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STONEHENGE: not just a stone circle.


Stonehenge is a giant circle of stones in Somerset in England. Its absolutely
fascinating and it was built about 5,000 years ago, in prehistoric times. Lots of people
come to see it from all over the world and there are still ceremonies there on
Midsummers Day.
It was built at a time when there were no modern tools and machines, so people
wonder how it was built, because the stone blocks are huge. Archaeologists think that
the stone came from Wales, and that people used rafts to move it by water, and logs
to roll it across land because wheels hadnt been invented then!
No one knows why Stonehenge is there. Some people think it was used for religious
ceremonies, others that its a giant astronomical clock that shows the movement of
the sun, moon and stars. The sun shines on one of the most important stones on
Midsummers Day. That cant be coincidence, can it?
I went there early one morning last summer when it was very misty. Its very beautiful
and has a fantastic atmosphere. (183)
THE LONGEST JOURNEY
Have you ever been on a journey that you thought would never end? I have! It was
when I went to San Francisco three years ago. We were going to visit friends we hadnt
seen for several years. We took a taxi to the airport, but the traffic on the motorway
was crawling along, so the diver decided to take another route. That meant going
round lots of winding country roads. After a few miles we all felt as sick as parrots.
We made it to the airport just in time and joined a long queue to check in. I think we
got the last few seats on the plane. We went into the departure lounge and discovered
there was a delay on our flight, so it was three hours later that we boarded the plane.
It was hot and crowded and everyone was grumpy, including us. The flight took ten
hours, and we just got hotter and more fed up all the time. But, eventually we got
there, and saw our friends waiting for us. We were so happy and excited.
The sun was shining and they drove us across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. It
looked fantastic, and I knew then that it was going to be a great visit (215)

THE BEST PLACE TO SEE FILMS


In the past, before television was invented, people used to go to the cinema once or
twice a week. They loved going because they could escape into a different world with
exciting stories. Also they could see wonderful actors and strange places which they
could never visit.
Although films are no longer something new, going to the cinema is still a magical
experience. Its just not the same watching films on television. In the cinema, youre
surrounded by the rest of the audience. You sin in front of a large screen and share the
feelings of fear, sadness or happiness with many other people.
On the other hand, its certainly cheaper to watch films on television. It has the added
advantage that you can talk and discuss the film with your family while its happening.
However, it isnt as exciting as going out and doing something special. Without doubt,

the films I remember and enjoyed the most are the ones I watched in the cinema. So,
despite the cost, I prefer seeing films in the cinema. (182)

AN INSEPARABLE FRIEND
Thea has been my best friend from that day when, aged seven, I climbed onto the
school bus to go to my new primary school.
I wandered nervously down the bus, which was full of noisy kids shouting and
laughing excitedly, and found a place beside a quiet girl with fair hair and friendly
green eyes.
We were both very shy, so we didnt talk much to each other on the way to school,
although we smiled at each other timidly. And when we went into class we naturally
sat down together at the same table. Gradually we got to know each other, we played
together in the playground, we visited each others houses and our parents soon
became firm friends as well.
We still chare each others secrets and we have complete confidence in each other.
When either of us has a problem, the other is always ready to help. We have so much
in common that we spent most our free time together. Weve even been on holiday
together sometimes. And we still share the same table at school ten years later. (184)
DREAMS OF FAME?
Many young people want to be famous because they think this is an easy way to be
successful. They believe that their lives will have an extra meaning and that they will
be making a difference in the world. In addition to this, they will have rich and exciting
lifestyles.
However, I think that these ambitions may be a distraction from studying seriously
and working hard, especially as only a small number of highly talented people can
really became famous in the end and these people have to live with a lot of
disadvantages. For example, they are under a lot of pressure because they are always
being watched. If they make a mistake, this immediately appears in the media.
Despite being famous, many celebrities are not happy.
I would prefer to be successful in my profession and respected by the people I work
with, but not so well-known. Although this means working hard to build a solid
professional career, you can then benefit from a comfortable and interesting lifestyle
without the drawbacks of being famous.
PLANNING AN ADVENTURE TRIP
Knowing what to expect from your destination will make all aspects of planning an
adventure trip easier, as well as helping you to get the most of the experience.
Research will help you pick the best places to go but youll also learn what you need
to pack, what health and safety precautions to take and what cultural (and sometimes
political issues you should be aware of.
Climate and seasonal pricing are important factors in your decision about when to go.
Especially for adventure travel, bad weather or weather youre not prepared for can

ruin the trip. While you cant predict the exact weather in advance, you can learn
about climate trends ahead of time when doing your destination research. Seasonal
popularity and pricing should also be considered if you intend to keel away from peakseason crowds and prices.
While some research is absolutely essential, dont plan every moment of your trip in
advance. Over-planning tends to make us less willing to take part in the unpredictable
and spontaneous events that are part of any sort of adventure travel. Its important to
keep a big reserve of excitement and energy ready for the unexpected. (198)

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
I think (In my opinion or I believe) that using the wind power to generate electricity is
a wonderful idea. Where I like in Lima, Peru, wind power would be an efficient
alternative because of the low environmental impact, but the government doesnt
have the resources to make such an investment.
In addition (whats more, furthermore, for this reason), we have a huge bed of natural
gas and so (because of this or consequently) energy cost are much more affordable.
We cant use solar power in Lima, because the sky is grey, its always cloudy, but
(although or though) in other cities in Peru is sunnier. Many people dont have enough
money to pay for electricity in these places, and for this reason they buy solar panel,
which are sponsored by the government, and use these to generate electricity. I would
argue this is an effective and useful way to reduce the cost of electricity and to help to
protect the environment.
A GREAT INVENTION
There have been a lot of great inventions which have affected all our lives. Some of
them, such as maps, ships and guns have completely changed history. However, Id
say the computer is the most amazing invention; even more important than cars or
telephones.
Nowadays we cant manage without computers, not only at work but also at home. I
cant even imagine our world without this clever machine.
The computer plays an essential role in office work because it can store a huge
amount of information. It can help you with your studies, correcting your grammar
and training your language skills, for example.
But thats not all computers can do. I have found a lot of new friends thanks to the
internet. You can also travel around the world using the internet to find out what is
happening in different countries.
I believe that other uses for computers will be discovered in the future. Computers
have changed peoples lifestyles forever. And they will affect everyones life directly or
indirectly. (172)
I definitely think that teenage years should be the best in everyones life because you
can have fun and you have fewer problems than adults. Teenagers know how to have
a good time. Most of them have a lot of friends and they discuss things that they are
interested in. Teenagers have to be in fashion, wearing up-to-date clothes and
listening to modern music. They also like to do sports and compete in matches. But

teens parents sometimes have a difficult time and they dont understand why.
Wouldnt you feel angry if someone went into your room without permission? So do
teenagers. As adolescents grow up they stop thinking like children and their beliefs
and their interests change. My opinion is that teenage years are magical and Id like to
stay a teenager forever.
EAT WELL, STAY HEALTHY
Many people nowadays are worried about their figures, so lots of us want to lose
weight. Unfortunately, this is not always easy because so much of our food is not
really good for us. For example, fast food, such as burgers and crisps, contains lots of
fat.
Some people think that the best way to control your weight is to eat only lettuce and
be miserable! In fact this is not at all good for you. Its much better to eat a diet which
consists of lots of different sorts of food.
You should choose good quality bread, rice, pasta and potatoes for energy. Make sure
you eat lots of delicious fruit and vegetable. Meat, fish, cheese and eggs are also good
but you dont need so much of these. If you eat well, youll stay healthy and youll
have plenty of energy for studying and for having fun. (149)

