Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Personal questions


  1. Do you have any brothers or sisters? Yes , I have a younger brother who is 20 years old
  2. Where do you come from? I come** from Heraklion which is the capital and the largest city of Crete (Or to put it simply: This is my hometown. I've lived here all my life.)
  3. Do you like your country? Definitely. Greece is a perfect country to live in.
  4. What do you like about your country? Well Greece is a typical mediterranean country with perfect climate conditions but what I really like most about my country is that it combines fantastic beaches and mountainous villages.
  5. What street do you live in? The street I live in is situated in a quiet seaside suburb of Heraklion, just 15 minutes from the city centre.
  6. What is the street called? It's Ariadnis street, and just for the record Ariadni was a princess during the ancient Minoan civilisation.
  7. Do you like your street? Until last year I really liked it but the last couple of months a main road has been constructed beside my home and Ariadnis street is not so peaceful anymore.
  8. What do you like in your street? Definitely the people. The neighbours who live in Ariadnis street are very polite and hospitable.
  9. Are you a city dweller? Why? No I am not since I live outside of the city.
  10. Do you have a favourite hobby? I am a really active person so I prefer some sort of outdoors activity like going for a jog or going for a swim. But my favourite hobby is playing water polo.
  11. What do you like doing with your friends? When I have time to spare with my friends I prefer to go for a coffee and have a nice chat.
  12. What is your favourite meal? That's a tricky question since I have many favourite meals; however, if I had to choose just one I would say pasta. (You can add a few extra details about the dish, e.g. pasta with tomato sauce and tuna fish)
  13. Who cooks in your family? Most of the times my mother is our chef, although my father rarely cooks since it is not healthy to eat only pasta.
  14. What is the best meal prepared by a person of your family? I think that a couple of days ago my grandmother made the most delicious moussaka I have ever tasted.
  15. Are you working or studying? Actually I graduated from the university last summer and at the moment I am fulfilling my military obligations.
  16. How often do you use your computer? At the moment I can't use it that much since I am a soldier but before entering the army I used it almost everyday.
  17. Do you like using the Internet? Of course, I would say that it is one of my favourite hobbies, mainly because I keep in touch with friends around the world through social media and Skype.
  18. How did you learn to use your computer? I learned by myself when I was really young ,since our first computer seemed bizarre to my family.
  19. Do you think it's important to know how to use a computer? I am inclined to believe that it is more than necessary mostly because if a person is computer illiterate*** it will be difficult to get a job.
  20. What do you usually shop for? What Kind of food do you usually buy? I go to the supermarket early but if (no capital letter needed) I go I mainly buy pasta and fruits.
  21. What type of house do you live in? Since I am in the army, the* most of the times a live in camp with other soldiers.
  22. Do you have a garden? Well my parental house is surrounded from a big garden, and in the future I would be grateful to live in a house with a nice garden.

*'The' is needed in superlatives (e.g. the most beautiful), but is not needed when the phrase refers to the majority of times/ people/etc. e.g. The Most of the people, the most of the times

** Descend means come from, but it is not combined with a town. See examples here:


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Writing Part 1

This line graph demonstrates the amount of goods conveyed carried to their destination via four different ways means of transport in the United Kingdom between 1974 and 2002, as indicated in the x-axis. The y-axis quantifies the millions of tonnes of commodities transported by four different types of transport, According to the legend, the four different modes of transport through four media which are the road, water, rail and pipeline. 

(the last is illustrated by a solid line, road is demonstrated by a segmented line and the others are shown by dotted and semi-doted lines.) —-> unnecessary

It can be seen from the graph that goods which were transported on boats and trains were about 40 million tonnes in 1974 and stayed there remained as such until 1978. Interestingly, goods transported on water surpassed those which conveyed on sent by rail and gradually rose to 65 million tones in 2002, while at the same time goods transported on rail were almost 20 million less. As can be seen in the graph, commodities transported were 70 million tonnes in 1974, while those which transported in pipeline transports were about 5 million tonnes. Surprisingly, road transferred goods gradually rose until 1994 and from this year to 2002 they increased sharply and reached 100 million tonnes. On the other hand, those products which carried by pipelines moderately grew to 20 million tonnes in 2002. 

It is clearly illustrated from the graph that the largest proportion in transported goods in the United Kingdom took place on roads, while the pipelines were the least preferred medium last. The basic conclusion to be drawn is the flourish in the shipping industry steadily flourished ,which surpassing both pipeline and rail transportation, but stayed below road transported goods all the way through.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Writing tips

Writing task about traffic and pollution problems

Increasing the price of petrol is the best way to solve growing traffic and pollution problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree? What other measures do you think might be effective?

Nowadays we are going through a crisis, a crisis greater than political (and) wider than cultural. It’s the economic crisis which was intensified by the dramatic increase in fuel’s price. Individuals (people/ the government) may believe that this is the best way to solve the growing traffic and pollution problems. There is no doubt in my mind that (no comma) this statement will only scratch the surface of the main problems, and there are more beneficial and efficient solutions which will (old use: avail) benefit the society substantially.

(More and more nations are choosing to increase the price of petrol for many and different reasons. ---> unnecessary sentence, your topic sentence could be the next one) One of the repercussions (no comma) of raising the price of petrol is that petrol stations will turn into chaos with citizens who will try to fill their fuel tanks early enough, in order to be on time for a lower price. Consequently, this (measure) will only affect the civilians financially and not the petrol stations’ owners who will only have profits (make profit) from this situation. Moreover, from an environmental perspective, the whole hazardous situation, will not raise any awareness on environmental issues. For instance, despite what many people might say, our (people's) pursuit will only be on how we/ they can decrease the gas consumption we/ they had last month.


To alleviate the situation, the government ought to provide citizens with cleaner and alternative fuels such as natural gas and diesel. Additionally, rarely do we see citizens using hybrid cars which seems to be a great solution to pollution problems. The government also needs to organize advertising campaigns so that individuals start using public transport (more)or take their rides circulate on foot. Last but not least, a valuable idea would be if government establish some special courses at schools in order to educate the younger generations on certain pressing environmental issues.

On balance, the drawbacks of increasing fuel prices outweigh the advantages, so I (always capital) am inclined to believe that governments need to start prioritizing their reforms and think about the common good.

Comment: Well done Germanos! I can see you have understood the writing guidelines I have given you and with a little more practice you will more than ready for the exams! 6/ 9

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