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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


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


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


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


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-


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


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


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.