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1.    Why do people attend college or university?

Every year many students in all worlds attend college or university. There are different reasons about this. All of this people try to develop themselves in the college. But I do not think that the time spent in the college is lost time.

One of the reasons that people go to the college is because they want to prepare themselves for a good career. The students learn theoretically and practically how to solve problems in the real work situations. They take knowledge’s in specific areas and this helps them to be a professionals.

Some people go to the college because they like to learn. Usually this students continues their education and win awards in sciences. They have a good chance to express good learning possibilities.

Other people go to college because they can meet people who like to learn. They can meet new friends from all worlds. This is the way to make an interesting social experiece. In the college atmosphere everyone can try to be a leader, to develop communication skills with students and lecturers.

Nowadays a higher education is necessery. The college in an investment in personal future. This is and my reason to be a student.

As we all know that today education is very important in our lives. We always seek luxurious life which need decent amount of money and well educated person can get it easily than uneducated. However, there are many other reasons for which people attend college or university.

First, as i mentioned above, to live decent life and to make good money people go to college. If person is well qualified he/she can get blue collar job. Sometimes they don't even need to look for a job but opportunity comes to them.

Second reason could be the status in society. Some people want to achieve higher and respective status in their society by getting higher education. for example, in our society if the person is pharmacist or MD, he/she receives special respect in any cultural or social activities.

Third, some people want to enjoy college because this time of our life is very cheerful and enjoyable. In college students are free from social and family matters and they don't have any kind of responsibilities but their studies. They have friends who are very intimate members in our lives. Actually, I have enjoyed a lot in my college days.

In conclusion, I would say that college is very important place for all of us to improve our quality of life as it teach us good manners and increase our knowledge. College has become essential for every student in order to make their own identity in this competitive world.

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



Parents, undoubtly can teach and bring their children up as a duty. Some people think that parents in their parenthood, can teach their children better than teachers. Others may argue that parents would not fulfill the job of teachers because of educational methods and knowledge. This essay will look at if parents can even do better than teachers when they teach their children.

On the one hand, parents would be better than teachers in educating their children for several reasons. Firstly, children may strongly believe or listen to their parents because of their nature relationship. For example, a little boy may naturally happily greet other people everytime he meets just because their parents teach him to do that. Secondly, it may be easier for parents to expect their children to obey. For instance, a father can tell his little daughter to get up earlier everyday which is not easy for teachers. Another reason is that children may find that they can only share their personal problems to their parents. The closer parents and children are, the easier parents can educate their children. As a result, parents are ideal people to educate their children.

On the other hand, teachers would do much better than parents in educating children because of many reasons. One reason is that teachers are trained for teaching, with their knowledge and teaching methods, they can help to educate children more effectively. For example, parents may easily find out a math solution for children, but they find it hard to explain. Whereas teachers, with their teaching methods, can find it easy to get children to find out the solution themselves. Moreover, teachers also know how to encourage children to learn more effectively, while parents probably do not. For instance, teachers always explain why children need to learn and tell them learning is an important duty. While parents often mistakenly encourage their children to do homework by a bar of chocolate, or a trip in the coming weekend. As a result, teachers may do better than parents in educating children.

In conclusion, educating children is not a simple duty. However, if parents and teachers can work together to fulfill, we have the right to believe that our new generations will be as expected.

 



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 a good education is one of the most important factors for anyone who wants to
successfully handle all the competitions occurring in once lifetime. In this essay i want
to explain why i think parents are the best teachers among all educators.

Children spend the most of their time during the childhood with their parents. Thus
parents can influence and teach their children like no other person can do. When children join
the school they already have received their basic knowledge and the teachers at school have to
put their expertise upon this basic knowledge.

Since children spend so much time with their children and their naturally given respect for
their parents they will listen carefully to their parents advices. Usually no other person will
ever be able to get a similar level of authority like parents have.

Probably the most important point that makes parents the best teachers is their love to the children.
This love will lead to a great devotion while they teach their children making them the most
patient teacher one can imagine.

Because of all these points i think parents are the best teachers and can even teach their
children better than any professional educator with a lot of expertise.

 

3.  Actually why do we lie?

What are the reasons for this act? I guess there are several types of lying. One kind of lying is intended to hide, to present things from a different angle some things or events. Furthermore, there also exists another type – a positive one, which doesn’t tell the truth in order to do something positive and good to people.

I share the same opinion like the one from the topic that lying sometimes is not a problem. For instance, when I was little kid in 1st or 2nd grade, my mother lied me that she has been always a perfect student. After several years I realized that she also had bad marks, but she was telling me this to motivate me to study more at school. So this was a positive lie at all.

Another very common practice is when a patient is very ill and it seems he will die, usually doctors don’t tell the truth about his illness. In this way they are making the patient feel calm and not worried. Will you be able to live when you know that you are going to die within several months or even weeks? – It’s terrible. So this is why the lie is acceptable in this case.

Next, I can think of another very positive lie. It’s especially related with small children who believe that Santa Claus exist in real life. Of course everybody knows that this is a fictional image of man with a white beard who each year gives many presents to children around the World. Unfortunately, kids understand that this is not true from their classmates or friends bigger than them. Usually parents tell to their children that on New Year, Santa Claus will bring many presents to them. In the same direction, this lie is absolutely acceptable and also makes kids happy.

In conclusion I’d like to express my opinion that lying is not always connected with negative sense. However, there is sometimes a positive side of that act. In many cases lying makes people happier and is absolutely justified. So I suggest that everybody thinks carefully what to say.

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4.  Some people prefer to eat at food stands or restaurants. Other people prefer to prepare and eat food at home. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

I will begin my essay with one latin dictum. It has been said:”De gustibus non est disputandem”, which means that taste, is beyond debate. I think that people prefer to eat at food stands or restaurants for many different reasons and it’s impossible to define in general which way is true. In the following part of this essay I will list some advantages and disadvantages of both possibilities. In the end I’ll expose my opinion.

Food stands and restaurants offer an easy access to food. They are appropriate for business people which time is insufficient. For example, if you are an employee in a big company and you have only 30 minutes break, it’s impossible for you to prepare food in home. In this case, it’s necessity to visit any restaurant. Another advantage of restaurants is their atmosphere. For instance, they are appropriate for official business meeting or for special occasions. If you want to propose marriage, for example, one luxurious restaurant is a good place to do this.

However, I think that process which is related to preparing of food is more interesting than eating in restaurants. In my opinion, process of food preparing is an art. Just like the painter, cook creates a work of art. He mixes many different kinds of foods to produce one delicious meal. Some people rest while they preparing food. Some psychologists believe that process of food preparing conduct to reducing stress symptoms. It’s known with name “cooking therapy”. I will outline other advantages of food preparing at home. First, in many cases, food, which is prepared in home, is cheaper than food in restaurants. Also, atmosphere in restaurants and food stands is noisy. If you want to have dinner in calmly atmosphere, home made food is a right way!

To summarize, if you have insufficient time or you want to lend variety in your life – restaurants and food stands are right way for you. However, If you want to relax or learn more about different types of foods and how different meals are produced, home-preparing food is for you. Moreover, in most cases food prepared in home is cheaper than food which is offered in restaurants or food stands. Therefore, in different cases I prefer to eat at different places. Sometimes I eat at home; sometimes I eat at restaurant or food stand.

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Some people like to eat out at food stands and restaurants. While others like to prepare food at home. Often it depends on the kind of lifestyle people have. Those with very busy jobs outside the house don't always have time to cook. They like the convenience of eating out. Overall, though, it is cheaper and healthier to eat at home.

While eating in restaurants is fast, the money you spend can add up. When I have dinner at restaurant with a friend, the bill is usually over twenty dollars. I can buy a lot of groceries with that much of money. Even lunch at a fast-food stand usually cost five to six dollars for one person. That's enough to feed the whole family at home.

Eating at home is better for you, too. Meals at restaurants are often high in fat and calories, and they serve big plates of food- much more food than you need to eat at one meal. If you cook food at home, you have more control over the ingredients. You can use margarine instead of butter on your potatoes, or not put so much cheese on top of your pizza. At home you can control your portion size. You can serve yourself as little as you want. In a restaurant, you may eat a full plate of food “because you paid for it"

It's true that eating out is convenient. You don't have to shop, or cook, or clean up. However, real home cooking doesn't have to take a lot of time. There are lots of simple meals that don't take long to make. In fact, they're faster than eating out, especially if you think of the time you spend driving to a restaurant, parking, waiting for a table, waiting for service, and driving home.

