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  • My trip in London ( recorded by apeowl ), British Southern English

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    “During the summer holidays, we decided to go to London with my family for a week.
    We arrived at the beginning of August at the airport and a taxi drove us straight to the hotel. That was good because it was really fast, but a bit expensive.
    The hotel was fine and the room was big, so it was a good place to stay. However, the neighbours were a little bit noisy and we could hear them from time to time.
    We had time to do many things in London in one week, but some things were better than others.
    What we enjoyed about London was the city centre. It’s really beautiful and there are many things to do, you don’t even need a car! We saw the famous House of Parliament with Big Ben, we went to see the house of the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, we saw Buckingham Palace and the famous English guards; and we saw the London Eye, but we didn't go on it.
    However, some things in London are annoying. In fact, we didn’t know it but life there is really expensive! You cannot eat much in restaurants or buy little things, because it will cost you too much! Also, people in London are a bit rude, but I suppose that’s the same in all capital cities.
    But it was a really good trip; it was very interesting and we met some very nice people. I really think everyone should go to London at least once in their life, just to experience it! Perhaps I’ll even go there again! “

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  • Lifestyle & Clothes (2) ( recorded by WesleyMLincoln ), Neutral Accent

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    Topic: There is a popular expression that claims that ‘the clothes make the man.’ This suggests that the clothes a person wears directly influences how that person behaves and is treated by others?

    Do you agree or disagree with this idea?

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    An old adage states you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Yet people do this every day; they put on a cover and judge others by theirs. This is because clothes create a first impression for others, while providing a first image of them.

    This suggests that clothes do more than just protect the body from the elements. They can also signal a person’s membership in a particular group; or ‘announce’ the person’s status, financially or socially; or convey a person’s attitude toward things, including him/herself. To illustrate, one can look at gang members or religious followers. Gangs often wear colors to differentiate themselves from other gangs. Mormon males who go on missions often wear plain white shirts and black pants. In terms of status, a wealthy man might wear a high-end suit from Hugo Boss, or a woman may prefer brands like Gucci. Those who wear jeans and T-shirts might be said to be carefree, or careless, depending on whom you ask.

    This implies that the clothes one wears daily are the result of careful deliberation. A man chooses a suit because he wants to appear successful, and will likely act as such. A woman will wear expensive shoes to be taller or just more fashionable, and will thus walk with her head held high. There may be other reasons for doing this, but these too will have their purpose. The person who wears jeans, for example, will likely wear slacks when he goes to a job interview, or to meet his girlfriend’s parents. He will, moreover, act differently because the situation calls for it.

    With this in mind, we may conclude that clothes do in fact influence people’s decisions and behavior and that they tells others how to approach people and, consequently, how to behave toward them.

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  • Sports & Society ( recorded by bridgetg ), American

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    Topic: Many of today’s professional athletes earn much higher salaries than other professionals, even doctors and lawyers. Some people feel that this sends a wrong message to children, who should be encouraged to study hard and aim for more meaningful careers.

    Do you agree with this position, or do you feel that athletes contribute to the well-being of a society?

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    A career as a doctor or lawyer is considered very noble and philanthropic, yet there is no reason to think that athletes offer society any less value for their work. Whereas some parents would like their kids to focus on academic subjects at school, I believe that athletes have much to teach children; things like discipline, perseverance, and following one’s dreams are not things that can be learned in books. Moreover, athletes provide society with entertainment, a sense of local pride, and even cultural significance.

    School is doubtless a place where children can develop their skills and gain knowledge for the future. At the same time, it is a place where kids can, and should be, encouraged to cultivate their overall characters. Sports goes a long way in doing this. Children who join a school team, like a baseball or soccer team, can learn social skills such as fair play, a shared responsibility, and selfless participation. They can also learn the value of defeat, which will prepare them for the real world of adulthood.Therefore, athletes, especially those who earn high salaries as a result of their dedication, can be great role models for young people who understand that the road to a successful career, whether in sports or medicine, starts with determination and hard work.

    Moreover, society wants its best performers to lead the way for the next generations. Athletes do this no less than the professionals who work for the greater good of humanity, and thus deserve their high salaries. Sports stars do this by demonstrating their skills at games, by using their fame to raise awareness of social ills, and by presenting to the world the power of their culture when representing their cities or nations at competitions. Furthermore, athletes allow a local fan base to rally behind them, to cheer for them when they might have little else to cheer about. Life does not happen only in classrooms and offices. It happens on the streets as well, where people want to be entertained and to feel that they belong to something greater than themselves.

    In conclusion, athletes do contribute to the well-being of society and have much to teach young people who look up to them. As such, they rightfully earn their salaries and should be admired just as much as any professional in any field.

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