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1. We are becoming overwhelmingly dependent on computers.

Is this dependence
on computers a good

thing or should we be more suspicious of their benefits? Give arguments and


examples to support

your ideas.

I totally agree with this! It is very bad for those who forget to do anything
else then to play pc games. The kids and the grown up people spend a lot
of time in front of the pc playing games.

The biggest problem is that children become more and more addicted to pc
and internet and we should expect that in the future we won't see any
children outside playing together. But let's hope that the world will not
change so much and in the near future we will still see children playing
with balls or other games, and not in front of the pc.

Before I met the internet and the pc it all was so simple, but now I can't
imagine my life without them. And I think that it's a bad thing because
they make my life boring and I'm addicted to them which is
very irritating . Internet is the greatest thing for those who invented it, but
for others is something that changes the order of everything in their life
.Parents who buy pc's to their children should be very careful and make
with their children a schedule when they can work at the pc . The most
important thing is that the schedule shouldn't change later !

The worst thing that internet brings is that since it appeared , books and
newspapers tragically became less and less used. The authors have a very
hard time trying to sale their creations, and children started to forget
about reading old but good books. And of course if you would ask a child
who plays a lot on the pc, about a very famous but old author he won't
know anything about him unless he studied him at school. This I must say
it is a very bad thing and it's growing, just like the internet but in the other
way.

2. Do you agree with the idea that children should be raised by their grandparents?
Why yes/no?

During the past decade, several studies have been published that
investigated the social, emotional, and physical functioning of grandparen
727y2413h ts raising their grandchildren. Research suggests grandparents
in these families experience high levels of stress and psychosocial
difficulty. In addition, the available data suggest children raised by their
grandparents often encounter behavioral, emotional, and academic
problems at school. The problems they experience indicate these children
require intervention assistance from psychologists, school counselors, and
other school professionals. This paper provides a brief report of the
phenomenon, particularly as it relates to the grandchildren's school-
related functioning. Practical and theory-based interventions are described
to improve the educational and developmental outcomes of these
grandchildren.

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During the past decade, several studies have been published that
investigated the social, emotional, and physical functioning of grandparen
727y2413h ts raising their grandchildren (cf. Cox, 2003; Emick & Hayslip,
1999; Hayslip et al., 1998; Kropf & Burnette, 2003). Not until recently have
scholars addressed the behaviors and school-related functioning of
grandchildren in these families (cf.Harrison, Richman, & Vittimberga,
2000; Reynolds, Wright, & Beale, 2003).

Grandparents who raise their grandchildren can provide a loving, familial


home environment that is more positive than a foster care or other such
governmental arrangement. Nonetheless, raising children is difficult for
grandparents during what should be their golden years. Most grandparents
do not bargain on having children to raise when they should be enjoying a
time of peace and quiet. It seems that no matter how the grandchildren
behave, they impact the well-being of their grandparents, for better or
worse, simple because of their presence (Harrison et al, 2000).
Grandparents who raise their grandchildren also significantly affect the
educational functioning, developmental outcomes, and well-being of their
grandchildren (Edwards, 2003; Harrison et al.). Few publications offer
practical and theory-based interventions to help these families. In this
article we review much of the available data and add to the database
relative to these new family relationships. We focus on the social,
emotional, behavioral, and school functioning of children raised by their
grandparents. Practical, theory-based interventions are described to assist
these families and improve the children's school-related functioning.

SUBIECTE REZOLVATE ENGLEZA BACALAUREAT

An Alternate Family Structure

The numbers of grandparents who become surrogate parents to their


grandchildren are increasing substantially (Fuller-Thomson & Minkler,
2000). According to the United States Census Bureau (2001),
approximately 5.6 million grandparents live in homes that include
grandchildren younger than 18 years of age. Almost 6% of children in
the United States live in households maintained by grandparents (Fuller-
Thomson & Minkler). In many of these families, no biological parents are
present. Nearly four million grandchildren have grandparents who serve as
their primary caregivers. Almost one million of these grandparents have
raised their grandchildren for five years or more. Children raised by their
grandparents can be found among all religions, ethnicities, and socio-
economic classes (Fuller-Thomson & Minkler). Nonetheless, some variation
by ethnicity is evident with 13.5% of African American, 6.5% of Hispanic,
and 4.1% of Caucasian American children living in such families (Fuller-
Thomson & Minkler).

