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Leisure or free time is a period of time spent out of work and domestic activity. It is also the period of recreational time before or after compulsory activities such as eating and sleeping, going to work or running a business, attending school and doing homework or housework. Leisure time is the time when you can forget about day-to-day stress and stressful activities and relax. These activities can be our hobby.

Nowadays people work all day long and rarely have spare time to rest and to do something they like. But if they have it they try to spend it in the way they prefer. And there are a lot of possibilities to do it perfect. There are plenty of things to do that can help you not to feel bored. Any activity is much better than doing nothing.

I'd like to notice that there are two main ways of spending free time: the one is to do some physical activities (often outdoors), for example, football, swimming, hockey, skiing; and another way is to enjoy something relaxing at home or in special places: reading, watching TV, knitting, engaging in hand-made. At any rate, hobby is a matter of taste, and everybody should choose it according to the personal preferences.

As for me, I like to pass my leisure time both in active and passive way. I really enjoy reading or watching films, because it's always interesting, helpful and helps to relax, what is especially necessary after a long tiring day. Also I am fond of active sports, swimming, skiing or riding a bike from time to time, when it is possible. Sometimes you feel you need to escape from everyday worries and to do something no thought-provoking. In many cases I can't let me doing anything very extraordinary, so I just go walking over long distances. It really helps to release the tension and refresh the mind.

To the point, the way how people pass their free time depends on the culture and social status. For example, American favorite leisure activity now is participating in experiences that they know aren't real, they turn to imagination – to worlds created by others, such as books, games, movies and television. Also public researches show that the average amount of weekly free time of many people fell; while the average amount of time spent working is now up. It can be explained by the fact of extra time spent on mobile phones or computers, and infrastructure development (the problem of traffic gems in big cities). As well, preferences of people to spend their time have also changed over the past years: instead of team activities more and more people choose solo activities.

Anyway, in the life of any person there are periods of time when he feels extremely bored. It happens because this person doesn't know what to do with his time and can't find anything interesting to do, or because he doesn't like what he is doing. Well, this problem has hundreds ways of solution. The simplest is to find something interesting to do. Here are some variants of activities to choose:
- Just tidy up;
- Try new recipes;
- Decide on making candles, knitting, cross snitching - in one word, create something new you can be proud of;
- Don't let online games dominate in your life;
- Photography, drawing, painting, playing musical instruments are very special activities that you can do as a cure fore boredom;
- Communicate more with other interesting people;
- Read something exiting, encouraging, or anything that will enrich your knowledge;
- Join a health club or gum where you will be able to feel happy and keep fit;
- Go out with you friends;
- Set your aims and keep a diary.

Following these simple advices you will never have a time to think about such problem as boredom.

As we all know, leisure time is one of the most important thing people can't live without. It is a big part of our life, and it actually shows the character and temper of person. I can't imagine a person who doesn't have any hobbies and favorite activities, because it is really impossible. Our hobbies and habits make our lives, filling it up with variety of feelings and emotions. Each person chooses his own way of spending time, either active of passive, and in any case in should be a refreshment and a source of inspiration.

A hobby is something you like to do in your free time. Some people make something, grow plants or collect things. Collecting things is not the only hobby people have. A lot of people do sports in their free time. Some people are fond of traveling or gardening. Different people like doing different things.

My friend is fond of collecting dolls. She has got a very good collection and she is proud of it. This hobby is very popular with girls.

Collecting dolls is funny but expensive. I think it is really interesting. Her collection is thematic. Her theme is Brats dolls. She keeps her dolls in special bags and doll's houses.

I spend a lot of time on my homework but in the evenings I have enough free time to do my hobby. My hobbies are reading, playing LEGO and roller skating. I like reading very much. I read interesting books, usually about magic.

I like to play LEGO. I have built a lot of houses from LEGO blocks and I like to do it.

I'm fond of roller skating. I can roller skate but I want to skate better. I've done skating for about 6 months. I'm proud that I could learn to roller skate so quickly.

I think that my hobbies are exciting!

