The MUET listening test is probably one of the more tricky ones to score because your true listening skills is developed through your everyday life more than anything else. Materials are only tools to assist you to prepare better for the exam. But with the following tips and information about the exam format, you should be able to grasp what is it you have to prepare in order to score a good Band for the MUET listening test.
Exam paper code: 800/1
Exam duration: 30 minutes
Total weightage: 15%
20 questions in total
Types of question: Information transfer, short-answer questions, MCQ
*The MUET listening test will assess candidates on their ability to:
Comprehend various types of oral text of varying length
Master different levels of complexity in terms of content and language
Recognize main ideas
Recognize supporting details
Distinguish the relevant from the irrelevant (filter out irrelevant information)
Interpret the speaker’s views, attitudes and intentions
Distinguish fact from opinion
· Practice selective listening – not every word said is important and relevant
· Jot down notes as the speaker talks
· If you can’t hear the recording clearly, raise up your hand to inform the person in charged to increase the volume of the recording. It is NOT wrong to do so.
· Read up on various topics to familiarize yourself with the terms and spelling of various words
Stress is a common problem among university students. Discuss. Support your answer with examples. Give your views innot fewer that 350 words.
Stress is a normal phenomenon in university life. It is an accepted fact that stress is a common problem for university students of different ages, disciplines of study, and social and economic backgrounds. Furthermore, research has shown that stress has negative impact and effects on an individual’s health and lifestyle. In view of these situations, it is essential and necessary for university students to know how they can mange stress effectively. In my opinion, there are three ways that can effectively reduce or eliminate stress. All these ways are inter related and bring about the maximum positive impact to deal with stress effectively.
The first way is related to self awareness, self realization and acceptance of stress. These qualities build a foundation that will positively nurture the appropriate mindset and emotional attitude to deal with stress in realistic ways. The student must be aware, realize and accept the fact that he or she is experiencing stress. Such awareness, realization and acceptance are strong contributory factors to alert, motivate and initiate the student to think seriously of the nature, possible causes and potential consequences of the stress he or she is experiencing. The attention given to these issues is a strong catalyst to direct the student to want work out the solutions to deal with the problem or situation or people that generate the stress. Self awareness, self realization and self acceptance of stress will generate in students the need to confront stress with the right, positive, mental and emotional attitude.
The second way that can help university students manage stress effectively is to educate and equip themselves with knowledge and relevant information on approaches, methods and techniques on how to identify the symptoms of various types of stress and stress related factors. For example, they can learn more about the causes and effects of stress on health, personality and lifestyle. Being university students, their maturity and mental and emotional intelligence should be their guides in searching for the above mentioned information from authorized sources like health reference books or the Internet. They can also seek advice from professionals namely doctors, lectors and counselors or experienced individuals like parents and elders.The third way relates to a holistic healthy lifestyle that involves constant physical activity, having good eating habits, adopting positive attitudes to problems and nurturing healthy family, social and working relationships. These characteristics effects of stress like anxiety, frustration and health problems of poor concentration, lack of sleep and loss of appetite.
In sum, I leave in shot note these three ways can effectively help university students to mange stress mentally, emotionally and holistically.
Suggest some measures that you think should be taken to prevent snatch thefts. Support your answer with examples. Give your views innot fewer that 350 words.
Recently, there have been a lot of reports in the newspapers on the rising cases of snatch theft. I fully agree with the writer’s opinions which were published in your editorial column. In order to curb this problem, the public and the police should word together.
One of the ways to curb this problem is the public to be more aware of their surroundings. They should always be on the looked for suspicious-looking characters and make a report to the police, if necessary. Often, the police rely on public information to make a head start in solving cases. They must also learn to take better care of themselves. For example, they should make sure that they have a friend with them they have to walk in a deserted area. As far as possible, however, they should avoid dark and deserted areas.
One mistake which people make is to wear a lot of jewellery or take along a lot of money when going out. Flashy jewellery will attract the attention of snatch thieves. In addition, they should take better care of their belongings. For example, girls or women with handbags need to ensure that they hold on their handbags properly so that they will not be easily snatched. They should always walk facing oncoming traffic so that they can see what or who is approaching them. Women are also advised not carry handbags with long straps as these are easy to snatch.
The public should also cooperate and be more civic minded in helping others. They should try and help victims of snatch thefts and not just turn a blind eye. In many cases of snatch thefts, not many people came up to help the victims even though there were cries for help. The least they could have done was to try to take down the vehicle registration number of the motorcycle or to help give a description of the perpetrators to the police. If people look out for and each other, snatch thieves will not have such an easy time.
Last but not least, the police should come up with preventive measures to curb this problem. They should patrol snatch-theft prone areas such as bus stations and LRT stations. They should also come up with posters to remind the public to be more careful about snatch thieves. Aside from this, they can conduct seminars to educate the public on how to avoid becoming victims of snatch thefts.
All in all, in order to curb this growing problem, it is necessary for the public and the police to cooperate with each other. By being more responsible for their own safety and working hand in hand with the police, the public can play a great part in helping to reduce the number of snatch thefts
Discuss suitable ways of eradicating disciplinary problems among secondary school students. Support your answer with example. You should writeat least 350 words.
In era of science and technology, disciplinary problems among secondary school students are getting out of hand. It is, therefore, imperative that action be taken by all sectors of society to eradicate these disciplinary problems.
