Teamwork skills have become highly valued by employers. However, some people say that sometimes teams cannot work successfully.
Nowadays more and more employers demand teamwork skills. Good collaboration by team members helps achieve goals more easily. However, bad collaboration leads to unsuccessful performance. So what are the pros and cons of teamwork? Personally, I think that the more people there are in a team, the greater productivity is. Team members can communicate, exchange their ideas and share their experience and skills with each other. If a company has a team full of creative people who complement one another, then achieving the goal is far more likely. To my mind, every team member should be able to make the right decision. A well considered decision will lead his or her team to success. But not everybody can work effectively in a team. Some people put their own needs first and do not think of the common goal. Others cannot acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of other members of the team. Quite a lot of employees try to force their ideas upon others, or look down on other people. They are reluctant to cooperate or seek advice from other members. Furthermore, some people cannot maintain good relationships with their colleagues and handle criticism and complaints appropriately. As a result, such individuals find it difficult to work with other team members and the team will not be able to succeed. But I strongly feel that it is very important to develop one's teamwork skills because they can help employees make a career. To conclude, I believe that the success of the team depends on every its member. That is why every employee must do his or her best to help the team succeed.
Some people think that to be a success you need talent; others believe that hard work can compensate for the lack of it.
What is success? People define this notion in many different ways. Success may mean the achievement of what one wants or intends, a high position in society, one's job, course or sport. Some people believe that success is connected with the amount of money they earn. But quite a lot of people don't know what they need to be successful. To my mind, if you want to succeed, you must work hard. Even the most talented person will never be successful if he or she is lazy All successful people face a number of challenges at the beginning of their career. They have to overcome many difficulties, but they don't give up. At last their persistence leads to success. Success always goes hand in hand with hard work and great efforts and one often faces a lot of obstacles, troubles, disappointment and failure on the way to success. However, some people think that if a person is not talented, he or she will hardly succeed. As a rule ordinary people have ordinary lives. No matter how hard they work, they can never get results. People who are not talented, but industrious usually become good workers, but they are not likely to make great discoveries or to invent something that can revolutionize the world. But I still believe that one must be hard-working, patient, and strong-willed if one wants to be successful. In conclusion, I would like to add that people are successful if they use all their talents and work hard in order to improve the world and to make it a bit better.
Some people say that it is impossible to work without inspiration. Others say that inspiration is not essential.
People of different professions have been looking for inspiration for centuries. But we still don't know what inspiration is and where it can be found. Many people wonder whether inspiration is important in our lives and what makes us feel it. In my opinion, inspiration is part and parcel of the creative process. In this state we are capable of making discoveries, writing poems, inventing new things and making something unusual. Every masterpiece of art, literature, music or architecture has been created thanks to inspiration. This wonderful feeling has nothing in common with mediocrity, boredom or idleness. When I feel inspiration, I can work for many hours running and I never feel tired or bored. On the contrary, I am full of energy and enthusiasm. However, some people say that they have no inspiration. They consider their lives to be monotonous and say that every day is exactly like the previous one. Working, saving, planning, bringing up their children, doing household chores — these are the daily aspects of their lives. But I think that inspiration is everywhere and it lives in every soul. Sometimes looking at the rising sun, falling leaves or smiling children we feel the desire to create. Many things can inspire us and fill our head with new ideas and thoughts. To conclude, only love of their work and inspiration can make people create beautiful and unusual things. Inspiration is very important because it makes us work, think, search, create and express ourselves. In other words, it makes us live.
Some people think that the profession of a teacher is important and noble, while others claim it has lost its positions and it is not as respected as it used to be.
