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Мой английский, Америка и я – My English, America and I

28.04.2011

I want to tell you about my most exciting vacation and why I want to learn English.


When I came to the U. S.A. the first time, I couldn`t ask anyone for directions or a drink, because I couldn`t speak English at all. In a few weeks, I came back home and decided to go to the Ufa Linguistic Academy (ULA). There are very good teachers at the Academy and people, who speak only English, sometimes visit us.


In 2 years I visited San Francisco again. My first thought was, Wow! I can speak with other people! I asked for directions and bought things. One day, when my mum and I walked nearthe ocean, a dog ran up to me and gave me a ball. I took it and in a few minutes the dog`s owner came. She told me everything about the dog and I was able to understand what she


Said!


My favourite place after San Francisco is Redwood Park. It is not far away from the city. There were a lot of paths in the forest, and the trees were straight, wide, and huge. There were also many desks with information on the paths. I was able to read all about the trees. Through the forest ran a brook with a lot of wet stones. When I walked in the forest, it seemed like a dinosaur would suddenly appear from behind the trees. It`s as if you were in another age. It was very interesting.


We visited another city too. My mum, aunt and I went to Las Vegas. When we were in the airplane, we saw mountains with snow, and right after that, a desert! I was surprised to see that Las Vegas was in the middle of the desert. It was so hot in the city! There were a lot of casinos, hotels, and shops onthe main street. Other buildings around the street were little houses. A lot of the staff lives there. We lived in the Excalibur hotel on the 27th floor, and it looked like the Disney Castle. In the evening we went to different shows, and one of them was called KA . During the show, the stage transformed into many different shapes. It was so exciting for us and so difficult for the actors! It was so fantastic! We also took a lot of pictures in Las Vegas. Every hotel has a different style! But my favorite hotel is Bellagio . We saw musical and dancing fountains, it was amazing!


Now I am home in Ufa. I continue to study in ULA and I enjoy my hobby. When I will finish studying at the Academy, I want to pass City and Guilds Examination. It`ll be very interesting, because the people who examine us will actually be British. They only speak English, not Russian. If I pass this examination, I can study or work and live in other countries. This examination can open a window in the world for me.


I like travelling very much. Travelling gives us a good chance to meet with foreign countries, dip into their cultures, visit many great and famous places and make the acquaintance with interesting people.


In my childhood I travelled a lot around Russia. I visited many cities and towns like Chelyabinsk, Novosibirsk, and Yekaterinburg. I also travelled to the Black Sea coast and it was absolutely brilliant!


Although there are so many wonderful places in my country I always wanted to travel abroad. I was really eager to have a look at famous European metropolises but it was unreal for me. It was unreal until the moment I found an advertisement about a reasonably priced tour round Europe and…


It was wonderful time full of bright impressions! This trip lasted for


Two weeks in spring. In the beginning I travelled to Moscow by train with a small group of young people and a guide from Tomsk. By the way it was the first time I had been there. Then I travelled to Brest by train too.


Our group arrived at Brest at about 5 or 6 a. m. and we changed train on a big comfortable coach. That was the start of our first day in Europe. After we went to check up by customs officials and we were to go right to Warsaw. About three hours later we were in the center of the capital of Poland. The point of interest here, of course, was the historical center with its medieval buildings and streets. The weather was great, the sun was shinning like in summer and the air was fresh. There was no slush and puddles anywhere. Almost everyone understood Russian that is why


We felt comfortable but we were absolutely exhausted after our long journey and we dreamed about a bathroom. After sightseeing our dream came true because we arrived in a local hotel near the German border to overnight.


Every night we stayed in different hotels in different countries. They were comfortable, clean and very cosy. We usually reached our hotels at about midnight and left them approximately at nine a. m.


After visiting Poland we went to Germany. We were in Dresden where we saw pictures by many famous European artists and greatest Raphael’s masterpiece «Madonna». We also visited Cologne and Berlin. We had fun in a cool centre of adventures which is called «Fantasy».


At last from Germany we came to Paris. Three days in this


Miraculous city became the most wonderful time of our journey! I visited the Louver, the greatest museum of the world, and I still can not believe I saw «Mona Lisa» with my own eyes! As every tourist who comes to Paris we had a unforgettable excursion to the Eiffel Tower. From the top of the symbol of France you can see the entire city and it makes you feel as if you are flying! All in all, the atmosphere of Paris is very romantic. Elegant architecture, narrow streets and the dreamy Seine give Paris its unique charm…


It was a bit sad to come back…But my group and I were really happy because we were coming back home not only with trunks full of souvenirs. We were coming back with hearts full of joy and bright impressions.



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