Grandparents who assume the surrogate parenting role often do so as a


result of the death of their adult children, their children's divorce,
unemployment, and teenage premarital childbearing. Parental deaths as a
result of violence and AIDS particularly contribute to the increase in these
alternate families. Additionally, physical and emotional child abuse as...

3. Damage of the environment is an inevitable consequence of worldwide


improvements in the standard

of living. Discuss.

Granted, advanced technologies improved our living. However, our


economic growth is still undoubtly linked to the main causes of
environmental damage: first, rising energy and resources consumption
and, second, increasing levels of solid waste and air pollution. The former
is due to the big industrial companies' competition in the market and it
leads to a shortage of the raw materials, especially oil and coal, which are
non-renewable resources. The latter can be attributed directly to the
rapidly increasing number of private cars in use. Together with the
industrial burning of fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas for energy, they
release CarbonDioxide(CO2) which causes global warming, disruption in
the ozone layer and acid rain that destroys plant and animal life. At last,
but not the least, waste and residual substances poison water and land
environments. Therefore, alternative renewable sources of energy (such as
wind, solar and geothermal power) and recycling of the waste are
ultimately the only real ways to stop this environmental crisis.

4. Some people prefer to live in a small town. Others prefer to live in a big city.
Which place would you

prefer to live in? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

I grew up in a small town and then moved to a big city, so I have


experienced the good and bad sides of both. I never thought that I would
like living in a big city, but I was wrong. After ten years of living in one, I
can't imagine ever living in a small town again.

Small towns and big cities both have some problems in terms of
transportation. In a small town, you have to own a car to ensure a
comfortable living .you can't get around without one because there isn't
any kind of public transportation. Big cities generally have heavy traffic
and expensive parking, but there you have a choice of taking public
transportation. It's not free, but it's often cheaper than driving when you
consider gas and time, especially if you don't have a car, you're better off
in the city.

I love the excitement of big cities. Small towns have a slow pace. Large
cities mean you have to adapt to a variety of situations, like finding a new
route to work or trving a new restaurant. I enjoy that challenge very much.
Another part of the excitement of city living is the variety of cultural
activities available. There is a wild assortment of theatre music and dance
performances available in big cities. These things are rare in small ones.

The final thing I think about large cities is the diversity of the
people. the United States is made up of people of different races, religions,
abilities, and interests. However, you seldom find such a variety of people
in a small town. I think that living in an area where everyone was just like
me would quickly become boring.

Of course, security is a concern, and that one area where small towns are
superior to big cities. Still, I would rather be a bit more cautions and live in
a large city than to feel secure but bored.

5. How do movies or television influence people's behaviour? Use reasons and


specific examples to

support your answer.

I strongly believe that movies and television have a great influence in


people's behaviour. It is an undeniable fact that most people in the world
have access to either a televison or a cinema theatre and do make use of
them at a regular basis.Some of the ways in which such media can affect
people are stated below.

Firstly, The main group of people who are attracted to the television and
movies are the the teenagers.This is the group that is most susceptible to
change.They often try to emulate what they see on screen and in order to
be a hero themselves.It is not uncommon to see young people try to mimic
the stunts and heroic deeds performed by their idols or role-models on
screens.Sometimes, this will have a deleterious effect as young people try
to display some violent and aggressive behaviour that they visualize in the
screen.

Secondly, Each country or region has its own culture and it is necessary to
preserve them in order to exhibit cultural diversity to the future
generations.There are a lot of programs and scenes that are being
broadcasted in televisions and movies that might not confirm to the
mindset of the local society.But sometimes young people get influenced by
these scenes.They get a false impression that they too should live their life
the way people live in foreign movies.They tend to change themseves
according to what they see.This might destroy the native practces and
customs which is highly undesired.

Lastly, Some of the programs that appear in movies and televisions contain
a lot of adult content which is inappropriate for young children.Some of
these programs are broadcasted without appropriate warnings.This might
pose a threat to the children.They might get attracted to such
inappropriate material thereby indulge themselves in wrong practices.

These are some of the ways in which people's behaviour can be afftected
by mass media such as television and movies.So there is a need to look
into this matter and to obtain a suitable solutions to such problems.

