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Книги в моей жизни Books in my life

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I should say that young people like me don’t read much nowadays. They prefer to play computer games, watch TV or video, listen to music, go to the disco or surf the Internet chatting with their friends on the social nets such as Vkontakte, Facebook, Twitter and others. Some teens are keen on hanging out and gossiping. Also one of the reasons is a lack of time because we have to do a lot of homework, attend extra classes on different subjects and help our parents about the house. Besides, some boys and girls join sports clubs or take their music, dancing or drawing lessons at the art school. And it takes lots of time, too.

But nevertheless books play an important part in everyday life of each person. I’m sure contemporary generation must be intelligent and well-educated and it’s impossible without books. For example, if I don’t know the meaning of a new word or its spelling I, of course, look it up in the dictionary. Very often I use different sorts of reference books on physics, chemistry, biology etc.

To tell the truth, I cannot imagine my life without books. I can’t say what particular books I prefer because I enjoy every kind: history novels, adventure and detective stories, science fiction, love stories and so on. To my mind books help to expand my outlook, to solve my inner problems, to discover new things. They always carry me to the world of wonderful adventures, help me to reproduce the pictures of the past and even to compare my own actions and feelings with the main character’s ones. Books arouse in me different emotions and stir my imagination.

Everybody in our family is fond of reading and we have a rich library at home so I go to the library very seldom. (But sometimes I borrow books from the library.) My friends often come to me to lend this or that book and my parents don’t mind it.

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O.Wilde The Happy Prince

I should admit that all books that I have read before are in Russian. But recently I’ve read some tales by Oscar Wilde in the original. The theme of most of his tales is quite realistic. Now I’d like to tell you about one of his famous tales The Happy Prince. This tale is about kindness and generosity, friendship and devoted love.

High above the city there was a statue of the Happy Prince. He was covered with gold leaves and jewels. People liked him very much because he was so beautiful. But the Happy Prince wasn’t really happy at all. He saw how many people and children were poor and suffered from hunger, cold and poverty.

A little Swallow, who was flying to warm Egypt, agreed to help the Happy Prince. The Swallow took all the jewels and gold leaves out off the Happy Prince and gave them to the poor. At last winter with snow and frost came and the little Swallow died.  The Prince’s stone heart was broken into two parts with grief. Now the statue looked dirty like a bagger. The Mayor of the city didn’t like it any more. So, he ordered to pull it down.

As you can see the end of the tale is very tragic and sad. But I think this tale teaches everybody to be kind-hearted and help people in need.

А какие у вас предпочтения?

Каких авторов вы читаете?

Какие книги из прочитанных запомнились вам больше всего?

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Мой любимый фильм My favourite film

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My favourite film The Queen

To my mind cinema plays an important role in the life of any society.

Without any doubt cinema is one of the best ways of spending your leisure time. You can always find the film you like among horror films, crime stories, action films, love, musical, drama films or comedies. A lot of children and adults are fond of cartoons.

Nowadays there are a lot of modern cinemas where you can sit in comfortable chairs, eat popcorn, drink coke and watch 3D films at the same time. But, to tell the truth, I don’t feel I like the way some young people behave during the review.

As for me, I live in a small settlement (village) and there is only one old cinema in it. So, I am not a cinema-goer that’s why I prefer to watch films on TV or DVD-films.  

Not long ago I saw the film “The Queen”. It is a 2006 British-French-Italian drama film that was directed by Stephen Frears and starring Helen Mirren as a title (leading) role of Queen Elizabeth II. Michael Sheen played Tony Blair, the Prime Minister of the UK. By the way, Mirren was born Helen Lydia Mironoff in 1945 in West London. Her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov (1913–1980), was of Russian origin, and her mother, the former Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda Rogers (1909–1996), was born in England. Helen Mirren won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for this film in 2007.

The film was released almost ten years after this sad event. The film depicts a lot of the events that happened after Diana's death on the 31st of August 1997. Diana, a Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Alma Bridge tunnel in Paris along with her companion Dody Fayed. The main plot focuses on the different views in how to deal with the death of Diana. The Queen Elizabeth II, her husband and their both grandsons were  at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on their summer residence when the accident took place. Diana and her ex-husband Prince Charles had been divorced by that time that is why the Queen considered her death as a private affair. On the contrary, Tony Blair, a newly-appointed Prime Minister and Diana's ex-husband  attempt to reflect the public wish for an official expression of grief. Blair gives a speech in which he describes Diana as “the people’s princess” and the phrase catches on. . The Queen decides to carry out the recommendations of Blair.

In the conclusion of the film, the Royal Family returns to London to inspect the floral tributes. The Queen also speaks about Diana's life on television and describes Diana as «an exceptional and gifted human being.» As a result the Queen has regained her popularity.

I liked the film because all actors played very naturally and convincing. As for Helen Mirren her performance was unforgettable.

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Всем любителям английского языка рекомендую настоятельно посмотреть этот фильм. Сначала смотрите русскую версию, затем с субтитрами, а потом — версию на английском языке. Моим ученикам очень нравится этот фильм. Думаю, и вас он не оставит равнодушным. Кроме этого вы получите хорошую практику в восприятии английской речи на слух, познакомитесь с традициями английского общества. Всем приятного просмотра!!!

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