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Английский язык. Экспресс-репетитор для подготовки к ЕГЭ. «Письмо»

Глава 1. Письмо личного характера

1.4. Варианты писем личного характера

Task 1.

3/9 B. Polyanka Street

Moscow

Russia

14 May 2008

Dear Mary,

Thanks a lot for your letter. I hope you passed all your tests!

First of all, let me tell you about my one-week package holiday to Rome. Everything was OK, but we didn’t like our hotel. It was too noisy and the food was awful. We even had a stomachache and consulted a doctor. However, all the excursions were extremely interesting. We visited the Vatican and were impressed by the famous St. Peter’s Cathedral. I also enjoyed the Colosseum and other sights of Rome. All in all, we enjoyed our holiday.

And what about you? What are your plans for the summer? Will you come to visit us? Russia is a unique country and I’ll show you lots of interesting things. If you make up your mind, let me know what cities you would like to visit.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Lots of love,

Lucy

Task 2.

10 Lenina Street

Vladimir

Russia

15/06/08

Dear Ann,

Thanks for your letter. I’m glad you passed your History test!

I’m sorry you don’t get on well with your parents. As for me, I have practically no problems with mine, although we do quarrel sometimes because I spend too much time playing computer games. In this case I try to talk to them and find the way out. Unfortunately, I can meet my friends only at weekends and we usually play football together. It’s our favourite game.

And how do you get on with your sister? Do you play together? Do you help her with her homework? I wish I had a sister or a brother!

Anyway, keep smiling whatever happens! I’d better go now as I’ve got loads of homework to do (as always). Write back soon! Lots of love, Kate

Task 3.

3 Spartakovskaya Street

Moscow

Russia

20/09/08

Dear Emily,

Thank you for your letter. It was great to hear about your new house!

As for my new school, it’s very big! It has three computer rooms and wonderful sports facilities. Actually, it seems a nice place and I enjoy studying there. The kids in my class are very friendly. I’ve already made some new friends and we often meet after classes. I’ve got only one new subject this year. It’s Economics and I’m beginning to think that it’s not difficult, after all!

By the way, what music styles do you enjoy? Have you got any favourite bands? Would you like to go to their concert? As for me, I prefer Radiohead. They are cool!

I’d better go now. Mum wants me to help with the housework. Take care and stay in touch!

Lots of love,

Ann

Task 4.

2 Palekhskaya Street

Moscow

Russia

October 1st

Dear Harry,

Hi! How’s it going? Thanks for your last letter. I’m glad you are in your school football team now!

In your letter you asked me about football. Well, I’m really fond of it. It’s a great game and I’m always happy when my team wins. But I don’t watch football matches on TV because it’s rather boring. I prefer playing to watching as it’s more exciting. I’m also keen on roller-skating. It’s fun to take part in street competitions and to perform different tricks.

Anyway, what about your preparation for the National Championship? Do you work hard? How many times a week do you train? Do you get on well with your team-mates?

Well, I’d better go now as I have to tidy up my room. Write back soon!

All the best,

Ivan

Task 5.

135 Bashilovskaya Street

Moscow

Russia

April 11th

Dear George,

Thanks a lot for your letter. Sounds like you had a great time in London! What impressed you most of all? Did you take any pictures? Were you tired?

I’m glad I can help you with your project on famous singers. Well, my favourite singer is Dima Bilan. He made his debut at the festival ‘New Wave’ in 2002 so he has already been singing for 6 years. Now Dima is a famous pop singer known for his songs like ‘Never Let You Go’ and ‘Believe’. I enjoy his songs because of his beautiful voice. Unfortunately, I’ve never been to his concerts but I’d love to.

Anyway, let me know if you have any other questions. I’d better go now as I have to take my dog for a walk. Write soon!

Yours,

Alex

Task 6.

41 Kosmonavtov Street

Moscow

Russia

15/02/08

Dear Tina,

Thanks for your letter. I’m glad you liked the postcard I sent you!

In your letter you asked me about my attitude to soaps. Well, I agree that soaps don’t show life realistically because their plots are rather unbelievable and all emotions are exaggerated. As for me, I prefer whodunits, which keep me in suspense till the very end. I usually watch films at home but I never miss a chance to go

to the cinema with friends. It’s much more exciting to watch films together.

I miss you greatly! Write back soon and tell me all your latest news. How is your sister? Has she passed her driving test? And what about your mother? Has she got over the flu?

