1. My last day off.

Yesterday it was Sunday, that’s 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. It’s 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, I’m 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 I’m 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 didn’t 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 library’s services. I answered that it was true, and she
suggest me to receive reader’s ticket. I was interested to know what
documents I had to provide for this. She told that she needed only my
photo 3×4 cm and some money. Fortunately, I had picture with myself and
two minutes later I was the owner of reader’s 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 isn’t a pleasant
way of spending your time. In such situation friend’s participation in
this trouble can encourage you, give you moral support and even can make
yourself feel better. That’s 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 don’t 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 doesn’t 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 don’t 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
mother’s 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 father’s 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 brother’s 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.
It’s 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 can’t 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 doesn’t 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 friend’s 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. That’s 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
grandmother’s 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 Bonk’s 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 don’t
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;
that’s why I like them very much.

9. What will be there in my new flat.

Every young man wants to live independently. And I’m 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 won’t stay empty.

That’s 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 wasn’t 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
I’m glad that I did it because now I’m 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 I’m not
an exception. And I’m happy that I have traveled a lot and I hope that
my first journey wasn’t 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. It’s
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 isn’t 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 can’t 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. Forsberg’s 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. Forsberg’s 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. That’s 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 can’t. 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 don’t practically eat
butter, I prefer soft margarine – made of vegetable fat, which is not
heavy and creamy. I don’t eat jam at breakfast, I eat marmalade which is
not sweet, there is slight bitterness; it’s rather pleasant.

I usually don’t 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 don’t 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 Murav’ev-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 Murav’ev-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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