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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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