A teacher is a person who plays a very important role in children's development, upbringing and education. One should have some particular traits of character to be a success in this profession. I strongly feel that the profession of a teacher is one of the most important professions in the world. A teacher is always responsible for his or her pupils. He or she should encourage their inner development, protect them from any negative influence and watch their progress carefully. A teacher's responsibility is not only to educate a child. He or she should also understand pupils' feelings and dreams, share their problems and give good advice. A real teacher is a person who can inspire his pupils with interest and love for his or her subject. What is more, a teacher may even become as important for children as their parents. However, some people believe that nowadays teachers are not as respected as they used to be. Unfortunately, this noble profession is not well-paid and it makes some people think that it is not prestigious. Modern society respects money and power. That is why young people try to choose professions which can make them rich and influential. Everybody is eager to make a career and to become famous and successful. But good teachers do not strive for money or fame. Their only concern is children's welfare. To conclude, we should have the greatest respect for teachers. They are deeply devoted to their job in spite of all problems and difficulties. We should be grateful to our teachers for their help, patience and professionalism.
Generation gap has always been a topical problem. Some people believe that parents and their children will never learn to understand each other. Others are convinced that generation gap can disappear.
There have always been great differences between people of a younger generation and their elders because of their different experiences, opinions, habits and behavior. Nowadays differences between the two generations grew significantly, particularly with respect to such matters as musical tastes, fashion, drug use, culture and politics. In my opinion, you will hardly find a teenager satisfied with his or her parents. Neither will you find parents not grumbling over "younger generation" of their children. Pop music, ultra-modern clothes, noisy parties and children's wish to have more freedom become a stumbling-block on the way of mutual understanding between adults and teenagers. So it seems that in most families parents don't understand their children and children don't understand their parents. On the other hand, the situation is not as bad as it seems to be. There are a lot of families where parents love and understand their children and help them cope with all difficulties. Many adults and teenagers have respect for each other's point of view. So it is possible to bridge the gap between parents and their children. To my mind, communication is the best way to solve the problem. The more time adults and teenagers spend together, the better they understand each other. Parents and children should talk and discuss different things. Besides, it is very important for both adults and teenagers to be selfless, patient and sincere. To conclude, the generation gap can disappear. If we are a little wiser, we will find a key to the heart of our parents.
Many teenagers enjoy being in a collective and are united in different subcultures. Some youngsters, however, think that subcultures are for nothing.
Most teenagers are sensitive to what their friends think of them and they are ready to do everything to be like their peers. So many youngsters experiment with minor delinquency, inappropriate behavior and rebellion. Sometimes young people express their protest forming different groups and clubs. They join these clubs according to their interests: music, style of clothes, racial views and so on. For example, the Skinheads are known for their intolerance to immigrants. They can be very dangerous as they attack and kill people of other nationalities. Adolescents often join a juvenile delinquent group to improve their status and to raise their self-esteem. There are various groups and subcultures in which deviant behaviour and violence play an important role and increase a youth's status. To my mind, the existence of subcultures leads to the increase in criminality. I strongly feel that if you want to protest, you must do it peacefully without doing harm to other people and to yourself. On the other hand, the situation is not as bad as it may seem to be. There are many teenagers who don't belong to any subcultures. They are not involved in violent or criminal behavior and they spend much time and effort on their studies and part-time work. Such youngsters know what they want and feel that they are responsible for their future. To sum up, young people's lives and happiness depend on our society: on the political and social situation in the country, on our culture and morality. I think that if adults pay more attention to teenagers' upbringing and education, there will be fewer subcultures and consequently fewer crimes.
Some people say that the main reason for juvenile delinquency is the family. Others believe that there are many other factors that negatively influence young people's development.