Both eating at restaurants and cooking at home can be satisfying. Both can taste good and be enjoyed with family and friends. I prefer cooking at home because of the money and health issues, but people will make the choice that fits therie lifestyle best.

5.   Love expression:

When children grow up and become mature, they have their own feeling about “Love”. In my experience, there are three kinds of love: love at first sight, true love and blind love.

Firstly, love at first sight occurs randomly between two people that they have not known before. On a nice day, they have just looked casually to each other in classroom, coffee shop, cinema, and they fall in love immediately. In fact, it is really fantastic feeling! For example, I tell you about a story related to my relative. My uncle found half part of his heart in his English class. He said to me that he liked her face, her voice and especially her eyes. We could not explain how it had happened because she liked my uncle too. They had the same happy feeling when they first talked together. After that, they learned English better and two years later, they wanted to live and get married. But sometimes you have to spend for a long time to see and find person who loves you honestly. In addition, it sometimes makes you fall in love and you cannot focus on doing your job. But I do not like this kind of love. I want to focus on my study. But my uncle's story will be good experience for me.

Secondly, true love occurs between two honest people. They have a deep love and they usually get married after their graduation. Most of them spend their childhood together. But the important thing is that they would not break up even though unexpected things could happen to them. My father found his invaluable spiritual friendship, his wife, is my mother now. My parents spent their childhood together when they were in Da Lat. They also have wonderful time for studying, working. However, when my father moved to Sai Gon for his job, he stayed away from my mother. But they proved the statement “far from eye far from heart” doesn’t mean anymore. It took 5 years and they have still loved up to now. That’s why I admired my parents. I think true love is important for everyone very much. In another story, there are two students who love brightly each other. They now are attending medicine and pharmacy school. The boy has cancer and he couldn’t continue to study. The girl went for the doctor and cured him. At first, she has got to endure for the long time and she also has to work very hard. Her friend advised her to abandon him. But she didn’t give up. After two-year treatments, he could study again to become a doctor. This is a true story I’ve heard. They and my parents set some good examples for me. I really idolize them. I think when I have a good job, I will try to find my girlfriend and spend with her most of problem that we encountered.

Finally, I want to mention about “blind love”. It occurs when someone doesn’t love honestly, they just take advantages on you. It also isn’t good for you because you will be charged a lot of money. It hurts your soul as well. Teenagers are patients of this kind of love. I have heard a story about lady who was in rich family. She was studying at high school. She is natural lady. She was flirted by an artful boy. He had charged her lots of money. After cheating, he left her. But she was deeply in love. It was a heart-rending story. She couldn’t study after bad event. Nowadays, many sad stories like those are getting more popular. I think it’s very risky for young ladies. They can’t escape their passions. I do not like artful people. I think we should keep a distance to a person who we meet at first time. In addition, we should not believe them too fast. It is useful for young ladies to avoid blind love. If I have friends in this situation, I will advise them to do right ways.

In short, I think true love is the most important for people. You should not be deeply in love with someone. Someday you find your lover by casual look; it is also wonderful experience for you. Love is important, but when you have job with high salary, you can have lots of lovers. But I am not sure they love you honestly. I am going to study hard and find someone who likes to study with me too.

6.   TOEFL essay sample: A company has announced that it wishes to build a large...

This topic allows free interpretation of some not mentioned details. For example, we learn LITTLE information about the factory. But THE following statement depends namely on this information.

There are two possibilities about the manufacture of the factory. The first is A manufacture which pollutes the local environment. They are many types of pollution. For instance, this is noise, chemical and radiation pollution. I think that the government must prohibit all dangerous kinds of manufacture. One large and dangerous factory may cause negative effects on A community located near the factory. I’ll restrict my view TO noise pollution. The consequence of noise pollution is raising THE number of nervous diseases. Noise penetrates everywhere and it’s very difficult to stop it.

But many factories are not dangerous for THE environment. They provide economic resources to local communities. For example, they provide many jobs for the people who live in the community near the factory. One large factory always makes A Contribution to upgrading local infrastructure in the region.

In conclusion, I think that whether one factory is useful or dangerous depends ON every different case. The people in the community must analyze every potential investor and if he offers an ecological manufacture less dangerous aspects, they must accept the project because it’ll improve people’s welfare.

7.   If you could change one important thing about your hometown, what would you change? Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer

I have been living in my hometown since I was born here. Therefore, as a citizen of the city, I clearly understand what it is in dire NEED of now. Frankly, if possible, I would like to have the performance mechanism of the municipal authority reformed.

First, bureaucratic procedures have caused people too many troubles. The law stipulates a significant number of unreasonable requirements that could hardly be met. Therefore it may take a person months or even years to get a document approved. In particular, some requirements cannot be realized in reality. For example, if you want to buy a house in the city, you should have the permanent residency card first. On the contrary, if you want to apply for a permanent residency card, you must own a house beforehand. So the procedures form a vicious circle. Also, many other ironic things still exist in the administrative system, causing difficulties for people. The citizens have widely complained about these paradoxes for a long time. However, everything is changing slowly. Only when those unnecessary regulations are done away WITH, do people’s lives become more pleasant.

Second, a complex legal system full of paradoxes also Results in many evils. Exhausted by the tangled procedures, people ask for help from officers, the informed insiders. Unfortunately, because they are insiders, state officers know how to maneuver the regulations to harass the citizens rather than to help them. If you have a DIFFICULTY with a procedure, just give the relevant officer an envelope including a reasonable sum of money, then your problem will vanish. Otherwise, you will be told to wait indefinitely or to give absurd documents as REQUIRED by the law. This practice has actually become a social evil, producing a number of corrupt cadres. The city’s budget is embezzled, the public works projects are PLUNDERED ??and so on. If everything goes on like this, very soon, the municipal authority will lose people'S TRUST. New laws should be adopted to strictly punish the corrupt officers and control the performance of others more effectively. Once the mechanism is renovated, people’s lives will be improved. Their taxes will not go into the hands of wrong-doers any more, the public works will be safer. Hence, needless to say how happy the community will be.

All in all, more than ever before, the municipal authority is in need of a drastic change so that the social order and discipline could be ensured.

8.  TOEFL Essay: Subjects such as art, music, drama should be part of every child's eduction.

Are really art, music and drama essential for the child’s basic education? Does a small kid need to listen to music, to paint?

– In my opinion - yes. When a child is small it is very curious about everything, so it wants to know everything about life in early age.
I remember that when I was small I really liked drawing cards, our house, my father’s car, portraits and all kind of things which attracted me. If a child is given the possibility to express its vision of the World, this will give him a very good comprehension of what is around him. Furthermore, I am sure that taking the brush and white sheet of paper is something the child makes from its own intention and personal interest. Thus, it is very important that teachers guide small children how to draw, to organize nature trips, to show interesting objects, so after that they could recreate them in their own imagination.
Second, the music is sort of art that everybody enjoys it, without being important what type of music it is. Some people prefer Jazz and others Rock. Basing on my personal experience I have noticed that music has an incredible ability to calm people. When I listen to classical music I feel like I am going to another World, where I forget all my daily problems. For instance the same is with children. When they listen to a nice music they feel happy. Similarly to art, music is also a very important part of every child’s education.
Finally, having a widely spread view on drama, has also its benefits for children. When a child at school knows famous dramaturges and popular works it shows the kid’s intelligence. Moreover, theater and drama are considered as one of the most cultural arts.
In conclusion, I would like to summarize that having a broad knowledge from different spheres of our life can only help us develop more and more in future. As soon as a child gets in contact with art, music and dream, it will feel the World closer and more familiar.

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9.  People should sometimes do things that they don’t enjoy doing.

I totally agree with this. Everybody wants to do things they like but life is complex, our actions depend on the situations we are in. Some examples in daily life will make it more clearly.

Personal habits are not always right. Students go to school and have to study many subjects, not except subject that they don’t like studying but they still have to do it. They don’t like it doesn’t mean that subject is not good. They have to study it for purposes that maybe at that time they don’t understand.

At work office, secretaries must do things that their boss demands. Certainly they include things that make them fell not uncomfortable, but it’s their job, they must do it. Or a fat man enjoys eating snacks and fast foods, things making him fatter and fatter, it’s not good for his health so he must give up eating them. It’s really hard to do but he must to.

Doing chores is a work that most teenagers not enjoy doing. They enjoy going out with friends, lying on bed and listening to music, doing some extremely actions, etc ….but they don’t want to help their parents with the housework. That must have to be changed. They have to spend a little more time helping their parents although they are not satisfied with it. They must know that their parents are working very hard to raise them up, it’s just a little thing that they can do for them. So don’t deny it because you don’t enjoy doing it!

