A free English-speaking club located in Chelyabinsk, Russia

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Presentation: CAE exam

You probably know that we are going to have a mock CAE exam really soon. Unless you signed up for participation and have prepared for weeks already, you are probably still wondering what CAE is - and even if you know, extra practice is never really extra. The organizer of the exam is going to tell in short about the structure of this Advanced level language examination, give a handful of tips and shortcuts to acing it - and then we'll try solving some tasks together so that no one fails alone! Sound like a deal?

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The Big Word Game

A game that broadens your horizons, boosts your vocabulary, improves your English in general, gets you new friends and topics to discuss and is fun to play? Here you go, take The Big Word Game. Don't lose it!

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Translation Workshop

Oh, you know English, so you can become a translator! Can this phrase you might already get tired of actually be true? Well, yes but no. To become a translator, first of all you must know your target language - in most cases, your own language - and know it well. In this workshop you’ll learn some tips and tricks from an actual translator with 3 years of experience who (surprise!) managed to make a good living by translating. You’ll learn about some common mistakes, do’s and don’ts, and, of course, try to do several translation exercises under careful supervision. Brush up your English and don’t forget your Russian!

Since this workshop is about translation into Russian, we'll violate the rules of the club and speak Russian. A lot. Beware!

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The Future of the English Language

A hundred years ago, Englishmen could not believe their language is becoming international. A hundred and fifty, they could not even imagine that. And indeed, how could a language as complex and weather-beaten as English ever become international and even start to be considered simple? Well, that's not the question. Things just happen.

The question is, what is going to happen to this language one hundred years from now? Two hundred? A thousand? There is a number of predictions about this. We'll learn about them, we'll discuss them, and we'll try to make something of our own.

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Discussion: Writing Recommendation Letters

Anything can happen to you. Anything at all, even something you never expected to; just admit it.

And when there is a student coming up to you and asking you for a recommendation letter,you need to be prepared. Or eventually, when you are the student, but your teacher does not go to Speak Freely and was not prepared, you'll still need the letter. Let us see and discuss, how letters of recommendation are written, and never ever get caught unawares by the surprising and unpredictable stream of life.

English accents

I will show you some short funny videos about different english accents, then we'll play tongue-twister games!

Presentation: TOEFL test

Today we will speak about a widely known test of English - TOEFL. The presentation will cover its structure, weak and strong points, best preparation strategies, and other questions. Also, do not forget that this Saturday we offer you to pass our "hand-made" version of this test

(https://vk.com/sf_english_test,

http://www.speakfreely.ru/content/event/2013-05-18-030000/toefl-test ).

Conditional Sentences

During this presentation you will learn more about conditional clauses! We’ll also do exercises on if clauses types and repeat phrasal verbs!

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American idioms: commentary and presentation

We've had plenty of presentations on idioms, but hardly one made by a native speaker. Today, Chelsea Sanchez is going to comment upon the usage of some idioms that have been previously discussed in the club, and then tell us about some other often-used idioms. 

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American idioms: commentary and presentation

We've had plenty of presentations on idioms, but hardly one made by a native speaker. Today, Chelsea Sanchez is going to comment upon the usage of some idioms that have been previously discussed in the club, and then tell us about some other often-used idioms.