Holidays

   After each term in school we had our holidays. It's fun to have holidays, you can do whatever you like, you don't have to get up too early, do your homework or think of troubles which occur very often at school.
   Most of all I liked summer holidays, they were the longest ones, though, when winter was snowy and and frosty, I enjoyed my winter holidays skating and skiing, sledging and making a snowman or having a fight with snowballs.
   I'd like to tell you about my summer holidays I spent in Sochi. It was just three years ago. My parents and me were sitting in the living-room discussing our plans for the summer holidays. My father suggested that we should go to Sochi. On hearing that I jumped up with joy and said it was a wonderful idea. My mother wasn't against the idea either. So one summer morning we started for our journey to Sochi.
   First, we travelled to Odessa by plane and from there we got to Sochi by boat. We stayed in Odessa for three days, our relatives live there and they gave us board and lodging. So we had an excellent opportunity to go round the city, to see beautiful monuments to the famous people who had lived in Odessa, museums and the Odessa Opera House.
   We enjoyed our trip from Odessa to Sochi. The Black Sea was calm. We sat on deck in the lounge chairs and looked at the sea. I like Sochi very much, we bathed and went boating and swimming, lay in the sun on the beach. In the evenings we went for a walk or dropped in at a cafe to have ice-cream or juice.
   My father showed us the famous Botanical Gardens, we went for hikes in the mountains, we saw the magnificent Augura Waterfalls. The sea was nice and warm. The weather was fine. When it was time to go home, we were sorry to leave the marvellous town of Sochi.

Каникулы

   В конце каждой четверти в школе у нас были каникулы. Интересно быть на каникулах. Ты можешь делать все, что тебе хочется. Тебе не надо рано вставать, делать домашние задания или думать о неприятностях, которые часто возникают в школе.
   Больше всего мне нравятся летние каникулы. Они самые длинные. Хотя, когда зима была снежная и морозная, я получал удовольствие от зимних каникул, катаясь на коньках, лыжах, санках, делая снеговика и бросаясь снежками.
   Я бы хотел рассказать вам о моих летних каникулах, которые я провел в Сочи. Это было три года назад. Я сидел с моими родителями в гостиной и мы обсуждали наши планы на лето. Мой отец предложил, чтобы мы поехали в Сочи. Услышав это, я подпрыгнул от радости и сказал, что это прекрасная идея. Мама тоже не была против этого. И так в одно летнее утро мы отправились в путешествие в Сочи.
   Сначала мы полетели в Одессу на самолете, а оттуда добрались до Сочи на пароходе. Мы пробыли в Одессе три дня. Там живут наши родственники, которые нас приютили. У нас была прекрасная возможность походить по городу, посмотреть красивые памятники знаменитым людям, которые жили в Одессе, музеи и Одесский оперный театр.
   Мы получили удовольствие от нашей поездки из Одессы в Сочи. Черное море было спокойным. Мы сидели на палубе в шезлонгах и смотрели на море. Мне очень нравится Сочи. Мы купались, плавали в лодке по морю, загорали на пляже. Вечером мы ходили гулять или в кафе поесть мороженое и выпить сок.
   Мой папа показал нам знаменитый ботанический сад. Мы ходили в горы и видели великолепные Агурские водопады. Море было приветливым и теплым, стояла хорошая погода. Когда пришло время возвращаться домой, нам было жаль покидать этот чудесный город Сочи.

I personally think that home is a small world where one lives according to his/her own rules. It's a place where you feel comfort, warmth and reliability. And I believe that it's not the size of the place where you live that matters, but the way you feel about it. And if your house is not just a building for you but a place that you can call home, it means that you want to stay there as long as possible and it's a place where you always want to return to.

The importance of home is depicted in languages of all the nations: we say "East or West, home is best ", the English say "My home is my castle." Home is a place that awakens the most pleasant feelings and high emotions in soul of every person. Always after a hard day I return home and think "At last I came home". For me there is no place like home.

I'm sure that home of a person is as much a reflection of his personality, as the clothes he wears, the food he eats, the books he reads and the friends he spends his time with. Homes reflect the way of life and habits of their owners.

I adore my home; I like to be there, because it's always filled with happiness and joy. Even after the first few minutes in our flat you can understand all hospitality and friendliness of this place and the family which lives there. Our flat is very warm and cosy, so it makes any person feel at home. It's the place where I wake up every morning to the refreshing smell of coffee from the kitchen and where every day of my life starts, that's why it is so important for me.

My home, my sweet home... Sometimes after a long journey I return home with such pleasure and happiness, that I feel myself like a baby that returns to its mother. I love every corner and every thing in my flat. "My home is my fortress", it is my territory, my place where I feel good and comfortable. And nobody can disturb me here.