I myself have been told to do things that I don’t like too but I still do it well. I’m sure that all of you will agree with me and remember to do things well although you don’t like it.

Can you check this essay for me, it's my very first essay so I really care about it. Thank you very much!

10.  TOEFL essay: Should high school students wear uniforms?

People ought to decide whether students should wear the uniform or not; some people think that wearing uniform is a good idea while others oppose the idea. As far as I am concerned, to wear uniforms is a good idea, but first I will list all the possible disadvantages and advantages of uniforms.
First of all, wearing uniforms helps students to focus harder on school studies; they shouldn’t spend time on thinking about what to wear next or how to look better than the classmates. It is known that teenagers tend to show off and to do everything just to be better than others. Saying simply, paying less attention on clothes they can learn more at school.
Another advantage of wearing uniforms is that students won’t buy fashion and expensive clothes, so that they will save money, which their parents earn with a hard working. Also, wearing uniforms can help some students to avoid uneasiness from the side of their classmates, for example, students who can allow themselves to wear expensive and fashion clothes can confuse those students that haven’t enough money to buy it.
Wearing uniforms helps us to develop the sense of self-discipline, which will help us in future, for example going to the interview to get a job it would be ridiculous to come in jeans with yellow t-shirt and sneakers, we should know the scope between official and nonofficial styles.
But wearing uniforms also has its disadvantages. Students wearing whatever they want can show their real personalities. It is some kind of art; with the help of clothes we can show our mood such as happiness or sadness.
All things considered, taking into account all the given advantages and disadvantages of wearing uniforms I can conclude that students should wear uniforms in order to comply with rules and to have equality between each other.

11. TOEFL essay example: Some people like living in the small town, others like...


my name is Melody.I am preparing for a TOEFL essay.could you please evaluate my first essay?
Some people like living in the small town, others like the lifestyle in the big city.
Which do you prefer? In my opinion, I would prefer live in the city than a small town because of numerous reasons .the city is more convenient and crowded .It also appeals to me with many opportunities to access to most modern facilities for study .In addition we can be acquainted with many people.

First of all, nobody can disclaim the convenience of the city .Transportation in there is easier than in either countryside or small town .Whenever you want to go anywhere you have various choices .You can take a taxi or get around with your car .The best choice is seemingly going by bus .you can save a measurable money when using public transportation. This is one thing you can’t have when you live in a small town. It’s also
Easy for you to go shopping. In a small town, there is only two or three even one shop
For you to buy whereas you can find shops in most streets in the city.

Furthermore, the city is the place, where I can access the most modern facilities for study. I used to study learn in a rural school .My class room is small and lack of equipment such as table and black board .It is really hard for me to study efficiently .
That why I feel really happy when I learn in a large class which is equipped facilities adequately. In the city we are encouraged to take part in outdoor activities, voluntary activities .They make students more dynamic, which is only on theory if you live in the small town.

Finally, if you live in the city you certainly meet a lot of people. It is certainly more interesting than meeting the same people every day and talking the same topics .talking to many people can also broaden your knowledge .Of course there will be both of good people and bad people but you will become more mature when you get in touch with them and learn from them how to have good manners.

In a word I prefer living in the city to small town for all its advantages .I’m sure that most of the young will agree with me. That why many cities usually confront with overpopulation.

12. Some people belive that students should be given one long vacation each year. Others belive that students should have several short vacations throughtout the year. Which viewpoint do you agree with. Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.

Nowadays education plays a big role in a humons life. The better knowledge base you have the better you you will be able to find. Therefore, it is very iportant to have effective education system in order to make the learning process interesting and wishful for students. That’s why, in my opinion, students should be given several short vacations throughtout the year. Ill give you some few reasons that streagthen my point of view.
Who are the students? Usually, the are young blood who just started to experiment the real life full of happiness and drama. Everybody remember themselves at that age, im sure.
Where do people get knowledge? At school/college/university which provides students a huge amount of information that can be seemed impossible for understanding for someone, by the by, and in hence, make students overstres. I remember myself at school when I had problems with mathmatics and geometry. I got bored of learnig process and felt upset. I studied all day long after school, spent a lot of time doing homework and additional exercises but still couldn’t get a clue deeply. Then I decided to have a rest for oe week and go to visit my grandmother to the village. So when I came back everything seem very easy to me. My brain was fresh and clear. This is my experience that shows how is it useful to get a rest for couple of days, especially when you are overstressed.
Also, many people attend well-known college or university from other cities or even countries in order to get better education, new experience, career preporation. In this case, a short vacation is a chance to go back to their mothertown to met with relatives and friends. Only students whose home and place where the study are not in the same city will understandhow is it important to see parents, to get some advice, warm, tenderness, and moneyed assistance as well.
Moreover,a short repose can be a good time for self-developing, spacially : to analyse mistakes, problems were made before; to summarize the information was gotten from shool/college/ university; to read the books were recommened by academic.
From all above, I strongly belive that several short vacations throughtout the year can bring a tolerable Results as a rising students activity after spending a good time with their family, friends, doing some self-developing work. Now, with a new positive energy, is the time to learn more about the world!

 

13. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should be strongly pushed to achieve their maximum.Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

It is heard that children should be strongly either pushed or encouraged to achieve their higher aims. In the condition, parents hope their children will work hard to achieve their dreams. However, the children have freedom to do depends on their personal goal. It is agreeable, in my opinion, that they must be highly encouraged or taught to achieve their better obtainment in future.

First of all, it is important to nurture more academic skill among the kids for better future.Both teacher and parent always work together to teach and practise the kids by giving home works that they should complete practically when on their school holiday. Morever, they can have opportunities to succeed intellectually in their academic qualification intellectually, so they can enter into the most prestigious university.In my school, I was given practical works that I had practised in my home. When I was punished for doing error or being lazy in my subject, I felt I would studied deeply to be a better student.

Second, this method is not helping only but also leading the kids to have hardworking character in progress of achieving their higher hopes. The kids, for example, are taught and discriplined to understand different behaviour needs. In case, they can have knowledge in difference of lazy and hardworking characters. That hardworking deed is considered important for their future. During I was a teen, I was always advised to be hardworking in studying for my school exam. So, I had achieved good marks in the exam.

In conclusion, I suggest that the children will be always taught hard to obtain great hopes. It is not only will have put more academic skills and hardworking deeds among the kids but also better necessary to secure their future. Instead, it becomes the teacher and parent's main responsibility.

14.  Some people claim that reading novels is a waste of time. They say that reading nonfiction works is more beneficial. Do you agree? Support your opinion.

Reading books is always a part of person’s life. Books, poems, articles, novels, classic literature and others satisfy people’s desire to learn the world. Today there are all kinds of literature exist and this causes some arguments between people. Question of book choice seems to be very relevant nowadays.
Some people think that reading novels is a waste of time. They consider non fiction to be more beneficial. Personal I don’t support this opinion. I think both types of literature have to be taken into great consideration for reading.

Firstly, Novels are good to read because people get richer in their minds. Authors in a very indirect way want to say a lot of important things through their books, and usually it is all about people’s live and feelings. That is why many readers find in the novels answers to their personal questions. For example, how to love and to be loved, how to overcome life’s difficulties. Reader won’t never meet this great opportunity in non-fiction. At the same time, non-fiction gives people encyclopedic knowledge about various fields of study. Scientific papers, technology and financial trends, dictionaries, and others are built on precise direct information which reader can devour daily. In fact, non-fiction turns out to be very beneficial. Students appreciate all resources of non-fiction, because by studying the information from academic books, and others they improve their skills and hence are able to score better at University.

Second reason why I consider novels a value to human being is that novels bring pleasure and relax people. I am sure almost everybody in their lives read at least one book just for fun. Indeed, good literature inspire people to think positively, to look at the world at a different angle. Some research from local college proved that theory. People were asked the question “What was the purpose of reading novel ?”. The research showed unbelievable outcomes. Most of the interviewers were readying before bed in the evening to relax and forget the stress they experienced all daylong being at work. I believe it is a reason to think novel relaxes people, therefore reading novels is nor a waste of time.

Finally, Novels are worth to read, because cultural value associated with novels develop and maintain reading abilities. In the country were I grew up, Pushkin’s literature brought us great knowledge of history, emotions. His books force people to think about important questions, such as death, birth, love, sorrow. Generations have been raised on his poems. Still his books are considered to be the most significant in a way they educate people.
However, we can’t be blind to the fact, that non-fiction also provide us with good knowledge. Moreover, non-fiction contain relevant database, which is very helpful in searching specific topics. For example, I would like to learn how flowering plants are developed. I can google it over the Internet or open Encyclopedia and find all answers there.

