A free English-speaking club located in Chelyabinsk, Russia


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Gaming the System: Gamification in Personal Life

More and more websites and apps are implementing points, badges, leaderboards and rewards in an attempt to turn their user's experince of learning, shopping, working out into a game. In the beginning, these were mostly learning and lifestyle apps (Todoist, Duolingo, Nike, Garmin), but now gamification spreads to areas as far from games as troubleshooting hardware problems (this HP forum) and real-life driving (Waze). Does this work? What are some of the challenges that designers of gamified systems face? Is it possible to use this to achieve personal goals?

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Presentation: Clean Eating

You know eating well is good for you, but you can't bring yourself to do it? Let me share the evolution of my eating habits and the life hacks I've picked up along the way. 

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Presentation: Traveliving

"I'm Sasha. I've been traveling around the world for 10 years. I don't have a house, a city, or a particular country to come back to when I run out of money. I find having an "ordinary life" with a "home" and a career boring and unnecessary. ​ For me, "home" is our entire planet Earth, and I think that it is time for us to analyze what we are doing on it".


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Presentation: Am I a Loser or a Successful Person?

My presentation is about how we perceive success and failure and about expectations that our parents have toward us and our life.

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Presentation: Myopia

Nowadays myopia is one of the most spread illness around the world. It is estimated that half the world’s population will be myopic by 2050. It is obvious that eye specialists all over the world are trying to find the most convenient way to cure this illness. I had myopia for almost all my life since I was 7 and till I was 21. I underwent through the eye surgery operation called Lasik to correct my vision and I can share my experience with you.

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Discussion: Tidiness

Is it good to be tidy? Of course! But what if becomes so crazy that it stops other people from visiting your place? Lets talk about some really weird habits people have and share your opinion about that. Believe me my stories will make you surprised;)

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Discussion: Driving

Do you drive? Why or why not? Have you ever been in an accident? What are some funny or curious experiences that you have had with cars? Come and tell us about it!

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Presentation: Raw Food

Everybody knows how important our food is. Raw food eaters believe that you should not cook at all. Food needs to be raw to provide you with all you need. Do you want to learn more about their way of living? It is very interesting! I'll share my experiense of 3 weeks raw food diet with you. And you might like some of the recipes.

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15 Tips to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life

There’s nothing quite like getting a good nights sleep. Waking up refreshed, energized, and ready to take on the world is the ideal feeling that we all would love to have. I've dived into the research on how to optimize my own sleep few years ago when and would be happy to share what really made the difference for me and other people.

P.S. Most of my claims are backed by scientific studies, for which links will be supplied in the comments.

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Odd Jobs

Let's get acquainted with some odd jobs.