ESSAY
What are the advantages and disadvantages of computers?
The main advantage of computers is that its easy to find out information like how to
travel somewhere. This means that people dont need to look in books or newspapers.
However, there is sometimes too much information available. Also, when we read
facts, we dont always know what is true.
A further disadvantage is that people throw their computers away after a few years.
This result in a lot of waste. There are a number of advantages for children such as
being able to play games. In addition, they make learning more fun. But this leads to
children spending too much time on the computer.
It is easier to stay in touch with friends by email and another advantage is that you
can send photos. But people send emails rather than talk to each other. I sometimes
think people rely on computers too much and if a computer goes wrong, for instance
in a hospital, it might be dangerous.
In conclusion, I think computers improve our lives in lots of ways and the advantages
are more important than the disadvantages. (180) And the advantages outweigh the
disadvantages.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of Social Networking?
Social Networking has grown to a level where it becomes part of people everyday
living. As with everything on the internet, there are disadvantages and advantages.
One of the most important benefit to social networking is its low costs, because its use
is free. From the point of view of a business purposes, it is a cost effective way to
reach consumers, connecting with them on a personal and professional level will make
them loyal to companies and brands. And from the point of view of a personal uses, it
allows people connecting with their friends or workmates networks, which will benefit

them in the long run because are gaining connections which may be useful in the
future.
Nevertheless, there are some disadvantages too, such as the lack of anonymity, as
they usually requires you to input your name, location, age, gender and many other
types of personal information. Also, being online you are at risk to face cases of
harassment, online scams and identity theft. And last but not least important, their
use is time-consuming, not only during the learning the process to use them, but also
if you end up hooked in them. (195)
Modern lifestyles can seriously endanger our health
Theres lots of information available in the newspapers and on television about what is
necessary for a healthy lifestyle. For instance, we know that smoking is dangerous,
which is something our grandparents didnt realise. Moreover, people who live in rich
countries are able to eat a healthy diet of good quality fresh food and they have
access to sport facilities which allow them to take all the exercise they need.
However, in many ways it is more difficult to have a healthy lifestyle because the
environment is becoming more and more polluted. What is more, we have a very
sedentary way of life with less time for activities which keep us fit. For example, at
work most people spend long hours sitting in front of computers, and in their free time
they watch television or play computer games. In addition, people tend to eat a lot of
fast food which is not very healthy.
So, although in terms of information its easier to have a healthy lifestyle, in reality
there are many things to prevent us from doing so.

Children diet
There is a lot of evidence that shows that childrens diet are unhealthier today than it
was in the past. A good example of this is the fact that in many parts of the world
childhood obesity has increased dramatically recently. They eat too many unhealthy
snacks and also too much fast food, which is bad for their health because it isnt fresh
and contains too much sugar, fat and salt. This means that children arent fed in as
much a healthy way as they should be and so, many of them are overweight. In the
past families were fed with fresh products that they themselves grew and cooked.
However, nowadays a lot of mothers dont have time for cooking because they have
full-time jobs, so they buy supermarket meals to put in the microwave instead.
Although many children in some countries still suffer from malnutrition, in richer
countries most parents can afford to buy meat and fresh fruit for their children, which
was not possible for a lot of families in the past. So, on the other hand, we can point
out that childrens diet have improved in certain ways. Better feeding resources and
children worse fed, only means that we have to take more conscience on the matter
and use all the information available. (216)
What are the advantages and disadvantages of mobile phones?
The main advantage of mobile phones is that its easy to get in touch with people so
you can tell someone youre going to be late or change where to meet. However, this
means that people can also contact you when you dont want them to or when its not
convenient. This leads to people never being able to relax. Also, a lot of people forget
to turn their phones off in the cinema, for example, and thats very annoying.

A further disadvantage is that they are very easy to steal. This results in an increase
in crime because everyone wants the latest phone.
Another advantage is that you can use them to do other things apart from phone
people, such as play games, use the internet or take photos. In addition, they are
essential in an emergency as they can be used almost anywhere for instance on a
motorway or a mountain.
In conclusion, taking to account all the above, mobile phones have made our lives
much easier so I think there are more benefits than drawbacks to having one. (175)
Could you live without television for a week?
Thats a good question! It seems very easy just to turn off the TV set and spend your
time better. But you have to realise that you must find something instead watching
TV. I think before you start your first week without TV you must plan your activity. You
will see how many things you can do during your new free time. You can for example
do something for your health and fitness-you can go swimming, play tennis or go
cycling. You can meet your friends, call parents or just do your room. You will be able
to read more books or find new hobby. You will see that life is not just TV! I tried to live
without television and now I enjoy my life much better. So don' think too long-try!
Everybody keep saying that being rich and famous is the best thing could happen to
them. I dont think so. There are pros and cons of being rich.
I think being rich and famous means not having a private life, because everywhere
you go you are follow by a photographer. You always have to have a bodyguard for
your own safety, and that means never being alone.
You always have to be careful about who you are you meeting with, or what you are
wearing.
Youre allow to be yourself only in your own house.
On the other hand, you dont have to worry about not having any money at the end of
the month or dont know how to pay the bills.
I think the best thing is to have a nice job that you like and earn enough money to
allow you to have a nice house with a garden, and some free time to spend with your
family and friends.
The most important thing in life is being happy and I dont think money makes you
happy. (180)
Our children will live in a worse environment than we do
Environmentalists have been warning us for many years about the effects of human
activity on the environment. Despite being aware of the dangers, we continue harm it,
and for this reason I believe that our children will live in a worse world than we do.
I think there are two aspects of human activity which are especially dangerous. The
first is atmospheric pollution, which is caused by exhaust fumes and industry. This will
lead to changes in the climate and make sea level rise. As a result, our children will
live in a warmer world and people living near the coast may have to leave their
homes.
The second aspect is the destruction of our natural environment such as rainforests
and countryside. Consequently we are damaging the habitants of many animals and
plants that live there and these will become extinct.
In my opinion, urgent action is needed to protect the environment by reducing
pollution and creating nature reserves. Unless we do so, the world our children live in
will be much less pleasant than ours.
The environment we live in will change dramatically in the next 50 years.

Scientists have given many warnings about the effects of human activity on the
environment and I believe that unless we take drastic action, it is very likely that there
will be dramatic changes in the environment over the next 50 years.
I think there will be three major changes. Firstly, as a result of air pollution, global
temperatures will rise and this will lead to drier, hotter summer and warmer winters. A
further consequence may be more frequent natural disasters such as flood and
hurricanes.
The second change will be a rise in the sea level. This will mean that people living
near the coast will lose their homes and have to move to new areas.
Finally, we are destroying so many natural habitats such as rainforests that many
species of animals and plants will become extinct. Consequently, the world will lose a
lot of its diversity.
I believe that unless we take urgent action to prevent these things from happening,
the future for the environment will be disastrous and future generations will criticise
us for the damage we have done.
Different generations living together
In most homes today you will find only one generation living together. However, in
some families different generations choose to live together in the same house. What
is the reason for this choice, and which advantages and disadvantages might such a
solution give?
The positive aspect could be that the members of the family get to know each other
well. The children in the family can be close not only to their parents, but also to their
grandparents. In this way they can get the opportunity to learn about both the past
and the present.
Another advantage is that the parents might have easy access to babysitters. Most
grandparents like to be together with their grandchildren on their own. It is something
that gives their life and added value. Many children also love to spend time with their
grandparents. As grandparents they are not directly responsible for the upbringing,
and can thus be more relaxed.
On the other hand, the disadvantages might be that the family members get too
close, and that each member loses their privacy. It is often more difficult to say no to
someone you are close to, than to others. Family members may feel they have the
right to visit whenever they like and that they have the right to criticise or say their
opinion without being asked.
All in all, there are both positive and negative aspects related to living together-one
has to decide what is best for oneself. (244)
REPORT
Report on Adventure at Caxton Sports Club
Introduction
The purpose of this report is to suggest what adventure sports young people in the
area would enjoy doing and to outline the benefits of doing these sports.
Which adventure sports?
I asked my friends and a number of other young people living in this area which sports
they would like to try if the sports club gave them the opportunity. The most popular
suggestion were skiing in the winter, and windsurfing and climbing in the summer. A
number of people suggested doing other sports such as paragliding and sailing, but in
general these were not so popular.

