resorts and posh hotels. Through hard work and comic misadventures a bond is formed with a vivid cast of village characters - from Elpida who cures back pain with raw eggs to beautiful Eleni yearning for Düsseldorf - over bottles of ouzo, whisky and wine. If only Hector the dog would calm down.

Teach Yourself

Market Research In A Week

Judy Bartkowiak
Authors:
Judy Bartkowiak

Market Research just got easierEvery day in business we make decisions. To reduce the risk associated with making these decisions, it's essential to understand your consumer and your market, and this is why we conduct market research. Decisions are not taken in a vacuum; there are competitive products and services in your marketplace, which means that consumers can choose whether or not to buy your product. Some decisions are high risk such as launching a new product, changing the packaging of an existing product, making a price change, changing the creative direction or strategy of the advertising or selling into new markets. How will your consumers react to the decisions you make and how will your competitors respond? This book takes you through the market research process from initial problem identification through research design, consideration of alternative methodologies, briefing an agency, questionnaire design and approval, to managing the project, analysis and presentation of results.Whether you use an outside research agency or your own market research or consumer insight department, spending a week to understand the process will give you unique skills which will ensure that you get the research results you need that will address the marketing questions you have.Each of the seven chapters in Market Research In A Week covers a different aspect:- Sunday: Market research and project design- Monday: The research brief and research proposal- Tuesday: Qualitative market research- Wednesday: Quantitative market research- Thursday: Questionnaire and topic guide design- Friday: Research analysis- Saturday: Report writing and presentation skills

Teach Yourself

Managing Your Boss In A Week

Sandi Mann
Authors:
Sandi Mann

Managing your boss just got easierHaving a good working relationship with the person in charge is crucial to enjoying a positive and fulfilling work life. All of the problems created by difficult relationships can be avoided, in many cases, by simply learning the skills to successfully 'manage' your boss. Most of us think that it is the other way around - that the boss manages us - but the astute employee knows that it works both ways.If you understand how your boss operates, the inner working of their brain and their personality, you are far better able to meet their needs as an employee. And an employee who meets the needs and expectations of their boss will be a popular employee indeed!This book guides you through the process of managing your boss so as to ensure that you are ideally placed to become their favourite employee. Whether you choose to read it in a week or in a single sitting, this is your fastest route to success:- Sunday: What kind of animal is the 'boss'?- Monday: What type of boss do you have?- Tuesday: Using the psychological contract to manage your boss- Wednesday: How to impress your boss- Thursday: Getting more from your boss- Friday: Dealing with the boss from hell- Saturday: Common problems with managing the boss

Teach Yourself

Leading Teams In A Week

Nigel Cumberland
Authors:
Nigel Cumberland

Leading a team just got easierWe live in a world of teams made up of all kinds of people. We see this every day on TV, in newspapers and on the web - it might news about a winning sports team, a company's leadership team who have succeeded in buying another company or it might be a about a group of homeowners who have won a battle against a big developer. This book is aimed at helping all of us no matter what kinds of teams we might need to lead - it might be a group of people running a country, playing a sport for university, organizing a Church fete, leading a start-up company, or managing a global multinational group. All such teams have leaders, who are those individuals given the task of ensuring that their team works well together to achieve whatever goals and objectives are required. Very few if any of us will spend our entire lives without at some point leading other people even if only for a short time and in many cases we often lead others without having a formal leadership title.In seven chapters, this book will walk you through the entire process of successfully leading and managing a team, showing you the key dos and don'ts and spelling out where you need to put special attention and focus. These seven chapters cover:- How to get started with a team, exploring what a great team looks like and how it performs, and how to create a new team from scratch with individuals who bring their own habits, skills and expectations- The stages of development of a team and how a new manager can gain the respect and understanding of a team - The importance of aligning a team and setting common goals and expectations with clear agreement on a mission, vision and values.- How to create a team culture and processes of excellent communication, with clearly understood expectations, well run team meetings and discussions, and the minimizing of any conflict and gossip- How to work with remote or virtual team members where face-to-face meetings are difficult to arrange- How to identify and work with problematic and nonperforming members of your team and how to balancefairness and discipline- How to ensure that each team member's job role is clear and that the work is efficiently delegated and shared among the team members- How to grow your team through excellent training and development, including coaching, mentoring and on-thejob training- How to turn a good team into a team with a culture of excellence- How to create a self-functioning team which can operate in your absence and in which you have groomed a successor to take over from you if needed.

Teach Yourself

Outstanding Confidence In A Week

Patrick Forsyth
Authors:
Patrick Forsyth

Building confidence just got easierIt is an old saying, and perhaps a sobering thought, that 'if you think you can, you can, and if you think you can't, you're right'. What often makes the difference between doing something successfully and failure is the level of confidence you bring to the task. The trick is to ensure that you have sufficient confidence to bring.You have a choice. Either you opt out: operating on whatever level of self-confidence circumstances bestow upon you, recognizing that human nature, the competitive workplace and other influences tend to exert a negative pressure to reduce the level of self-confidence you have. Or you adopt an active approach and determine that you will work at achieving a useful level of self-confidence despite all the world may throw at you. It really is a no-brainer, especially since much that you need to do to take control is straightforward.View it the right way and take action to make it possible and confidence, and confidence in the workplace particularly (the focus here), can be increased. This book is designed to help. It sets out practical approaches, ways of thinking and ways of doing that will help you - and it shows how very manageable some of those techniques are to deploy.Each of the seven chapters in Outstanding Confidence In A Week covers a different aspect:- Sunday: What is confidence?- Monday: A little judicious self-analysis- Tuesday: The nature of the workplace- Wednesday: Working at creating confidence- Thursday: The contribution of appearance- Friday: Communication to the rescue- Saturday: A foundation of knowledge and skill

John Murray Learning

German Vocabulary Builder+ (Learn German with the Michel Thomas Method)

Marion O'Dowd
Authors:
Marion O'Dowd

Experience significant results in a remarkably short period of time - without books, drills, memorizing, or homework. In this five-hour intermediate level audio course Michel Thomas Method teacher Marion O'Dowd introduces over 1,000 new words, verbs and everyday phrases through essential language building blocks which allow you to increase your vocabulary in manageable, enjoyable steps by thinking out answers for yourself.What's the added plus?Unlike most vocabulary courses which give you lists of words to memorise, the Michel Thomas Method-based Vocabulary Builder+ allows you to further extend your vocabulary by unlocking what you already know. Focusing on the similarities and differences between German and English, you will gain the tools and strategies to exponentially build up your vocabulary.Who is this course for?Whether you have learned from other Michel Thomas courses or are simply looking for a new approach to help improve your proficiency, the German Vocabulary Builder+ will introduce you to a unique way of acquiring language that will significantly boost your confidence in your ability to speak, listen to, pronounce and understand German.This course contains an MP3-CD and CD-ROM. The MP3-CD can be played on MP3-compatible CD players and can easily be transferred to your MP3 player.

John Murray Learning

Spanish Vocabulary Builder+ (Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method)

Rose Lee Hayden
Authors:
Rose Lee Hayden
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Authors:
Matt Avery
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Successful Memory Techniques In A Week

Jonathan Hancock, Cheryl Buggy
Authors:
Jonathan Hancock, Cheryl Buggy

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