(English topics)


(English topics)

1. I was born in Russia and Im proud of this.

I can say that I truly love my motherland. But nowadays a lot of people

leave our country and move to the other ones: America, United Kingdom,

Israel e.t.c.

I dont think that they are right. I think that no matter how difficult

is the situation in our country at present, every citizen of Russia must

remember about the gloriuos history, wonderfull culture and traditions of

it.

A lot of the world-famous scientists Lomonosov, Mendeleev, Timiryasev,

Sechenov etc. -were born in Russia. The first sputnik and space ship

started from Russia. A lot of discoveries and inventions in chemistry,

geography, physics, biology and medicine were made by russian scientists.

The greatest poets, writers and composers known all over the world were

also born in our country - Pushkin, Lermontov, Tolstoy, Gogol, Dostoevski,

Griboedov, Tchaikovski, Rashmaninov and many others.

Russia won many biggest wars in History. Although we lost 29

millions people in Second World War, Russian soldiers conquered Berlin and

saved the world from Fascism.

We must know our history and remember our ancestors. I believe that Russia

will become the strongest and richest country in sprite of all the

problems.

2. I am going to tell you about Moscow.

Moscow, the capital of Russia, is one of the largest the most beautiful

cities in the world. The total area of the city is about 900 square

kilometers. About 10 million people live in the city. Moscow was founded in

1147 by prince Yuri Dolgoruky.

Nowadays it is a political, commercial and cultural center of our

country. It is also an industrial center with highly developed

engineering, electric, light and chemical industries.

The heart of Moscow, the central and one of the most beautiful places

is the Red Square. Here one can see the Cathedral of St. Basil, the

monument to Minin and Pozharsky, the Kremlin, the History museum and take a

walk in the Alexandrovsky garden.

Some skyscrapers decorate Moscow, including the Moscow State University,

the oldest university in Russia that was founded in 18th century by

Lomonosov. I can be said that Moscow is a city of students. There are over

80 higher educational institutes in it.

The are more then 80 museums in Moscow. The largest and the most famous

ones are the Pushkin museum of Fine Arts and the State Tretyakov art

Gallery.

Moscow is also famous for its theaters. The best-known of them is the

Bolshoi thetre, the Moscow drama thetre ( MHAT), Sovremennik and Lenkom.

There are many parks and gardens in Moscow, thats why its citizen like to

spend their free time out home. The most beautiful and the lagest ones are

the Gorky Park and the Poklonnaya Gora.

Moscow is a scientific center of our country. The Academy of

scientists of Russia, the oldest university, many scientific institutes are

located in Moscow.

3. There is a a lot of english-speaking countries in the world, for

example: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United

States of America, Australia and New Zealand. English is used as one of the

official languages in Canada, the Republic of South Africa and the Irish

Republic. Its also spoken as a second language by people in many parts of

Asia and Africa.

But I would like to tell you about the USA.

The United States of America is located in the North

America continent. It is one of the largest countries in the world. The

population of the USA is about 250 million people. The administrative units

of the USA are called states. There are 50 of them and the largest of the

Americas states is Alaska. The capital of the country is Washington DC (

the District of Columbia). It was chosen as a permanent site for the

nations capital in December 1800 by George Washington. The largest and the

most imporatnt cities of the USA are New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los

Angeles and Boston. There are many tall buildings in them that really

scrape the sky, thats why they are called skyscrapers.

Among the most famous sites of interest are the Great Lakes,

Niagara falls, the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco and other. There are

many beautiful National parks and protected areas of wilderness in

America.

The USA is a highly developed country. It is rich in such natural resourses

as coal, oil, iron and natural gas. On the other hand, it exports a lot of

raw materials, industrials and agricultural products.

By constitutional regime the United States of America is a federal

republic. The American parliament ( called Congress ) has two chambers :

the House of Representative and the Senate. The head of the State is the

president, who is elected for four years and whose powers are limited by

the Constitution. Now the President of the USA is George Bush Junior.

The flag of the country has 13 red and white stripes representing the

original 13 states and 50 stars - for each of the state at present.

4. I was born in Buryatia that is situated in the Eastern part of

Siberia and I can say that my native region is very beautiful.