The school authorities play an important role in this fight against disciplinary problems in school. All teacher need to be vigilant and on the lookout for any form of indiscipline, even those as minor as absenteeism. They also need to investigate fights no matter how small as these are symptoms of more serious problems. Preventive measures such as strict enforcement of school rules and appropriate punishments are extremely necessary nowadays. Public caning and expulsion of repeat offenders of serious misconduct such as fighting, gangsterism and extortion, are highly recommended.
In order for the schools to effectively combat indiscipline, the full support of the Ministry of education is necessary. The ministry could provide special training for heads of schools and discipline teachers. In addition, discipline teachers and counselors should be given teaching loads so that they can better carry out their special responsibilities. Moreover, the ministry could provide financial support to improve facilities in schools to gainfully occupy the students.
Parents are also an important group of people who can help eradicate disciplinary problems in secondary schools. Parents have a very important role to play in ensuring the good behavior of their children at all times. They should not leave the responsibility of educating their children solely on the shoulders of school teachers. They should constantly monitor their children’s whereabouts and make it a point to get to know their children’s friends. Besides that, parents should be aware of the activities that their children are engaged in. a good way of keeping tabs on the going-on in schools is to play an active role in the parent-teacher association.
Finally, the police can also be called upon to combat disciplinary problems. They can be called upon to counsel students through lecture, talks and workshops. The police need to be allowed to patrol school compounds to make their presence felt. They should also be empowered to arrest students suspected of being involved in serious offences such as gang fights.
To conclude, it is obvious that action should be taken by the school authorities, parents, the Ministry of Education and the police in order to eliminate disciplinary problems in secondary schools.
Foreign workers – can’t live with them, cant live without them. . At least that’s what quite a lot of Malaysians I now feel about them. Deputy Human Resources Minister, Senator Maznah Mazlan said that there are 1.403 million foreigners here holding the TemporaryEmploymentVisitPass, which accounts for 11.2% of Malaysia’s total workforce. That’s actually quite a lot of foreigners for a country with a 2.7% unemployment rate as of last year.
But it’s no use denying the fact that we need them. The fact that we still don’t have minimum wage means that there are just too many jobs out there that pay too little (from the perspective of Malaysians) and are considered not worth the trouble by Malaysians. As our cost of living continues to rise against stagnating wages, even fresh graduates earning around RM2,000 will sometimes find it hard to keep things afloat living in Kuala Lumpur, let alone having to survive on a construction worker’s wages.
And even now we can see foreign workers in supermarkets and restaurants, jobs that are considered ‘comfortable’ and not ‘heavy’, but more and more locals are turning away from them simply because in the current economic climate the pay is nowhere near good enough. On the one hand it’s a shame that we prefer being unemployed rather than at least earning something, even if it means working a hard job with not very good pay. But on the other hand it’s also understandable why we’d prefer to hold out and keep looking for something better, considering the economic realities that we have to face in our daily lives.
The side effect of being dependent on foreign workers is that it puts a strain on a lot of things – public amenities and services especially. They also compete with the poor for low cost accommodation, and the congested living conditions have also contributed to societal and environmental problems. But blaming things on them will not solve anything. The fact of the matter is, these are men and women trying to make an honest living in a foreign country where their presence is not exactly welcomed with open arms.
They had to leave their family behind, live in sometimes abominable and unacceptable conditions, and push themselves to the limit to work as many hours as possible in order to send as much money as they can home to their families. Try doing that and see if you won’t find yourself in similar social problems should you be in their exact same shoes. It’s easy to blame the ‘other’ when you’re comfortably on the other side of the fence, but not so easy when you really look and try to empathise with them.
Trying to combat these problems will definitely cost money, and if we’re being honest with ourselves, it’s just like dousing a raging fire – it’s unlikely that we can totally put a stop to it. The only way we can avoid these problems is by not having them here or not being too dependent on foreign workforce. Paying the 3D jobs (dirty, dangerous and difficult) better wages to attract locals to do it is a start. A good minimum wage is a start too. Of course companies employing foreign workers will moan that this is not good business, but that is why we vote and have a government – to think about how best to solve this dilemma, because what’s a government here for if not to take care of its people?
Malaysians are getting more and more attached to their mobile phones. I am no different. I love my smartphone – it’s with me from the moment I wake up to the time I go to bed. However, like many other Malaysians, I’m also starting to see real possibilities of the mobile internet platform that my phone brings. It’s much more than just fun and games. It has progressed from a lifestyle accessory to a living necessity. This little thing in your hand can connect you with more than 7 billion people on the planet if you want it to. Just imagine the possibilities… What if we could apply this potential to improve the lives of fellow Malaysians as we know it?
Because I work in a telco, my friends often share with me their ideas for mobile apps that can potentially wipe out traffic woes in the city, improve public transport capabilities, enhance personal safety, and so on. Everyone seems to have a point of view on one topic or another, but no one has any real plan of action, seeing this area to be the exclusive domain of only techy geeks.
You no longer need to be a code technician to be involved in the burgeoning global App Economy. Any regular Malaysian with a good idea can make a difference in our local community. If you want to get started immediately, I encourage you to enter our DiGi Challenge for Change (seewww.dgcfc.my) – an exciting avenue for average Malaysians to bring their ideas to life. We created this challenge because we know that solutions to real life issues come from normal people, not just from software engineers. This new innovation model involves creating collaborations between those with ideas and those that can make the good ideas happen.