6. If you could change one important thing about your hometown, what would you
change? Use reasons

and specific examples to support your answer.

I live in a very beautiful town, placed at the shore of the Black Sea. You
can find almost everything in my town: leisure centres, malls,
supermarkets, resorts, cinemas, huge parks, clubs, pubs, rinks, theaters
etc. At a glance, it looks like a perfect place to live in. And it is. It's difficult
to think of something that I would change. We have an wonderful mayor,
who is loved by everybody. Well, by almost everybody... because, last year,
he did a very serious mistake: he didn't reejct teh aide of some
bussinessmen to deforest an important area from the nearby park,
allowing a supermall to be built. The dwellers therefore were very upset by
this decision, and protests took place. The trees whici were condemn to
fell, were inscribed with texts as "I am the tree no.150, and I will die
soon". It was terrible sad to watch that. Now a serious part of the
park who it used to be so lively and beautiful, have been chopped, being
replaced with parking lots and the mall itself. I decided neither to visit, nor
to buy antthing from that mall, as a form of protest, or a boycott.
Therefore, if there is something that I would really like to change in my
beautiful town, would be that mall, who I d likevanished.

7. Is it better to enjoy your money when you earn it or is it better to save your
money for some time in the

future? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

Many people spend all of their money when they earn it wastefully, but
other like to save their money for the future. In my opinion,It's good to
enjoy a small amount of money when you earn it and save a larger amount
of money for the future.

When people earn money, they should use a small amount of it to do what
they want. They can spend money for entertainment, buy a small thing for
themselves, go camping with their friends, have a party with their
family..... But they must to pay attention not to spend too much.

In addition, doing what people want can help them relax absolutely, give
them energy and inspiration to do their job better. Try giving yourself a
gift when you earn money, I'm sure that it's very interesting!

Otherwise, if you don't enjoy your money when you earn it, you will live a
dull life. Your only duty is go to work and earn money, so bored! It's good
to budget money for necessities as clothing, rent and for the fun things as
vacations, parties, relaxation....

Besides,people need save their money for several reasons. First,


saving money 'll help them buy value things, which they have expected for
a long time, for example a car, a new house, a jewelry.....

Moreover,with your earnings, if you are ill or lose your job,you will have
money to manage your life.When you are old and your children still go to
school,you can pay school fees for them. And you even lend your friends
money when they are in trouble.People don't save money for the future
,they could have problems.So you had better send your money to the bank
you believe in.

To conclude, people should spend their money wisely.They shouldn't


neither waste too much money for unworthy things nor too miserly in
spending money. The larger earnings should be saved for the future, but
the small one should be enjoyed.

8. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Grades (marks)


encourage students to learn.

Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

Whether grades could encourage students to learn has been argued for a
while. There are varity of arguments among students and teachers. It
is a important topic because it concerns with the method how we educate
effectively our students. From my experience, I agree with the idea that
grades encourage students to learn.

It has been argued that marks could make some students stressful,

especially for the students with poor grades. However, as research on the
education indicated that grades could let students clearly understand their
performance and let them know their advantage and disadvantage. For
example, without grades, how could students know what talent they really
have? Grades is the indicator of students' ability to master the knowledge.
Moreover, the teacher can clearly master the status of each student study
through grades. Every one had talent, but no one had all the talent. By
grades, the teacher can understand ach student's talent. For instance,
some students may be good at logic thinking, such as mathmatics, physics;
the others may like atheletic, such as baseball, tennis. By grades, the
teacher can give different advice to different student.

Furthermore, only through grades can parents understand how their child's
performance in the study. For example, when I had a poor performance in
some courses, my parents always helped me figure out the reason and help
me go through it. Each time I went through this difficulty, I had more
confidence on my study.

In conclusion, grades can encourge students to learn. It can help students


realize their talents and find out their disadvantages. Without grades, how
could a student clearly understand themselves?

9. If you could go back to some time and place in the past, when and where would
you go? Why? Use

specific reasons and details to support your choice.

Some people enjoy their modern life and can not imagine that they can live
in an older life. While others believe that the living in the past would be
more suitable for them. As for me, for sure i will choose to live in
the past ,twenty years ago in my chidhood, and in my primary school. I
have three reasons to proof my choice, and they are ;sent back to that
time, I would restor my old memories, have no resposibilities, live with my
late grandfather.