There are a lot of large beautiful forests there, where one can see many

kinds of different plants and animals. Cedar, larch, firtree, birch, pine

and many other trees grow in our woods, as well as various kinds of

berries, like cranberry, great bilberry, raspberry and the most popular one

- foxberry. In august people begin to pick berries for selling and for

eating.

We have such kinds of animals like bear, dear, elk, fox, wolf, and, of

course, sable, that has very reach and beautiful fur, thats why poachers

kill it. Nowadays poaching is encreasing and it is one of the biggest

problem for our region.

The most popular sight in Buryatia is lake Baikal, that attracts tourists

from all the parts of the world. Baikal is the biggest freshwater lake on

the planet and the deepest one. There are a lot of fish in the lake, the

most popular of which are pike, grayling, whitefish and sturgeon. Only in

Baikal one can see such kind of fish as omoul and such specie of animal

as nerpa.

Every year a lot of tourists from different foreign countries come to

Buryatia. People come to see all these reaches of nature and to enjoy this

perfect fresh air, but we dont understand what treasures possess and

don^t spare them. Some people often leave rubbish in forests and on the

coast-line of Baikal in summer and throw empty bottles in its watter, and

make fires. If we don^t change our behaviour, very soon we can loose our

wonderful nature forever.

5. When I was a child I didn^t have much problems, and the ones that I

had were very lunimportant and stupid.

As I became more adult I understood that my life consists of different

kinds of problems personal and global.

The first personal problem for me now is to choose the way of my

future life, that is, to realise what I want to be and what profession I

want to have. Thats why I should consider in what institute I will get my

education after graduating from the school. What my future life will be

depends on the answer to this question.

Sometimes I don^t have enough time and energy to do all my home work.

It is a big problem too, as it doesn^t let me study better.

Every time I hear from TV bad news about our country. It is getting on

my nerves. Altough it isn^t my personal problem, its very unpleasant to

hear such things about your home country that you love.

The biggest problem nowadays is drugs. There are very many teenagers

now, who sell it and buy it. They leave school and drop heir studies and

degrade and become thieves and bandits.

( Many times they told me to give them money. I was compelled to fight with

them. But they are weak and each time they loose the battle and run away.)

Drugs endanger the future of our country and our town. It is a very big

menace for all the people.

So, as every teenager I do have problems, but I don^t let myself give in /

surrender ( ) and always try to fight them.

6. Now I want to tell you a few words about my family. My family is not

very large, there are 5 members my parents, my sister, grandmother and me

First of all Id like to speak of my parents. My mother is a speech

therapist by profession, but now she helps my father in his work. My

father is a director of a restaurant and the brewery in our town.

My parents are hard-working people. My mother keeps house and takes care

of us. She is very good at cooking and she^s got golden hands. We try to

help her with the housework; for example we wash the dishes, go shopping

and tide our flat.

My grandmother is a very old woman. She is 79 years old. She doesn^t

live with us, but we come tosee her every day to take care of her. We

love our granny very much.

My sister Yana is 21. She studies in Moscow. This year she is

graduating from the University. She will be a lawyer but she can also

work as a translator from English and French languages because she knows

them quite well.

We all like to spend our time together. Sometimes we stay at home and

watch TV or just talk, and on weekends we go out of town to Baikal or to

visit our friends. We also like tom invite people to us and I can say that

every guest who comes to us, goes back smily and in a good mood, because

my parents are very hospitable and nice people.

7. When one finishes school one understands that its the time to choose

a future profession and the way his life will be. Its not easy to make

a right choice of a job. Its very important question for me - what I

want to be when I leave school . A few years ago it was to make up my mind

and choose one of the hundreds jobs. As a child I wanted to become an

inventor or a scientist to invent different things to make peoples life

better and more comfortable.

Then I decided to become an officer of FSS ( in Russian) , then a

mariner.

But all of these ambitions are in the past now. I have considered this

question for a long time and decided that the profession that siuts me most

is a manager. It is very popular and demanded

( ) nowadays, just like a profession of lawyer or economist. I

think that management coresponds my personal qualities because I like to

communicate with people and to be a leader if its necessary.

I also want to say that the profession should be chosen according to the

character and preferencies of a person. Children must choose their

profession themselves because they must love the things they do, believe

that people need them and their job brings them peasure, not just money.

8. People all over the world like doing sports because it makes them

healthier, keeps them fit and it is just a great passing of time.