To sum up, both novels and non-fiction have benefits for people, We don’t have to neglect novels as well as non-fiction. In my opinion, all the good points should be taken into consideration before people decide either to avoid one of them or except it. Both enrich people lives in one way or another.

15. Topic 175: Some students like classes where teachers lecture (do all of the talking) in class. Other students prefer classes where the students do some of the talking. Which type of class do you prefer? Give specific reasons and details to support your choice.

I have attended hundreds of classes, in which teachers lecture (do all of the talking) in class. But if I can, I’d rather choose classes where students do some of the talking. This makes students understand more about the topics and enjoy themselves at classes.

To begin with, although teachers are specialists in their fields, they not always know what troubles their students. Each student has his (or her) own learning style and pace, so different students may run into different kinds of misunderstanding or confusing subjects. Having a chance to ask questions or state his (or her) idea of the subject, students can understand the topic thoroughly. Moreover, for many teachers I know, having students that always ask questions makes them feel confident about their teachings. The reason is, based on students’ comments, they know that the students are interested in their lecture and make changes for a better one. Classes where not only teachers but also students can do the talking motivate both of them to learn more.

In addition, questions and comments make class better place to study in. Imagine a class in which teacher lecture (do all of the talking). This may not matter for a few days, but for a few weeks, or a few months, students would get bored with listening to the same voice again and again. Having to do all of the talking, the teachers would get thirsty and feel exhausted. In some worse cases, this may end up taking all of teachers’ interest in their teachings, and the result is worse lecture and grade. However, in a class where students do some of the talking, everyone would feel excited about giving their ideas and questions every time they want. This leads to a better atmosphere of studying and makes school-time actually, like many adults often say, “the best time of one’s lives”.

Finally, when students can do some of the talking in classes, they acquire more knowledge and feel more interested. Because of such important reasons, I prefer those classes to the ones in which teachers lecture (do all of the talking).

Please comment and rate this essay for me. Thank you!

16. Nature is a best teacher"as this phrase suggets, one will always need a medium to learn new things and new ideas.

Personally I belive that one can learn better with a teacher rather learning alone by oneself.
when you are studing alone you will have lot of questions to be answered,also if you are solving a problem and stuck some where then teacher can be a best guide to answer or solve a problem.According to me teacher can be any medium like school teacher, your parents,friends,books or surrounding nature.

In my country teacher is consider as a "God" beause teacher is a source of knowledge and power.In my opnion one should alway learn more form teacher as they have more experience in life.To support my choise I wold like to share one incindent when I was studing in Architecture collage.Once in collage we had been given one assinment. Most of the students couldnt come to the solution. we almost refered all the books avalible but fail to come to a solution. Then we went our professor and he gave us some clues to solve it and the reference of the another book so you can imagine if we had to solve the problem alone it could have taken ages.

In conclusion to learn more accuratlely and thoroughly teacher is a good medium,Who is always there to guide you in the dark and protect you in harsh sun.

With this topic , i have some opinions .

Firtly , in the sentence : "Nature is a best teacher"as this phrase suggets, one will always need a medium to learn new things and new ideas.Personally I belive that one can learn better with a teacher rather learning alone by oneself . I think that i will write "nature is the best teacher ( replace "a" by"the" because "best" is a superlative comparison ) is as this phrase suggestion , one will always need a medium to learn new things and new ideas .Pe

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Personally, I belive that one can learn better with a teacher than by himself (as i know , in toefl essay , the writer had better write as shortly as possible but concisely and clearly )

In sencondly phrase , "alone"in "when you are studying alone" should be replaced by "yourseft" because "alone" shows a condition . It means that someone haven't got married , still single . And also , if i were you , i would use simple present instead of present continuous because this sentence expresses a truth which is your idea .
"you will have lot of questions to be answered" should be writen "you will have lots of questions which need answering "
"also , if you solve a problem and stuck by some the teacher can be the best guide to give answer to question "
" teacher is consider as a God" can be writen "teacher is considered as the God" because this is a passive voice structure . And then , also , to avoid using the same word , you can write "because they are ......."
"Then we went our professor and he gave us some clues to solve it and the reference of the another book so you can imagine if we had to solve the problem alone it could have taken ages" . In this sentence , i can understand your meaning but truly , it's not really clearly and a bit complicating . so sorry for my idea and also , forgive me , hah ?? . Hmmm , i write :"Then , when we met our professor , he gave us some ideas (better than clues , i think ) to solve it and some books of reference . Through my incident , i believe that you can image without experience and suggestions of my teacher , how complicated we were ."

In last sentence , my suggestion is "In conclusion , to achive knowledge more accurately andthoroughly , teacher is a good medium ( i write so because "medium" is a thing which has responsibility to link two objects . So , it's better for you to show two objects there . these are : people who study and knowledge which they need archive )
And another opinion , i really like your conclusion . You are right . the teacher always "guide us in the dark and protect us from ( IDM : protect sbd/sth from sbd/sth ) harsh sun. "

Hmm.........at last , i think that you can give some more phrase to show how necessary the teacher is for our life . For example : without them , we don't know which position we are in to continue trying and training , we don't know our false and our defects ............ there are only them who can show all of them for us . and also , you can quote a lot of famous saying to prove your opinion right

17. The importance of hard work in our life

From our childhood, we must learn a lot of things as: how to sit up, how to stand up, how
to speak, how to spell, how to do these things or how to do those things, how to survive...In
order to learn all these things, we must be hard- working people. Then although luck also plays
an important role in our life, I still agree that: "When people succeed, it is because of
hard work. Luck has nothing to do with success". First and foremost, when you want to succeed,
you must be sure that:"What is your goal”. And when you can see your goal clearly, you need to
try your best to achieve it. For example, when one of my friends gets a good mark, most of the
others'llthink that:" She must have been hard- working”, but few people think: "She's just so
lucky!” If she only depended on the luck, she would get no success or would just get unreal
success.Because, the real success's only reserve for hard-working people. In the second place, your success'll be verified
by time, hard circumstances and difficult problems...Your success at school are that you can pass the exam, can have a good certificate but If you're only the people who get these success by depending the luck, you can't deal
with all the hard circumstances, solve all the difficult problems and will find it very difficult to get greater success in your real life. But if you are a hard-working person, who has been used to overcoming all the difficulties to get your
success, you’ll find it easier to achieve your bigger goals in your real life as having a good job, completing the work easily,........Last but not least, when you have a good job by the best of your real ability, all your colleagues'll
admire you. Your good professional ability and your attempts can be seen clearly when you use
your profound knowledge and your experience to deal with all the difficult problems. There are
too many specialists in the market and you'll take the best job, the best social position when
you're the best!
In conclusion, I believe that success is what people can have as long as they are hard
working. So only when you're hard-working, can you become a successful person. When you
have a failure, just ask yourself first:"Do I try my best?", "Am I hard-working?"....And when
you can answer all those questions, you’ll become a real successful person!

18. Should government spend more money on improving roads and highways, or should government spend more money on improving public transportation (buses, trains, subways)? Why? Use specific reasons and details to develop your essay

Nowadays, pollution is one of the most important topics around the world. It has been known that high levels of pollutions observed in some cities have been resulted on important damages of people’s health. Smoke can cause damage on our respiratory systems (throat, lugs and nose) and also can hurts our eyes and dry our skin. One of the main contributions to the contamination of the air is the increasing use of cars. Too many cars generate smoke and noise, and also our government has to spend money to built and improving roads.

One way to reduce the smoke emission is using public transportation frequently however our government needs to invert money to improve public services. Public transportation must be accessible to every single person (old, students and handicap people) they need to be equipped with places to bring different stuff like bikes or wheel chars. Also our government needs to speed money to hire enough personal which could make of this service a safety, and punctual media of transportation.

I think that we need to keep our road, and I am agree with spend some money for that, because we can need of our car sometimes; however, I think that our government should spend more money to improver our public transportation in order to encourage all people to leave their cars at home and use a cheaper, safety and quickly media of transportation. When we use a single vehicle to travel from one place to another every day, for example from our home to our work, then, we leave many cars parked at our home and they will no longer contribute with smoke or noise pollution. So we will be helping to keep healthy our environment.
Hello Carina,

I considered another way of developing my idea about the public transportation issue.
Here it is –
Should government spend more money on improving roads and highways, or should government spend more money on improving public transportation (buses, trains, subways)? Why? Use specific reasons and details to develop your essay.