Nowadays the problem of juvenile delinquency is becoming more complicated and universal. In many countries rates of youth crime have dramatically risen. But why are more and more youngsters involved in criminal and violent behaviour? There are a lot of reasons for juvenile delinquency. I think that first and foremost, the family is to blame. Many children and adolescents are neglected by their parents and some of them suffer humiliation, abuse and violence at home. The number of mothers and fathers deprived of their parental rights is increasing every year. Children who do not receive adequate parental supervision are more likely to engage in criminal activities, to truant from school and to have delinquent friends. Wishing to prove their maturity and independence some young people commit various offences, run away from home and use violence against their peers. Other reasons for juvenile delinquency include poverty, unemployment, low incomes among the young, ineffective educational systems and so on. Many of the crimes committed by young people are related to excessive alcohol use and drug abuse. Besides, young people's behaviour is greatly influenced by their friends, neighbourhood and adults as well as by the social, economic, political and cultural conditions prevailing in a country. To sum up, there are quite a lot of factors that may have a negative influence on youngsters' behaviour. I strongly feel that the prevention of juvenile delinquency is very important. More attention should be paid to leisure and youth development activities that prevent young people from committing crimes.
Many people prefer to travel abroad; others say that there is much to be seen in our own country.
Most people find travelling very exciting. It gives them an opportunity to enjoy sightseeing, to discover new things, to meet interesting people, to rest physically and morally and to get wonderful impressions. For me there is hardly anything more interesting and exciting than a journey to a foreign country. I've been to London, Paris and Rome and it is the most wonderful experience in my life. Travelling abroad gives me a chance to feel thousands of miles away from home, to visit great cities and small villages, to admire foreign architecture, cuisine and culture, to make friends and what not. What is more, it is the best way to broaden your mind, to improve your knowledge of history and geography and to make your life interesting. However, a lot of people are sure that there is much to be seen in our own country. Indeed, it is difficult to disagree with them. There are many places of interest in my native town: ancient churches, monuments, museums and parks. One can go to Moscow and visit its theatres, cathedrals, art galleries and what not. The Kremlin attracts thousands of tourists as it is the heart of Moscow and the centre of the Russian government. St. Petersburg, the former capital of Russia, is known for its magnificent palaces, famous museums, beautiful buildings and wide streets. Besides, there are many small towns and villages in our country which are definitely worth visiting. To conclude, we should learn everything about our own country first of all. But if we want to learn more about the world around us and to expand the mind, we should travel abroad.
The car has become the most popular means of transport in the history of the world. However, some people say that the world would be better off without cars.
Nowadays, almost every family has a car. A lot of people say that travelling by car is very convenient, while others are sure that cars cause many problems. In my opinion, the car is one of the most comfortable means of transport. Firstly, travelling by car is fast and it helps you save plenty of time. Secondly, it is comfortable because you don't have to buy any tickets and your car is always at your disposal. Thirdly, when you travel by car, you don't depend on the weather. While driving, you can listen to music or the latest news on the radio. And finally, you can stop where you want and have a snack or enjoy nature. On the other hand, travelling by car has a number of disadvantages. First and foremost, it is bad for ecology and health. Cars produce exhaust fumes which make the air foul and destroy the ozone layer protecting the Earth from the dangerous rays of the Sun. The car is not a safe means of travel as there are a lot of car and bus crashes. Travelling by car is not very convenient if the trip is long. Besides, it is rather expensive as petrol is not cheap. What is more, when we travel by car, we may be stuck in a traffic jam for several hours. To sum up, I think it is rather difficult to do without cars nowadays. But if we want to be healthy, we should sometimes ride a bike or walk.
Some people think that travelling by plane is very comfortable and convenient. Others say that it has a number of disadvantages.
Nowadays we can't imagine our lives without travelling. We tend to travel longer distances and at much higher speeds. Most people say there is nothing like travel by air for them. Personally, I think that travelling by plane is very comfortable, quick and thrilling. It helps me save plenty of time and gives me an opportunity to visit out-of-the-way parts of the world. I don't have to worry about anything during the flight. I can relax, listen to music, read a newspaper or take a nap. The stewardess will take care of passengers during the flight and will help them get comfortable in their seats. I can always enjoy good service and tasty food. What is more, travelling by plane gives me a wonderful opportunity to look through the porthole and to admire beautiful landscapes. However, some people don't like travelling by air. Firstly, they complain that it takes them much time to check in at the airport and to have their baggage weighed. Secondly, some flights may be delayed or cancelled because of unfavourable weather conditions. Thirdly, those people who are airsick will hardly find the flight very nice. Finally, aircraft engines emit noise and gases and contribute to air pollution and global warming. Besides, a lot of people doubt that travelling by plane is safe. They are afraid of plane crashes and terrorists. But as a rule much attention is paid to security: all luggage is screened and all passengers are carefully examined. To conclude, it is up to you to decide whether to travel by plane or not. Anyway, all means of travel have their advantages and disadvantages.