Benefits
The main benefits of these sports for young people are that they will have adventures
and new experiences, as well as enjoying themselves. At the same time they will
make new friends and learn responsibility and independence.
Conclusion
I recommend that the sport club should provide skiing, windsurfing and climbing
activities at weekends and during holiday periods, depending on the season. I am
certain that providing these sports will attract large numbers of young people to the
club. (185)
Report on college trip to Brookwood Adventure Centre
Introduction
The aim of this report is to evaluate the recent college trip to Brookwood Adventure
Centre and to make recommendations about future college visits to this centre.
College trip, June 19-23
Brookwood is conveniently situated from the college (2 hours by bus) near Bluewater
Lake. 20 students from the college spent 5 days and took part in a sailing course.
The Facilities
The accommodation was very comfortable and spacious. The food was excellent,
although some students said there wasnt enough choice. There are also cheap
restaurant a short bicycle ride away.
The courses
The activities were well-organised and safety standards were high. Students said they
enjoyed the course despite the bad weather. Some students thought there werent
enough opportunities to practise sailing but they were all impressed with the
instructors, who were all extremely experienced. Each student was given a lot of
personal attention which helped them to develop their confidence.
Conclusion
I believe this course was beneficial for all the participants. It was also good value for
money. For these reasons I would suggest organising the same trip next year. (190)
Report on free-time facilities in my area
Introduction
The aim of this report is to outline what young people do in my area in their free time,
what facilities exist for them and how these could be made better.
Free-time activities
My town, Beavouir, is quite small, so it does not have cinema or theatre and there is
only one club for young people. As a result, young people have to take the train or bus
to Nantes, which is about 30 kilometres away if they want these things. On the other
hand, it is situated by the sea, so many young peple spend their free time on the
beach or doing water sports.
Other facilities
Beavouir has a sport centre with tennis court, a football pitch and a swimming pool.
There are also a number of cafs where young people normally go to meet each other
and spend their free time.
Recommendations
I recommend that the town council should set up a youth club where young people
could meet, do other activities and also see films. This would encourage young people
to stay in the town at weekends and improve their social life. (194)
Improvements to the Palmar District

Introduction
The aim of this report is to suggest how the town council can spend the money which
it has available for improving this district.
The streets
The Palmar District is an old part of the city with narrow streets and pavements.
Because the pavements are so narrow, it is difficult for pedestrians to walk together or
pass each other without stepping into the road, which can be dangerous. Also, many
of the streets are badly lit at night, which means that it can be quite frightening to
walk there.
The traffic
Unfortunately, the district has a lot of traffic, which makes it very noisy and polluted.
Also there is very little space available for residents to park their cars.
Recommendations
It would be a good idea to make some of the main streets for pedestrians only, with
wider pavements. I also suggest that the council should provide good street lights and
build a car park for residents. Finally, I recommend that the council should bring a ring
road so that traffic does not have to enter the neighbourhood. (184)
Our College Money
Introduction
The purpose of this report is to discuss whether the money which has been given to
the college should be spent on improving the classroom or on students social
activities and to make a recommendation.
The classrooms
The college classrooms are well-equipped with the latest technologies. Each
classroom already contains computers with internet connections and an interactive
whiteboard. However, the furniture needs replacing because students who attend
class all day find it uncomfortable and this affects their concentration. Furthermore,
the classrooms would improve from an air-conditioning systems, and this would also
benefit the quality of students work.
Social activities
The college already has a social programme with a wide range of activities for
students to participate in. If money was spent on this, it would reduce the cost of the
activities for the students and they would be able to take part in more of them.
Recommendation
I suggest spending the money on new furniture and an air-conditioning system as this
would have a beneficial effect on students work in class. (175)

Report on sports activities for young people


Introduction
The aim of this report is to suggest a number of sports activities which young people
in this town could do during their holidays and to outline the benefits of these
activities.
Which sports?
The town is situated between the coast and the mountains, and young people would
enjoy sports which take place in these areas. Activities on the coast could include
windsurfing, swimming and diving which a local water-sports school could organise.

Similarly, a local mountaineering club could be employed to run sports such as hiking
and climbing.
Benefits to youngsters
Doing these activities would benefit local young people by making them more
independent, encouraging team spirit and giving them a sense of adventure. At the
same time they would become fitter.
Conclusion
I recommend organising these activities with the water-sports school and the
mountaineering club. Young people would find that the sports are an enjoyable, fun
and healthy way to spend the holidays. The activities would also help them to develop
physically and mentally. (174)

I hope youll enjoy your visit to my town. There are lots of things to see. Its divided
into two main parts- the old city and the new city.
The old city
The old city is on a hill and has lots of medieval buildings. You should visit the church
in the market square which has a beautiful ceiling. But most importantly, you mustnt
miss the art gallery because there are some famous paintings in the exhibition.
Theres also a really nice caf in the gallery which looks over the town.
Theres a castle on the edge of the town but thats now a ruin. There are lovely views
from there and, if you go there in the evening, you can watch the sun set.
The new city
In the new city theres a shopping centre where you can also go to the cinema, go
bowling or watch a band in the evening. Its a good place to spend time if the
weathers bad. Theres a little railway which takes you from the old town to the new
town and thats quite fun to go on.

LETTER OF APPLICATION
Dear Mr Pitt
I saw your advertisement in the local newspaper last week and I would like to apply
for the job in your computer shop. At present Im working in a sports shop where I

enjoy helping people to find what they want. I have also worked as a waiter in hotels
and restaurants so I am used to dealing with people.
My hobby is playing computer games. I have more than 200 games I read computer
magazines so I know all the latest developments.
I have completed several computer courses and do all the ordering in my present job.
I am currently doing a training course in accounting.
I have good communication skills. I am reliable and happy to be flexible if I am
required to work extra hours.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely
Malu. (141)
Dear Mrs Macfane,
I have seen your advertisement on the internet and I am writing to apply for a
summer job as a waitress in your hotel.
I am an 18-year-old student from Denmark. I have just finished school, where I had a
reputation among my teachers for being hard-working and reliable. In September I will
be starting a degree at the University of Copenhagen. I have an upper-intermediate
level of English and have just taken the Cambridge First Certificate exam.
I am interested in doing this job because I would like to gain some work experience in
an English-speaking country. This will give me the opportunity to improve my English
while also earning some money. I would also like the chance to travel round Ireland.
Could you please tell me what salary you are offering for this job?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely,
Malu. (149)
Dear Mrs. Benson,
I am writing to apply for the position at the International Bookshop. I am currently
studying a teaching degree at University and I will have full availability in summer.
I am a keen reader and I have some previous experience as shop assistant, so I am
familiar with dealing with costumers, preparing orders, using the cash machine and all
the key competences required for the job.
As you can see from my curriculum vitae, I have a good command of English
considering that I spent six months working in a camp in an English-speaking country.
I am a reliable, patient and hard-working person, I also have good communication
skills and self-motivation. Taking into account all the above, I consider myself well
qualified for the position and I hope my applications will be taken into consideration.
If you feel that my qualifications meet at your requirements, please note that I am
available for an interview at your convenience.
Yours sincerely,
Mara Luisa Ferrando. (165)

