Pros and Cons of Living in a City or Countryside

Strengths

  1. What are your strengths?
Advantages

Share the advantages of living in a city and countryside. You might find helpful the keywords below:
1. Transport
2. Technology
3. Facilities
4. Communication
5. Security
6. Environment
7. Food
8. Career
9. Entertainment and culture

Group 1 / City Life

In the city there is accsess to transport and technology. In the cities there are many talented people as Djordjano. Our city is secured by Diamond Security. In the center there are CCTV cameras. In the center there is a beautiful garden with fountains, flowers and benches where people can have a rest. In the center there are homeless dogs and people. Our city is noisy but we like it.

Group 3 / City Life

In my opinion the city life is better than the country life. I think that because in the city there are many facilities, but in the country there aren't. There are many thecnologies , communication and a lot of oppurtunity for development. Of course this is my opinion. Some people prefer the country life, because it is quiet and calm place. For young people the city life is better than the country life.

Group 2 / Country Life

Life in the villages is nice and interesting. The villages are beautiful and they have nice atmosphere.People produce their own food. They grow plants,fruit and vegetables and raise animals.The people like living in the village. It's very interesting.The villages have good local facilities.Some villages have schools.People enjoy living there because the air is fresh and clean.You can't make a career there.Some people work on farms , others own them.The people in the villages are calm and happy. Some people spend their holidays in the villages.

Hint

Cities/Villages offer..
People have access to
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Group 5

Public transport is good for the society. It allows people to travel to different points of the city at cheaper price and it saves the environment. Modern technology helps people to communicate faster and easier. I think that in the city there are more job opportunities than in the countryside. In the city there are more jobs than in the countryside. In the cities are also more shops. For me, countryside is better than the city because there is calm and clean air. The access for food in the city is more easier , but in the countryside the food is more natural and healthy.

Weaknesses

  1. What are your weaknesses or limitations?
Disadvantages

Share the disadvantages of living in a city or countryside. Use the keywords and hint from the previous task.

Group 1/ City Life

I think the disadvantages are not so many compared to the advantages. What first comes to mind is that in the cities is very noisy because there are many people and a lot of transport. Besides there are plants and factories that pollute the environment and it's dangerous to breathe the polluted air . People in the public transport don't communicate so we can say this is because of the low community spirit. But we love the city and enjoy life in it

Group 2 / Country Life

In the villages there are thieves. The villages haven't got any technologies. The villages haven't good facilities where peiple could entertain, have fun or take care about themselves. There isn't any security in the villages. People get up early to work on the farm or fields. There aren't restaurants and places for entertainment. There aren't many shops.There aren't many schools. The population is small. There aren't parks.

Group 3 / City Life

In the city there're many disadvantages. There is pollution because of the exhausted fumes and factories. There're many dark streets and it is dangerous to walk alone in the darkness. We should also pay attention to the congested motorways.

Group 5 / City Life

I think that the traffic is one of the worst things in the city. The environment in the city is polluted and it is unhealthy for living. There are many exhaust fumes in the city.

Opportunities

  1. What are your opportunities?
Task 1 / What are Maria's opportunities?

Maria lives in a big city and works in an office with 1000 other employees. She travels to and from work on a crowded Metro. Her home is a flat overlooking a busy city-street, which is always alive with the sound of traffic and people passing by. After work she meets with friends in a bar or restaurant, sometimes they go to a disco or nightclub. Weekends are spent in glamorous shopping malls, multi-screen cinemas, fast food and entertainment complexes.

Group 1 / Maria

I think , Maria feels happy in the city. She has a nice job, the company is big, she communicates with people every day. She has time to meet friends and entertain. I think, when a person feels happy in a certain place it means this place is for him/her.

Group 2 / Alex

Alex lives in a calm place. It is very quiet there and it makes him feel happy and relaxed.There is no traffic congestion in the villages so Alex has time for his hobby. Alex lives in a good place.The sounds of tractors,birds and animals are nice for him. They keep him close to nature.They make good atmosphere.I like it. I think , Alex feels happy in the village.

Group 3 / Maria

Maria lives in the center of the city and her home is near many local facilities. She can visit many places after work. She has a nice job and uses public transport which means she travels cheaper and saves money for entertainment.

Group 5 / Maria

We think that living in the city gives a lot of oppartunities for citizens. Let's take , for example, Maria. She has got a good job and the company is very big. It gives her chance to communicate with different people and grow. In her spare time she goes out and entertains herself doing shopping, visiting discos and restaurants and many others. Maria is happy because she is a city slicker.

Task 2 / Alex' opportunities?

Alex, however, lives in a small village in the countryside. He cycles to work down country lanes every morning, the sound of tractors, birds and animals in his ears. In his spare time he makes different kinds of pottery vessels, which are sold at the English Market in Cork, Ireland. He enjoys the evenings at home in front of the fireplace with a good book to read. At weekends, he goes for long walks in the fields with his dog. Once a month he goes climbing with his best friend.

Threats

  1. What are your threats?
What are the threats for Maria and Alex?

Base your answer on the texts.

Group 1/ Maria

We think it is dangerous for Maria to go alone in dark places late at night.

Group 2 / Alex

Alex might feel lonely sometimes because he works in the city but lives in the village, and his friends are not there.

Group 3 / Maria

We think the noisy place where she lives might cause her extra stress.

Group 5/ Maria

We think the polluted air in the city is not good for Maria's health.

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