I am Nataly Ivanova. Nataly is my first name and Ivanov is my surname. I am eighteen years
old. I’d like to tell you a few words about my family. My family is not very large. I've
got a mother, a father, a sister and a grandmother. My mother is a teacher of geography.
She works at the University. She likes her profession. She is a good-looking woman with
brown hair and grey eyes. She is forty-three but she looks much younger. She is tall and
slim. My father is a computer programmer. He is very experienced. He is a broad-shouldered,
tall man with fair hair and grey eyes. He looks like a viking. My father is handy with many
things. He can fix almost everything: a vacuum cleaner, a washing machine, a fridge, а
TV-set, and what not. He's got a few shelves where he keeps everything he needs. My parents
have been married for twenty-six years. They have much in common, they are both interested
in politics and history but they have different views on books and films. For example, my
father likes psychological thrillers and my mother likes Soviet commedies. My father is
fond of tennis. My mother likes skating. But my parents have the same opinion about my
upbringing. My parents are hard-working people. My mother keeps house and takes care of me
and my father. She is very good at cooking and she is clever with her hands. My father and
I try to help her with the housework. I wash the dishes, go shopping and tidy our flat.
My grandmother is a pensioner. She lives with us and helps to run the house. She likes knitting.
My sister Ann is twenty-five. She is married and has a family of her own. She works as an
economist for a small business company. Her husband is an artist. They've got a daughter and
a son. They go to a nursery school. I want to become a student. I'd like to learn foreign
languages. We've got a lot of relatives. We are deeply attached to each other and we get on
I live in a 9-storeyed building, which is situated far from the city centre. It is
a typical block of flats built in the 1970-th. We can see а nursery school, several shops
аnd a stadium out of the windows. The border of the city is not far from my house, so our
district is green and quiet and we can enjoy a picturesque view from the balcony.
We live on the seventh floor. Fortunately, there is an elevator in our house that’s why
we needn’t walk up.
Our flat is very comfortable. It has three rooms: my parents’ bedroom, a living room and my
room. We also have a kitchen, a hall and a bathroom. Our flat is provided with all modern
conveniences: cold and hot running water, electricity, gas, central heating, telephone and
A living room is the largest one in our flat. There is a table with several chairs round
it in the middle. On the right of the table, one can see a wall unit, a wardrobe and a
bookcase. There is a sofa and two arm chairs on the left of it. By the opposite wall the
there is another table with a TV set on it. The floor is covered with a thick carpet.
There are two pictures on the walls.
My parents’ bedroom is smaller. There is a bed with two dressing tables and small lamps on
each of them.
My room is the smallest one but it’s very cozy. I have a desk, an armchair, a wardrobe and
a bed. There is a computer on my desk and two wooden shelves with books above it on the
Our kitchen is big enough. There is a cupboard, a refrigerator to the right of the cupboard,
a gas-stove and a sink. Our kitchen is well-equipped. It has a toaster, a microwave oven
and a coffee maker. We like to spend
evenings in our kitchen, to drink tea and talk.
On weekdays the alarm-clock wakes me up at 6.30 and my working day begins. I'm not an early
riser, that's why it's very difficult for me to get out of bed. Аnyway I open the window and do morning excersises.
Then I go to the bedroom, wash my face and brush my teeth and after that go to the kitchen.
Usually my mother makes breakfast for me. But when she is away on business, I make breakfast
myself. I don't have much for breakfast. A sandwich and a cup of coffee is enough for me, because I
try to control my weight. After that I put on my clothes, walk my dog and feed him, then go
to work. It takes me an hour to get to my office.
I usually arrive at work ten minutes to nine, beсause I have to prepare for the beginning
of working day. I work as a secretary at a small company. There are always some fax messages
to translate from English into Russian. Sometimes my boss wants me to write a letter to our
business partners abroad. There are also a lot of phone calls which I have to
answer. At 1 o'clock in the afternoon we have lunch. We usually have lunch in a small cafe just
round the corner. At 2 o'clock we come back to work. I usually leave the office at 5:30 p.m.
During the working day we also have several short coffee breaks. But sometimes we have no
time for them.
I come home at about 7 o'clock in the evening. My parents are usually at home, waiting for me.
We have dinner together. Then we drink tea, watch TV or just talk or pead.
Sometimes I do some sports such as jogging or roller-scating.
Аt about 11 p.m. I take a shower and go to bed.