Every sports makes the one who is doing it you stronger, harder improves

his reaction and qiuckness. What is more, some sports help to develope

special physical skills and train particular groups of muscles. For

example: skies, swimming and jogging helps to strengthen make legs and

hands and trains one^s breath. Peole going in for bodybuilding can lift

up large weights and their bodies become beautiful and relief. Team games

like football, basketball, volleyball and hockey make you well-

coordinated, quick and dexterious ( ) and teach how to cooperate

wth the other players in order to win a game. Fighting sports, especially

Eastern ones, like carate, aikido, oushou, help to develope all aspects of

fitness strength, quick reaction, dexterity, and spirit as well, because

each of them based on philosophy. To my mind, fighting arts are the best

sports.

For me sports is a hobby. I do some exercises every day, because it

keeps me in a good form and makes me stronger. When you begin to go in for

sports you can give up it after some weeks, because it is not easy to do

hard exercises every day. But you must make yourself doing it, or you will

not have any results. For example, if one wants to make his muscles grow

he must keep on working very hard and consistently ( ),

from day to day to get some results.

As a child I went to many sport clubs and gave up it after half a

year, but I^ve always done something to keep fit. Since last summer I do

weight-lifting and push-up exercises to develope my muscles 5 times a

week. Sometimes I go jogging with my father. I like it because it makes me

strong and more active.

The ancient Greeks said there is a healthy spirit in a healthy body. I

think thats true and every man, who respects himself must go in for sports.

It is the way for healthy and long life.

9. More and more people realize that every educated person should know at

least one foreign language.

The most popular and wide-spread ( ) language in the world

now is English.

Spanish, French, German languages are also popular, but as much as English,

because it is more difficult to learn them because of their grammar and

lexiks. They are spoken mostly in Europe and in the former colonies of

France and Spain in Latin America and Africa.

English is spoken by more than 350 million people .Its the language of

aprogressive science and technology, trade and cultural relations, commerce

and business. Its the universal language of international aviation,

shipping and sports. It is also the major language of diplomacy.

Hundreds and hundreds of books, magazines and newspapers are printed in

English and all over the world. 75% of the worlds mail and 60% of the

worlds telephone calls are made in English. Half of the worlds scientific

literature is written in English too.

In Russia English is very popular : it is studied at schools, colleges,

universities, and sometimes even at nursery schools. All the qualified

specialists nowadays must know English.

Learning a foreign language is not an easy thing. It is a long and slow

process that takes a lot of time and patience. But to know languages today

is absolutely necessary for everyone.

I^ve studied English for about 2 years by now and I^m very glad to do this

because I have always been interested in foreign countries, their culture

and traditions.

10. Nowadays a lot of people in the world like to travel. The level of the

technical deveplopment allows to voyage practically to any country of

the world in the shortest time.

People travel by different means of conveyance, even on foot. But

everybody likes to go to different places and see various sites of

interest.

Some Russian tourists prefer to trip to foreign countries. I understand

them, because its always interesting to visit a place where you have

never been and to learn something new about the other nations, their

culture and traditions, to see architectural monuments and famous

masterpieces with your own eyes.

Every place on the Earth has its own sights, flaura and fauna and

climate, which makes visiting it yet more interesting. So one of the main

reasons for travaling is to get new experience and impressions.

To my mind, our country has a lot of places that are worth seeing.

Although the climate of Russia sometimes is not very favourable, our

forests are the largest in the world and there are lots of rare species

animals and plants there. The lakes, rivers and seas in our contry are

also very beautiful and picturesque ( ), for example our lake

Baikal, the deepest and the most pure lake in the world and the only place

on the planet where you can find such a fish as Omoul.

The territory of our country is big enough and our historical and

cltural heritage is rich enough to satisfy all the tastes and wishes of

travellers. That is why the majority of the Russian tourists prefer to

travel in our country. Some of them travel only for hunting and fishing,

the others change places simply to spend their free time.

As for me I like to travel throughout Russia, to learn more about

my motherland.

My favorite place for having rest are the surroundings ( ) of

our freshwater lake Baikal, where the nature is so beautiful and calm and

the air is so fresh. I also like to travel to the Black Sea where the

climate is so warm and mild and where there is always plenty of fruits in

summer.