There is no doubt that, the childhood is the age of the beautiful innocence.
What a kid have deeply in his heart is clearly expressed on his face. So that
I would not have to hide my real emotions. Moreover I would have the
right to laugh or to cry at any time and in any place. In additon to , i would
have all my sweet memories with my first experiences. There is also the
old friends i shared with them alot of unforgetable days . Also, i was more
linked to my parents and my brothers as i was spending much more time
with them .

Furthermore, in that time, i would not have to think about resposibilities or


remember any duties. that means i would not have my daily routine that i
am living now . Besides i would not have to worry about the money and my
expenses. In fact i would think only in joy and having fun with my peers.In
another words ,i would be relaxed and forget the stress life . Inspite of,
when we were younger, we were always wishing to become
older,but when you grow up, you will know that , it was your best days.
Also if i have the chance to do that, I could live with my grandfather.
Because of his kindness I loved him alot. Not only he was my grandfather
but also he was my best friend. As he learned me alot and gave me my first
lessons in the life. Moreover i cann't forget till now our early trips and
going to fishing in the sunny days. For all that i wish he could be with me
all my life ,indeed, we was the warm corner in my life.

In a nut shell, going back to the past is a very good idea. May be some
people prefer their modern life with all its advatages for them. However, in
my opinion, would benefit more from the earlier life .Because that was all
my sweet days , lack of responsibilities and duties and finally living with
my lovely grandfather.

10. You have the opportunity to visit a foreign country for two weeks. Which
country would you like to

visit? Use specific reasons and details to explain your choice.

f i have the chance to visit a foreign country, for sure, i'll choose to
visit United States of America. Actually that was my dream since fifteen
years. Really, thet would be the most beautiful journey in my life. I have
three reasons to proof my choice, and they are; big country, diffrent
cultures, and meeting many all varieties of people.

Firstly, U.S.A is the biggest and the most civilized in the world. Also, it has
the many big cities, such as, Newyork and Washington. Certainly, I would
like alot to live in such big and crowded cities that has a huge number of
people. Moreover, in States you can feel the smell of the old history in its
museums and some old buildings. Simultaneously, you can find also the
latest technology and the highrest levels of modernization.

secondly, only in America, you can find many dieffrent cultures in the same
place. For examples, you can find a chinese area beside arabian area. You
may have your lunch in Italian resturant while take your dinner in Indian
food court. Furthermore, every state has its own differnt laws and
legislations. While you are move from state to another, you feel that you
are in different country not in different state.

Thirdly, you can meet many varieties of peoples. Despite the large number
of nationalities and religions, all of them live peacefulliy with each other.
Besides, you can see there all colors such as Nigros, Asians and
Caucasians. In addition to, tha larege number of mosques and churches. In
fact, you can see an amazing style of creative interaction between all these
kinds of people there.

May be, some of people are not intrested in visiting foreign countries. In
contrast, I am lookin forward to see every place in this huge world. In a
nutshell, the united States gives you all the fruits of the world in one nice
koktail. Since, it is the only country that havebig area, huge population and
different civilizations.

11. Speak about the importance of friendship in one's life. You may give yourself as
an example.

A TRUE friend is someone we treasure , someone we turn to when we feel


down and someone who understand us better than anyone can. A TRUE
friend is our shoulder when we cry, someone who catches our tears, and
someone we lean on. A TRUE friend holds you up when you are weak,
always there through thick and thin, never hesitates to help you with all
your problems, and always say ILL BE THERE even if you're miles apart..

12. Speak about a person or personality you admire most. Give reasons for your
choice.

The person I admire the most is my mother, MARIA. What I admire about
my mother is that she helps me with all my problems at school and other
places. If my friends and I had an argument at school, I would tell my
mom and she would help me solve it. If I was having trouble with school
things, she would help me with them. I also admire my mother because
she is always busy doing things for me and my brothers and spends a lot of
her time doing things for my school. I also love her dinners and I think she
makes the best lemon bars and lemon cakes. I think my mom is the best
mom ever!

13. Speak about the negative aspects of using the Internet. Give arguments and
examples to support your

ideas.