Dear Mrs Richardson,


Im writing in connection with the job advertisement. I am 22 years old and I am
currently studying trade and tourism at university. Im looking for a summer job. I like
being at the beach and swimming and recently got a qualification as an assistant lifeguard.
Last year I worked in an ice-cream shop at the beach and got used to approaching
customers and handling money. I think that my experience will be useful in another
shop like yours. Since I train every day, Im very energetic and strong but Im also
patience and sociable. I will be available any weekend and some Saturdays. I would be
happy to provide you with references. I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely,
Malu Ferrando. (122)
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to apply for the position offered to conduct surveys in shopping centres.
Please find enclosed my CV.
I am an eighteen years old student who is currently studying her first year of
Psychologist in Mountlinton University. I have previous experience dealing with people,
as I worked in a clothes shop for a year and a half and also in a call centre.
Furthermore, I would like to mention that I am familiar with different survey
techniques as I studied them in a subject this term. Besides I enjoy working with
people and I consider myself an efficient and patient person, well organised and with
excellent communications skills.
Regarding the means of transport, I own a bicycle and as I live in the same district I
wouldnt have to commute very far to the shopping centres.
If you feel my qualifications and personal characteristics meet your requirements,
please note I am available for an interview at your convenience. I look forward to
hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Jave Brown. (175)
Dear Sir,
I would like to apply for a job at a Mulberry seaside camp. I would prefer to be by the
sea as I have been living in a big city for five years and now I would like to swim and
do sport by the sea. I am not free in July because I am visiting relatives in Australia
then. However, I am available in August. I have been studying English since I was ten
and I have spent some time in Australia, so I am fluent in speaking, and my teachers
say I have a good accent.
I have been in my school swimming team for two years and I have taken part in
national competitions. I have always enjoyed all kinds of sport and I like helping
younger children. I have also helped with school drama productions although I do not
act.
I hope you will consider my application.
Yours faithfully,
Nika Tabakova, (157)

Dear Sir or Madam,


I am writing to apply for the position of Junior Office Assistant as advertised in The
Daily on 3rd May.
I am a seventeen-year-old student in my final year of High School. I am computer
literate and currently attending a course in Computer Technology. I also have a
computer at home on which I play computer games.
In addition, my knowledge of the English language is quite satisfactory. I am planning
to sit the Higher Degree of English Examination in a few weeks, despite the fact that I
failed it last year.
As you can see from my curriculum vitae, I have had previous experience as an office
assistant. My duties included filling, answering the telephone and some typing, all of
which helped me improve my organisational skills. I really enjoyed the job so that is
why I would like a similar position this year. I am also interested in making some
money for the summer holidays. I have enclosed a reference letter from my previous
employer for your consideration. Please note that I am available for employment from
the beginning of July.
If you feel that my qualifications meet your requirements, please note that I am
available for an interview at your convenience. I look forward to a favourable reply.
Yours faithfully,
Jave Brown. (219)
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing in connection with your advertisement which I saw in the Morning Star
on the 15 th of January.
I am sixteen years old and at present attending Roseberry High School. I have had
previous experience in the job, as I worked at a local coffee shop called Good
Morning last year. I am also familiar with the use of coffee machines. Furthermore, I
would like to mention that I am free to work at the weekends as I have no other
obligations apart from studying.
I consider myself an easy-going person who loves socialising and can make friends
easily. I am also rather energetic. I work out at the local gym twice a week and love
doing sport, such as skiing and snowboarding in winter.
I have attached a copy of my curriculum vitae outlining my qualifications and
experience. I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Malu Ferrando. (1579

Dear Sir or Madam,


I am writing to apply for the post of Sports and Activities Organiser, as advertised in
Jobs Abroad magazine.
I would very much welcome the opportunity to spend the summer working at Camp
UK in Scotland as I enjoy working with teenagers, and would also like to get to know
more about life and customs in the UK.

Moreover, I am a keen sportsperson and enjoy horse-riding, tennis and volleyball.


I have a good command of English, having studied it at school for eight years, and I
have also spent a month at a summer school in Ireland.
I would be grateful if you could tell me what type of accommodation you provide and
what it costs. Could you also let me know when you will be holding the interviews?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Malu Ferrando (145)

Dear Sir,
I would like to apply for the post of reception assistant for the coastal campsite as
advertised in ABC on 25 April.
After reading the advertisement I feel I have the qualifications and relevant
experience to work at the campsite.
As you can see in my CV I have studied psychology and I speak English and French
fluently. In addition to this I have been working 5 years in a hotel. Moreover I have a
great deal of experience with customer and I am accustomed to work very hard. I
enclose a reference from my previous employer, the hotel manager Pepe Prez.
Besides, I would like to you to provide me more details about the date I would start to
work, how long the contract is and how much a reception assistant earn at the
campsite.
Finallly, I am available for an interview at any time and look forward to hearing from
you soon.
Mayte Zamora (158)
FORMAL MAIL
Dear Mr Johnstone,
I love the film club and most of the films you show, so I am writing to give my opinion.
If you want to choose films that students enjoy, you should always show the latest
movies with big stars, but also some classics and lots of films about music. There are
lots of films of famous bands in concert, and I think this would be popular. You could
also show some famous foreign language films, with subtitles in English of course!
I think it would be an excellent idea to have a caf, as we could meet our friends there
before we went to see a film, or chat about it after we had seen it.
However, I do not think it would be sensible to have a film club on Thursday afternoon
because most people are either at work or studying then. Friday evening is perfect for
me.
Yours sincerely,
Junko
Dear Mr Brighton,
I am writing to you with reference to your advertisement published in the Education
Chronicle. I am a university student and I am interested in taking private lessons in

order to improve my English. I would appreciate it if you could give me some


additional information about the lessons.
Firstly, I would like to know whether you are British or American and if you offer
lessons in Business English.
Secondly, I would be interested in knowing the cost of individual and group lessons. In
addition, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the number of students in each
group.
Finally, I would like to ask you which days and times would be the most convenient for
you and if you would be available at weekends.
Thanking you in advance for your time and assistance. I look forward to hearing from
you at your earliest convenience.
Yours sincerely,
Malu Ferrando
Dear Mr Morrison
I was in your shop last Wednesday afternoon and saw the argument you mention.
However, I did not hear what the customer said when he came in because I was
talking to the friend who was with me.Suddenly, I heard the customer say Are you
accusing me of lying? in a loud voice and the shop assistant seemed very upset. All
the customers were watching by this time. Another shop assistant warned the
customer that he was being rude. The customer insisted on speaking to the manager
and he wasnt satisfied when he heard that you were out. He was so annoyed he ran
out of the shop. I think he knocked over the television in the window by accident as he
passed it. Nobody else was near it, so he was responsible for the damage.
I hope this is helpful.
Yours sincerely,
Dear Mrs. Benson,
I am writing to apply for the position at the International Bookshop. I am currently
studying a teaching degree at University and I will have full availability in summer.
I am a keen reader and I have some previous experience as shop assistant, so I am
familiar with dealing with costumers, preparing orders, using the cash machine and all
the key competences required for the job.
As you can see from my curriculum vitae, I have a good command of English
considering that I spent six months working in a camp in an English-speaking country.
I am a reliable, patient and hard-working person, I also have good communication
skills and self-motivation. Taking into account all the above, I consider myself well
qualified for the position and I hope my applications will be taken into consideration.
If you feel that my qualifications meet at your requirements, please note that I am
available for an interview at your convenience.
Yours sincerely,

Mara Luisa Ferrando.

