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How I Saved Somebody's Life

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Today we are going to treat you to the audio of an essay written by Alexandr Vishnevetsky, in which Alexandr describes how he saved the lives of two men when he was in the army of the former USSR. The essay was  written by Alexandr in his  college ESL class.  After listening to the audio, we have some activities for you to do to practice your listening comprehension. 

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Ideas for Further Thought or Writing

  • How do you think Alexandre felt after this experience?

  • Do you think that Alexandre was a hero?  Explain.

  • What recollection of this experience do you think the two drunk men had?  Do you think they will have any memory of having had their lives endangered, and then being saved?

  • Did you ever save a person's life, or was your own life saved by another? What do you think our obligations are to others whose lives are endangered?

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