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Formal letter - complaint about concert



A formal letter/email of complaint about “Fairplay”(fictional band) concert



Dear Mr Wilden,

I am writing to you to complain about the concert of “Fairplay” that you organised. 

There were a series of problems about the concert. First of all, in my opinion, the ticket price was too high, and it was not worth it, provided the concert was awful.

Second, all the seats were taken and we couldn’t see anything. Nevertheless, we had been standing for an hour when we decided to leave, because we were too tired.

Furthermore, the support act wasn’t good at all. In fact, I think they were up on the stage longer than “Fairplay”. My friends, who I went to the concert with, were also disappointed by the fact that there wasn’t a bar or at least somewhere to buy drinks in the hall. However, what I liked about the concert was that the band really did a great job and gave a good performance. 

In my opinion, my friends and everyone at the concert should be given at least a refund. I expect my letter will be taken into consideration.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Yours sincerely,


Robert Gates.

Essay - Is science evil?


Model Essay on the topic " Is science evil? " 



Is science evil? People’s opinions on this question differ widely. I think that science has altered our lives in a positive way. Here are some facts to support my view. 

First of all, I should say that life nowadays is unthinkable without science. In the century of advancing communications and technology it is hard to imagine the world without medicine, astronomy, computers, and history. People today are interested in learning about the surrounding world, about new civilizations and distant planets. Science explains to us a lot of the things that we previously were not aware of. Without its help, for example, we would have never realized were we have come from. It also gives us clues that there may be life on other planets and we might not be the most superior beings in the world. 

By using computers nowadays it is very convenient to find the information you are looking for. 

There is no secret for the human beings today because they have explored every place on the Earth. They climb the highest mountains, dive in the depths of oceans, and conduct dangerous experiments and all for the sake of science. The present belief is that scientific approach will solve all the problems and do away with all difficulties. With its help, for example, people are able to cope with natural disasters. We know how to destroy hail clouds which can cause great damage to our crops. We are also able to protect ourselves from various diseases and help the sick. That is why science is so significant nowadays.

On the other hand, the greatness of science goes together with its disadvantages. For example, we are obliged to agree that science has given no answer to man’s doubts. The obsession to know everything has urged some of us to make dangerous experiments for which we pay with our lives. 


To conclude with, I will only say that science makes our lives easy. With its help we cope with different situations and that is why it is so fundamental to human existence and I think is not evil.

Describe a person – your best friend


Describe a person – your best friend
example answer




I usually make friends easily, so I have a lot of friends – schoolmates, neighbours, relatives. I can’t imagine my life without them. But there is one, who will always be in the first place in my heart. Her name is Anna and she is my closest friend. 

Anna is a very beautiful and charming girl and always attracts males’ attention. She is taller than me and has straight brown hair and deep chestnut brown eyes. Like most teenagers she pays a lot of attention to her appearance and likes dressing in the latest and most extravagant fashion. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in a T- shirt or jeans. 

By nature Anna is communicative and outgoing and the thing she likes best is being the centre of attention. Her biggest dream is to become a singer and I truly believe that one day she’ll make her wish come true. Anna has won many prizes and has taken part in many concerts, because she sings really incredibly. 

As a normal human being, however, Anna also has her shortcomings. She never goes on time to her dates. Sometimes she is absent-minded and inconsiderate and that makes people think she never takes things seriously. But this is not true. She has a strong sense of responsibility and you can always rely on her. 

Another characteristic she has is that she’s gregarious, sensitive and emotional. She also gets confused easily and doesn’t forget those who have caused her harm. 

The thing I admire most about Anna is that she is protective and likes to look after people. Believe it or not, once she ever saved my life! I’ll never forget that day. We went swimming in a pool. Suddenly, my left leg went dead I couldn’t go on swimming. I lost consciousness. When I opened my eyes I found myself lying and Anna holding my hands. She, herself had pulled me out of the water. That was a real narrow escape from the death, and if she weren’t there, I would have drowned. 

For me, friendship is the most important thing in the world. I am proud to say that I have such loyal and helpful friend – one in a million.

Article - The stylish lifelong ambition

FCE Article - The stylish lifelong ambition





     Have you ever been impressed by the design of an old castle or a magnificent hotel? Well, if the answer is yes then you can absolutely understand my fascination with interior design! I have dreamt of becoming such a designer since I was a little kid and it has become my lifelong ambition. 

     So, what does it take to become a successful interior designer? Well, first of all, you should be absolutely outstanding in drawing. Of course, not everyone is born with such a talent. But nowadays this is something everyone can learn. I’ve been going on these courses where they teach you how to draw correctly and precisely since I was 5 years old and I have done a lot of drawing so far. 

