I learned something today (Thanks Rob)
If you use a verb in dictionary form and add の, you can then use it in a similar way to using a noun.
For example, with a noun, you can say.
I like apples.
But, if you use this method with a verb, you can say,
I like eating! So now, you can describe activities you like to do.
These sentences can get more complicated as you go on;
I like eating English apples.
I'll try and remember this one! There may be other ways you can use verb+の, so when we find out we can most more examples of this.