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing to you with regard to your advertisement published in the magazine
English Language Journal. I would appreciate if you could give me some extra
information about your school and courses.
To begin with, I would like to know where exactly in Surrey the school is situated. I
would also like to know what type of accommodations is offered and what kind of
facilities there are near the school.
In addition, I would be interested in knowing whether there are courses preparing for
Cambridge examinations as well as your schools pass rate in these examinations.
Finally, I would appreciate it if you could send me a pamphlet with additional
information regarding your school.
Thanking you in advance for your time and assistance. I look forward to hearing from
you at your earliest convenience.
Yours faithfully,
Malu Ferrando (141)

Dear Sir/Madam,
I feel I must complain about the lunch we had at your restaurant on Thursday 17th
December. Unfortunately, both the food and the service were not satisfactory.
To begin with, the dishes we ordered were not tasty because of heavy seasoning.
There was so much salt and pepper on the food that it was impossible to eat the
whole meal. Furthermore, your advertisement was misleading as there were only two
vegetarian dishes on the menu.
I must also point out that none of the desserts we ordered were fresh. In fact, the
delicious Italian cakes were stale. As if this was not bad enough, the prices were far
from reasonable and contrary to what was stated in your advertisement, we found
everything outrageously priced.
To make matters worse, the air-conditioning was out of order. As a result, we were hot
and extremely uncomfortable.
Finally, when we asked for the bill, we were surprised at the staffs ignorance of the
10% discount for group bookings. Again, this was something highlighted in your
advertisement. We could have made a fuss about it, but we decided not to.
Considering all the above, I believe I am entitled to a partial refund. I am confident
that this matter will receive your prompt attention. I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Malu Ferrando. (222)
Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to make a complaint about Delicious Catering Service. Unfortunately, it


was nothing like what we expected.
Firstly, I would like to point out that your staff were not at all experienced. In fact, they
were teenagers who came late and were very rude to everyone. What is more, to my
amazement, your staff stopped serving drinks at midnight, which is not what is stated
in your advertisement. In addition to this, I was very disappointed with the DJ; who
played only 50s music all night. As a result, everybody got bored.
I would also like to complain about the food. In your advertisement you state that you
provide gourmet food. However, hot-dogs and cheese pies are definitely not gourmet
food. Furthermore, we were supposed to receive a free cake which we did not.
Finally, you led me to believe that the marquee you provide is easy to set up. Despite
this, it took your staff four hours to put it together, and as a result the dance began on
hour later than scheduled time.
Taking into consideration all of the above, I demand a full refund. I feel sure that this
matter will receive your prompt attention. I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Malu Ferrando. (213)

Dear Sir or Madam,


I feel I must complain about kims wonder diet which I joined last month.
Unfortunately, it was nothing like I expected.
To begin with, the food I received was not delicious as it was stated in your
advertisement; it was scarce and tasteless and seemed to be industrial. Furthermore,
I received it late almost every day and it was too cold to have. As a result, I needed to
heat it before eating, wasting my time unnecessarily and losing my motivation with
such a disgusting meal.
To make matters worse, I was getting through to an answering machine each time I
tried to contact you and you never called me back. As if it was not bad enough, you
charged me the full priced instead of the half price as it was stated in your
advertisement.
Finally, I was shocked when after all that not only I had not lost any weight, but also I
had gained two kilos.
Considering all the above, I expected a full refund. I feel sure that this matter will
receive your prompt attention. I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Malu Ferrando.
Dear Sir or Madam,

Im writing to you with regards to the exchange programme announced in your


advertisement published in the English Times on 19th January. I would appreciate it if
you could give me some further information about the destinations and characteristics
of the programme.
To begin with, I would be interested in knowing which countries can be chosen as a
destination. In addition, regarding the accommodations, I also need you to clarify if
the meals are included in the stay with the host families.
Secondly, I need some information about the leisure activities. In the advertisement it
is stated that there are excursions and recreation activities planned, and I was
wondering if there is any free time.
Finally, you advertised special prices for a limited time, and I would like to know how
long this offer is valid for.I would be grateful it if you could send me an information
booklet.
I look forward to your reply at your earliest convenience, thanking you in advance for
your
assistance.
Yours faithfully,
Malu
INFORMAL MAIL
Dear Annie,
Well, everyone seems to have something to say about health and fitness at the
moment. Every time I turn on the television or open a newspaper theres something
about it!
You asked what I do to be fit and healthy. Well, I think my family has always had a
balanced diet. We just have a light breakfast, some cereal and fruit. Then for lunch I
have a sandwich or a salad, and then we eat a big meal in the evening. We usually
have chicken or fish and vegetables again. Sometimes we have pasta, or in the
summer we have perhaps a steak from the barbecue, or a hamburger. We eat fruit
again for dessert or a yoghurt, although at the weekends my mother often makes
some really nice cakes.
As you know, I dont do a lot of sport, because I dont really like it, but I think Im quite
fit because I havent got a car, and I walk and cycle everywhere. And I do like dancing,
so on a Saturday night I go out and dance till the early hours. Its enough I think!!
Hope thats the information you need.
Love
Malu. (197)
Hi Anne,
Thanks for your email. Its very exciting to hear youre coming to Italy. Personally, I
think the best time to come is in the spring before it gets too hot.
If you want to meet young people I suggest spending a few days at a school or
college. How about coming mine? Im sure we can organise something with the
teachers. Also, it would be a good idea to stay in a youth hostel.
In the spring the weather is usually quite changeable, so you should bring some light
clothes for the daytime but a jersey and a jacket for the evenings.
Thanks also for your invitation to join the group. Id love to do so if Im free. Ill be able
to show you some of the most interesting things in my area. Let me know when youre
coming!
Best wishes,
Chiara. (145)

Hi Jessie,
Thanks for your email. Id prefer to live in the city centre. If Im somewhere central, I
can go out to cinemas and other places easily, but if Im in the suburbs, Ill have a
long journey at the end of the day. I dont want to be in a family home because I want
to go out and eat with other students in the evenings. If I share a house with other
students it will be a good chance to get to know people of my own age out of college
and Ill have more freedom. I would probably only meet children and older people if I
lived with a family. It would be convenient if the house had wireless internet, but that
sort of house may be expensive. I cant spend all my money on rent! Provided the
house is warm and comfortable, Im sure Ill be fine.
I really appreciate your help with this.
See you in September-Im getting excited already.
Alessandro (167)
Dear Robin,
How are you? Of course Ill go to the sports camp with you all, it would be great
because I love playing sports, especially tennis, and at the same time Ill be able to
finally meet your friends.
In regard to accommodation, Id rather sleep in a room. I know it would be more
expensive than a tent, but I have a lot of trouble for sleeping. To make it up for you, Ill
prepare my Spanish omelette. Its easy to cook, and it doesnt need many ingredients,
just potatoes, eggs, olive oil, a pinch of salt and some onion if you want, it depends on
your liking. First of all, potatoes and onions are peeled and chopped, afterwards you
fry them in a saucepan with little oil and then you mix them with beaten eggs. Finally,
you cook this mixture and its ready to eat.
As for the days before going to the camp, we could do some sightseeing, Ive never
visited Canada.
Well, Id better finish off here,
Best wishes,
Malu. (175)

Dear Alison,
Im looking forward to seeing you too, and showing you round here. Ill meet you at
the station at 11.30. You neednt bring any food because theres a good caf near
there, where we can have a coffee and catch up on all our news. You can meet some
of my friends there too. I think youll like them.
My mother will make you a typical meal of our region for lunch and youll see my
home.