Nowadays public transportation is the question of vital importance for dwellers of big cities as well as for habitants of small towns. People face serious problems of traveling around the city using public transportation. At the same time, people who own cars also suffer from poor roads and endless car accidents. Should government care more about public facilities of buses and trains and subways or invest more money on fixing roads?
Below I would like to point out two sides of this complex question.

First of all, I consider the fair point to spend more money on improving public transportation. There are a lot of people with disabilities suffering from unavailability to travel simply because there is no facilities and possibility to move around with a wheel chair. Public buses and trains and also subways do not provide special seats and entry. For young parents it is almost impossible to travel around the city with the stroller. In my city for example, it is very rare when subway has the special steps for stroller. I think government should take into great consideration such obstacles and improve adequately the conditions of trains, metro and buses.
At the same time, people have to think about road system and how to make them suitable for people with disabilities and children. There is a well-known fact that roads, for instance in my city, right now are not so broad. In fact in some districts there is no pass for pedestrians. That is why Government has to consider the solutions for improving road system not only for regular people , but also for kids, people with disabilities ,young parents.
Besides better public transportation gives people opportunity to use bus instead of car. This will significantly reduce level of air pollution.

On the other hand, it is essential to care about road system. It has been reported every day from various resources about numerous car accidents appear due to the bad roads, halls and poor lighting system. From this point Government has to review current situation on the roads and make some changes.
Moreover, it is extremely important for a city to make good performance of its highway. In today’s world full of competitors and tourist business, there is a need for each city to be on the high level on the Global arena. This will help Government to attract more new comers to the city for sightseeing and build better performance of the city among people from other countries.

To sum up, I think that both issues have to be considered as questions of great importance.
We all have to keep our cities in good shape so we can be proud of it. Also it is significant to provide facilities for people with disabilities. Nevertheless Government has e to prevent population from smoke and polluted air, so next generation will be more healthier that the previous one.
19. TOEFL essay: Not everything that is learned is contained in books
There are two different kinds of knowledge. It’s very difficult to create a comparison between them bacause they are only different forms of one thing -intellectual knowledge.

I’ll try to explain the advantages and disadvantages of this two forms of knowledge. I’ll start my statement with knowledge gained from the books. I’ll separate it in two types – science knowledge and popular knowledge. Modern science require from the students to learn many infomartion . Partially, this information comes from the books. Another important part come from the experiments. But the books provide a lot of information at low prise. The experiments require presence of the students while the information from the books is available everywhere. This is undisputably an advantage of the information gained from the books.

The books provide not only science information. They provide us popular knoledge. Non-science books are good way to improve your general knowledge. However, I think that the knowledge from the non-science books must be tested in real live. It’ll separate the really useful knowledge from “paper” knowledge.

In conclusion, I think that these two types of knowledge are equally important. The combination between them is best way to improve all kinds of knowledge.
Knowledge is a crucial factor for everybody’s life and personal development but it is not easy to understand if knowlegde that derives from books is better or wors than the one that has been gained from life experiences for many reason.

Firstly in the perpective of what someone can actually learn from experiences and from studing, secondly because they refers to different levels.

On one hand I agree on the statement that not everything is learned is contained in books because life experience in public relationships everybody has or in things that happened in the past lead them to better know how to face a similar situation or in any case provide them with new skills developed on other issues that can be usefull for the future too.

On the other hand I cannot conceal that I strongly believe that only knowledge lernt by studing can actually help us in understanding situations we were not ready to face. For example my personal studies background gives me the tecnichal instruments to solve a problem I can deal with on job, life experiences’ knowlegde does not.

This is due to the fact that what we learn in life is something very pragmatic that refers to personal relationship and to a phycological side somehow; what we learn studiying maybe is more theoric but helps in many situations too. A typical situation in which we need both kinds of knowledge is a job enterview: in that case everybody has to show off all their school knowledge and at the same time to give a positive impression by using skills they gained by life experiences.

In the light of the above I strongly believe that we equally need both kinds of knowlegde in order to get the best from any situation and therefore it cannot be said that one is more important than the other one.
There are many ways to obtain knowledge which differ from the traditional and respectful books. Understanding this mechanism can help everybody to improve skills faster, getting from all opportunities the best possible learning.

With the increase of the number of schools and improving of education quality, general society has accepted the idea that the best knowledge is that one from the Higher Study Organizations like Universities and others. For companies in general, graduation is the guarantee required from candidates to assure that a specific level of knowledge is reached. Being successful in this method of learning means a lot of time on the books. So, that's the reason people usually think books can provide everything is needed.

However, learning from books sometimes cannot give the best solution for a problem. It's necessary to learn from others ways, like media (television, radio, movies), press, Internet, someone else's experiences and, possible the most important, own experiences. For instance, to become a leader, the most you talk to your group seeking the perfect sinergy among the people, the most you learn how to manage the conflicts and find the solution for a problem. Of course nowadays there are books talking about leadership, but just with people interacting is possible to experience situations which will create our capacity to face new problems.

In another hand, as mentioned before, nowadays it's possible to find specific books for several matters, exactly because someone else has learned enough to write a book. So, learning from books means learn what another person spend some time in, and in many cases this time is not available now.

When it's possible to take the best of each kind of opportunity of learning, capacity of solving problems and improve our live quality can increase quickly, and this is the best definition of wisdom.
20. Neighbors are the people who live near us. In your opinion, what are the qualities of a good neighbor?

In my opinion, neighbors are not just the people who live near us. In fact, they are often one of the unseen factors that can control your life. Depending on how good or bad your neighbors are, your life in a certain area can be terrific or terrible. Therefore, having good neighbors is very important. But what makes a good neighbor?

Good neighbors should be able to form and maintain healthy relationships with other neighbors. One should not be too strict and cautious, and should invite other neighbors to get to know each other better. Also, when help is needed, good neighbors are more than willing to help. For example, when a neighbor's child in injured at school while the neighbor is away, a good neighbor would pick up the child and drop him/her off at a local hospital. Kindness doesn't have to cost much. It can just start by simply saying "Hello," with a smile when you encounter someone.

Secondly, good neighbors should repect others' properties and time. They should always consider about the outcome of their actions. For example, one should never go in to someone else's house or yard without any invitation, and one should never listen to loud music in the middle of the night. Also, making big demands can be considered rude, such as, asking to borrow someone's car; definitely something a good neighbor should NOT do.

Lastly, a good neighbor should take part in community projects, and entertain sometimes. A community project is something simple as donating bottles for the bottle drive, or raking the leaves of your street on a planned date, or even giving out treats on Halloween. A good neighbor is always willing to do something to improve his/her community, and takes part whenever he/she can. Entertaining others is a good way to show others that you are social and can provide entertainment to otherse

In conclusion, a good neighbor should be social, responsible, respectful, and helpful to others.
21. TOEFL essay samples: Playing games teaches us about life.

I noticed, from everyday experience and observation, that many people do not believe that playing games teaches us about life.Notwithstanding, that their children has got widespread notion about games. I reject absolutely the notion of people who has an erroneous point of views about games. In my estimation that playing games irrefutable can teach us about life. And I always ready to assure my opinion with these words. First, people with the help of games can purchase their life cautious character. Second, people can prepare themselves for a time of troubles.

Unhesitatingly, there are many unforeseen contingencies in our life. However, with the help of virtual games we have a good chance to foresee any collide with, at any time and at any place. For instance, I love playing quest games, and as a result, once twice, I've been at the Tashkent and I repeadly lost my return way to Hotel. I immediately take an action with caution and then I found my right way to the Hotel. Then I felt that I found out the right way with caution without fears. Certainly with the critic of game.

Surprisingly, games teaches people how to prepare for unforeseenable events and how to react when they get into an awkward situation. In this situation, games criterion will come to pass nevertheless with a good aspects.

In conclusion, I want to type my own thoughts. As has been noted, I quite agree that playing games teaches us about life. And It is quality-checked time and again of my outlook. Furthermore, that games are very useful thing. They provide opportunity for players to learn improtant principles of life. In the end I want to say some words , so, between life and game has a little difference, life's quality is more effective than virtual games.

Dilmon.
22. Hello Carina,

I considered another way of developing my idea about the public transportation issue.
Here it is –

Should government spend more money on improving roads and highways, or should government spend more money on improving public transportation (buses, trains, subways)? Why? Use specific reasons and details to develop your essay.

