1. A. -Youíve got to get quite a bit of books if you want to do well in January's exam.
Quite a few books- a bit doesn't work with the plural
A. Ė Thatís a good idea. Oh! I just remembered Ė My mum used to buy lots of books about Chinese philosophy when she was in university. Iíll ask her whether she still keeps them, ok?
I would change 'keeps'- I'll ask her whether she's still got them/still has them
3. Itís become quite hard to get into a prestigious Russian university lately. Of course, I entirely agree that itís always been so.
The language is fine, but the logic isn't- the sentences contradict each other
I mean that itís now become a great deal harder. Take Math entrance exams to Moscow's most prestigious universities Ė itís virtually impossible to pass their entrance exams without knowing at least roughly (I'd say without having a rough idea) what sums youíll have to do. Acceptance boards invent most of the sums themselves. Therefore, sometimes even a Math teacher canít solve such sums as s/he doesn't know the method. Otherwise, itís nearly impossible to guess what you can do to solve it. Itís reprehensible (I'd use something like scandalous) ! By making exams so hard, they force people to turn to private teachers who usually work in these universities. The only trouble with such teachers is that they charge around Ä50 for each lesson which is pretty much (pretty steep/pricey).
The problem is that the majority of parents canít afford to pay Ä50 for a lesson. Thus, such parentsí children have no option but to enter less prestigious universities.
I told you in my last letter that I have to study quite a bit of (quite a few)subjects that I think Iíll never need in the future. For example, culturology. Judging by the lectures weíve had this study has nothing to do with economics. I guess they just want to make us Ďcivilizedí. I mean that they want us to know as much as possible. Thatís weird, isnít it?
Howís school going for you now? Do you live at home or in residence?
I minored in Banking English in the first year and I found it rather uninteresting. I didnít see any point in starting studying Banking English in the first year. As we hadnít even started to study Banking in my first language we all found studying Banking in English very difficult. We didnít know many words even in Russian! That was stupid. BTW, Banking English is no longer studied (or read) as a compulsory discipline in the first year. First years are lucky!
Anyways, I gotta go now! Bye for now!