In the afternoon well go to the old part of the town, which has lots of good shops for
souvenirs and a great caf where they sell local ice cream. The last train leaves at
7.30 so well have plenty of time to look round.
Im sorry you cant stay overnight, but perhaps youll be able to come again soon.
Love from
Tanya(142)
Dear Class 10B
We are all looking forward to meeting you. This is the plan the visit.
When you arrive, were going to show you round the school in groups. Youre going to
spend the morning in our normal lessons every morning from Monday to Friday. We
finish school at 2.30.
Youre having lunch with us and then youre going to do a variety of activities. On
Monday were going to take you to the swimming pool near the school. So swimming
things are essential, but we will provide towels. On Wednesday you can do sport with
us. You need football boots and shorts.
On the other days were going to take you to place like museums and so on. In the
evening were going to take you to our homes and we can accompany you if you want
to go out.
Theres going to be a party for you at our school on Thursday evening.
We hope you like our plan.
Best wishes,
Georg Schmidt. (166)
Dear Caroline,
Thanks for your email suggesting me a summer camp in Australia. Of course Id love
to come. Can you tell me what dates the camps is, so that I can put them in my diary?
Also, if possible, Id like to know how much it will cost because Ill probably have to
start saving right away.
As matter of interest, do you know what subjects are taught? Id be really interested in
studying English because I always need to improve it, and perhaps another subject
such as drama or performing arts. I think that Id really get to know people and make
friends by doing that.
I like your idea of travelling together afterwards. Id prefer to go to the Great Barrier
Reef because I love the sea and I really enjoy diving.
What a great way to spend the summer! I look forward to seeing you then.
All the best,
Malu. (154)
Dear Ronan,
Heres some information which I hope will be helpful.
There is an excellent local shop just up our road, or the supermarket on the outskirts
of town, which isnt bad. The swimming pool is just by the supermarket. On weekdays
you can use the free car park at the supermarket if you go for a swim, but not at
weekends.
The bank is open from 9.30 to 4.00 on weekdays, but it shuts at 12.30 on Saturdays.
Its on Market Street, between the big hotel and the museum. The museums worth
visiting, although its only open in the afternoon.

The market is held on Tuesday and Saturdays. You need to go early in the morning to
buy fresh food, but there are also stall with second-hand books and so on. I sometimes
find good bargains among the rubbish! Those stalls are there until dusk.
Have a great time. We look forward to hearing all about it.
Love from
Nika and Peter. (163)

Dear Michael,
Thanks for your letter. Im writing to tell you something about sport in my country. I
think football is probably the most popular sport in England, but tennis, golf and
cricket are all popular as well.
People love football because they can play it as well as watch it, and most schools and
colleges have football teams. Some boys spend all their time out of school playing
football too. They dream about becoming star and earning lots of money like Wayne
Rooney does.
I like playing tennis, and I play nearly all year. Its a bit cold in winter, but I love it. It
keeps me fit and I meet friends. We often go out to eat together or round to
someones house after weve played. I actually prefer doing sports to watching them,
but if there are big matches on, I like watching them with my friends. I watch tennis,
cricket, football, rugby-anything really.
I hope that tells you what you need to know. Good luck with the project!
Best wishes,
Tim
Hi Sam,
Yes, of course Ill give you the info you need. Im really looking forward to the festival.
Our band plays blues, some traditional, some very modern, and weve got a really
great singer- shes American. We usually start with some really lively numbers to get
everybody going and then Maria does some really cool songs.
Wed like to play on the first night if possible. We always get nervous, so thatll mean
less waiting! We can just arrive and start playing straight away. The audience is
usually enthusiastic at the start of a festival too, so the atmospheres great then.
But I definitely dont want to camp because I get terrible hay fever and I hate insects.
Is there a youth hostel or anything nearby? Something fairly cheap please!
Look forward to seeing you.
Love,
Malu. (138)
Dear Bill,
Im glad you got the invitation to my brothers wedding and youre able to come. It will
be a traditional wedding and will take place in the garden of the brides family. The
wedding day will being with the groom arriving there on a horse. The ceremony stats
with the couple bowing to each other and to the priest. You will have to be patient as
there are no chairs! The bride and groom will both wear colourful, traditional clothes
too but the other guest just dress smartly. Dont dress too informally or wear black.
After the wedding well go to a restaurant to have a traditional lunch. You can give the

couple any kind of present but we usually give money. If you want to take photos of
the couple, you can but you shouldnt go too close.
Dear Satya,
Im so pleased youre coming to my sisters wedding in our village. Shes getting
married on the same day as my parents silver wedding anniversary- theyve been
married for 25 years. So first of all everybody goes to the Town Hall for a civil
ceremony and then well go to the village church where the bride and the groom will
exchange gold rings. In the church the brides family sit on one side and the grooms
on the other. My sister is going to wear a long white dress and the groom will wear a
suit. Most people dress formally and some women wear hats. On the way out of the
church everyone throws rice and flower petals over the couple for good luck. Then
well go to the reception which will be in a hotel nearby. Therell be lots to eat and
drink and a cake which is cut by the bride and groom. If you want to bring a present,
most people buy something for the couples new home.
Dear Jan,
How are you? I was really pleased when I received your letter! I found out that you are
interested in taking part in the same English course as I did, so I decided to provide
you some information about it.
First of all I believe that youll love the place! The locations where we stayed was
great and the people were really friendly! What is more, the area was accessible and
the shops had reasonable prices.
In the main course we had to do grammar classes for about 2 hours, which was a little
bit boring as all of us had already studied lots of grammar. But, after that we could
participate in conversation classes, which was really useful, because we had the
opportunity to do some speaking practice and at the same time make new friends!
We had a visit in Oxford, too. Although it was rather expensive and not included in the
course fees, it was very interesting.
Finally, I believe that the best part of the course was the trip in London. It was super!
The museums were great and with free entrance. You know, some of the students
didnt speak English and it was a little annoying, but not enough to ruin our time
there!
All in all the course was interesting and helpful. We were able to practice our English
and discover the UK. So, I strongly recommend it to you. There are some hidden costs,
however its once in a lifetime experience.
Take care,
Malu (254)
Dear Kim
Im going to tell you about a big family party we had for my uncle, aunt and cousins
who were on holiday here. They live in Canada now so we dont see them very often.
In fact, Id only met my cousins once before at a wedding when I was very small. We
decided to have a party for them and invite the whole family. There were about 65
people altogether and we had the party outside in the garden. We put lights in the
trees and we had a live band so people could dance. We invited my uncle, aunt and
cousins for a meal but they didnt know there was a party. We told them to put their
best clothes on because everyone wanted to dress smartly. We made a traditional