I'd like to tell you a few words about my school. My school is
one of the oldest specialized schools in our city. It's famous for its high quality education
and strict discipline.It is not difficult to enter the university after our school.That's
why a lot of parents want their children to enter our school.
The school is very well-equipped. On the ground floor there's a gym,
a canteen, a library and a workshop. On the first floor there's a large assembly hall, a
home economics room, and two computer classes. On the second floor there are ,chemistry
physics and biology labs.
I went to school six days a week. Classes began at nine o'clock in the morning. Each lesson
lasted forty-five minutes. After the third lesson we had a twenty-minute break. During this
break we went to the canteen to have lunch. Every day we had 6 or 7 lessons. The lessons
were over at about 3 or 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
We usually had a lot of homework and it took me three hours to do it. I sometimes had to sit
up to write a composition, to prepare a report, to translate an article from English into
Russian or to learn a poem by heart. At school we had classes in Russian, Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Geography, Physics,
Chemistry, English, History, Computer Programming. We also had Music, Physical Education, and
Information Technology. My favourite subject was English. I liked to learn new words, to dramatize texts and
After classes I didn't usually go home at once. We had some out-ofclass activities. Our
cultural life was well-organized. For example, we had an orchestra, a choir, an arts club.
Fs for me, I took part in the arts club.
I liked my class. Everybody was friendly and easy to get along
with. I was on good terms with my classmates and we often spent our free time together.
My best friend's name's Victor. We made friends ten years ago. We are of the same age.
We live in the same house, so we see each other very often.
Victor is a tall, broad-shouldered boy with blond hair and blue eyes. He is very honest
and just, and I totally trust him. He never lets somebody down, so I can rely upon him.
Аs for me, he's got only one shortcoming - he is a bit offensive.
Victor's family is big. He has a brother and a sister. His father is a doctor. He is the
cleverest man I've ever met. He knows much because he's read many books. His mother is an
English teacher. No wonder Victor knows the lunguage very well.
We spend a lot of time together. We often watch video or listen to music.
Sometimes we go to the museums or go camping. We talk for hours about different sorts of things
(from politics to girls). We also discuss films, TV programmes, books.
I very seldom quarrel with Victor. What I like best about him is that he is always willing to help and
share his knowledge, thoughts and feelings. I respect him for his strong will, intellect
I miss Victor when we don't see each other for a long time. Our friendship helps me to feel
strong and sure of myself.
When you leave school you understand that the time to choose your future profession has come.
It's not easy to make the right choice.
As for me, I have changed my mind a lot of times.
It was difficult to choose one of the hundreds jobs. But now I know what I want to do in
future. I want to be a guide. I am interested in history, I like travelling аnd I like
learning foreign languages. I know that it's very difficult to become a good guide. You
should know the subject you speak about very well, you must be well-educated and
well-informed. You must read a lot about the places you travel in order to interest you
audience in them. Аnd you should know the language perfectly and be ready to answer all
the unexpected questions which tourists can ask you. But a good guide is also a great actor
and every excursion is like a performance. It's a great responsibility to accompany
foreign tourists and to make them love your city and you country.
I think the profession of a guide helps people of different nations to understand better
each other and to build a bridge between cultures. It is very important nowdays.
Hobbies differ like tastes. If you have chosen a hobby according to your character and
taste your life becomes more interesting. Hobbies are divided into four large classes:
doing things, making things, collecting things, and learning things, for example, foreign
languages. The most popular of all hobby groups is doing things. It includes a wide variety
of activities, such as drawing, painting, making sculpture, designing costumes, handicrafts.
Almost everyone collects something at some period in his life: stamps, coins, matchboxes,
books, records, toys, postcards, watches, badges. Sometimes private collections are given
to museums, libraries and public galleries so that others might take pleasure in seeing
Аs for me, in my childhood I was fond of collecting stamps. My hobby helped me to learn a
lot about other countries and other peoples' traditions, the world's flora and fauna. Maybe
that's why I was good at geography and biology at school. I used to bring the albums to school and exchanged stamps with my schoolmates.
When I was at the ninth form, I decided to collect compact discs. Today, I’ve got more than
one hundred CDs of my favourite groups and singers! Every time I buy a new CD I study the
information printed on disc booklets. I also try to find out everything about the singers I
like. That's why I read a lot of specialised magazines and books on the history of rock.
My favourite groups are «Nyrvana» and «Ariya». I even write letters to some fan-clubs in
other countries, so it’s a good opportunity to keep up my English.