Some people think that graffiti is an art form, while others think that it is vandalism.
Nowadays graffiti can be seen in the subway and on the walls of many buildings. Some people, especially teenagers, enjoy examining these drawings. But not everybody likes graffiti and recognizes it as an art form. I think that graffiti is definitely art. It is so popular nowadays that it can be seen in some museums and art galleries. Graffiti varies from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. One can see graffiti on many websites, in fashionable magazines and ^en on clothes and toys. Some graffiti artists get thousands of dollars for their paintings. To my mind, graffiti gives young people an opportunity to express their feelings and to demonstrate their skills. However, a lot of people say that graffiti is the work of vandals. According to them, it is silly and aggressive and it makes cities ugly. Graffiti is sometimes revolutionary. It often has a reputation as part of a subculture that rebels against authority. Besides, graffiti is still illegal in many places and punishable by fines that is why most graffiti artists choose to remain anonymous. But in my opinion, if the artists were given some place to practice their art, the attitude to graffiti would be different. To sum up, nowadays graffiti has the status of "street art". Some paintings are really skillfully made, while others are unsightly. Personally, I like graffiti, but I wouldn't like to see it everywhere.
Many pupils go on school trips. Some people say they are interesting and educational. Other people say that they are a waste of time and children should learn in the classroom.
Most teachers are convinced that there is more to learning than lessons in the classroom. That is why they try to create memorable learning experiences with the help of educational school trips. School trips include a wide range of outdoor educational and residential courses, designed to stimulate, educate and motivate pupils. To my mind, school trips help teachers inspire pupils and bring subject areas to life. School trips broaden children's mind, improve their knowledge of history and geography and make their lives interesting and eventful. Whether pupils want an educational school trip within their country or abroad their aim is the same: to enjoy sightseeing, to discover new things, to meet interesting people and to get wonderful impressions and learning experiences which educate, excite and inspire. However, some parents don't think that school trips are essential. They believe that pupils can learn everything staying in the classroom. Other parents don't like the fact that they have to pay for most school trips. Moreover, Moms and Dads are often afraid of possible dangers and difficulties which may arise during any school trip. Nevertheless, statistics show that school trips are usually safe for children. But reasonable safety measures are still required. To sum up, a school trip is a challenging, rewarding and always exciting experience. Pupils will have fun while learning new skills and capabilities. There is no better way to foster team building, positive attitudes and a sense of personal achievement. I think that school trips will certainly benefit pupils' performance back at school.
There are people, who think that the best way to travel in a town or in a city is on foot. However a lot of others prefer driving a car or using public transport.
Today everybody understands that time is money. We can't afford to spend much time on the road, so we use cars and public transport to travel faster. On the one hand, we shouldn't forget that we can use our legs. In my opinion, when people travel on foot, they can see much more on their way and enjoy the sights of a town or a city. We can stop wherever we want and admire a beautiful church or monument or drop at a cafe or a shop. We won't be stuck in a traffic jam for several hours and we will certainly avoid road accidents. What is more, travelling on foot is much healthier that travelling by car or by bus. Walking is a perfect physical exercise that strengthens the immune system, improves mental health and helps prevent many diseases. On the other hand, travelling by car or by bus saves much time and effort. A lot of people prefer driving cars as they have speed and comfort combined. When you travel by car, you don't depend on the weather. For example, if it rains you won't get soaked. If it is cold, you can turn on a heater. While driving, you can listen to music or the latest news on the radio. Public transport is not as popular as cars. Nevertheless, thousands of people use it every day of their lives. To conclude, it's up to you to decide whether to travel on foot, to drive a car or to use public transport. As for me, I am young and energetic and I am for travelling on foot.