meal as they live abroad now. When they arrived they couldnt believe it. There was
lots of food for everyone and a big cake with icing. The party lasted nearly all night.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Love Malu. (175)
To: Anne Ryder
Subject: Holiday
Hi Anne,
Thanks for your email. Its very exciting to hear youre coming to Italy. Personally, I
think the best time to come is in the spring before it gets too hot.
If you want to meet young people I suggest spending a few days at a school or
college. How about coming to mine? Im sure we can organize something with the
teachers. Also, it would be a good idea to say in a youth hostel.
In the spring the weather is usually quite changeable, so you should bring some light
clothes for the daytime but a jersey for the evenings.
Thanks also for your invitation to join the group. Id love o do so if Im free. Ill be able
to show you some of the most interesting things in my area. Let me know when youre
coming!
Best wishes,
Chiara
Dear Caroline,
Thanks for your email suggesting a summer camp in Australia. Of course Id love to
come. Can you tell me what dates the camp is, so that I can put them in my diary?
Also, if possible, Id like to know how much it will cost because Ill probably have to
start saving right away.
As a matter of interest, do you know what subjects are taught? Id be really interested
in studying English because I always need to improve it, and perhaps another subject
such as drama or performing arts. I think that Id really get to know people and make
friend by doing that.
I like your idea of travelling together afterwards. Id prefer to go to the Great Barrier
Reef because I love the sea and I really enjoy diving.
What a great way to spend the summer! I look forward to seeing you then.
All the best,
Malu.
Dear Joyce,
I got your letter and thought Id write back immediately to give you the information
you wanted for the pottery course.
Overall, I found it interesting and enjoyable. The course lasts for four weeks and starts
on the first Monday of every month. As far as lessons are concerned, they would
probably suit you because they are held twice a week and dont start until six in the
evening.
As for the cost, the course is not very expensive. Students only pay 25, which is a
good deal. The only possible disadvantage is that the materials are not included in the
price. This mean everything required for the course has to be paid for, which ends up
being quite expensive.

Now, something else about the course. Guest speakers come on a couple of occasions
to demonstrate different techniques. This however, I thought, was suitable for more
advance students, not beginners like me.
You also asked about making new friends. Well, the other students were nice, but
most of them were quite a bit older than me. You never know who youll meet though,
I suppose.
I hope Ive been of some help to you. Let me know if you need any more information,
ok? I cant wait to meet you.
Bye for now,
Malu.
Dear Robin,
How are you? Of course Ill go to the sports camp with you all, it would be great
because I love playing sports, especially tennis, and at the same time Ill be able to
finally meet your friends.
In regard to accommodation, Id rather sleep in a room. I know it would be more
expensive than a tent, but I have a lot of trouble for sleeping. To make it up for you, Ill
prepare my Spanish omelette. Its easy to cook, and it doesnt need many ingredients,
just potatoes, eggs, olive oil, a pinch of salt and some onion if you want, it depends on
your liking. First of all, potatoes and onions are peeled and chopped, afterwards you
fry them in a saucepan with little oil and then you mix them with beaten eggs. Finally,
you cook this mixture and its ready to eat.
As for the days before going to the camp, we could do some sightseeing, Ive never
visited Canada.
Well, Id better finish off here,
Best wishes,
Malu.

Dear Clara,
How are you keeping? I have some good news to tell you, but Im so excited that I
dont know where to start.
Last month I took part in the national scholar writing competition. I didnt except to
win, although I would have never written my essay if it hadnt been compulsory. My
English teacher set us this as our term assignment, so I did my best so that I could
achieve the best marks and afterwards I forgot the issue.
Imagine how glad I was when he announced in front all my class I had won, but much
more when he informed me that the prize will be a holiday for two people throughout
Europe for the next summer. I thought of you as soon as I knew I had won. I think its
only fair that after being invited to your beach apartment every summer since we
started the school that you share this holiday with me.
So, would you like to come with me? I expect you to accept my invitation so we can
start to prepare all the stuff. It will be an incredible experience, wont it?

I look forward to hearing your decision. Please, let me know it as soon as you can.
Lots of kisses,
Malu.
Dear Jake,
I was glad to get a letter from you but sorry to hear that youve got problems. Ive
given your situation a lot of thought.
If I were you, I would accept the part-time job. I know you dont have any experience
in primary teaching, but for this same reason you have to accept it. It will be a bit
difficult at the beginning, but it gives you the chance to expand on your knowledge
skills.
As regard the FCE exam, you must study harder than youve been. Dont worry about
your mistakes and dont be disheartened. If you fail the first time, you will have some
other opportunities.
Finally, in respect to the competitive exam, I know it is a good chance to get a job for
the rest of your life. But in my opinion, your current situation doesnt guarantee
probably the best conditions to face it up now successfully.
Well, thats what I think you should do. I hope Ive been of some help to you. Let me
know how everything turns out.
Love,
Malu
Hi Kelly,
Thanks for your letter. It was nice to hear from you. Ive been so excited ever since I
got your letter. How could I say no?
I would need some more information about the party. Who is invited to it? (Who is
coming or who has been invited?)How should I dress? (Or what should I wear?) I dont
want to be out of context with your friends. As far as the food and the drink, I think it
would be a good idea if you ask everybody to bring along something.
Its has been ages since the last time we met. I have to tell you about a new guy Ive
met. And what about you? I want to know how it all turned out in the end with Carl,
are you still together? If you want, I can come earlier before the party starts, thus we
can catch up on our lives.
Anyway, Id better finish off here. Ill be seeing you soon and well talk then. I just
cant wait! Thanks again.
See you!
Tanya

Dear Bob,
How are you all keeping? Well, Im writing to fill you in on a few last details about the
house. Its amazing how we finally got organised the house-swap.
First of all, when you arrive, youll have to pick up the key at our neighbours. Mr and
Mrs Taylor, who live at no.135. Theyll be expecting you, so no need to worry.
You should find the house to your liking. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, turn
on the central heating. The switch is next to the bathroom door, you cant miss it.

Also, I should tell you about the milkman. I didnt cancel our milk order as I know you
use it as much as we do. He comes every Friday morning and you pay for what hes
delivered. Hell you how much.
Well, I cant think of anything else but if you have any other questions, write.
Your friend,
Malu.
Dear Jill
How are you keeping? I feel really bad about what happened and thats why Im
writing. I want to say sorry once again.
I cant believe that I smashed your cellular phone. Remember you were saying how
discreet and compact it was and how sometimes you worried about losing it? Well,
unfortunately I have to agree with you now! I just cant understand how it slipped out
of my shirt pocket while I was running for the bus.
Look, Im going to make it up to you and buy you another one. I hope thats all right
with you. Sorry again.
Love, Jane
Dear Jane
How are you? Im afraid I have some bad news. I wont be able to meet you at the
train stations as we had planned. Im really sorry. You see I was involved in a car
accident and Im stuck in bed with a broken leg.
Anyway, since my house is only a ten-minute walk from the station, I think youll be
able to find it using my directions. This is how you can get here from the railway
stations.
When you get out of the railway station, turn right and go straight ahead until you
come to a roundabout. Continue going straight until you get to the first intersection.
You must turn left there. Keep walking along that street until you come to a pedestrian
crossing. When you cross, youll come to a one-way street. Go up that street and turn
left at the set of traffic lights. My house is the second on the right. Thats 24 Adams
Street.
Once again I apologise for the inconvenience. I cant wait to finally meet you.
Your penfriend,Sam
Dear Paola,
Thanks for your letter which I received today. I thought it best to let you know as soon
as possible about coming to the house-warming party, so Im dropping you a line.
Of course Ill come! Its been ages since we got together and we need to have a good
chat! Itll be lovely having the chance to see John, Mary and Alex as Well.
The 20th is a Saturday, so that should suit most people but what time? Also, what
shall I bring along? Dont tell me youre doing everything yourself because you know
Id want to bring something. Perhaps some wine?
Oh, you must also let me know how to get to your house. Is there a train station or
bus stop nearby? Whats the easiest way to come?
Well, I look forward to hearing from you about these details. See you soon.
---------------------------Unfortunately, I wont be able to make it. I feel really awful, but it just so happens
well be away from the 19th till the 27th. Its just typical! I would have loved to come