The internet is literally one of the greatest inventions of this century and
possibly of the entire history of mankind. The unprecedented access to
information and the ease of communication has literally changed our lives
forever on multiple levels. This includes how we do our work, how we
communicate and how we conduct ourselves in our spare time. The amount
of Torah resources online is quite incredible, allowing one to have a virtual
Bait Medrash at one's finger tips 24/7. I could go on forever at the great
advantages of the internet and how it is greatly improved our lives.
However that is not the purpose of the post. It it not my attention to come
across as a "fanatic" or "prude", but I feel that these issues are relevant
and real and should be discussed.

The purpose of this post is to talk about the negative aspects of the
internet, how these aspects have effected our lives and what possible
measures can be implemented to avoid / counteract them. Obviously as
mentioned before this post is going to be one of extremes, painting things
in terms of black and white, good and bad, right and wrong. While we all
know that life isn't in terms of black and white, but rather many shades of
grey, I feel my points will best be conveyed by taking this approach.

- one of the major disadvantages of the Internet is the lack of supervision


of the content;

- quite innocently the internet surfer can bring up information that does
not refer to the topic they are looking for, or someone can send them
images and messages that are not appropriate;

- an internet surfer may accidentally and unwillingly form "friendships"


with strangers;

- the internet surfers may become victims of cyberbullying ( use of online


technology to harass or intimidate another person );

- the internet surfers may be subjected to advertising pressures ( designed


to put pressure on them to purchase goods on line );

- the internet surfers can take all the information available on line as
correct, even though many times it can be incorrect and inaccurate;

- the internet surfers may endanger their health through excessive use of
the internet;

14. Speak about your favourite means of transport. Give arguments and examples
to sustain your opinion.

Nowadays we can choose one means of transportation from many kinds of


tools, such as buses, trains, ships and planes. However, my favorite one is
just by train. Whenever I want to go outside for a travel, my beloved
choice is going by train.

There're two main reasons why I choose the train. First, traveling by train
offers me a valuable chance to encounter new friends. During the long way
to the destination, I have enough time to talk with strangers sitting beside
me. It will add a piece of joyful memory to my trip. Second, traveling by
train is also a cheaper choice when compared with other means of
transportation. As a student, it is especially proper for me to travel by train
because I can buy a ticket suitable for students, only half price of a normal
ticket. In this way, traveling by train can help me save much money.
In conclusion, traveling by train may not only make me have a happy chat
with other people but also help me save a lot of money. Therefore, I'd like
to travel by train instead of other means of transportation.

15. Speak about your favourite holiday and the traditions related to it. Give
arguments and examples to

support your ideas.

The Christmas season is a time for celebrating the gift of Jesus Christ,
reaching out to others, and sharing traditions with loved ones. Family time
at Christmas can create some of life's most precious memories! Even
simple activities can carry a lot of meaning and greatly impact the lives of
your children.

Here ATI staff from across the country share the traditions and holiday
ideas that have meant a lot to their families, encouraging you to plan
special times for your family and to keep Christ the central focus of your
holiday celebrations.

Probably my favorite Christmas tradition growing up was doing Advent


together as a family the four weeks prior to December 25. Each Sunday we
gathered around the table and lit a candle in the Advent wreath-one candle
for each week, until all the candles were lit.

One of my favorite holiday traditions is the decorating of the Christmas


tree. Each year, we enjoy hot apple cider and molasses cookies as we
decorate. With Christmas music playing in the background, we all hang our
own ornaments on the tree. Our tree has never had one particular theme,
except maybe 'hodgepodge'! Yet, I think it's one of the most beautiful
trees of all, with stories and memories tucked into every branch

love Christmas! I love the smells of balsam, the sounds of Christmas


hymns, and-most of all-the faces of friends and family! It is one of the
most wonderful times of the year.

16. Speak about the things you do to have a healthy life. Give arguments and
examples to sustain your

ideas.

- I usually eat healthily ( although it is not very easy to do this in


today's Romania );

- I do physical exercise daily ( but this is closely connected to one's diet; if


you do not eat enough or properly, you can't do physical exercise );
- I have a restful sleep ( for this is closely connected to my body's regular
active work of the day );

- I tend to have the order of my life's priorities clear in my mind and


arrange it and rearrange it whenever it gets turned down;

- my life's priorities are good health, good work, and good fun.