One day I decided to go shopping. I needed some new clothes badly. There are a lot of shops,
supermarkets and department stores in the centre of the city, so I decided to go through
some of them.
The first shop on my way was a large supermarket. The choice of goods was very impressive.
It seemed to me that on the counters and shelves there was everything one could want. There
were sausages of different kinds, meat, fish, poultry. At the dairy department there was
milk, cream, cheese, butter. At the bakery there was bread, rolls, buscuits. Everything
was nicely packed. When I came to the cashier my basket was full.
Then I went to the department store which was right across the street. Аs I am fond of
computers and video and hi-fi equipment, I couldn't go past my favourite department. There
was a lot of computers, TV sets, hi-fi centres and tape recorders. I bought three new
And then, at last, I found the clothing department. There were a lot of suits,
trousers, jackets, shirts and many other things. I needed a dress, because I was going to
the theatre. The shop assistant asked my size and offered me a nice dress. I tried it on.
It suited me perfectly! The shop assistant also showed me a wonderful handbag and I
immediately agreed to buy it. I had to go home by taxi because my bag was so huge that I
could hardly lift them. I came home tired but happy.
"Health is the greatest wealth," wise people say. You can't be good at your studies,
sports or job when you are ill. If you have a headache, heartache, backache, toothache,
earache or bad pain in the stomach, if you complain of a sore throat or a bad cough, if
you run a high temperature and have a bad cold in your head, or if you suffer from high
or low blood pressure, you should consult a doctor.
When you come to the policlinic, first you come to the registry. The registry clerk on a
duty asks your name, address, age and occupation. He writes out some slips because several specialists will examine you. The doctors will examine your throat, test your blood pressure, feel your pulse, sound your heart and lungs, take your temperature, test your eyes, check your teeth or have your chest X-rayed.
After that he will prescribe some treatment, pills, tablets or some other medicine which we
can buy at the chemist's. He will recommend you to stay in bed for some time, because there might be serious complications. The only thing you should do is to follow his recommendations. And if you follow them, you will recover soon.
In case of sudden and severe illness or an accident calls are made to the first aid station.
There the doctors are on duty all day long. There are many ambulances there. The ambulances
are equipped with everything necessary to give the first aid. The patient is transported to
hospital. There he or she is taken to the reception ward. After examination the doctor
fills in the patient's case history. Then a patient is put to some ward for treatment.
When a patient is completely cured, he or she is discharged from the hospital.
Millions of people all over the world prefer travelling to other kinds of leisure. They
travel in order to see other countries, modern cities and the ruins of ancient towns. They
travel to enjoy picturesque places, or just for a change of scene. It's always amazing to
discover new things, different ways of life, to meet different people, to try different
food, to listen to different musical rhythms.
Those who live in the country prefer to go to a big city and spend their time visiting
museums and art galleries, looking at shop windows and dining at exotic restaurants.
City-dwellers usually like a quiet holiday by the sea or in the mountains, with nothing
to do but walk and sunbathe.
Most travellers and holiday-makers take a camera with them and take pictures of everything —
the sights of a cities, old churches and castles, views of mountains, lakes, valleys,
plains, waterfalls, forests; different kinds of trees, flowers and plants, animals and
birds. People travel by train, by plane, by boat and by car. All means of travel have their
advantages and disadvantages. And people choose one according to their plans and
destinations. If you are fond of travelling, you see and learn a lot of things in the world.
The best way to study geography and history is to travel.
I always look forward to my summer holidays. In my opinion, there's nothing like the
Russian countryside. We've got a small country house in a lovely place not far from
Siverskaya. There's a river waving between picturesque hills. I often go swimming and
boating there. I'm also fond of lying in the sun. There's a lot of fish in the river,
so I sometimes go fishing. I like to sit in silence for a while waiting for a fish to get
caught and listening to the birds singing in the trees. When it's very hot I usually go to
the forest. The air is cool there. I like to walk in the shade of the trees and pick
mushrooms and berries.
But sometimes I like to go to some other places for a change. Last year my family and I
went to the Crimea which had become part of Russia again a few years earlier. We rented a
room in a house by the sea. It took me five minutes to get to the beach. The weather was
sunny but sometimes windy. We couldn’t swim in the sea every day because of the storms.
But the sea is beautiful in any weather. We also went camping in the mountains and enjoyed
the magnificent view from the top. We went to the excursion tour around the semi-island and
visited Sevastopol, Evpatoria and Theodosius.
It was an unforgettable holiday and I dream of coming back to the Crimea.