as its been ages since we met up, and itd be lovely to see your new house. Why
dont I give you a call when I return and well arrange a get-together?
I hope the party is a great success- no doubt if Alex, Mary and John turn up, that will
be a guarantee!! Give my love to everyone.
Dear Shelly,
How are you keeping? Its taken me ages to reply but Ive been pretty busy- you know
with the party and all. Let me tell you about it.
You know how much my family love throwing extravagant parties. Remember the
party we had when you were here last summer? Well, my sixteenth party birthday was
no exception. The party was held around the swimming pool and we had coloured
candles and exotic flowers floating in the pool.
What can I say about the food? We had traditional Spanish dishes and all the food was
simply mouth-watering. My mum ordered a huge chocolate cake, since we had over
fifty people. It was absolutely delicious! It disappeared within seconds.
I also received lots of fantastic presents. The best one was the mountain bike my
parents bought me. Its the latest model and it must have been expensive. At least
thats what my parents told me. It has an aluminium frame, a padded seat, a leather
handle-bar grips and, believe it or not, a digital speedometer. Sounds great, doesnt
it? Anyway, Ive sent you some photos of the party and my new bike, so that you can
get an idea.
Well, I think thats about it for now. Keep in touch.
Lots of love,
Amelia.
Hi Jay,
How are you? Better than I am at the moment, I hope. Im really depressed and Im
actually writing for your advice. Ill begin with the good news though.
We won the baseball championship! That means that next year were going to be in
another league. The bad news is that mum and dad dont want me to be part of the
team. Me, the best player on the team! Can you believe our parents? They say that I
should concentrate on my studies because next year is my final year at school. They
believe that I didnt study enough this year, you see. But how can I give up something
that I love? I mean, you know how much I love baseball and that Im considering it as
a profession.
Theyre also complaining about how expensive it is to be on a baseball team. They
say they wont be able to afford it next year, with the extra tuition classes Ill be
taking up. And thats not all. You know how every couple of month its my turn to take
home all the teams baseball shirts and wash them. Well, mum washes them, of
course, but the point is that shes always complaining about that too! Shes
threatening that if I continue to play baseball, she wont wash them anymore. I think
shes just saying this because she hates baseball.
So, what do you think I should do? Im really confused. Write as soon as you can and
let me know.
Love,
Richard

Dear Richard,
Thanks for your letter. It was nice to hear you won the championship
(congratulations on your winning the championship) As in regards to the other
problems, dont discourage easily!
Ive given your problem a lot of thought and Im going to tell you what I think. First of
all, I realise how important baseball is to you, but your studies are also very
important. If I were you, Id sit down and have a long talk with mum and dad. Why
dont tell them how important baseball is to you and that youre thinking of playing
professionally.
Secondly, in relation to / as for the problem of the expenses I think you
should get a part-time job- just a few hours a week, I guess. Or you can look for a
summer time job. It would be good for you, really... and it would be easier for mum
and dad too, since they wont have to pay for your Baseball Club Membership.
Finally, about the baseball shirts, it would be a good idea to learn how to
use the washing machine. That way, mum wont complain about having to wash the
shirts, since you will be entirely responsible for it.
Well, thats all for now. I hope Ive been of some help. Let me know how it all
turns out.
Best wishes,
Jay
REVIEW
Northern lights
Ive just read a novel called Northern lights by Philip Pullman. It starts off in England
and moves to a fantasy world of snow and northern lights.
The main character, Lyra, is a girl who overhears a presentation by her uncle to his
colleagues in Oxford University. He is investigating the ideas of another world where
everyone is born with an animal companion. Its a magic world and Lyra goes there
and has lots of adventures.
The description of her journey is so well done that you fell as though youre there with
her. The book is thoroughly entertaining and you wont be able to put it down until
youve finished the last chapter. The story is gripping and quite frightening in places
but thats what I enjoyed about it. Although it is quite complicate, you really want to
know what happens so it isnt difficult to follow.
The book is extremely well-written and you could read it several times and still find
something new. Ive since read the next two books in the series and Id highly
recommend them all.
Mosso Mosso
I tried Moso Moso fo the first time this month, and found it was easily the best Chinese
restaurant Ive eaten in.

The surroundings were modern, yet it still felt airy and cosy. The waiters were very
friendly and informative, and not too busy, as is often the case in some of the citys
more popular restaurants.
As I was eating with a party of eight, we manage to sample a good range of items on
the menu, and between us couldnt find a single item that wasnt satisfying and
delicious. Every dish featured wonderful combinations of flavour. All the ingredients
were clearly fresh and of the highest quality, and in my opinion, the seafood was
particularly tasty. We felt that we were given very good value for money, because the
meal came to about 10 per person which we thought was very reasonable.
All of us would highly recommend this restaurant and, as it is located just a short walk
from our workplace, we will no doubt be back for many more lunches.
The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This is an original and moving love story told from the point of view of the two main
characters, Henry and Clare. Henry is a librarian who has a genetic problem which
causes him to move backwards and forwards in time. Without warning, he disappears
leaving everything behind and arrives at another time in his life. He cant control
when or where hes going.
When he travels, he often meets the same girl, Clare, at different times in her life.
Eventually they fall in love even though sometimes when they meet he is much older
than her and at other times they are the same age.
I think everyone will enjoy this unusual story because it combines a little science
fiction with a wonderful romantic story. Henrys problem causes situations which are
funny, sometimes frightening, usually awkward and often very strange. The novel is
fascinating because it makes you think about the nature of time. At the same time,
you see how the characters and their relationship change during their lives but how
their love grows stronger.
THE BEST AND THE WORST FILMS YOUVE BEEN RECENTLY
Last week I saw two films. One was an adventure film called Speed Robber. I usually
enjoy films with lots of action and car chases, especially when they are cleverly
filmed. I was looking forward to sitting nervously on the edge of my seat for an hour,
because Id seen other films by the same director. But the story was disappointingly
slow, the actors werent performing as well as usual, and the car chase was only a few
minutes in a city. Its certainly the worst film Ive seen for a long time.
The other film I saw was completely different. It was a comedy called The Last Word. It
was about some students trying unsuccessfully to write a play. The actors all
performed brilliantly, the dialogue was extremely original, and the plot was more
interesting than Speed Robber. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed it and we
recommend everyone to see it.

STORY
Jakob was absolutely furious when he saw what was going on outside his window.
There were two men with a huge machine and they were cutting down trees. Jakob
lived on the fourth floor of a block of flats which looked out over a lovely park. When
he realised what the men were going, he ran out of his flat and shouted at them. They
didnt take any notice and just carried on with their work. So Jakob rushed over to one

of the trees which was still there, sat down in front of it and put his arms round it. He
was so angry he decided he would stay there all day. He wasnt scared of the men and
their machine because he knew they wouldnt hurt him. When some other people
came by, he called to them to do the same with the other trees. In the end the men
had to go away. Jakob felt very proud that hed managed to save the rest of the trees
but he knew the men would come back again. (179)