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004. It has been said, “Not everything that is learned is contained in books.”

April 23, 2011

004. It has been said, “Not everything that is learned is contained in books.” Compare and contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books. In your opinion, which source is more important? Why?

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Nowadays most of people in the world begin their lives studying at school. They read books, explore the experience that was written by previous generations. They aspire to get well-educated person in order to prepare for adult life. Knowledge obtained from books are precious. But when they face difficulties in real life, it is widespread situation these knowledge do not work. I think it is quite clear knowledge gained from experience are much more important than books’ ones. Because the latter ones could appear to be not acceptable enough for the person and after all they should not be correct in every situation.

The first thing, knowledge in books are often too common. Facts in book are summary of experience of many other people. But they are not the rules that suit totally everybody. In order to learn how they can be applied in real life people should use them carefully and learn on their own mistakes. But that is already experience knowledge. Namely this thing most likely will help people in the future.

The second thing, pieces of advice from book do not work sometimes. That happens most often because of particular problems people face in real life. But even more important, things from book can not be instructions for absolutely each state people are inclined to get. Life is goos, but it is unexpected and suprising and hazardous sometimes. So nobody can predict or predestine anything in advance.

To comprise, the solutions from books can not be treated as silver bullet solutions that can be applied everywhere and always. With no doubt they should be supported by real examples and real experience of each person. But when person is young and he has not experience enough books are the most valuable source of information.

Words I needed: experience(syn:knowledge of life,adopt best practices), aspire (syn:to strive for), in advance(syn:early,in good time,ahead of time,beforehand,a priori), knowledge (syn:acquirements,data,information)


003. Nowadays, food has become easier to prepare.

April 23, 2011

003. Nowadays, food has become easier to prepare. Has this change improved the way people live? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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Nowdays in order to get food people no longer need to expose their lives to dangerous and hazardous situations like it was in ancient times. They can just go to supermarket and buy totally everything what they need. Most importantly in order to make food acceptable to eat people no longer need to make fire in the forest with the advent of technological devices such as microwave horns and other electrical things we got used to apply for preparing food. Yes, this change improved people’s life with no doubt. People got more time for some other activities and their nutrition has become more qualitative.

The less time you need to prepare food the more time you have for other useful things. People spend this extra time on different subjects. For instance, they relax, they study, they study, they care about other people. The level of life continues increasing.

Food preparation process’ simplification causes healthier nutrition. At present most of people in the world can afford to nutrite in right way. And more even important they can feed their babies with useful meal. All of that influences our physical condition and our health in common in a positive way.

To resume, day by day our life is getting easier. The things we could not dream about before these things became true and even ordinary today. So without doubt the better we nutrite the better we live. And the happier.

Words I needed: prepare food (syn:cook, make ready), kitchen (just microwave,gas heater, eletrical fryer, oven), nutrite! (feed, nourish,eat, eat well, be well fed)

002. Parents are the best teachers.

April 23, 2011

002. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents are the best teachers. Use  specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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Nowadays modern society requires people to be educated. And in order to get educated people have to learn new things every day. People study when they are children, when they are young, when they are adults. Process of education is constant. But the most crucial part of education is going on in childhood. Kids need good teachers. And I believe the best ones for them are their parents. Namely parents spend much time together with children, they perfectly know needs of their sons and daughters, nothing saying about they normally concern about them.

Actually, parents and children are together a lot of time. If the parents are good of course. Parents do not have to put new knowledge into kids at specified hours like at school. Appropriate moments for teaching appear in natural way when for example some things happen.

It is known, parents know what children need for fair. And parents teach exactly that things children want to know.

Finally, parents are such people who do care indeed. It is notorious fact, several teachers at school and at university do not like they job. They consider education as just a way to earn some money. On the contrary normal parents want the best destiny for their little kids.

So parents have all features to be the splendid teachers for their children. And when kids grow up they do not forget about that significant role their parents played in their lives. Parents deserve respect and care.

Words I needed: modern(syn: present-day, contemporary), children  (syn: kids, infants, babies), constant (syn: ceaseless, unceasing, incessant)

001. People attend college or university for many different reasons

April 23, 2011

001. People attend college or university for many different reasons (for example, new experience, career preparation, increased knowledge) Why do you think, people attend college or university? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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Every year millions of young people all over the world try to enter some university or college. It is hard to enter, it is hard to study, it is hard to graduate. Then why people do not stop on school level education but continue study in high level education establishments? I am sure, as you obtain an education at university you make a basis for your future career, bind useful connections and get valuable knowledge for you adult life.

Proper education could help you to build up your career. That is true. In order to find a good job we often need some proof of our knowledge to show an employer we are valuable candidates. Diploma of some famous university could be kind of such a proof.

University is a place to make connections. During the years of study together with your groupmates a strong connection appears between all of us. And namely these useful acquaintances could play a big role in future.

Nowdays people value well-educated persons. If you know a lot about history of your native country or about some famous picture of Rembrandt and you are able to tell about it during some intelligent party you could gain everybody’s acclaim.

So education directly affects your future adult life. And it is very reasonable to get an education where you are young. In order not to worry about it when you are a senior and you do need it  for some reason.

Words I needed: underbuild (to make a basis), useful (syn: beneficial, profitable, helpful), famous (syn: renowned, celebrated, illustrious), value (syn: appreciate), affect (syn:influence)

Grammar I needed: prepositions (at, in, on)

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April 23, 2011

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