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QW 011812 “300/30 Topic 6”

It’s the sixth QW 30/300, “write more than 300 words in 30 minutes”, piece. From this post, I’ll change the way I practice. First I read a sample answer in the textbook and try memorizing it as precisely as possible in five or six minutes. Then I reproduce the sample essay by heart while adding some phrases and sentences with my own ideas. The point of the new practice method is to learn how ideas are organized in a clear, cogent, and convincing way by copying the sample essays.

【Topic 6】
Some people enjoy change, and they look forward to new experiences. Others like their lives to stay the same, and they do not change their usual habits. Which approach do you prefer? Explain why?
Reference: Tactics for TOEIC Speaking and Writing Tests, p. 133 (Oxford)


I would rather have a life with change and new experiences. First of all, having new experiences is very challenging, and we can learn new things, which improves our self-confidence. Recently I took up an online English lesson. I had been wanting to take such a private speaking class for a couple of months, but I thought I would barely secure time to do that. At the end of last year, it suddenly came up to me that I could just take a trial lesson and see how it would go. It turned out that I am very satisfied with my decision to start taking the lesson, and I learn a great deal from the new experience. So I would say the fact that I had a courage to experience something new has increased my self-confidence after all.

Another reason is that without new things, life can be really boring and monotonous. It is good to have something different to look forward to. For example, going on a vacation to a new place is exciting, or joining a new club is a good way to making new friends. Although working or living abroad could be quite a challenge, but it also helps you become more open-minded and knowledgeable. Two years ago I went to Guam for the very first time and found myself enjoying being there. It is often the case with me that I would end up spending my vacation in the way I have long been used to. I usually stay home and read books, or visit my parents and see my friends, but I tried a new thing this time. As soon as I reached Guam, I fell in love with the island. Talking to local people that I have never met and trying local food that I have never eaten expanded my horizon, so to speak.

On the other hand, it is sometimes good to have some routine in life. It can give you a sense of security when you know that things are going to be the same or as expected. Having a steady job gives you financial security for instance. If you want to buy a car, you’ll be sure that you can pay back the loan. Having said that, I would personally prefer to have some adventure in my live. Although I need to have a certain sense of security, I would choose to have a life with change and new experiences to keep refreshing myself. 

(30 minutes / 414 words in essay) (40 minutes / 552 words in total)

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