Nowadays public transportation is the question of vital importance for dwellers of big cities as well as for habitants of small towns. People face serious problems of traveling around the city using public transportation. At the same time, people who own cars also suffer from poor roads and endless car accidents. Should government care more about public facilities of buses and trains and subways or invest more money on fixing roads?
Below I would like to point out two sides of this complex question.

First of all, I consider the fair point to spend more money on improving public transportation. There are a lot of people with disabilities suffering from unavailability to travel simply because there is no facilities and possibility to move around with a wheel chair. Public buses and trains and also subways do not provide special seats and entry. For young parents it is almost impossible to travel around the city with the stroller. In my city for example, it is very rare when subway has the special steps for stroller. I think government should take into great consideration such obstacles and improve adequately the conditions of trains, metro and buses.
At the same time, people have to think about road system and how to make them suitable for people with disabilities and children. There is a well-known fact that roads, for instance in my city, right now are not so broad. In fact in some districts there is no pass for pedestrians. That is why Government has to consider the solutions for improving road system not only for regular people , but also for kids, people with disabilities ,young parents.
Besides better public transportation gives people opportunity to use bus instead of car. This will significantly reduce level of air pollution.

On the other hand, it is essential to care about road system. It has been reported every day from various resources about numerous car accidents appear due to the bad roads, halls and poor lighting system. From this point Government has to review current situation on the roads and make some changes.
Moreover, it is extremely important for a city to make good performance of its highway. In today’s world full of competitors and tourist business, there is a need for each city to be on the high level on the Global arena. This will help Government to attract more new comers to the city for sightseeing and build better performance of the city among people from other countries.

To sum up, I think that both issues have to be considered as questions of great importance.
We all have to keep our cities in good shape so we can be proud of it. Also it is significant to provide facilities for people with disabilities. Nevertheless Government has e to prevent population from smoke and polluted air, so next generation will be more healthier that the previous one.
Sec thought
Nowadays, pollution is one of the most important topics around the world. It has been known that high levels of pollutions observed in some cities have been resulted on important damages of people’s health. Smoke can cause damage on our respiratory systems (throat, lugs and nose) and also can hurts our eyes and dry our skin. One of the main contributions to the contamination of the air is the increasing use of cars. Too many cars generate smoke and noise, and also our government has to spend money to built and improving roads.

One way to reduce the smoke emission is using public transportation frequently however our government needs to invert money to improve public services. Public transportation must be accessible to every single person (old, students and handicap people) they need to be equipped with places to bring different stuff like bikes or wheel chars. Also our government needs to speed money to hire enough personal which could make of this service a safety, and punctual media of transportation.

I think that we need to keep our road, and I am agree with spend some money for that, because we can need of our car sometimes; however, I think that our government should spend more money to improver our public transportation in order to encourage all people to leave their cars at home and use a cheaper, safety and quickly media of transportation. When we use a single vehicle to travel from one place to another every day, for example from our home to our work, then, we leave many cars parked at our home and they will no longer contribute with smoke or noise pollution. So we will be helping to keep healthy our environment.
23. My biography
My name is Giang (Gan for short). I was born on 29th Nov, 1992. I’ve grown up in Hanoi, Vietnam. For now, I’m a student in a well-known high school called Viet Duc.

Except for school’s hours, I spend almost rest of my time for social work. I’ve been working for an international organization which is known as The Dreams + Teams, for 2 years. This organization is available for teenagers wanting to prove their leadership skills as well as having chance to express themselves. To be honest, I feel really lucky to be one of the four-manager of the represent center for this organization in Vietnam. Together with more than 20 other members, we’ve built up lots of events which can make us proud everytime we talk about them. One of the most memorable event of last year was a pretty big Mid – summer party for orphans and disabled children. As a result, we saw how useful we, as well as our organization, could be.

On the other hand, just like any others who are at the same age as me, I love music. Japanese and American tunes always lift me up so high. I can hardly think of a day in my life without music. People can rarely find me without my
headphones and my ipod. If they do, it means I’m doing things which I take really seriously.

There’s something I find pretty strange about myself. Easily, I can imagine every part of my life, every scene, has its own soundtrack fitting so perfectly, just like a movie. Do you think that’s pretty interesting??

Right now, I don’t know what I’m going to do in the future. But I don’t want to think about that much now. ‘Cos I just want to live the way I am. You may also get that as the goal of my life!
24. TOEFL essay samples: About the role of computer
Whether or not computers are necessary for improving education is a controversial question.some people say that computers should be forgotten whereas others argue that they are useful tools to improve education. I am better convinced of the latter opinion for the reasons below ( should i write this sentence in introduce???)
Firstly, computers are one of the richest and up-to date resources of education.A computer can save a large amount of information and it takes less time for teachers and students to search for information rather than finding it in books. Moreover, the knowledge on the Internet is often updated to meet the demands of teaching and learning. It is clear that computers bring forth many advantages to education.

Secondly, computers are useful tool to improve old-fashioned education, namely the methods of teaching and learning.For example, in the past, teachers only used blackboard, chalk and books to impart the knowledge and the students only wrote down all the things their teacher talked about.The lesson with only theories became boring and monotonous especially in some subjects as history.Thanks to computers, all has changed.Teachers use computer softwares for examplePowerpoint to show images, video clips illustrating their lessons, thus attracting the students' attention.Besides, the students can express their ideas more independently with presentation skill supported by computers.Furthermore, owing to computers man can eliminate the disadvantages in education.For instance , in Viet Nam the goernment saved a mount of money when using computers to take notes in the entrance exam for university.Also, this makes exams more equal.

Finally, computers are one of the element enhancing the total development of education.All difficulties about time and distance preventing people from studying have been solved. A typical example is that from people living in remote areas, housewifes having little time to the people in Africa or even in North Pole can still studying by enrolling the remote courses on the Internet.As a result of it, education will be widespread in all places.In addition, through Internet people can share knowledge and experiences about education and thus enhancing globalization of education

for the reasons above, i believe that computers are of benefit to the improvement of education.
25. TOEFL essay: Not everything that is learned is contained in books
There are two different kinds of knowledge. It’s very difficult to create a comparison between them bacause they are only different forms of one thing -intellectual knowledge.

I’ll try to explain the advantages and disadvantages of this two forms of knowledge. I’ll start my statement with knowledge gained from the books. I’ll separate it in two types – science knowledge and popular knowledge. Modern science require from the students to learn many infomartion . Partially, this information comes from the books. Another important part come from the experiments. But the books provide a lot of information at low prise. The experiments require presence of the students while the information from the books is available everywhere. This is undisputably an advantage of the information gained from the books.

The books provide not only science information. They provide us popular knoledge. Non-science books are good way to improve your general knowledge. However, I think that the knowledge from the non-science books must be tested in real live. It’ll separate the really useful knowledge from “paper” knowledge.

In conclusion, I think that these two types of knowledge are equally important. The combination between them is best way to improve all kinds of knowledge.
Knowledge is a crucial factor for everybody’s life and personal development but it is not easy to understand if knowlegde that derives from books is better or wors than the one that has been gained from life experiences for many reason.

Firstly in the perpective of what someone can actually learn from experiences and from studing, secondly because they refers to different levels.

On one hand I agree on the statement that not everything is learned is contained in books because life experience in public relationships everybody has or in things that happened in the past lead them to better know how to face a similar situation or in any case provide them with new skills developed on other issues that can be usefull for the future too.

On the other hand I cannot conceal that I strongly believe that only knowledge lernt by studing can actually help us in understanding situations we were not ready to face. For example my personal studies background gives me the tecnichal instruments to solve a problem I can deal with on job, life experiences’ knowlegde does not.

This is due to the fact that what we learn in life is something very pragmatic that refers to personal relationship and to a phycological side somehow; what we learn studiying maybe is more theoric but helps in many situations too. A typical situation in which we need both kinds of knowledge is a job enterview: in that case everybody has to show off all their school knowledge and at the same time to give a positive impression by using skills they gained by life experiences.

In the light of the above I strongly believe that we equally need both kinds of knowlegde in order to get the best from any situation and therefore it cannot be said that one is more important than the other one.
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Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:01 am Not everything that is learned is contained in books

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There are many ways to obtain knowledge which differ from the traditional and respectful books. Understanding this mechanism can help everybody to improve skills faster, getting from all opportunities the best possible learning.

With the increase of the number of schools and improving of education quality, general society has accepted the idea that the best knowledge is that one from the Higher Study Organizations like Universities and others. For companies in general, graduation is the guarantee required from candidates to assure that a specific level of knowledge is reached. Being successful in this method of learning means a lot of time on the books. So, that's the reason people usually think books can provide everything is needed.