Here are some amazing facts and figures that I’d like to share with you: It’s estimated that nearly 46 billion mobile apps were downloaded globally by end 2012; almost double the 25 billion downloads in 2011. In four years (2016), this number is predicted to grow more than six times to 310 billion downloads– more than 30 times the number of people on this planet! The fact that apps first appeared in the world just 5 years ago makes this even more amazing.
I reckon we Malaysians are an opinionated and creative bunch, so can you imagine the potential for local apps if we can each contribute some great ideas? By doing so, we would be positively supporting our economy at the same time.
I love the MyTaxi App which allows users to book a taxi painlessly and to even track the taxi’s journey to their location. It is also a win-win for the taxi driver, because it translates into savings in time and fuel as there is less of a need to drive around aimlessly scouring for customers when you have a greater chance of finding a customer closest to your current location. Apps like Waze also help road users to plan their routes better, avoiding stress-inducing traffic congestions along their drive to a certain destination.
The way we live today has changed because of the mobile internet. Before, the internet was seen just as an alternative channel or technology to carry out activities like shopping, banking and general commerce. In time, it will be just how we do things every day; no longer science fiction but just our way of life.
When we look around us, we see how mobile internet has changed the way services are delivered in Malaysia, not to mention the savings in time and cost that these apps have helped to bring about in the general economy. Nowadays, I no longer stand in long queues at the bank to pay bills, or send letters through the post. All these things now happen at my fingertips, breathing new life into dead time; freeing up precious hours for more productive pursuits.
I can’t wait to see what other useful Malaysian-inspired mobile apps will be uncovered as part of our DiGi Challenge for Change in the next few months. If we can convert every Malaysian armchair critic into a community-driven mobile app advocate, we may just have started the wave of the Great Malaysian App Revolution.
http://kopitiamekonomi.com/kopitiam-blog/mobile-everywhere-everything/- by Frank Chan
The world today is turning more to electronic communications such as the e-mail, Facebook and Short message System (SMS). What is your opinion of this growing trend? Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.
: Everywhere we turn today, the world is crowded with people busy typing SMSes on their Nokias or iPhones or someone is staring unblinkingly at a Facebook or Yahoo page on the computer screen. Whether you like it or not, the age of Information Technology is upon us, and we can either learn new skills and adapt to this new technology, or be forever lost and stuck in the older generation. In my opinion, I am fully convinced that this growing trend is the way of the future, and it brings countless benefits to mankind. In this essay, I will discuss three positive effects of electronic communication, namely its efficiency, enhances communication and creates a borderless world community. First and foremost, more and more people are relying on e-mail, Facebook, Short Message System (SMS) and other types of electronic communication tools because of its high efficiency. This is because in today's age of globalisation, we need information at the tip of our fingers. Moreover, with the use of these tools, we can increase the speed of getting the necessary and relevant information within seconds and this will increase our productivity. For example, gone are the days of using 'snail mail' or regular letters using stamps and envelopes and many more examples of 'old' technology because it is simply too slow and inefficient. Therefore, these e-communication tools increases the access to important information which is why the new generation is fully accepting this growing trend. Secondly, this form of technology enhances communication among people today. This means that when we use SMS, e-mails and websites like Facebook, we are able to communicate clearly and directly to our target audience. Furthermore, people today find that the message is more important than the form it comes in as an e-mail in short but clear sentences is just as good or even better than a long and formal letter. For instance, an SMS can give clear instructions in just a few words and this communicates what needs to be done quickly and directly. Thus, when the intended message can be spread clearly using short and clear information like in SMSes and emails, communication can be enhanced and there will be less problems of miscommunication. Last but not least, e-communication creates a borderless community in the world we live in today. This is due to the fact that the boundaries that separate each country becomes less relevant when information is transferred without limitations. In addition, the world would be a better place because there is a sense of 1-World commitment, respect and tolerance for the global community through efficient and clear e-communication. Take for example, we are able to connect with people on an international basis using Facebook, Friendster, Tagged, Hotmail, Yahoo and others. Hence, these tools will enhance global unity and create a more peaceful world. In a nutshell, this growing trend has many positive effects not just to individuals but the global society in terms of efficiency, enhancing communicative skills and shaping a borderless community. In my opinion, I still firmly believe that this latest trend is the best way forward and if we do not catch up, we will be left behind by the tide of development. Our government can encourage the proper usage of electronic communications by increasing communication amenities and broadband accessibility especially in rural areas so that they can enjoy the same facilities as city-folks therefore balancing the development of our country towards achieving Vision 2020.
The rising fuel price has pushed up the price of other consumer products. How will this affect the society? Give your opinion. You should write at least 350 words.
Money is always an issue in today's era of materialism. Most people need it for basic survival while the lucky few indulge in luxuries without worrying about money. In my opinion, I strongly agree that the rising fuel price has pushed up the price of other consumer products and this will definitely affect the society. In this essay, I would like to touch on the effects this price increase has on society today, namely increasing vice activities, widening the gap between the rich and the poor and affecting the population trend in the long term.