Some people say that they are used to working or studying to the sound of music, while others are convinced that music is a distraction.
Parents often complain that children listen to their favoutite records while doing their homework. Some employees cannot imagine their working day without music. But is it all right to listen to music and to work or study simultaneously? Personally, I think that listening to music will hardly help you when you are studying mathematics or physics or preparing for an exam. But music is fine when you are doing something that is quite automatic. Many people, especially teenagers, claim that having music on while they study or work can help improve their concentration. Besides, it makes the task seem less boring. Some teenagers even like to do their homework to the sound of heavy rock. However, for many people, it would be difficult not only to work with heavy rock music playing, but with any kind of music at all. They say that music does not help them concentrate, and therefore study or work. Most people need total silence to be able to work. If there's any background noise, they get distracted and annoyed. But to my mind, loud chatter, whistle or rustle disturb us more than music. To sum up, it is up to you to decide whether to listen to music while you study or not. I think that it is a matter of personal preference. But it is not always good to have music playing in the office or workplace. While it improves concentration or provides relaxation for some people, for others it may be a distraction and even an irritant.
The silent film disappeared when the era of the talking film began. A lot of people say that modern movies are much better than the early ones. However, some people are sorry about the disappearance of the silent film.
Movies are truly the art of our time. Nowadays there are quite a lot of interesting films among which we can find westerns, horror films, hits, comedies, science fiction films, thrillers, romance films and many others. But why do some people still admire the first black and white films? Personally, I am fond of modern cinematography. Nowadays films are skillfully made and contain a lot of special effects. They attract people's attention with absorbing plots, stunning visual and sound effects, exciting scenes and complicated scripts. One of the latest inventions is 3-D films. To my mind, it is amazing to look at objects which seem to have length, depth and height. Besides, modern movies have become easily accessible. However, many people like early films that have picture but no sound. They say that modern movies have lost something. Silent films were understandable to everybody without any words. They were like a universal language and they united people of all nationalities. But now films have to be translated into different languages and dubbed. They make our imagination work no more and sometimes they don't help us relax and forget about our everyday problems as there is too much violence, filth and horror in them. What is more, some people say that a lot of modern films are stupid and uninteresting. But I believe that most of them have a successful run. They are watched, discussed and admired. To conclude, I think it is difficult to compare modern movies to silent films. They are absolutely different and have their own charm. Anyway, tastes differ and everybody can choose what to watch.
Some people are fond of 3D films and they are convinced that 3D will take over the cinema in the future. Others are against 3D films.
Nowadays production companies are putting many films in 3D. Some people wonder if it will enhance or ruin the film they want to see. Personally, I think that watching a 3D movie is a great fun. It gives you a wonderful opportunity to interact more with the film. To my mind, 3D movies prove that the technology can enhance not only the experience, but the storytelling too. People perceive the world around them with depth. So it would be natural to see films that are given more depth to the scene instead of flat images. However, a lot of people say they were disappointed with 3D films. Firstly, some of them did not have a feeling that they got their money's worth because of the lack of effects. Secondly, some movies have 3D graphics added later. It makes films darker and 3D effect is often not very good. Thirdly, some people believe that when we see 3D we lose the artistry of the film. They also say that 3D movies are made for amusement rather than for aesthetic pleasure. In addition, tickets are expensive and it is a great disadvantage for people who are tight with money. They believe that 3D films are not worth the extra cost and they are just a way for companies to boost profits. But I am convinced that a skillfully made 3D movie is worth seeing. To conclude, most people think that someday every movie will be released in 3D. But you still have a choice today. If you do not want to watch movies in 3D you can choose the 2D version of a film