House of My Dream

   Everyone likes dreaming. Dream is a hope for better things. It helps us to overcome the difficulties of our daily routine. A dream depends on people, on their education, nationality, character and other things. People imagine they have a lot of money, own family, an expensive car. Other people imagine themselves to be presidents of different countries or whole planets, etc.
   I'd like to tell you about the house of my dream. I'd like to have my own house on the bank of a beautiful river with crystal water, surrounded by high mountains, covered with green forest of evergreen trees.
   I would live there with my wife and two children. I imagine my house to be a 2 storeyed building. Near the front side it has a facade with columns and steps up to the front door. There are also two balconies and a terrace in my house. The windows are in the shape of arches. Through them you can see a wonderful landscape. There are lots of fir trees and flowers around the house. And you can walk in the shade of these trees listening to the birds singing.
   As you come through the front door, you find yourself in a large hall with an open fireplace. One of the doors leads to the living room. This room faces the south, so it's very sunny and has a lovely view of the whole valley. In the middle of this room there's a thick Persian carpet.
   There are few units of furniture in this room. On the left there's a leather sofa and small table nearby, on the right you can see home cinema and satellite receiver. There are two armchairs in the corner of this room. In the living room we spend our evenings chatting with each other, children play with a kitten.
   Then a wide staircase takes you to the first floor where there are four bedrooms. My children's rooms are really vast. The wallpapers are very colourful in bright shapes. Also there are lots of toys to play with.
   In the basement there is a big garage for our cars. We have got two cars: one for me and one for my wife.
   Behind the house there is a swimming bath, covered with glass. There are some plastic armchairs around the swimming bath. Our house looks peaceful and calm and the calmest room is my study. Next door to the study there is our library. It is a huge room with thousands books on history, astronomy, physics, science fictions, fantasy, poetry, etc. Someone might think that it is an antagonism, because everything we want to read we can receive via Internet, but I like real books, to handle them in my hands, to read them page by page. As for my children, they prefer associating with their friends.
   We have many different electrical appliances in our house. They make our life more comfortable. Also we have some robots to help us. They look after the house, grow vegetables in our garden and involved in cooking. So, we enjoy having greens and fresh vegetables on our dinner table during long winters. Our house is a beautiful place at any time of the year. In winter it's warm and cozy, in summer there is so much to do outside.

Дом моей мечты

   Каждому нравится помечтать. Мечта подобна надежде о лучшем. Она помогает нам преодолевать трудности нашей повседневной жизни. Мечта зависит от людей, от их образования, национальности, характера и других вещей. Люди мечтают о том, что у них много денег, семья, дорогой автомобиль. Другие воображают себя президентами каких-либо стран или целой планеты, и т. д.
   Я хотел бы рассказать вам о доме моей мечты. Я хотел бы, чтобы мой дом находился на берегу красивой реки с кристально чистой водой, окруженный высокими горами, покрытыми зеленым лесом вечнозеленых деревьев.
   Я жил бы там со своей женой и двумя детьми. Я воображаю, что мой дом будет двухэтажным. Возле передней стороны есть фасад с колоннами и ступени, ведущие к входной двери. В моем доме есть также два балкона и терраса. Окна в форме арок. Сквозь них можно увидеть замечательный ландшафт. Вокруг дома много елок и цветов. И можно пройтись в тени этих деревьев и послушать пение птиц.
   Входя через переднюю дверь, вы попадаете в большой зал с открытым камином. Одна из дверей ведет в гостиную комнату. Эта комната выходит на юг, так что здесь очень солнечно и открывается прекрасный вид на всю долину. В центре этой комнаты находится толстый персидский ковер.
   В этой комнате немного мебели. С левой стороны находится кожаный диван и небольшой столик неподалеку, справа можно увидеть домашний кинотеатр и спутниковый телеприемник. В углу комнаты находятся два кресла. В гостиной комнате мы проводим наши вечера, болтаем друг с другом, дети играют с котенком.
   Затем широкая лестница приводит вас на второй этаж, где находятся четыре спальни. Комнаты моих детей действительно большие. Обои очень красочные, ярких цветов. Также здесь есть много игрушек, с которыми они играют.
   В подвале находится большой гараж для наших автомобилей. У нас две машины: одна для меня и одна для моей жены.
   Позади дома расположен плавательный бассейн, крытый стеклом. Вокруг плавательного бассейна находится несколько пластмассовых стульев. Наш дом выглядит мирным и спокойным, самая тихая комната — мой кабинет. По соседству с кабинетом находится библиотека. Это — огромная комната, в которой находятся тысячи книг по истории, астрономии, физике, научной фантастике, фэнтази, поэзии, и т. д. Кто-то может подумать, что это — антагонизм, потому что все, что мы хотели бы почитать, мы можем получать через Интернет, но я люблю настоящие книги, люблю держать их в своих руках, читать их страница за страницей. Что касается" моих детей, они предпочитают общаться со своими друзьями.
   У нас в доме много электрических приборов. Они делают нашу жизнь более комфортной. Также у нас несколько роботов, которые нам помогают. Они заботятся о доме, выращивают овощи в нашем саду и занимаются приготовлением еды. Да, мы любим, чтобы долгой зимой на нашем обеденном столе были зелень и свежие овощи. Наш дом является красивым местом в любое время года. Зимой — тепло и удобно, летом — так много всего интересного вокруг.