I’d better go now as I promised mum to help her with the washing.

Love,

Ann

Task 7.

15 Dubrovskaya Street

Moscow

Russia

25/05/08

Dear Rob,

It was great to hear from you! I’m glad you managed to talk to Sam. Please give my best regards to him.

You asked me about technology. Well, I’ve got a new mobile. It’s got a camera so I’m taking lots of pictures at the moment. I’ve also got a computer but I use it mainly for surfing the Net. Of course we’ve got things like a TV, a DVD player and a music centre. My parents usually watch TV whereas my brother spends hours playing computer games.

Anyway, I’m glad you’ve made such progress in chess. Is it difficult to learn how to play it? Will I be able to do it on my own? How can I get started?

I’ve got to go now as I’m helping my Dad in the garage.

All the best,

Andrew

Task 8.

14 Pushkinskaya Street

Moscow

Russia

May 19th

Dear Jane,

Thanks for your letter. I’m glad you’re going to visit Russia. The weather in summer is usually hot so I don’t think you’ll need lots of warm clothes. However, you’d better take a jacket as nights can be quite cool.

In your letter you asked me about the life in a big city. As for me, I enjoy living in Moscow as there are lots of parks and cosy

cafes, museums and galleries. In the evenings I usually go for a walk with my friends and at the weekend we go to the theatre or visit a museum. Have you got any museums in your town? Are they free for students? Are there any sports facilities?

I’d better go now as I’ve got to do my homework – boring! Can’t wait to see you!

Lots of love,

Rita

Task 9.

7 Kasatkina Street

Moscow

Russia

October 1st

Dear Kerstin,

Thanks for your letter. I’m glad your arm is out of plaster now!

I agree with you that English grammar is rather difficult so I think it’s necessary to learn grammar rules and to do exercises. As for me, I do it on a regular basis.

Going to a language school together is a great idea! We could practise our English and visit lots of places of interest. I’m absolutely free this summer so I can go whenever you like.

Write and tell me what dates suit you best. Which course would you like to do? What level do you think we are? Where would you prefer to stay? Meanwhile, I’ll make some enquiries about language schools in the UK. I’ll get in touch soon. I hope it all works out!

Lots of love,

Helen

Task 10.

9 Lazo Street St. Petersburg Russia

21/04/08

Dear Adam,

Thanks for your letter. It was great to hear from you. I can’t wait to meet you and your parents in July!

Well, we’ve obviously got a lot in common. I’m also crazy about rock music and my favourite band is Radiohead, too! I’ve never done skateboarding, though, but I’d love to try. I enjoy basketball and I love playing computer games. Do you?

I’m a bit worried about the language school. Is it far from your house? Should I bring any books with me? Will I have to do much homework? If I have, I’m afraid I’ll be busy in the evenings. Actually, I wouldn’t mind any activity. It will be fun just to be in another country.

Anyway, I know we’re going to be really good friends. Please write back soon.

Buy for now!

Sasha

Task 11.

49 Gagarina Street

Orel

Russia

October 15th

Dear Mary,

It was great to hear from you again! I’m glad you have no problems at school now.

In your letter you asked me about our school Literature Club. Well, at our club meetings we share our views on books we’ve read and do projects on popular writers and poets. My favourite writer is A. Chekhov, who was one of the most famous Russian playwrights. However, I particularly admire him because of his wonderful short stories. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time for reading as I’m too busy at school.

It’ll be great if you could help me with my project. What kind of books do you enjoy? What book are you reading now? Who is your favourite writer?

Well, I’d better go now. There is a film starting in a minute. Keep in touch!

Lots of love,

Dasha

Task 12.

30 Dubninskaya Street

Moscow

Russia

September 30th

Dear Gloria,

Hi! Thanks a lot for your letter. Sorry I haven’t answered earlier but I was really busy with my school.

I’m glad you are going to visit Moscow. We can go wherever you want but I think you’d like the Kremlin and the Tretyakov Gallery.

I’ve also got some ideas for our nightlife! And if you fancy going to the theatre in the evening, you should bring an evening dress. I’ll be delighted if you could get me a T-shirt with views of London.

Well, Mum wants to know what kinds of food you enjoy eating. Do you eat meat and fish? What do you usually have for breakfast? Are there any kinds of food you don’t like?

Now I’ve got to do my homework. Please write back soon. Can’t wait to meet you!