11. The word Ecology is very popular word today. But what does it mean?

Ecology is a science which studies relationships between all forms of life

on our planet and the environment. This word came from the Greek oikos

which means home. This idea of home includes our whole planet and its

population, nature, animals, birds, fish, insects and all other living

beings, as well as the atmosphere around our planet.

Ecology has become such an imporatnt science because with the progress of

civilisation and technical develpment the environment on the Earth gets

more and more poluted and the natural resourses like drinking water,

fossils ( ), forests etc. get exhausted ( ).

For example, every year the atmosphere is polluted by 100 tons of

industrial dust and other harmful substances.

Big cities suffer from smog from large factories. Cars with their engines

have become the main source of pollution in industrial countries. The

forests Africa, South America and Asia are cut down for the needs of

industries in Europe and the USA. As a result some species of animals,

birds, fish and plants have disappeared and keep disappearing. Rivers and

lakes dry up. One of the most known examples is the Aral Sea, which has

become much smaller due to mens activity.

The pollution of the air and of the worlds oceans and the thinning of the

ozone layer nowadays are the main problems arising from mans careless

attitude to ecology.

In Russia and the former Soviet republics there are some areas where the

environment is in a poor state. The Aral Sea, Lake Baikal, the Kuzbass,

Semipalatinsk and Chernobyl are such problematic regions.

For decades nuclear weapons were tested near Semipalatinsk, and the ground

is contaminated with radiation there.

More than 20 years ago a pulp-and-paper factory was built on the shore of

Lake Baikal. As a result of the pollution, more than 50 % of the worlds

purest water has been ruined. The whole ecological system of the lake has

change greatly.

After the exploision () on the atomic power station

( ) all people who lived near that place were

evacuated due to a very high level of radiation. Some of them died and some

have become invalids. And even today the Chernobyl region remains deserted

(), as its very harmful to be there for any living creature.

Ecological catastrophes do a lot of harm to Nature, and, consequently

(), they threaten the future exhistence of mankind.

What everyone must do is to try to do his best in order not to pollute

atmosphere, water and soil () not to leave rubbish in forests and on

the shores of lakes and rivers, not use pesticides ( ) and the

others harmful soil fertilisers (), prevent forest fires ...

12. Every country has its national holidays, but there are also holidays

that are common for many countries for example, New Years Day that is

the first holiday of each new year. In Russia it is the most popular

holiday, but in the West people traditionally pay more attention to

Christmas.

The celebration of the New Year begins on New Years Eve, that is, on the

31st of December. This day people light colored lamps on their decorated

New Years Trees and have a late dinner that consists of various delicious

courses ( ) salats, fried feesh and meet, cakes, and, of cause,

champagne. Some people prefer to stay at home just watch TV-programs and

concerts. The others like to go to their friends or to different parties

and restaurants. But when the clock strikes 12 at night ( ),

everybody congratulate each other and gives and gets presents. Sometimes

they also go out for a late walk and to make and to watch fireworks..

In Russia we also have holidays commemorating some important events in our

history, for example, Victory Day ( on the 9th of May) , Constitution Day (

on the 12 of December) , the Day of the Sovereignty of the Russian

Federation ( on the 12th of June). There are also holidays like May Day and

Womens Day ( on the 8th of March). The most important religious holidays

are Christmas and Easter. In Russia Christmas is celebrated on January 7,

and in Europe and in the USA, on December 25.

In Great Britain there are also many holidays. Banking Holidays happen

four times a year: Easter Monday, Whit Monday, the first Monday in August

and December 26th. Day. They are very interesting holydays for all the

banks and the other official establishments ( )

are closed and people give to their employees () presents ( thats

why they re also called Boxing Days).

The other public holidays celebrated in the Western countries are:

Christmas Day, New Years Day, Good Friday and May Day. On these days all

bank and all places of business are also closed and nearly everyone takes a

holyday.

But British traditional national holidays like Pancake Day, Guy Fawkes

Night, St. Valentines Day, April Fools Day, Mothers Day are ordinary

working days. ( )

There are also many holidays in the USA.

The main holiday in the USA is Independence Day, celebrated on the fourth

of July. On that day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

Another traditional American holiday is Thanksgiving Day which falls on

the fourth Thursday of November. It has been celebrated since the 17th

century, when the English colonists decided to celebrate the end of their

first year in America and to give thanks to God.

