A free English-speaking club located in Chelyabinsk, Russia

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Presentation: Card Tricks

Alex, an amateur illusionist, is going to show us a few card tricks.

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Presentation: Turkic Languages

Wann know more about one of the world's primary language families which includes 35 spoken langues such as Turkish and minority languages of Russia like Chuvash and Bashkir? Let's find this out together.

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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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Mnemonics

Do you still need to look at your passport every time you're asked for its date and number? Or search for your new credit card when shopping online? Can you call your dearest and nearest from another device when your phone's off?

Even if you're fine with all these things, be sure that you'll sharpen your memory during this hour! We're going to discuss and practice:

1) BASIC mnemonic techniques;
2) Remembering numbers and dates:
- Peg System (or Hook System);
- Phonetic number systems, and some others.
Bonus: Mnemonics for the number Pi!

Come and amaze your friends with your super memory!

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Generations X, Y, Z, and What Is Happening with People in this World Now

How technologies, gadgets and social media have affected the life of society and what are the dreams, goals and intentions of the modern teenagers.

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Presentation: Everyday Chemistry

The presentation I am going to deliver will shed light on a miscellany or items and processes accompanying our daily lives, ranging from air fresheners and disinfectants to nail polish and canned food. What causes the offensive smell of garbage? What do you fill your vehicle's fuel tank with? How does air conditioning work and how does it contribute to ozone depletion? What are the processes involved in making canned food? Although the scope of the subject and the time frame prevent my presentation from being a fully comprehensive and all-encompassing account, I hope to let you look at these quotidian matters from a chemist's vantage point.

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Presentation: Home Automation

How will machines and AI change the future of work and our daily lives? Sujit, an owner of an office automation business from India, is going to shed some light on this subject.

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Presentation: Intelligence

What is intelligence?

We’d probably call a person intelligent if one can read upside-down or can multiply by two-digit numbers in a second or knows five languages. All of those are very different skills, but each of them can be used as a measure of general intelligence of a person.

Human intelligence has been researched inside-out and backward by psychologists for the past century trying to determine the keys to success in life. And, although there’s now a lot of studies that show different correlations between intelligence and one’s destiny, psychology still cannot provide a path to success to a random individual.

In this period we’re gonna get to know how you measure one’s intelligence, what IQ is, how it much it contributes to one’s quality of life and why average IQ score rose throughout past century and keeps rising nowadays. Also, we’ll get to discuss the fairness of IQ tests, popular hypotheses of intelligence and ways to prevent the decline of intelligence.

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Unusual Holidays

There are a lot of different holidays in our official calendar. But if your heart demands more – you can listen about some unusual ones and choose something new for yourself.

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Tabletop Roleplaying

Is this the strange hobby for geeks when they gather on weekends and spent nights rolling dice and murmuring in a mix of nerdy slang and imaginary languages?

Yes and no. Of course such people still do exist, but nowadays not only obvious geeks like Matt Groening, Stephen King or George R.R. Martin participate in roleplaying games but even such brutal men like Vin Diesel or Dwayne Johnson and pretty women like Deborah Ann Woll or Sasha Grey enjoy them.

In Russia, however, they're not that popular. So what are they?