Lots of love,

Kate

Task 13.

120 Fedoskinskaya Street

Moscow

Russia

June 16th

Dear Sam,

Hi! How is it going? I hope you’re well. Thanks for your last letter. It was great to hear from you!

I’ll try to answer your questions. No doubt computers have made our lives easier and more exciting. We needn’t go to libraries as we can find almost all information on the Net. Moreover, computers help us to relax although some people feel that they are rather addictive. I’m happy that I’ve got a computer. It helps me with my projects and I also use educational programmes. Of course I do play computer games but not very often.

Anyway, write back soon and tell me about your holiday. Did you enjoy it? What interesting places did you visit? Did you make any new friends?

I’d better go now as I have to feed my kitten.

Best wishes,

Artem

Task 14.

54 Kirova Street

Novosibirsk

Russia

September 28th

Dear Paul,

Thanks for your letter. I’m really glad you like your new school!

I guess I should start by telling you about sports in Russia. I believe the most popular sport with boys is football because it’s

a very exciting game. Girls enjoy gymnastics as it helps them to keep fit. As for me, I’m crazy about football, too. I wish I could play every day but I don’t have enough time (unfortunately!).

Well, I think joining a drama club is a good idea. One day you may become a famous actor. Who knows? Write back and tell me about your club. How many pupils are there? What plays are you going to put on? Are you given any costumes?

Anyway, I’d better go now as I’ve got loads of homework to do. Keep in touch!

Best wishes,

Slava

Task 15.

43 Borodina Street

Krasnodar

Russia

May 1st

Dear Jessica,

Hi! I was so happy to get your letter! It was great to hear your news.

In your letter you asked me about popular teenage clothes in Russia. Well, I guess today’s teenagers have a new tag line, ‘I’ve just got to be me.’ Wearing baggy jeans and T-shirts is still important but teens like to add their own unique pieces of clothing. As for me, I enjoy a popular layered style and I usually wear denim jeans, button up shirts and open cardigans as they’re very comfortable.

Anyway, write back and tell me about your tastes in clothes. What kind of clothes do you prefer? Do you follow any fashion trends? Do you enjoy wearing a school uniform?

Well, I’d better go now as I have to cook dinner. Take care and keep in touch!

Love,

Marina

Task 16.

8 Nagornaya Street

Moscow

Russia

15/06/08 Dear John,

Hi! How’s it going? Thanks for your letter. I hope you did well at your exam. Was it difficult?

Well, I’m really glad you’re going to visit Russia. There are lots of historical sites and museums in Moscow. You should by all means visit the Kremlin, the State Historical Museum and the Borodino Panorama Museum. Unfortunately, there is no free admission for students; however, the entrance fees aren’t very high. Taking pictures is usually allowed although sometimes you’ll have to pay a small fee.

Anyway, write back and tell me all your travel details. Would you like me to meet you at the airport? How long are you going to stay in Moscow? What other cities are you planning to visit?

I’ve got to go now because Mum’s calling me to dinner. Take care!

All the best,

Paul

Task 17.

18 Kirova Street

Kazan

Russia

March 1st

Dear Andrew,

It was great to receive your letter and to learn the latest news! I wish you a happy birthday and many happy returns of the day!

In your letter you asked me about a surprise party. Well, it wasn’t difficult to organise it. A friend of mine offered his flat for the party as his parents went on holiday. We decorated it with flowers and balloons. We also bought sandwiches, fruit and lots of mineral water. Everybody danced and played different games. Our friend was delighted. He said he had never had such a party before. I hope this helps.

Anyway, write back soon and tell me how it all went. Did you have many guests? What did you do? Did you enjoy your party?

Unfortunately, it’s time for me to go to bed.

All the best,

Dima

Task 18.

17 Pilotov Street St. Petersburg Russia

15/05/08

Dear Donna,

I was glad to receive your letter. It’s really great that your parents let you have a pet.

As for me, I’ve got a kitten called Musik. It’s not difficult to look after him as I only need to clean his litter tray and to feed him. I think cats, dogs, hamsters and parrots make good pets because they are funny to watch and it’s easy to take care of them.

Is your house big? Have you got a room of your own? Is there a garden around your house? If you say ‘yes’, you may have a dog or a cat. Otherwise you’d better buy a hamster or a parrot as they don’t need so much space.

Well, I must finish now as I’ve got my aerobic class. Take care and stay in touch!

Love,

Mary

Task 19.