There are the other holydays in the USA besides Christmas, New Year and

Easter, which are popular all over the world. For instance, Columbus Day

celebrated on October 12.

There are many special holydays, for example, Day of Martin Luther King,

Presidents Day, St. Patricks Day, and of cause Halloween, which

celebrated on October 31.

13. I know many American and English holidays but I want to tell you

about Russian ones.

There are plenty holidays in Russia, but my favorite one is New Years

Day. The celebration of the holiday begins at 12 oclock AM on 31st of

December.

First of all, I like it because it is celebrated during winter vacations

and when I think of this holiday, I always remember all the things that

I^ve done during this time. I have a lot time to sleep and to walk with my

friends. There are a lot of interesting and funny programs, famous comedies

and concerts on TV on the New Years Eve.

We always begin to celebrate New Years Day in a very good mood. First of

all, we light colored lamps on our decorated New Years Tree and have a

late dinner that usially consists of very delicious courses like salats,

fried fish or meed, cakes, and, of cause, champagne.

Sometimes we just watch TV till the clock strikes 12, and then we go

out for a walk to visit our friends and relatives and to watch beatiful

fireworks in the centre of our town.

On New Year everybody gives and gets presents, and like this tradition very

much. People become very kind and friendly on this day, because it is a

great holiday. Everything outside seems very nice, every home, every shop

and building becomes beautiful because, people want to make their home and

place of work more bright. At home we all stay up until midnight and

much later.

On the next day after the celebraton of New Year people can sleep very

long, because they don^t need to go to work.

It is very important to celebrate New Year very well and funny because it

is believed that you will pass a new year in the same way as you have met

it.

14. I have studied a lot about different famous Americans and British, so

I would like to tell you about some of them.

A lot of famous writers and poets were born in America. For example, Jack

London, a writer well- known all over the world. He is best known for his

book The Call of the Wild, the story about adventures of a dog in frozen

north.

Mark Twain was born in Missouri and he is famous forsuch his masterpieces

as The Adventure of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

My favorite science-fiction writers are Ray Bradbury and Robert Shaklee.

Ray Bradbury wrote the Marsian Chronicles. And Robert Shaklee is known

for his very interesting short stories about aliens and space adventures.

American animators and illustrators are aslo world-famous. For example,

Walt Disney who created such cartoon-heroes as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck

and Pluto. He is the founder of the Disney Park. Chuck Jones is also a

popular American animator famous for his Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote.

Many american inventors became famous all over the world for their

inventions. Wright brothers are known for their invention, building and

flying the first airplane. Henry Ford is known like father of automobile

powered by a gasoline engine. Alexander Bell created the first telephone.

I also know some famous architects who lived in America. For

example, Thomas Jefferson who is best known as the first president of the

USA and the author of Declaration of Independence. But he was also a self-

taught architect who designed the Virginia State Capitol Building.

As for actors, directors and singers, America and the Great Britain stand

on the first place. Elvis Presley, the king of rock n roll, was born

and lived in America, but the most popular group for all the times and

nations, the Beatles, began their career in Britain. Movie- Actors like Al

Pachino, Robert De Nero, Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzneger and many others

live in USA and play in Hollywood blockbasters. The most successful

Hollywood film-directors today are Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and

James Cameron. Their films are very popular all over the world and in our

country as well.

And of cause I can say something about famous politicians who lived in

English-speaking countries. Sir Winston Churchill was the prime minister of

the United Kingdom in a very difficult period during the World War II,

but he managed to make England a strong country.

George Washington, who was the first president of the United States,

is probably the most famous man in America. There were also such great

presidnts as Abraham Lincoln, Teodor Roosewelt and Franclin Roosewelt

that did their best to make the USA a leading world-power (

).

15. TV has good and bad sides. First of all it keeps people informed, we

can learn a lot of information watching TV. We can choose from a lot of

channels, and TV offers programs for all the interests and tastes.

Sometimes we can relax and entertain ourselves by watching TV when we are

tired. TV advertisement gives us information about different products and

it makes it easier to make a choice as to what things to buy. When we

watch TV we learn about the world, famous people and recent global or our

home-country news.

But watcing TV also has a lot of disadvantages.

