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My Favourite Writer (I. Turgenev)

   I'm fond of reading. Usually I borrow books from the library, but I have a lot of them at home, too. I like to read books about famous people and detective stories. Literature means much in my life. It helps to form the character and to understand life better.
   There are some names in Russian and Foreign literature that are very dear to me.
   In Russian literature I highly appreciate Ivan Sergiyovych Turgenev. For me he is a real intellectual and aristocrat, a man of culture, devoted to literature, music and art. Though he lived abroad for a long time he didn't stop to be a Russian writer-for a moment. He created a number of national characters in his books. The image of Turgenev s woman, deeply feeling, faithful and tender is an ideal of a Russian woman for me. It doesn't lose its charm even today.
   Of the present day writers and poets I like Eugenij Evtushenko, Valentin Rasputin, Valentin Pikul, Boris Vasyljev. Their works are very human and realistic. They assert high moral principles in life.
   And this is very important nowadays. My favourite writer is O'Henry, too. In my childhood I was deeply impressed by his story "The Last Leaf". Since then I bear in my heart the image of a young girl suffering from the incurable illness, and her friends doing all they can to give her hope and bring back to life.

Мой любимый писатель (И. Тургенев)

   Я люблю читать. Обычно я беру книги в библиотеке, но у меня много книг и дома. Мне нравится читать книги о знаменитых людях и детективы. Литература много значит в моей жизни. Она помогает сформировать характер и лучше понять жизнь.
   В российской и зарубежной литературе есть имена, которые очень дороги мне.
   В русской литературе я высоко ценю Ивана Сергеевича Тургенева. Для меня он — настоящий интеллигент и аристократ, культурный человек, преданный литературе, музыке и искусству. Хотя он долго жил за рубежом, он ни на секунду не переставал быть русским писателем. В своих книгах он создал галерею национальных характеров. Образ тургеневской женщины, способной на глубокое чувство, искренней и нежной, — для меня идеал русской женщины. Этот образ не потерял свою привлекательность и сегодня.
   Среди современных писателей и поэтов мне нравятся Евгений Евтушенко, Валентин Распутин, Валентин Пикуль, Борис Васильев. Их произведения человечны и реалистичны. Они отстаивают высокие жизненные и моральные принципы.
   И это очень важно именно сейчас. Еще мне нравится О'Генри. В детстве на меня произвел сильное впечатление его рассказ «Последний лист». С тех пор я ношу в сердце образ молодой девушки, которая страдает от неизлечимой болезни, и ее друзей, .которые делают все, что в их силах, чтобы дать ей надежду и вернуть к жизни.

The Last Tsar of Russian Empire   On April 8,1894, Alexandra and Nicholas II were engaged. Alexandra was the daughter of Louis IV, the Grand Duke. She was born in 1872. Her grandmother was Queen Victoria of England.   On November 14, 1894, a month after the death of his father Nicholas married Alexandra and officially became the tsar of Russia.   The first son of Nicholas and Alexandra was born in
John F. Kennedy   John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States. The youngest ever elected to the presidency and the first of the Roman Catholic faith, John F. Kennedy won the election of November 1960, but later, he received the support of most Americans. They admired his personality, his lively family, his intelligence, and his tireless energy, and they respected his cou
Charles Darwin   Darwin had not planned to be a scientist. He wanted to become a doctor. But he was interested in plants and animals.   A friend who knew about Darwin's interest in nature invited him to take the trip. Charles was 22 when he left England for a five-year trip around the world.   This trip is a very important one in the history of science, for it led Darwin to write one of the worlds
My name is Alexander. I am a student of Kostroma Technology University. I am 17 years old. I am rather tall, thin. I am well-built, to my mind. I have an oval face with a straight nose. My eyes are rather big and brown. I have long eyelashes. My lips are neither thin nor full. My hair is dark and I have a short haircut. Nowadays it's expensive to be smart and fashionable but I try to be well-dress
James Aldridge   James Aldridge was born in 1918, in the town of Swanhill, in Australia. His father was a journalist and writer. His parents came to Australia from England only a few years before James was born.   When James was 14 years old, he began to work as a messenger boy for a newspaper in Melbourne. In 1939 he went to England to enter Oxford University.   In 1940 he was sent to Finland as
My Friend    I am not a very sociable person yet there are people whom I can call friends.   One of them is Oleg. He is seventeen.   He left school last year and now he's a student of the University. Oleg is a future economist.   He does not have much time but if he has, Oleg likes to spend it in a good company. Oleg likes to listen to music, dance, watch new films, discuss them and do many other
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Television 1). Television nowadays has become one of the most important mass media.2), It informs, educates and entertains people.3). It influences the way people look at the world and makes them change their views.4). In other words, mass media, and especially television, mould public opinion.5). Millions of people like to watch TV in their spare time.6). The TV set now is not just a piece of fur
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Choosing an Occupation    One of the most difficult problems a young person faces is deciding what to do about a career.   There are individuals, of course, who from the time they are six years old "know" that they want to be doctors or pilots or fire fighters, but the majority of us do not get around to making a decision about an occupation or career.   Choosing an occupation takes time, and ther
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