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1. My last day off.

Yesterday it was Sunday, thats why my last day off was not long ago and

I remember it quite well. I always try to do my best to make my holidays

really exciting, because we have only few days in a week for relaxation and

rest.

Yesterday my friends and I agreed to meet at my place. First we watched a

very interesting TV show What? Where? When?. Then we went took a

videocassette and watched an outstanding movie The Independence Day. This

is a story about strangers from the other planets that were trying to

conquer the whole Earth and about the struggle against them. The movie is

full of visual effects and computer graphics that takes your breath and

makes you admire the modern technologies in the cinema. I wish our studios

and directors made such movies. The Independence Day can be added to the

genius pieces of modern art that is my opinion.

Having watched the film, we decided that it was a time to go outside. The

first place we went to was the sports ground. Though it was rather cold, we

put on warm clothes and had fun. Almost all day long we played soccer and

basketball.

As for me, I like weekends and holidays, as the majority of other people.

And I like telling about my holidays. Its dull to listen about the

ordinary working day, how do you think? Every working day looks like

another, but every weekend is different from the other. During the weekend

we have an opportunity of enjoying the life and having rest.

2. The library of our institute.

Library is a temple of books, -- somebody said. And I fully agree with

these wise words. Every person in our country elder than 14 years old, Im

sure, was at least one time in the library. The majority of young people

has subscriptions to the libraries they like. The libraries not only give

us a vast choice of books, but also offers excellent opportunities of

having rest.

As you know, I study at the Far-Eastern State University, and Im very

proud that its library is thought to be the one of the largest in Primorye

and even the whole Far-East.

Soon after our studies began, we had heard for a course of lectures about

the university library. We were told about the rules of using books we take

from the library and about its catalogues. Having listened to this course,

we passed an examination that showed everything we had learnt.

Soon I had to visit our library the first time as I needed a text book on

economics. I went downstairs (as library is situated in the ground floor)

and found a room I was searching for. But I didnt get the immediately as

it was many students. So I waited for my turn. I asked to a librarian if I

could get the book on economical theory. She answered affirmatively and

soon brought me a book which name was Modern economics. Than the

librarian asked me if it was for the first time I used the librarys

services. I answered that it was true, and she suggest me to receive

readers ticket. I was interested to know what documents I had to provide

for this. She told that she needed only my photo 3x4 cm and some money.

Fortunately, I had picture with myself and two minutes later I was the

owner of readers ticket, which proves that I am a real member of the

university library.

So, that is my story about our library. By the way, I want to say you

that I was greatly surprised the level of service in it. It was very

pleasant to meet kind librarian that was eager to help in everything you

ask.

3. A visit to a sick friend.

Everybody can fall ill with any disease. Fortunately, only cold and flu

are quite frequent in our city among infectious illnesses. They are rather

easy for the modern medicine and various pills can help you a lot in

overcoming this trouble. But, of course, being sick isnt a pleasant way of

spending your time. In such situation friends participation in this

trouble can encourage you, give you moral support and even can make

yourself feel better. Thats why you always should visit your sick friends.

You must remember that tomorrow this illness may happen with you.

I always try to follow this rule. Fortunately, my friends dont fall ill

frequent. But I remember such case that happened about 12 months ago. One

of my best school friends had fallen ill with hard form of flu. Soon I went

to his place to see him. I took some things that, as I was expecting, were

interesting for him. Among them I brought a videocassette with best game

moments of National Basketball Association. He was very glad for this

present and soon we both were enjoying the outstanding games of the

strongest basketball league in the world. Then I told him all last school

news and everything about the material we had passed when he was absent.

Then we tried to entertain ourselves and started to solve crosswords in the

newspapers, to watch TV set, so we began to do all that everybody makes

when he doesnt know what to do. To my surprise, I lost the feeling of time

and there was deep evening, when I understood, that it was a time to go to

the home. When I was leaving for the home, my friend promised that he would

be all right soon and he kept his word. In a two days he came to school and

started to study various subjects with new energy. Sometimes a little

interval is useful for a person.

Modern medicine helps us a lot in a illness treatment. It also gives us

many advises of how not to fall ill. Please follow these recommendations,

and dont be sick.

