Тема № 14 для 11-ж и 11-г классов

Let’s talk about leisure time.

Let’s talk about leisure time. What do you do in your free time?

Sunday is my day off. On Sundays I stay away from school but that doesn’t mean that I have a lot of spare time. Just on the contrary, I often have more work than on my working days. One Greek philosopher said, “The three things most difficult are — to keep a secret, to forget an injury and to make good use of free time.” And the teachers of our lyceum probably think that the best way of making good use of our free time is to give us as much homework as possible. So, in fact, it is next to impossible to have spare time if you study at Mogilev regional lyceum. But remembering the proverb “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, I sometimes manage to have some fun. I was impressed by the poem “Leisure” by W.H.Davies.

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare?

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see in broad daylight

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

A poor life this is if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

So I try to find some time for leisure and for pleasure. I usually do some sport, read a book, play a computer game or go for a walk.

Do you find it useful to go to the theatre, cinema or a museum? Why (not)?

It goes without saying that man cannot live by bread alone. Any human being needs nourishment for his soul as well. The theatre, the cinema or a museum are certainly places where one can get spiritual food. I certainly find it useful to go there as visiting such places is not only a pastime but a means of education as well.

What questions can you ask a British friend about his free time?

Give me some advice on what to do in my free time.

Don’t be a couch potato, do something active and enjoyable, like in this song:

You get out and smell the flowers, do the things you like.

Read a book or see some friends, take a ride on your bike.

Have a picnic, take a picture, get out and count the stars.

Just go fishing, take a walk or play your guitar.

Go and see the sights, take a ride in the park.

Many parents complain that teenagers don’t want to spend their free time with them. What do you think about this?

I think that it is not very easy to spend free time with parents. At least it is true about our family. You see, planning how to spend week-ends is always a difficult question for our family because everyone has a hobby of their own. And our favourite pastimes differ greatly. For example, mother is a home sort. She likes watching TV and knitting. Father is always ready to go fishing, snow or rain. My favourite recreation (развлечение) is listening to music (playing computer games), but unfortunately I’m too pressed for time now and I can’t indulge in my hobby.