15 Tverskaya Street

Moscow

Russia

26/12/08

Dear Jackie,

Thanks a lot for your postcard. I also wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Actually, in Russia, we celebrate Christmas but we do it on January 7th. There are lots of other holidays such as Women’s Day, May Day and Victory Day. My favourite holiday is New Year’s Day as I always get lots of presents. We usually decorate a fir-tree and put presents under it. When the Kremlin clock strikes twelve, we wish each other ‘Happy New Year’. Then we usually go for a walk and let off fireworks.

And what about you? How do you celebrate New Year’s Day? Are there any holidays connected with British history? How do you mark them?

Well, I’d better go now. It’s time to do my homework. Take care and write back soon. Love, Nina

Task 20.

43 Sedova Street

Tula

Russia

12/07/08

Dear Susie,

Thanks for your letter. I’m glad you did well at your GCSE exams!

In your letter you asked me about eating habits in Russia. Well, we’ve got lots of traditional dishes, for example, studen (jellied chopped pieces of pork or veal meat) or pelmeny (meat-filled dumplings). My favourite dish is pancakes with caviar but I also eat them with honey or sour cream. In Russia, we have three main meals a day: breakfast in the morning, dinner at midday and supper in the evening. We also like to drink tea with lemon in the afternoon.

Anyway, I’m not quite sure about dieting. What kind of diet have you chosen? How long are you going to be on a diet? Will you eat meat?

Well, I’ve got to go now. Hope to hear from you soon!

Love,

Vera

Task 21.

13 Shirokaya Street

Moscow

Russia

June 16th

Dear Sheryl,

It was great to hear from you! I’m really glad you passed your History test.

You asked me about hobbies which are popular with Russian teens. Well, many teenagers are interested in music and

playing computer games. Others are into collecting or doing sports. As for me, my hobby is cooking. I collect traditional Russian recipes and cook these dishes. However, I feel I don’t have enough time for my hobby as I’ve got too much homework. If I had more free time, I’d take up photography. It’s really exciting.

Anyway, it’s great that school is over. What are you going to do in summer? Will you stay with your grandparents? Would you like to visit other countries?

Well, I’d better go now. I’ve got to get ready for my piano class. Wish me luck!

Take care,

Alina

Task 22.

16 Primakova Street St. Petersburg Russia

24 April 2008

Dear David,

Thanks for your letter. Sorry for not having written earlier but I was too busy at school.

You asked me about a typical Russian teenager. Well, Russian teenagers are in fact very ordinary. They think their teachers make them work too hard and friendship is the most important thing in their lives.

Teens always invent new hobbies and the most popular leisure activity nowadays is playing computer games. Most teenagers are fond of sports and are crazy about modern music. Parents think that modern teens are awful but I think they are criticised for no reason.

Anyway, it’s great that you like skateboarding. It’s an exciting sport. How long have you been doing it? Do you know any tricks? Have you got any other hobbies?

I’ve got to go now. Take care and keep in touch!

Yours,

Andrew

Task 23.

5 Otradnaya Street

Moscow

Russia

16/03/08

Dear Sam,

Thanks for your letter! It was great to hear from you so soon!

You asked me to tell you about Moscow. Well, it is a very beautiful city especially in autumn when all trees are of different colours. The heart of Moscow is the Kremlin. It’s an ancient fortress with beautiful churches inside.

Moscow is a unique city, where history and modern life are brought together. On the one hand, you can enjoy traditional Russian festivals such as Maslenitsa. On the other hand, Moscow is a modern 24-hour city where you can visit different theatres, cinemas and exhibitions.

By the way, will you tell me about your school and school life? Do you have any clubs at school? Are you given much homework?

Please write back. I look forward to your reply.

Yours,

Boris

Task 24.

Flat 24

27 Festivalnaya Street

Moscow

Russia

26/05/08

Dear Jill,

Thanks for your letter. I’m looking forward to your arrival!

It won’t be difficult for you to get to my place. Just take an express bus to “Rechnoy Vokzal” metro station. When you get off, turn right and go down Festivalnaya Street. My block of flats is about five minutes walk. I think it’s the easiest and the cheapest way.

As for the weather, it’s quite nice at the moment and the forecast is fine. I think it will be hot and sunny so take a swimming

costume. By the way, what sights would you like to visit? What would you prefer to do in the evenings? I can buy tickets to the Bolshoi Theatre. Would you like to go?

