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1. Napisz recenzję Twojego ulubionego anglojęzycznego czasopisma. Uzasadnij swój wybór, podkreślając jego przydatność w nauce języka angielskiego.


If you have a bit of money to spare, it is worth treating yourself to a copy of the world-famous magazine – National Geographic. It is brought out every
month in over 30 countries and has a circulation of around 5 million copies. Although it is available also in Polish, I would recommend the English version which can provide a really inspiring and pleasurable way of improving your English.

National Geographic is renowned for its breathtaking photography. You will probably spend hours just pouring over the colourful images, but if you start to read through the accompanying articles, you will find them equally fascinating. The articles appearing in the magazine are richly varied – ranging from wildlife and archaeology to culture and astronomy – so anyone with a natural curiosity for the world around us will find something of interest.
Reading this magazine is also an excellent way of widening your vocabulary and improving your written style. It contains journalism of the highest class by some of the best authors, so apart from presenting inviting material, it lets you discover the beauty of the language, which will inspire you to learn more.

I can thoroughly recommend this magazine to all learners of English – reading is challenging but well worth the effort. Not only will you improve your
language skills in this way, but you will also have something to talk about when you meet fellow-travellers on your numerous journeys.

2. Coraz mniej młodych ludzi decyduje się na zawarcie małżeństwa przed trzydziestym rokiem życia. Napisz rozprawkę przedstawiającą wady i zalety zakładania rodziny w późniejszym wieku.

These days young people have many more opportunities in life than the previous generations and the decision to start a family is often put off. Does it always make sense to postpone this step? Are you really better off marrying in your 30s or later?

Statistics warn against rushing into marriage and show that early marriages are much more likely to end in divorce than those taken later in life. Maturity and experience seem essential not only for a lasting relationship but also for raising children. Another important factor is financial stability. When you start a family, you want to be sure you can support it, and there is no doubt it is easier to attain a safe position at work when you are not restricted by domestic duties.

Yet, there are concerns that people who settle down too late may have problems starting a family. Generally, the longer people are free and single, the more reluctantly they give up this independence and decide to tie the knot. Even when they do, it may be more difficult for women to become pregnant, deliver a healthy baby and later cope with both domestic and professional duties, especially that grandparents are ageing and can’t serve as reliable baby-sitters.

To sum up, school leavers nowadays are unlikely to claim that their main ambition is to get married and have children, but when they have reached
the top and got tired of work, they might look with envy at those with a home and family already made.

3. Opisz wydarzenie sportowe, które zapamiętałeś/aś ze względu na dobre przygotowanie oraz szczególną atmosferę.

For many people the Wimbledon Championships, just like cricket, 5 o’clock tea and the Oxford-Cambridge boat race, are a quintessentially English event,
in which you participate not because you are a keen tennis fan, but because you want to sample the unique atmosphere of this occasion. On arriving at Wimbledon tube station at the end of June, you may feel discouraged by the sight of the long queue stretching as far as the eye can see. However, it turns out that queuing is part of the whole event – people come prepared with books and magazines, they chat to each other in a friendly manner while vendors go up and down with drinks, newspapers and, of course, strawberries. The organization of queuing is quite impressive and soon you realize you are just a few steps from the ticket office.

Once inside, you are surrounded by the colours and sounds of Wimbledon – the pristine grass courts, world-class players in crisp white, the smooth tones of the umpires announcing the scores. Courts are clearly marked and having a standing ticket makes it possible to wander around and make the most of this experience. Though Centre Court is impressive, some people prefer the more intimate atmosphere of the smaller courts where you are able to see famous players close up.

The only disappointment for me was the unbelievable price of the strawberries, but this is a minor flaw in an otherwise perfectly run event the atmosphere of which you will never forget.

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