4. My family.

We are 4 at our family: my mother, father, my elder brother and I. I

think, our family is friendly, united. We spend much time together, go for

a walk in the woods, visit theaters, museums, go to the cinema. My mothers

name is Luidmila Mikhailovna. She is an engineer, she works in an office.

She is a kind, nice woman. She can cook very well. She is fond of reading.

My fathers name is Konstantin Alexeevich. He is a sailor. He is a strong,

clever man. He often tells me interesting stories about different

countries. Father can do a lot of things. He teaches me to repair

furniture, to drive a car. My brothers name is Alexei. He is 22 years old.

He have been studied in Far- Eastern State Marine Academy for 5 years. Now

it is a very difficult period for him: he is passing through state exams.

I have my duties about the house. I must go shopping, clean the rooms.

Its not difficult for me. I like our home to be clean and tidy. I think

home is the nicest place. As proverb says, East or West, home is best.

There is no place more delightful than home and there are no people more

dear than your relatives.

5. The working day of an engineer.

One of my friend, Dmity Shevelev, lives in Vladivostok now though he was

born in Nakhodka. Some years ago he graduated from the one of our

institutions and became an engineer. Now he lives near his office. He

usually walks there. He works on weekdays. I cant say that he work hard,

but all his mates like him because he is a good mixer or, as you may say,

he is very communicable person. He doesnt work on Saturday or Sunday. His

working day usually lasts for eight hours. His duties are to answer all

incoming letters and calls, to meet with different specialists, to help

young engineers. He often tells me that he likes his job. I usually meet

him after the work and we speak about life. He is very glad that he found

such work where he can show all his talents. Though there is a difference

between our ages, we have much in common. He is among my best friends.

By the way, my friend knows English rather well (he finished school #13).

It helps him a lot as every year various foreign delegations come to their

office. These delegations change different technologies with our

specialists and discuss many problems. All foreigners thought Shevelev to

be the best translator in their institute.

6. My working day.

I usually start my day with getting up and doing all things that

everybody does in the morning: washing, having breakfast, etc. Also, I got

used to gather my learning tools: pencils, exercise-books, text-books in

the morning. Then I usually go to the university. Fortunately, father takes

a car every morning and he often picks me up and drives me to the doors of

our university building.

And soon the lectures and lessons begin... We have from 2 to 4 lectures

every time, depending on day. I like studying in the university more than

in the school because in university it is mostly allowed to miss some

lectures (of course, later you should take a summary from your mate and

copy it). So, a student is much more free, than pupil is.

After the lessons I usually return home where I have dinner and start

thinking about my ways of spending the rest of the day. Very often I go to

my friends places. During the early autumn and summer I often go to the

sports ground or on the beach. I also like visiting different sports

events, for example, soccer matches of Luch in Russian championship. So,

the world is full of enjoyable things to do.

On returning home I usually start doing my homework (perhaps, it is the

most dull part of the day). Having finished it, I open a book and read it

or watch TV. At last, I go to the bed.

Of course, I would like to tell you more about myself and my working day,

but, unfortunately, my time is rather limited and I have got a lot of

homework to do. Generally, now you know about my working day enough.

7. My grandmother country house.

You are lucky if you have grandmother in the country to go to. Visiting

our old relatives gives us excellent chance to become children again. Every

time you are at your grannies they start to take care of you. Thats why

everybody loves his grannies very much. Countryside is always the nicest

place for everybody as its fresh air cheers you up and the low level of

noise helps you to have real rest.

My grandmother lives at Oceanskaya station. Every summer I got used to

spent my summer vocations at her place. It is the nicest place for me.

There is sand beach and deep forest it is all I need for the rest. Every

day is full of adventures you may investigate woods, get sunburn or swim

in the sea. And if you also find good friends to spend time with you may

call this place real paradise. And all this pleasures one can get only in

25 kilometers of the city!

My grandmother is kind old woman. Her name is Lidia Federovna. All her

life she worked hard and now she is still very industrious and tender-

hearted. I love her very much. All best moments in my life I spent at her

place at Okeanskaya station. I will never forgot my grandmothers house and

I am sure the impressions I got there will be among the brightest in my

life.

8. The lesson of English.

As you know, our group has two English lesson a week: on Tuesday and

Friday. When the teacher come and opens the door, we come in and sit down

at the tables. Then we open our bags and take our exercise-books and Bonks

text-books.

