A free English-speaking club located in Chelyabinsk, Russia


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Presentation: Czech Republic

Martin Fischer, an exchange student from Czech Republic, is going to tell about his country and its culture.

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Poker. Hard way to make an easy living! Wanna learn more? Welcome!

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Discussion: Spelling reforms


Finally: which rimes with "enough"
Though, through, plough, cough, hough, or tough? 
Hiccough has the sound of "cup."
My advice is to give up!
Did you know that there are 645120 ways to spell Muammar al-Gaddafi? OK, this one is foreign, but English quite ambiguous in terms of spelling, too. A spelling reform sounds like a good way out. Is it?
There will be a presentation about the attempts made, a discussion of pluses, minuses, and consequences of spelling reforms, and a game.
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Presentations: Greek cities and national holidays

Two presentations by our guest: Greek cities and national holidays of Greece.

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Presentation: Chinese culture

A group of exchange students from China is going to tell us about the Chinese characters, literature, art and education. You're welcome to join, listen, and ask questions!

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Bookcrossing in Speak Freely

Have a couple of nice books in English?

Why keep them on your bookshelf?

Come to Speak Freely and set them free!

We are launching the bookcrossing movement in the club. This Thursday, everyone will be able to share a book that he/she enjoyed reading. The general practice is as follows: you bring a book in English and may take another one in return. This time, we shall be telling about the books as well, so be prepared.


1. If you don't want to give the book away forever (like the original bookcrossing practice suggests), you can still lend it to somebody.

2. According to the rules, no Russian language is accepted in the club. However, books with volcabularies and commentaries in Russia may be brought. Bilinguae are welcome, too.


Richard Feynman. Take the world from another point of view

Short story about Richard Feynman, physicist, nobel prize winner at 1965.

Ways of thinking

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Levels of formality in English

English is a nice language: hello is formal, hi is informal, you say you for both you and you (you know what I mean). However, there are more ways to greet and address the you depending on whether this is your friend, enemy, teacher, boss, aunt, prince Charles or just a passerby zombie. Let us find out what they are and practice!

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Tests of English: an Overview

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The Slovak language