A free English-speaking club located in Chelyabinsk, Russia

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How to understand languages you don't speak

What if I told you you actually know way more languages than you think you know? In this presentation, we'll look at why that is and how to unlock your hidden language abilities.

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Tropes in Popular Culture

Merriam-Webster defines trope as "a figure of speech". For creative writer types, tropes are more about conveying a concept to the audience without needing to spell out all the details. So what are popular tropes and why are they popular?

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Presentation: Speech and Meaning

How many ways are there to say the same thing? How many of them can you use interchangeably? Why do people say what they say? Tonight, I will talk about face-threatening acts, hedges, small talk, why you don't understand your girlfriend sometimes (and possibly why you don't have one).

Those who don't give a shit about linguistics may find my presentation especially useful.

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Presentation: Wine

I will tell you some basic stuff about wine, such as what kinds of grapes and what kinds of wine there are and how to taste and analyze wine. Everybody is welcome!

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Presentation: The Disney Princesses as an Example of Evolution of Women's Roles

What can children's cartoons tell us about how we perceive the role of women?

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Presentation: Kazakhstan

I was born and have been living most of my life in Kazakhstan. I'm not going to talk only about horses and yurts, there is much more to share and discuss.

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Discussion: People and their Relationship with Their Bodies in Russia and Abroad

What do you think about your body? Do you like it? Do you think it is important? How do you think other people should view their bodies? Let us think about these and other questions and share our experiences.

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Discussion: Cool or Not Cool

What is cool and what is not? What used to be cool once but now is not, and what's just appeared to be cool? Let's discuss.

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Foreign guest: Julian from Germany

On life, traveling, motorbikes, history and culture, hotel management, dealing with rich clients, minority languages of Russia, and more.

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Discussion: Russia for Russians

Russia today is multicultural as never before, with thousands of immigrants from Asia seeking jobs and homes. Is this process beneficial for our country, bringing in new vision and perspective, or does it only drain off money and pose threat to the citizens' security? Let's find out.