    Another essential skill is being good at maths. You have to be able to make all the required calculations in a project so that everything is precise. This, of course, is not an easy job for many people! However, I have always been good at maths. I have won several competitions so far and I am really interested in this subject. 

     Last, but not least if you want to become a successful designer, you should do lots of extra work and practising in order to achieve your goal. I, myself, have sacrificed my social life to practise drawing and solve math problems, which has also cost me lots of sleepless nights. What’s more, since I have books about its styles and fashions so that I’m familiar with the aspects of my dream job. 

     To sum up, I’d say that everybody has a lifelong ambition but whether you will fulfil it is a matter of not only trying hard, but also some appropriate help. And with the help of an expert on “Masterclasses” I think everyone is able to turn their dreams into reality!

Proposal - Organisation of 20th anniversary of a company



Proposal - Organisation of 20th anniversary of a company

CAE Exam Writing Task - Sample Answer





The aim of this proposal is to provide suitable recommendations concerning the organisation of the 20th anniversary of our company. We were asked to write it, so we undertook research through a survey.

Additional Information


As the company will celebrate its anniversary next year, we reckon that the event we plan should be impressive in order never to be forgotten. Therefore, our final suggestion is to organise a luxurious cocktail party combined with a fancy dress party. Thus the event will appeal to everybody’s taste – no matter whether the guests prefer formal and smart or casual and spontaneous social evenings. Furthermore, every single detail of the organisation should be carefully scrutinised if we don’t want to create a negative impression.

Suggestions


The ideal event we could arrange should have three main features.

  1.  We should make sure that everybody, who is in charge of the company or of great importance to it, has been invited. That way we will avoid eventual troubles that may appear afterwards.
  2.  Special dress code should be required for example, all the guests will be asked beforehand to wear costumes only in black and white. Thus, the event will attract everybody’s attention.
  3. Representatives of the media should be invited to participate. This way we could raise public awareness of the event.

Conclusion



A 20th anniversary is a day that should remain memorable for everybody. If you take my suggestions into consideration, I assure you that this party could set its mark on the company’s history.

How to write an essay for new CAE format 2015

How to write an essay for new CAE format 2015


I suppose many of you are wondering how to write the new CAE essay. Guess what, I have good news for you! It’s easier than the old one. What do you have to do?

You are given notes on a topic – three bullet points. What you have to do is select two and dwell on them. Forget about the third one. You have to explain which of the two is more important and give reasons.

Below the notes you will find three related opinions. However, you are not obliged to use them. If you decide to do so, you should use your own words, i.e. paraphrase them. Bearing in mind this is not easy, I would simply recommend that you do not to use them at all.

What should your essay consist of:

PARAGRAPH 1 – INTRODUCTION. What you have to do is introduce the topic (go from general to concrete). I would suggest three sentences here. Make the third one a question.

PARAGRAPH 2 – Discuss the first bullet point. Write a good topic sentence and give reasons to support your argument. Point out advantages and maybe also disadvantages (on the other hand, it is ....). Use examples where possible.

PARAGRAPH 3 – Discuss the second bullet point you have chosen in a similar way. It’s not obligatory to point disadvantages again (bear in mind you have to write up to 260 words).

PARAGRAPH 4 – CONCLUSION. State your opinion. Write two or three sentences. Point out clearly which of the two discussed aspects is more important, on the basis of what you have written above. The conclusion should put a full stop to what you have written and not open a new argument.

NOTES:


STYLE


Semi-formal to formal. Be objective and not too emotional. Avoid too expressive words (amazing, magnificent, disgusting).

LANGUAGE


Use various structures and vocabulary with more set phrases and idioms. Pay special attention to appropriate linking devices.

.........

Introducing the topic: Some people believe that, It is often said that.

Supporting your argument: Firstly, Secondly, Last but not least.

Adding information: In addition, Furthermore, What is more, Moreover.

Expressing an opposite point of view: On the other hand.

Summing up: In conclusion, To sum up.

..........

BE always to the point. While writing the essay, look at the instructions from time to time and make sure you do not deviate from them. Leave enough time to check your essay.

N.B.!!! READ as many good models as you can find, analyse them carefully and try to figure out their structure (identify introduction, arguments and conclusion). Underline linking devices and try to remember them, as well as interesting phrases, vocabulary and idioms.

My advice is to have a special notebook, in which to copy the models.

If you are still wondering how to put this into practice look at our essays.



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