City: Isa Town Country: Kingdom of Bahrain Goal of the Project

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Comparing cultures – city life vs. village life

Our Project Idea:
Name of the project: City life vs. Village life

Sponsoring Teacher: Safiya Mustafa

Sponsor School: Al Noor Secondary Girls’ School

City: Isa Town

Country: Kingdom of Bahrain
Goal of the Project:

  • To write an argumentative article about life in cities and villages.

  • To understand about other countries and where do people prefer to live in each country.

Type Of Writing Requested:

writing essays on the topic or create a PowerPoint show on the topic.

Why have we chosen this theme?

Many people decide to move to the countryside nowadays. However, there are still many people who prefer staying in the town and say that they couldn't live anywhere else. So which place is better to live? It’s agreed that living in a big city has many advantages like easy access to shopping, different kinds of restaurants, and cultural events, usually good hospitals/medical care … etc. However, in cities noise levels can be very unpleasant. Added to that, more air pollution and often higher crime rates.

While in a village one can find fresh air and close knit community of people, living in a village can be boring to some people because of the simple life and lack of modern amenities.

Here in Bahrain (a small island in the middle of the Arabian Gulf), although villages are almost becoming small cities, people are not such anonymous and some of them are still occupied with agriculture and cattle raising.

Description Of What You Are Looking For From Other Schools.

  • What are the positive and negative aspects of city and village life in your country?

  • Describe the place where you live? (you can provide some pictures)

  • Where do you prefer to live in the future and why?

The contributions

3 schools including Bahrain have participated in responding to this topic and their opinions varied from choosing to live in cities while other students favored living in the villages.

The following are the students’ responses.
Safiya Mustafa,

English Language Teacher

People of Kenya have different culture since they are of different tribes.Due to different culture people have different trends. For instance we have the Masai. They do wear red gowns we call them 'shukas' .They are still backward if i may say so because majority of them are still illiterate. Well ,talking about lifestyles ,for people of Kenya this is how it is;  many people live in towns because they have to work,i mean,they work at cities and towns{we only have three major cities the rest are towns} however most people have two homes in towns and in the countryside .It is interesting to live in the country side because of the cool  air and adventure.{it reminds me of the cool adventures i had when i was a child}.
There is plenty supply of farm produce which is cheap compared to towns in the country side.
In town stuff are very expensive like thrice the price of commodities in the countryside.
After retirement people go back to the country side to start farming and agriculture.
In towns especially for the teenagers it is very interesting because  there are malls where we do our shopping,hang out,watch movies,eat burgers and do loads of stuff.
Most grandparents reside in the countryside and once in a while we do often visit them which is really exciting.

Well, both, town and country side works for me because i have two homes and i have in both places and it is really ,really exciting!

Immaculate Tallam



Living in the city or in the country?

Long, long ago people lived in great harmony with nature. There were no big cities. People lived in little settlements. Every man could find a quiet place to live in. But now with the development of science and engineering people live in large overcrowded cities. The first cities appeared only about 7000 years ago, in the Middle East and in China. Against several million years of human evolution, the city is just a few seconds old. Yet in its brief existence it has changed al the ground rules of human behavior.

Living in the city has both advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, it is often easier to find work, and there is usually a choice of public transport so you don’t need to own a car. There are also a lot of interesting things to do and places to see. For example, you can eat in good restaurants, visit museums and go to the theater and to a concert. What is more, when you want to relax you can usually find a park where you can feed the ducks or just sit n a park bench and read a book. All in all, city life is full of bustle and variety and you need never feel bored.

However for every plus there is a minus. For one thing you might have a job, but unless it is very well-paid, you will not be able to afford many of the things that there are to do because living in the city is often very expensive it is particularly difficult to find good cheap accommodation. What is more , public transport is sometimes crowded and dirty particularly in the rush hour, and even the parks can become very crowded especially on Sundays when it seems that every city-dweller is looking for some open space and green grass. Last of all, despite all the crowds it is still possible to feel lonely in a city.

There are people who prefer living in the country where the air is fresh and one can enjoy nature, peace and quiet. From their point of view living in a big city has a lot of disadvantages. The smallest unforeseen event, for instance, a power-cut, a heavy snowfall or a minor derailment, can bring about conditions of utter chaos. Besides the streets are crowded, the queues for busses are long. It takes you two or three hours to wait for a bus but when a bus at last arrives it’s so full, it can’t take any more passengers. Traffic jams happen too often. The trains of the metro are packed. It happens twice a day. So the slogan of large cities the world over is “Avoid rush hour”. Large modern cities are too big to control. They impose their own living conditions on the people who inhabit them. City-dwellers are obliged by their environment to adopt a wholly unnatural way of life. They lose touch with the land and rhythm of nature. People are barely conscious of the seasons. A few flowers in a park may remind you that it is spring or summer. A few leaves clinging to the pavement may remind you that it is autumn. All the simple good things in life like sunshine and fresh air are at a premium. Tall buildings blot out the sun. Traffic fumes and plants pollute the atmosphere. Even the distinction between day and night is lost because the traffic and the noise never stop. There is lack of security. City-dwellers live under constant threat. Houses are burgled. Cities breed crime and violence and are full of places you would be afraid to visit at night.

That’s why some people want to live in their own houses in a country or in a small town. Cities are not fit to live in as man was born for the country and he belongs to it.

But I personally prefer a big modern city. Why? There are many reasons why city is preferable. First if you are not lazy to stay at home, life in a city would never be dull for you. Nowadays modern man is too sophisticated for simple country pleasures. Besides, if you’d like to have a rest from hustle and bustle of a city you can visit the countryside at week-ends or on holidays. Secondly, noise, traffic are hardly noticeable, people easily adapt them. Traffic jams, bus queues and commuting don’t really affect those who live in cities.

People also say that there is lack of security in the city but it is not so because very small minority of city-dwellers is ever involved in crime and violence when you live in a city, you’ll never be cut off by weather conditions. Life is never dull; we can always find smth to do. Cities offer high concentration of good things in life: big stories restaurant, theatres, cinemas, galleries. They give us many opportunities to broaden our outlook to learn more in all spheres of our life — science, culture, engineering. Services are always better: better schools and more amenities. There are more chances of employment in big cities. There is a great range of jobs that’s why there is more opportunity to succeed in life. In conclusion I’d like to say when people want to spend their lives in the most beneficial way they should live in big cities.

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