A free English-speaking club located in Chelyabinsk, Russia

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Guest from Columbia in Speak Freely

Meet Nathalie, an AIESEC intern from Columbia!

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Battle of conlangs: Interlingua vs Esperanto

A board on one of Esperanto events

Although English is used for intercultural communication all over the world, some people still don't approve of the idea of a national language becoming international. These people create conlangs, constructed languages, for this very purpose, trying to avoid the problems of natural languages like redundancy and exceptions. A lot of conlangs have been created since the first interest in 17th century, among them Esperanto and Interlingua.

Esperanto is the most successful artificial language spoken by some dozens million people all over the world. Interlingua is half a century younger competing project created by a group of lingusts (whereas Esparanto has a single author, Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof). Both languages have carefully chosen grammar principles, lexics, means of enlarging vocabulary, both of them are spoken, actually used for intercultural communication, and moreover they both make sense to many people who've never studied them! It is highly probably that once people will accept either of them as an international language. This meeting, you have a unique opportunity to visit a double presentation of these languages (the Esperanto side represented by Daria Zelenina and the Interlingua side by  Vladimir Moiseevskikh), be introduced to their main principles in grammar and lexics, ask questions about them and even try speaking. Browse Wikipedia for more information.

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Presentation about Columbia by Alejandra

Alejandra, AIESEC intern from Columbia, is going to tell us about herself, her country and culture.

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Linguistic example sentences and word plays

  • Do you know a correct English sentence which consists of 8 equal words?
  • What sentences are used to prove the importance of punctuation in English?
  • Do you know English palindromes?
  • What is "a well-boiled icicle"?
  • How do they call this kind of squares?
    H E A R T
    E M B E R
    A B U S E
    R E S I N
    T R E N D
    
    And can you make the same but of the order of 10?
  • Do you know that mathematicians go to a Möbius strip club on weekends?

These and plenty of other word plays will be discussed during this period. It's going to be fun, don't miss it!

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Presentation: Old Church Slavonic

You may speak (and read) a perfect native Russian, but there still are some things you don't know about it. Many, actually. When and why did it appear? When was it first written down? Why many words have stylistic variants that only differ in two letters? Why is it that the priest in an Orthodox church seems to speak another language and the icon inscriptions look like a code? During the presentation of Old Church Slavonic, I will try to shed some light on these issues. You will learn to read the two alphabets, understand a basic text, and solve some Russian language aenigmae.