First and foremost, society will immediately be affected by the rise in fuel prices because consumer products will be more costly and this leads to an increase of vice activities. This is because basic necessities such as rice, flour, sugar and so on will be in great demand and some warehouses will store or hoard the items to further increase the price of the product. Moreover, in the newspapers today, reports of smuggling of these items prove that this vice activity is on the rise. For example, the recent sugar price hike caused a furor among the Malaysian society as it costs more fuel to travel to and from the supermarket and when arriving, most places had run out of stock even though the government had allocated 2kg of sugar to one person. Therefore, the fuel price increase had definitely caused more hardships to society today.
Secondly, it is undeniable that the rise in fuel prices leads to the widening of the gap between the rich and the poor. This is due to the fact that people are greatly affected by the price of basic necessities such as food and fuel in particular. Furthermore, the rich people will still be able to afford such things but the poor will face greater challenges as the popular saying goes: "The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer." For instance, when money is used to purchase consumer products that are necessary for survival, then less money will be spent on health and dental check-up, educational purposes and others. Thus, it is clear that the fuel price hike will further stress on the differences between the rich and the poor which is such a tragedy.
Last but not least, in the long term the population trend or demographics of the society will be greatly affected. This means that new families will consciously decide not to have too many children in order to increase their quality of life. In addition, society is now more aware of birth control and family planning so this will greatly reduce the population as most families will have 1 to 5 children instead of more. Take for example, new families with less children will surely spend less on basic necessities like food, clothes, transport and many more. Hence, the demographics of the whole country will be affected and this in turn will reduce our workforce which will affect our country's productivity and prosperity.
In short, there are many short term to long term effects of a fuel price increase which includes more crimes like hoarding and smuggling will occur and this leads to the widening of the gap between the rich and the poor as well as a change in the society's demographics. I still strongly believe that the rising fuel price has pushed up the price of other consumer products and this will surely cause a negative impact to society. The government must find a way to stabilise the fuel price at a reasonable rate so that it does not affect the productivity of this country towards achieving the aspirations of the nation for Vision 2020.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents are the best teachers. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Parents play the most important role in the bringing up of their children. In my opinion, despite some very good characteristics parents have, they can’t be the best teachers of their children. First of all, parents are able to have knowledge in some fields, but not all the fields. It is not true that parents know everything in the world. Sometimes, they just have a passing acquaintance of some subjects. They shouldn’t teach their children something that they don’t know thoroughly. For example, a very famous physicist can’t teach his children chemistry though he is very good at physics because his knowledge of chemistry isn’t enough to teach his children. So that’s why parents always search for good teachers to teach their children what they need to learn properly. Secondly, parents want to teach their children by their ways/EXAMOLE. They are right, and they are wrong sometimes. For those who aren’t be educated how to be good teachers, it might be a very big problem. They can be good parents, but hardly good teachers. For instance, it’s not simply to telling children what they should do and what they shouldn’t. If the children don’t follow, their parents might get angry. In that case, they lose their temper, and they just want their children to obey them without any decent explanation for their behavior. Parents should help their children be aware of right and wrong in order that they will know why their parents want them to follow their advice. Thirdly, parents can easily be wrong in educating their children in that they have a lot of emotion. In their eyes, their children are obviously the best ones. They praise their children and encourage them to keep doing things though in other people's eyes, the children should stop behaving like that. Consequently, parents should be strict and thoughtful in some situations. As children don’t recognize what is right and wrong, they do anything they like. Parents should always watch on their children and guide them to do the right thing instead of letting them do whatever they want. In brief, parents aren’t always good teachers though they might be good parents. To be good teachers, it is the way they educate their children, which they should be concerned with rather than the way they love their children.
You have enough money to purchase either a house or a business. Which would you choose to buy? Give specific reasons to explain your choice.
People always haveto decide how they will invest their money after they have saved it for a while. Some people invest in a house but some people invest in a business. If I have enough money, I will purchase a house as it has no any disadvantage to me. Purchasing a house means that it belongs to me as my property. I can feel that I do not waste my money. It is just turned into a house. Besides, the house price is rising higher and higher so this is a good investment. If I have my children, they will not have to purchase a new house. They can take one of mine. If I let them find money and afford a house themselves, I can not imagine how the house price will be at that time, and how hard my children will have to work to earn enough money. Moreover, I can either move to the new house after I get bored with theold one. Some people in my country have more than one house. One is in the city near their workplaces.Another is quite far away from the city so they can have their rest there on weekends. In addition, I can let other people rent this house if I do not need to live there that time. By doing this, I can also have income from my house. On the other hand, purchasing a business is full of risk. As I am not good at business, I need to take time in studying the business to purchase one. Even if I have studied well on the business, it is still risky. I would rather not try on my own business although I can make more profit on it. It is obvious for me which choice I will choose after compare two options, to purchase a house or a business. Purchasing a house is surely my last answer.
Nowadays, food has become easier to prepare. Has this change improved the way people live? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
With the advancement of technology and science, many instruments and equipments are being introduced in our daily life. One of their benefits is processing of food material faster and easily. this has brought some changes in the people life. Firstly, due to the advent of food preparing machines like mixers, microwave, pressure cookers , making food items have become easier and faster. This help the people who have busy schedules like the proffesionals and research scientists. So people do not have to schedule much time preparing the food and food can be quickly served. So the change has adapted with the fast life of the people. Also, the people who do not have families and live life singly, particularly the bachelor guys, feel these equipments easier and more convenient . Generally they do not have the knowledge of making food dishes, but with the help of the modern machines and technologies they can easily prepare food. So they now prefer to lead life alone rather than in families and concentrates more in their career. But, the machines and equipments have also made people little bit lazy due to the easiness and fastness. People do not work hard to make food, which have the changed the conventional ives and mothers. Still, the easiness to prepare food have changed to people life positively in respect of development, accceleration, career, and time management .