However, learning from books sometimes cannot give the best solution for a problem. It's necessary to learn from others ways, like media (television, radio, movies), press, Internet, someone else's experiences and, possible the most important, own experiences. For instance, to become a leader, the most you talk to your group seeking the perfect sinergy among the people, the most you learn how to manage the conflicts and find the solution for a problem. Of course nowadays there are books talking about leadership, but just with people interacting is possible to experience situations which will create our capacity to face new problems.

In another hand, as mentioned before, nowadays it's possible to find specific books for several matters, exactly because someone else has learned enough to write a book. So, learning from books means learn what another person spend some time in, and in many cases this time is not available now.

When it's possible to take the best of each kind of opportunity of learning, capacity of solving problems and improve our live quality can increase quickly, and this is the best definition of wisdom.


26. TOEFL essay: Many young people have jobs while pursuing their academic studies
To my mind, it maybe that:
Identify the task: Giving an explanation.

Introduction to the essay: Young people working while studying for many different reasons. Some people want to be independence from their parents. Other help parents because of they are ill or poor. Third support young brothers or sisters... etc.

Paragraph 1, Main idea: "People want to be independence from parents." Supporting details: parties, clothes, shoes, modern gadgets, etc.

Paragraph 2, Main idea: "Need money to help their parents because they are ill or poor." Supporting details: medicial treatment, drugs, etc.

Paragraph 3, Main idea: "Help their young brothers or sisters." Supporting details: pay for their education, buy pens, pencils, books, etc.

Conclusion: In this essay I gave some examples about ....etc.

cvetinka, I'll write this essay later.
27. How do movies or television influence people’s behavior? Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer.

Nowadays, television has become the most popular type of communication and entertainment. Because of its popularity, television clearly has a far-reaching effect on human life, in particular, on people’s behavior.

On the one hand, television provides people with many undeniable advantages. With a TV, you can easily gain numerous knowledge in every areas. If you want to get some information about the current situation in Iraq, just turn on your TV and open CNN or BBC channels. You are a student ? You want to be well-prepared for the coming entrance exam to university ? Please pick up the remote control and switch to the educational channel.

Furthermore, through programs on TV, people can learn many practical skills to communicate with each other. The TV programs often simulate cases happening in all aspects of real life. Therefore, people can draw their own lessons from those cases. For example, from movies shown on TV, people could come to know how to behave in certain cases and then, apply into their real lives to solve their own issues. Also, TV brings about a huge source of entertainment, making people’s lives more pleasant. After a long working-day, tired from all stuff you’ve done, you only need to stay at home, lying on the sofa to enjoy interesting films of all kinds, from action films, horror films to romantic films and so on. This helps you feel at ease and escape from your tensions. In general, TV has clearly become an essential part in human modern life.

On the other hand, TV also brings with it serious problems. Watching TV could lead to a number of health issues. For instance, in developed countries where TV is popular, many children acquire obesity because of watching TV too much without exercises. As a consequence, it leads to laziness and health deterioration. In addition, not only could TV harm people physically but it could also impact on people mentally in many cases. More and more violent behaviors are shown on TV today. As a result, they become persist obsessions in people’s mental and gradually lead them to violence in real life. Especially, young people’s fledgling brains are vulnerable to these stimuli. Many young criminals are found to commit crimes due to the fact that they simply imitate what they have seen on the screen. In short, if ignored, TV impact would result in long-lasting and head-achy problems in society.

All in all, like a double-edged knife, TV brings about both advantages and disadvantages. What people need to do is to make use of its positive things and to restrain its negative ones as much as possible.
Part 2: How do movies or television influence people’s behavior? Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer.

In contemporary world technologies have a huge and still growing impact. I believe that appliances such as the television technology change our life and more specifically our behaviour. Recently mass media appeared also with its ideal shows and idols on screen.

Being a profitable business television develops but also the rivalry increase either. These facts bring about the mass media to appear. Also known as the Fourth Estate because of its effects to the people understanding which at last rectify our behaviour according to a purpose previously set by mass media. For example, if an advertisement for Sri Lanka shows only dirty beaches, overfilled litters and old buildings and we believe what we see on screen, we would not like to go there which is a change in our attitude. Another object of mass media could be to change our appreciation for something. For instance, recently there was news about a hurricane in China. It was represented with eradicated buildings and statistics of sixty thousand injured and twenty thousand dead. No matter this might be far from the truth we think that this is the reality there so again we put ourselves under the affections of the Fourth Estate.

Another part of the mass media produces ideal shows and displays our idols on screen. First, ideal shows are those which many people watch and become addicted to so after that they start forming their timetable in relation to what time their favourite show is broadcasted. Second, nowadays everyone has an idol figure which try to follow or imitate. This figure is usually someone who is often presented on TV. Because there their lifestyles are shown as gorgeous one which everyone would be eager to have. Moreover, watching about what is new in our idols’ lives is actually taking our time once. But doing the same things as our idol figure is taking our time for second time.

Unfortunately the impact of television on our ways of life is inevitable. Because it is still the device most people inform themselves from and the one which broadcasts ideal shows and idols to whom people are addicted to. (355 words)

Note: I'd written my essay before I saw the material above.

28. TOEFL essay: what means equality for the British?
The topic is: The British poet and essayist Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) once wrote:

“As to the duty of pursuing equality, there is no such consent among us. Indeed, the consent is the other way, the consent is against equality. Equality before the law we all take as a matter of course; that is not the equality which we mean when we talk of equality. When we talk of equality, we understand social equality; and for equality in this Frenchified sense of the term almost everybody in England has a hard word”.
Discuss this opinion in intercultural terms and illustrate your view with concrete examples :

There is a tension in Western society between people who think that everyone should have legal equality and people who think that we have to make people equal in every way. Most English people share the first view whereas most of the French share the second one.

First, English people are more comfortable with social inequality. This difference can find it origin in both their main religions. Most British are Protestants and there is a low power distance between God and themselves. They talk directly with God and know that they have been chosen. Therefore, the concept of inequality is accepted by the majority. On the contrary, most French are Catholics and their relationship with God pass by the Church. The French belief is that “every man is equal in front of God”. So, they have applied that ideal in society and as a result, social equality has become a strong French value.

Then, British people consider equality as equality before the law. We can discuss this point considering equality inside education and work. In England, it is enough to provide equal opportunity and equal treatment under the law to people, and to protect everyone's rights. Through work and education, it results as the right for anyone to apply for some studies or some jobs. The selection doesn’t depend on origins, race, gender or the belonging to a particular group. It is forbidden by the law.
In France, it's the government's job to make sure that everyone is equal; that no one is richer or poorer than anyone else, that no one has more success than anyone else. For instance, when a chief executive wants to fire an employee because of his incompetence, he has to pass by a lot of arguments cause of the French legislation laws. Actually, the most productive or skilled employees are not recruited for that reason. Another example can be illustrated by some schools with problems called the ZEP. There are numerous pupils who are not interested in study and who are nothing but trouble for the other. Thus, serious pupils can miss great opportunity to pursue in Higher Schools.
So, several attempts to achieve social equality can end up punishing society's most productive people. In my opinion, most British think that social equality is impossible to achieve, because people have different gifts and abilities, and some have more motivation than others.

Another aspect concerns attitudes towards money which shows that social inequality doesn’t mind British people. Indeed, people talk freely about money, and it represents a sign of merit. Those who have a lot of money have more merit than the other.
In France, the money subject is taboo during conversation and several taxes exist in order to generate social equality. It provides a social security that French prefer because of their uncertainty avoidance attitude. The French government follows this trend and makes egalitarian laws like welfare or the redistribution of incomes.

To conclude, most British have a very different point of view of equality than the French. They consider that equality before the law is sufficient and doesn’t believe in the benefits of social equality unlike the French.

29. TOEFL essay: What changes do you think 21st century will bring?

The 21st century has begun. What changes do you think/
Man through the age has undergone many changes from the time when he lived in caves making pictures in walls to these days even making coffee in microwave using computer technology.20 th century made enourmous development in computer technologyand reached many goals that made our life very easier. Now what to expect in 21st century.?

First of all I think our life speed up in 21 st century.we are moving faster from one palce to another using jetplanes. Secondly i think we are doing lots of things without leaving our palce. Computer will be everywhere. Many people have mini laptops and chips in their begs. Now technology is everywhere.

But what will be the amazing thing in 21 st century is the flight tot other planets like mars. Soon people will celebrate their hoony moon or birthday on mars.
Scientist say that many things are similar to the Earth in mares. They said that soon it will be possible to live in mars
What other thing we can expect is greenery some counties has announced to re grow trees as many as grow. plants and trees are part of our life. As technology is developing greenery will also be develop.