Anyway, I’m sure we’ll have a wonderful time together. Can’t wait to see you!

Lots of love,

Nastya

Task 25.

16 Osipenko Street

Moscow

Russia

20/02/09

Dear Chemmy,

It was great to get your letter. Thanks a lot for offering your help.

As for my trip to the UK, I’m planning to study at a language school and take the FCE exam. I’m going to enter Oxford University so I have to speak fluent English. I hope you can advise me a good school for preparation. It would be great if it was not far from your place so that we could spend time together.

Oh, and another thing! I’d like to find a part-time job to pay for my expenses.

By the way, what TV shows do you enjoy? Are they funny or educational? Do you watch soaps? Actually, I do but not often. Just to relax.

I’d better go now as I’ve got loads of homework. Hope to hear from you soon!

Love,

Sonya

Task 26.

60 Sverdlov Street

Ufa

Russia

23 March 2008 Dear Jack,

Thanks for your last letter. I’m glad you get on well with your brother.

Well, I agree that it’s difficult to choose our future occupation as there are lots of different jobs. However, I wouldn’t like to follow in my parents’ footsteps as I’m not interested in their profession. I’ve asked my father for advice and he believes I must choose my future career according to my preferences.

As for me, I enjoy travelling and I want to see the world. So I’d rather work in tourism. But I haven’t made the final choice yet.

Have you got any hobbies? What are your favourite leisure activities? Do you enjoy active or passive holidays? Some people turn their hobbies into their careers.

Hope this helps. Drop me a line when you can.

All the best,

Peter

Task 27.

28 Kurchatova Street

Moscow

Russia

24 May 2008

Dear Pam,

Thanks for your letter. It was great to hear from you!

In your letter you asked me about my household duties. Of course I have to do some chores because my mum’s too busy at work. I think everyone in the family has to do their fair share. Actually, I don’t do much, just go shopping and clean my room. It doesn’t take long so I have enough time to do my homework and to chat with my friends.

Anyway, it was great to hear about your trip to Italy! What city are you going to? How long are you going to stay there? Will you take any exams? Write back and tell me about your holidays.

Well, I’d better go now as I’ve got to take my dog for a walk. It’s also my duty.

Love,

Lucy

Task 28.

Flat 22

10 Ozernaya Street

Moscow

Russia

26/05/08

Dear Jenny,

I was happy to hear from you! I’m sure you’ll pass successfully all your exams!

In Russia, we have State Exams in June and it’s rather difficult to prepare for them, too. I started to get ready about a year ago but still have lots of work to do. I usually don’t study at night as I find it useless. I think the best way of revision is to study with your friend. It’s easier for me to remember facts and figures when I talk about them.

Thanks a lot for your invitation. I’ll be glad to visit you in summer. What clothes shall I bring? How much money should I take? Will we be able to travel round Great Britain?

Anyway, I’m sure we’ll have a wonderful time together. Can’t wait to see you!

Write back!

Olesya

Task 29.

14 Gagarina Street

Kazan

Russia

20/09/08

Dear Patricia,

Thanks for your letter. I’m glad your birthday party was a great success!

Well, in Russia we don’t pay much attention to clothes but of course everybody wants to look great! Actually, any clothes will do if a person feels comfortable. As for me, I usually wear a skirt and a smart blouse. You were quite right not to take any notice of your friend’s clothes. If I were you, I would have done the same. It’s not the clothes that count, after all.

By the way, what birthday presents did you get? Did your parents give you what you wanted? What presents did you like most of all? As for me, I prefer books.

I’d better go now. Mum wants me to help with the housework. Take care and stay in touch!

Lots of love,

Ilona

Task 30.

19 Larina Street Rostov-upon-Don Russia

20 May 2008 Dear Mark,

Thanks for your last letter. I’m glad you got over the flu!

Well, I think you shouldn’t feel embarrassed. I guess there are lots of attractions in ‘Waterland’ like water slides or water games so nobody will notice that you can’t swim. You should definitely go there and have fun!

Yet I would start learning to swim if I were you. It isn’t very difficult so you will need five or six lessons. Swimming is my favourite sport because it’s a good exercise for the whole body so you’ll always stay in shape.

And what about you? What sports do you enjoy? Have you got any favourite sportsmen? Are you fond of extreme sports?

Well, I’d better go now as I have to do the shopping. Write back soon!

All the best,

Vasya





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