I think summer is the best season for rest because it is warm, the nature is beautiful and we have great opportunities for rest. Summer is a time of holidays. We can go for a walk all day long, watch the clouds, swim, sit down by a river or a lake on fresh, green grass, climb high hills, play different games, ride a bicycle and so on.

I spend my summer holidays at my granny. There were many things there to enjoy. I swam in the sea, laid in the sun and did many other things. Sometimes I made a fire with my friends at the seaside and cooked potatoes there. It was wonderful. We told anecdotes to each other, and did everything we wanted. I also got used to walk alone in the forest.

When the August was coming to the end, I went on a small voyage by ship. The ship's name was "Olga Sadovskaya".

But the last summer wasn't for me only sugar and honey. I have passed through the graduating exams in school and entering exams in the university and technical university. So the bigger part of my summer vocations I spent at the books. Of course, it was not interesting, but I'm glad that I did it because now I'm a student of the best university in Primorye and the whole Far-East.

After each term in school we had our holidays. It's fun to have holidays, you can do whatever you like, you don't have to get up too early, do your homework or think of troubles which occur very often at school.Most of all I liked summer holidays, they were the longest ones, though, when winter was snowy and frosty, I enjoyed my winter holidays skating and skiing, sledging and making a snowman or having a fight with snowballs.

I'd like to tell you about my summer holidays I spent in Sochi. It was just three years ago. My parents and me were sitting in the living-room discussing our plans for the summer holidays. My father suggested that we should go to Sochi. On hearing that I jumped up with joy and said it was a wonderful idea. My mother wasn't against the idea either.

So one summer morning we started for our journey to Sochi. First, we travelled to Odessa by plane and from there we got to Sochi by boat. We stayed in Odessa for three days, our relatives live there and they gave us board and lodging. So we had an excellent opportunity to go round the city, to see beautiful monuments to the famous people who had lived in Odessa, museums and the Odessa Opera House.

We enjoyed our trip from Odessa to Sochi. The Black Sea was calm. We sat on deck in the lounge chairs and looked atthe sea. I like Sochi very much. We bathed and went boating and swimming, lay in Jk the sun on the beach. In the evenings we went for a walk or dropped in at a cafe to have ice-cream or juice. My father showed us the famous Botanical Gardens, we went for hikes in the mountains, we saw the magnificent Augura Waterfalls.

How do I Learn English

   Nowadays it's very necessary to know a foreign language. Knowledge of foreign language helps us to develop friendship and understanding among people.
   The total number of languages in the world is from 2500 to 5000. English is spoken all over the world and very popular. There is a proverb: «Knowledge is Power» I agree with it.
   I study English, because I want to read English books of great writers in the original. I want to communicate with people from different countries, I want to understand their culture and traditions. I like to travel.
   Speaking English I can travel anywhere, because more than 1 billion people speak English. I have a pen-friend abroad. She lives in Sweden. I have much fun writing letters to my Swedish friend.
   How do I learn English? First of all I read a lot. There is always an English book on my desk. I'm trying to learn few new words every day. To remember words better I put them into groups. For example: believe — believer—belief — disbelieve.
   I listen to songs in English and try to recognize the words. I have some tapes and video-tapes in English. I like to watch different satellite TV programs in English.
   I like studying English.

Как я изучаю английский язык

   В наши дни совершенно необходимо знание иностранного языка. Знание иностранного языка помогает развивать дружбу и понимание между людьми.
   Общее число языков в мире — от 2500 до 5000. На английском говорят во всем мире, и он очень популярен. Есть такая пословица: «Знание — сила». Я с ней согласна.
   Я изучаю английский, потому что я хочу читать произведения великих английских писателей в оригинале. Я хочу общаться с людьми из разных стран, я хочу понимать их культуру и традиции. Мне нравится путешествовать.
   Говоря на английском, я могу отправиться куда угодно, потому что более миллиарда людей говорят по-английски. У меня есть подруга по переписке в Швеции. Мне очень нравится писать ей письма.
   Как я изучаю английский? Прежде всего, я много читаю. На моем письменном столе всегда есть книга на английском. Я стараюсь выучить несколько новых слов каждый день. Чтобы лучше их запоминать, я разделяю их на группы. Например: верить — верующий — вера — неверие.
   Я слушаю песни на английском и пытаюсь узнавать слова. У меня есть несколько аудио- и видеокассет на английском языке. Мне нравится смотреть различные передачи на английском по спутниковому телевидению.
Мне нравится изучать английский язык.

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