And soon the lesson begins... We usually start it by pronouncing

different words and sounds. Then we are usually invited to the blackboard

by the teacher and Oksana Victorovna asks us the words we were to teach by

heart. After that we usually do some exercises from the text-book. These

exercises teach us to ask questions, or how to make negative sentences and

so on. Then, having got our exercise-books for tests, we usually write

spelling, two tests and a quiz. During the lesson we speak mostly English,

but sometimes, when the students dont understand the teacher or the task

in the text-book, we start speaking Russian.

What I like best of all in our English lessons is the gay, friendly

atmosphere in the class. The funny joke is always greeted.

To the end of the lesson the teacher always gives us a huge homework. It

usually consists of learning new words or a text by heart and making

several exercises in a writing form. Then we all say good-bye to our

teacher and begin preparing to the new lesson.

Here I want to end my small composition about the English lessons in the

university, where I study. And I want to say you that all English lessons

are among the most interesting and the most exciting lessons; thats why I

like them very much.

9. What will be there in my new flat.

Every young man wants to live independently. And Im not an exception. Of

course, the time will come, when I will alone in my flat. I wait for this

moment and imagine, that my new flat will be at least three roomed. There

will be a study, a bed-room, a dinning-room. Of course, there also will be

a kitchen and a bathroom. The dinning- room will be big comfortable room

with big table in the center. There also will be several armchairs, and a

big TV set in it. In this room I shall receive guests. I also shall put a

piano in the one of corners of the room and shall start taking piano

lessons cause I like this musical instrument very much.

The bed-room will become my favorite one because it is a room of rest

where everybody can spend several hours without noise and fuss. There I

shall put my PC that helps me very much.

Another room study will be the place where I shall do all my work.

There will be a large table full of papers and several shelves. I am going

to gather big collection of books, so they wont stay empty.

Thats how I imagine my future flat. I hope that these dreams will become

true.

10. How did I spend last summer?

I think summer is the best season for rest because it is warm, the nature

is beautiful and we have great opportunities for rest. Summer is a time of

holidays. We can go for a walk all day long, watch the clouds, swim, sit

down by a river or a lake on fresh, green grass, climb high hills, play

different games, ride a bicycle and so on.

I spend my summer holidays at my granny. There were many things there to

enjoy. I swam in the sea, laid in the sun and did many other things.

Sometimes I made a fire with my friends at the seaside and cooked potatoes

there. It was wonderful. We told anecdotes to each other, and did

everything we wanted. I also got used to walk alone in the forest.

When the August was coming to the end, I went on a small voyage by ship.

The ship name was Olga Sadovskaya.

But the last summer wasnt for me only sugar and honey. I have passed

through the graduating exams in school and entering exams in the university

and technical university. So the bigger part of my summer vocations I spent

at the books. Of course, it was not interesting, but Im glad that I did it

because now Im a student of the best university in Primorye and the whole

Far-East.

11.My first journey.

For some people there is nothing so exciting as traveling, and Im not an

exception. And Im happy that I have traveled a lot and I hope that my

first journey wasnt the last one.

First I bought a ticket for plane. Many people think, that nothing can be

compared with traveling by air, because it is the most comfortable, and, of

course, the quickest way of moving. There is none of the dust and dirt of a

railway or car journey, none of the trouble of changing from train of

another to streamer and then to another train. But booking tickets in

summer is a problem. The air-fare is quite expensive and not all people can

afford it.

Then I continued my way by the train. This kind of transport has also

many advantages. With a train you have a comfort and speed combined. From

a comfortable corner seat of a railway carriage you have a splendid view of

a countryside. If you are hungry you can have a meal in the dinning-car and

if the journey is long one can have a bed in a sleeper.

But I believe that there is no travel so fine as by ship. Its wonderful

to feel the deck of the ship under the feet, to see the rise and fall of

the waves, to feel the fresh sea wind blowing in the face, hear the cry of

the sea-gulls. Of course, the voyage isnt exciting for those who are sea-

sick when the sea is a little bit rough.

Many people say: Give me a walking tour any time. And it is not

surprising. The walker leaves the dull, broad highway and goes along little

winding lanes where cars cant go. He takes mountain paths through the

heather, he wonders by the side of quiet lakes and through the shades of

woods.

He sees the real country, the wild flowers, the young birds in their

nests, the deer in the forest, he feels the quietness and calm of nature.