17. Speak about the importance of being good - mannered in one's life.

Any educated person must learn and respect the good manners in society
and in their families. Living together is difficult if the good manners are not
present and we can see that every day at school, in the street and even at
home. RESPECT ME TO RESPECT YOU - is something that everybody must
do. The good manners still exist for most of the people but some young
people consider them out of fashion and have no respect for anything or
for anyboby. For example not all the students always respect their
teachers or their own parents

18. Speak about the way in which fashion influences one's personality. Give
arguments and examples to

sustain your ideas.

The way we dress is a 'tell, tell' sign about our personality; having said
this, body language as well as our appearance all coincide together. All
three are very important elements in which tells others a little about us. If
a person is wearing jeans and a tee shirt, this tells us they are laid back
and maybe not looking to get into anything today. On the other hand, if we
see some one in a three piece suit, this tell us the person is going to work
and maybe they may have an important job some where.

If we see a girl dressed skimpy, than this tells us she easy and a free
willed person.

Long hair on men use to mean they were pot heads.

I could go on and on.

They way we dress leads people to assumption, in which they become


judgmental and put us in to a category or some type of social placement.

19. Speak about your favourite actor / actress. Motivate your choice.

My favorite actress is Angelina Jolie because she is not only beautiful but
also smart and talented. She started her career very young and she didn't
rely on her father's help but on her own talent. She comes from a family of
artist, her father is a famous actor and her mother was a Trench model.
Her big break was the Bone Collector where she started along with Denzel
Washington.

She was also the star of the series based on a computer game The Tomb
Raider. When she filmed Mr. and Mrs Smith she met Brad Pitt. Eventually
they got married being problably the most famous couple in the world. I
don't like her only because she's a good actress but also because she's
understanding with the less fortunate people of the world.

She's a U.M Ambassador in the third world. She adopted two children of
another race but this doesn't stop her to love them like they are her own.

20. Speak about a day in your life when something happened and changed your
life.

For me, it all started about one year ago . I had recently moved in my new
home and I wanted to buy myself a car, and being 18 I wanted to do it fast
! I was a bit scared because this would be the first car purchase I'd
ever made . I spotted a classified ad in the paper for a 1992 Bmw in mint
condition - like new , and that was because his engine has been changed
recently . I responded to the ad, and the friendly man who answered the
phone told me the Bmw's story: The car had belonged to his grandfather
for years, and had dutifully transported the family on fun trips to the Black
Sea and to the mountains. Two years earlier, his grandfather had brought
the car in for a routine tune-up and oil change, and the careless staff at the
shop drained out the old oil and forgot to replace it with new oil. The
grandfather drove down the street, and within minutes the engine seized
up on him. He wound up scoring a brand new engine at a nearby Bmw
dealership, courtesy of the oil-change folks. That meant that if I bought
the car, I would essentially be getting a 2-year-old car, not a 14-year-old
one. What a deal, right?

Well, the nice man on the phone was lying. About absolutely everything,
including his identity.The engine was in fact 14 years old, and the man
had owned the car for less than two days. When I realized just how badly
I'd been had, I decided to fight back. After considerable sleuth work, I
discovered that the man and his family were running a large-scale used-
car scam and targeting vulnerable women with every sale. I contacted
(and kept pestering) the police with my findings. Four long years later, I
received a letter from the county prosecutor's office, thanking me for my
help in cracking the Bucharest car-scam case and informing me that the
head of the family who sold me the Bmw had finally been put in jail on
charges of theft by deception. In the letter, I also received an offer for
restitution - and I actually got my $1,700 back.This experience taught me
some valuable lessons. First, you never have to tolerate unfair treatment.
Fight back! Second, it's quite easy for otherwise on-the-ball people to get
conned, hoodwinked or confused when they're feeling vulnerable,
overwhelmed or just plain exhausted.

21. Describe the town where you live or another place in which you would like to
live.

The place where I would like to dream is a mountain resort named Davos
which is located in Switzerland . For me is the most beautiful place that I
ever saw , and it is very useful for me since I am a ski-addict . From the
middle of the 18th century, Davos became a popular destination for the
rich and ailing because the microclimate in the high valley was deemed
excellent by doctors and recommended for lung disease patients. In
the "natural ice" era of winter sports, Davos, and the Davos Eisstadion was
a mecca for speed skating. Many international championships were held
here, and many world records were set, beginning with Peder Ostlund who
set four records in 1898. Subsequently, Davos became famous as a ski
resort, especially with citizens from the United Kingdom and
the Netherlands. After a peak in the 1970s and 1980s, the two-part city
has re-established itself as a leading, yet less high-profile, tourist
attraction.

