Essay Sample 16/8

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 traveling abroad helps to understand one's own country, whereas others believe that in order to better understand one's country better people should not go abroad.

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In my opinion in order to understand something better one should be able to compare it with something else, and countries are no exception. It is a general principle and I support it. First of all, when a person travels abroad he or she sees the differences in other countries compared to their own ones. For example, something that people took for granted in their home country suddenly becomes very valuable in another country. Second, people go to see different cultures and it makes them think more about their own because comparison is a part of human nature. For instance, a person cannot say if one thing is better than another without comparing them.

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At the same time some people say that one should learn more about their own country by not going anywhere. One should visit all regions of his or her country first before going somewhere else. The more places in the country they visit, the better they understand it.

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I cannot agree with the second opinion mentioned above for a particular reason. Comparison is a basic principle of every human's understanding of the world. No matter how long a person studies something they will never get to the depth of it without seeing different versions of what they are studying in its home environment.

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In conclusion, I would like to say that enriching one's knowledge about their county by traveling abroad is a very effective and efficient of getting knowledge. When people compare architecture, tradition, art, music, philosophy and religionsof other countries they get a better understanding of their own country.

Read by Neil Geitz


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