Advantages and disadvantages of city life
N We live in Russia – the largest country in the world. There are so
many big cities and small villages. It goes without saying that the
life in the city and country is different. Any big city has its own
problems as well as the village.
N To my mind the first and foremost is an enormous air and noise – pollution.
It’s interesting to note, that every year world industry pollutes the
atmosphere with million tons of dust and other harmful substances. People
suffer from smog, it’s difficult to breathe. And of course, it’s very
noisy outside because of a heavy traffic. Also there are such problems,
as accidents, car crashes, rush hours, constant queuing. Besides, life
in a big city is much more stressful then in the country. One of the
reasons for it is crime. The crime rate speeds up very quickly.
N I think that the housing shortage is also a big problem of many families.
Cities are overcrowded. About 10 mln people live in shared apartments.
It is known that many of the unmarried adults live in a hostel or rent
a room from a private owner. Also many people are scared to loose their
jobs. The cost of living is very high. Citizens have to pay much more
extra expenses for public transport, snacks, entertainment.
N But whatever the disadvantages are, I personally prefer to live in
a big city and there are several reasons for it.
N Firstly, life in the city is more anonymous. You can be who you want
to be and do whatever you want to do.
N Secondly, I consider a city to be a good place to make friends in,
because the range of people to choose from and to make friends with
is much wider.
N Another and the most important reason for me is that there is so much
going on. There are a lot of concerts, theatres, cinemas, art galleries,
museums, libraries, gyms, discos.
N It is needless to say that the citizens are more advantaged in education.
They have more chances to enter this or that university, to find a prestigious
N The village has its own problems. The everyday life is not easy, for
example living conditions of people. Many of the houses don’t have modern
conveniences such as running water, central heating, telephone services.
N You can feel terribly isolated in the village as the roads are very
bad and it’s difficult to get from there to the nearest district centre
or a town, especially in autumn and spring. Usually there is only a
one shop in the country and you can’t buy everything you need. Another
problem is that it’s difficult to get good education in the country
and enter the university after that. There are no museums, art galleries,
theatres, gyms there. The style of life in the country is also different
from that in the city, as everybody knows you and expects you to live
and behave in a certain way.
N But the air is so fresh and clear, the nature is so beautiful, the
life is quite and a friendly smile is common thing in the village. I
think that this place is for those people who are looking for a peace
and a lovely natural environment. In spite a lot of problems I prefer
to live in a big city, which can offer me fun, pleasure, comfort and