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Take a chance
Reality shows are popular, but is it a good idea to appear on such television programmes? There are advantages and disadvantages.
Having an unforgettable experience is undoubtedly an advantage. The tasks you must finish in a reality show are mostly activities you would seldom experience or have never tried. For example, you may need to survive in a jungle or in a desert for weeks, or even pretend to be a hairstylist and give people haircuts.
You may face a lot of difficulties in finishing the tasks, but you will have an unforgettable experience.
Appearing on a reality show can also give you new knowledge and useful skills. For instance, a reality cooking show will help teach you how to cook delicious dishes.
In a reality show where you pretend to be a hairstylist, a professional will teach you the skills you need that you can use in everyday life.
There are also disadvantages. Reality shows can hurt your feelings and dent your confidence.
If you fail to live up to expectations or finish the tasks, you may get embarrassed since many people watch these shows. You may lose confidence and be embarrassed to face your relatives and friends.
Appearing in a reality show can also be dangerous. In shows such as Survivor, it is inevitable that accidents happen and your life may even be at risk.
Although there seems to be many disadvantages in joining reality shows, it's still worth doing.
It is always worthwhile to try something new and challenge yourself. As long as you do not feel bad about failing, it's worth a try.
Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College
Dubbing is numbing
I am responding to the article 'Boom in Cantonese dubbing of films not in government's script' (South China Morning Post, City, April 27).
The number of Cantonese-dubbed versions of English-language films is rising. It shows people, especially teenagers, are too lazy to listen to English-language films and read the subtitles. It's not a good trend.
Since Hong Kong is an international city, we must maintain our English level. Reading books, watching television and films are effective ways to improve our English. But not many people are doing this.
Dubbing of more films in Cantonese will lower English standards. Learning English is a lifelong journey, people should make use of opportunities to improve their language skills.
Nesta Chan Cho-yan
Pitfalls of fame
Why do so many people want to become a famous singer? Most Hong Kong students must have dreamed of becoming famous singers. They believe they can be as famous as people such as Eason Chan Yik-shun and Joey Yung Cho-yee. But they don't consider whether they have the same ability.
There is usually one in 100 singers who become stars. What happens if they are among the unsuccessful 99?
We can also be famous and rich if we study harder.
STFA Tam Pak Yu College
Lend a hand
Why should we be volunteers? Being a volunteer can help lots of people. In society, there are many who need help and care, such as the elderly, the disabled, the poor and new arrivals from the mainland.
Why should we help others? We can make the less privileged feel there is love and care in the world and give them the courage to keep going in life. Volunteers also can have a more meaningful life.
We can learn how to care for others, understand different people, know more about society and have good experiences. Being a volunteer can help us grow healthily. It is a precious experience we can all share.
Our Lady of the Rosary College
Lessons for life
If someone asks what have you learned from your teachers, will you say I gained knowledge from their lessons?
I will say I learned other attributes, too, especially from two English teachers, Mrs Lau and Miss Wong.
Aside from improving my English, Mrs Lau taught me about responsibility by coming to school to teach us even when she was sick.
Miss Wong also taught me the value of hard work.
She always gave us a lot of homework in Form Two and I was very tired, but my results improved.
I found that the more effort you put in the more you gain.
I learned all this from my teachers. How about you?
Elderly people are like children. They become upset or happy very easily.
When I buy my grandma candy or tell her jokes, she feels very happy.
When I make her laugh, her sadness goes away very quickly.
You need to pay more attention to the elderly. They need our care and concern.
STFA Tam Pak Yu College