22. Speak about the advantages of being a famous person. Give arguments and
examples to sustain your

opinion.

Starting from an early age up to the end of our lives, every one dreams to
become a famous person. It's true that there is a lot of hard work, luck and
amny responsibilities involved, but still, it's impossible not to consider all
the advantages that the celebrity enjoys.

Just imagine yourself in such a position.... everybody knows you , loves


you and even worships you ! You are in the eyes and heart of the media all
the time, everybody is watching you. Think about all those fan-clubs full of
people eager to know everything about you, eager to predict and comment
on your actions. Every single statement you make is seen as a new law,
any style you may adopt projects you in the field of fashion settlers. Step
by step you have become a role model for them, Children wish to be like
you when they grow up, teen-agers tend to imitate you and adults admire
your atitude. Isn't that great ?

Apart from that, your travel all over the world and you can see even the
remotest corners of this planet, and people may have a contact with them
through your eyes. I, for one, would be honored to know this and
accomplish the wishes of so many people who cannot otherwise make this
dream come true. This way, they would travel with me trough the cameras,
following me and have a glimpse of the beauty abroad
It is said that celebrities own a lot of money and enjoys luxury. And this is
true. They are able to fulfill all their dreams and other people's wishes,
equallt. Most of them are known ti be charitable and helping the poor, the
sick, the unfortunate. I think that this is what really makes you feel great
and important ... showing your feelings and compassion to those who
really need it. Moreover, they will surely appreciate it a lot and turn you
into a kind of hero .... their hero. And now, not only that you feel great by
doing this, but also people will love you even more.

All this being said, I cannot stop thinking about all the advantages Ihave
mentioned above and dreaming to be such a person, even for one day, or
at least, half of it!

23. Despite some critical opinions, sport is believed to bring out the best in us.
Speak about the benefits of

doing sports.

It is said that sport is the way in which your body can be kept healthy and
full of life. Making sport not only puts your muscles in movement, but also
releases yourself from a big quantity of stress. It is good at least once a
day to have time to do sport. It's not neccessary to go to a gym, you can
just go for a ride with your bike or jogging. In this way you can make two
things at the same time and that is to combine useful things with
pleasure.It's not a shame to go to a gym and have a few extra kilos.All can
be solved through will and of course sport. Another efficient method is a
diet that must be respected. At the first sight you say "It's too much to
handle", but I can say "No" to you. How? Proper food is the key word.
What does this mean? The meal hours must be respected and the food
must consist of vegetables and fruits because these are rich in vitamins. In
conclusion, if you want to be healthy, you have to eat properly and none of
the less make a little sport.

- people ( children, youngsters, and adults ) who participate in organized


sports do better in work or school, have better interpersonal skills, and are
team oriented, and generally healthier;

- participation in sports provide opportunities for leadership and


socialization, as well as the development of skills for success and failure;

- sports and games teach us how rules work, how rules keep order, that
the individual must accept the rules for the good of the group, and that
rules involve consideration of the rights of others;

- sports teach competition, which is very important in a world where


entering competition is very important;
24. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: One has more
opportunities for selfdevelopment

abroad? Bring arguments and examples to sustain your opinion.

Abroad you develop a sort of ability to survive. You are there, in another
place, where people talk a foreing language and where you will not be the
first choice for an employer. It is teachful. Pets are sort of children, you
can take care of. In return, you get sort of childish love. It has a sort of
natural positive impact on one's heart (considered that love and to be
loved in return is what should make people happy!). I do not have
friends, nor enemies. Describe yourself and this is one: a human being. (I
consider we all are human beings.

25. Pets occupy an esteemed place in many of our households, often being treated
as members of the

family. Speak about the benefits of keeping pets.

Pets occupy an esteemed place in many of our households, often being


treated as members of the family. They offer a source of amusement,
pleasure, and companionship. They provide opportunities for outdoor
exercise and socialization. And, according to some studies, they can
decrease our blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels.