First of all, its quite bad for our health, especially for eyes.

Violence on TV has become a vital problem. Some programs and films with

violence and murders make people cruel and affects their psych ().

Often there is too much advertisement on TV that encourage us to buy

things we dont need at all.

Watching TV occupies all the leisure time of the majority of people. We

just watch it, not concentrate, and waste time.

So, to sum up, it can be said that it can be useful and interesting to

watch TV, but in reasonable limits.

16. When I dont need to study at school I have a lot of free time.

Every time my opinion is different and I change my mind many times, before

I think up what to do and where can I go. It is quite difficult for me to

make a choice.

Sometimes I would like to seat at home and just watch TV or listen to

music. Then I dont want to see anybody, I just want to be alone. Usually

it happens when the weather is not good or when I^m in a bad mood. When I

am tired, I like to read or to lay and watch something on TV. It is the

best time-passing for me, because my eyes and my brain can work, but my

body can rest.

The way I pass my time depends on what is the season: in winter Im less

active but in all other seasons I dont like to seat at home.

On autumn and spring vacations I go to the disco with my friends. There I

can relax and meet new people, but my parents dont like when I go there,

because they worry when I come to home very late.

On summer I prefer to do sports every day. I think that summer is the

best time for sport, because the weather outside is worm and you dont get

tired at school, so you have a lot of powers and you can do anything you

like.

Traveling is my favorite kind of spending free time. I like to go to

different places, especially if I havent been there before, to watch the

places of interests and to meet new people and make new friends.

I also like to collect different things. Now I collect corks

from beer-bottles, but my collection is not very big. I have only 160 kinds

of corks.

In my free time I like to sit in the Internet, because its always

interesting to find new infomation or to learn something you would like ot

know, or just to chat with people who are miles away.

17. Everybody knows that education helps to form personality and prepares

one for life. Thats why all countries consider the system of education as

a very important part of national politicy.

In Russia there is a nine-year compulsory education, but to

enter a university one has to study two years more. Russian children go to

School at the age of six. But most of them have learned letters in

kindergarden, which is now part of primary school. Primary and secondary

schools together comprise eleven years of study.

After finishing secondary school one can go to a lyceum or a gymnasium to

get a higher education. All the applicants must take competitive

examinations.

Americans also value education very much. Universal

access to a high quality education has been one of the nations historic

goals.

Children go to school at the time they reach six or seven years and study

there until they are sixteen or seventeen.

Elementary and Secondary schools consist of twelve year studing, that

makes for about 10 months a year, five days a week and five hours a day.

Almost in every elementary school such subjects as English, Mathematics,

Science, Social Studies, Music, Art and Physical Education are being

taught.

After graduating from secondary schools a growing number of Americans go on

studing to get to a higher education in colleges or universities, the most

famous of which are the Harvard University, the Yiel and the Columbia

university

The British system of education has a very long history.

Children go to school at the age of 5 years and continue to study until

they are 16 years old. Boys and girls are taught together in the most

schools. Around half of 3- and 4- years-olds in Britain receive nursery

education and many children attend preschool play-groups. Compulsory

primary education begins at the age of 5. Children usually start their

school career in an infant school and move to a junior school or department

at 7.

At 7 and 11 years in the primary school (and at 14 and 16 in the secondary

school) teachers measure childrens progress in each subject against

attainment targets. For each target there are 10 levels of attainment. So

instead of 2, 3, 4and 5 marks in Russia puipls get A, B, C, D etc. scores.

The secondary level includes the children from 11 to 18. Here they enhance

( ) and specify the knowledge they have acquired at primary

school. At the age of 16 they can get the General Certificate of Secondary

Education qualifications on the basis of examinations and course work.

Puiples who got high examination scores hve chances to continue their

education in collges and universities without pay. There are 79

universities in the UK , Oxford and Cambridge are the oldest of them.

18. Nowadays the theatre is less popular than the cinema. Due to the

popularity of television and the since appearance of video, theatre has

lost a great deal of its attraction. Besides, theatre tickets are very

expensive, especially in good theatres. And one should always book (

) and buy the tickets for good plays where famous actors star

in advance. So we can say that a visit to a famous theatre has become a

luxury.

Still, the theatre is an inseparable part of the intellectual life of any

country. In every country theatre has its own history and traditions.