Nowadays, wherever we turn our gaze, we can see different types of food that are easier to prepare. It cannot be doubted that our eating style has encountered a revolutionary change in the last few decades. It is the change in the type of food that has had the greatest influence. For instance, we can buy frozen food in a supermarket and just prepare it in a couple of minutes, whereas before it could have taken us maybe hours to prepare this kind of meal. Not only have the recipes of certain food types have been altered, but also new ones have been created. Examples include yet are not restricted to beef hamburgers, potato chips, ready made available yoghurt, frozen meat and cold drinks. I would accept that this so called improvement changed our lives, but i believe there are some drawbacks as well.
It is true that these kinds of food do not involve hard work to prepare, but food that is easy to prepare generally has some artificial ingredients mixed in it that makes it "easy to prepare." If we take time to read the ingredients, we would definitely come across the words like preservatives or artificial flavorings. Many newly emerged types of food have not the essence of a "complete meal" as defined by the nutritionists. To add to the problem, these food types are often served alone. In fact, there are many medical reports warning people from dependingupon such fast meals in their food. Other reports indicate a high potential of malnutrition among those who are "addicted” to the common duet of burgers and colas.
Many parents use physical punishment to discipline their children. Others prefer to use different methods to reward good behavior or punish misbehavior. This essay will look at some of the arguments for and against physical punishment of children. It is often claimed that physical punishment will damage children in later life. Opponents of corporal punishment claim that the children will grow up to become delinquents or even beat their wives. However, many happily married adults today were slapped when they were younger but have never hit their spouses. Another point often made is that physical punishment teaches children that you can use force to make others do what you want. In fact children brought up well soon learn that force by itself is nothing - it must be associated with right. Finally, some people say that punishing a child by smacking him will damage the relationship between the child and the parents. This is clearly wrong. Children who understand the reasons for rules will be happier than children who are not given clear guidelines.
There are definitely concerns about physical punishment. Some parents lose control and can injure children - even breaking bones or causing bruises. Others can use violence excessively or as the only method of discipline. In this case, the child will be hurt, fearful and anxious and will not learn to distinguish right from wrong. The biggest problem with physical violence is when it is not appropriate to the age of the child. It can be very effective to quickly smack a two-year-old who is screaming. However, it is not effective to beat a 16-year-old who is late for school once again.
In conclusion, physical punishment can be a useful method of discipline. However it should be the last choice for parents. If we want to build a world with less violence we must begin at home, and we must teach our children to be responsible.
Nowadays, food has become easier to prepare. Has this change improved the way people live? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
With the advancement of technology and science, many instruments and equipments are being introduced in our daily life. One of their benefits is processing of food material faster and easily. this has brought some changes in the people life. Firstly, due to the advent of food preparing machines like mixers, microwave, pressure cookers , making food items have become easier and faster. This help the people who have busy schedules like the proffesionals and research scientists. So people do not have to schedule much time preparing the food and food can be quickly served. So the change has adapted with the fast life of the people. Also, the people who do not have families and live life singly, particularly the bachelor guys, feel these equipments easier and more convenient . Generally they do not have the knowledge of making food dishes, but with the help of the modern machines and technologies they can easily prepare food. So they now prefer to lead life alone rather than in families and concentrates more in their career. But, the machines and equipments have also made people little bit lazy due to the easiness and fastness. People do not work hard to make food, which have the changed the conventional ives and mothers. Still, the easiness to prepare food have changed to people life positively in respect of development, accceleration, career, and time management . 2.