26. Describe your best friend (physical appearance, moral qualities - supported by
examples -

hobbies/interests) and say why he/she is special to you.

My best friend is a girl - analytical, creative, smart, likes a schedule, likes


to know what to expect, very compassionate, also emotional, feels more
with the heart rather than thinks with the mind if a mind/heart was
brewed, beautiful outside and in, deep, caring, true to self and my closest
best friend of over a year.

27. Speak about a hobby you have or you would like to have.

For me, my favourite Hobby is karate. Not only the sport but also the
philosophy, the history. It's very captivating to read all books of formers
masters, to know how they lived on the Okinawa island, to know their
philosophy of life (control of themselves, harmony with the nature). In the
sport there are the control of all our movements, the speed, the diversity
of the techniques, the intellect of the fight. Now I have the black belt,
but is only the beginning, I am still a beginner, there are lots of things to
know.

28. Speak about the impact of music on your life.


Music for me it's like a medicine without any side effects . When I am sad I
listen to relaxing music like Budhha Bar and Japanesemusic . Music helps
me to relax and keeps me in a happy state . What I am going to say may be
a little too much for some but this is exactly what I feel , and I feel that
music keeps me alive . Music has always been a part of my life ever since I
can remember . There was always music of some sort in our home from
rock and roll to soul and from jazz to country .

29. Describe an object in your house which represents you.

I believe every piece of furniture in my house represents me because I was


the one that had chosen it.

Every couch , chair , table in my house is beige because that is my


favourite colour and I think it totally represents me . Even my car has
beige interior because I am addicted to this colour .

30. What does advertising mean to you: information or manipulation? Give


arguments to support your

ideas.

Since advertisers don't supply any of the adverse information of their


products, it would have to be manipulation. Advertisers are one sided and
there is no balance.

Manipulation. All adverts are designed to make us buy their tat. They want
your money!

In order to persuade or deceive, a person deliberately breaks one of the


four conversational maxims:

* Quantity: Information given will be full (as per expected by the listener)
and without omission.

* Quality: information given will be truthful and correct.

* Relation: information will be relevant to the subject matter of the


conversation in hand.

* Manner: things will be presented in a way that enables others to


understand and with aligned non-verbal language.
31. Do you think a disability of some kind makes a person more determined to
succeed? Give arguments

to support your ideas.

Not really...no. It all depends on the person who has a disability. If he is


willing to succeed...he will succeed despite his "problems". It's about
desire of doing what you want, like other " normal" people do. A person
with disability isn't rejected when he shows to the world that he can
realise the same things like others. A person is rejected when he seats in a
corner of a street, or a grocery store asking for money because he has
difficulties in working.That's not true. Everybody can work in a way or
another.

32. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being your own boss. Give
arguments and examples to

support your ideas.

In business there are two kids of people...the employer and the employee.
Although employees may contribute to an enterprise, the employer
maintains control over the productive base of land and capital, and is the
entity named in contracts. Employers include everything from individual
hiring a babysitter to governments and businesses which may hire many
thousands of employees.

But, as an employer you have a lot of responsibilities. You have to control


the activity of the enterprise, to take decisions for the best of your
business, to have a good communication with your employees, to be
patient and understandable...

33. Comment on the following statement: Where there's a will there's a way. Bring
arguments and

examples to sustain your ideas.

I totally agree with this statement.If you want to do something, to


realize a good thing for humanity, nobody can't stop you. For example:
Robert Slavin wanted to do something for our children, he wanted to
create schools in which all children, no matter what's their
socioeconomic status or race, learn at high levels. Everybody doubt
him, they didn't thought that this is possible. But Slavin did his best and
proved his best and created these schools . So it's true...where there's a
will there's a way...
this statement is about becoming someone in life, accomplishing your
dream. i agree with this idea , because you should have a will all the
time , to succed, to find the right way.

firstly, if you want to resolv something, to do what you want with your
lifeyou need a will. that sustains you, your friends encourage you and
you will find the path.

secondly, if you are an ambitious person you will fight in any situation
for what you want, to fulfill your dreams; you only have to really want
to do something and you'll accomplish it.

some people say that if you are a lucky person you will find your road
anyway! you only should be an intelligent and lucky man or waman.

in conclusion, you should know that it is necesarry for you to have a


will, you should have a goal in life and always try to reach it.