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Essay Sample 8

Вербицкая М.В.

Вербицкая М.В.

Comment on the following statement:

    Travelling abroad helps to understand your own country.

What is your opinion? Do you agree with this statement?
Write 200-250 words.
Use the following plan:
—    make an introduction (state the problem)
—    express your personal opinion and give 2-3 reasons for your opinion
—    express an opposing opinion and give 1-2 reasons for this opposing opinion
- explain why you don't agree with the opposing opinion
—    make a conclusion restating your position

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Some people say that travelling abroad helps to understand your own country whereas others say that in order to better understand your own country one should stay in it and not travel.

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I think that in order to understand something better one should be able to compare it with something else, and countries are no exception. First when you travel abroad you get to see other countries and their people. Something that you took for granted in your country suddenly becomes very valuable in another one. It can make you appreciate it more when you get back home. Second you get to see different cultures and it makes you think more about your own. It could make us learn more about our own history.

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At the same time some people say that one should learn more about his own country if one wants to understand it better. One should visit all regions of his own country first before going somewhere else. The more places in the country he or she visits, the better they understand it.

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In my opinion comparison is the principle of our understanding. No matter how long you study something you will never get to the depth of it without seeing different versions of what you are studying.

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In conclusion, I’d like to say that learning things about your own country is good but it is also important to see other countries. When you compare architecture, tradition, art, music, philosophy, religion of other countries you get a better understanding of yourself and your country.



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