There are a lot of theatres in Russia and some of them are popular all over

the world. In Moscow theatre-goers try not to miss the first nights at the

Vachtangov, Sovremennik, or Khudozhestvenny theatres. St. Petersburg also

has a variety of theatres, which meet all the tastes. Those who are fond of

drama visit the Bolshoi Drama Theatre. Alexandrinsky Theatre, Open Theatre

and many others. People loving classic music never miss a chance to visit

the Philharmonic Society Hall.

I like the cinema too, even though it doesnt create so festive

atmosphere as the thetre does. There is one cinema in our town and its

open very seldom. So every time when I have the opportunity to go to

Moscow, I like to go to the cinema there. There are very many movie-

theatres in Moscow, modern and old ones, where one can always see some new

film. Moscow movie-theatres are large, comfortable and well-decorated.

Before a film starts people can sit in a bar and drink something or eat

pop-corn. Before a movie you can see the announcements of new films.

Nowadays video becomes more and more popular. I think that its

popular depends on the comfort of viewing things on video. You can just

buy a video-tape with your favorite film and watch it whenever you want

and have time. So you can lay on a sofa when you are watching video, eat or

drink anything you like and even talk on the phone Video is very

comfortable and relatively unexpensive because you dont need to pay money

every time, when you are going to watch it).

Maybe when the technology developes enough and everyone will be rich enough

to allow this, there will a home movie-theatre in every house and people

would not need to the cinema to enjoy this art.

19. Millions people al over the world spend their holidays visiting

museums and art galleries. They visit them to see new things, to know more

about other countries, their traditions, about history and even future of

the mankind. There are different type of museums : historical, military,

nature and many others. The Tower of London is a historical museum. It is

the oldest palace, fortress and prison in Europe. Its also one of the most

popular museums nowadays.

Saint Petersburg is often called the cultural capital of Russia. Many of

Russias finest museums are situated here. The Hermitage, for example, is

one of the worlds greatest and most famous museums. It houses over 2,5

million works of art. The best works of art from Russia and Europe are

situated in the five buildings and over 350 rooms that make up the

Hermitage. The main building of the Hermitage is the Winter Palace on

Palace Square with the main entrance facing the Neva.

The state Tretyakov Gallery is one of the best-known picture galleries in

the world. It takes its name from its founder Pavel Tretyakov, a Moscow

merchant and collector of pictures. Today the Tretyakov gallery is not only

Russias biggest and most important museums of Russian art, it is also a

research, cultural and educational center.

20. I know a lot of American, British and Russian writers, but some of

them I like to read most.

To my mind, the greatest Russian writers and poets are Pushkin and

Lermontov. My favorite Pushkins masterpiece is the novel Evgeny

Onegin. I like it because it is written in a very beautiful language that

is not used nowadays. There are many popular expressions there, which

became famous in Russia, and what is most peculiar () about this

novel, that Pushkin invented a special Onegin strophe in which the whole

world is written.

Lermontov is also a very talented poet.. He wrote a lot of

very popular poems and novels, for example, The hero of our time and

. I think that he stands at one place with Pushkin, though his style

of writing is not such light and optimistic as Poushkins. But all the

masterpieces of Lermontov are very profound ( ) and intellectual.

I prefer to read American science-fiction and I have my favorite writers

there.

I think that the best writer of the genre is Ray Bradbury. I like him for

his very interesting and fascinating short stories. The most popular novels

of this author are The Martian Chronicles and 451 degrees on

Fahrenheit. His novel Ice and flame is the best, I think. The novel is

about surviving of the man in very hard conditions of the Mercury. His

short stories are also very interesting, they arise such everlasting

problems as war, love, bravery and honor. The novels and stories ob

Bradbury are unlike all the others, they all are not ordinary.

Another my favorite writer is Robert Shaklee. He wrote only three

novels, but they became very popular in the world of science-fiction.

There are: Corporation Immortality, Exchange of the minds and Variants

of a Choice. He also wrote more than 90 short stories, which are, too,

very interesting.

I think that literature helps one to develop his knowledge of life and

his personal intellect. And the books written by great talented people

remain up-to date even through centuries ( lets take the masterpieces of

Shakespear ), because they consider eternal problems. Thats why they are

called classics.



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