Nowadays, wherever we turn our gaze, we can see different types of food that are easier to prepare. It cannot be doubted that our eating style has encountered a revolutionary change in the last few decades. It is the change in the type of food that has had the greatest influence. For instance, we can buy frozen food in a supermarket and just prepare it in a couple of minutes, whereas before it could have taken us maybe hours to prepare this kind of meal. Not only have the recipes of certain food types have been altered, but also new ones have been created. Examples include yet are not restricted to beef hamburgers, potato chips, ready made available yoghurt, frozen meat and cold drinks. I would accept that this so called improvement changed our lives, but i believe there are some drawbacks as well. It is true that these kinds of food do not involve hard work to prepare, but food that is easy to prepare generally has some artificial ingredients mixed in it that makes it "easy to prepare." If we take time to read the ingredients, we would definitely come across the words like preservatives or artificial flavorings. Many newly emerged types of food have not the essence of a "complete meal" as defined by the nutritionists. To add to the problem, these food types are often served alone. In fact, there are many medical reports warning people from dependingupon such fast meals in their food. Other reports indicate a high potential of malnutrition among those who are "addicted” to the common duet of burgers and colas. Not having to cook has also taken the fun out of cooking. Cooking is an art, but in today's world, this is no more true. People are so busy in their work that they just rely on these simple foods. The invention and production of these foods have made people lazy not only for cooking but also for a well family get together. It was not like former times when families would sit together and eat freshly baked food. With the absence of regular family get together, relationships are likely to be weaker. People think that fast prepared food types dp improve our style of life. This opinion comes especially from bust people, working wives, and younger people. They believe that we have many things in life more important than eating. Time spent on food preparation is considered waste by them. Wives will have more time to care of their families' souls not just stomachs. Family relationships will get stronger. Business men and women will have more time to concentrate on their arrangements. In general, people will have a greater opportunity to take care of their minds and hearts. I agree with that food preparation should take its necessary time and care. Otherwise, the time saved in food preparation can lead to longer times of headache or even of staying in hospitals suffering from malnutrition.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents are the best teachers. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Parents play the most important role in the bringing up of their children. In my opinion, despite some very good characteristics parents have, they can’t be the best teachers of their children. First of all, parents are able to have knowledge in some fields, but not all the fields. It is not true that parents know everything in the world. Sometimes, they just have a passing acquaintance of some subjects. They shouldn’t teach their children something that they don’t know thoroughly. For example, a very famous physicist can’t teach his children chemistry though he is very good at physics because his knowledge of chemistry isn’t enough to teach his children. So that’s why parents always search for good teachers to teach their children what they need to learn properly. Secondly, parents want to teach their children by their ways/EXAMOLE. They are right, and they are wrong sometimes. For those who aren’t be educated how to be good teachers, it might be a very big problem. They can be good parents, but hardly good teachers. For instance, it’s not simply to telling children what they should do and what they shouldn’t. If the children don’t follow, their parents might get angry. In that case, they lose their temper, and they just want their children to obey them without any decent explanation for their behavior. Parents should help their children be aware of right and wrong in order that they will know why their parents want them to follow their advice. Thirdly, parents can easily be wrong in educating their children in that they have a lot of emotion. In their eyes, their children are obviously the best ones. They praise their children and encourage them to keep doing things though in other people's eyes, the children should stop behaving like that. Consequently, parents should be strict and thoughtful in some situations. As children don’t recognize what is right and wrong, they do anything they like. Parents should always watch on their children and guide them to do the right thing instead of letting them do whatever they want.
In brief, parents aren’t always good teachers though they might be good parents. To be good teachers, it is the way they educate their
2#: I definitely agree that parents are the perfect teachers. They have superiority over the others due to a few explicit reasons: the connection between parents and children is exceptionally firm; parents teach children filled with desire and benevolence; children spend more time with their own parents than other people. Occasionally, the generation gap impedes the conception of the communication problem or some parents don't care about the bringing up of their own children. Recently, there was a survey in our school. The matter was whether our parents spend a part of their spare time to develop our general knowledge. The results were positive - most of us are satisfied with their concern. Similar surveys were held in other schools and the returns were according to the expectations. One week ago I had a conversation with a friend of mine. Now he is learning in a mathSchool. He told me that he had taken the exam with excellence due to his father, who had been interested in math when a boy. His father explained to him plainly and understandably all mathematical problems. My friend was also obliged to solve definite numbers of problems every day to gain an insight into math gradually. After the exam's results he was very grateful to his father for helping him constantly. Unfortunately, some children haven't got responsible parents. The latter leave their children bring up alone because they are too busy with work or have no will to communicate each other. A social poll was held in my city few days ago. The query was "Why the connection between parents and children is fading away today?" and most of the parents answered that they hadn't got time to pay attention to them despite their will to. Therefore, they must hire a domestic or a tutor to bring up or educate them. These latter people won't live forever with the children in comparison with parents in spite of that they can be experienced teachers. Yesterday my best friend told me that he couldn't comprehend why his parents compel him to tide up his room every day or why whenever he goes out he should be in formal clothes without caring a rucksack. I told him that it is normal there to be a distinction between the generations, but parents are one of our closest friends and what they do they do for us.
In spite of these few shortcomings parents always direct their children to the true way and they build the foundation of children's future life by teaching them. I believe that they have the ability to teach them in the most adequate way.
"Friends Should Never Hide Anything From Each Other." Do You Agree?
No man is an island. Everyone depends on his friends to a certain extent. Ever since man formed a system of verbal communication, all people have been in constant chatter with one another.
Relationships are important to man, so much that people may shape their entire lifestyles simply to find favor with theircliqueor circle of friends. Therefore, much caution must be applied when dealing with our friends, especially in our speech. So then, must we always tell our friends the whole truth and nothing but the truth or is it sometimes simply none of their business?
One thing is clear: finding out that your friend has lied to you always hurts. In cases where lies have been told to hurt you or other parties on purpose, the friendship will never be the same. If the lie caused you great damage, the friendship will not be salvageable. Who would want atreacherousperson for a friend? Yet, even when the matter is not of great importance, little lies can lead to the spoiling of relationships. I have a friend who often tells little untruths.
Sometimes, he exaggerates circumstances a little, just to impress others, sometimes he tells half-truths to get out of trouble, sometimes, he makes up stories just to entertain his friends. Personally, I just do not feel comfortable with him. You see, I just never know whether he is telling the truth or one more of his little lies.
Apart from the question of maintaining credibility, sharing one's problems and joys with a friend can also be helpful as we deal with the problems of daily living. As the saying goes, shared joy is double the joy and shared sorrow is half the sorrow. Sharing the good times can brighten up a friend's day if he feels down. Sharing one's problems and despairs with a friend will bring forth the encouragement and advice we need to hear. Sometimes simply having an ear to hear our heart's cries and knowing that someone understands us will make us feel better. People have been saved from suicide just by having a friend to listen to their troubles.