In conclusion I think this 21st century will bring so many developments in our life. Changes of 21st century already started. We can not imagine about it . things getting more easier then ever.
30. A friend of yours has receive some money and plans to use all of it either to go on a vacation or to buy a car

your friend has asked you for advice. Compare your frien's two choices and explain which one you think your friend should choose.use specific reasons and details to your answer.

Everything is better with a friend, whatever I do whenever I go its better with a friend.
Person who has a good friend he is lucky in the world. Friendship is the special gift from the God. With a friend we share our thoughts and feelings. Even we like to share our favorite things with him. Friends are always ready to help, any time we need them they are with us for support.
If my friend got some money and asked me to choose whether spend in vacation or to buying a car. I’ll suggest him to buy a car. Car is a every day needed thing.
If he will buy a car, he will have transportation. He can go everywhere without someone’s help. Now he will not have to ask for ride he will be independent. Now a days in this fast running life everyone should have their own vehicle otherwise it is difficult to catch the speed with world.

On the other hand, if I suggest him to go on a vacation and spend money there.
By going on a vacation you enjoy with your friends and family He will have fun. and chance to see a new place and learn new things. It will give him more excitement and a change from his daily routine.
Vacation will refresh his routine and gives enjoyment and happiness in his life.

In the conclusion as a friend I will suggest him to buy a car. Of course vacation will more entertain him, he can go on a vacation some another time, but car will give him freedom, independency in his life.
31. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Most experiences in our lives that seemed difficult at the time become valuable lessons for the future. Use reasons and specific examples to support our answer.

Difficulty has been an integral component of people’s lives throughout human history. A number of opinions maintain that obstacles which hamper peoples’ progress make no positive sense. However, I am personally convinced that occurrences that prove to be daunting in one time would become extremely precious in the future. This piece of writing will thoroughly clarify the rationale for my perspective.

Being exposed to considerable barriers hones people’s perseverance. A person who succeeded in surmounting formidable hindrances would probably be trained hard to become a sturdy individual. For instance, a university student who manages to cope with heavy course loads and participate in extra-curricular activities simultaneously would certainly find arduous tasks in a business after graduation exceedingly easy and familiar. By contrast, an educatee who is indolent during higher education period is more than likely to see himself or herself unable to endure tremendous pressure from professional requirements. Actually, an individual is able to become tenacious only when that person is faced with arduousness.

Seemingly insurmountable impediments are likely to present challenge-takers with invaluable experience. In a bid to overcome hurdles, a person is undoubtedly capable of absorbing remarkably useful lessons which are able to assist that individual in dealing with future dilemmas. An inexperienced graduate who is appointed as the head of the administration department of a state-owned company thanks to his intimate connection with the firm’s director would obviously be unable to cope with ordinary troubles which represent imperative part of the work. Conversely, a young businessman who succeeds in resolving a multitude of obstacles in finance, sale, marketing etc. when establishing his own start-up would definitely grow competent to address an array of business issues. Indeed, experiences collected in an effort to remove substantial hindrances prove to be an essential factor leading an individual to success.

In conclusion, significant hurdles challenging a person is likely to provide that individual with perseverance and experience which are crucial factors that constitute the key to triumph. Thus, almost all people are highly recommended to try their utmost to clear up obstructions deterring their paths to successfulness.
32. Some people prefer to work for themselves or own a business. Others prefer to work for an employer. Would you rather be selfemployed, work for someone else, or own a business? Use specific reasons to explain your choice.

Working has been an integral component of people’s lives throughout human history. A number of opinions maintain that running private businesses presents individuals with huge benefits. Nevertheless, I personally prefer working as an employee in a firm. This piece of writing will thoroughly clarify the rationale for my perspective.

Individuals who work as employees are not subject to tremendous pressure from enormous responsibilities. In today’s constantly fluctuating business environment, owners of enterprises are certainly always beset by an array of thorny business puzzles resulted from a multitude of perplexing issues such as credit crunch, bankruptcy, economic recession etc. which inflict a hefty burden on their mind.

Conversely, as a common staff, a person should only care about the fulfillment of his or her tiny duty within assigned tasks at workplace and receive steady monthly salary. As a matter of fact, people who assume jobs as salaried personnel are not exposed to headachy predicaments confronting companies’ executives.

Becoming a staff of a company allows workers to pleasantly enjoy their lives with family members and friends. A person who heads a business is almost always forced to be wrapped up in numerous obstacles that frequently occur during the company’s operation even when working hours already end. Thus, he or she is hardly able to find out significant time for family members and intimate friends. By contrast, an employee who is nearly completely free from work following office hours is evidently capable of expending a considerable amount of time dining out with his or her beloved spouse, playing with lovely children, having a drink with buddies and colleagues. Indeed, being an ordinary wage-earner offers people plenty of time to live a joyful life with close people.

In conclusion, the remarkable benefits of encountering minor pressure and enjoying a greater amount of leisure time with family members and friends spur me to choose to work as an ordinary staff. Almost all people who are tempted to live a gentle life are strongly recommended to select the same option as mine.
33. If you were an employer, which kind of worker would you prefer to hire: an inexperienced worker at a lower salary or an experienced worker at a higher salary? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

Employees are a crucial labor force at workplace. Thus, which kind of staff to hire is a prickly puzzle baffling numerous managers. A number of opinions claim employing inexperienced workers at a modest wage may save a huge amount of money for firms. Nevertheless, from the point of view of an employer, I am personally convinced that staffing a company with seasoned personnel delivers far more significant benefits.

The very first reason for my favor of hiring experienced workers is the cost-efficiency of this human resources policy. An amateur workforce may appear to alleviate financial burden for a company due to low cost of labor. However, the employment of veteran staff is actually able to save a far wider range of costs. The reality indicates that companies are almost always forced to expend plenty of time, money and efforts to provide professional training to inexperienced workers so that these people could assume certain positions. As for experienced staff, these expenditures prove to be unnecessary. Thus, hiring skilled employees turns out to trim considerable costs for companies.

Another boon of employing people with professional experience is the improved efficiency of corporate performance. Employees who lack working experience are more than likely to make a multitude of mistakes upon carrying out assigned tasks. This practice undoubtedly harms companies’ performance. Conversely, veteran workers are capable of conducting almost all responsibilities smoothly with high efficiency. Therefore, recruiting these laborers, a firm would certainly find corporate earnings boosted remarkably. As a matter of fact, the use of high-quality staff is able to bring long-term profits to corporations.

In conclusion, not only does hiring experienced workers cut notable costs for companies, this practice also offers employers substantial returns in the long-run. Hence, almost all businesses are strongly recommended to adopt this human resources policy.
34. Should a city try to preserve its old, historic buildings or destroy them and replace them with modern buildings? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

Urban planning is an activity which nearly always triggers a variety of fierce controversies among local residents. A number of opinions maintain that historic architectural structures should be conserved. Nevertheless, I am personally convinced that state-of-the-art architectural buildings ought to be erected to substitute outdated ones. This piece of writing will thoroughly clarify the rationale for my perspective.

Modern constructions prove to be extremely functional to cater to locals’ demand. Clearly, buildings constructed a long time ago bear virtually no practical use in today’s developed society. In some cases, these decrepit structures regularly either cause imminent dangers of collapse to the inhabitants or produce significant inconvenience for the city’s citizens. Conversely, modern buildings, when put up, are certain to satiate an array of urgent needs of a metropolitan center. The severe lack of office space for businesses, the sticky dearth of housing for local people would certainly be considerably mitigated with modern facilities. Indeed, the practical function of contemporary developments is an undeniable advantage.

In addition, the construction of modern structures would definitely result in substantial economic boons. The preservation of old and historic buildings which nearly bring about no significant economic benefits is undoubtedly a waste of money given that these obsolete structures almost always call for remarkable funds to renovate or keep themselves from constantly deteriorating. By contrast, the build-up of modern buildings is evidently able to deliver huge economic benefits. The construction of these up-to-date structures, for instance, is more than likely to create numerous jobs for townspeople. Furthermore, the ensuing erection of a large number of related essential structures such as roads, parking lots etc. would definitely ensue radically alter the appearance and remarkably boost economic development of an urban area. As a matter of fact, almost all local residents would be able to garner notable profits from these modern construction projects.

In conclusion, not only do modern constructions possess exceedingly practical use but these structures also generate extremely favorable economic influences. Thus, municipal authorities are strongly recommended to give the top priority in city planning to these buildings.

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