And besides, you are saving a lot of money by traveling on foot. No one can

deny that walking is the cheapest method of traveling.

12.My work at the foreign trade company.

Hello, my name is Maxim Sviridov. I work as a manager at the Star tour

company. It is Russian company which works on the business travel market.

Two weeks ago I was sent by the administration of our company to London

where I studied the English travel companies, their traditions, their

marketing and management. Now my business trip is coming to the end and I

want to share with you my impressions of English business world. First of

all English businessmen are well known all over the world for their honesty

and decency. If an Englishman gives you his word he will keep it in any

case. Besides that, nothing can prevent him from refusing the once taken

decision. Of course, there are some exclusions, but they are so rare that

nobody should put attention on them.

During the last two weeks my working day was approximately the same.

Early in the morning I took a taxi to my hosts headquarters, which is

situated in the City the business heart of London. First of all I usually

asked Ms. Lapital my secretary if there were any letters or cables for

me. Then she gave me my correspondence and fresh newspapers and I followed

to my office-room. There I studied all documents that had come for my name

and wrote a short report about previous business day and then faxed it to

my native company in Vladivostok. After that I went to Mr. Forsbergs

office-room to get tasks for the new day and ask some questions about their

company, its history, traditions, clients, and so on. After that I usually

did what Mr. Forsberg asked. My usual job was meeting with potential

clients, discussing their rest plans and offering the services of Mr.

Forsbergs company. I usually met with 10 or 12 people a day. They were

representatives of different social groups and communicating with them

increased my knowledge of England and Englishmen, their psychology greatly.

This business trip was a great chance for me and I hope I used this chance

fully. Now I know a lot about Western business world, about travel business

and this knowledge will, of course, help my in my future career.

13.My breakfast.

It is not a secret that our meals influence much on our health and our

mood. Thats why I consider breakfast to be the most important meal in the

day as it is the first our meal and it can put us in good spirits or it

cant. Now I shall tell you about my breakfast.

In the morning I usually have porridge. I often start my breakfast with a

cereal which is not cooked, it is something dry, ready to be eaten or

muesly some grain or porridge which is not cooked with dried fruit, nuts

and so on.

I also like eggs (cooked in different ways). I dont practically eat

butter, I prefer soft margarine made of vegetable fat, which is not heavy

and creamy. I dont eat jam at breakfast, I eat marmalade which is not

sweet, there is slight bitterness; its rather pleasant.

I usually dont have substantial breakfast on weekdays, I do it on

weekends when I get up late. Very often I have just tea or coffee with

sandwiches. Tea is usually taken by me with milk. I like very strong tea

without sugar.

Sometimes when I am in hurry I dont have time to have proper breakfast

and I go to the university being hungry. In such case I usually buy

something like Snickers or Mars on my way to the Alma Mater.

14.My district and my flat.

As you know, Vladivostok, the capital of the Primorsky region, occupies

the peninsula of Muravev-Amursky which is washed by Amur and Ussuri gulfs.

One part of this peninsula, called Egersheld (it was named after one of the

explores of Russian Far-East), is my native district. Egersheld is known

from the foundation of Vladivostok. More then one hundred years ago the

first houses for the seamen appeared in it. Since that time Egersheld is

known as the working center of the city. Now, for example, the territory of

the commercial port is situated in this district. Egersheld is the most

environmental friendly district in the city as it is open to strong sea

winds which blow out all harmful substances in the air and clouds of dust.

Of course, this has a negative side the average temperature in the

district in winter is lower than in the other parts of Vladivostok. As my

native district occupies very special geographical position (in fact,

Egersheld is a small peninsula of Muravev-Amursky peninsula) so its

citizens may admire beautiful sea scenes every evening when the sun is

hiding for the horizon. These seascapes are really breathtaking and very

often you may see dozens of artists trying to carry this wonderful sight to

paper or canvas.

Now about my flat. I live in Sipyagina, 31. Our flat is not very large,

its double-roomed. If you know the word khrushovka, you may imagine what

is our flat looks like. Besides these two rooms we also have a kitchen and

a bathroom. I think there is no any outstanding thing in our flat that is

worth describing. We have a TV set in one of the rooms, two wardrobes, two

working tables, and small bookcase where our home library is kept.



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