The hard thing about summer now is the humidity. Muggy weather makes us feel hotter than it actually is and makes us sweatier, too. During the day I use ventilation and circulation to cool our home by opening our windows and using the electric fan. At night however, to avoid tossing and turning I’ve started using my air conditioner. So, at what temperature should I be setting it now that we are in the heat of summer? In the past I’ve been told to set it at about 25 degrees. I set it on timer for a few hours at night. It is quite cool and I find myself sleeping with a warm blanket. So last night I took my student’s word of advice and set it at 28 degrees (Cool Biz Campaign). I used a lighter blanket and it was just as comfortable!
I survived four years in Thailand without an air conditioner so with some adjusting it really shouldn’t be that hard to beat the heat. An air conditioner is a simple pleasure, but at the same time I’m trying to be more friendly to the environment as well as my wallet.
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There’s a new trend occurring in big businesses across the world. Employee well-being is an extremely important factor to be considered. Many managers have come to realise that by allowing pets at work, employees stress levels are significantly reduced. Considering the health risks related to stress, this certainly seems to be a major advantage. In addition, results in several studies have shown that productivity, teamwork and creativity have improved in working environments where pets are allowed.
On the other hand, there are arguments that show pets at work can cause distraction and discomfort for some employees. Some people are allergic to some animals, some people are afraid of some animals. Is simply having a “pet free zone” sufficient for these employees? What do you think? Would you like to take your pet to work? Would you like your colleagues to bring their pets to work?
1. walk, work
walk /wɔ:k/ – this uses the long vowel in ‘for’ and the ‘l’ is silent
work /wɜ:k/ – looks like it should rhyme with ‘for’, but the ‘w’ changes the vowel sound to /ɜ:/
2. bought, boat
bought /bɔ:t/ – this uses the long vowel in ‘for’
boat /bəʊt/ – this uses the diphthong in ‘no’
3. match, much
match /mætʃ/ – this uses the short vowel in ‘cat’ – make sure you spread the lips and keep the tongue at the front of the mouth.
much /mʌtʃ/ – this uses the short vowel in ‘cut’ – make sure you relax the lips and tongue for this sound.
Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world has started and I can’t wait to watch some exciting matches. Hot favourites for this year’s men’s singles according to seed rankings are Murray, Djokovic, and Federer. But, anything can happen. There’s nothing more exciting than watching an underdog take the trophy. I watched a bit of Nishikori’s first round match and it looks like he’s in good form. Could it be his year?
As for me, I’ll be rooting for Federer. He is an all rounder player who makes his shots look effortless. I love his great sportsmanship and how calm and collected he is on court. He is at the top of my list of all-time favourite tennis players followed by Edberg, Sampras, Rafter, and Becker. So, who are you cheering for this year?