It is clear, then, that some things need to be said to our friends without any twisting of the truth. However, there are times when telling a friend too much can also lead to problems. An all-too-common example of such a time is when one hears rumors. Gossip can start simply because someone thought a rumor was true and shared all her thoughts on the rumor with a friend. The friend, who actually had no real knowledge of the matter, passed all her thoughts and ideas to another friend and so on and so forth. The final result can be a mangled product which could really hurt the parties involved. The thing to do about rumors is not to spread them, even if you have strong opinions, about them.
Anothernoteworthyfact is that sometimes, telling the truth may be worse than saying nothing. If an ugly girl with an inferiority complex were to ask you if she was unattractive, it would be a very bad idea to tell her just how unattractive she was. One must use his discretion in such situations, stressing on her good qualities, of course. Telling the whole truth in this case would destroy her remaining shreds of confidence.
In conclusion, I feel that friends, even the closest of friends, need not tell each other everything they know or feel. Some matters, of course, should be discussed with friends, while some others should be hidden. We have to balance our love for truth with the practicalities of the situation. Not being perfect, we are bound to make mistakes, of course. So, one must then be prepared to make up with our friends, apologizing for our verbal blunders and forgiving them for theirs. Well, that's what friendship is really about -- accepting people for what they are, imperfections and all.
Question: Today the high sales of popular consumer goods reflect the power of advertising and not the real needs of the society in which they are sold. What are your views on this? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge on experience.
Nowadays millions of companies produce billions of products and the role of advertising is quite obvious. Ads help consumers to find the goods or services of their needs. However, do our needs grow equally fast as the number of products? Some market analysts insist modern commercials are not merely matchmakers of a product and a consumer, but actively interfere with buyer’s desires, developing artificial needs. Undoubtedly, advertisement guides people through the market, serves those who do not have time to learn differences between goods. These products are probably the same, but loyalty to a particular brand, formed by a commercial helps make a choice. When a person buys one mobile phone out of 50 models, he thinks he made his choice himself. But that was a commercial who told him about the features of this phone. Nevertheless, ads not only inform us about new goods, but force people to want them. This can be even useful, for example for someone who suffers from back pains and without commercials he would never imagine there are new mattresses which could ease their pains. Unfortunately, promoters now operate our minds more aggressively. Commercials no longer promote products, but lifestyles. They told us to purchase things just because they are fashionable or up to date with the image of successful person. And we buy new cars, gadgets and clothes in order to match this image and not because old ones are no longer usable. Personally I think that high sales of popular commodities are the result of new promotional technologies. The best illustration of that is that everyone now is concerned mostly about how a new mobile phone will reflect his personality, a new shirt – his image, or will a new car make colleagues feel jealous. http://ocean1211.blogspot.com
Nowadays, there are lots of advertisements on television or on the streets. Some people think that the advertising boosts the sales of goods and it encourages people to buy things unnecessarily. This arguments may be true. In my country, many advertising companies produce advertisements with famous and popular actors or singers. People, especially youngsters, buy goods that their favourite singer advertise, although they do not really need the products.
Also, on the television screen, a product may look gorgeous and good quality. As a result of it, people often buy goods without enough consideration. Consumers may not actually need it but they buy goods impulsively soon after they watch the advertising. Furthermore, as many customers buy a particular product due to its advertising campaign, the other people may be affected by the trend, even if the product is not of the real needs of the society. On the other hand, there are various aspects against these arguments. Moreover, it is people's choice to make a decision to buy goods. Advertising may be not a cause of customers' buying habits. Individuals have their own spending habits. If they have got enough disposable Income then the right to mane a decision’s given to them. No one actually can fudge whether the goods sold are the real needs of the society or not. In addition, as there should be a limited amount of disposable income consumers are able to spend, people try to allocate their budgets. They cannot be simply swayed by those advertisements. In conclusion, as customers have their own strong opinions and standard of good quality goods, it’s better to leave them to make their own decision in buy goods. It’s fairly difficult to say everyone’s swayed by advertising and buy good impulsively. However, in sensitive area of businesses such as toy industries, it may be necessary to band advertising to those children as children have not got enough ability to control themselves or to know what they need.
Many people have a close relationship with their pets. These people treat their birds, cats, or other animals as members of their family. In your opinion, are such relationships good? Why or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. Sample 1#
Being near a pet, with a lot of people, always has positive and negative effects. There are a few people who do not want to have a close relationship with their pets and treat them as members of their family. But in my own experience, if we do that,we gain more than we lose.
When we are have a pet, it means we are have a great and loyal friend. Let’s take one example. After a hard-working day, I often get stressed and tense. But when I come home, my dog wags its tail and barks to welcome me home. It often makes me feel a bit better. I frequently take my dog to the park near my house. That is the time for me to relax, enjoy the fresh air, and escape from my problems in real life.
Besides, you can learn a lot from taking care of your pets. Throughout a long time taking care of my dog, I know how hard it is to raise and teach it to do the right things. And it reminds me about my parents, who always take care of me, stand by me when I need them. So, this can also teach us more about responsibility, love, etc.
In contrast, having a pet also brings with it a lot of troubles. You need to go to buy food when it is hungry, medicine when it is sick. It really takes you a lot of time to take care of them every day.
