My name is Masha
Меня зовут Маша


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My name is Masha - Меня зовут Маша

Hello! My name is Masha (Maria). I’m eighteen years old. I live in Russia. I am from the city Lipetsk. Lipetsk is situated 400 kilometers to the south from Moscow. But by Russian measures that’s not a very large distance. I finished school when I was 16 years old, although in Russia the majority of pupils graduate from school at seventeen. This is because I have my birthday in the first part of the school year. It’s in December. But I liked it to be the youngest pupil in the class. I don’t know why. At school I started learning English. Now I’ve been studying English for more than 10 years.

Now I have finished the second year of university. By the way I entered university in Voronezh, not in Lipetsk. My university is called Voronezh State University and I study economics there. Sometimes it’s interesting, sometimes boring, but anyway, I don’t know what kind of well paid work I’d prefer to being an economist. Besides I have a very nice study group here. Voronezh is much bigger than Lipetsk. For example, the population in Lipetsk is about 500 000 people and in Voronezh it’s above one million people. Lipetsk is 100 km from Voronezh. Voronezh is often called a students’ city. There are lots of educational institutions and the youth from near by areas come to get an education here. Anyway, I like Lipetsk more, of course, because it’s my birthplace. It seems cozier for me and everything here is familiar. Here is my home. And I rent a flat in Voronezh with my three friends. It’s ok too, I got used to it. Besides it’s often very funny there.

However, I feel more freedom in Voronezh because nobody is calling and saying you go home, don’t go there, or here. and other things that all parents usually do. But I know they must do it because they take care of me so that is ok. I love my parents and I think they have nice characters and wonderful sense of humour. My father’s name is Andrey and my mother’s name is Ekaterina. As for me, I look like my mother. I can say that I look like typical Russian. I have blond hair and blue eyes. But the character is absolutely father’s one. Sometimes my father and I needn’t say anything to understand each other, and I think that is very good. I don’t have brothers or sisters. But I have lots of cousins.

The friends who I live with in Voronezh are my second family. We are all from Lipetsk and I know two of them from my early years. They were my class mates at school and now they are my best friends. I’m surprised, but I really never get tired of them.

In Russia you reach full age at eighteen so I can already go clubbing. I like it, but I don’t go clubbing very often because it’s really hard to go to the lessons at university the next day. In Voronezh the choice of clubs is much better than in Lipetsk. Another plus of a big city.

When I have some free time I try not to sit at home. I like going to the cinema very much. And it’s really pleasant that they have started to show Russian films at the cinema lately. Before that time we had just had to watch only American movies here.

I also like playing sports very much. I often go to the gym. I really love playing tennis and swimming. And I skate with pleasure with my friends in winter.

But the thing I love most of all is traveling. I really adore it. I try to travel every year. I like getting to know other cultures, people, and to see new places. When you travel you always open something new for yourself. It excites me very much. I’ve been to many countries. I’ve already visited Sweden, France, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Bulgaria, Holland and some other countries. I especially liked Paris. I hope to go there again one day. I spent only 3 days there, and believe me, that’s not enough. Of course, I have traveled in Russia too. Among Russian cities I remembered Saint-Petersburg more than others. And there are still many places for me to visit in Russia.

Now my dream is to visit Spain. I love Spanish language. I think it’s very beautiful and maybe I will learn it. And of course, I would like to go to the UK because I heard so much about it while I was learning English, so now it’s time to see it all by myself. Really I have my minimum plan of places to visit. It’s very wide but why not to dream?

Besides I’d like to go somewhere as a volunteer. It interests me very much. The idea of helping people for free and to see the world is wonderful. And it gives you an opportunity to live in the unique international atmosphere. I will certainly do it one day. I know some volunteers here who came from abroad and now work here. They are very nice and open people. Every week me and my friend meet with them in a cinema club to watch some good films in English and then discuss them in a friendly company. Really, there are lots of different people who are visiting this club. Sometimes I understand that it would be not very likely for me to speak with them in this way anywhere else. That is so because here we meet people of all ages, professions, and status. Probably the only common thing is a wish to practise English.

And of course whatever I do I always listen to music. It raises my mood and gives the rhythm to my life. I prefer European music because Russian singers often don’t have a good voice and even have to sing with the help of phonogram.

These are things I’m interested in and I can’t live without. It was very nice to meet you. See you.

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