To sum up, I support the idea of a close relationship with our pets. If we treat them with a kind heart, they will love us back the same way.
Everyone has normally had a pet at one point or another in their life. While some people may view their pets as nothing more than a toy that can be discarded at anytime, others believe that their pets are members of their family. I believe that pets are part of the family and should be treated as such because animals foster emotional development and help people's mental health.
First, pets encourage emotional development. As society becomes increasingly chaotic and global, people find it difficult to foster relationships. The lack of relationships will result in people feeling lonely at all hours of the day.
However, if someone has a pet, the attention they can give and get in return will ease their feelings of loneliness and isolation. A lack of interaction with other people will cause people to become less emotionally developed. Having a pet helps people not forget feelings of love, affection or other emotions. Pets prevent people from becoming emotionally distant and emotionless, still capable of having a relationship.
In addition, pets are good for people's mental health. These days, most people live hectic and chaotic lives, with little time to relax and relieve stress. A constant build up of stress can seriously affect someone's mental health. Knowing that a pet will be waiting at the door, almost smiling and saying welcome home can ease this mental burden. A hungry pet may follow an owner around as soon as they get home; even try opening the food cupboard. These actions will amuse the pet's owners, helping them relax and unwind by the humorous(antics of a pet. For example, as soon as I get home from school my cat likes to sit on my shoulders and cry until I take him for a ride in the car. He enjoys it when I put the window down so he can put his head out, his tongue hanging out like a dog. The looks I get at stop lights when other drivers see a 20 pound cat sitting on my shoulders sticking his head out of the window and purring softly always makes me smile and forget about the stress of exams and studying.
In conclusion, many people through out the world do not realize the value of pets and treat them like toys. Pets are very important and should be treated like a member of the family since they foster emotional development and help people maintain balanced mental health. A pets love and antics ensure people are able to relate to the world and don't become emotionally distant.
The Absence Of Sporting Spirit And Its Consequences
The world from the dawn of civilization has been enjoying sports. One of the pastimes of the rulers was to arrange for periodical sports. It may be hunting, chariot race , horse riding, wrestling and boxing. Organized sports were popular in Greece, especially Olympiafrom which modem Olympic games have derived their names. Sports were for fun and frolics . In the middle ages sports were very popular in European countries. Sports are supposed to develop many good qualities. There may be healthy competition and rivalryand never enmity or bitterness. It is and should be for the sports' sake and not for winning the laurels . This is the real sporting spirit. There are rules and regulations in play and games. The sporting spirit implies the following of rules whether one wins or loses. The outcome or the result is not the important thing but how the game is played.
A real sportsman takes things easy. Take for instance, an angler sitting by the river side from morning till evening, casting his line into the water. He may not always be lucky to have a catch. Still he whistles back home happy in the evening when the night sets in. It is not the catch that is the point but the angler's attitude. He cannot grow angry and break the fishing rod. Then he has lost the fun. So too in any game the winner or the loser, much more so the latter must be able to take things easy. A real sportsman does not lose his head when he wins nor is he bowled over when he loses.
The cruxof the problem is whether a sportsman plays the game; in other words if he strictly follows the rules of the game and never adopts foulmeans to get a win. But unfortunately this point is missing. In certain modem sports, games like horse racing, they dope the horses. The Olympic games where one expects the ideas to prevail seems to be no exception. There are instances of doping and impersonation and hence vigorous tests are given and the competitors are checked seriously.
When the sporting spirit is absent or missing, naturally very unpleasant consequences can ensue.Very ugly scenes are more often the rule in football matches. Referees are manhandled and the crowd become partisan Cricket was a king of games where such behaviour was unheard of. But of late, even in cricket, unpleasant things do happen; when a player is signalled out by the umpire, he loses his temper and grimacesat the umpire and so on and makes a show of his unpleasantness. Bowlers are being very often warned. All these results from lack of sporting spirit.
A good sportsman knows his game rather than the rules of the game and follows them willingly. In whatever position he is placed he plays his part. He cooperates with all the members of the team and works always for the good of the team of which he forms a part. He develops esprit de corps morale)and in and outside the field he shows this sporting spirit. He never plays foul though there are few who turn mercenary and wreck the fortune of their team for the sake of money or other considerations
This sportsman's spirit may be developed in ordinary life. In whatever walk of life, one finds himself he must be able to do his duty. Material gains apart, he must be able to deliver the goods. He must be reliable and a good companion(同伴)to his comrades. He is faithfuland obedient to his superiors. He goes about his duty without gossiping and scandal mongering. Then people call him a good sportsman. Such people are scarce but they are assets wherever they are found.
If people do know the value of the sporting spirit why then the rarity or the absence of it? Simply it is because of selfishness. For personal glory or ownership or name, one grows selfish. The selfishness gets started in early childhood. Jealousy and rivalryand sometimes even lack of security lead to selfishness. Very often children do not want to part with their play things or share them with, others. When this selfishness grows into life, there will be the absence of sporting spirit. Such people keep themselves in isolation and they never mix freely with others. Temperamentally they are non-companionable and they are never happy nor add to the happiness of others. So we see that this sporting spirit must be developed even when they are children. Here comes the Cubs, Girl Guides and Boy Scouts movement which develop in their incumbents all the good qualities of a sportsman.